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Video Game / Claymates

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Claymates is a Platformer game for the SNES published by Interplay Entertainment on April 26th, 1994. It is a Spin-Off of the ClayFighter series, known for its usage of Stop Motion animation and Claymation.

The story of Claymates begins when a scientist creates a formula that transforms clay into living animals. A Witch Doctor desires the formula for himself, capturing the scientist, and transforming the scientist's son Clayton into a blue ball of clay. As Clayton, the player must travel across the world, from his backyard to Japan and beyond, in order to rescue his father and return to normal.


  • All There in the Manual: The backstory and the names of the characters as well the gameplay, there's all in the manual.
  • Big Bad: The Witch Doctor who steals the clay formula and Clayton's father, as well converting him into a blue ball of clay.
  • Blob Monster: Clayton's blue ball form.
  • Claymation: As with the main series, no computer animation was involved, with all clay characters rendered from hand-made models.
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  • Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition: Some copies of the SNES box had a holofoil cover; tilt it one way to show coins representing the different animal transformations, and tilt the other for the animals themselves.
  • One-Hit-Point Wonder: The default blue ball form.
  • Punny Name: Clayton. Also his father, Dr. Putty.
  • Shapeshifter: One of the main gimmicks is Clayton transforming into different animals using pieces of his father's formula scattered across the levels, giving him different abilities depending on the form.
  • Spin-Off: Of ClayFighter series, mostly the first game.
    • Shout-Out: The creatures that Clayton can transform into are the same as the Round announcers in the original game.
    • The Big Bad is a Witch Doctor who wants to rule the world by stealing the clay formula. This could be inspiration for the character of Houngan in 63⅓, who has the same backstory.
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  • Take That!: The American version of the SNES box touts "Blaze Processing", that "accelerates characters to incredible speeds", a reference to SEGA's "Blast Processing".
  • Unexpected Gameplay Change: Between platforming levels, the player has to complete block-moving puzzles to unlock the path forward.
  • Witch Doctor: The antagonist of the game.


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