Have you seen the movie “Manos: The Hands of Fate?” Probably not; its an obscure “horror” movie from 1966 starring people you’ve never heard of, and was directed and stars a fertilizer salesman. However, if you have seen the film it is doubtlessly because of it’s reputation as one of the worst films ever made, and therefore it has “cult-film” status.
Or perhaps you have already read our review of the movie here on this site, posted just recently. And while we very much didn’t like the movie, it does have a certain charm, albeit one which is sufficiently drowned out by the overall terribleness of the film. In fact, a lot of the old school B-movies of that era are similar in terms of their cult-popularity and the fact that they are utter drivel .
Nonetheless, someone has made a computer game about “Manos: The Hands of Fate” with the same title! I know right?!
Now, before you set down your phone or walk away from the laptop thinking “Great, now I can experience the misery of “Manos” as a game, but I think I’ll shoot myself instead”, we should state clearly that the game is actually pretty fun. It’s made in a similar style to games like “Super Mario Bros.,” and therefore brings forward some pretty heavy feelings of nostalgia. The plot of the game is a bit different than the movie (not that we’re complaining) but not significantly, so the one or two of you out there who are sadomasochistically attached to this movie shouldn’t have much to complain about.
The goal is very much the same; escape the clutches of the Master. In doing so, the player guides protagonist Michael throughout a significantly larger version of the house filled with baddies and bosses, largely from other B-movies of the era. Eventually, the player runs into the Master himself, and the chance to unlock one of two endings. I’m not going to spoil it here, as it is definitely worth playing even if you don’t like the movie.
The game is available for download from the Itunes store and also from Steam. It isn’t free, but since it’s a relatively small game it isn’t more than $3 to purchase, at least as of now. There are playthroughs available to watch on YouTube as well, if that is more your thing. We don’t assign Cage ratings to video games (especially good ones), but that doesn’t mean we can’t tell you how we feel about this game; It’s pretty damn entertaining.
Main Author: Jared Kirk