If someone says the name “Torgo” do you think about the movie Manos: The Hands of Fate, or the awesome Mr. Glenn Percival of PSNation fame? While the correct answer is actually both, but for the purpose of this blog, we’ll save the exploits of Mr. Percival for another time. Thanks to Valve’s Steam Greenlight initiative, it seems that the game MANOS (based on the cult film) will have an opportunity to reach a wider audience, especially if that same audience is not familiar with that legendary 1993 episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) that paid homage to the 1966 sci-fi film Manos: The Hands of Fate. Now MORE people will become familiar with Torgo’s (not Glenn’s) oddly-voiced predictions of the Master’s unfavorable nature.
The original MANOS game is an 8-bit-style sidescrolling-platformer that was first launched on iOS in June of 2012, and a PC port showed up on Indievania this past December, and the new Steam port will include a brand new “Play as Torgo” mode. There’s currently no set price yet, although the existing iOS and PC versions go for $1.99 and $5.99, respectively.
Here’s some background info for you: Manos: The Hands of Fate is a 1966 American horror film written, directed, produced by, and starring Harold P. Warren, and is widely-acknowledged as one of the worst films ever made (maybe worse than Plan 9 from Outer Space). Get ready, because here’s the plot: a vacationing family loses their way on a road trip, and after a long drive in the Texas desert, they become trapped at a lodge maintained by a polygamous pagan cult, and they attempt to escape as the cult’s members decide what to do with them. As with most low-budget sci-fi films of the time, the movie is infamous for its technical deficiencies, editing and continuity errors (including random scenes that have NOTHING to do with the story nor advance the plot); un-synchronized soundtrack and visuals; tiresome pacing; awful acting.