One of the highly-anticipated indie platformer games with a classic Disney cartoon vibe, StudioMDHR‘s Cuphead, is finally here.
After already having seen this game at Gamescom multiple times, e.g. in Hall 8 two months ago, expectations were very high, as this is a game that looked absolutely amazing in motion and is a perfect example of how games can’t only have well-done animation, but actually play like animated movies. Playing as Cuphead or Mugman (or both in co-op multiplayer), the gameplay is rather simple platforming and shooting through various worlds and defeating countless bosses.
What sounds rather simple is of course pretty difficult, as the “game over” screen will probably show up a couple of times. However, if one perseveres, earns new weapons, learns powerful super moves, and discovers hidden secrets, each stage and enemy should be reward enough, as the graphics feature hand-drawn cel animation and watercolor backgrounds, while the music consists of original jazz recordings, making this look and sound like a forgotten 1930ies Disney cartoon. It’s certainly not for kids, though, because the developers cite influences like Gunstar Heroes or Contra III, which were tough to beat back in the days. With the story revolving around paying one’s debt back to the devil and with many bosses evoking a feeling of unease and almost nightmarish terror, this is no surprise, though. Still if one can find another player, this boss rush should be tremendous fun.
The game is out now on PC and Xbox One, with the excellent soundtrack also available for purchase.
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