ININ Games and Strictly Limited Games teamed up to bring the colorful Clockwork Aquario to market with the EU release now and the NA release later in December. After being lost to time for nearly 30 years, this Westone Bit Entertainment side-scroller arcade title is finding a second chance on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4.
All the way back in 1992, the legendary developer Westone Bit Entertainment started work on Clockwork Aquario. Having already built a reputation for arcade hits Wonder Boy, Wonder Boy in Monster Land and Wonder Boy III: The Dragon’s Trap the developer began work on this ambitious 2D project.
After more than two years of development the arcade landscape had changed. Arcades were increasingly filled with the more popular 3D games and fighting games. Even though the game was effectively finished, it was no longer viewed as commercially viable for arcade centers and was shelved. Nearly three decades later ININ Games in cooperation with Strictly Limited Games brought this lost to time title back.
In Clockwork Aquario players choose their favorite character and wipe out all the enemies that stand in their way. Huck Londo, Elle Moon, or Gush the giant robot are all eager to be chosen and more than ready to take on the unique bosses. Players can also invite a friend over to sit on the couch and play in 2-player co-op mode. The game is designed to be a colorfully vibrant pixel world with easy to pick and play addictive side-scrolling action. Controls are intuitive allowing players to get right into the action and take out some enemies.
Clockwork Aquario is available digitally for Nintendo Switch for £16.99 and PS4 for £15.99 in the EU market. The game will launch in NA on December 14, 2021 for Nintendo Switch for $19.99 USD and PS4. Physical editions are available for pre-order from Strictly Limited Games in limited quantities. For more information about Clockwork Aquario visit the game’s page at clockworkaquario.iningames.com.
ININ Games (@ININ_Games Twitter) is a video game publisher that focuses on the digital and physical publishing of high-quality retro and arcade games. The German based publisher’s parent company is United Games Entertainment GmbH.
Strictly Limited Games (@RealStrictlyLTD Twitter) is a Stuttgart, Germany based publisher of PS4, PS Vita, Nintendo Switch and legacy system games in limited quantities. The company has a dedicated focus to finding and resurrecting games that never received a proper release that includes former arcade-only titles and games previously only available in Japan.
Westone Bit Entertainment is a now defunct video game developer. Founded in May 1986 the Mukoujima, Sumida-ku, Tokyo based developer found success with their Wonder Boy series. Originally the company was called Escape and later renamed to Westone. Again in April 2000 the company’s name changed to Westone Bit Entertainment and ultimately went into bankruptcy more than a decade later. The liquidation process of Westone Bit Entertainment began on October 1, 2014.