Clock Tower

Clock Tower

Clock Tower, released in Japan as Clock Tower 2, is a survival horror point-and-click adventure game developed by Human Entertainment and released for the PlayStation in 1996. It is the second game in the Clock Tower series after the original Clock Tower, which was released exclusively in Japan for the Super Famicom one year prior. The story takes place in Norway and follows a variety of characters as they attempt to survive the return of Scissorman and uncover the mystery of his seemingly immortal state. The scenarios encountered and endings vary widely based upon the player’s actions.

Clock Tower was one of the first games developed by Human Entertainment to utilize a 3D graphics engine. The team experimented with camera angles and sound with director Hifumi Kono focusing on the game’s “material” more-so than the game design. The game received mixed reviews from critics. The atmosphere and storyline were well received although most other aspects were found to be mediocre. Clock Tower’s pace was found to be especially slow compared with other PlayStation games of the time, which influenced critics to recommend the game only for point-and-click adventure fans.

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