Release date: 10 October 2016
Platform: PC, XBox One, PS4
By MACKENZIE STEELE
Even if you aren’t a game geek, you’ve probably heard about Clockwork, the steampunk platformer that’s been in the works for ages. If you haven’t, don’t worry, you’re about to. It’s out now on Steam, and it’s been worth the wait! I know, because I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek.
The story is good enough on its own: In a post-plague world where machines are all over the place – even people – young Atto is a lonely mechanic who has been eight years old for 400 years. He meets Milli, a mechanical watch-girl created for a mysterious and great purpose, and together they start on their adventure through the city of Watchtower. And boy, is it a riveting story! Between the actual game and the narrative (which is really easy to read while playing), this is a really mysterious and well-told tale.
Then there’s the music, which is really steampunk, pretty but industrial, with great sound effects and voice acting. It gives so much atmosphere with the multi-layered art. Gears and pipes are everywhere, and you can tell so much care has been put into every button, background, and character.
You travel through three worlds, talking to characters, solving puzzles, and being chased by creepy mechanical monsters. It’s really all-consuming. The characters are just so cool – Milli is such a diva and I love her so much – and the game pushes you through so many emotions: fright, frustration, sadness, and victorious joy. The atmosphere of each world and the entire game is so strong you can’t help but be drawn in and fall in love.
But don’t take my word for it, discover this cool world for yourself! You can get it on Steam for US$14.99 for PC, Mac, and Linux. Go play, and have fun!
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