Claymation is back in Pencil Test’s adventure game, Armikrog
While not a direct sequel to 1996’s The Neverhood, Armikrog’s lineage is clear. Made by California-based Pencil Test Studios, using the same team of designers and animators – many of whom also worked on Earthworm Jim – this new adventure game uses a lot of the same techniques that powered Klaymen’s tale but benefits from modern technology.
“The approach and work hasn’t changed at all,” says Pencil Test producer and ex-Ninja Theory creative director
Luis Gigliotti. “But the software and cameras we use now make things look so much better. It’s a dream, really, for the guys here to get to make a stop-motionbased game again. It’s something we’ve wanted to do for almost 20 years.”
Kickstarter made it possible, and the developers are working in plenty of references for their fans and backers. While the story remains a mystery, it revolves around the pair on this page, Tommynaut and Beak-Beak, who crashland on an alien planet, get thrown in the titular gaol, and become embroiled in a far larger story. The team is currently moulding and shooting with a view to a release in early 2015 on PC and PS4.
Why put so much energy into claymation? “We just love the crafting that goes into the building of objects with our hands,” says Gigliotti, “and the childlike anticipation that comes with knowing that you get to add the illusion of life to these objects”