Friday, January 21, 2022

The Cuphead Show Hits Netflix Next Month, New Trailer Released

Cuphead and his trusty drink-holding brother will hit Netflix next month.  This news was announced today with the first official trailer for the series, which is called The Cuphead Show. This new trailer comes seven months after our first sneak peek at the show and as that peek indicated, The Cuphead Show will be about the titular character and his brother, Mugman, traversing the Inkwell Isles.  Click here to watch embedded media Unlike the game, which tasks players with wiping some debt owed to the Devil, it seems that the show is less about a central story such as that and more about episode-to-episode adventures that may or may not be hijacked by some devilish deeds from the Devil. However, the trailer reveals quite a few of the locales visited in Cuphead as well as many of the bosses our heroes face in the game.  “Based on the award-winning video game that smashed onto the scene with a gorgeous retro animation style, The Cuphead Show is a character-driven comedy series following the unique misadventures of loveable, impulsive scamp Cuphead and his cautious but easily swayed brother Mugman,” a press release from Netflix reads. “As the two scour their surreal homeworld of the Inkwell Isles in search of fun and adventure, they always have each other’s back.”  As you might expect, the show retains the same retro style of animation as the game and it features the same 1920s-esque antics and comedy seen in it as well.  Click here to watch embedded media “The Cuphead Show combines nostalgic delights, side-splitting gags, and a healthy dose of the heebie jeebies – espeically when a ridiculously weird nemesis, The Devil himself, arrives on the scene to toy with our heroes.”  Netflix Animation is producing the 12-episode series, and each episode will run for 12 minutes. Cuphead creators Chad and Jared Moldenhaur from Studio MDHR are executive producers. The voice cast includes Tru Valentino (Psychonauts 2) as Cuphead, Frank Todaro (Jojo's Bizarre Adventure) as Mugman, Joe Hanna (Dishonored 2) as Elder Kettle, Luke Millington-Drake as the Devil, Grey Griffin (Batman: Arkham City) as Ms. Chalice, and Wayne Brady (Who's Line Is It Anyway?) as King Dice.  The Cuphead Show was announced back in 2019, and you can read about that original announcement here. Check out our thoughts on the video game that the show is based on in Game Informer’s Cuphead review after that and then read about how Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course, which features the same Ms. Chalice seen in The Cuphead Show, launches this June. Are you excited for The Cuphead Show? Let us know in the comments below! 
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    Rescue Your Love In The Cozy & Queer Platformer: The Gardener and the Wild Vines

    Summary

    • Cut flowers and grow magical vines to climb perilous towers in this wholesome, narrative-based platformer.
    • The narrative prominently features a gay romance and quirky, yet relatable side characters.
    • Get the game today and enjoy the silky-smooth platforming mechanics!

    Grab your shears and get ready to prune some flowers in the name of love, because The Gardener and the Wild Vines is out today for Xbox One! Grow the platforms yourself in this unique twist on platforming as you try to outwit the evil Magician and rescue the kidnapped Prince. The game also features a lighthearted story with witty dialogue that will lower your guard before delivering its biggest twists.

    The narrative at the heart of this game is about self-love and identity, and it is something deeply personal to me. As an immigrant to the United States and being someone who has grappled with my sense of identity in more ways than one, I have always wanted to explore themes like these in a game. The protagonist in this game is gay and dark-skinned; he is the kind of character I wish I had seen in the games I played growing up. In Gardener, we wanted to tell a story with a form of representation that seeks to create joy in players.

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    The story isn’t the only part of the game that will bring you joy; the gameplay was designed to put you into a calming state of flow. On the surface, this is a simple game of jumping from leaf to leaf and then attacking flowers with a magical dash that spawns more leaves and propels you upward. Dig a little deeper into the game and you will find incredible variety in game mechanics with new obstacles introduced in each level. Unlike many platformers being released nowadays, we wanted this game to be relatively easy to pick up and complete, yet still offer rewards for those able to accomplish higher skill gameplay. If you are a completionist, be sure to find the hidden lovebirds on every tower or earn three stars on every challenge level! If you are only here for the story, you can enable assist mode whenever you get stuck on a level.

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    The Gardener and the Wild Vines is a labor of love, and I hope that playing this game brings you as much comfort and happiness as it brought me in developing it. The Gardener and the Wild Vines is available for preorder now on Xbox!

    The Gardener and the Wild Vines

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    The Gardener and the Wild Vines

    Finite Reflection Studios

    $9.99
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    Attack to Climb
    Leap and slash at flowers growing on the vines to propel yourself upward. Chain them together to go fast, but watch your step! Every level is a handcrafted tower with new mechanics being introduced regularly. Attacking flowers grows new procedural vines with leaves to jump on. Carefully balance leaping upward while watching how the vines will grow to plan your ascent. You'll need quick reflexes and even faster wit to reach the top!

    Find The Prince
    Travel from tower to tower in search of the missing Prince, braving unique environmental hazards through visually stunning and diverse locations. Follow The Gardener and The Knight as they quest to rescue The Prince in this fairy tale that explores love and all the pain and risks that come with it.

    Challenge Yourself
    Need to prove your skill? The game doesn't end after completing the story… Take on levels in Challenge Mode with tougher win-conditions and try to win 3 stars on every level!

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