Game Review by Matt Bird
Game Rating = 4.5/5
Clockwork Man 2 Review Summary
You should buy this game if:
– You like point and click adventures
– You appreciate voice acting
– You have a keen appreciation for art
You should not buy this game if:
– Item hunts bore you
– Fast-paced action is your thing
– You have little patience for puzzles
Scavenger hunt-esque games are pretty common these days, especially among independent game companies, and that fact alone makes marketing one a bit risky. So when one manages to stand out among the pack, you know it’s probably worth the money.
Such is the case of The Clockwork Man 2. Miranada Calomy and her robotic pal Sprocket have returned for a new adventure with more puzzles and surprises than before, this time delving into a new world – and, with some unease, the past of Miranda’s mother and father. What she finds will likely change her world forever.
The fact that this game has a story alone is enough to make it worthwhile, especially considering that it’s a relatively good one. Nothin mind-bending, true, but fairly involved and nicely detailed. Every step of the journey has just enough conversation to keep the plot going without pulling the player away from the action for too long. There are also nice cut scenes that, while not as animated as we’ve come to expect of games these days, are still beautiful to watch and listen to (by virtue of the fact that the game has voice acting, an excellent touch).
At its core, of course, The Clockwork Man 2 is about item hunting. You proceed through various environments and search for any number of hidden objects, quite vast in number and occasionally odd in location. Unlike a lot of other games, however, The Clockwork Man 2 doesn’t extensively re-use the same objects or graphics, so even though you’ll be spending a lot of time searching you’ll at least get some variety. And most of the objects are logically placed and more or less make sense in their given environments, which really helps the story flow. (Some even come in handy when progressing through other parts of the game. Imagine that, an item hunting title that actually makes sense.)
There’s more than that, however. Not only does Miranda still have the assistance of her buddy Sprocket in looking for items, she also has to circumvent obstacles via puzzles and mini games, all of which break up any tedium that might stem from relentless item hunting. And, again, these games all make sense within the flow of the story.
What really makes this game shine, however, are the visuals. It’s obvious that the programmers and artists painstakingly crafted The Clockwork Man 2, and with tons of awesome environments and near countless, unique backdrops to trek through there’s little reason to feel bored while playing. Polished and perfect, as far as click and point adventures go.
It’s not a game for everyone, of course. There are few high-octane moments beyond the cut scenes. Fans of this genre will find it a delightful distraction, however, and any gamers who appreciate a good yarn will enjoy the one told here.