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Clock Tower (PlayStation)

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Advertising Blurbs

Press Release:

    ASCII Entertainment Announces CLOCK TOWER
    A mysteriously haunting horror adventure game

    Ask not for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee



    Redwood City, CA, May 1997 -- ASCII Entertainment Software, Inc. has done it again! Continuing in the pursuit of excellence and originality in the video game market, ASCII is proud to announce the newest addition to the family of ASCII games for the Sony PlayStation. A terrifying adventure awaits you in Romsdaaren, Norway, where the most hideous murders imaginable have been committed at an alarming rate. Come to the forefront of a horror buff's nightmare as you become the prey in ASCII Entertainment's new horrific game thriller - CLOCK TOWER!

    Alarming Graphics
    While the country side in Norway is quite lovely, the sights you'll be seeing in the wake of the inhuman maimings of the immortal Scissorman are bound to be stomach wrenching for even the most seasoned horror fan. Never before have such gruesome murders been portrayed in the video game market. The bloody simple graphic interface will satisfy novice and hard-core gamers alike. You'll see decapitations, people drawn and quartered, entrails spilled on restroom floors - all in BEAUTIFUL blood bathed 3-D Polygon graphics. Along with the brutally butchered victims, you'll see some of the most imaginative lighting and shadow effects possible, adding a terrifying sense of realism to the game that will pull you in - and cut you to ribbons if you don't succeed! When you're not running for your life, you'll also enjoy beautifully designed country sides and architecture, as well as a multitude of well defined characters and surroundings.

    Killer Sounds (or lack there of)
    The Featured Theory of "Noise and Silence" play out the terror to its unerring climax throughout the game! ASCII's sound design team spent many overtime hours painstakingly adding in - and taking out sound so that, in their own words, the game incorporates the "Terror of Sound" that is so absolutely imperative to the success of any piece of horror. The terror of sound is wrought with dreadful combinations of silence and mounting tension through a crescendo of the most eerie music imaginable, interplayed with background noises of events taking place and the occasional interjection of a sharp jab of sound at key places where tension is at its peak (such as a picture falling off the wall, or a telephone ringing.). Of course, that's only the tip of the shears. CLOCK TOWER also has voice-overs throughout the game at various key - and even not so key - places, giving an overall sense of completeness to the already well defined characters; this added with the eerie effect of your own footsteps and the realistic background noises of your surroundings give a dimension in sound to this game that is seldom, if ever, seen in the Video Gaming market! You can hear EVERYTHING as if you were really there.

    Shear Horror
    In the mountains of Romsdaaren, Norway, stands the Barrows Family Mansion, an unwholesome, brooding manor perched atop a large cliff. Home to the Barrows family for generations, locals grew to depend on the clock tower of this once peaceful family. They would tend their flocks of sheep in surrounding fields by the dependable tones of the great tower. It was for this reason that the local people began to call the mansion the Clock Tower.

    In 1886, however, the mistress of the Barrows Mansion gave birth to twins, and from the day they were born it was obvious the twins were not normal and were of evil nature.

    The twins were given the names Bobby and Dan. Their unwary parents knew that there was a foreboding evil about them, but who could have possibly known that the two were later to become the most feared and malicious murderers of our century - the infamous giant scissors with which their murders were committed became their namesake - they were called, simply, the Scissormen.

    In 1995, a young girl from the Granite Orphanage, her parents died when she was quite small, was lured into the Barrows Mansion where she was attacked by a monster wielding a giant pair of scissors - yet no one wanted to believe the orphan girl when she returned to town, terrified and alone, claiming to have been attacked by the infamous killer.

    That monster had, in fact, been Bobby Barrow, the Scissorman. She managed to escape from the terrible horrors, destroy the monster, and flee the mansion, yet she simply could not manage to convince anyone of authority of what had happened - in part because they could never find a body.

    For the next year, all of Norway was caught up with the sensationalized Scissorman Murderer. Everyone was enthralled and completely relieved that he was dead - though authorities denied his existence.

    That is, until the brutal murders started again.

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    ASCII Entertainment Software is the American wholly owned subsidiary of ASCII Corporation of Japan. Concentrating on the software division of ASCII Corporation's diversified high technology and mass media industries, ASCII Entertainment has carved out a niche in the U.S. and the rest of the video gaming world both in video game controllers and software titles.

    Contributed by Jeanne (75601) on May 16, 2004.

Back of Box (U.S./Canada):
    Experience Scissorman's Deadly Shears At Their Raw, Unedited Best!

    Another night, another death...the brutal murders didn't have to continue for long before the undeniable truth was revealed. How can the most vicious killer in Norway's history return for an encore performance after his own death? This terrifying horror adventure will have you at the edge of your seat for hours and hours as you explore evil and hauntingly realistic areas in England and Norway in search for the most horrifying serial killer known to man.

    • Five playable characters and ten different endings for super-extended replay value.
    • Amazingly detailed, horrific graphics with atmospheric lighting, shadows and special effects.
    • Outstanding sound accompaniment will leave you constantly frightened.
    • Randomized behavioral patterns ensure you'll never play the same game twice!

    Contributed by JPaterson (9146) on May 19, 2002.

From uk.playstation.com:
    A genuinely spooky adventure which tells the chilling story of a serial killer who uses a giant pair of scissors for his murders. You play an investigator sent to reveal the truth about Scissorman and thwart his murderous trail. Although there are some gruesome sequences, it's the silence and the gloomy graphics which creates a sense of dread - what you DON'T see rather than what you DO see. The choice of five playable characters and ten different endings also ensures its replay value. It's shear terror!




    Contributed by Grant McLellan (545) on Sep 11, 2001.