Every once in a while a game developer decides to create a title steeped in retro goodness. From time to time, those games can actually be pretty dang good, mixing nostalgia and classic gameplay with some modern humor and plenty of polish. If I were a betting man, I would put my money on FreakZone's MANOS: The Hands of Fate as being one such title. We won't have to wait much longer to find out, though, as it's hitting iOS on July 26.

I'll just get this out of the way and say now that not releasing this on consoles is a downright tragedy. Classic games could be pretty tough and MANOS looks to be embracing that style of gameplay wholeheartedly. Just the thought of struggling with this game using only a touchpad already has me cussing at the screen. But maybe they nailed the controls and my worries are unfounded. Like I said, we won't have long to wait before we can take it for a test drive ourselves.

MANOS is actually based on a 1966 film by the same name, notorious for being absolutely terrible. FreakZone have stated that the entire game is a celebration of terrible things in pop culture, but combined in a package that is “something good.” You can expect lots of cheeky references here, as well as nods to Nintendo-era legends.

If you're a child of the 80's, there's no way in hell that trailer didn't get your fingers just itching for a play. Despite my reservations concerning the platform, everything else about MANOS looks pretty stellar to me.

But that's all just speculation. We can all find out how well it actually turned out when MANOS: The Hands of Fate launches next week.
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