Clockwork Aquario, a 30-year-old, brand-new arcade game is getting the couch co-op treatment on consoles.

Strictly Limited Games Brings Unreleased Arcade Classic Clockwork Aquario to Life

Clockwork Aquario, a 30-year-old, brand-new arcade game is getting the couch co-op treatment on consoles.

Wonder Boy studio Westone Entertainment closed in 1993, and while that was a shame for Wonder Boy fans — for a while, at least — it was even worse for Ryuichi Nishizawa’s arcade platformer Clockwork Aquario. It never released, but 30 years later, Nishizawa and Strictly Limited Games are releasing Clockwork Aquario for the first time.

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Clockwork Aquario is a couch co-op game following Huck Londo, a brave hero, Elle Moon, a daring adventuress, and Gush, a compassionate robot, on a futuristic adventure to save the world. “Futuristic” is literal here, because the trio must travel forward in time to try and stop a group of nefarious evildoers bent on destroying the world.

The game features hand-drawn graphics, a candy-color style, and “non-stop action” with a multitude of moves the heroic three can execute to save the day.

Clockwork Aquario will release on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 physically and digitally sometime in 2021’s second quarter (April-June).

It comes in several physical editions.

The limited (or standard) edition sells for $35.99, though the Switch version is already sold out.

Clockwork Aquarios Collector’s Edition costs $82.99 and includes:

  • Original and remixed soundtrack
  • Character cards
  • Acrylic diorama
  • Arcade flyer
  • Arcade coin
  • Art book

The Ultra Collector’s Edition costs $153.99 and comes with:

  • Everything from the Collector’s Edition
  • Figurine
  • Clockwork Aquario shikishi (hand-drawn artwork)

All of these can be found on Strictly Limited Games’ website, though stock levels will vary.


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