Armikrog the Successor to the Neverhood

Armikrog screen captureFor anyone who loved the 1996 Dreamworks game The Neverhood, this new game can’t be completed soon enough. Armikrog the successor to the Neverhood is developed by Doug TenNapel in partnership with Pencil Test Studios. Many of the same people who developed the original game are involved in this project as well. Note, that the game is being billed as the spiritual successor to the Neverhood, rather than an exact sequel.
The Neverhood is the computer game I wish I had designed. I prefer puzzle games to those where winning depends on how many creatures you can shoot or defeat. The designers of the original, in a credits video, explain that one can choose to go with frightening or funny to create a successful good vs evil game. They chose funny, and it worked well.

Claymation is the medium. Think Gumby and Pokey if you are old, or more recently Wallace and Gromit. Since the animation is naturally somewhat stylized by the method, it lends itself to humor.

The musical score for the Neverhood was written and recorded by Terry Scott Taylor, who is also doing the music for Armikrog. The Neverhood soundtrack won GMR Magazines “Best Game Music of the Year” award in 1996.

In Armikrog, not many secrets are being given away, but in the opening scene, Tommynaut and his blind talking dog Beak-Beak, appear to have crash landed on a new planet. They become trapped in a fortress called Armikrog. The only way to escape is to solve puzzles of varying difficulties. From watching the video, it looks as if there will be many of the same kinds of puzzles with some new twists added.

From the looks of the video, it appears that there are more similar elements than say between Myst and Riven, and yet, if you are familiar with the Neverhood, it’s easy to see that there are some changes as well. That just makes me itch to get my hands on this game and start trying to solve it.

Armikrog02Voices will be provided by Michael J. Nelson in the role of Tommynaut while Rob Paulsen does the voice of Beak-Beak. Other characters have not yet been released.

This game was crowdfunded through Kickstarter, to the tune of $950,000. When a game is so well loved, it’s amazing how people will step up to put money into a sequel. Armikrog will be released for Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, PlayStation 4, and Wii U. Languages supported will be English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Polish,and Russian.

If you are waiting for Armikrog the successor to the Neverhood, the game is scheduled to be released early in 2015.


screen captures from the video



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