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--> A ''baaad'' man, fell from the sky...
----> '''Jerry'O'''

Remember Klogg being thrown into space after the events of ''[[VideoGame/TheNeverhood Neverhood]]''? You think he'd be lost forever, floating around the orbits of unknown planets and not harming anyone?

You've almost got it right. ''Almost.''

The aforementioned villain returns as Kloggmonkey, and proclaims himself ruler of all Skullmonkeys on planet IDZNAK [[PaperThinDisguise simply by wearing a skull and a monkey skin]]. He then forms [[ThePlan a pretty simple plan]] to take revenge to The Neverhood: force his newly-acquired minions to build the so-called Evil Engine Number Nine. One of the Skullmonkeys, Jerry'O, however, being much more intelligent than the rest of his kind, is unswayed by Klogg's lies. In a desperate bid to save his world, Jerry'O uses a flying bird machine to summon Klaymen...

...Who has no idea what's going on here.

''Skullmonkeys'' is The Neverhood's claymation sequel to their eponymous game, released by Electronic Arts exclusively for the PlayStation in 1998. It's not an AdventureGame anymore, though: now it's being a PlatformGame done in aesthetics and wackiness closer to the original ''VideoGame/TheNeverhood'' and slightly to ''VideoGame/EarthwormJim'', only with [[NintendoHard buffed-up difficulty]], more areas to explore and less gameplay differences between each level (which also counts for {{Unexpected Gameplay Change}}s too): the whole thing relies on platforming, running and stomping the foe apes more than it does on shooting and carrying/escorting stuff from one point to another. It doesn't include a huge variety of powerups or stage hazards other than enemies and spikes, though, so what really makes ''Skullmonkeys'' challenging is its' pretty ''hellish'' level design, which requires medium to little reaction time from the player to get on with.

The game itself turned out to be the last Neverhood installment to be officially released by TenNapel and his crew, bringing the entire series into stagnation. Until, that is, the announcement of its' SpiritualSuccessor: ''Armikrog''.
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!!This game provides examples of:
* AndThereWasMuchRejoicing: The title characters react to [[spoiler:Klogg's death]] by [[TheVillainSucksSong singing]].
* ArtEvolution: The animation in ''Skullmonkeys'' seems to reflect Doug Ten Napel's art style more than The Neverhood did. Also, Willie is a LOT skinnier and lankier. It also would be fair to say that the animations became even more smooth than ever, especially if you consider that [=PS=] has no more than two megabytes of RAM.
* BottomlessPit: You say ''[[VideoGame/TheNeverhood The Neverhood]]'' has only one such pit - ''Skullmonkeys'' is chock full of 'em. Of course, none appear during the first three worlds, which are The Skullmonkeys Gate, Science Lab and The Monkey Shrine, but then... Oh, and as for the later part of the game, they're absent in Skullmonkeys Brand Hotdogs and Soar Head.
* BeautifulVoid: If you forget about a bunch of floating platforms, Klaymen and Monkey Mage, the post-Castle-de-Los-Muertos boss battle is wholehandedly this.
** [[spoiler:1970]] may also be one, blended with HallOfMirrors. Which perfectly fits, considering the psychedelia representing the same time period. Oh, and the entire world ends with [[spoiler:a boa platform with extra lives floating above, all that on the background of '''a freakin' disco dancer's chest.''']]
* BodyHorror: Joe Head Joe, a boss who has [[NightmareFuel a realistic human head for a body]].
* BreakingTheFourthWall: The Lil' Bonus Room. So creative and inventive way to talk to the players. May be a EarWorm or ParanoiaFuel to those who hear it.
* CallBack: At the end of the game, [[spoiler:a chunk of Evil Engine No. 9 lands next to Willie Trombone and he eagerly pulls out a knife and fork . . . the same reaction he had to the weasel's arm landing next to him in ''The Neverhood'']].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uw4UuhuqoFA The Plate Ees Hot!]], theme song of Castle de Los Muertos, might be a one big callback to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqB8z2mu6oY this radio song]] from ''The Neverhood Chronicles''. At least, lyrics-wise.
* ChekhovsGun: The Holy Root, which is given by Jerry'O somewhere by the beginning of the game, [[spoiler: finally gets its use at the very end, to get rid of Evil Engine Number 9]].
* CloudCuckoolander: Klaymen. Why Klaymen? Well, in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pof6aL3qdb0 one scene]], he reaches into a hole that he saw a sandwich go into, gets his arm reduced to bones for it (yet he's still able to move it around), and...he smiles and says, "Cool!"
* DemotedToExtra: Willie Trombone is only briefly present in the intro and ending cutscenes of the game. And as a power-up.
* DevelopmentGag: A standing, walking, fire-breating and eyeball-plucking example of this is Joe-Head-Joe, the second boss.
* DifficultyByRegion: The Japanese version of the game features a few more cheats to run around with. In particular, the stage selection screen.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: You're on a planet full of them!
* EvilMinions: The Skullmonkeys.
* EyeScream: The boss Joe Head Joe has a very... disgusting attack: He pops out his lower eyeballs (I say "lower" because this boss has two heads), which roll at you, possibly in an attempt to flatten you, all the while [[NauseaFuel making slimy sounds]] until they fall off the platform.
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: The planet Idznak is shown to have really, really rich topography and geography, consisting of swamps, hot dog factories, dark castles, platforms floating in the air, ruins... During the gameplay, that is. In the cutscenes, Idznak is nothing more than [[SingleBiomePlanet an all-brown planet with lots of spiky mountains stretching everywhere]]. No reason is given for that, considering it's too odd and suspicious even for the Neverhood standards.
* GiantRobot: Evil Engine Number Nine could be considered this. Maybe.
* GottaCatchEmAll: Only as a requirement of getting to an alternate ending.
* GuideDangIt: A really heavy offender of this trope, thanks to the fact that not only it doesn't give several CameraScrew-based secret, but it also violates all common sense imaginable by starting the game from the second world. [[spoiler: And making the first one available only through passwords.]]
* HeroicMime: Klaymen still doesn't speak much, except to say "Word" when he gets an extra life and after a Skullmonkey's vehicle blows up in one cutscene. In another cutscene (see CloudCuckoolander or ShoutOut), he [[NightmareFuel gets his arm shredded to bone]], and reacts by smiling and saying, "Cool!"
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Klogg]]. Just to drive the point home, they sing a song about it!
* LastNoteNightmare: More like ''Middle'' Note Nightmare, in "Little Bonus Room Song".
-->''There are no monsters here -- hey, wait, look over there...'' '''[LOUD DISTORTED GUITAR NOISES]'''\\
''I was just kidding, don't be scared.''
* LawOfOneHundred: 100 Clay Balls gets you an extra life.
* ListSong: ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uw4UuhuqoFA The Plate ees Hot!]]'', grabbing the idea from ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqB8z2mu6oY Coffee And Other Just Desserts]]'' and running with it.
* MultipleEndings: In order to get the ending with the [[spoiler:Klogg Is Dead song]], the player is obliged to collect every Swirly Qs on all levels possible, along with three 1970 icons. And even it isn't immune from exploiting the game the unusual way, because [[spoiler:the game clearly starts at the second world, while the first one, ''The Skullmonkeys Gate'' is accessible [[GuideDangIt only and only through the passwords.]]]]
* NintendoHard: It's near impossible to win without excessive cheat code use.
* OneHitPointWonder: Unless he has a Halo equipped, Klaymen will go down in one hit.
* RecurringRiff: The opening credits is technically nothing else than a wilder rework of the original ''Neverhood Chronicles'' theme.
* SameContentDifferentRating: ''Skullmonkeys'' was a notably darker game than ''The Neverhood'', yet it was originally rated K-A for Kids to Adults. Angry parents calling in must've set the ESRB straight, and they re-rated the game T for Teens.
* SkullForAHead: They're not called ''Skull''monkeys for nothing.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: The third episode of ''Skullmonkeys'' (which is, the portion of the game after you beat Joe-Head-Joe) completely discards all the Skullmonkey enemies as such, replacing them with Ynts [[labelnote:Plus]]There's only a couple of Ynt enemies, however, discounting Glenn Yntis, with both being used throughout the entire Ynt level set[[/labelnote]].
* SoundtrackDissonance: Castle de Los Muertos, which is so dark you can barely see anything, to begin with. Along with the creepy red-white-black color scheme which this world doesn't discard until Monkey Mage shows up, the local architecture isn't child friendly either. At the same time, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uw4UuhuqoFA its' ingame soundtrack]] is about - surprise, surprise! - ''chilly food''! Perhaps, the only thing which keeps the music consistent to the stage is that Castle de Los Muertos heavily relies on its' roller coaster-like platform rides.
* StrippedToTheBone: Klaymen gets all the flesh on his arm eaten by a Ynt. Thankfully, he still has functional use of his bony arm and thinks it looks cool.
* TrouserSpace: Near the end, Klaymen pulls The Root out of his pants [[spoiler:to plug the exhaust pipe of Evil Engine No. 9.]]
* UnexpectedGameplayChange: There are four such levels over the entire game: Amazing Drivy Finn, Incredible Drivy Runn, Glenn Yntis and Klogg boss fight. None of these allow you to use your special weapons, but wait till the TrueFinalBoss arrives... Wait a second. So, it means, even ''Evil Engine Number Nine'' plays this trope straight, with being a PlatformHell sequence instead of a regular boss fight?
* TheVillainSucksSong: "Klogg [[spoiler: is dead!]]"
* WordSaladLyrics: The bulk of the music is ''made'' of this. Especially "Death Garden Jive", where the official soundtrack lists the "lyrics" as "[[EvenTheSubtitlerIsStumped Your guess is good as ours.]]"
* WolfWhistle: Klaymen lets one out in ''Skullmonkeys'' when one of the titular baddies uses a [[GatlingGood machine gun]] to shoot at him while ending up making the silhouette of a shapely woman with the bullet holes.
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