By Josh Speer / September 9th, 2020
Generally speaking I don’t play very many arcade styled games. After all, most are harder to appreciate without actual arcades to visit. But sometimes one comes around that is so visually compelling and unique that I have to pay attention. That game is Bartlow’s Dread Machine, and it’s truly a one of a kind. The premise of the game is the president has been kidnapped, and you play the mechanical agent sent to rescue him. Oh and that president is Teddy Roosevelt. Yea, this is a quirky game, and that’s what I like about it.
Bartlow’s Dread Machine is slated to release later this month, but you can read up on more details below. And make sure to check out the latest trailer showcasing a new area from the game!
About Bartlow’s Dread Machine
Modeled after a mechanical penny arcade game created in 1907, Bartlow’s Dread Machine is devilishly fun arcade shooter that answers the burning question on everyone’s mind: What would a video game be like if it came out 113 years ago?
President Teddy Roosevelt has been kidnapped! Only you — a Secret Service agent made of tin — can save him from the Anarcho-Satanists intent on ruining the American way of life. Shoot down tin zombies, mechanical bad guys, and clockwork bosses in a rapid-fire chase to rescue the President and preserve the American Dream. Future generations are counting on you!
With six game worlds, 50+ guns, 16 playable characters, and all sorts of old-timey outfits and upgrades, Bartlow’s Dread Machine is brimming with possibilities. Plus, play solo or with a friend in couch co-op mode!
The Plot Thickens in Today’s Early Access Update
If you’ve been following along on Steam Early Access, then you know that President Roosevelt’s crafty abductors have taken our heroes on a circuitous route from New York City, across the great plains to San Francisco, and most recently through the Pacific Ocean.
Today’s Early Access update opens up a lush new jungle location — the Canal Zone — where construction of the Panama Canal has unearthed a mysterious structure containing untold horrors and dark magic. Will our tin toy agents be able to shoot their way out of this one? There’s only one way to find out!
In addition, Early Access players can now unlock two more playable historical characters:
- Mary Fields, the pioneering mail coach driver, with her deadly Hand Carronade weapon.
- Nicola Tesla, the iconic inventor extraordinaire, with his shocking Lightning Precipitator weapon.
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