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  • Summary: Cuphead is a classic run and gun action game primarily focused on boss battles. Inspired by the cartoons of the 1930s, the visuals and audio are carefully created with the same techniques of the era, i.e. traditional cel animation (hand drawn & hand inked), watercolor backgrounds, andCuphead is a classic run and gun action game primarily focused on boss battles. Inspired by the cartoons of the 1930s, the visuals and audio are carefully created with the same techniques of the era, i.e. traditional cel animation (hand drawn & hand inked), watercolor backgrounds, and original jazz recordings. Play as Cuphead or Mugman (in single player or co-op) as you traverse strange worlds, acquire new weapons, learn powerful super moves, and discover hidden secrets. [Studio MDHR] Expand

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  1. Positive: 30 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Oct 13, 2017
    100
    Come for the beautiful art, stay because you smashed all your controllers.
  2. Sep 29, 2017
    96
    Cuphead offers a unique combination of art and sound, presenting one of the most funny and bizarre shows in the current game generation. Its gameplay and co-op can hold many fun hours and a strong replay-ability attribute. Recommended for everyone.
  3. Sep 29, 2017
    93
    Cuphead is one of the most innovative and interesting games to come out of the indie space in the past few years. It was well worth the wait and will please anyone who likes a good challenge.
  4. Oct 2, 2017
    90
    In an age where punishing difficulty is finally yearned for again, Cuphead is a worthy title to the list of the best ways to test your gaming mettle.
  5. Oct 3, 2017
    90
    But on a technical and artistic level, Cuphead is a stunning achievement in both gaming and interactive art, and unlike anything I’ve ever played before. Some of the game’s levels had me on the edge of sanity trying to best them, and I ended Cuphead with a few sore spots on my thumbs because of it. More importantly though, I had a smile on my face the whole time through it all.
  6. Oct 2, 2017
    86
    Not just for the masochists, Cuphead is a demanding but supremely rewarding modern 2D shooter that looks and sounds fantastic.
  7. Oct 10, 2017
    60
    Playing Cuphead on the easier difficulty reveals that the game’s challenge level is the only trick up its sleeve. Take that away, and all we’re left with is an uninspired and monotonous run-and-gun that just happens to be the most visually-striking release of 2017. Yes, Cuphead’s presentation is magnificent — it’s just a shame that StudioMDHR couldn’t come up with an interesting game to pair with it.

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  1. Negative: 14 out of 188
  1. Sep 30, 2017
    10
    Incredible artstyle and relatively great gameplay.
    We can all agree the painstakingly hand drawn artstyle is great,but the gameplay is rather
    Incredible artstyle and relatively great gameplay.
    We can all agree the painstakingly hand drawn artstyle is great,but the gameplay is rather your regular 2D sidescrolling shoot'em up in a boss rush style fashion,it's not easy nor is it that hard,practice makes perfect.The years long wait because of delays was worth it after all.
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  2. Oct 24, 2017
    10
    This game has 2 of my favorite things, old school Contra style game play with amazingly well done animation. That alone would be awesome butThis game has 2 of my favorite things, old school Contra style game play with amazingly well done animation. That alone would be awesome but it also does not break the bank to purchase. This game is an instant classic and I do not regret my purchase. Expand
  3. Oct 12, 2017
    10
    If the Mega Man games and old Mickey Mouse cartoons had a child it would be Cuphead. Awesome challenging gameplay and the lovely artstyleIf the Mega Man games and old Mickey Mouse cartoons had a child it would be Cuphead. Awesome challenging gameplay and the lovely artstyle makes this game one of the best jump'n'shoot games of all time. Expand
  4. Jul 9, 2018
    9
    Graphics are Amazing i love Artstyle but gameplay should have more than only shooting and shooting
  5. Oct 1, 2017
    9
    What a great game! Waiting in anticipation for years when it was announced and I have to say it was worth the wait and a serious GOTYWhat a great game! Waiting in anticipation for years when it was announced and I have to say it was worth the wait and a serious GOTY contender for me. They absolutely nailed the look of an old cartoon. The games soundtrack is absolutely incredible and the heck the opening menu I can sit there and just listen to it. The game is also a blast to play and has numerous memorable boss battles. It also looked like you were playing some bosses like Tom and Jerry, Pete's Dragon and much more. With a lot of original bosses and looks of creatures in the game. It seemed like I was playing an 1960's Saturday morning cartoon. The game isn't actually not very long roughly 4-6HRS, but that is understandable seeing they want you to keep playing and beat your high score. This one will be in memory for a while. Expand
  6. Oct 2, 2017
    8
    Cuphead is a Megaman style shoot em' up platformer with 1930s style cartoon graphics like old Micky Mouse. It's a very goofy game like theyCuphead is a Megaman style shoot em' up platformer with 1930s style cartoon graphics like old Micky Mouse. It's a very goofy game like they show in old cartoons. It's like one of those difficulties that is hard, but fair. With unique enemies and features, Cuphead is very stylish. Different power ups and charms makes the character unique in how you play. It's a minor con, but there is no online coop, it only has local relying on your friend to play with you. If you are a fan of Megaman and disappointed with Mighty No. 9, buy it. For newcomers to those games, it's tough, but as long as you master the mechanics of the game, you will do great. Expand
  7. Dec 28, 2017
    0
    this game is the impossible toto play, extremely difficult maps and very hard, however, it is very fast and the animation is well badly made.this game is the impossible toto play, extremely difficult maps and very hard, however, it is very fast and the animation is well badly made. i didn´t like!!! Expand

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