If you’re like me, you’re playing just about anything you can get your hands on these day. I bought Penny-Arcade’s on the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3 today for $4.99 on Steam. If you purchase before July 2nd you get Cthulhu Saves the World and Breath of Death VII giftable copies. I’ve put in about 2 hours and change into Rain-Slick 3, and so far I can say it was well worth the money.
Rain-slick 3 plays like an old SNES RPG. The combat is standard turn-based, but what makes it interesting it the multi-class system. Each character has their own base class, and as you progress the story you find Class pins that allow you to add additional classes. These classes will level as you use them, but also level at a slower rate if you don’t, meaning you can swap them in and out and find what you like.
The game pokes fun at itself and the genre. It’s typical to find an item that does nothing — in fact, the item will probably say “this item does nothing” or “there is no reason to equip this item, ever”. There’s even a slacker class that I can’t figure out… I think it slacks. It’s safe to assume that everything you do, even if it’s mundane, is highly intentional.
The writing mirrors the witty banter of the comic, and is entertaining enough to read without skipping. I think that’s what I enjoy most, actually. The gameplay itself isn’t remarkable, but I love the characters’ personalities, graphics and ambiance (which they work so very hard to create). Combine it all and I can think of only one word to describe Penny-Arcade’s on the Rain-Click Precipice of Darkness 3: Entertaining.