It’s officially summer, and what better way to enjoy the hot weather than to stay in-doors! …Because, you know, that’s where the games are.
Name: Penny Arcade’s On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3
Developer: Zeboyd Games
Available on: PC and X-Box Live Arcade
For anyone thinking “What in the world is this “Penny Arcade?”, it’s a webcomic. Found here. You’re welcome.
The Penny Arcade Adventures games follow the exploits of Tycho and Gabe, as part of a detective agency, investigating the paranormal, and often utterly ridiculous. However, I haven’t been able to play the first two parts of this series, but thankfully, you don’t have to, as On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3 is completely different in every respect.
“OtRSPoD3” is (like the rest of Zeboyd Games’ work) a throw-back to old SNES-style RPGs, both is game play and looks, but also has some more modern features. For example, combat uses an “action bar”, which shows when characters and enemies will act, with faster characters attacking more often. There’s also a wide array of classes to level up, instead of leveling individual characters, and gain experience regardless of if they were used in battle. These classes range from the standard fantasy classes, like “Brute” and “Scholar”, to rather more outlandish classes, such as the deadly “Dinosorcerer”, who can turn into an uncontrollable dinosaur, or the “Slacker”… who doesn’t do very much at all.
The class list itself is a good example of the humor running though the game, just like the rest of Zeboyd’s games. And of course, being a Penny Arcade production, it features the kind of jokes and video game humor found in the web-comics. One of my favorite examples of this is early in chapter 1, where you find a huge, muscle-bound mime artist. He is, apply named, “Optimus Mime”… That cracked me up for about 10 minutes. The one enemy alone. In the first 5 minute of game play. It is, in general, a hilarious game. I mean, that alone should be enough to convince you to buy it.
If not, there’s also the excellent music, the 16-bit style graphics, the riveting story… It’s all very well done indeed. You don’t need to be a fan of Penny Arcade or Zeboyd Games to enjoy this game. Just a fan of old-school RPGs.