This site prioritizes game information. Would you like to keep that way or would you want to priortize game prices? Prioritize PricesPrioritize Information

(Change this option in the future in the Account dropdown)

Kickstarter project 'Townsfolk Tussle' bears more than a passing resemblance to Cuphead... but makes no reference to it

What do you make of that? I find it pretty cheeky to be honest...unless I'm missing something?

Like| 16 comments | report | subscribe

Please log in or make an account to post a comment.

2 months ago

I'm sure this is originally inspired from Cuphead, but isn't Cuphead inspired from other things, such as old fashion cartoons? I don't find it cheating or cheeky. Pretty much everything is copied in some way, whether the creators know it or not. Plus it looks like the board game is completely different play style and universe from Cuphead, so I think it's fine

Premium User2 months ago

I feel the same way. They could equally say they were influenced by Mickey Mouse.

2 months ago

yeah, that would make just as much sense as them being influenced from Cuphead

2 months ago

I disagree, because they've replicated the gameplay as well. 

2 months ago

oh...

Premium User2 months ago

My brother's actually really into Cuphead, so I'm passing the link along to him.

As a side note, thanks for the serious FOMO...

Premium User2 months ago

Update: My brother and his wife plan on backing this now. Guess you'll get my post about it when it fulfills LOL

Owner2 months ago

I haven't played Cuphead but I've watched speedruns of it on YouTube. I'd say that it's clearly taking notes from Cuphead in terms of the aesthetics (vintage cartoon style and the crazy boss character designs), the concept of going around a town for items/upgrade, and boss battles. If I'm doing the math correctly, that's like 80% of Cuphead right there without the platforming and fighting minions experience :)

I do think it's not the Cuphead experience I'd expect from a board game adaptation though. If I were to completely strip the theme away and replace it with anything else, I don't think it would remind me of Cuphead all that much. It'd be closer to a Zombicide kind of feel. While I agree with you that they should have made some mentions of Cuphead, I'm okay that they didn't. As for content creators/reviewers making connections to Cuphead, I have a feeling that most of them actually mean that it feels like Cuphead theme-wise, because I doubt that many of them actually played the video game. And also, including Cuphead in the title of an article will make it way more likely to get clicks.

Premium User2 months ago

I've only played Cuphead once and was absolutely terrible at it but have watched some playthroughs. I agree with you here , if not for the aesthetics and art style I don't think I'd make the connection.

2 months ago

I'm a huge fan of Cuphead, and when I saw this my first thought was exactly what you're saying. It is absolutely using the same artistic style. All the characters are original and the game itself is original, but the art is definitely in line with Cuphead. I'm not saying that's bad or wrong, but I do find it interesting how they don't mention it whatsoever. At the same time, no one really "owns" the 1930's cartoon aesthetic so they could just claim that as their inspiration too.

Premium User2 months ago

Was thinking this myself. Wasn't Cuphead just taking inspiration from Disney/other animations from the 30s? It's just an art style and not any kind of intellectual property of Cuphead as far as I know.

Supporter2 months ago

Warning, this opinion is based on 0 experience with the cuphead IP.

Firstly, I don't know what your concern is. Is it with the way the art/characters look? I do see that they are similar to the cuphead characters. Or is your concern with the gameplay?

If your concern is gameplay..... I have no real concerns. I have heard a lot of comparisons to the KDM boss battles in terms of gameplay.... And, realistically speaking it looks like the gameplay elements could come from "anywhere."

If your concern is art assets, then I still have don't have any real concern. Remember, I don't really have any experience with cuphead. But, I remember hearing about it when it came out, and I remember feeling like characters were very "inspired" by rubber hose cartoons from the '30's. I looked up the video game in response to your post, and I still feel like it pays definite "homage" to the rubber hose cartoons. I had looked at #Townsfolk Tussle before you mentioned it, and I felt there like they were paying homage to the rubber hose cartoons. Is it a ripoff of cuphead? Maybe.....!!! Is it paying homage to cuphead? Maybe....!!! Is it paying homage to the same source material that cuphead pays homage to? Maybe....!!! To me, again remember I haven't played any of these games, cuphead looks like it has a super distinct art style. Townsfolk Tussle has the same super distinct art style. But, this art style has been around for decades, it is much much older than any of these games, and I don't feel concerned about it. 

Art is a tricky thing. And, there is a fine fine line between paying homage, and ripping it off. The lines are even stickier if two different artists are paying homage to the same source. I also am slightly less concerned by the fact that this is a board game. If it were a video game, like Cuphead, I would be much quicker to call foul. I personally, without having talked to the designers, feel it is likely that they are inspired by the 30's-40's style cartoon art. After all, this is art that has been influential in other mediums. It just has not been used much at all in games, either video or physical.

That being said, If this is a ripoff. Then I am concerned. I do hold IP in high regard, and I in no way endorse ripping anything or anybody off. I do fully recognize that my lack of familiarity with the cuphead IP makes me much much more susceptible to not seeing a ripoff if there is really one here.

2 months ago

If it was just the art, I wouldn't mind too much, but it looks in every way like they set out to make "Cuphead: The Game" without referring to it as such.

I'd understand if it was just the art style (which isn't just using the same style, a lot of little details are the same, which makes me think it's probably just the same artist) but to have a 30s throw back boss battling game? That's WAY too similar to be parallel thinking or only loosely inspired. 

I don't think it's wrong, or illegal or anything like that. I just think in terms of creative ethics, it's really poor form to not even mention that they like Cuphead or are inspired by it. All the articles about this game are saying "this is cuphead in board game form" so it's not just me.

Supporter2 months ago

Makes sense. Like I said, I haven't played cuphead, not have I had a lot of interest in Townsfolk Tussle. So, I am happy and willing to be proven wrong.

I am curious what the designers real intent was.

Premium User2 months ago

Okay I guess I can understand that. IF they were inspired by Cuphead (and it certainly feels far too similar for them to not have been), they should at least give them a shout out.

2 months ago

ctrl + f "cuphead" 0 results found