The episodic game guide

Tired of spending big bucks on games? Try playing through a couple seasons of bite-sized game episodes.

Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-soaked Precipice of Darkness Episode 1
Season Starts: Currently in repeats
Network: PC and Xbox 360 (PS3 this fall)
Episodiness: One episode, more coming "at some point."
The Deal: Yes, the above mess actually is the full name of a relatively short episodic adventure. Penny Arcade is a fan-fave Web comic amongst the gaming set, but those not in the know are missing something: a sharp-looking action game dripping with style — and wise-ass dialogue worthy of an Evil Dead/Army of Darkness marathon. There's only one episode out so far, but the creators promise that more are coming.


Sam & Max
Season Starts: Currently in repeats
Network: PC (Wii this holiday)
Episodiness: Two "seasons"; 11 episodes
The Deal: Never heard of Sam & Max? Really? A mainstay of classic adventure gaming? OK, imagine the most twisted cartoon you ever came across on late-night TV, except you're interacting with it. The stars — a homicidal rabbit and a Sam Spade-inspired canine — bust some of the weirdest crimes on the planet. And on the moon. And in Hell. The first two seasons have already run on Gametap and have since been released on everything from Valve's Steam service to special edition DVD-ROMs. If you're any kind of fan of oddball puzzle-solving adventures, this is a must-have. Not sure if it's for you? The "Abe Lincoln Must Die" episode is free on the Telltale games download page.

Wing Commander: Secret Ops
Network: PC
Episodiness: Cancelled
The Deal: Like every great TV series ahead of its time, WC:SO was a little too ambitious for its own good. Nowadays, 120MB downloads per installment may not sound bad, but we're talking about an age when you were lucky to have a 56KB modem. Fortunately, if you know where to look, the faithful continue to crank out free, fan-created Wing Commander episodes like WC: Standoff. Download it and savor some space opera dialogue (not to mention shooting down Kilrathi).

Join the newsletter!


Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Darren Gladstone

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

Jack Jeffries


As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr


The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?