Cuphead is the 2016 game I'm super excited for on Xbox One

When it comes to gaming, there are always the big triple-A titles that we all can agree are thrilling. Whether it is a long-awaited sequel or the kickoff of a new property, those studio games get plenty of coverage.

More often than not though, I prefer the indie studios and their ability to re-invent the classic arcade games I played in my childhood. Studio MDHR, which is run by two Canadian brothers Chad and Jared Moldenhauer, have created one the coolest games yet: Cuphead.

Cuphead is your typical 'run and gun' arcade style game. However, the artwork is meant to look like cartoons from the 1930s. It is surreal, hilarious, eye-catching and just amazing to see what look like cartoons as a playable game. Giant carrots fill the screen whose zany eyes command a bombardment of mini-carrots – it's a lot to take in.

What can I say, I love stylized games like Borderlands, Gigantic, Battleborn and Cuphead.

I should point out gameplay is a little odd as what I sampled is what can be described as 'boss rush mode'. Cuphead is not a traditional platformer, which I may have preferred more. What we saw instead is fighting two bosses at the end of a level. It is intense, but it can also be a bit grinding too as it is not an easy game. The diffuclity is on purpose as Cuphead gets its inspiration from Contra.

Cuphead is due sometime in 2016 because it originally had smaller ambitions. However, due to such positive feedback, the brothers are expanding the game to make it even more epic. Although I hate to have to wait until next year for the final version, I am more than okay with them taking their time to make it bigger and better.

Anyway, watch my interview with Jared Moldenhauer for more details about the game and what inspired them to make it! More information can be found on their website

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

  • I am excited for it too. The style of it reminds me of old school Disney and it looks like it will be ever so much fun!
  • As am I!
  • I loved the look of Battleborn, eager to play it. Gonna check out your video shortly. Nice find!
  • My severe a.d.d will not alow me to play these types of games...oh well
  • Try using colour tinted glasses apparently it helps
  • Wait, really?
  • Yeah, I'm excited for Cuphead too but a little worried they're going to overdo it on the boss battles at the expense of the buildup to them, like traditional platformers. My most anticipated indie games are 1. Below, 2. Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime, and 3. Fru.
  • Besides Halo 5 and Star Wars... I'd say I'm pretty damn excited for Cuphead. The art style alone is so so good. Good to see you last night Dan!
  • I've watched the cuphead trailer about 10 times since it was released on Monday. I'm super excited for it but I'm hoping that the difficulty can be varied. I'd hate to miss out on the design of later levels because the game gets too hard.
  • Totally agree! This was one if the most interesting games showcased during the Xbox event
  • Jared's beard is really impressive, LOL. Can't wait for the game to come out! The fascinating thing is everyone seems to like it already.
  • I wanna play this game while I'm high af.
    It looks crazzZzzy
  • Same here! It really blew my mind when I saw the trailer
  • This was the game of the show for me for everything shown at e3 this year online.
  • I wish we had a new rtype. But it looks ok. Not mega excited. I just cant anymore for indie games. But im sure it will be pretty fun.
  • It looks so awesome! Can't wait!
  • Cuphead does look great. Will look forward to its release next year.
  • Did no one else notice that in that first video was Burnie Burns playing the game at 1:34?!?!!
  • Beyond Eyes is the most compelling ID@Xbox title for me. It's just as unique as this title.
  • It looks awesome. Definitely the game I'm most interested in on Xbox.
  • Sf5 please
  • I'm excited for Cuphead, too, but this game looks like it's going to be hard!  I saw the developers of the game playing it on the Xbox One E3 show and it looked kind of difficult. I hope they get the gameplay balance right.  There's no doubt in my mind that the graphics are superb.  I just hope the gameplay is as good as it looks.  Hope we have another Ori in the making!
  • I hope its as hard as it looks. Too many people complain about game difficulties and skills required and games keep getting neutered for them. Imo
  • This is one of the games I haven't been able to stop being excited about since last e3! Looks amazing!
  • Yes, this is what I'm talking about. Whimsical games simply are the best.
  • I grab a few Indy games here and there depending on the game and reviews but, normally I just get AAA games or retail games (360/PS4/Xbox one). Out of all the Indy games in E3, this is one I am getting, No question. Finally something really different and retro. Love the look and the feel of it... I am really looking forward to this one...
  • I don't play games on my Xbox One, but I was this one !
  • This is soooo ugly. Was the worst game of E3 for me. 
  • I want this game!