Simply in time for Steamboat Willie’s upcoming induction into public area is a brand new indie FPS impressed by ’30s-era Disney animation: Mouse. Developed by Polish studio Fumi Video games, you may need caught a primary glimpse at Mouse on TikTok, where quick clips of early gameplay have earned hundreds of thousands of views since late April.

It is simple to see why—Mouse’s artwork and animations are instantly hanging in the identical ways in which Cuphead dazzled us with its meticulous hand-drawn look years in the past. Besides where Cuphead largely stayed throughout the bounds of its family-friendly source materials, Mouse dives headfirst into hard-boiled noir darkness and ’90s FPS gore. Seeing the Disney classic look utilized to machineguns and exploding headshots feels just a little mistaken, but additionally very right.

With its mixing of 3D geometry and 2D animation, Fumi Video games would not appear to stick to the animation aesthetic as strictly as Studio MDHR, however its early prototypes look nice nonetheless. There is a satisfying bendiness to the tommy gun’s equip animation and I significantly admire the pillowy clouds of smoke spewing out of the weapons.

The Mouse Steam web page describes it as a “story-driven expertise that may take you on an exhilarating journey by way of a harmful and corrupt metropolis.” Fight guarantees to allow you to method issues your method, whether or not you need to “run and gun, bounce and dodge, or rigorously plan your assaults,” and there shall be an improve system for weapons. Sounds a bit like New Blood Interactive’s upcoming stylized immersive sim, Fallen Aces.


(Picture credit score: Fumi Video games)

Mouse is instantly intriguing sufficient that it is a straightforward wishlist for me, however do not anticipate any motion on its “to be introduced” launch date anytime quickly. Mouse appears very early in growth, judging by all of the featureless prototype maps within the trailer, placeholder belongings, and the best way each unhealthy man’s head explodes even when they’re shot within the intestine. Google-translated replies from a Fumi dev on TikTok make clear that the game is in “early phases.” It is also value realizing that Fumi Video games has one other yet-to-be-released game within the works impressed by one other distinct period of animation: Galaxi Taxi.

Mouse’s present iteration appears extra like a cool proof-of-concept than a correct product, however you may see where it goes from right here: waist-high cowl, cellphone sales space save factors, cans of veggies that refill HP, possibly a combat where a mob boss throws metal girders at you.