Penny Arcade: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, Episode One

May 21st, 2008 by Crusader

Hothead Games and Penny Arcade have announced the release of Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, Episode One for Linux via the new Greenhouse game distribution platform:

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – May 21, 2008 – Hothead Games today announced that “Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, Episode One” is now available worldwide simultaneously via Xbox LIVE Arcade (except Korea) and via the Greenhouse digital distribution platform ( for the Windows, Mac, and Linux versions. “Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, Episode One” is expected to offer players six to ten hours of gameplay, and is priced at $19.95 for the Windows, Mac, and Linux versions and at 1600 Microsoft points via Xbox LIVE Arcade. The game has been rated “M” for Mature by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board for all platforms.

Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, Episode One is an RPG-Adventure game set in the deranged 1920s universe of New Arcadia, delivered to gamers via accessible episodic releases. Players join Gabe and Tycho, the crime-solving team of the Startling Developments Detective Agency, to combat savage enemies and solve mysteries hidden deep in the sinister heart of New Arcadia. The game is the result of close collaboration between Hothead Games and Penny Arcade, featuring distinct artwork and characters designed exclusively by Mike “Gabe” Krahulik, story and dialogue by Jerry “Tycho” Holkins, both brought to life by the Hothead team.

Key Features:

  • Create-a-Player System lets you design and develop your own character, seeing it come to life in 3D and in the comic-style 2D cut scenes
  • Dynamic turn-based combat system, over-the-top animations, and team-up moves during enemy battles
  • Classic adventure game play combines with RPG elements to unravel the game’s mysteries and puzzles
  • Authentic Penny Arcade story and dialogue written exclusively by Jerry Holkins
  • Includes Gabe, Tycho, Annarchy, the Fruit F*cker and many other favorite Penny Arcade characters, plus new characters designed by Mike Krahulik

A demo is available, and there’s also a prequel comic at the Greenhouse frontpage.

Game Trailer: [ View ] Demo Download: [ ] Purchase Episode 1: [ ]

10 Responses to “Penny Arcade: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, Episode One”

  1. SpoonMeiser Says:

    Your purchase link is wrong.

    That is, unless you’re actually directing people to by greenhouse and gardening related supplies, which would be a bit of a departure from the norm.

  2. SpoonMeiser Says:

    Also, there’s a direct download link for the demo at the playgreenhouse site, that doesn’t have the 5 minute wait of the atomicgamer link.

  3. Crusader Says:

    Hah, thanks – I must have totally spaced when I linked that. Sorry for any confusion :(

  4. SlickMcRunfast Says:

    Demoed, liked, and bought. Kind of reminds me of Psychonauts by Double Fine.

  5. Conzar Says:

    Yea … I played through the demo on my macbook as well on my Gentoo box. It played much better on my Gentoo box due to my quad core Geforce 8600 setup.

    Anyways, the story seems good so far. The gameplay is also fun … except having to repeatedly hit the keyboard for gabes special.

  6. SlickMcRunfast Says:

    From the screen shots provided the player character looks like Gordon Freeman.

  7. Crusader Says:

    You make your own character; mine is sort of an approximation of my appearance for instance.

  8. Anonymous Says:

    Shweet! My own character can be generated? I’m going to model him after my favorite non-fiction actor, Uncle Ruckus from BOONDOCKS. lol

  9. Anonymous Says:

    Does anyone know how complex multiplayer mode will allow? Can it be played over network or are we stuck at the console? US 19.95 is quite reasonable, for a Linux game. If Loki would’ve been affordable, then it would’ve sold more titles rather than sit on depreciated stock of 2-year-old content.

  10. Crusader Says:

    There’s no multiplayer mode, it’s a singleplayer game only.

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