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Bartlow's Dread Machine

Platform(s): PC, Xbox One
Genre: Action/Adventure
Developer: Beep Games
Release Date: Sept. 29, 2020

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'Bartlow's Dread Machine' (ALL) Early Access Update Adds New Content - Trailer

by Rainier on Aug. 25, 2020 @ 8:50 a.m. PDT

Bartlow's Dread Machine is an arcade shooter about a haunted old timey arcade cabinet where you play as tin secret agents trying to rescue a kidnapped Teddy Roosevelt.

Set entirely within the confines of this titular relic from the dawn of the Electric Age, Bartlow’s Dread Machine casts one to two players as government agents in a series of escapades through New York, San Francisco, and all across the continent as they seek to rescue the kidnapped President Roosevelt from the forces of evil. But beware, sinister forces are at work! 

Bound to the clockwork gizmos running this contraption, agents are mere metal figurines roving around on rails. But these aren’t any ordinary tin toys as they have free rein on how to navigate these forking networks of tracks. Think Pac-Man if he were made of metal, wore a cool peacoat, and was packing some serious heat! Sets made of wood and tin unfold around you in real-time as you navigate this immersive puppet show. Encounter a cast of improbable monsters and historical characters as you traverse the high seas and beyond using trains, ships and even a newfangled automobile!

Your journey begins in New York City with the discovery that President Teddy Roosevelt has been abducted by anarcho-satanists of the worst kind. Track his kidnappers across the Great Plains to the Pacific coast in today's Early Access release, which contains the first three of six chapters. About once a month the game will be updated to include levels set at sea, deep in the Panamanian jungle, and finally in Washington D.C. as you close in on the culprit to save America from certain doom. 


This August update adds adventures of a nautical variety in an all new chapter To Sea! Hop aboard a steam vessel in this oceanic voyage to Central America.

This all new episode introduces playable heroine Marie Curie and her patented Radium Expulser, with the ability to reduce monsters to radioactive debris. Take hold of ironclads in pitched battle on the high seas! In addition to the new content, this update brings about a host of bug fixes. An all new age of seafaring adventure awaits!

Bartlow’s Dread Machine’s unique setting allowed us to run hog wild with eccentric curios from the dawn of the Electric Age,” said  Matthew Hoseterey Co-Founder and Director of Design of Tribetoy. “This latest update offers high-flying naval combat as players take to open waters. Bon voyage!”

Bartlow's Dread Machine is available through Steam Early Access for $14.99 USD and supports English, German, French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese.

Bartlow's Dread Machine will launch on Xbox One and PC (Steam) in Fall 2020.


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