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February 16 2015
Armikrog - PS4 Preview
Release Date Distributer Publisher Developer
2015TBCPencil TestPencil Test
Offline Players Online players Price Anticipation

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Tommynaut and Beak-Beak in Armikrog.
Something that has really taken off since the PS4 launch is the number of smaller indie titles coming to consoles - some of them great, some of them not so, but it has opened gamers up to a whole new range of titles that big studios would rarely go near or attempt. The strangely titled Armikrog is another indie title, but one which we think has massive potential to become quite a hit.

The Californian development team behind this game, Pencil Test Studios, was founded in 2009 by Mike Dietz and Ed Schofield and have a wide portfolio including game cinematics (God of War III), in-game animation (Star Wars: Episode III, Neverhood), Film and TV and stop-motion animation which is being used extensively in this game, Armikrog.

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Armikrog is a great looking point and click game.
Armikrog actually started life as a Kickstarter campaign in June 2013 with the campaign successfully surpassing it's funding goal. From there the development process begun on this game which is based on characters created by Doug TenNapel (who created Earthworm Jim).

The game follows the adventures of a space explorer named Tommynaut and his blind alien talking dog named Beak-Beak as they crash land on a weird planet and end up locked in a mysterious fortress called Armikrog. Needless to say there will be plenty of humour littered throughout the game to keep it entertaining.

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Pushing around a, ermm, fluffy box?
When you have a new game from the creator of Earthworm Jim and The Neverhood games you know it's going to be an exciting release but unlike that former title this is more of a point and click adventure title then platformer. As you progress through the game you will be presented with a series of puzzles to complete.

The surrounding screenshots, and video below in particular, show off this game in all its glory with some gorgeous stop-motion animations and whacky character design from the two leads to the numerous enemies.

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Armikrog will be out in 2015 on PS4.
One area where the game is certain to impress is the voice acting with Jon Heder (Napoeon Dynamite), Rob Paulsen (Pinky and the Brain) and Michael J. Nelson (Mystery Science Theater 3000) bringing the characters to life. The game also includes an original soundtrack from American songwriter and record producer Terry Taylor.

While there is no set release date yet (it was originally due in 2014 but pushed as the developers didn't want to cut any content) Armikrog is now expected to be out sometime in 2015. With a proven track record of great games going back many years, and early peeks at this game impressing, this looks like a game to keep an eye on as the launch nears.

Released in October 2014 the video below is a Work In Progress trailer for Armikrog which certainly shows the cool animations.