I really want to like you, Manos
You guys. Someone made the Manos: The Hands of Fate movie into a game. THERE IS A MANOS GAME!
Lord Crumb told me about it yesterday and it blew my freaking mind. As you may recall, I’m a huge fan of Mystery Science Theatre 3000 (MST3K), a 1990s TV show that made fun of hundreds of bad movies over the years. One of their best (and one of my favorites) was Manos. I even featured it in my MST3K Halloween last year. It’s so horrible that it’s rated one of the 100 worst movies of all time. So when I saw this game not only paid homage to Manos but was loaded with plenty of MST3K references, I had a bit of a fangirl moment and bought it immediately.
How could I not love little additions like a certain familiar gumball machine inside the house?
Also…TORGO! Complete with his own theme music from the movie and jittery text that so captures how he acted.
But why oh why does this game have to be a retro platformer? I don’t know if it’s because I missed the whole platformer craze in decades past but I neither enjoy nor are very good at them. Which is probably why in an hour of gameplay, I only got to Level 3 before I quit and spent over 20 minutes dying again and again to the Level 2 boss.
I really want to like you, Manos the game. But the only thing that makes you fun for me is all of the references. It’s too bad you weren’t just about any other type of game. I’m still going to have to beat you one day, just on principle. But today won’t be that day unfortunately.
(By the way, the folks at MST3K have gone on to make RiffTrax and riffed Manos yet again. It looks awesome.)