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Rain-slick Review

July 2nd, 2008 by Noam Berg

I’ve know about  On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness for a while, a video game based on the main characters of the Penny Arcade web comic.  Seeing an ad for the game on the Penny Arcade site, I decided to take a peek at episode one.  I intended only to play the free demo, but it was good enough that I went and got the whole first episode.  I gotta say, it’s nice when somebody gets it right.  The gameplay is similar to Final Fantasy-style RPG games, with a pinch of old LucasArts for flavor and a touch of Lovecraftian tentacled goodness.  The LucasArts feel isn’t surprising,  since Ron Gilbert helped create the game.  Ron’s responsible for the SCUMM engine, as well as the first two Monkey Island Games.  His style meshes well with Penny Arcade’s sense of humor.  It was lots of fun to play.

There’s a Hellboy game or two out there, but it strikes me that this sort of game style, Adventure game feel with RPG battles, would be a perfect fit for Hellboy.  Especially if its done with cel-shading so that it draws more from Mignola’s comic books than the movies.

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About the Mad Scientist Running this Show

Noam Berg is a graduate Student in the Design and Technology MFA program at Parsons School for Design in New York City. He is also the (debatably) creative force behind Exfish Studio. Noam is obsessed with old vacuum tubes, type design, computers, guitars and comic books. Noam likes Thai sweet chili sauce, hats, suits & ties, Wacom tablets, Japanese green tea (with the toasted rice), nerdy science girls, many varieties of music, SLR cameras, AnarchoJudaism, lithography and pocket watches. Noam's not a big fan of cell phones, the cool kids, ugly and over-used fonts (you know who you are!) and talking about himself in the third person. Seriously, this is really weird. I'm gonna stop doing it now.