Back in June we checked out a trailer for a new upcoming game called Arecibo Man from Madgarden, who has positioned himself firmly in the neo-retro movement with previous offerings like Chillaxian [$1.99], Flapthulu [Free], Sword of Fargoal [$2.99] and Punch Quest [Free]. Arecibo Man is no different. It features more bleeps, bloops and blocky pixels than you can shake a stick at, and its inspired by classics like Robotron and Berzerk. I also get a distinctive Smash TV vibe from it, in the fact that it's a top-down shooter that has you moving from room to room. This latest trailer shows off even more of Arecibo Man's chaotic gameplay, including a battle with a brand new enemy: a formidable tank.

Of course, as retro-inspired as Arecibo Man may be, if you tried to do some of the fancy stuff seen in this video on an Atari 2600 you'd likely melt the console into a puddle of plastic mush. That's what I love about these types of neo-retro games, as they pick up where hardware limitations of yesteryear left off and crank certain areas up to 11 to ensure a game has a modern feel. Arecibo Man was initially supposed to be a quick project, but according to the YouTube description, there's "Still lots of waves and rooms to design, balancing to do." Hopefully it won't be too long before we can get this chaotic little shooter in our hands.

  • bigrand1

    Oh man, I've definitely gotta get this! Talkin' 'bout Berzerk, Robotron, and Smash TV?! Some of my very favorite arcade games of that time! Spent many a quarter on these machines, I'll tell ya what!! Absolute must-have for me!!! Can't wait for this one!!

  • mattreeder

    I love Berserk and Robotron, so I'm gonna add this game to my Reeder-Radar. Hmmm... I definitely hope I don't get a seizure from this game, but if I do it will probably be worth it.

  • noteatino

    Looks so cool!

  • PoloBaquerizoH

    Looks great!

  • Gurney Halleck

    Nice! Excited for this one! Berserk was my favorite coin sink for a whole summer in the downtown arcade in Auckland, NZ back in '84!

  • Twitchfactor

    This is not "Atari 2600" retro but more "Atari XL" or "Atari 7800" retro. The 2600 could never come close to that video, while an 800, XL, XE could... sort of.

    Nevertheless, looks and sounds awesome!

    • Wizard of Odyssey

      Looks more like an arcade game from 1982, not a home game. Regardless, I'm sold on this on day one.

  • Anotherkellydown

    I'll must echo Towelie - "I have no idea what's goin' on". But I like what I see!

  • ImJPaul

    How exactly does one pronounce the title of this video game?

  • gmattergames

    Fargoal where art though?

  • Silent Rocco

    Would be great to also have an endless mode in one arena. Minter's Minotron is the best alternative for Robotron addicts so far. Can't wait to play this one.

  • V for Viennetta

    erm, any news on this one? It's been on my watch list for ages. ⌛️