I have a love/hate relationship with Cuphead. On the one hand, I enjoy with constant boss battles and the feeling of beating each boss. On the other hand, the damn boss battles are so freaking hard and frustrating!! Despite the frustrations, Cuphead is an amazing game with beautiful visuals and an amazing soundtrack. Let’s take a closer look at this outstanding indie game. There will be some spoilers for the story, so be warned, spoilers ahead.
Dealing with the Devil
First, let’s look at the story behind Cuphead. The story follows Cuphead and his brother Mugman after they get in deep with the Devil. In an effort to save their souls, Cuphead and Mugman must collect runaway souls that the Devil has contracts with. If they can do this, the Devil will release the brothers from their debt. But as most things, it’s easier said than done. The question remains, even after they collect the souls, will the Devil keep his word? The story is pretty simple. As you progress from world to world, you get comic style cutscenes that help more the story along. I won’t go too much more into the story. In other words, just play the game.
Runnin’ and Gunnin’
While not original, the gameplay is reminiscent of old school side scrolling games like Contra or Megaman. Like I mentioned earlier, this game is very unforgiving. When you die, you know that you messed up. Death after death, you try to figure out exactly where you went wrong. But when you do beat a boss, the satisfaction keeps you coming back for more punishment. Then again, someone did beat the game without taking any damage.
A little jazz, a little pizazz
One of the things that makes Cuphead stand out has to be the visuals. Cuphead is a visual stunning game. With a 1930’s cartoon style, the bosses look incredibly menacing. The over the top character style makes the game enjoyable to look at. It’s hard to not stare at the backgrounds and characters. Of course doing that means certain death. Combine the visuals with an awesome jazz soundtrack and you can see why people love this game. The jazz soundtrack matches the fast paced action of Cuphead and gives the game a sense of urgency. The mixture of visuals and sound help bring the entire game together.
All in all, Cuphead is an amazing game that will make you want to keep coming back, even if you do walk away in frustration. The story, gameplay, visuals and soundtrack all combine for an experience that gamers have not had in a long time. It’s hard for me to put down and I have a feeling gamers won’t want to step away either.
Cuphead is out now for Xbox One and Windows 10.
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