Developed by: Pencil Test Studios
Publisher: Versus Evil
Available on: PC, OS X, Linux, PS4 (reviewed), Xbox One, Vita
Back in 1996, a little claymation adventure game by the name of The Neverhood captured a few hearts and became a cult classic among the point-and-click crowd. Although it eventually spawned a sequel in Skullmonkeys, leaving the realm of thought provoking adventure games behind and moving toward the more console friendly platformer may not have been what fans of the original were hoping for.
Recent plans to revive The Neverhood were met with roadblocks, but when the folks at Pencil Test Studios teamed back up with animator Doug TenNapel (Earthworm Jim, The Neverhood), it was like getting the band back together. Not only had they worked together on the cult classic adventure title, but began development on a brand new spiritual successor, dubbed Armikrog.
It’s unfortunate, however, that what came to be is one of the most joyless, forgettable adventure games I’ve experienced in a long while.