MANOS - The Hands of Fate Review
- 'Old school' platforming marries perfectly with 'old school' cinema.
- Incomplete game engine; bugs (bosses remaining active after death), no real menu system.
If you know about and have had the pleasure of enjoying the MST3K version of 'Manos: The Hands of Fate' then by all means, make this a purchase - it's frustrating, confusing and dated in its appeal... the perfect companion to a pop-culture classic.
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[This review was featured as the Mini-review for the Friday News Wrap-Up for the 27th of July, 2012]
Not that I'm going to recommend watching Manos: The Hands of Fate, but if you're a fan of comedy commentary you should watch MST3K's cult-classic episode that covers this atrocious film. Of course they used a somewhat imperfect copy of the film and fans of bad cinema can find a color version in all of its glory floating around the Internet (or even the App Store if you so desire).
The last time we saw FreakZone their rather trippy homage to Super Mario Brothers managed to attract our attention, but now their retro (and dare I say it, less than perfect) platform engine has been used to great effect, acting as an homage to a complete train-wreck of a film.
The pseudo-Castlevania style visuals are a perfect match for the Master's creepy mansion and you can expect more than a few platforming traps to keep you on your toes. It's far from a platforming classic, but then again it doesn't hang around for very long either - getting you in and out with a few chuckles under your belt.
Description"This game will be bigger than Skyrim!” - Bill Corbett, Rifftrax/MST3K
WARNING: This is REAL retro gaming! Be prepared for vast, unique levels with challenging boss battles!
MANOS is an homage to the great games you remember from your childhood! Remember how every film and cartoon had it's own platform game adaptation? When every man, woman, child, animal and inanimate object were out to get your character? When the streets were filled with bats, ghosts and Frankenstein monsters? MANOS will take you back to the fantastically absurd games of the past!
Lost on their vacation, Mike and his family have wandered the desert trying to find a place to stay, only to wind up in the haunted Valley Lodge. Maintained by Torgo, an unusual man/satyr who "takes care of the place while The Master is away", the hotel is swimming with paranormal activity which Mike has to brave through to find his now missing family. Who is The Master, and what does he want with Mike's family? Armed with his trusty revolver, Mike will have to wander the haunted halls, venture out into the desert, uncover a dark temple and battle the forces of darkness to find out!
- Huge levels with boss battles at the end of each!
- True classic gameplay!
- 100% authentic retro style!
What's New in Version 1.2- Crash on older iOS versions fixed
- Fixed iPad control issue where jump & shoot buttons got pressed together
- Moved iPad controls further down the screen