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Long ago, a mysterious being known as Hoborg created a world called the Neverhood, made entirely of an odd substance known as "Klay." However, Hoborg was lonely and, using a mystical "life ... See full summary »

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Doug TenNapel (as Douglas TenNapel)

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Dale Lawrence, Mark Lorenzen (as Mark A. Lorenzen) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Mark Lorenzen Mark Lorenzen ... Willie Trombone (voice) (as Mark A. Lorenzen)
Edward Schofield Edward Schofield ... Klaymen (voice)
Doug TenNapel ... Klogg / Big Robot Bil / Hoborg (voice) (as Douglas TenNapel)
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Long ago, a mysterious being known as Hoborg created a world called the Neverhood, made entirely of an odd substance known as "Klay." However, Hoborg was lonely and, using a mystical "life seed", created a "Klay man" that he called Klogg. Klogg was evil, however, and stole Hoborg's mystical crown, which was his secret to life; without it, he fell into a deep sleep. Luckily, Willie Trombone and his pal, Big Robot Bil, used a "life seed" to create Klaymen. Now, Klaymen must journey throughout the mysterious world that is, the Neverhood, solve puzzles, dethrone Klogg, revive Hoborg from his long sleep, and save the Neverhood. Written by NeverhoodMaster

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Embark on a clay adventure that really breaks the mold.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Neverhood Chronicles See more »

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Trivia

According to an idea proposed around 2008, the game was slated to be made into a movie, but Doug TenNapel announced years later that the film proposal had been scrapped. See more »

Goofs

Klaymen is misspelled as "Klaymeb" in one of Willie's letters. This might or might not be deliberate, since Willie is a pretty dumb character. See more »

Quotes

Willie Trombone: It all start with Hoborg, a being who had to create, because... he had to. He make the world full of beauty and wonder. This world, the Neverhood, a world where he could live forever and ever more!
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Alternate Versions

The game had two unofficial Russian releases. Both took unique approaches to translating the enormous amount of text inscribed on the Hall of Records (an affectionate Bible parody describing the backstory of the game's universe). One version replaces the stories with the game's walkthrough guide. The other replaces the text with random Russian and Soviet cultural jokes, anecdotes and references to Tuborg beer. See more »

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The Neverhood is a must.
21 November 2001 | by smashattackSee all my reviews

Only two words can describe this fantastic frenzy of a fun and frisky form of gaming: "Wow" and "Excellent".

I can't describe it to its full extent. The creators of this game put so much time, effort, and ability into creating Klaymen's world that, although I have played through the game literally five or more times over, I am still amazed. While the game lacks a solid story when you start, it builds up as if the storyline stretches out to the past and the future. Klaymen learns of the past as he continues ahead (on to his and the Neverhood's fate).

When Klaymen's ultimate journey begins, there is no plot. There is no story. There is no big bad guy. There is exploration and there are puzzles, and plenty of them. These puzzles are not extremely hard, as in a similar game, Riven. They are challenging but not beyond total confusion. One puzzle links to something elsewhere within the world, and when Klaymen figures it out, everything fits together.

The plot is excellent (once it quickens), the characters are deep and intriguing, and the gameplay is excellent. Not to mention the cinematic sequences every so often. In all, the Neverhood is a must.


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