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Clock Tower
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Developer
Human Entertainment
Publisher
ASCII Entertainment
Release date
December 13, 1996 (Japan)
October 1, 1997 (North America)
February, 1998 (Europe)
February 22, 2012 (Japan PSN)
Platforms
PlayStation
PlayStation 3 (via Japan PSN)
PSP (via Japan PSN)
PS Vita (via Japan PSN)

Clock Tower, known as Clock Tower 2 (クロックタワー2) in Japan, is a PlayStation point-and-click survival horror game and a sequel to Clock Tower: The First Fear.

It was developed and published by Human Entertainment on December 13, 1996 in Japan, and later published by ASCII Entertainment on October 1, 1997 in North America and February 1998 in Europe.

It was released as a PlayStation Classic on the Japanese PlayStation Network for PlayStation 3 on February 22, 2012. This version, however, only contains Japanese text, making it inviable.

Clock Tower tells the story of Scissorman's return following the incident at the Barrows Mansion. The game has five playable characters: Samuel Barton, Jennifer Simpson, Helen Maxwell, Stan Gotts and Nolan Campbell.

Plot

Note: This summary follows Ending A (it is unknown which ending is canon, however). The game features 10 multiple endings, 5 each for Helen and Jennifer.

Prologue

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Jennifer having therapy for her post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

One year after the events of Clock Tower: The First Fear, in late 1996, Jennifer Simpson has been adopted by Helen Maxwell, the assistant of a renowned psychiatrist, Samuel Barton, and is currently undergoing treatment at a university research building in Oslo, Norway, to help her cope with her traumatic experiences in the Clock Tower case and possibly shed some light on the mystery that was the Scissorman.

As Barton hypnotizes Jennifer, Helen takes Jennifer home early, saying that she's not ready to remember the murders yet. Barton then leaves the room and talks to Harris Chapman, an assistant at the university. If Barton talks to him twice, Harris slips his affections for Jennifer and the player will become Jennifer rather than Helen.

Barton goes downstairs and is interviewed by Nolan Campbell, a reporter, and then he gives the Demon Idol statue to either Rick, a former butler for the Barrows family, or Sullivan, the curator of the local library. Remembering where the statue went is crucial in determining the ending.

Jennifer's Scenario

Chapter One

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Clock Tower Chapter 1 Jennifer Scissor Man Encounters

Jennifer running from Scissorman.

Jennifer meets Kay Satterwhite, a teacher at Jennifer's past orphanage, and another Edward, an orphaned boy who claims he also survived the Barrows Mansion incident, although Jennifer does not remember him.

Nolan asks Jennifer on a date and Jennifer takes up his offer, but while Jennifer is walking to the date she hears footsteps and runs into the park around the university where she informs the guard that somebody is following her, but then the guard is killed by Scissorman. Jennifer goes into the university and hides. She then finds the dead bodies of another guard and Rose but she escapes using a ladder.

The next day, Jennifer and Helen tell Assistant Inspector Stan Gotts about the Scissorman being back.

Chapter Two (if Helen)

Helen is attacked by Scissorman in the library. Helen locates the Demon Idol and escapes.

Chapter Two (if Nolan)

Nolan visits Rick, a butler of the Barrows Family, but Rick dies by a chandelier. Scissorman chases Nolan in Rick's house. Nolan locates the Demon Idol in a closet on the second floor and escapes.

Chapter Three

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Barrows Castle.

The group goes to the Barrows Castle in England but are split up. Jennifer is captured by Scissorman (who turns out to be Harris) who was told by the real Scissorman that if he caught Jennifer she would be his, but Harris is killed by the real Scissorman. Jennifer then looks for survivors. She finds Helen in a box and Nolan in a room with ghosts of children that were killed there. Jennifer then finds a door spell and gets it translated by either Helen or Barton. She also finds a dagger, then finds a room under the fountain and hears Kay begging Edward for mercy before she is then killed.

Jennifer then goes into the room with Kay's corpse and the Scissorman (who is really Dan Barrows, Bobby Barrows' brother that Jennifer blew up) who is looking to avenge his brother and mother, but before he can kill Jennifer, Nolan comes in and tells her to run. She puts the statue in a hole and a door is revealed. Jennifer then casts the door spell to open the door. A vortex then opens and Jennifer holds onto the rail but Dan or Scissorman holds onto Jennifer. She then stabs him in the face with the dagger and he falls into the vortex, dying as the door closes then Nolan pulls her up as the the castle falls down, trapping Jennifer and Nolan. After they talk they kiss and start a relationship. They are then rescued by Helen.

Jennifer's Endings

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Jennifer and Nolan being rescued.

  • Ending A - After finding out that Edward was Scissorman, she draws him into the vortex by the Door Spell and escapes his grasp by stabbing him with a dagger. She and Nolan are trapped in the wreckage after it collapses. After a romantic conversation, they are rescued by Helen.
    • In Scenario 1, get the Oil Can.
    • In Scenario 2, go to the place where you sent the statue during the prologue.
    • In Scenario 3, get the Foreign Note from the Church Library and have either Professor Barton or Helen translate it into the Door Spell. Unlock the box in the Storage Room and talk to Helen. Get the dagger from the underground shrine.
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Helen and Nolan visit Jennifer's grave.

  • Ending B - Jennifer opens the vortex with the Door Spell and Edward is pulled in. However, unable to get out of his grasp, she is pulled into the vortex as well. The scene that follows shows Helen and Nolan visiting her grave. In Jennifer's Clock Tower Adventure Novel, in a corruption of Ending B, both Dan and Bobby are reborn with Jennifer as their mother.
    • In Scenario 1, get the Oil Can.
    • In Scenario 2, go to the place where you sent the statue during the prologue.
    • In Scenario 3, get the Foreign Note from the Church Library and have either Professor Barton or Helen translate it into the Door Spell. Unlock the box in the Storage Room and talk to Helen. Never use the Copper Book.
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Edward (Dan Barrows) survives in Ending C.

  • Ending C - Jennifer finds Scissorman in the cavern and recognizes him when he calls her. Before she can have the chance, she is stabbed by Kay. The scene that follows shows a reporter that is outside reporting the incident, stating that many corpses have been found. The rescue team behind her then announces they have a survivor, and they wheel out with a stretcher. Edward turns out to be the survivor, and he promptly opens his eyes and smiles.
    • In Scenario 1, get the Oil Can.
    • In Scenario 2, go to the place where you sent the statue during the prologue.
    • In Scenario 3, DO NOT pick up the Foreign Note. Unlock the box in the Storage Room and talk to Helen. Never use the Copper Book.
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Jennifer murdered by Edward.

  • Ending D - Under the fountain in the courtyard, Jennifer finds Edward, who tells her he has found a way out. She walks past to the door that's behind him, but before she could even get to it, he stabs her and his reflection is shown in blood.
    • In Scenario 2, go to the place where you sent the statue during the prologue.
    • In Scenario 3, DO NOT pick up the Foreign Note. Never go into the Storage Room - you can't if you don't have the Oil Can anyway. DO NOT save Helen (this is crucial). Never use the Copper Book.
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Jennifer hears Scissorman in Ending E.

  • Ending E - Jennifer is in her room writing in her diary about how the Demon Statue was never found. She then hears a familiar metallic clanging outside her window and gasps, suggesting that Scissorman approaches.
    • In Scenario 2, go to the place where you DIDN'T send the statue during the prologue. This way you can never find the statue.

Helen's Scenario

Chapter One

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Clock Tower (PS1) gameplay

Helen flees Scissorman.

Helen's PC hard drive crashes so Helen takes a break. She strolls around the city until it gets dark. Danny replaced Helen's hard drive, and Helen takes a nap on the campus. Helen hears knocking on the door and Scissorman appears, killing Baker. Helen escapes the building using a storage room door.

The next day, Helen tells Assistant Inspector Stan Gotts about the Scissorman being back.

Chapter Two (if Helen)

Helen is attacked by Scissorman in the library. Helen locates the Demon Idol and escapes.

Chapter Two (if Gotts)

Gotts visits Rick, a butler of the Barrows Family, but Rick is mauled by his dog, Victor. Scissorman chases Gotts in Rick's house. Gotts locates the Demon Idol on a coffee table in the lounge on the second floor and escapes.

Chapter Three

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Barton, as Scissorman, about to kill Jennifer.

Later, the group goes to the Barrows Castle in England but are split up.

Upon entering the chapel, Helen encounters Scissorman about to kill an unconscious cross-bounded Jennifer. After Helen shoots him with a pistol to save Jennifer, the wounded Scissorman staggers into the torture chamber.

Helen enters the torture chamber to find and confront a wounded Barton, who had taken off his Scissorman disguise. Having been deeply involved into the Scissorman case, he admits having been drawn into Scissorman's dark soul. Before he succumbs to his wound, Barton asks Helen if she will fall into the same path he faced, to which Helen defiantly rejects.

Helen's Endings

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Jennifer and Helen embrace in Ending A.

  • Ending A - Helen shoots Scissorman before he could kill Jennifer, only to find out he is Professor Barton. After the professor tells her why he dressed as Scissorman, Helen informs Gotts and Jennifer of what happened. Gotts asks if the case is closed, but Helen can tell that the Scissorman is still alive. She finds the Scissorman (who is really Edward but not recognize as Dan) under the fountain and traps him in a vortex using the Door Spell. Though Edward manages to grab Helen, he is shot by Gotts before he can pull Helen in. She helps Jennifer out of the Barrows Mansion wreckage.
    • In Scenario 1, pick up the Flashlight in the university's fax machine room in a locker.
    • In Scenario 2, go to the place where you sent the statue during the prologue.
    • In Scenario 3, do NOT use the Fireplace Key. Get the Cosmetics Key in order to get the Mansion Map. Use the revolver to gain access to the Church. Save Jennifer's life in the Church. Have the Door Spell before going under the fountain.
  • Ending B - After the vortex is opened, Scissorman is pulled in, but he manages to pull in Helen as well. The scene after it shows the reporter covering the incident. It then pans to a familiar pair of scissors laying on top of the rubble and Scissorman's hand rising from the wreckage.
    • In Scenario 1, pick up the Flashlight in the university's fax machine room in a locker.
    • In Scenario 2, go to the place where you sent the statue during the prologue.
    • In Scenario 3, do NOT use to Fireplace Key. Get the Cosmetics Key in order to get the Mansion Map. Use the revolver to gain access to the Church. Allow Scissorman to kill Jennifer in the Church. Have the Door Spell before going under the fountain.
  • Ending C - After going under the fountain, Helen finds Professor Barton. He tells her that he has found something behind him that helps solve the case, but after Helen walks past him, he stabs her in the back. The scene that follows shows Gotts visiting her grave.
    • In Scenario 2, go to the place where you sent the statue during the prologue.
    • In Scenario 3, use the Fireplace Key to unlock the grate in the 2F Sitting Room. Watch Jennifer die in the Church, having used the Fireplace route. Get the Cosmetics Key in order to get the Mansion Map.
  • Ending D - Helen shoots and kills Scissorman before he could kill Jennifer, only to find out that he is Professor Barton. After the professor tells her why he dressed up as Scissorman, Helen informs Gotts and Jennifer of what happened. They conclude that Professor Barton was the real Scissorman this whole time, and the game ends.
    • In Scenario 2, go to the place where you sent the statue during the prologue.
    • In Scenario 3, do NOT get the unopenable box, therefore do NOT get the Cosmetics Key. You must have no clues towards finding the Mansion Map. Use the revolver to gain access to the Church. Save Jennifer's life in the Church.
  • Ending E - Helen comes in to check on Jennifer before she goes to bed, only to find the girl with a small pair of scissors lodged in her back. She then runs to Jennifer, not noticing Scissorman hiding behind the door. The screen then fades. It is believed that this scene is a continuation of the scene of the E Ending Jennifer's Scenario.
    • In Scenario 2, go to the place where you DIDN'T send the statue in the prologue. This way you can never find the statue.

Gameplay

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Scissorman stalking Jennifer/Helen.

The player controls a cursor to direct and give commands, such as investigating objects, to a character. The interface is akin to point-and-click adventure games, but simplified to work better with a gamepad. The cursor color symbolizes the character's panic. Scissorman occasionally pursues the player; this delays puzzle solving and requires the player to run in order to find objects or hiding places to fend off or avoid him.

The game is separated into three scenarios, including a prologue, where the main character for the rest of the game is decided. In the prologue, the player controls character Samuel Barton. In the first scenario, the player either plays as character Jennifer Simpson or Helen Maxwell. The playable character for the second scenario can either be Nolan, Stan, or Helen. Between each scenario, there is an intermission, where the player can explore the town and gather clues using a "world map", before moving on to the next level.

The Japanese version of the game contains a secret mode that can be unlocked by playing all 10 endings, called "Buyo Buyo Mode." If the mode is turned on during the game, all of the characters change size and width repeatedly.[1]

Unlockables

  • Alternate Costume: Beat the game with both characters and at the first menu of the game, press Start with the second controller to change costumes.
  •  ??? Menu: Get an A ending and have everyone survive.

Music

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Clock Tower 20th Anniversary Sound Collection.

Main article: Clock Tower 20th Anniversary Sound Collection

An official soundtrack, Clock Tower 20th Anniversary Sound Collection, was released in 2016.[2]

Reception

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Despite the outdated graphics, Clock Tower still has some scary and unsettling moments.

The game received positive reviews from various publications, and it is viewed by many to be one of the most scariest games of all time.

Some reviews praised the game for its atmosphere, story, and gameplay, also calling Scissorman the "Michael Myers Of Video Games".

However, the only complaint that IGN and GameSpot had for the game was its heavy dialogue portions when characters in the game interact with one another and when the character is observing objects.

It is also noted that many aspects of the game haven't aged well, such as its early 3D blocky low-polygon graphics, interface and some of its voice acting.

Trivia

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Clock Tower intro.

  • The game is widescreen hack compatible via emulation.
  • At first, the developers of the game weren't very interested in creating a sequel to The First Fear, but the change in hardware combined with the use of 3D polygons, which symbolized cutting-edge technology at the time, won them over. Plus, the developers felt that there were some unanswered mysteries regarding the future of the Clock Tower series.
  • According to Hifumi Kono, "For me, the Jennifer path is the real story! But to understand Prof. Barton's story, the Helen path is important too. So to me, it's really looking at multiple sides of a single larger story."
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Kay, one of the main characters in the video game, is a young woman struggling with her pedophilia.

  • Clock Tower deals with some sexual taboo themes. For example:
    • The novelization confirms that Helen was sexually abused by her father. It is also possible Helen may have developed a complex as a result, as she slept with Barton, but regretted it after.
    • In an interview, Hifumi Kono confirmed Kay is a pedophile who developed feelings for Edward. However, Kay is portrayed as a mostly kind and generous young woman who apparently never acts on this attraction.
    • It is strongly implied Harris and Nolan are hebephiles interested in Jennifer. Jennifer even reciprocates Nolan's feelings for her, much to Helen's annoyance. The 11 year age difference between 15 year old Jennifer and 26 year old Nolan was intentional, and is mentioned by Helen in the novelization. It was also a controversial point of discussion since Jennifer is still a minor. The game itself doesn't mention any ages, however.
  • The developers were considering developing the game on the Sega Saturn and Nintendo 64, but ultimately chose the Sony PlayStation, which Hifumi Kono felt was the best option.
  • There were two novels (one each for Helen and Jennifer) and a radio drama based on the game. They were not released outside of Japan, however, Helen's novel was translated. [3]
  • A Clock Tower poster can be found in Moonlight Syndrome, a game also created by Human Entertainment.
    • Coincidentally, a gameplay segment of Clock Tower can be found in the same game, as a group of kids were playing it.
  • The Sega Saturn exclusive survival horror game Enemy Zero, a sequel to the 1995 survival horror game D, was released on the same day as Clock Tower.
  • In the Japanese version, the voice actors refer to the Barrows family as the Barlow family throughout the entire game, probably because R and L are interchangeable in Japanese. Because of it, it can be theorized that "Barrows" is a mistranslation, although there is no proof of this.

Gallery

Box art

Screenshots

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