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Clay animation and videogames

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Clay animation or claymation is one of many forms of stop motion animation. Each animated piece, either character or background, is “deformable”—made of a malleable substance, usually plasticine or clay.

This animation technique was transferred to video games in the 90s. The first video game study was The Neverhood, in the game The Neverhood Chronicles, a fun and surreal point-and-click adventure for PC.

After that, The Neverhood and other videogame studies used the clay animationto make true works of art as videogames.

 

List of best clay / plasticine videogames

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The Neverhood
The Neverhood
1996
Windows, PlayStation
Point-and-click adventure

The Neverhood is a point and click adventure. Klaymen, the protagonist, wakes up in the nursery of a surreal world of clay, without knowing who or where he is and what he is supposed to do.

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Skullmonkeys
The Neverhood
1998
PlayStation
Adventure platformer

Skullmonkeys is a 2D platformer built entirely of Claymation characters, enemies, and environments. Throughout the game’s seven worlds spanning ninety levels, the basic objective of each is to destroy as many Skullmonkeys as possible.

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BoomBots
The Neverhood
1999
PlayStation
Arena one-on-one versus fighter

Boombots is a real time 3D fighting game that takes place on a trek to the planet of the Feline Alien Research Troop, where Earth’s Boombot Underground Technology Team has traveled to challenge the Feline Alien Research Troop’s Boombots.

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Klaymen Gun-Hockey
The Neverhood
1999
PlayStation
Air hockey sport game

A Japan-only sports action game based on (but not developed by or featuring the Claymation design techniques of) the characters of game developer The Neverhood. The game is a variation of the parlor game Air Hockey, only played with guns instead of paddles.

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The Dream Machine
Cockroach
2012
Windows, Mac
Point-and-click adventure

The Dream Machine is an award-winning point and click adventure game made out of clay and cardboard. In Chapter 1 of the 5 part Dream Machine series, you play as Victor Neff, the husband in a young couple who’ve just moved into a new apartment.

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Tanita: Plasticine Dream
Akella
2012
Windows, Mac
Point-and-click adventure

Tanita is a small plasticine girl, very clever in spite of her age and production material. One fine day she leaves for a world tour on the plasticine aircraft… but it crashes! Tanita finds herself on mysterious islands, where amazing adventures await her all around. So, Tanita tries to get out of this difficult situation. And she accidentally discovers she is not alone here! A mysterious stranger was also left on the same islands too, and Tanita decides to find him and help her fellow victim straightaway. Perhaps, together they will find their way home!

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Dark Oberon
Marian Cerny, Peter Knut, Martin Kosalko, Michal Kral, Jiri Krejsa, Valeria Sventova
Pre-release version
Windows, Linux
Real Time Strategy

Dark Oberon is an open source real-time strategy game similar to Warcraft II released under GPL. It has got unique graphics – textures created from shots of real models made out of plasticine!
Dark Oberon was originally developed as a project at Faculty of Mathematics and Physics at Charles University in Prague.

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Bert the Bararian
Anthony Flack
1999, 2000
Windows
Hack and slash

Bert the Barbarian is an unfinished hack n’ slash platform game that features two levels. At the end of the second level, the game starts over. As Bert, you can decapitate your opponents with your sword and slice them in half.

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Platypus
Platypus
Anthony Flack
2002, 2006, 2009
Windows, PSP, Xbox 360
Sidescrolling shoot’em up

Platypus is a side-scrolling shoot ’em up where you are flying the last ship of the F-27 Platypus fleet, and attempting to defend planet Mungola from Colossatropolis (which has become so overcrowded that its inhabitants are taking over Mungola for space and resources).

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Platypus 2
Idigicon
2008
Windows
Sidescrolling shoot’em up

Platypus II is a side-scrolling shoot ’em and the second part of the famous Platypus.

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Clayfighter
Visual Concepts, Danger Productions
1993
Super Nintendo, Mega Drive, Wii
Fight game

Clay Fighter is a 2D fighting game released in which the characters, as the name suggests, are made completely out of clay. This allows for interesting moves and stylized graphics. The zany roster includes: Bad Mr. Frosty, a snowman; Taffy, a piece of stretchable candy; Blob, a character who can morph into different shapes; Blue Suede Goo, an Elvis knock-off; Ickybod Clay, a pumpkin-headed ghost; Helga, an opera singer; and Bonker, the crazed clown. Each character also has their own level and individual taunts.

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Clayfighter Tournament edition
Visual Concepts, Danger Productions
1994
Super Nintendo
Fight game

The Tournament Edition of Clay Fighter fixes some glitches and adds new features to the original 2D fighting game. Most scenarios were changed or redone, the graphics are brighter and the gameplay is faster. The characters can now perform three and four-hit combos. More voice-overs and a new introduction cut-scene were added.
Three kinds of tournaments are now available: double elimination, single elimination and sudden death. One, four or eight players can join the tournaments, with the option of renaming their characters for customization.

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ClayFighter 2: Judgment Clay
Interplay
1995
Super Nintendo
Fight game

Clay Fighter 2, just like its predecessor, is a Street Fighter-like fighting game for 1 or 2 players.
The characters were made out of clay and then renderized, which provides the game some individuality in the enormous mass of Super NES fighting games.

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Clayfighter 63 1/3
Interplay
1997
Nintendo 64
Fight game

In this zany beat ’em up, clay animated fighters clash in a fight to the clay death. Characters such as Bad Mr. Frosty (a snowman gone terribly bad), Blob (a green pile of slime), Bonker the nightmare clown and a host more are available to choose from, each with a range of moves that no clay animated character has ever attempted before (such as throwing chickens, clay, and plenty of other objects, including themselves).

Graphics are a combination of 2D clay animated characters and 3D designed foregrounds/backgrounds.

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Clayfighter: Sculptor’s cut
Interplay
1997
Nintendo 64
Fight game

Clay Fighter: Sculptor’s Cut is a parody of one-on-one fighting games and features sixteen playable clay fighters, including Sumo Santa, Statue of Liberty, Booger Man and Earthworm Jim. It is the sequel to Clay Fighter 63 1/3.

Like the title suggests, it is not an entirely new game but rather a different version of it. The most notable differences are the four extra playable characters and betterments in the 2D-style camera angle. You cannot perform unlimited combos anymore either.

Moves are a mix of standard punches and kicks (although not all of the contestants have hands or legs) and a large number of special moves specific to each and combos.

You can sometimes interact with your environment by kicking your opponent through a door or window and continue on the other side. You can also end the fights with Mortal Kombat-style “Claytalities”.

Claymates
Claymates
Visual Concepts, Danger Productions
1993
Super Nintendo
Adventure platformer

The game is a side-scrolling platformer where you gain power-ups that let you transform into various forms to help you reach the end of the level.
After each level, you are placed on the world map and given several robots who blindly walk forward until they hit an obstacle, then turn at a right angle and continue on their way. It’s up to you to manipulate them to help you clear a way to the next level, where more challenges await.

Clay Jam
Clay Jam
Fat Pebble
2012
iOS
Stampede game

Save the land of Clay Jam from the fearsome Bully Beasts in this fun-packed action game.
Guide Fat Pebble as he rolls down five weird and wonderful hills in a world made entirely from clay!
Squash monsters on the way, and he’ll grow and grow and GROW! Get all the way to the bottom of the hill and meet the nasty Bully Beasts.

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Piranha chase
Retro64
2012
iOS, Web browser, Windows, Android
Sidescrolling shoot’em up

Help your little ducky escape from those hungry Piranha with awesome claymation visuals!
Lots of hungry piranha are after your duck, and it’s up to you to survive as long as you can.

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Zombies don’t ride
Retro64
2012
iOS, Android
Sidescrolling shoot’em up

Zombies don’t like you- not one bit. To avoid being breakfast, your only shot is to hop aboard your scooter and run for as long as you can!

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Claytopia
Claytopia
Studio FrameJam
2012
iOS
Puzzle platformer

Embark on an epic journey to save the sweet land of Claytopia. With more than 55 challenging puzzles across 6 different environments, you have hours and hours of puzzle solving fun ahead of you.

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OddBlob
OddBlob
Handmark, Astraware
2010
iOS
Puzzle platformer

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