Beep Games and Tribetoy have announced Bartlow's Dread Machine, a rather interesting twin-stick shooter that made its debut at the NY Game Awards last night.
Believe it or not, there were a fair few arcade games before circuit boards existing. Utilizing mechanical components (and later adding in a dash of electricity), these delightful devices, much like pinball, can rightly be considered the ancestors of modern video games. Check out the Announce trailer to get a feel for what it's like:
Enter Bartlow's Dread Machine, a twin-stick shooter that is thematically designed like one of their early entertainment attractions. According to a press release, creepy creatures from another world have kidnapped President Teddy Roosevelt. You (and your friend, if you wish) must pursue these devilish creatures across the land and rescue the President from their vile hands! Throughout your time with the game, you'll master futuristic weapons like ray guns along with more standard fare that fires regular ol' bullets.
Mind, this old-timey arcade style isn't just a thematic device — it also affects gameplay. Players are restricted to mechanical rails in some sections, just as if this were a highly complex mechanical game. The levels largely appear to take place from a third-person perspective with various angles depending on what exactly you're fighting.
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Bartlow's Dread Machine seems pretty cool, but when will you be able to get it? Going by the press release, it should be making its way to PC and Xbox One sometime in the Summer of 2020.
That's about all we have on this game, but there's still plenty more to see! Be sure to swing by the game's official website dreadmachine.com to see some more screenshots and fantastical moving pictures.
What do you think of Bartlow's Dread Machine? Do you like the idea of a twin-stick shooter with somewhat restricted movement? Let us know in the comments below!