Gameplay for Cuphead brings us back to a golden age of cartoons

Starring two characters, Cuphead and Mugman, their quest leads them to do the Devil’s bidding after losing a bet with him. According to Cuphead’s official website, the game is a “run and gun action game that heavily focuses on boss battles.” The game was also revealed to be a full blown platformer, and will feature multiple platforming levels, and not just boss battles. The first trailer from E3 2015 gave us quite a show, showing us a numerous amount of those bosses. Each boss stuck in my mind from the get-go, ranging from a rat in a soup can, a skeleton in a train, and a pair of boxing frogs. The new trailer shows that there’s some content in this game besides boss battles, and new, minor enemies are shown. I drew a comparison to the Kirby series in the sense that the minor enemies like a Tweedle Dee are characters that make you go, “Oh yeah, I remember that one!”


Something that really blew me away was the sound design. That big band, jazz sound of the 1930s thumps so much life into this trailer. The upbeat tempo of the song really complements the fast-moving gameplay. The accents from the music puts some highlights over a foot-tapping rhythm that goes hand in hand with the cartoon design. The frantic percussion keeps the trailer moving. I also really enjoyed how in both trailers, all the dialogue was written and the sound effects acted as the speech. The approach to this is rather clever, complimenting the cartoon style in a way that would make Mel Blanc proud. Speaking of the cartoon style, the official Cuphead website also states that “the visuals and audio are painstakingly created with the same techniques of the era, i.e. traditional cel animation (hand drawn & hand inked!), watercolor backgrounds, and original jazz recordings.”

The game is produced by Canadian brothers Chad and Jared Moldenhauer under the name Studio MDHR, and props to these pair of siblings for their devotion to accuracy. The game is set to release in 2016 on Xbox One and Steam, and will feature multiplayer for a friend to join you on your adventures. The newest trailer can be found below.


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