Niche Spotlight – The Watchmaker

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Today’s Spotlight is The Watchmaker, a 3D puzzle-platformer by Micropsia Games and 1C Entertainment.

You play as Alexander, the keeper of an intricate clocktower that spends his days ensuring every gear and piece of machinery is in perfect condition. One day, he is awakened by a mysterious voice, and Alexander finds that his tower has been sabotaged, causing him to rapidly age.

The Watchmaker‘s gameplay revolves around exploring the clocktower, solving puzzles, and fighting enemies to repair the damaged machinery that is causing havoc with time. You can find a trailer for the game above.

One of the game’s main mechanics involves time being used as a health bar. Alexander ages as you play, and you’ll constantly have to keep his age below certain thresholds to progress.

The Watchmaker is available on Windows PC via Steam and the Humble Store for $14.99, and its currently 75% off as part of the Steam Winter Sale.

Here’s a rundown of the game:

In The Watchmaker, a puzzle-adventure game, players take on the role of Alexander. In his steampunk world of giant clock mechanisms, Alexander’s routine involves repairing his precious clock tower every day, adjusting its mechanisms, oiling the gears and polishing everything down to the smallest piece. For years, this is the only life he has known.

But one day Alexander is awakened by a mysterious voice. This disembodied voice alerts him that something has gone wrong: someone, some unknown being, has sabotaged his beautiful tower. With the clock not working properly, time has gone mad. Consequently, Alexander starts ageing abnormally quickly, leaving him only a handful of time to repair the damage.

Guided by the mysterious voice and armed with a magnetic glove and the ability to control time, he must search the halls and arcades of the tower in search of the saboteur. Various obstacles, enemies and riddles buried in the clock’s intricate mechanisms stand in his way. But Alexander must push on to save the clock and restore time to its natural rhythm, all while gradually uncovering the mysteries of the tower and its even stranger past.

Key Features:

  • Steampunk puzzle-adventure set in 5 extensive locations
  • Unique ageing process that replaces the usual health bar
  • Numerous Collectable items
  • Diverse gameplay, with a mix of exploration, puzzles, platforming action and boss fights
  • Environmental puzzles to be solved using magnetic gloves and the ability to control time

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Frank was a former Niche Gamer contributor.

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