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?Notsomuch.
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.
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.