Clockwork Aquario Review (PlayStation 4)

After being lost for almost 30 years, Our Clockwork Aquario Review takes on the colorful Clockwork Aquario as it gets its release as a digital edition for modern consoles. Easy to pick up, the addictive side-scroller action and intuitive controls ensure you will instantly be immersed in the action as you face a host of baddies.

Clockwork Aquario Review Pros:

  • Decent pixel art graphics.
  • 507.4MB download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Graphics – fullscreen, 1:1, perfect, crispy, soft or razor filters, CRT shader with its own settings for type/intensity/Scanlines and curvature.
  • Action-platformer gameplay.
  • Works on Playstation 5.
  • Six game modes – training mode (unlimited lives but only plays up to stage 2), Easy (9 credits), Normal (5 credits), hard (3 credits), bonus stage (unlocked mini-games), and arcade (can use service mode/add lives/change settings).
  • Local two-player support for mini-games.
  • Gallery shows off the unlocked concept and promo art from the game.
  • Soundtrack lets you select and play music.
  • 3 characters – Huck London, Ellen Moon, and Gush.
  • The retro atmosphere from the graphics, text, and music.
  • Kill enemies by hitting them or jumping on them Mario style.
  • Stun enemies and pick them up to throw them and use them as a weapon.
  • Can change settings from the overlay pause menu at any time.
  • Pop balloons for score plus you can use them to jump higher.
  • Boss battles.
  • Enemies can drop gems for points or health.
  • Build up your 1 up for an extra life.
  • When you die you can fly around the level and choose where you spawn.
  • Game over allows you to swap characters.
  • Each character has a special attack.
  • Points mean prizes in this game.
  • Big bright sprites.
  • Catchy soundtrack.
  • Simple controls to learn.

Clockwork Aquario Review Cons:

  • Cannot rebind controls.
  • No state saves support.
  • Difficult due to the few hits then death.
  • Levels are basic with not a lot of variation.

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Clockwork Aquario:

Official website.

Developer:United Games

Publisher: ININ Games

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PlayStation

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10
8.2/10

Summary

A lot of games have come back in some form over the past few years especially, but here we have a game that was thought to be lost, forgotten, and never to be spoken about again. Thanks to the miracle of luck, skill, and coding prowess we have Clockwork Aquario back in our lives! I say all this like I honestly remember it or have indeed heard of it, I may have but a lot of Shit has happened which may prevent my ability to recall obscure games from my youth. Back to Clockwork Aquario and it could honestly be a new game, it plays really well, has solid controls and with a whole host of Scanlines and filter options, you really can make it look old school. It’s weird, Clockwork Aquario is an old game but it plays like a modern game, it’s new (in a way) but just emits nothing but solid retro gaming feels, it’s a brilliant game to play, it’s a game you come back to time and time again. I came away from Clockwork Aquario thoroughly impressed and love playing it.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!