Clockwork Aquario was an arcade game from Westone that was never released due to the rise in popularity of 3D and fighting games which left 2D pixel-based games behind. Happily it's seeing a digital release on Nintendo Switch and PS4 on Tuesday 30th November in the EU (with the US following on December 14th - nice to be at the front of the queue for a change!)
Originally developed in 1992 by the studio behind the Wonder Boy & Monster World series, Clockwork Aquario was developed by the studio founder Ryuichi Nishizawa, who has been pivotal in resurrecting the title for today's gamers.
“In the 90s, when game centers were dominated by fighting games, there was one title which had never been released, even though it was completed after more than two years of development and repeated changes. This title is Clockwork Aquario. Who would have thought that it would be restored and playable again? I would like to express my heartfelt respect and gratitude to those who have worked so hard to restore it. I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that this work is a great piece of 2D art, where the pixel artists of that time put their hearts and souls into. I’d be happy if people would appreciate and enjoy it.”
Shinichi Sakamoto (@sintan_jp if you want to follow him) has also returned to provide an amazing soundtrack that will provide all the classic authenticity a game like this deserves.
A colourful side-scrolling game with gorgeous pixel graphics, the game has been much anticipated by classic arcade fans (us included!) With a choice of three characters to choose from - adventurers Huck Londo, Elle Moon or their robot friend Gush, you can play alone or with a friend to make the most of this baddy mashing melee.