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Game review: Cuphead

Written by Spyglass Admin

Cuphead is a side-scrolling, 1930s-inspired game. The main story arc of the game is that you (Cuphead) stumbled upon the devil’s casino and made a bet with the devil, and are now fighting for your life by collecting contracts from the devil’s other debtors so that you can keep your head.

The game is heavily inspired by 1930s cartoons such as Steamboat WillieBetty Boop and Japanese propaganda, which is where the makers got the idea for the main character Cuphead. All the animations, characters and backgrounds in the game are hand drawn and painted to make the game really feel like it is from the 1930s.

The game is basically the dark souls of side-scrollers and even resembles the game Contra, with an extreme difficulty that will attract you to play the game in the first place, but will inevitably frustrate. This is one of the best games to make you say ‘one more time’ when you fail, which really contributes to the overall enjoyment of the game.

The feeling you get when you finally defeat a boss that you’ve been stuck on for the last five hours is amazing, as you feel like you can take on the world – a sensation immediately diminished by the next boss. With Cuphead’s stunning visuals and addictive gameplay, this is a definite front runner for game of the year.

Elliot Parker

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10 Comments

  • I think that you are very wrong and that the most fun game is fortnite. Fortnite is a very fun game where you run around and try and shoot other players. although this doesn’t sound family friendly, there is no blood so it is suitable for all ages. Fortnite has cool skins, unlike cuphead which just has cuphead and his friend mugman. although cuphead has really good music, fortnite songs and the season one theme music are better! fortnite has loads of really cool dance moves such as dance moves, orange justice, and disco fever! cuphead has no dance moves at all so it isn’t as good as fortnite. you get lots of pride for winning a game of fortnite as well as cuphead. the end

    • Fortnite is, in fact, an example of appalling game design. The use of ‘V-Bucks’ to drag people in, and the ‘Battle Pass’ system making you feel bad when you don’t have the ‘best skins’ or the ‘best dances’ is one of the most common, and least effective, system for finding people to play and pay. Your point is null and void anyway because you are comparing a game made with inspiration with a game (Fortnite) which is, frankly, one of the most feeble and pathetic excuses for a game.

      Please, don’t argue with someone who has spent over 12000 hours researching game design and over 100 hours designing their own videogames. I feel that, as someone who is more informed than you in every way on this topic, my view should be held in higher regard than yours.

      Best Regards,
      Nabin Obue

  • yes I love this game the idea of mainly boss only battles is really cool and the visuals take you back to watching old mickey mouse or tom and jerry cartoons

  • I think fortnite is better than cuphead as the design is purely superior to cuphead. cupheads visuals are out of date as it was made in 1933. while fortnite has cool skins and EPIC upgrades that you find throughout the match. also it is an online game that u can play with your friendsa and get an epic victory royale

    • Fortnite is, in fact, an example of appalling game design. The use of ‘V-Bucks’ to drag people in, and the ‘Battle Pass’ system making you feel bad when you don’t have the ‘best skins’ or the ‘best dances’ is one of the most common, and least effective, system for finding people to play and pay. Your point is null and void anyway because you are comparing a game made with inspiration with a game (Fortnite) which is, frankly, one of the most feeble and pathetic excuses for a game.

      Please, don’t argue with someone who has spent over 12000 hours researching game design and over 100 hours designing their own videogames. I feel that, as someone who is more informed than you in every way on this topic, my view should be held in higher regard than yours.

      Best Regards,
      Nabin Obue

      • first of all y u spend 12000 hours on fortnite if you think it is bad game. i think fortnite is best game as it is fun and completly balanced. the people who play it like the skins and are willing to buy it, i feel this could be compared to people who buy art for millions of V-Bucks/ dollars which is a way worse way to spend your money. also playing fortnite can win pros millions of pounds, which has not been done by anyone playing cuphead as it is dumb game.

        take it from me, a guy who has spent 13000 hours researching game design and spent 200’s of hours designing them, so i feel that being someone who is way more informed than you, my opinion ( even though it is a fact that fortnite is best ) should be held in higher regards than yours.

        kind regards,
        Fortnite is good game.

  • Description. Cuphead is a classic run and gun action game heavily focused on boss battles. Inspired by cartoons of the 1930s, the visuals and audio are painstakingly created with the same techniques of the era, i.e. traditional hand drawn cel animation, watercolor backgrounds, and original jazz recordings.

  • I think cuphead is unrealistic. someone with a cup for a head? honestly. I like polar bowling, the best game. in it you can play as a realistic polar bear. you can knock over pins and do fun dances. also there is no violence as the bear is a pacifist, and just wants to have fun, with his friends. it has ultra realistic 4k graphics and 144 fps.

  • I believe that cupheads, whilst still being a fun & challenging can’t compare to the in-depth and complex storyline and concept behind the Dark Souls, Demon Souls and Bloodborne franchise.

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