Bartlow’s Dread Machine continues to deliver bullet hell thrills with an old-timey flair. Now, players can save the world as Nikola Tesla or Mary Fields.
Bartlow’s Dread Machine is an inventive take on the bullet hell genre. Visually and mechanically, the game plays like an old-timey parlor machine. It instantly feels unique. I haven’t played every bullet hell game out there, but Bartlow’s is unlike any other game I’ve played in the genre. The game is currently in early access on PC. Today, the team dropped its second major patch. The September update takes players all the way to Panama where they can meet up with some interesting figures from history. Give it a look below.
Bartlow’s Dread Machine finally sees Mary Fields and Nikola Tesla added to the list of playable agents. Some might know Fields as Stagecoach Mary, the first black woman mail carrier in the U.S. And, of course, everyone knows about Tesla by now. He has a whole car named after him. However, in Bartlow’s the duo joins the team trying to save President Roosevelt from a deplorable crew of Anachro-Satanists.
Alongside the new characters, the update also adds a whole new region for players to explore. Panama comes with four new levels to play through, which will test players’ trigger fingers. The update also provides a few new control options and bug fixes.
If you haven’t seen Bartlow’s Dread Machine before, it’s definitely one to keep an eye on. The way the game mixes theme and gameplay makes it stand out from the crowd. As you play, you’re locked onto a physical track, which makes planning even more important than in most bullet hell games. It’s also just the right amount of silly.
Bartlow’s Dread Machine is set to launch on PC and Xbox One later this year.