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Armikrog releases today, breaks out the mould to break your brain

Armikrog launch

Armikrog, the spiritual successor to ‘90s claymation adventure game The Neverhood, releases today on PC, Mac, and Linux. Like its predecessor, Armikrog is a puzzle game filled with oddball characters, even weirder music, and it’s all hand-crafted from clay. Take a look at it all in motion in the launch trailer.

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It looks pretty much like The Neverhood HD, only with entirely different characters, areas, puzzles, and plot. However, if The Neverhood was one of those games that shaped your earlier years, you’ll see plenty of nods to that game: not only are the characters reminiscent of that world, but puzzles like cars that follow grids in the wall, and dealing with massive, toothy monsters, all seem part of the proceedings.  

The game is a result of a successful Kickstarter campaign by developer Pencil Test, who include among their ranks Doug TenNapel - creator of The Neverhood and Earthworm Jim - and Mike Dietz. The team also brought back Terry Scott Taylor to create a new, bizarre soundtrack for the game. 

If you fancy helping Tommynaut and his blind dog Beak Beak find their way out of the fortress Armikrog (by presumably solving lots of bloody hard puzzles) you can grab the game from Steam. If you backed on Kickstarter, check you emails for your game key. 

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AnAuldWolf Avatar
2 Years ago

Oh, I wish I could support this. I just don't want my money going to TenNapel, though. Which is unfortunate for everyone else who's worked on the project.

The thing is is that TenNapel isn't merely a jerk or a bigot, he's gone out of his way to actively try and hurt people. He likes showing up whenever gay issues related to video games are talked about just to have the vain chance to try to make gay people feel like sub-humans. He's even equated being gay to sneaking in to have a poop in the lady's toilets.

He's just a genuinely unpleasant person. It's not so much that I don't like his views, even, it's more that I don't like him as a person. He's never been pleasant at any point when he's said anything on the Internet. So I just can't give them my money.

Not that my money matters, as I'm a minority, and I'm sure they'll get plenty enough anyway. I still feel bad about it though because -- as I said -- the fact that this has been tainted by TenNapel's presence and how he'll benefit still means that there will be people like myself who won't chip in. So they'll probably make less money than they otherwise would.

It's strange to feel guilty about this, honestly. I probably shouldn't. I guess it couldn't have hurt to actually look into the people they work with to see if those people make arses of themselves by going around and being prejudicial buttheads and hating on minorities. They could've done that. They didn't.

Oh well.

Footnote: As an autistic person, I have a very thin skin and I am admittedly super sensitive when it comes to prejudice. It's made me more than a little bitter and crotchety.

NihlusGreen Avatar
2 Years ago

It's a shame he drags intolerance into gaming, it only helps cast a negative image onto gaming in general.

Gaming is about inclusiveness and fun, no matter who you are.