Is this game going to be as bad as the film?
Is that even possible? Well, no. But yes. MANOS honours bad movies and games and borrows a lot of conventions from famous badness of the past, while at the same time bringing them all together to create something good. It’s an epic celebration of nostalgic badness, presented as something good. Think of it as the GRINDHOUSE of retro video games.
How in the hell do you adapt such a dumb story into an action game?
How did LJN adapt A Nightmare on Elm Street? By latching onto memorable moments in the movie and blowing them wildly out of proportion! For example, a kissing couple, swigging out of a bottle of booze? Bottle-throwing couple enemy. Mike encounters a wild snake in the desert? Enemy snakes! An unusually long, lingering shot of a fireplace? LIVING FIREPLACE BOSS! Even the moths which were attracted to the lighting make an appearance.
What role does Torgo play in the game??
Torgo is a persistent threat. He was an ambiguous character in the film and so he is in the game. He essentially takes on the same role as Knuckles in Sonic the Hedgehog 3, often appearing to trigger traps or do whatever he can to keep you from rescuing Margaret and Debbie.
What about Mike’s family?
Try to think of Mike’s family as this game’s Princess Peach. Once Mike has turned his back, they have been taken and it’s your job to track down the Master to rescue them.
What’s the music like?
Authentic 8-bit NES chiptunes, most of which are recreations/remixes of the movie’s score. Yes, the haunting Torgo Theme is included.
Have you kept the downer ending?
That depends how you play the game… Will you find all of the hidden crystal Hands of Fate or not? You might get an all new twist ending if you manage it!
How many MST3K references?
A few are hidden around the game! Some more obscure than others as we don’t want to cause any copyright issues with the amazingly talented and funny people at Best Brains.
How long is the game?
Unlike the large number of mobile games which like to throw a tonne of very short and simple levels at you, MANOS invokes the NES era, focusing on a small number of large and unique levels, each ending in its own boss battle. The game can & should be beaten in one sitting just like the classics, but it’ll multitask on your device so you can come back to it any time. Speed runners will have a field day as the game times how long it takes you to get to the finish while also counting up your total score. The replay value is all about getting to the top of those leaderboards!
What is in the game that ISN’T in the movie?
Oh, quite a bit… Mike’s little ‘detour’ around the valley lodge leads him into all kinds of situations, encountering monsters and characters from other familiar bad movies (we couldn’t really have a game where you just walk in and out of a lodge in El Paso scrubland a couple of times could we?). You may think we have gotten a tiny bit carried away when Mike and Torgo take to the skies in biplanes for an epic dogfight, but it’s never long before the ‘classic’ story kicks back in!
Will there be cheats?
A future update to the game brings a Game Genie inspired cheat code store where you can grab yourself some traditional cheat codes if you want to breeze through the game or have some fun with it. Keep an eye out for the ‘PLAY AS TORGO’ cheat code…!
How close to the NES have you stuck?
99% of what you see in the game is done within the NES’ limits. There are a few items here and there which push the boundaries for the sake of presentation. The Troll/Goblin enemy for example (spot the bad movie reference!) uses four colours so that you can clearly see the green goo dropping from his lips, when generally NES sprites were limited to three colours.
Are FreakZone going to adapt any other bad movies into games in the future?
Totally considering it! This has been so much fun and we can’t wait to see what you all think of it. This will depend on how well MANOS performs.
So July 26th is the final release date for iOS?
Yes, provided all goes fine on Apple’s end. The Master must approve! If anything goes wrong, it will take them another week to approve it, but that isn’t likely as we always stick tightly to their guidelines.
Oh god yes… If the game does well. We’d like to attempt to tie it in with the upcoming MANOS: The Search for the Valley Lodge if we can arrange something with the producers. In the mean time, keep watching us on Tumblr and Twitter and play AWESOME Land, we have a whole host of other fantastic, quirky and cultish games in the works!