Pen Pen TriIceLon

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Pen Pen TriIceLon
System(s): Sega Dreamcast
Publisher: Infogrames North America (US), Infogrames (EU), General Entertainment (JP)
Developer:
Peripherals supported: Jump Pack, Visual Memory Unit, Dreamcast VGA Box
Genre: Action Racing[1][2], Action[3]

















Number of players: 1-4
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Dreamcast
JP
¥5,800 (6,090)5,800e[2] T-17001M
Sega Rating: All Ages
Sega Dreamcast
US
T-15105N
ESRB: Everyone
Sega Dreamcast
DE
T-15103D-58
USK: 0
Sega Dreamcast
ES
8,490Ptas8,490[6] T-15103D-61
ELSPA: 3+ OK
Sega Dreamcast
FR
T-15103D-58
SELL: Tous Publics
Sega Dreamcast
UK
£39.9939.99[5] T-15103D-61
ELSPA: 3+ OK
Sega Dreamcast
DE/FR/NL
T-15103D-58
SELL: Tous Publics
Sega Dreamcast
ES/UK/IT
T-15103D-61
ELSPA: 3+ OK
Sega Dreamcast
AU
$94.9594.95[7]
OFLC: G

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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.

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

The player controls one of eight characters through a series of races. There are also many unlockable costumes.

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

PenPen DC JP Flyer.pdf

PDF
JP flyer
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UK print advert
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Print advert in Dreamcast Magazine (JP) #1998-04: "1998-04 (1998-12-11)" (1998-11-27)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Arcade (UK) NTSC-J
50
[8]
Arcade (UK) PAL
50
[9]
Consoles + (FR) NTSC-J
85
[10]
Consoles + (FR) PAL
75
[11]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
50
[5]
Dreamcast Monthly (UK) PAL
70
[12]
Dreamcast: Le Magazine Officiel (FR) PAL
50
[13]
Dreamcast Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
80
[14]
Dreamcast Magazine (UK) PAL
86
[15]
Dorimaga (JP) NTSC-J
80
[16]
Edge (UK) NTSC-J
50
[17]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
55
[18]
Entsiklopediya igr dlya Dreamcast (RU)
81
[19]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
63
[20]
GameFan (US) NTSC-U
60
[21]
Gamers' Republic (US) NTSC-J
67
[22]
MAN!AC (DE) NTSC-J
55
[23]
MAN!AC (DE) PAL
55
[24]
Man!ak (PL)
65
[25]
neXt Level (DE) NTSC-J
75
[26]
Official Dreamcast Magazine (UK) PAL
60
[27]
Official Dreamcast Magazine (US)
50
[28]
Player One (FR)
67
[29]
Revista Oficial Dreamcast (ES) PAL
40
[6]
Sega Magazin (DE) NTSC-J
74
[30]
Strana Igr (RU)
80
[31]
Strana Igr (RU)
73
[32]
Total Control (UK) NTSC-J
82
[33]
Sega Dreamcast
65
Based on
28 reviews

Pen Pen TriIceLon

Dreamcast, JP
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Dreamcast, US
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Dreamcast, UK/ES/IT
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Dreamcast, DE/FR/NL
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Dreamcast, AU
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Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments

External links

  • Sega of Japan catalogue pages (Japanese): Dreamcast

References

  1. File:PenPen DC JP Box Back.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 http://sega.jp/dc/981005/ (Wayback Machine: 2014-01-17 04:10)
  3. https://sega.jp/history/hard/dreamcast/software_l.html#tab01 (Wayback Machine: 2020-02-01 22:57)
  4. Press release: 1999-09-02: Sega Dreamcast Launch Titles and Peripherals
  5. 5.0 5.1 Computer & Video Games, "January 2000" (UK; 1999-12-15), page 85
  6. 6.0 6.1 Revista Oficial Dreamcast, "Enero 2000" (ES; 1999-12-20), page 39
  7. Hyper, "February 2000" (AU; 2000-xx-xx), page 88
  8. Arcade, "February 1999" (UK; 1999-01-13), page 134
  9. Arcade, "December 1999" (UK; 1999-11-01), page 99
  10. Consoles +, "Janvier 1999" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 98
  11. Consoles +, "Décembre 1999" (FR; 1999-1x-xx), page 156
  12. Dreamcast Monthly, "November 1999" (UK; 1999-11-18), page 80
  13. Dreamcast: Le Magazine Officiel, "Décembre 1999/Janvier 2000" (FR; 1999-12-xx), page 96
  14. Dreamcast Magazine, "1998-03 (1998-12-04)" (JP; 1998-11-20), page 26
  15. Dreamcast Magazine, "No. 2" (UK; 1999-10-21), page 66
  16. Dorimaga, "2002-18 (2002-10-11)" (JP; 2002-09-27), page 34
  17. Edge, "January 1999" (UK; 1998-12-23), page 87
  18. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "October 1999" (US; 1999-09-07), page 220
  19. Entsiklopediya igr dlya Dreamcast, "Izdaniye chetvertoye, dopolnennoye" (RU; 2002-xx-xx), page 155
  20. Famitsu, "1998-12-04" (JP; 1998-11-20), page 35
  21. GameFan, "Volume 7, Issue 11: November 1999" (US; 1999-xx-xx), page 20
  22. Gamers' Republic, "February 1999" (US; 1999-01-15), page 82
  23. MAN!AC, "02/99" (DE; 1999-01-07), page 39
  24. MAN!AC, "04/2000" (DE; 2000-03-04), page 65
  25. Man!ak, "Listopad 1999" (PL; 1999-xx-xx), page 24
  26. neXt Level, "Januar 1999" (DE; 1998-12-18), page 11
  27. Official Dreamcast Magazine, "December 1999" (UK; 1999-11-11), page 81
  28. Official Dreamcast Magazine, "November 1999" (US; 1999-10-05), page 113
  29. Player One, "Décembre 1999" (FR; 1999-xx-xx), page 136
  30. Sega Magazin, "Februar 1999" (DE; 1998-12-28), page 14
  31. Strana Igr, "Yanvar 1999 2/2" (RU; 1999-xx-xx), page 7
  32. Strana Igr, "Sentyabr 2000 2/2" (RU; 2000-xx-xx), page 20
  33. Total Control, "January 1999" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 154


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