YMMV / Clock Tower

  • Broken Base: Nolan's feelings for Jennifer, and their relationship. Some fans are fine with it because it's not sexual in nature and makes for an effective foil for Harris's feelings, while others are squicked out and disgusted that a relationship between an underage girl and grown-up is being portrayed positively. According to the creator, the latter reaction was somewhat intentional and their relationship isn't intended to work out.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Despite the player being unable to save her, Lotte is the most popular of Jennifer's friends within the fandom.
    • From Ghost Head is Bates/Sho. Both are complete badasses, but Bates is also played by Roger Jackson, and he's the only voice actor in the game who does a good job.
    • Also, Gotts from the second game for both averting Police Are Useless and being the only character who takes being chased by Scissorman in stride. His best scene is when Scissorman appears, he calmly draws his gun and shoots him. Of course, he quickly discovers his bullets don't have any effect...
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: In The Struggle Within/Ghost Head, In the best ending, Alyssa Hale lives, but her father the only person she truly cares about is dead, along side her uncle and cousins. Before that her father also revealed she's the cursed daughter of George Maxwell. Oh, and the zombies have escaped and is running around in the city. While, Alex Corey leaves her alone at the street and swears he'll take care of the zombies. Subverted in the drama cd, where the whole story makes more sense and is played more realistically.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The first two games centered around a powerless protagonist, who could only flee from and perhaps temporarily trip up their foe. Back then, this was a pretty unusual idea for gamers used to shooting away all of their problems. Now? Not so much.
  • Narm: While he does add to the tension of the first game being as he can show up from out of nowhere, Bobby himself seriously looks like Angus Young. Once you see it, he becomes a lot less frightening.
  • Macekre: Ghost Head is set in Osaka, Japan. They try to fit it in California in the localization, despite everything being so Japanese. The references to Japanese folklore were completely removed as well.
  • Moment of Awesome:
    • When the birds you freed earlier in the first game come to Jennifer's rescue.
    • Lotte's (sadly non-canon) Heroic Sacrifice to rescue Jennifer in the first game.
  • Nightmare Retardant: In the first game, the Scare Chord that plays when something scary happens can make some events over-dramatic and ridiculous. Also some of the ways Bobby can spawn, such as falling on the keys of a piano, can be pretty silly.
  • The Scrappy: Anne from the first game gets flak from fans because one of her four lines has her teasing Lotte's nervousness shortly after arriving in the mansion.
  • Scrappy Mechanic: The Struggle Within seems as if it was designed without guns in mind. It gets even worse when you play as Alex since the hit boxes to click on the zombies are really picky to where it is nearly impossible to finish unless you shoot each zombie in order of who walked in before the next. It also drags.
    • The standard gameplay in The Struggle Within somehow had reduced difficulty over all. The only real difficult part about it is hoping you saved your game before you get locked into any of the bad endings.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Ghost Heads/The Struggle Within is generally seen as this by fans of the Clock Tower series that are willing to forgive its flaws.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: As a lot of reviews point out, The Struggle Within/Ghost Head is just a ripoff of Resident Evil (although it didn't start out as such - Memorial Pharmaceuticals was innocent, and George Maxwell was the one who released the zombies). The story however had potential, but the developers decided to Mind Screw us by letting zombies take over the plot after the first scenario and never fully explaining the backstory.
  • Uncanny Valley: Invoked in the fourth game because you do see corpses, but also unintentionally invoked with the character designs.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Players sometimes confuse Lotte from the first game as a boy. Her walking sprite does depict her with a large chest, but it's easy to miss the scene where she does move at all.
  • Vindicated by History: The Clock Tower Series as a whole did not have an easy time when they first came out. Clock Tower: The First Fear didn't get released outside of Japan, Clock Tower 1/2 received mixed reviews and was only recommended to people who enjoyed point-and-click games, Clock Tower: The Struggle Within/Ghosthead bombed, and Clock Tower 3 sold poorly with many nitpicking the fantastical and action elements. However, despite its flaws, overtime the series has become a beloved Cult Classic with a dedicated fanbase. Nowadays, many cite Clock Tower as the grandfather of the horror-survival genre, and its fan dedication eventually led to Hifumi Kono making a Spiritual Successor called Night Cry.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: While the North American release of Clock Tower 2 got a very appropriate "Mature"-rating, the European release of the game was rated 10+ (as in appropriate for ages 10 and up)! Not only is the game filled with brutal and gory murders, but the game's very cover art depicting a grotesque-looking man wielding a giant pair of shears dripping with blood should have made it abundantly clear to the ELSPA that the game is not appropriate for kids.
  • The Woobie: Alyssa later finds out that her real father is George Maxwell, who went insane due to a lab conspiracy by her adoptive father and uncle to discredit him. Sharron, who is revealed to be her step-sister, has been neglected by her father and hates Alyssa with a burning rage. On top of that, the people she loved and cared for (except for Kathryn) and some people she met (except for Alex and maybe Cook and/or the journalist) are all dead by the end of the game.
    • By the time Alyssa reaches Philip's home, his son is either possessed before being dead or murdered, his daughter has been murdered (as well, both) by his younger daughter, Stephanie Tate, who is (also) possessed and tries to murder him, his wife, and Alyssa and succeeds in any of the first six bad endings. This is not even going into his role in the back story...

Alternative Title(s): Clock Tower 1995