Clock Tower (series)

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Clock Tower is a survival horror point-and-click adventure video game series,[1] created by Human Entertainment and continued by Sunsoft. The series plays like a horror film and unlike some of the other survival horror games, the Clock Tower series does not focus on shooting creatures or using violence, but rather using the player's surroundings to hide and escape while solving puzzles and following the twisting storyline. The main character is usually quite helpless compared to the villains, so the main emotional connection to the game is the fear of being discovered or captured. A spiritual successor, NightCry, is currently in development by Nude Maker, a Japanese studio lead by Clock Tower series creator Hifumi Khono.[2]

Installments[edit]

Clock Tower (1995)[edit]

Released in 1995 for Super Famicom, exclusively in Japan. It is one of the first horror games in the 1990s to be far scarier than imagined (as many horror games before Clock Tower were just fighting games with scary themes), which changed the way horror games are today. The game was later ported to PC in 1997, and WonderSwan in 1999.

Clock Tower 2 (1996)[edit]

Released in 1996 for PlayStation; simply called Clock Tower in North America. Directly connected to its predecesor by use of common main characters and enemies.

Clock Tower: The First Fear (1997)[edit]

Released in 1997, Human Entertainment released an enhanced port of the first Clock Tower game for PlayStation. The game features better detailed graphics, plus new sound effects using Sony PlayStation's new 32-bit hardware. Other features in the game are new items and rooms, as well as new cutscenes.

Clock Tower: Ghost Head (1998)[edit]

Released in 1998 for PlayStation; called Clock Tower II: The Struggle Within in North America. While sharing the gameplay mechanics of the first two, Clock Tower Ghost Head could be considered a spin-off from the main "numbered" series, inasmuch as it is set in Japan rather than Europe. Thus Clock Tower 3, while differing in gameplay style, reunites the original and western numbering.

Clock Tower 3 (2002)[edit]

Main article: Clock Tower 3

Released in 2002 for PlayStation 2. The game features full 3D environments, realistic graphics, and new gameplay mechanics. While Clock Tower 3 is a little different than its predecesors, it does shares some similarities with them in terms of its story and character designs.

Haunting Ground (2005)[edit]

Main article: Haunting Ground

Originally planned to be Clock Tower 4, the game eventually became a spin-off. The game was innovative because the leading character was accompanied by a dog. It was released in 2005 by PlayStation 2. The Japan release was titled Demento. In July, 2012 the ESRB listed the game as part of the PS2 Classics over the PlayStation® Store, but has not been released. On 21 April 2015, Haunting Ground was re-released on the Japanese Playstation Store. There is no news of a western re-release or of a sequel.

NightCry (2015)[edit]

Nightcry is an upcoming Clock Tower game to be released in fall 2015, and it is the first Clock Tower game to be released in 10 years, after the success of Haunting Ground.

Ownership[edit]

After Human Entertainment folded in 1999, the Clock Tower series was sold to Capcom. Clock Tower 3 was co-created by Capcom and Sunsoft [3] and published by Capcom. Not only was this part of the series created by a different company, it also offered 3D movement for the first time within the series. Capcom has not announced another game, although the Clock Tower spin-off, Haunting Ground was originally considered a spiritual sequel and was thought to be initially developed as Clock Tower 4.

Film adaptation[edit]

Until April 30, 2008, the film was stuck in development hell, but finally more information about the film was announced on G4's Attack of the Show!, the show featured a headline quoting: "The Weinstein Company has announced their plans to make a feature adaption of Capcom's classic series Clock Tower, the film will offer gameplay elements from the series while the story will be loosely based on all of the games. Martin Weisz (The Hills Have Eyes 2) has currently been signed to direct."[this quote needs a citation]

On September 9, 2008 it was reported that Brittany Snow would be playing the lead in Clock Tower.[4][5] Filming is set to begin in November at Los Angeles. It is known that Scissorman will be included in the film, but his identity and backstory will be completely different from any of the games.

On October 7, Bloody Disgusting reported rumor that Milla Jovovich, star of the Resident Evil movie franchise was to play a role in Clock Tower.[6] However on October 14 a representative of Jovovich corrected Bloody Disgusting saying that Jovovich was not doing the movie.[7] The only confirmed actor in the movie so far is Brittany Snow.

November 7 brought news that Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group had acquired domestic home entertainment and television distribution rights to Senator's release slate, which included Clock Tower.[8] The long delayed movie has also been pushed back and is set to begin filming in December. It is unknown if the movie will, yet again, be pushed back further.

On December 16, eight promotional artwork and teaser posters were posted online, along with a synopsis and a TBA 2009 release date. The posters show the Scissorman extensively and it appears as though he will be wielding two knives that can join together into a makeshift pair of scissors (like the Scissorman/Scissorwoman in Clock Tower 3 appearance) rather than his trademark pair of shears.

In February 2009 it was revealed by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group that Clock Tower would have a 2010 release, but as of September 2010, it appears the film once again has no director and was described by Martin Weisz as "officially in limbo".

On November 29, 2011, it was announced that David R. Ellis, director of Snakes on a Plane, was attached to the project as the director, but he has since died, and the current movie status is unknown.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shane Patterson (2009-02-03), The Sneaky History of Stealth Games, GamesRadar, Retrieved 2009-06-21
  2. ^ Rad, Chloi (January 2, 2015). "NightCry, the Spiritual Successor to Clock Tower, Gets a Live Action Teaser". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  3. ^ Capcom and Sunsoft announce Clock Tower 3, Gamespot.
  4. ^ McNary, Dave (September 9, 2008). "Weisz's 'Clock' strikes Brittany Snow". Variety. Retrieved 2009-12-28.
  5. ^ Linder, Brian (September 10, 2008). "Clock Tower Casting". IGN. Retrieved 2009-12-28.
  6. ^ Miska, Brad (October 7, 2008). "RUMOR: Milla Jovovich to Topline 'Clock Tower'?". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 2009-12-28.
  7. ^ Miska, Brad (October 14, 2008). "UPDATE: Milla Jovovich to Topline 'Clock Tower' Adaptation". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 2009-12-28.
  8. ^ Kay, Jeremy (November 7, 2008). "SPWAG pacts with Senator US for US home entertainment, TV". Screen International. Retrieved 2009-12-28.
  9. ^ http://movies.ign.com/articles/121/1213517p1.html

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