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Pen Pen TriIceLon
Publisher: Infogrames North America (US), Infogrames Multimedia (EU), General Entertainment (JP)
Developer:
System(s): Sega Dreamcast
Peripherals supported: Dreamcast VGA Box, Dreamcast Jump Pack
Genre: Racing































Number of players: 1-4
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Dreamcast
JP
¥5,800 T-17001M
Sega Dreamcast
US
$? T-15105N
Sega Dreamcast
UK
£39.99[2] T-15103D-50
Sega Dreamcast
FR
?F T-15103D-50
Sega Dreamcast
DE
DM ? T-15103D-50
Sega Dreamcast
ES
8.490[3]Ptas T-15103D-50
Sega Dreamcast
DE/FR/NL
? T-15103D-58
Sega Dreamcast
UK/ES/IT
39.99[2] ? T-15103D-61
Sega Dreamcast
AU
$94.95[4] ?



Pen Pen TriIceLon (ペンペン トライアイスロン), known simply as PenPen in Europe, is a Sega Dreamcast racing game by General Entertainment. It was one of the first Dreamcast games to be announced, along with General Entertainment's other game Godzilla Generations and was a launch title for the system in Japan, North America and Europe.

As the name suggests, there are three types of gameplay involved during the races, running, sliding and swimming. The player controls one of eight characters through a series of races. There are also many unlockable costumes.

Gameplay

PenPen TriIceLon is a 1-4 Player triathlon game consisting of running, belly-sliding and swimming. Each player controls a penguin-hybrid (PenShark, PenOctopus, PenSeal) and races in one of 4 worlds: Sweets, Jungle, Toys and Horror. There are 5 races in each world: Easy, Medium, Hard, VS. Same and VS. Hanamizu, where you have to race against a cheater. In every race except Easy, there is also an obstacle somewhere in the walking area. A list of the characters and worlds (including where the obstacles are) is below.

Characters

Sparky
Happy-go-lucky, though childish, PenPen that absolutely loves speed. He loves giving his best shot at racing.
Jaw
Scary PenShark that is very wild. He is rough when he's angry.
Tina
Cutsy PenPen that is very selfish. She loves to make herself look as cute as possible.
Back
Very laid-back PenSeal, and loves to take things nice and easy. Though rare, when he gets angry he can frighten people.
Sneak
Very comedic PenOctopus. He's probably the Bill Cosby of the PenPen world. Sometimes his mischievous plots backfire on himself.
Mr. Bow
Reckless PenDog, often leaping without looking. He always jumps headfirst into things with no though of his safety.
Ballery
The only PenHippo on the planet that is able to speak. She loves to interrupt other people's conversations, acting on jealousy.
Hanamizu
... Let's just leave it as the mysterious PenPen we don't know anything about, OK?

Worlds

Sweets
This world is owned by Mrs. Cream, and is mainly composed of snow, ice, and edible food. The obstacle in this course is when the PenPens walk into the room with the windmills, and they start spinning and blowing the racers all over the room, preventing them from reaching the other end.
Jungle
This world is owned by Unga Pogo, and he just loves outdoor stuff. The obstacle in the jungle is a spinning roulette found in the middle of the IceBat Cave. It spins for a long time, then pauses for a brief amount of time, then spins again.
Toys
This colorful animated world is a large toy box owned by Bambi Mask. The obstacle here is where the large open space in the second half of the walking segment becomes a lake, and you either trudge through the lake or bounce off the rubber duckies to get to the next part.
Horror
This spooky dark world is owned by Horror Man, at age 4771, and loves to scare people. The obstacle is found when you cross two small pools of green water (Yuk!), and spooky hands pop out and attack you. When hit, you stay down for a while before you get back up.

History

Reception

PenPen TriIceLon was given a C+ by Game Revolution. However, the game was criticized for it being short.

Magazine articles

Main article: Pen Pen TriIceLon/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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PenPen DC JP Flyer.pdf

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DCM JP 19981211 1998-04.pdfDCM JP 19981211 1998-04.pdf

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Print advert in
Dreamcast Magazine (JP) #4: "1998-04 (1998-12-11)" (1998-11-27)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
60 №3, p134[5]
85 №84, p98/99
75 №95, p156[6]
60 №218, p85[2]
70 №3, p80[7]
80 №1998-03, p26Media:DCM_JP_19981204_1998-03.pdf[8]
80 №, p34[9]
63 №520, p35
86 №2, p66/67[10]
50 №67, p87[11]
67 №103, p136[12]
40 №1, p39[3]
Sega Dreamcast
68
Based on
12 reviews

Dreamcast, US
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Cover
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Disc
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Inlay
Dreamcast, EN/ES/IT
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Cover
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Disc
Dreamcast, DE/FR/NL
Penpen dc defrnl backcover.jpgPenpen dc eu frontcover.jpg
Cover
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Disc
Dreamcast, JP
PenPen DC JP Box Back.jpgPenPen DC JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
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Disc
Pen Pen Triicelon DC JP Manual.pdf
Manual

External links

  • Sega of Japan catalogue pages (Japanese): Dreamcast

References

  1. Press release: 1999-09-02: Sega Dreamcast Launch Titles and Peripherals
  2. 2.0 2.1 File:CVG UK 218.pdf, page 85
  3. 3.0 3.1 File:ROD ES 01.pdf, page 39
  4. File:Hyper AU 076.pdf, page 88
  5. File:Arcade UK 03.pdf, page 134
  6. File:ConsolesPlus FR 095.pdf, page 156
  7. File:DreamcastMonthly UK 03.pdf, page 80
  8. File:DCM_JP_19981204_1998-03.pdf, page 26
  9. File:Dorimaga_20021011_JP.pdf, page 34
  10. File:DreamcastMagazine UK 02.pdf, page 64
  11. File:Edge UK 067.pdf, page 87
  12. File:PlayerOne FR 103.pdf, page 136