Nearly every major movie released since the birth of the Atari 2600 has given rise to its own tie-in video game. Some of them were great, but most of them were so dreadful and often had so little to do with the actual movie that – especially in the case of Atari’s infamous E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial game from 1982 – they ended up buried in a landfill next to the corpses of stoolies whacked by the Mafia. They’re an integral part of a tentpole movie’s marketing campaign. In certain cases, such as the well-received Ghostbusters game from a few years ago, a beloved film property can be revived as a video game in order to appeal to a new generation of admirers.
You would never expect Manos, the Hands of Fate to be one of those privileged titles, but the 1966 occult horror feature made in El Paso, TX, by a fertilizer salesman to win a bet and is legendary for being one of the worst movies ever to see the light of a film projector has become a 2D side-scrolling iOS platform game app from FreakZone Games soon to be available for iPhones and Androids.
You can watch a game play trailer here below.
In the game you play as Michael, a husband and father (played in the movie by the director Hal Warren) who must battle all sorts of foul beasts of the underworld to save his family. And yes my friends, Torgo is there too. So already it sounds way more exciting than the movie – and have you watched that video yet? Michael battling creatures in a biplane to the tune of an 8-bit version of the “haunting Torgo theme”? Yes please. The Mystery Science Theater 3000 classic was plenty loony before but this game takes the insanity to a whole new level. Looks like a ton of fun and it makes me thinking of wasting away Friday nights playing Nintendo with my friends. The game contains a lot of details from the movie in its design that Manos fans will appreciate. I sure did.
The Manos, the Hands of Fate game will be available beginning July 26, 2012. The Master will be very pleased.