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What is Armikrog.?

Armikrog. is an animated point and click adventure game using stop-motion animation with clay and puppets. It’s being developed by Doug TenNapel, creator of Earthworm Jim and The Neverhood, along with Pencil Test Studios, who brought together most of the original development team from The Neverhood. Terry S. Taylor, who composed The Neverhood soundtrack, will be composing and performing an entirely new soundtrack for Armikrog.

Armikrog main characters

The story follows a space explorer named Tommynaut and his blind, alien, talking dog named Beak-Beak after they crash land on an alien planet. They then get locked in a mysterious fortress named Armikrog and their adventure begins.

Why should you support Armikrog.?

The artistic style of Armikrog. is unlike anything I’ve seen in a long time and—from the videos and screenshots available—is absolutely entrancing. The amount of detail you can achieve with clay animation and puppets are difficult to achieve with the usual computer graphics. One of the reasons why I play adventure games is to get transported to another world of mystery and wonder; I think Armikrog. will be able to do that exceedingly well.

Armikrog walking

There’s also going to be voice acting from skilled performers including Rob Paulsen (voice of Pinky, Yakko, Rafael, and more), Scott Kurtz (creator of the PvP webcomic), Jon Heder (star of Napoleon Dynamite, Surf’s Up, and Blades of Glory), and more. Voice acting can make a good game great just as easily as it can make a great game horrible. With the talented actors and actresses who will be performing I think that the voice acting has a good chance of being wonderful.

Point and click adventure games have been my favorite type of game ever since I bought Myst for my PowerMac way back when. They’re also tricky to make with some titles having too much of an emphasis on puzzles and no story, which can be mentally challenging but dull. Other titles place more importance on the story, which can turn the gameplay into little more than an interactive story. Looking at The Neverhood and how Doug TenNapel was able to strike a good balance between story and puzzles makes me believe he can do the same with Armikrog.

Armikrog. just looks like a fun adventure game with interesting people to meet, a great soundtrack, challenging puzzles, and talented voice actors. If that’s not worth your support, then I don’t know what is.

Where can I find out more about Armikrog.?

You have fewer than 24 hours left to support Armikrog. before the Kickstarter campaign ends. If you think this is the game you want to be able to play, be sure to head on over to their Kickstarter page to watch all of the videos and get more details on the many rewards available for donating.

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