Bartlow's Dread Machine

Rating Summary

Based on 7 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

77

Top Critic Average

71%

Critics Recommend

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7 / 10
Sep 29, 2020

A good game that needs some serious work. All the content is in and the gameplay is enjoyable, but it needs some serious polish to reach its potential.

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7.5 / 10.0
Sep 29, 2020

Bartlow's Dread Machine is a solid bullet-hell shooter with an excellent look that's held back by a few curious design decisions.

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Impulsegamer

Top Critic

4.2 / 5.0
Oct 20, 2020

Bartlow’s Dread Machine is very much a steampunk style twin stick shooter by Beep Games. This game boasts both a single player and Couch Co-Op modes.

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8 / 10.0
Oct 2, 2020

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Oct 14, 2020

If you're a fan of twin-stick shooters and want to enjoy something different then playing Bartlow's Dread Machine is an absolute must.

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No Recommendation / Blank
Sep 29, 2020

The mechanical amusement element of the game has been beautifully and vividly recreated – it really does feel like the sort of thing one might find in a seaside pier arcade around 1910. You can see the mechanical rigging working on the characters and backdrops, and the characters and enemies are visibly made of tin, with holes and sparks appearing at they take damage.

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8 / 10
Sep 29, 2020

A fun premise, solid mechanics and excellent presentation mean that Bartlow’s Dread Machine might be my favourite twin-stick shooter since Geometry Wars. Hopefully, it doesn’t get lost in the madness that is the end-year shuffle, as it more than holds its own and deserves an audience.

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