What would you do if you were suddenly in possession of a pocket watch that could alter time?
Clocker, an indie puzzle game from developer Wild Kid, tells the story of a father and his daughter on their quest to reunite with one another. When an old man wanders into the father’s clock workshop one day, things begin to take a strange turn. He hands the father a strange-looking pocket watch. Upon further investigation, the father realises that he can use the watch to alter time.
Unfortunately, time has more or less frozen and all father wants is to get back to his daughter. When you take control of the daughter, you notice your father has gone missing and want nothing more than to reunite with him.
The puzzles that you’ll encounter while you wander around the world of Clocker are quite laborious. You’re able to interact with any NPC and move them forward or back in time a few seconds. You can also do this with certain objects placed around the world, like boxes or vehicles. When you’re in control of the father, your main goal is to collect all of the pieces of a large broken clock tower to attempt to restore the time continuum back to normal.
Like point-and-click games, there are a few moments in Clocker where you’ll have to do something complicated in order to change something you encountered a while back. You’ll likely be performing a lot of trial and error between the NPCs in order to figure out what happens when they interact with each other or don’t interact with each other. The mechanic is creative and certainly fun to play around with, but with so many possible things to do, it can be a bit overwhelming.
Towards the end of the game you’ll really feel for the father and his daughter – but I’m not quite sure if that’s just because some of the puzzles are so obscure you’ll be thankful that they’re over and you’re one step closer to the end. Players that are expecting an easy, self-explanatory puzzle game won’t find it here, but if you love complication and challenge you won’t be disappointed.
Clocker has a lovely art style with elements of both 2D and 3D and a hand painted look to it. The soundtrack is also lovely; it’s relaxing at times, yet powerful during the emotional moments of the game. If you like games that really make you think then Clocker will be a great addition to your library. Multiple endings leave room for replayability.