Cuphead

aka: Cuphead: "Don't Deal with the Devil"
Moby ID: 96620
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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.

Play as Cuphead or Mugman (in single player or local co-op) as you traverse strange worlds, acquire new weapons, learn powerful super moves, and discover hidden secrets while you try to pay your debt back to the devil!

Source: Steam Store Description

Spellings

  • γ‚«γƒƒγƒ—γƒ˜γƒƒγƒ‰ - Japanese spelling
  • 茢杯倴 - Simplified Chinese spelling
  • 茢杯頭 - Traditional Chinese spelling
  • μ»΅ν—€λ“œ - Korean spelling

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Digital Painter & Magician Lord
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Average score: 87% (based on 47 ratings)

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Average score: 4.3 out of 5 (based on 50 ratings with 1 reviews)

Retro film-inspired goodness!

The Good
The animation is gorgeous and obviously complementary to Cuphead's already retro intentions on more than just the gaming front. It's a homage to the Fleischer cartoons of the 30s and 40s, and the Walt Disney shorts from around the same period. Its gameplay contrasts its very 80s and 90s-inspired gameplay taken right from staple game franchises like Mega Man and Super Mario World.

The Bad
Sometimes the boss battles can be particularly frustrating if you lose RIGHT at the end of a boss fight and you have to start over. But the sense of fulfillment and accomplishment you get from overcoming the bosses is worth the (admittedly) immense trouble.

The Bottom Line
Imagine Super Mario collaborating with Mickey Mouse in the 30s and then making that dream crossover a reality in Cuphead.

Xbox One · by John H. (52) · 2019

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Awards

  • DICE Awards (Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences)
    • 2018 – Outstanding Achievement in Animation – Won
    • 2018 – Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction – Won
    • 2018 – Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition – Won
    • 2018 – Action Game of the Year – Nominated
    • 2018 – Game of the Year – Nominated
  • The Dragon Awards
    • 2018 – Best Science Fiction or Fantasy PC / Console Game – Nominated
  • The Game Awards
    • 2017 – Best Art Direction – Won
    • 2017 – Best Score / Music – Nominated
    • 2017 – Best Action Game – Nominated
    • 2017 – Best Independent Game – Won
    • 2017 – Best Debut Indie Game – Won
  • Steam Awards
    • 2017 β€” The 'Best Soundtrack' Award β€” Won
    • 2017 β€” The 'Even Better Than I Expected' Award β€” Won
  • TechRaptor
    • 2017 β€” Best Multiplayer β€” 1st place
    • 2017 β€” Best Soundtrack β€” 1st place
    • 2017 β€” Best Soundtrack β€” Readers' Choice
    • 2017 β€” Best Visuals β€” 1st place
    • 2017 β€” Best Visuals β€” Readers' Choice
    • 2017 β€” Indie Game of the Year β€” 1st place
    • 2017 β€” Game of the Year β€” 5th place

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Game added by mars_rulez.

Nintendo Switch added by Kam1Kaz3NL77. Windows Apps, PlayStation 4 added by Sciere. Macintosh added by Ms. Tea.

Additional contributors: Havoc Crow, Rik Hideto, firefang9212.

Game added September 29, 2017. Last modified February 13, 2024.