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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: 24 out of 206
  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 12, 2017
    10
    It is so much fun. the boss battles take time and mastery to over come, each boss is different and requires you to identify moves and adapt toIt is so much fun. the boss battles take time and mastery to over come, each boss is different and requires you to identify moves and adapt to overcome them. It is as soul-crushing as dark souls when you die but my god does it feel good to beat the boss you've spend hours on Expand
  3. Oct 12, 2017
    10
    I should hate this game. It should be something I refunded after 20 minutes. I hate super difficult games. I refund many games in under anI should hate this game. It should be something I refunded after 20 minutes. I hate super difficult games. I refund many games in under an hour because of their difficulty. I love platformers, and they are maybe my favorite genre next to puzzle games, but I haaaaate the bosses. I have played entire games only to not finish them because I didn’t want to finish the final boss.

    This game is amazing! Every boss demands new thinking, new strategy, new management of weapons and abilities, and a new test of patience and wishing to whatever gods you worship for a lucky run. Including resets because of an early fatal flaw, I probably attempted to defeat the dragon over 200 times. I changed weapons, bought new upgrades, and changed strategies numerous times. Yet I never rage-quitted. I just wanted back at another chance again and again.

    Why if I hate bosses, and I love platformers, would I love a game that is only a platformer in order to play bosses? Because the bosses in this game are so varied and complex that they each present a new puzzle of strategy and gameplay to defeat, that to call them traditional bosses is an insult to the design. Maybe that and the fact you know that that is entirely what you are signing up for? But absolutely everything else is executed with such love and detail that you are enticed to experience more of the game. The graphics are gorgeous and unique. The soundtrack (so perfect) and sound effects are amazing, and I wish I had purchased the version with the soundtrack. The game may have been in a mini version of development hell for a long time, but you can tell it is only because the developers wanted it to be pristine. That it is.

    Only the run and gun levels seem a bit out of place. But even they are still fun challenges, and just as challenging indeed. This game gets a 10/10 from me, a player who hates bosses yet can't wait to finish every boss in this game (I'm almost there). If this game even remotely seems like something you would enjoy, just buy it.
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  4. Apr 30, 2018
    9
    I could only play this game now, Cuphead has a very high difficulty, it took me 30 minutes to pass the stages, the sounds and the visualI could only play this game now, Cuphead has a very high difficulty, it took me 30 minutes to pass the stages, the sounds and the visual enchanted me. It's a very good game. Expand
  5. Dec 6, 2017
    9
    Now We have a Classic games graphics are really nice Something I didn't see before it so Classic if you like Mike maus I feel like the ClassicNow We have a Classic games graphics are really nice Something I didn't see before it so Classic if you like Mike maus I feel like the Classic pictures of This is Amazing I like really Expand
  6. Oct 5, 2018
    8
    Cuphead tem um estilo gráfico impressionante e é desafiador do jeito certo, oferecendo recompensas satisfatórias após cada fase. Apesar deCuphead tem um estilo gráfico impressionante e é desafiador do jeito certo, oferecendo recompensas satisfatórias após cada fase. Apesar de alguns infelizes problemas, ainda é recomendadíssimo, especialmente considerando o seu preço atual. Expand
  7. Apr 21, 2019
    0
    This Game is failed for many level.
    - Character are Uncreative
    - Not even fun at all. - Main Characters are useless plot, personally and
    This Game is failed for many level.
    - Character are Uncreative
    - Not even fun at all.
    - Main Characters are useless plot, personally and Non-Animal Type
    - Cheap Rip off

    Change my mind Studio MDHR shouldn't make another game that from the 1930's.

    Indie Gamer Company want to milking more and more and hurting their fanbase
    Cuphead and Bendy were created as Both Company is highly backslash to the old Cartoon.
    That they do they made too many crossover, Ocs, Shipping that highly annoying and ruining for me.
    There many game better then this.
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