If you were a child of the 16-bit era, then you know Earthworm Jim. The quirky annelid with the absurdly buff upper body delighted SNES and Sega MegaDrive/Genesis owners everywhere with his bizarre antics and off-the-wall humor. But sadly, after the original creators lost the rights to the series after the first sequel, further entries were of course deluded and panned by audiences, resulting in an ongoing 16 year absence in humanoid earthworm sightings.
But ladies and gentlemen, let there at least be a cheer for the return of Doug TenNapel—the original creator of Earthworm Jim—in the role of video game developer for the first time since the late 90’s. He has teamed up with Earthworm Jim/The Neverhood artists Ed Schofield and Mike Dietz to do an all new claymation point-and-click adventure in the style of his hit 1996 game The Neverhood called Armikrog.
The team was able to pull a successful Kickstarter campaign of just short of a million dollars to put together Armikrog, and though the game was supposed to release this week, a last minute push-back to clean up a few lingering bugs has placed the game’s release at the end of the month—September 30, 2015.
Despite the delay, Armikrog is currently up on the Steam store for pre-purchase at a discounted rate up until its release. There is also a deluxe edition that includes the soundtrack, scored by extremely talented and revered songwriter Terry Scott Taylor, who also did the music for The Neverhood.