Penny Arcade Adventures: Precipice of Darkness

Developer: Hothead Games Inc.

Current Version: 1.2

Last Updated: 4 years ago

Download Size: 245.9 MB - Download


Based on the popular and superb web comic strip Penny Arcade, get ready to join with Gabe and Tycho of the Startling Developments Detective Agency.

Solve strange mysteries that are lurking in this fantastic 1st episode. Episode 2 also available on the Mac App Store.

Set in the 1920s, this RPG adventure places the familiar Penny Arcade protagonists in an alternate pulp horror setting reminiscent of the works of H. P. Lovecraft. A must for all Penny Arcade fans!

"84% - Partnering with developers Hothead Games, Penny Arcade co-conspirators Jerry "Tycho" Holkins and Mike "Gabe" Krahulik have produced a work of gaming art that will ultimately strike the right chord with their fanbase" Cheat Code Central

"82% - ...if you are looking for a few good laughs and an interesting story line packed into a five- to eight-hour package, you really won't find anything better than this" Worth Playing

"80% - It’s a lot like playing a comic strip!" Games Radar


Release Notes:

Bug Fixes and Enhancements


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.0
Review by QKaseman

Very Good - This is a great game, especially with the half off sale (as is the sequel, which is also half off right now). The comic book cutscenes are done quite well (it took me a while to even realize that is what they were supposed to be!) and the humour is straight out of the Penny Arcade comics, which is good as that is what the game is based off of. If you like the webc comic, then you're (probably) going to like the game. If you don't like the comic, you should probably avoid it. If you don't know about the web comic, but like weird (and to be honest, sometimes crude and slightly sexual) humour then you'll probably like it. If you don't like that kind of humour, then you should probably avoid this. HOWEVER, keep in mind that the developers/publishers (not sure which) stupidly decided to pull the plug on the series half way through, so it will never be finished, so keep that in mind when buying this game (and its equally as good sequel).

Found helpful by 12 out of 12 people
Version 1.0
Review by Mary K. O'Shea

Not for everyone - With so many good reviews, I took the introductory bait price and now regret spending even that. The game has two major flaws in my opinion. First, the action does not flow. For example, you are held hostage by long introductory narrative that was intertaining at first, but soon gets old. To make the characters interact with each other you have to choose what dialogue you want to use, which is okay, except that you have to do it so frequently that it completely interupts the game. At every turn you are fighting these robot minions using point and click action. During these fights you have to wait for your weapons to recharge or else you have difficulty retrieving your weapons/tools, meanwhile the robots are getting in good licks. (Although I have to say the program tends to be in favor of your character as I've never died - and I'm not even on the easy setting.) The fighting robots occurs so frequently that you cannot seem to progress to the actual story line of the game. They are the equivilent of mosquitos, an annoyance you are forced to deal with. The second major flaw of the game (for me) is that it contains crude language and references. I realize this is simply a matter of taste that you may or may not find off putting. But given the 1940's retro setting, to have characters dropping the F-Bomb at every interaction simply does not add to the appeal of the storyline. The next tidbit just underscores that this game is probably directed for tween/teens who will find the next example something to giggle about. The when the robots attack, they approach your character while bumping/grinding. It is the equivilent of having a dog trying to hump your leg. Just yucky. The robots also spray something on your character. While it looks like urine, given their behavior, it could also be the other kind of body fluid. The game refers to it as "juice." Again, YUCK! I was drawn in the the storyline of the game, but put off by the immature handling of it.

Found helpful by 5 out of 14 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 1.2
Review by ARhere

Very Unique and Funny - This game is certainly worth playing, as I became addicted right away and immediatly purchaced the second version. It is a turn-by-turn game with an odd sense of humor, complete with buffs, healing, and support characters. In order to do extra damage with special moves you have to hit a series of buttons in proper order. This brings a bit more stratigy that is missing in most turn-by-turn games. What is also nice is the lack of "grinding" nessesary to advace. The enemies are placed in key areas and give enough "parts" and experience to advance without repeating the same fight. The only negatives are the special moves are too easy in episode 1 (fixed in episode 2) and episode 3 and 4 are not available. -AR

Found helpful by 3 out of 3 people
Version 1.2
Review by Paint-a-holic

Hmmmmmmm.... - I do like the game, but it is very obvious, and easy-to-follow game. It is not very scarry, not really a horror game, I am starting to wonder why the company put it as mature when the only bad thing in it is 'mild language'. The action is mostly luck, the mysteries are easy, and their is just mild language, that sums it all up overall If I could I would give this 4.8 stars, but since I can not, I say 5. And mostly you do not have to like the comedy to like the game, mostly yes, but If you are under 17 then you would just mostly like the action (like my cousins) but the comedy is not that amusing, but a funny part usually comes up once and awile.

Found helpful by 2 out of 7 people
Version 1.2
Review by Faragaut1945

Nice RPG comic strip…BUT... - Played plenty of RPG's, have to say this is the most original. GREAT graphics, fun story with funnier jokes. I got this for free and after playing it, I have to say, I would have not minded paying for a game like this. BUT, I did not buy PA 2, and the only reason why is because it's an unfinished story! If Hothead games decides to finish the series, I would not hesitate to buy parts 2, ,3, & 4. But since its an unfinished story, with no parts 3 & 4, I'm staying away from part 2 out of protest. I would still advise someone to get this game, the series is too good to stay way from altogether, but with the "unfinished" warning. And to Hothead games: GREAT job, and if you decide to finish parts 3 & 4, I'll finish buying the series.

Found helpful by 10 out of 17 people
Version 1.2
Review by MrRules

Too Stupid to be True - This game is so lame they should pay you to play it! I tried my best by two sittings was all I could take and I removed the game from my machine.

Found helpful by 1 out of 15 people
Version 1.2
Review by Nathan Lee

Fine until... - It was fun to play till I hit the Boardwalk end. Two of the games just go to a white screen. I don't think I can finish the game. The support link in the app store take you to the splash page of the new games. It doesn't take to the support page like stated. Also, the game is not there.

Found helpful by 1 out of 3 people