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  • Summary: WHY PLAY ONLY ONE GENRE OF GAME when you could be playing two slightly different ones at the exact same time?

    BEN is a die-hard, old-school LucasArts Adventure fan. He has one foot stuck in the 90s, his feet never leave the floor, and he's happiest collecting any old junk he can lay his
    WHY PLAY ONLY ONE GENRE OF GAME when you could be playing two slightly different ones at the exact same time?

    BEN is a die-hard, old-school LucasArts Adventure fan. He has one foot stuck in the 90s, his feet never leave the floor, and he's happiest collecting any old junk he can lay his hands on, in the hopes of combining it all together to solve a satisfying puzzle.

    His cohort and sidekick DAN has aspirations to be the next big hit indie platform character. He's got everything he needs: he's hip, he's sensitive, and his nose is a different colour to the rest of his face.

    LAIR OF THE CLOCKWORK GOD sees you switching between both characters and using their unique abilities together in a race-against-time effort to stop all the Apocalypses happening simultaneously, by teaching an old computer about feelings.

    Solve classic point-and-click style puzzles as Ben to create unique upgrade items for Dan, so he can jump higher, run faster and blast away at everything with a shiny new gun. Then, run and jump as Dan to unlock new areas and exciting new puzzles for Ben!
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Sep 3, 2020
    100
    A cohesive and complementary blend of point-and-click adventure and 2D platformer, Lair of the Clockwork God is a real rib tickler that’s capable of delivering real emotion when it aims to. This is Ben & Dan’s magnum opus and one of the most essential games of 2020.
  2. 85
    Lair of the Clockwork God is a welcome trip off the beaten path, filled with stellar comedy and a wealth of lighthearted, enjoyable puzzles. The sum is greater than its parts, as I can easily poke holes in the platforming, but that total is still filled with goofy fun. Check out Clockwork God if you want to laugh a lot while controlling two adversarial pals in a quest to, I guess, save the world from certain dooms.
  3. Sep 22, 2020
    80
    Lair of the Clockwork God is a joyously nonsensical adventure filled with sharp wit and an eclectic mix of challenges. As a merging of two genres (platformer and point ‘n’ click adventure), it mostly succeeds. Are you game for a laugh?
  4. Sep 6, 2020
    70
    Lair of the Clockwork God is a difficult one to score. What it does well is brilliant – the humour is great, with constant jokes both quickfire and slow-burn – but the gameplay is a more complex matter. While it's not bad by any reasonable metric, it is awkward in places. But, then, this is intentional and comes part and parcel with the story, so do we treat it more leniently? Is there some hubris in presenting a flawed game, but distracting from said flaws by making them... kind of the point? It's a question that not even Nintendo Life can truly answer, but we can put a big number under a review of the game. We do our part.
  5. Sep 28, 2020
    70
    Lair of the Clockwork God sets a rather ambitious purpose for itself: to successfully merge platforming and point and click mechanics and wrap them up in a funny and enjoyable package with its own brand of humour. It succeeds at the latter, less so at the former. Indeed, platforming and point and click still feel entirely separate from each other in this work, but that doesn't mean they can't be enjoyed.
  6. Feb 11, 2021
    70
    Fans of adventure games will get a big laugh out of Lair of the Clockwork God. Sadly, the platforming half of the experience is mediocre and unpolished. The experiment of Size Five Games is mostly a success with managing to find a careful balance of platforming and puzzles, but the team needed to refine the experience with tighter quality control. The writing and humour elevate this from being average, to being worth a look towards anyone who enjoys the adventure genre.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Oct 11, 2020
    10
    The humour in this game is absolutely phenomenal, got it at 25% off on an e-shop sale and would have been more than happy to have paid fullThe humour in this game is absolutely phenomenal, got it at 25% off on an e-shop sale and would have been more than happy to have paid full price. Honest, brash writing, great art direction, cohesive design and a level of self-awareness I haven't seen before from a dev-studio. This is what makes indie gaming such a special thing. Expand
  2. Jan 10, 2021
    9
    One of the finest adventure titles on the platform. Smart puzzles that never veer into 'adventure game bs' territory. So many 'oh that's soOne of the finest adventure titles on the platform. Smart puzzles that never veer into 'adventure game bs' territory. So many 'oh that's so cool' moments that remind you why got into videogames in the first place. Play this before you start your next massive game. Expand
  3. Jan 10, 2021
    8
    This is a really interesting game. it's full of charm and has some dark humor which made me laugh more than a few times. There's a nice storyThis is a really interesting game. it's full of charm and has some dark humor which made me laugh more than a few times. There's a nice story too although it can be obvious at times where things are going in the narrative.
    As a point and click adventure I think it works really well but some puzzles can be a bit too confusing. As a platformer it's fun but it can feel frustrating on occasion. Overall I enjoyed my experience with it. Definitely worth a look for fans of platformers and point and click adventures.
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