Clockwork Aquario pre-release trailer for 1993’s Miracle

We refer you if necessary to the previous articles on the subject but let us recall in a few words that Aquarium Clockwork had been canceled shortly before its release for lack of convincing during its location test, at a time when the arcade world was mainly fascinated by Street Fighter II and its clones. The unlikely resurrection of this project not far 30 years after its abortive release has been possible thanks to the efforts of ININ Games and the original creators, including director Ryuichi Nishizawa, chief programmer Takanori Kurihara and even composer Shinichi Sakamoto, that we know well for the Wonder Boy saga.

Who would have thought this game would be restored and playable again? I would like to express my sincere gratitude and respect to those who have worked so hard to restore it. It is in my opinion no exaggeration to say that this work is a great example of 2D art, in which the artists of the time put all their heart and soul into“, said Ryuichi Nishizawa. Note that some parts of the original game (including sound, music and several graphics) could not be recovered from the source code, hence the importance of having involved so much original team members as possible to be as faithful as possible to the aborted game.

The game itself is presented as a mix of action and colorful platform allowing you to play as three characters and that you can walk with a friend, the two-player mode allowing you to collaborate wisely or walk on each other to achieve the best. score. The gameplay is based on a mechanic allowing you to grab enemies to throw them, even if you can also jump on them the old way. In addition to the download release which will cost 20 euros, remember that Strictly Limited Games is on the spot with different editions more or less well garnished.

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