Turn No Man's Land into Real Man's Land!
(formerly known as Trenched
) is Double Fine
's fourth downloadable game as part of their Amnesia Fortnights venture, changing the studio from making one large title every few years to making multiple small games in one year.
The year is 1926, and the world is being invaded by monsters made completely out of primitive television sets known as Monovisions
, which no conventional military has been able to defeat. The only force capable of facing them is the Mobile Trench Brigade, an elite squad of soldiers trained to use Mobile Trenches
, which are quite literally World War One
trenches slapped on a pair of robot legs, with a human soldier operating the whole thing from inside the trench.
It all began during World War One
, when American soldier Frank Woodruff survives getting his legs crushed by a tank and is reassigned to a radio listening post in the Pacific to listen in on enemy radio transmissions. While there, he befriends Vladimir Farnsworth, another crippled soldier. While working, they listen in on an unknown signal, later dubbed the "Broadcast", that killed all who heard it except for Woodruff and Vlad. Instead, they gained supernatural genius.
Woodruff used his newly found genius to invent mobile robotic legs to help his fellow disabled veterans. Vlad used his gifts to invent the "Monovision", in an attempt to bring the world to the comfort of your home. Unfortunately, the end result was the horrors of the world coming straight to him (along with really crappy programming), which drove him to insanity
. Vlad then created a race of mechanical monsters made entirely of television sets, which shared the name of Vlad's invention. Colonel Woodruff equips the mobile robotic legs he developed with weapons, and forms the Mobile Trench Brigade to fight his former friend's creations.
The game is a Spiritual Successor
to Brutal Legend
, with a slant towards Monday Night Combat
. Rather than commanding free roaming units like a Real-Time Strategy
game, the game combines action with Tower Defense
. Each player has the ability to customize their Mobile Trench with over 200 different parts. The Trenches are divided into three types, Standard
Trenches balancing weapons and turrets, Engineering
Trenches with lighter weapons but more turret emplacements, or Assault
Trenches with limited turrets but the greatest weapons capacity.
This game provides examples of: