|Developer(s)||The Neverhood, Inc.|
|Rating(s)||ESRB: T (Teen)
Original rating: KA (Kids to Adults)
Since I already made a VtmB review, I might as well make another one for of my fav childhood Platformers, Skullmonkeys for the PS1.
Plot: Klogg, the main villain of the 1st game is banished from The Neverhood and ends up in the planet Idznak, home of the Skullmonkeys. He tricks the Skullmonkeys into helping him create his ultimate war machine, “Evil Engine #9” and use it to get his revenge. A Skullmonkey that wasn’t fooled by Klogg’s deceit sends a distress signal to The Neverhood where Klaymen, the main protagonist is called to Idznak and stop Klogg’s plans.
As mentioned above this game’s a platformer where you traverse through 90 levels (alternate routes included) getting from point A to B in each level, occasionally encountering bosses. What makes this platformer stand out from most others is its humor. Klaymen will butt bounce his way to victory but not without special items to help him along the way. These items include energy balls (Hadokens as I like to call them) Homing birds, your brother Willie, Fart clones and the screen wiping super weapon Univeeeerse Enemaaaaaaaaa!
Here;s some gameplay footage of the 1st level.
Aside from the wide variety of Skullmonkeys, Klaymen must also contend with the YNTs, a sort of mantis/locust like insects. The bosses in the game are pretty cool but there’s one in particular that has stood out the test of time as the weirdest boss ever, Joe Head Joe, a huge Skullmonkey with a Rastafarian head as his body that shoots fireballs and pops its eyes that resides in…a hotdog factory.
The graphics: Like the Neverhood and the Clayfighter series, this game uses Clay animation and even though it’s dated, it holds up pretty well today.
The music: Another thing that makes Skullmonkeys so memorable for the few who have played it is its music. It’s catchy, quirky and fun to listen to. My personal favorite is the Bonus Level song which to this day is the BEST bonus level song ever composed.
In conclusion: If ever in your life you can somehow find a way to play this hidden gem of a classic, legal or illegal, go for it doods! and with that, I leave you with one of my fav cutscenes in the game.