Clockwork Knight

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Clockwork Knight
System(s): Sega Saturn
Publisher: Sega
Sound driver: SCSP/CD-DA (2 tracks)
Genre: Action[1][2]

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
¥4,8004,800 GS-9004
Sega Rating: All Ages
Sega Saturn
$39.9939.99[4] 81007
ESRB: Kids to Adults
Sega Saturn
Sega Saturn
USK: 0
Sega Saturn
Sega Saturn
£39.9939.99[5][6] MK81007-50
Sega Saturn
Sega Saturn
Sega Saturn
Tectoy: 6+

Clockwork Knight, known as Clockwork Knight: Pepperouchau no Daibouken Joukan (クロックワークナイト ペパルーチョの大冒険・上巻) in Japan, is a side-scrolling "2.5D" platform game, released as a launch title for the Sega Saturn in all major territories.


Sir Tongara de Pepperouchau III ("Pepper" for short) is a toy soldier. He is in love with the Clockwork Fairy Princess, Chelsea, whose voice wakes up the toys of the house every night at midnight. But he is clumsy and something of a laughingstock, especially when compared to his friendly rival Ginger who is also after Chelsea's heart.

One night Chelsea is stolen away by an unknown force, which also hypnotizes some of the lesser toys to become fierce minions and stand in the way of anyone who would try to rescue her. If there's no voice to wake them up anymore then the toys will never live again, so Pepper and Ginger head off to find Chelsea before it's too late.


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Sir Tongara de Pepperouchau III ("Pepper")
The main protagonist and sole playable character in the main game. He's brave, dashing, and quite clumsy.

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Pepper's nearsighted but ever-faithful donkey-for-a-steed. He appears to be a wine bottle on a wheeled basket. He has a crush on Soltia. Pepper rides on Barobaro's back in a few stages of Clockwork Knight 2, but in this game he only appears in cutscenes.

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Pepper's valet and close friend, this top is also very conscientious of Pepper and sometimes treats him like a little boy. He gives suggestions in the Soltian Roulette.

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Sir Ginger
Pepper's chief rival and something of a showoff, but he works with Pepper in saving Chelsea.

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Ginger's steed. A horse-shaped clothesbrush, he's quite snobby in thinking he's the perfect horse for the perfect warrior.

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Le Bon
Ginger's valet, a cheerful rubber ball. Like Prunchau, he also gives suggestions in the Soltian Roulette.

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Sir Oneon de Pepperouchau
Pepper's father. He's a bit overly dramatic; he thinks, for whatever reason, that his family has forsaken him.

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Sir Garluch de Pepperouchau
Pepper's highly-respected, if somewhat misguided, grandfather. He's mysteriously gone missing.

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Pa Zur
Ginger's lord and mentor. All the toys think that the sliding puzzle is a wise old mystic.

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A hot-tempered perfume bottle who loves music, cards, and games of chance. She has a crush on Pepper and considers Chelsea to be a rival for his affection. She hosts the Soltian Roulette mini-game that occurs between worlds, also giving suggestions to players like Prunchau and Le Bon do.

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Clockwork Princess Chelsea
This beautiful young doll's voice has the power to wake all the toys every night at midnight. Both Pepper and Ginger compete for her heart. Her kidnapping starts the events of this game and its sequel.


This game is a side-scrolling platformer in the vein of the Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog series. Unlike those games however, the game uses prerendered digitized 2D sprites of high-resolution 3D models similar to the Donkey Kong Country series, or Killer Instinct, on top of fully 3D levels (and with fully 3D bosses).

Pepper attacks enemies with his key. A quick tap of the button (usually B) will thrust it out horizontally. (He cannot do this vertically.) Likewise, repeatedly tapping the button over and over will cause him to twist the key around and around. This makes it a bit more powerful (e.g.: an enemy could be knocked out temporarily with a simple jab, but running into the key when twisting it will instantly take it out with a pop sound and lots of confetti). In addition to all this, he can also pick up unconscious enemies, or the objects such as footballs or springs that have been scattered around the stages and, toss them (in this case, vertical attacks are possible).

The goal is to reach the end of the stage before time or hit points (typically three, though Gold Keys can increase that maximum) run out. There are no checkpoints: dying sends a player back to the beginning of a level. The levels are fairly large (but not as large as the sequel's levels) and contain numerous side areas with treasures.

Every third level of room, Pepper must face off against a large, fully polygonal boss in a one-on-one battle. Each boss has a weakness that must be exploited.

It does not save a player's progress; turning the Saturn off requires the player to start from the beginning next time.


These items lying around for collection:

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Imperial Crowns
Bottle caps with pictures of crowns on them, these are used in the Soltian Roulette mini-game or to earn a game continue.
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Pocket Watches
Scattered around almost as much as Imperial Crowns, these award either one or five bonus seconds on the timer.
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These wind-up keys will refill health. They come in three colors; Bronze Keys refill one point, Silver Keys refill all points, and Gold Keys refill all points and increase the maximum by one (this works twice per life, giving up to five hit points total). If Pepper is already at full health with five hit points, the gold key awards an extra life.
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A blue helmet awards an extra life, and the much-rarer red helmets award three extra lives.
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Pa-Zur Sphere (Invincible)
This makes Pepper invincible for a short time.


This game has thirteen levels, four different rooms with two normal levels and one boss each, plus a final boss. After finishing the boss level of a room 1/2/3, the player can play mini-game with Soltia, Prunchau and Le Bon.

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Betsy's Room (Room 1)
This level is rather linear, making it an easy start for newcomers. Boxes in the background fall onto unsuspecting players. Books slide back and forth in their shelves, threatening to knock Pepper off. Dinosaur bones hang from the ceiling and can hold various goodies for those willing to go up and check them out.

The boss is Dandy Bob, the giant hat-carrying, tuxedo-wearing doll. In the original Japanese version, he has white, human-like skin and blonde hair, while in the NTSC and PAL releases of the game, Dandy Bob is blue-skinned with blue hair.

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Kevin's Room (Room 2)
Things get tougher here, with numerous battery-powered trains riding tracks over bottomless pits; Pepper had better hop on or else things could get ugly. The floors of the world are often made of LEGO-like blocks, mostly contrasting from the blue background of the stage. Switches can lift various obstacles out of a player's way, or trap them inside if they're not careful.
The boss is Double Jetter, a large mech, which can transform into a speedy jet.

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Kitchen (Room 3)
Sinks fill with water and drain right back on as Pepper hops from sponge to plate keeping himself from a scalding-hot fate. The metal floors seem to be highly slippery, mimicking the common ice-floor downfalls in many other video games. Watch out for flames from the stoves - pushing some soap and then riding it over them is advised.
The boss is Chef de Popot, a chef-shaped squeaky toy with a large pot he carries around, hiding under on the slippery floor.

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Attic (Room 4)
Dark, damp and dusty would describe Pepper's final destination (in this trip, at least). Various mazes and platforms that rise and fall are scattered everywhere... Pepper's definitely getting closer to Chelsea and her kidnapper.
The boss is Iron Kong X, a monkey-like mech that breaks apart early on, causing its main body to float around, using all but its head as protection by spinning them around at high speeds.

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Study Room - Crazy TV (Final Boss)
This stage can only be fought when playing it on Normal or Hard. This is the very end of this game - a final one-on-one battle with what appears to be the perpetrator over just who gets Chelsea. But is there a bigger foe at work here? The boss seems to be implying such...the boss is a demented television set named Crazy TV.

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Soltian Roulette (Bonus stage)
The player bets Imperial Crowns on the likelihood of getting something from a roulette of various things (ranging from more Imperial Crowns, 1UPs, 3UPs, to Pierron faces, from which the player gains nothing). After betting 5, 10 or 15 Imperial Crowns, the roulette boxes will reveal the contents (the amount of everything varies depending on how much the player bets) then go for a quick spin, after which the player chooses which box the player thinks has what is desired. If the player gets something, it can be kept, or spin again for a double-or-nothing round (this can be done four times, with the amount of doubles going down by one each time). It's certainly not a bad idea to play this, as the later levels can be pretty tricky.



Pepper's model being viewed in Softimage version 2.66

Clockwork Knight is one of Sega's first significant forays into rendering 3D imagery on a computer, being created with Silicon Graphics workstations running Softimage. While the Super NES game Donkey Kong Country is usually credited for being the first big-budget title to take advantage of this technique, Clockwork Knight was just a few weeks behind in Japan.

While it can never be proven, it is likely that Clockwork Knight was inspired by the works of John Lasseter and Pixar, who had been producing groundbreaking computer animated shorts, usually based on normally-inanimate objects, since the mid-1980s. In 1988 Pixar released Tin Toy - a five-minute short featuring senitent toys (which later became a catalyst for Toy Story in 1995). A seemingly common misconception is that Clockwork Knight was either inspired by and/or went as far as to rip off Toy Story, but the fact of the matter is, the similar ideas seen in Clockwork Knight beat Toy Story to market by almost a year (in Japan at least and several months beforehand in the US and Europe), though the former was far less of an influence in popular culture than the latter. Like Pixar, Sega likely realised that computers of the era was more suited to rendering simple geometric shapes made of plastic or metal, rather than realistic organisms such as animals or humans.

In a funny twist to the above, it came out in a June 2018 video from GameHut's Jon Burton (Head of Traveller's Tales) where he discussed the tricks used to create the 3D depth effect in the side-scrolling/platforming levels for the Sega Genesis Toy Story game (for which he was the lead programmer), that he had at the time actually been playing Clockwork Knight on the then new Sega Saturn, and was inspired by the depth perception used in the game to try and recreate the effect on the ageing 16-Bit hardware of the Sega Genesis for the Toy Story game. [7]

Clockwork Knight was one of the first Sega Saturn games to be announced, being first shown to the public under the working title of "Action Game" at Winter CES 1994. At the time, the Saturn console had not been finalised, and the Clockwork Knight demonstration consisted solely of a jerky, pre-rendered 3D video demonstrating concepts that might appear in the game. The video demonstrates Pepper running, jumping and picking up objects, but also includes a sequence where the character pushes a stack of tins off the edge of a shelf, pushes a floor switch, and fights a jack-in-the-box with a small, red umbrella rather than his "key sword" in the final game.

While only brief, this fight is more involved than anything seen in the final product - Pepper is seen blocking and kicking, as opposed to the enemy exploding when hit once. There is no known accompanying sound to any of the footage, and the world Pepper inhabits is far more subdued than the vibrant kids rooms seen in the final game. This video was included as a bonus in Clockwork Knight: Pepperouchau no Fukubukuro and the US release of Clockwork Knight 2.

Clockwork Knight was intentionally made harder for the US and European markets, because it was believed American consumers preferred tougher games than their Japanese counterparts (and Europeans tougher still)[8]. Other changes were also put in place, namely increasing the entry fees to play Soltian Roulette, removing before-level cutscenes featuring Pepper's friends who give him tips, and changing the skin color of the first boss (Dandy Bob) from white to blue out of concern that Western audiences would misinterpret the fight as a toy attacking a child.[9]


It is not known if the Clockwork Knight story was always meant to span two games, however by releasing the game in Japan as Clockwork Knight: Pepperouchau no Daibouken Joukan ("Joukan" literally translating to "first volume"), a sequel was expected, and arrived the following year as Clockwork Knight 2. Clockwork Knight 2 is often seen as a refined version of the first game - the gameplay remains almost identical and many of the graphics and audio cues were not changed.

The two were later compiled into one release, Clockwork Knight: Pepperouchau no Fukubukuro in Japan, becoming the definitive version of Clockwork Knight, although this version does have some unexplained missing content.


Localised names

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English Clockwork Knight Clockwork Knight
English (US) Clockwork Knight Clockwork Knight
Japanese クロックワークナイト ペパルーチョの大冒険・上巻 Clockwork Knight: Pepperouchau no Daibouken Joukan

Production credits

Clockwork Knight -Staff-
Game Designers
Sound Staff
Marketing Staff

In-game credits
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US manual
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A soundtrack album, Clockwork Knight: Pepperouchau no Daibouken Fantastic Soundtrack, was released exclusively in Japan two days before the Japanese release of the second game.

Magazine articles

Main article: Clockwork Knight/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
100 №324, p44
Sega Saturn
Based on
1 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
CD Consoles (FR)
Consoles + (FR)
Computer & Video Games (UK)
Digitiser (UK)
Edge (UK) NTSC-J
Electronic Entertainment (US) NTSC-U
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
Excalibur (CZ)
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
GameFan (US) NTSC-U
Game Players (US) NTSC-U
GamePro (US) NTSC-J
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
Games World: The Magazine (UK) PAL
Hobby Consolas (ES)
Joypad (FR) NTSC-J
Joypad (FR)
LeveL (CZ)
Maximum (UK)
Mega (UK) NTSC-J
Mega Force (FR) NTSC-J
Mega Fun (DE) PAL
Mean Machines Sega (UK) NTSC-J
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
Next Generation (US) NTSC-J
Player One (FR)
Saturn Fan (JP) NTSC-J
Saturn+ (UK) PAL
Score (CZ)
Sega Magazin (DE)
Sega Magazine (UK) PAL
Sega Power (UK) NTSC-J
Sega Pro (UK) NTSC-J
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
Super Juegos (ES)
Todo Sega (ES)
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
Ultimate Future Games (UK) NTSC-J
Ultimate Gamer (US)
Última Generación (ES)
Video Games (DE)
VideoGames (US) NTSC-U
Sega Saturn
Based on
46 reviews

Clockwork Knight

Saturn, JP
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Saturn, US
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Saturn, EU
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Saturn, FR (Blister pack)
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Saturn, DE
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Saturn, PT

Saturn, AU
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Technical information

Main article: Clockwork Knight/Technical information.

External links

  • Sega of America webpage: Saturn
  • Sega of Japan catalogue page (Japanese): Saturn


  1. File:Clockwork sat jp backcover.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 (Wayback Machine: 2020-03-04 08:13)
  3. Press release: 1995-05-19: Sega Saturn launch takes consumers and retailers by storm
  4. 4.0 4.1 GamePro, "August 1995" (US; 1995-xx-xx), page 54
  5. 5.0 5.1 Games World: The Magazine, "September 1995" (UK; 1995-0x-xx), page 69
  6. 6.0 6.1 Sega Magazine, "August 1995" (UK; 1995-07-13), page 60
  7. | GameHut Video where Jon Burton explains the influence of Clockwork Knight on the Toy Story Sega Genesis game at 0:23
  8. GamePro, "January 1996" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 49
  10. File:Clockworkknight_Saturn_JP_SSEnding.pdf
  11. File:Clockworkknight sat us manual.pdf, page 22
  12. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2001-xx-xx), page 48
  13. CD Consoles, "Février 1995" (FR; 1995-xx-xx), page 120
  14. Consoles +, "Février 1995" (FR; 1995-0x-xx), page 118
  15. Computer & Video Games, "February 1995" (UK; 1995-01-15), page 28
  16. Digitiser (UK) (1995-07-11)
  17. Edge, "March 1995" (UK; 1995-01-26), page 72
  18. Electronic Entertainment, "August 1995" (US; 1995-0x-xx), page 77
  19. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "July 1995" (US; 1995-0x-xx), page 38
  20. Excalibur, "" (CZ; 1995-08-01), page 1
  21. Famitsu, "1994-12-30" (JP; 1994-12-16), page 1
  22. GameFan, "Volume 3, Issue 7: July 1995" (US; 1995-xx-xx), page 13
  23. Game Players, "Vol. 8 No. 8 August 1995" (US; 1995-0x-xx), page 36
  24. GamePro, "April 1995" (US; 1995-xx-xx), page 144
  25. Hobby Consolas, "Agosto 1995" (ES; 1995-xx-xx), page 98
  26. Joypad, "Décembre 1994" (FR; 1994-1x-xx), page 162
  27. Joypad, "Septembre 1995" (FR; 1995-0x-xx), page 70
  28. LeveL, "Červen 1995" (CZ; 1995-06-01), page 36
  29. MAN!AC, "02/95" (DE; 1995-01-11), page 26
  30. MAN!AC, "08/95" (DE; 1995-07-12), page 46
  31. Maximum, "October 1995" (UK; 1995-09-01), page 145
  32. Mega, "April 1995" (UK; 1995-03-30), page 18
  33. Mega Force, "Janvier 1995" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 52
  34. Mega Fun, "08/95" (DE; 1995-07-19), page 83
  35. Mean Machines Sega, "February 1995" (UK; 1994-12-30), page 84
  36. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1995" (UK; 1995-08-25), page 90
  37. Next Generation, "April 1995" (US; 1995-03-21), page 89
  38. Player One, "Juillet/Août 1995" (FR; 1995-0x-xx), page 64
  39. Saturn Fan, "1995 March" (JP; 1995-02-08), page 40
  40. Saturn+, "Christmas 1995" (UK; 1995-12-14), page 56
  41. Score, "Květen 1995" (CZ; 1995-05-01), page 30
  42. Sega Magazin, "August 1995" (DE; 1995-07-12), page 65
  43. Sega Power, "April 1995" (UK; 1995-02-16), page 63
  44. Sega Pro, "March 1995" (UK; 1995-01-26), page 34
  45. Sega Pro, "September 1995" (UK; 1995-08-10), page 50
  46. Sega Saturn Magazine, "Readers rating final data" (JP; 2000-03), page 14
  47. Super Juegos, "Agosto 1995" (ES; 1995-0x-xx), page 82
  48. Todo Sega, "Septiembre 1995" (ES; 1995-0x-xx), page 36
  49. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 44
  50. Ultimate Future Games, "March 1995" (UK; 1995-02-03), page 82
  51. Ultimate Gamer, "July 1995" (US; 1995-0x-xx), page 89
  52. Última Generación, "Abril 1995" (ES; 1995-xx-xx), page 78
  53. Video Games, "8/95" (DE; 1995-07-26), page 67
  54. VideoGames, "June 1995" (US; 1995-0x-xx), page 72

Clockwork Knight

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Books: Clockwork Knight: Pepperouchau no Daibouken (1994) | Clockwork Knight: Pepperouchau no Daibouken Joukan Koushiki Guide Book (1995)
Music: Clockwork Knight: Pepperouchau no Daibouken Fantastic Soundtrack (1995)

Sega Saturn
Prototypes: 1995-02-06

Clockwork Knight series of games
Sega Saturn
Clockwork Knight (1994) | Clockwork Knight 2 (1995) | Clockwork Knight: Pepperouchau no Fukubukuro (1995) | Clockwork Knight: Pengin War (Cancelled)
Nintendo GameCube
Knight'n Knight (Cancelled)
Sampler Discs
Sega Saturn
Clockwork Knight Sample (1994) | Prime Selection Vol. 1 (1995)
Clockwork Knight related media
Clockwork Knight: Pepperouchau no Daibouken Fantastic Soundtrack (1995) | Israelites (1996)
Clockwork Knight: Pepperouchau no Daibouken (1994) | Clockwork Knight: Pepperouchau no Daibouken Joukan Koushiki Guide Book (1995) | Clockwork Knight: Pepperouchau no Daibouken Gekan Koushiki Guide Book (1995)