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Title: Clock Tower (2nd Review)
Author:Human Entertainment
Rom Player: ZSNES
Reviewer: Mr. Stookymalarkey

Synopsis: Although its too late for Hallow's Eve, here's a nice horror themed SNES game that never made it here (due to the overbearing censorship of the times). A sequel was made for PSX but here was dubbed as being the first (kinda like how Final Fantasy 3 is actually #6 in Japan).
Here, you take on the role of Jennifer Simpson (no relation to OJ or Jessica, luckily), an orphaned girl who was adopeted by rich recluse Mr. Burrows along with your friends Laura, Liotte and Anne. The trouble starts when after the agent for Burrows, Mary, disappears on you and when you to investigate, you find yourself face to face with some disfigured bastard armed with the biggest honkin' pair of hedgeshears ever, dubbed as the scissorman!

The game, oddily enough, is done like your standard PC adventure game with a cursor to guide Jennifer's movements and an inventory. The puzzels in the game aren't very challenging but the point is not them but to avoid being ripped to shreads by the Scissorman, as the SOB tends to show up at the worst of times. Here, the game is more open ended, as there's several different ways to loose the bastard. Unlike adventure games, there is a panic button that you need to utilize at key points to keep alive, like when you grapple with scissorman. Keep in mind that your stamina has to be high or else your character will tire and thus die!

Where the game shines is the creepy amtosphere that it creates, as not only are the backgrounds oppressive but also we are treated to the facial expressions Jennifer goes through as she encounters such terrible stuff like seeing a friend drown. It's these slight touches that make this game stand out from your garden variety zombie blastin' experience.

THe only problems with the game I found is 1) The plot was not very well defined and so we never learn just what the hell is with the occult stuff 2) It's not as scary after the 1st time through, as the scissorman's patterns are identical everytime 3) The endings are tooo short!

Well, if you want to try the game, head over to the-underdogs.org and look under the non-PC section. I suggest using a PC gamepad for the game. Here, you take on the role of Jennifer Simpson (no relation to OJ or Jessica, luckily), an orphaned girl who was adopeted by rich recluse Mr. Burrows along with your friends Laura, Liotte and Anne. The trouble starts when after the agent for Burrows, Mary, disappears on you and when you to investigate, you find yourself face to face with some disfigured bastard armed with the biggest honkin' pair of hedgeshears ever, dubbed as the scissorman! The game, oddily enough, is done like your standard PC adventure game with a cursor to guide Jennifer's movements and an inventory. The puzzels in the game aren't very challenging but the point is not them but to avoid being ripped to shreads by the Scissorman, as the SOB tends to show up at the worst of times. Here, the game is more open ended, as there's several different ways to loose the bastard. Unlike adventure games, there is a panic button that you need to utilize at key points to keep alive, like when you grapple with scissorman. Keep in mind that your stamina has to be high or else your character will tire and thus die! Where the game shines is the creepy amtosphere that it creates, as not only are the backgrounds oppressive but also we are treated to the facial expressions Jennifer goes through as she encounters such terrible stuff like seeing a friend drown. It's these slight touches that make this game stand out from your garden variety zombie blastin' experience. THe only problems with the game I found is 1) The plot was not very well defined and so we never learn just what the hell is with the occult stuff 2) It's not as scary after the 1st time through, as the scissorman's patterns are identical everytime 3) The endings are tooo short! Well, if you want to try the game, head over to the-underdogs.org and look under the non-PC section. I suggest using a PC gamepad for the game.

Best Cheats: Be sure to head to the bedroom on the 1st floor and take care of the parrot before you run into scissorman, so you can hide under the left bed when the chase is on.

Game Play: 7
Graphics: 9
Music/Sound: 10
Originality: 8
Overall Rating: 8



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