'Earthworm Jim' Creator Takes Stop-Motion Game 'Armikrog' To Kickstarter

Doug TenNapel, creator of "Earthworm Jim" and "The Neverhood," has once again partnered with Pencil Test Studios, this time to launch a Kickstarter campaign in hopes of funding a new stop-motion animated game. Dubbed "Armikrog," the PC and Mac title would be a point-and-click adventure following the story of stranded space travelers/drinking buddies Tommynaut and Beak-Beak. Listen to the official pitch in the video above!

The Kickstarter campaign, which began today, is seeking $900,000 to get "Armikrog" made. At the time of writing, the project had already secured over $51,000 from nearly 1,000 backers, and received the support of Double Fine Productions president and CEO Tim Schafer.

"How is that clay moving? Is it witchcraft? Are there bugs inside? I'm frightened! But I have to admit, it looks pretty cool," said Schafer. "I'm going to back this Kickstarter just to make sure I don't make it angry!"

Terry S. Taylor, the award-winning composer behind the music of "The Neverhood," will be composing and performing an all-new soundtrack for the game. He'll be joined by talented voice actors including Michael J. Nelson (Mystery Science Theater 3000), Veronica Belmont (Tekzilla), Jon Heder (Napolean Dynamite), Rob Paulsen (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and Scott Kurtz.

According to the Kickstarter page, "Armikrog will be developed using the Unity engine for PC, MAC and LINUX in order to secure the goal of completing the project within one year. We'll also be using many of the same animation, modelling, sculpting, set building and clay & puppet fabrication methods we've used before—keeping the overall game design scalable so that we can create a fun and exciting experience within our targeted funding goal, but still have the flexibility to expand, should the opportunity present itself."

To back the project, supporters can pledge anywhere from $5 to $10,000, but if you want to receive a physical reward of any kind you'll need to cough up at least $75. Thankfully, getting yourself a copy of the game is pretty affordable – a DRM-free "Armikrog" download can be had for just $20.

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