Penny Arcade’s On The Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3 Preview -- New School Goes RetroBy Rob Manuel - Posted Apr 07, 2012
Many thought that Penny Arcade’s On The Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3 was dead in the water, but after last year’s announcement with Zeboyd Games picking up the series, we know that these rumors were greatly exaggerated. For those of you who don’t recognize the developer, you should. Both Breath of Death VII and Cthulhu Saves the World put a new spin on the old turn-based RPG. Rain-Slick 3 looks to do much the same along with the humor you’ve come to love from Penny Arcade.
This story starts way before any line of code was ever written. With the announcement of the end of the series, Jerry and Mike, the creative geniuses behind the Penny Arcade, released the story idea for the third game to their forums. Fans rallied to find a couple of developers to help bring it to life. As it turns out, the two developers behind Zeboyd games met in the Penny Arcade forums. With their talent and sense of humor, it turned out to be a perfect match for both parties.
The demo that they showed off takes a different turn than the pervious installment. The art reflects the pixel influence of early Final Fantasy games and fits with the turned based tactics of the title. Combat takes more of a Grandia-twist with actions being able to interrupt other character’s turns. If you know that Optimus Mime is about to use a big attack, you can choose to have Tyco to use one of this attacks that stalls your enemy for a couple of turns.
Magic starts at zero. You’re going into battle with nothing, but you get to build up points as the turns progress. Devastating spells take only a couple of points, but you’ll need to hold out for that precious MP to add up.
A class-based system gives you a chance to mix and match the powers you need for the situations. Gone are the days of random battles. You get to see your opponent before facing them. Certain battles keep the system fresh by including new rules such as making your enemies invincible on certain turns. Behind classic pixel graphics, you’ll find plenty of fresh ideas.
And let’s not forget the Penny Arcade sense of humor. Jerry works closely with the team to make sure that the script is dripping with their wit and oddball sense of humor. One of the enemies that you encounter is a mime octopus who falls into a life of crime after not receiving enough love from his family -- sixteen arms total and not a one to hold him. Anyone who regularly reads the online comic will surely find themselves laughing at the ridiculous enemies and entertaining dialogue.
Fans of the series have nothing to worry about with falling into the hands of Zeboyd Games. You can judge for yourself when the game comes out on XBLIG, PC, Mac, and to your mobile device later this year.