Aardman produces Cupcakes of Doom, a new online game for the Emmy-winning animated series Regular Show.
From creator JG Quintel, Regular Show features best friends Mordecai - a six-foot-tall blue jay and Rigby -- a hyperactive raccoon. The two are groundskeepers at a park owned by Pops, a humanoid-looking lollipop who has spent his entire life there. The job is so deadly dull that the two friends will do anything they can to avoid it. This doesn't go over well with their boss Benson - an anthropomorphic gumball machine -- but their efforts often result in insane escapades that delight Pops.
The series won a 2012 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Short-format Animated Program and a 2012 Ottawa Intl. Animation Festival Best Television Animation Made for Children. In addition, the series was nominated for a BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Award for Best Television Series (Kids).
To further extend the brand, Turner commissioned Aardman to create the addictive racing game Cupcakes of Doom, providing a fun and engaging online experience for fans. It has just launched on Cartoon Network websites across the United States.
The game is initially set in the park, where Mordecai, Rigby and Skips are trying to defeat the evil Klorgbane who has corrupted the usually placid Guardians of Eternal Youth by feeding them evil cupcakes. The team must retrieve the antidote to the cupcakes, the Milk of Redemption, which Klorgbane is carrying in his cheeks, before the whole world becomes corrupted by his evil powers.
In the game Mordecai and Rigby ride on Skips, with the player controlling the trio like a vehicle and using simple controls to drive down the dynamic and challenging track, avoiding obstacles in the road and fighting enemies racing along-side them. The player’s aim is to collect coins and power ups, like the ‘sandwich of life’ in order to replenish their health and to help them to reach the end of the level – if the player runs out of energy they will fail the level.
There are 5 levels which the player must progress through – at the end of each level they face and defeat the BOSS Klorgbane, retrieving enough Milk of Redemption from his cheeks to progress to the next level. The darstardly villain will always escape until you face him for the final battle in the final level set on his home turf in the Realm of the Guardians where he may be truly defeated and the Guardians of Eternal Youth may be returned to their usual selves. In true Regular Show style the villains explode when defeated!
“We’re huge Regular Show fans here, so being able to work with Cartoon Network Digital’s wonderful writers to create a brand new story for the game was a real honour for us,” says Laura Chilcott, Senior Digital Producer at Aardman. “Creating the game in Unity before exporting to flash allowed us to create a really different looking game, which has a surreal level of depth appropriate for the brand. It was a real pleasure to work with Cartoon Network on this game, and it’s been worth the all of the hard work seeing the fantastic comments coming back from the kids who are playing the game, on the Cartoon Network site.”
Cupcakes of Doom, created by the digital arm of the Oscar-winning animation studio, is the most recent offering from the division as it continues to develop engaging new online entertainment for a growing portfolio of external clients.
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.