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Captain Claw, also called "The Surveyor of the Seven Seas", is an infamous and successful pirate. The feats of Nathaniel Joseph Claw are legendary as is his ability to slip out of situations and find treasure. Frustrated, the Cocker-Spaniard Kingdom issues a gigantic reward of one million gold pieces for the Captain's capture. This attracts legions of bounty hunters to Claw's tail, and eventually he is captured by Captain Le Reux and imprisoned at La Roca. However, even in prison, Claw's luck continues to work, as he stumbles across an old letter from Edward Tobin containing the location of the "Amulet of Nine Lives", a mystical item said to grant near-immortality. Inspired by this new challenge, Captain Claw manages to break out of his prison cell and embarks on a perilous journey.

Claw is a side-scrolling platform game in which the player must complete a linear set of stages, some of which culminate with boss battles. Environments include indoor and outdoor areas - city streets, forest, a large ship, underwater, and others. Each stage has two save points. Claw can move left and right, jump and stab his sword directly in front of him. His offensive arsenal includes, beside the sword, a pistol with expendable ammunition, dynamite bombs, and a special ability called "Magic Claw", which allows the feline hero to hurl projectiles at the enemies. Many hazards await the Captain on his journey, including traps, spikes sticking out from the floor, bottomless pits, and others. Overcoming these hazards often requires the player to time the protagonist's jumps, hop on moving or disappearing platforms, swing on vines and ropes, etc.

Additional power-ups may be found, such as invincibility, the ability to fire projectiles from the sword, and others. Along with power-ups, various treasures are scattered around the levels and can be collected for points, which eventually increase the amount of the player character's lives. The most valuable treasure and power-ups are usually located in places that are hard to access, requiring the player to overcome particularly challenging hazards.

A variety of enemies will seek to defeat Claw and end his quest. Many of them serve the Cocker-Spaniard crown and are, as such, canine warriors of different types. Others inhabit the areas Claw traverses and will usually attack him on sight. Certain enemies, such as most of the dogs, use weapons similar to those wielded by Claw, and will duel him. Boss battles often require figuring out a specific way to defeat the foe and may include puzzle-solving elements.

Animated cartoon-style cutscenes tell the story between levels, setting the stage for Captain Claw's adventure. A level editor is also included, which allows players to create their own levels and import new ones that others have made.


Claw Windows After each regular ("boss-less") stage, a map segment is added and displayed
Claw Windows Jumping in an empty space. Just admiring the beautiful background with ships
Claw Windows Title screen
Claw Windows Typical Claw situation: treasure, disappearing platforms, deadly spikes below, and a clueless, yet dangerous enemy standing opposite me

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Claw Concept Art
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Claw Logo


Alternate Titles

  • "Капитан Клык" -- Russian spelling
  • "קפטן הוק" -- Hebrew spelling
  • "Kapitan Pazur" -- Polish title
  • "Captain Claw" -- Common title
  • "Capitan Artiglio" -- Italian title
  • "クロー" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

No game has ever entertained me like this one has Maw (884) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Cute, but way too repetitive and frustrating (51/100). Thexder0 (2103) 2.4 Stars2.4 Stars2.4 Stars2.4 Stars2.4 Stars
An action-adventure that will leave you sitting at your PC for hours! Jim Fun (243) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Critic Reviews

Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Jul 23, 1997 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Coming Soon Magazine Oct, 1997 91 out of 100 91
Electric Games 1997 90 out of 100 90
Gameplay (Benelux) Apr 30, 1998 84 out of 100 84
All Game Guide 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
World Village (Gamer's Zone) 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameGenie 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameSpot Nov 10, 1997 7.7 out of 10 77
PC Gamer Dec, 1997 65 out of 100 65
Game.EXE Aug, 1997 62 out of 100 62


Topic # Posts Last Post
About the game. 2 Unicorn Lynx (181465)
Jan 04, 2011
Red Tail... meow, meooowww!!.. 4 Unicorn Lynx (181465)
May 24, 2010



Due to widespread complaints from parents with young children that the game was too hard, Monolith released the 1.2 Patch, an update that makes the game much easier. Extra lives are awarded per 500,000 points instead of the old million, and the baddies are total pushovers. But the most interesting change was that they included a whole new set of fan-designed levels.


There are some humorous messages that have been sneaked into the game's credits. It starts off listing all of the game's developers and affiliates, but after a while the game's credits become more and more silly. "Darth Vader" is listed under the "Thanks to..." section, and so are "caffeine", "my car", "the force", "stolen burritos", "more caffeine", "Seattle weather", "toe lint", "loud music", "Burger Master" and at the end "corekt speling".

Special edition

A special edition came with AWE64 that loaded the game sounds and dialogues in to the SoundFont bank.

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Derrick 'Knight' Steele (2415) added Claw (Windows) on Mar 23, 2000