'Bartlow's Dread Machine' is a twinstick shooter Cuphead fans should keep an eye on

Dreadmachine Screen Centralpark
Dreadmachine Screen Centralpark (Image credit: Beep Games)

What you need to know

  • Bartlow's Dread Machine is a dual-stick shooter coming to Xbox One and PC.
  • It's expected to launch this summer.
  • The art style looks like a retro animated film.

At Windows Central, we always try to bring you news about exciting smaller games. Well, today is one of those days. Bartlow's Dread Machine is a dual-stick arcade shooter coming this summer to Xbox One and PC. It features an animation-like style, similar to the one found in Cuphead. The title looks absolutely stunning visually, and the gameplay seems like it's quite rewarding as well.

In 1907, Arthur Harrington Bartlow invented an extraordinary device -- a video game, long before the era of advanced electronics. Unfortunately, Bartlow's machine often injured those who played it. He lost every penny he had, and his groundbreaking creation was lost to history. Working from archived diagrams, surviving fragments, and Bartlow's own journals, Seattle-based developers Beep Games and Tribetoy have teamed up to recreate this amazing device in Bartlow's Dread Machine, a dual-stick arcade shooter coming this summer to Xbox One and PC.

Are you interested in Bartlow's Dread Machine? Let us know.

Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.

8 Comments
  • That's pretty awesome.
  • So twinstick shooters are now cuphead-likes? I can work with that. I don't know about it looking retro animated, but it does look interesting
  • I think the words that you're looking for are 'electro mechanical arcade', not retro animated film. It's probably before the time of most people reading this.
  • Super Contra 1907: Alternate Reality
  • Looks amazing. Both retro and shooty.
  • Looks really cool, but your Cuphead comparison couldn't really be further from the truth, although I guess you do shoot in both games, but that's about it.
  • The title was my bad, sorry about that. I more meant like fans of retro-styled co-op shooters should keep an eye on it.
  • Yeah, which is what makes me really keen for it.