Cuphead review



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Cuphead is a 2017 run and gun video game developed and published by StudioMDHR. The game was released on Microsoft Windows and Xbox One on September 29, 2017.

The game is set in the 1930s cartoon world of Inkwell Isle and follows the story of the titular character Cuphead and his brother Mugman as they attempt to repay their debt to the devil by defeating several bosses.

Cuphead received positive reviews upon release, with critics praising its art style, soundtrack, and gameplay. The game was nominated for several awards, including Game of the Year and Best Indie Game at The Game Awards 2017, and won Best Art Direction and Best Original Music Composition.


Cuphead is a run-and-gun game with a focus on boss battles. The player controls Cuphead or Mugman (in single-player or local co-op) as they make their way through different levels, defeating enemies and bosses to progress. The game is split into three main sections: run and gun stages, shooting galleries, and boss battles.

In the run and gun stages, the player must navigate through platforming sections and defeat enemies to reach the end of the stage. These stages are procedurally generated, meaning that each time they are played, the layout and enemy spawns will be different.


Cuphead features a 1930s cartoon art style, with all of the characters and environments being hand-drawn and animated in the same style. The game's soundtrack consists of jazz and big band music, with over three hours of original music being composed for the game.


The graphics are phenomenal

The controls for Cuphead are difficult to use and the graphics are phenomenal. I would recommend this game to someone who is looking for a challenge and enjoys beautiful graphics.


Cuphead is an incredibly replayable game. Each level presents a unique challenge, and the game's difficulty can be adjusted to provide an even greater challenge. There are also a number of secrets and collectibles to discover, making replay value high.


Overall, Cuphead is an excellent game with tight controls, beautiful graphics, and an engaging challenge. The game does a great job of keeping the player engaged and motivated to continue playing. The only downside is that the game can be a bit too challenging at times, leading to frustration. However, this is offset by the game's excellent replay value. Overall, Cuphead is an excellent game that is well worth the price.


  • The game is extremely well-made, with beautiful hand-drawn visuals and an amazing soundtrack
  • The gameplay is difficult but extremely rewarding, and there is a huge sense of satisfaction to be had from completing a level
  • The bosses are all unique and interesting, and each one presents a different challenge.


  • The game can be quite frustrating at times, especially when you die over and over again on the same boss
  • The difficulty curve is quite steep, and it may take some time to adjust to the game's challenge.
By Desmond Goodwin


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