Review by PentiumMMX
It's decent for a launch title
The Saturns launch wasnt spectacular, because they caught everyone off-guard by releasing it early to get a head-start over PlayStation, which because of the rushed decision, there werent any games ready for release just yet. Once the games started coming out, Clockwork Knight was among the first to be released. Its looks like your typical platform game, but with a Toy Story look and feel to it. Is this game any good, though?
In Clockwork Knight, you play a toy knight named Pepperouchau (Im calling him Pepper from here on in) on a quest to save a princess from some random villain. Yes, its another game with a Save (Princess) from (Villain) storyline. Other than involving toys, the storyline doesnt do anything different than the hundreds of other games where you have to rescue a princess, your girlfriend, or your little sister from a random villain. You have to wonder if they actually let themselves get captured so the game will actually have a story
Story: 5 out of 10
For the time, it looks amazing. Clockwork Knight is a 2D platform game that makes great use of the Saturns 3D capabilities early in its life. Its simply one of the best looking Saturn games of the era.
Graphics: 9 out of 10
The controls works great, but tend to feel a little slippery (More so than the first Crash Bandicoot). Pepper is limited to simple jumping and attacking with his Keyblade (I dont know what they actually call it, but its used much like a Keyblade is in the Kingdom Hearts series), so the controls are simple enough to figure out without instructions, but does make the game feel a little shallow. Still, the controls work, but could be tighter.
Controls: 6 out of 10
The music in Clockwork Knight isnt too bad. It mostly consists of upbeat, happy tunes, which fits with the games style well. However, there are better soundtracks out there.
Music: 6 out of 10
The gameplay isnt anything special; its just another platform game, and somewhat easy and short at that. The first few stages are a cakewalk, and it doesnt truly get hard until the stage just before the final boss (Especially that part of that stage with the moving platforms Even on the lowest difficulty, that part drove me insane). The stages, though they look cool, arent anything really impressive. Also, the bosses are huge and look really cool, but also suffer from the unfortunate easiness this game is plagued by (Well, except for that annoying part of the final stage with those moving platforms). The game defiantly feels rushed, ending half-way through the story.
Gameplay: 6 out of 10
Clockwork Knight is a decent game if you find it for less than $5. If youre good at platform games, youll probably have this finished in less than an hour.
Rating: 3.0 - Fair
Product Release: Clockwork Knight (US, 05/11/95)
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