Reasons to play Clock Tower on the SNES and not the Wonderswan

There's not much info on the Wonderswan version, so I started playing it to see what it's like. I don't like it nearly as much as the SNES version. Here are a few reasons why:

  • The cursor moves a hell of a lot slower in the Wonderswan one (although occasionally this is nice when trying to grab a doorknob while running)
  • Since it's only black and white, the graphics aren't as clear as the colour one for the SNES
  • The Wonderswan ROMs haven't been translated into English, whereas the SNES ones have
  • There's no portrait of Jennifer (and since it's black and white, you wouldn't be able to see her health anyway)
  • There are no names or pictures by the dialogue so it's hard to tell who's speaking sometimes
  • The dialogue text goes over the screen, blocking some of your view
  • You can only scroll through the items in your inventory by equipping them; there's no list like in the SNES version
  • Jennifer walks even slower in the Wonderswan version than in the SNES version (and that's really saying something)

But there are just a couple pluses:

  • When climbing stairs, it fades to black for a few seconds and comes back to Jennifer at the top as opposed to waiting ten-plus seconds for her to climb
  • The word "Pause" shows up on the screen when the game is paused
  • The cursor stays in the same spot when you move rooms (really only nice if you're being chased, though)
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Posted by Snowwika

There's not much info on the Wonderswan version, so I started playing it to see what it's like. I don't like it nearly as much as the SNES version. Here are a few reasons why:

  • The cursor moves a hell of a lot slower in the Wonderswan one (although occasionally this is nice when trying to grab a doorknob while running)
  • Since it's only black and white, the graphics aren't as clear as the colour one for the SNES
  • The Wonderswan ROMs haven't been translated into English, whereas the SNES ones have
  • There's no portrait of Jennifer (and since it's black and white, you wouldn't be able to see her health anyway)
  • There are no names or pictures by the dialogue so it's hard to tell who's speaking sometimes
  • The dialogue text goes over the screen, blocking some of your view
  • You can only scroll through the items in your inventory by equipping them; there's no list like in the SNES version
  • Jennifer walks even slower in the Wonderswan version than in the SNES version (and that's really saying something)

But there are just a couple pluses:

  • When climbing stairs, it fades to black for a few seconds and comes back to Jennifer at the top as opposed to waiting ten-plus seconds for her to climb
  • The word "Pause" shows up on the screen when the game is paused
  • The cursor stays in the same spot when you move rooms (really only nice if you're being chased, though)
Posted by dungbootle

Being completely genuine, that is interesting and thank you for sharing. I'm also craving more Spooks from Mr. Scoops now.

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Posted by csl316

Good analysis.

Though if I need Clock Tower, I'll play part 3 to get nice and sad.