Hello Everyone and welcome to the 20th installment of 31 days. Todays song is from a classic that I personally feel is often overlooked or forgotten.
Clock tower (SNES): Don’t Cry Jennifer
I think crying is the least of her concerns once this music starts playing.
When I think of horror classics there are 2 games that immediately come to my mind, Resident Evil and Silent Hill. Rarely does Clock Tower come to my mind, at least not without some thought. I can’t say it’s because of the games release date because it was ported to the PS1. As a matter of fact years ago when I was much younger I considered this part of the PS1s horror trinity if you will. I didn’t even know this had a SNES version for the longest time.
Personally I think this game is often forgotten because it hasn’t had another installment in such a long time. The last clock tower game to come out was on the PS2 in 2002 which was 15 years ago. In this case however I don’t feel Clock Tower was a victim of the industries ignorance towards the horror genre, but merely because it did rather poorly back then. HQT7W-7W042-NP0AR -Planetary Annihilation - steam
The Game was expected to sell at least 420,000 copies, but only sold 122,022 which is around a fourth of their expected sales. In this case I can see why the series was effectively retired. Most reviews praised the overall atmosphere but criticized the game play as being old and archaic, some comparing it to Nemesis who was more imposing across the board. I guess it is rather Ironic that Clock Tower (sort of) started and became known for the Stalker horror genre (in games), but was outclassed by a single entry in another series from a last gen console.
Clock Tower simply needed to innovate its game play, and they would have done well to look at Resident Evil 3 for some inspiration on that. It did try to innovate with boss fights, but ultimately it was far too repetitive and clunky to do the game any good.
I should note, the series did have two spiritual successors in Haunting ground (2005) and Night Cry (2016) but neither of them faired all that well with mostly mixed reviews. I don’t think Clock Tower as a series is done because it has such a rich story and atmosphere. There are traces of a great game in there; whoever picks up the reins on this series simply needs to bring it forward to meet the current standard which I feel is Resident Evil 7.