FreakZone Games is turning the Mystery Science Theater 3000 classic Manos: The Hands of Fate into an iOS game later this week, and to say I’m looking forward to it would be a massive understatement. If the video preview’s still image doesn’t clue you in — in which protagonist/not-especially-bright-family-man Michael fights a giant ostrich monster — Manos is a classic 2-D platformer that is also completely insane. I mean, I personally don’t remember a scene in which Michael gets in a biplane to take down other pilots, but I could not be more excited to do so. But the best part? A guest appearance by space helmet-wearing gorilla Ro-Man, the “star” of Robot Monster, another MST3K classic and a personal favorite (it was frequently my handle/icon in the early days of the webbernet). I don’t know if Manos is going to be a collection MST greats, but I will purchase any game that includes both Torgo and Ro-Man. Twice. Or maybe more. Can I just send FreakZone a $20? Infinite thanks to SlyDante for the tip.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.