The Kotaku Mixtape Vol. 1: The Neverhood Series

Doug Tenapel's bizarre, cult, claymation adventure game The Neverhood — and its platforming sequel Skullmonkeys — is unique on many levels. Greenlit by Stephen Spielberg and developed by Dreamworks Interactive, both games are totally unlike anything made before or since.

Today on Kotaku Mixtape we look at some of the music from those games. Written and performed by Terry S. Taylor, its tone ranges from drunken southern mumbles to loud primal shouting.

Also worth noting: Johnathan Coulton has said that one song in particular, Lil' Bonus Room, was actually a direct inspiration for the Portal song Still Alive.


1. Klaymen's Theme 2. Operator Plays A Little Ping Pong 3. Southern Front Porch Whistler 4. The Lil' Bonus Room 5. Skullmonkeys (The Theme) 6. Elevated Structure of Terror 7. Beep Bop Bo Shards

The two CD soundtrack, Imaginarium: Songs from the Neverhood, is still in print to this day. If you like what you hear, order it here.


    I loved The Neverhood, it was one of the first games I got on my first ever Pentium processor.

      The Neverhood was(is?) fantastic, but the interface needs a lot of work to bring it up to today's standards. It would make a great iPad Game... Please?

      Unfortunately Skullmonkeys is just terrible, which still makes me sad.

        Are you serious?! i loved skullmonkeys!

          I never played it at release.

          I picked it up about a year ago for the PS2 and it just doesn't hold up as a retro game for me.

    It got announced back in 2010 that Terry was working on a new album based on the Neverhood's music.
    Never materialised though, sadly...

    "The more you eat the more you toot,
    the more you toot, the better you feel,
    so eat your beans in every meal! "

    Scene with that song in skull monkeys made my life.

    One of my all-time favourites, soundtrack included. Skullmonkeys was pretty fun too, for what it was.

    I remember hearing talk a while back that the Neverhood was being looked at for mobile release...hope it happens, I wouldn't be able to buy it fast enough.

    Oh man. Went back and played this a year or two ago. So good.

    I can't believe you didn't include 'Everybody Way Oh!'. That was probably the best song in the game!

    I got introduced to The Neverhood a couple of years back by someone and I have to say that it is one of the most entertaining games I have ever played, and I hope it never disappears.

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