We'll probably never get a true sequel to the beloved claymation adventure The Neverhood, but if Doug TenNapel's "spiritual successor" Armikrog is able to meet its fundraising goals, we'll soon have the next best thing.
First unveiled more than a month ago with very few details, we now know that Armikrog will tell the tale of a space explorer named Tommynaut and his blind, talking alien dog named Beak-Beak. Together the two of them "crash land on a weird planet and end up locked in a mysterious fortress called Armikrog. Then... the adventure begins!" As you'd expect from TenNapel, it's an adventure that promises "quirky and lovable characters, unique worlds, a compelling story, mind-bending puzzles, great animation, and tons of clay!"
As seen in the game's first screenshots and Kickstarter video, Armikrog will once again be a point-and-click, stop-motion clay and puppet adventure featuring TenNapel's trademark style. Its resemblance to The Neverhood is surely no coincidence. Though the new game has no direct relationship to the 1996 cult classic, it once again teams TenNapel with animators Mike Dietz and Ed Schofield from Pencil Test Studios and many other developers who worked together previously on The Neverhood (and the Earthworm Jim series).
In one sense, Armikrog will have a familiar sound as well, as The Neverhood's composer Terry S. Taylor will be returning to compose and perform an original new soundtrack for the game. In another sense it will sound much different, however, as Armikrog will feature full voice acting. In fact, an impressive list of actors has been assembled for the game, including Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite), Michael J. Nelsen (Mystery Science Theater 3000), and Rob Paulsen (Pinky and the Brain, Animaniacs).
The plan is to make a full-scale adventure similar in scope to The Neverhood by July 2014, but doing so is a costly proposition, which is why TenNapel and co. have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise a lofty $900,000 by June 27th. The developers have already contributed $100,000 of their own money to get the project off the ground, but successful crowdfunding is the only way Armikrog is going to get made, as TenNapel says that failure to reach the goal would result in the whole project being canceled.
Early supporters can snag a DRM-free Windows, Mac, or Linux version of the game with a $20 pledge, while upper tiers include a variety of rewards, many of which include either digital or printed copies of TenNapel's distinctive artwork. To learn more about Armikrog and to contribute to the campaign, visit the Kickstarter page for full details.