• Release date: 9/28/2017
  • Developer: StudioMDHR Entertainment Inc.
  • Publisher: StudioMDHR Entertainment Inc.
  • Genre: Action ,  Indie
  • Languages: English
  • Features: Single-player, Local Co-op, Shared/Split Screen, Steam Achievements, Full controller support, Steam Trading Cards, Steam Cloud
  • Requirements: View details

Cuphead Review: Best Hardcore Indie Platformer Ever

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Lacey Francis

9 reviews on HammerGamer

Cuphead is a 2D arcade platformer runner game created by Studio MDHR Entertainment Inc. in 2017. Since then, the game became a platformer classic. You have to play as a boy named Cuphead and his friend to defeat fierce enemies and save their souls from the Devil. 1930 Walt Disney graphics, jazz, hardcore gameplay, and psychedelic vibes – that’s Cuphead! You can download Cuphead for PC, Mac, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch version is coming on April 18, 2019.

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Graphics – 5/5

Cuphead game is designed on the Unity engine, but it’s impossible to detect it. The whole gameplay looks like a cartoon from the 1930s. Even the film grain and scratches look amazingly authentic. There are no digital colors. All backgrounds and objects are painted with real water paints by professional artists.

Gameplay – 5/5

Cuphead gameplay is very immersive due to the variety of fascinating levels, and genial design of enemies and bosses. Though the game is hardcore even if you choose the easiest level of difficulty, you are likely to master controls and complete all bosses. You will do it just because it’s interesting to see the next episode, the next setting, and the next mad boss. It’s like a hallucination journey through a cartoon world that is full of fable dangers. Everything looks very similar to cartoons that you saw in childhood, but the details are frightening and astonishing at the same time. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to tell about all bosses in this Cuphead review, so check out screenshots to get the idea.

To complete the game you have to jump over multiple obstacles and dodge from bullet-hell-like attacks of the enemies. The best way is to try hard and kill everyone to earn points and go further. After every level you receive grades that correspond to your performance, so you should be very active during the game. You can spend points to buy upgrades for the finger-gun and “charms” that unlock special attacks.

The multiplayer mode allows you to play co-op on a single device screen. The second-player character is Mugman, who has the same abilities as Cuphead. Both toons have the skill to revive each other for an unlimited number of times.

Controls – 5/5

The word “hardcore” is used frequently in this review, but it’s the most suitable word. The controls in the game are not difficult, but you have to practice a lot to use all commands and attacks as fast as possible. No matter how cool you are, the enemies in the game will always find a way to distract you and kill cruelly.

Replay Value – 4.5/5

In Cuphead, you have to defeat 30 bosses. Each of them requires a lot of time and patience to be defeated, so you are not likely to complete the game more than 1 time. On the other hand, co-op walkthrough is a very different experience as you always have to look after each other and apply strategy to complete levels.

The Bottom Line

It’s hard to advise this game to a certain category of gamers, because it’s a cool experience for platformer fans, for hardcore gamers, and even for married couples! It’s charming and admirable at every level, so repetitiveness of gameplay mechanics and hardcore missions are justified.


Download Cuphead and get the classic platformer game with unique graphics, fun plot, and hardcore gameplay.

Pros : Unique handmade watercolor graphics;
30 astonishing bosses;
Original jazz soundtrack;
Offline co-op mode.

Cons : May appear too difficult;
Overuse of hitboxes.

Graphics 5

Gameplay 5

Controls 5

Replay Value 4.5

Average : 4.9

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