After 5 years in production, Pencil Test Studios‘ Armikrog, the spiritual successor of claymation adventure game The Neverhood, is finally here.
I’ve never played The Neverhood (hopefully it will be made available in digital form soon), but I’ve always found the art direction and music so unique that I’ve eagerly been waiting for the release of Armikrog, because it’s just so different from all the other adventure games or games in general.
Seeing it in motion, the handmade animations and backgrounds with clay just look amazing, while the character and creature design would make for a full length movie that certainly wouldn’t be out of the box office hit equation. Of course this is no surprise, as the characters were designed by Doug TenNapel who also did the awesome Earthworm Jim. The music is as weirdly out of this world (and included in the Deluxe Edition) as the story about space explorer Tommynaut and his blind but talking alien dog Beak-Beak who try to escape the fortress Armikrog.
Being a point-and-click adventure game, this is not only about listening to conversations which are voiced by an impressive cast with Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite), Rob Paulsen (Pinky and the Brain) and Michael J. Nelson (Mystery Science Theater 3000). Puzzles have to be solved as well, and it’s here where the game has to show that it’s accessible to newcomers to the genre who like the claymation style and seasoned players who also like to have more or less logical puzzles. But with a crazy world like this, exploring it might already be half the fun.
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