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Penny Arcade Adventures Episode One Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Adventure Classic Gaming recently published a review of Hothead Games' Penny Arcade Adventures: On The Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, Episode 1. Based on the characters from the Penny Arcade comic strip, the episodic adventure game allows players to create a character and step into an adventure with Tycho and Gabe. ACG gave the game a score of 5 out of 5.

From the review:

Without pretense, I can say that this game is my favorite computer video game of the year. The game perfectly mixes the adventure and role-playing genres. The script is tight, with just the right dose of sarcastic humor that fans of Penny Arcade have grown to expect. The story is creative, paying homage to the classical robot movies from the 1950s and the beautiful noir movies of Fritz Lang. Gameplay is a excellent breed of adventure and role-playing games. This is particularly true for the battle system that employs a combination of turn based and real-time control. It can make for some frenetic mouse clicking, especially when there are multiple targets against which the player needs to attack. Gamers who play this game on a laptop are well advised against using the touchpad (or trackpad) for control, as timing via singlehanded use of the spacebar above and the touchpad below can be difficult to execute a successful block or counterattack. Instead, I recommend a standalone mouse so that both hands (to control the mouse and the keyboard separately) can be used for faster control and easier play during combat.

The graphics for the main part of the game are in 3D, though in moments of dialogues a window will pop up to show the caption much like a comic. The developer has put a lot of effort into dressing up New Arcadia into America of the 1920s. Every detail of the game world is well taken care to give it a retro look, and no aspect of it is left behind. Fans of the Penny Arcade web comic will be pleased to learn the 2D cell shaded comic strips written by Jerry Holkins and illustrated by Mike Krahulik have been fully incorporated inside the game. These comic strips appear in key cut scenes in the game for storytelling and are nearly indistinguishable from those that appear online on the Penny Arcade website.
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