February 26th, 2007 by nenad

Counterclockwise is a freeware remake of the 1983 Spectrum game Knot in 3D. It was made for RetroRemakes 2006 game competition.

System requirements:
OS: Windows 95/98/2000/XP
CPU: 1GHz or faster
RAM: 256MB
Graphics card: OpenGL compatible, 32MB
Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card

66 Comments on 'Counterclockwise'

  1. October 25, 2007 at 12:43 pm

    Norgonq said:

    What this game really needs is multiplayer.

  2. October 25, 2007 at 8:56 pm

    nenad said:

    I completely agree with you. Although that’d require rewriting a good part of the game engine. As things are standing now, I don’t have enough time to dedicate to the task. But yeah, maybe I’ll get back to it sometime in the future.

  3. October 28, 2007 at 10:42 pm

    Giovanni M said:

    You have a very interesting game there and it looks very cool. But about multi player, perhaps a Counterclockwise Tournament?

  4. November 13, 2007 at 2:24 pm

    Dizzy said:

    Awesome game.
    Thinking of multiplayer - it would be simple to implement this game as UT2k4 mod, imho. And there is some chance that i’ll fall into this coding soon.

  5. November 18, 2007 at 12:27 pm

    lonelycorn said:

    Good Game.

  6. December 18, 2007 at 10:47 pm

    Newk said:

    oh dear coders.. please try make a multiplayer of this!
    this game is really great!

  7. January 6, 2008 at 1:57 am

    0rel said:

    absolutely awesome. love your style, and yeah that game simply rocks!
    ++gameplay, +slick gfx, +gui, +sound, +voice
    -danger of speed sickness

  8. January 8, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    bitRAKE said:

    Thank you for bringing back some excellent game play!

  9. January 16, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    ToS said:

    Additional MULTIPLAYER vote. I love this game, just played a few nice sessions.
    Server options: boost speed value, clear random blocks every x secs, haze density, wrap-around on/off, ammo/shield regeneration x/sec.
    Modes: Team DM, Tag game.
    Contact me if you want more ideas.

  10. February 15, 2008 at 3:41 am

    Strife said:

    Any chance that a version with lower system requirements will be made? I know most PCs today can meet these, but my computer is older than most PCs (and unlikely to be replaced or upgraded anytime soon).

  11. March 4, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    Rekr said:

    Strife: STFU.

  12. May 19, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    Paulo Silva said:

    Please port it to Linux, just like happened to Kenta Cho games! :-)

  13. June 14, 2008 at 5:23 am

    Kevin R said:

    excellent game! I also hope to see a multiplayer version. I would PAY for a multiplayer version.

    You should seriously consider pitching a this to Microsoft for Xbox live arcade. I think it has potential to be a hit.

  14. June 24, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    Steve Manning said:


    If you want this kind of action in multiplayer, then check out Cubes. I love the concept of the game, and the ammount of strategy can be amazing,

  15. July 3, 2008 at 10:00 am

    nenad said:


    I wouldn’t know how to pith a game to Microsoft :)


    I’ve seen Cubes. It’s rather nice. Although I’d love they include the exact ccw control scheme :)

  16. July 14, 2008 at 6:05 am

    Keatah said:

    Wow! this is great, make the levels bigger and add some multiplayer capability. You got a hit here dude!

  17. October 18, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    Under said:

    Awesome game, but it needs bigger arena and a multiplayer…

  18. December 9, 2008 at 5:31 am

    [playerone] said:

    I love this game!

    Played it ages ago and had forgotten the name… Just found it again and I am actually excited haha!

    Well done all involved on a superb game.


  19. December 31, 2008 at 3:24 am

    Concord said:

    Have you considered bringing this open source? I’ve playing and coding in the game Armagetron Advanced, a tron-based game with 2d gameplay and 3d graphics, been around for a while. The game is based upon the movie Tron, which Knots was also based on! :} I would love to see you bring this open source and I’m sure the developing community of Armagetron would get involved. I know I would. I think we could help out with porting the game to linux systems and to mac osx (my system, ftw) in addition multiplayer is a huge aspect of Armagetron and we have experience with network play. Please consider. Thanks, Concord

  20. January 11, 2009 at 4:41 am

    dg76 said:

    Reminds me a lot of this motorcycle game in TRON(Film) great! Please Multiplay Online Version. Love it.

  21. February 6, 2009 at 11:25 am

    Alsagoz said:

    This game is one of the “Perfect” remake I’ve ever play. I really love “Trick Performing” part which make the game really unique. Performing cool tricks while cut off an enemy with boosted speed is really fun.

    I’m quite disagree in adding multiplayer since the “Tricks” part may be removed (which I think is the best feature of this game) you may need to make multiplayer part really “Different” from single player which I think is a kind of fuzzy work. Cube did that already, if you are going to do it you should make it more advanced.

    If you are going to update this game once more, it should be nice to add “Replay” feature. So, you can show of your cool tricks and nice ways to quickly advance the stages. Time Attack is also possible.

  22. February 18, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Ryan Fishel said:

    The gameplay value is phenomenal. I can sit on this game for hours -easily.
    I was wondering how difficult it is to get a mac version going? I don’t know what is involved in coding, and how difficult a task that might be, but if it isn’t too much work I would request it.
    Thanks for all the work you have done thus far, and congrats on doing such a good job.

  23. June 30, 2009 at 9:46 am

    Sammy Sullivan said:

    check mine out……

    keep up the good work man…….

  24. July 29, 2009 at 12:51 am

    kriptosporidium said:

    Uuuhh… I can’t start it. :(

    I unzip, run the .exe. It starts loading stuff, and then dies on me when it gets to ” Loading Skybox… ” by spitting out an ” Illegal Operation ” message. I have the required stuff and everything…

  25. September 6, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    Paschu said:

    This game is so awesome!
    I like the simple graphics and the gameplay.
    It really needs a multiplayer mode!

  26. September 10, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Sarah said:

    I love this. Really. But I have a ‘thinking out loud’ suggestion/question…..

    Would it be possible to ‘overlay’ a thin, semi-transparent vale, so to speak, of a transparent image of the larger scheme of things? An overall image of the shapes made by all the paths? To give one a sense of where one is in the world?

  27. September 25, 2009 at 1:37 am

    Newk said:

    great game!
    i hope you would try putting in the multiplayer. Would love to try some of you people on, or my neighbours and friend LAN :D

  28. October 20, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Joe the Timelord said:

    Amazing game, nenad. Multiplayer sounds like an amazing idea (and Cubes–another online version of this game–just isn’t cutting it). It would also really add to the challenge if the CPU lightcycles could shoot at you in single player. Anywho, enough of my bitching; you’ve made a great game that I’m seriously addicted to.

  29. April 22, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Grimshad said:

    Go multiplayer go!

  30. July 11, 2010 at 5:47 am

    motorbike games said:

    nice motorbike, i always like motorbike games. this game give fun for me.

  31. May 22, 2011 at 10:55 am

    nativ said:

    Hi, Great remake!

    I am looking at some possible project for the Atari platforms this is really inspiring.

    Having played Armagetron I can see the draw of Multiplayer. I’d certainly consider a local networked version.

    Top Stuff! /|\


  32. June 1, 2011 at 1:48 am

    rodgers45 said:

    What this game really needs is multiplayer.I completely agree with you. Although that

  33. October 11, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    gmarsh16 said:

    The fact that a superbly made remake such as this feels very similar to the 1983 original in is surely also testament to the brilliance of the original. Fantastic remake, reminds me of being 17 again, will now fire up Marvin on my HTC and have a go on the original!

  34. August 18, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    katzi said:

    I’ll start working on multiplayer on my own, probably with unity,

    are sources for CCW availble?

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