Clockwork Aquario will finally launch next week … 30 years late

What held you back?

Aquarium clockwork, the long-gone arcade adventure of the early 90s, is finally ready for its day in the sun. Thanks to the tireless efforts of publishers ININ Games and Strictly Limited, the MIA platform will be launched on PS4 and Nintendo Switch in Europe on November 30, almost 30 years after the originally planned release date.

While we’ve talked about Aquarium clockwork here at Destructoid a number of times, here is a brief refresher. A brand new release from Wonder Boy develops Westone Bit Entertainment, Aquarium clockwork was to be launched in 1992, at the height of the coin boom. Unfortunately, after its launch was delayed, the game was abandoned completely just steps away from completion, after it was decided that the arcade scene had moved on and embraced fighting games, sending the sweet, colorful platform game to the archives.

Decades later, boutique publisher Strictly Limited Games began a quest to see the lost game become a reality. Together with cult game provider ININ Games, the publishers began the long and extensive process of determining the title’s abode, acquiring the licenses from Sega’s M2 division, and even finding members of the original development team to oversee the completion of the project. After many years of work and bureaucracy, Aquarium clockwork is a complete game, and will finally be released to retro-loving video game fans worldwide. What a story, Mark.

Aquarium clockwork launches in Europe on PS4 and Nintendo Switch on November 30, with its North American release on December 14. Various physical editions, including a Collector’s Edition, can be pre-ordered at the Strictly Limited Store. No matter how the final product turns out, a wonderful bit of lost history has been restored. Kudos.

Chris Moyse

Senior Editor – Chris has been playing video games since the 1980s. Former Saturday Night Slam Master. Graduated from Galaxy High with honors.

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