Cyanide and Happiness: Freakpocalypse's celebrates second anniversary


Srinanda Bhattacharyya


Mar, 17.2023

It's frequently claimed that the culture of the Internet era is characterized by short attention spans and quick-burning trends. This is undoubtedly evident in the video game business, where technological advancements have resulted in the creation of enormous live-service games that frequently shut down as soon as they get going. Considering this, it is more impressive to see a web-based property like Cyanide and Happiness nearing its twentieth birthday while continuing to venture out with new endeavors like Cyanide and Happiness: Freakpocalypse.

Rob DenBleyker, Kris Wilson, Dave McElfatrick, and Matt Melvin launched the humorous webcomic Cyanide and Happiness in 2005. It's one of numerous panel-based comics that first appeared around that time and are still being published today, such as Penny Arcade or XKCD. These comics are evocative of old-school "funny pages" strips. Animation, physical card games, and video games like Freakpocalypse all do a good job of reproducing the irreverent, dark humor of Cyanide and Happiness. 

Barr expresses his opinions

Then, Barr got involved, making fun of the fact that "Explosm kidnapped me." Yet, it is obvious that he has always held a deep appreciation for Cyanide and Happiness. Wilson himself wrote one of his favorite gags, a four-panel comic strip that was released on December 20, 2015, and in which a terrified gingerbread man wonders whether the home is made of flesh or whether he is made of house. Barr remarked that it's just the kind of dark, absurdist humor he lives for.

stand-out individual gags in Freakpocalypse

Freakpocalypse includes many stand-out individual gags, such as a USB drive puzzle that Wilson really likes, but it also has a lot of individual jokes that deconstruct the original comic in a "new approach" manner. "It's difficult to choose, but I think that's a good thing."

Wilson claimed that the point-and-click format complemented the present 2D animation framework and aesthetic of Cyanide and Happiness. Instead of just sticking its name on a hip licensing possibility, Explosm intended to "take a real full swing" on an established genre. The world doesn't need a C&H roguelike, walking simulator, or WW2 shooter, in my opinion. Barr claimed Noio Games' Kingdom is his favorite contemporary indie series to play when he isn't reading, watching TV, or bingeing Dwarf Fortress playthroughs after work, while Wilson mentions Disco Elysium as an additional vintage inspiration.

Freakpocalypse celebrates anniversery with exciting discounts

In honour of Episode 1's second anniversary, Freakpocalypse is 60 percent off through March 23. A full trilogy is also being created based on the game's original Kickstarter. Barr hopes that the payoff of witnessing Netherton entirely transformed will be worthwhile, despite Explosm not having any information to provide regarding when fans may anticipate Episode 2. Wilson said he's looking forward to more "outside-the-box" moments that embody the Cyanide and Happiness brand in this "wittle" series, but he didn't want to give anything away.