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  • Release date: 9/29/2017
  • Developer: Studio MDHR
  • Publisher: Studio MDHR
  • Genre: Platform
  • Content rating: Everyone 10+
  • Languages: English (United States), Français (France), Deutsch (Deutschland), Italiano (Italia), 日本語 (日本), Português (Brasil), Español (España, Alfabetización Internacional), 中文(中华人民共和国), 한국어(대한민국)
  • Features: Xbox Live local co-op (2), Single player, Xbox Live


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Cuphead review

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A classic action-packed game Cuphead is based on the cartoons of the 1930s. Get to traverse some of the strange worlds, acquire new weapons, explore the hidden secrets and much more. Undertake everything but ‘don’t deal with the devil.’ Run and shoot your way through levels till you face the boss and take him down.

Graphics 4/5

Mentioning that the graphics of the game have been painstakingly created won’t be untrue. The hand-drawn animations and brilliant watercolor backgrounds make Cuphead an increasingly alluring game. Though the graphics give a cartoonish look, they look appealing and elegant. The entire color palette that has been used is subtle and soothing. Lastly, the dirt vintage overlay on the interface gives the retro look to the game. From the animations to the challenging levels, this game is designed to keep you entertained.

Gameplay 4.5/5

The gameplay of Cuphead revolves around continuous boss fights across all its run and gun levels. As you progress in the game, you also come across role-playing elements and branching levels. You play as the character named Cuphead who has infinite lives in the game. In order to win the fights, you can invest in weapons and charms (also called special abilities). These can be purchased using the coins which you get in the levels.

There are certain objects in the game which have been marked with pink color. You, as the gamer, can perform a parry attack on these elements. There is also a super meter feature integrated into the game which enables the player to perform more powerful attacks. As you complete a level, you are ranked with a grade that is based on your performance. There are other factors too that decide your rank. These are time taken to defeat the boss, damage avoided or taken, number of parried attacks performed, etc. There is also a co-op mode which allows you to play the game with your friend.

Controls 4/5

Cuphead is a relatively easy game to play, but can be difficult to master. The controls can get tricky, but with practice, should be a piece of cake. Because the game is compatible with Xbox One and PC, there are different controls to undertake the aforementioned movements. X, A, B, Left Bumper are some of the XBox One controls to shoot, jump, ex-shoot and switch weapons respectively. When it comes to PC, you can hit the key Z, V, C, and Left Shift key to jump, ex-shoot, lock in place and dash respectively.

Replay Value 4.5/5

There are many factors in the game which holds the gamers for long and encourage them to return to the game frequently. The parry attacks, hidden secret, learning the powerful moves, and of course the hurriedness to pay your debt back to the devil are some of the things that give Cuphead an unlimited replay value. The co-op mode is also a great contributor to increase the replay value of the game by leaps and bounds.


Dive in nostalgia as you rejoice the gameplay of Cuphead. The old era cartoonish look, the challenges in the boss level, the eagerness to earn the coins and unlock new weapons all combine together to enrich the overall gaming experience. The game is fun to play and its storyline further make the game addictive. On the whole, this indie game is sure to give you a good time for hours with its amazing and challenging gameplay.


Cuphead is a classic masterpiece with lot many challenges and hurdles. Considering its breathtaking art and fun gameplay, branding the game as terrific would be an understatement.

Pros : Superb Storyline;
Various Challenging Levels;
Straightforward Controls;
Hidden Secrets and Weapons to Unlock

Cons : The Game Has Busy Visual Style Which is Not Ideal When it Comes to its CoOp Mode

Graphics 4.0

Gameplay 4.5

Controls 4.0

Replay Value 4.5

Average : 4.3

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