While I’ve never personally been a big fan of point-and-click games, I do enjoy claymation. Games that take advantage of this animation technique – like Clayfighters, Cletus Clay (in-production) and The Neverhood – are rare and it’s because of that I appreciate them even more. Of them all The Neverhood, helmed by Doug TenNapel (Earthworm Jim) probably stands as one of the most ambitious claymation video games to date.
Released in the mid-90s, the game featured a clay protagonist (Klaymen) created to overthrow the evil emperor Klogg and save Neverhood. Despite critical success sales for the game did poorly and, despite one official sequel (Skullmonkey), it’s lingered in general obscurity ever since. That is… until now.
Members of the original Neverhood team (Doug TenNapel, Mike Dietz, Ed Schofield and composer Terry S. Taylor) have reunited to give fans a “spiritual successor” or re-imagining called ARMIKROG via a Kickstarter fundraiser. In the same vein as The Neverhood, Armikrog finds Klaymen replaced by “Tommynaut, a space explorer, and Beak-Beak, his blind, talking alien dog” who have crash landed on an alien world and imprisoned in the titular fortress known as “Armikrog.”
If you’re interested in learning more or to see how you can help support this project, be sure to stop by the Armikrog Kickstarter page.