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Did Cuphead Copy Mickey Mouse For Success?

One thing that stood out immediately is the old-timey cartoon aspect of the visual design. Cuphead looks very similar to an old Mickey Mouse cartoon. Other critics have added Popeye and Betty Boop to the list of inspirable sources.

Some have said that Cuphead was inspired in part by the Mickey Mouse game, World of Illusion, which came out for the Sega Genesis in 1992. While it certainly is evident that Cuphead resembles Mickey Mouse, the games are very much different art styles. Cuphead is way more old-school, and World of Illusion does have decent graphics given the console, but World of Illusion is cast more in the actual Disney universe, whereas Cuphead has the freedoms and fresh animations of an indie title. Both games feature platform elements and co-op gameplay, but a clear line of inspiration is thin at best. Cuphead is a revolutionary addition to the platforming genre.

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FallenAngel1984261d ago

Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion on 3DS could also be another source of inspiration

woodtock260d ago

I’ll add that to my tags. Thanks

4Sh0w259d ago

It's a game that is purpose made to look like 1930's era cartoons...I imagine the old school Mickey Mouse cartoons aren't to far from that classic look too. 'meh, Cuphead stands on its own as a unique and creative experience.

jznrpg259d ago

Definitely has that look

k2d259d ago

It borrows from many avenues; I'd say the number one inspiration for Cuphead is Megaman!

Mystogan259d ago

The whole marketing/appeal of this game is that it took inspiration from these cartoons.
Pointless article is pointless

Apocalypse Shadow259d ago

It's inspired by that era of cartoon art. Nothing wrong with paying homage to that. Would be cool to see more art styles in videogames from past eras of cartoons. I would love more 2D hand drawn games. I miss games like SF that had it in fighting games. Because some 3D is terrible choices for side scrolling. Except if it looks like Trine. Trine is a beautiful looking game. But even Trine would look awesome with hand drawn art like Cup Head and some parallax scrolling.

Sirk7x259d ago

Dragonball FighterZ is doing it right. That game looks amazing.

woodtock259d ago

Arc system works are the new king of fighters. They don’t release incomplete games like marvel vs apron infinity.

Pyrofire95259d ago

Did Cuphead capture an era in cartoon and animation as well as make a well crafted and tight platformer?

guyman259d ago

They're just haters, Cuphead is superb. I've never played a game like it

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