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Xbox OneGiant Bomb (Oct 12, 2017)
Come for the beautiful art, stay because you smashed all your controllers.
100
WindowsGiant Bomb (Oct 12, 2017)
Come for the beautiful art, stay because you smashed all your controllers.
100
Xbox OneThe Game Hoard (Oct 13, 2017)
A person’s enjoyment of Cuphead and the length of the experience will certainly be dependent on their skill level with such a game. Combining platforms, situational awareness, and reflexes makes for a challenge not seen much outside of series like Contra. However, the difficulty is fair. Attacks are telegraphed ahead of time, and while you may fall for a trick once, it will be your skill that determines how you handle it next time, not some gameplay fault. No matter how you find the gameplay though, it is hard to deny the charm of the game’s design. Boss battles are the perfect platform for having characters perform insane feats of animation like the wiggling, constantly dancing, and sometimes random black and white cartoons of the old days. Cuphead masters exactly what it’s going visually and gameplaywise, making a solid experience that is a joy right up until the end.
100
WindowsNiche Gamer (Oct 03, 2017)
The game is a masterpiece of style, presentation, gameplay, and ultimately overall design – all of it comes together in an absolutely brilliant package that I haven’t experienced often at all in my entire lifetime. Cuphead is the kind of game that only comes once in a very, very long time so do yourself a favor in buying it and playing it until you’ve finally beat the Devil at his game.
100
Xbox OneAttack of the Fanboy (Sep 29, 2017)
If you’re up for a challenge and a feast for the eyes and ears, Cuphead should not be overlooked.
95
WindowsGeeks Under Grace (Oct 16, 2017)
There are few instances when I am so impressed by a game, that I lack the words to adequately describe its quality. Cuphead is such a game. StudioMDHR Entertianment’s ability to create such a tightly balanced, splendid package and offer it at the budget rate of $20—the same price of Sonic Mania when I have been waiting since 2015 for DARIUS BURST Chronicle Saviours to drop that low in price— may very well be the envy of every other indie studio, if not also the fact that the game has already sold one-million copies. To put it simply, Cuphead is a masterpiece.
95
WindowsDestructoid (Sep 29, 2017)
Cuphead's incredible style belies its magical complexity. It's so much more than a hard-as-hell shoot-'em-up with artistic flair. It's cerebral in a way that these kind of games rarely are. Cuphead's commitment to forcing the player to understand is commendable. Those who don't have the patience to learn won't get far. That's the kind of stand-your-ground moxie that makes this a hallmark of game design. My praise runneth over.
93
Nintendo SwitchLink-Cable (May 21, 2019)
“I might have legitimately found one of my new favorite games… of all time.”
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Nintendo SwitchNintendo-Online.de (Apr 18, 2019)
„Cuphead“ ist ein nahezu perfektes Spiel. Die Optik sticht sofort ins Auge und der Charme weiß mit atemberaubendem Charakterdesign und nostalgischen Animationen jeden zu überzeugen. Das Spiel dahinter ist allerdings ebenso gut, denn die Bosse sind knallhart, allerdings niemals unfair. Jede Spielmechanik wurde gut durchdacht und garantiert eine präzise Steuerung sowie spaßiges Gameplay. Die Portierung auf Nintendo Switch ist nicht nur beeindruckend perfekt, sondern übertrifft das Original auf Xbox One S. „Cuphead“ auf Nintendo Switch ist ein Wunder, das niemand in seiner Sammlung missen sollte.
90
Nintendo SwitchNintendo Life (Apr 18, 2019)
Cuphead was an absolute masterpiece when it launched on Xbox 18 months ago and nothing has been sacrificed in its move to the Switch. It’s the same visually jaw-dropping, aurally delightful, knuckle-whiteningly difficult game it was on Microsoft’s console and the Switch’s library is all the better for its presence. Its focus on intense boss battles won’t be to everyone’s tastes, but as long as you know what you’re getting yourself into we can’t recommend it enough.
90
Nintendo SwitchSwitchaboo (Apr 23, 2019)
Cuphead is one of those must-have games that should never be ignored. The classic animation, the soundtrack and the overall presentation of the game makes it stand out amongst the rest to truly become a video game that will stand the test of time. Its difficulty may limit its enjoyment for some but for those who love a good challenge, Cuphead is a game that deserves a spot in every Switch library.
90
Nintendo SwitchWay Too Many Games (May 06, 2019)
Cuphead makes the transition to Switch perfectly, matching up to the Xbox and PC counterparts with no compromise. If you liked Cuphead before, you will like it on the Switch. If not, then it’s still not for you. For newcomers however, it’s well worth checking out. Just be aware though, it’s a tough one.
90
Xbox OneWay Too Many Games (Oct 02, 2017)
Cuphead might have been delayed way too many times, but I’m equally glad and relieved that the game turned out to be even better than what I was expecting, which was already a lot. It’s gorgeous, unbelievably charming, challenging, and above all, fun to play. It might not exactly be the easiest game around, nor a very compelling title for casual audiences, but this is, without a shadow of a doubt, a mandatory title for any Xbox One owner. It’s just that good.
90
Xbox OneGame Rant (Oct 02, 2017)
Truly, Cuphead is a game which will give victorious gamers a sense of satisfaction that few modern games manage to accomplish. The nostalgic visual prowess supplied by the game’s hand-drawn animations are second to none, and its period-appropriate soundtrack will force its way into gamers’ heads. Precision gameplay is key here, and the mechanics behind it – aside of an improvable control scheme – deliver a delightfully challenging title that doesn’t hold your hand through the process. It’ll send gamers all over the emotional spectrum and leave an impression that, much like the game’s artistic inspirations, will truly stand the test of time. Cuphead is a great purchase for those unafraid of challenge, and its low price point is simply icing on the cake.
90
Xbox OneJeuxActu (Oct 01, 2017)
Enfin, la sélection des niveaux se fait à travers un petit monde dans lequel on prend plaisir à évoluer, et qui permet d'abandonner pendant un temps un tableau un peu trop récalcitrant, pour mieux y revenir plus tard. Il y a finalement très peu de choses à reprocher à Cuphead, si ce n'est une certaine timidité narrative. Puisque le jeu met particulièrement l'accent sur les boss, on aurait aimé disposer d'informations sur chacun d'entre eux, histoire de les démolir en connaissance de cause. Et le scénario aurait mérité d'être plus développé, notamment à travers des scènes cinématiques, car le moteur graphique façon dessin animé se prête particulièrement bien à l'exercice. Bref, le jeu manque un poil d'ambition en matière de narration, mais le tour de force artistique est tel qu'on ne peut vraiment pas lui en vouloir. On se contentera d'espérer qu'un Cuphead 2 plus long et plus scénarisé soit rapidement mis en chantier !
90
Xbox OneVandal Online (Sep 29, 2017)
Un juego de acción con muchísima personalidad que hace de las batallas contra los jefes finales su gran atractivo.
88
Xbox OneIGN (Oct 02, 2017)
Cuphead made me feel more good and more bad than any other game I’ve played in the last several years. I swore, laughed, and hollered with delight. I hated it (and my own fingers) for long stretches but, having finished, I realise that’s more or less the point – I emerged from all that pain smiling. Rather than simply offering the player what they want, Cuphead makes them earn that right – the rewards, if you can hack the tests, are absolutely worth it. Cuphead is incredible for more than just its looks. But before you dive in, make sure you actually want a game that plays like this, and not just a game that looks like this.
87
Xbox OneMAN!AC (Sep 30, 2017)
Liebevoll inszeniertes Run’n’Gun- Spektakel mit hoher Schwierig­keit, genialen Ideen und Langzeitmotivation.
86
Xbox OneGamePro (Germany) (IDG) (Oct 05, 2017)
Bockschweres Jump&Run mit wunderhübschem Cartoon-Look, das viel Geduld erfordert, am Ende aber umso reicher belohnt.
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WindowsGameStar (Germany) (Oct 05, 2017)
Cuphead ist nicht nur ein Jump & Run mit knackigen Shoot-'em-Up- und Run-&-Gun-Levels und einem stimmigen, bizarr und witzig animierten Cartoon-Grafikstil, der so atemberaubend ist, dass ich am liebsten fast jede Szene als Gif abgespeichert hätte - sondern letztendlich ist Cuphead auch ein Spiel mit unserer Geduld. Würdet ihr mich jetzt nach meinem heißesten Tipp für das Spiel fragen, dann wäre meine Antwort "malt euch zu Beginn eines Bosskampfes oder Run-&-Gun-Levels keine großen Erfolgschancen aus, sondern lernt stattdessen, Niederlagen zu akzeptieren und als Chance anzusehen. So hat es zumindest bei mir funktioniert. Ich fange bei Null an und arbeitete mich nach jedem Bildschirmtod ein Stückchen weiter zur Ziellinie vor. Ein Häppchen für Zwischendurch ist Studio MDHRs Deal mit dem Teufel ganz sicher nicht. Wer aber gewillt ist, genügend Zeit und Nerven zu investieren, wird in Cuphead ein wahnsinnig spaßiges und befriedigendes Spielerlebnis finden.
86
Xbox OneImpulse Gamer (Oct 01, 2017)
Cuphead on the Xbox One is a crazy journey back in time with side-scrolling shooter mechanics thrown in for good measures. It's really one hell of a ride!
85
WindowsPC Games (Germany) (Oct 09, 2017)
Tricktechnik ist heutzutage in erster Linie kostengünstig und hässlich. Zwischen all den abscheulichen Flash- und 3D-Animationen macht Cuphead eine unverschämt gute Figur. Aber Qualität kostet, was sich nicht unter anderem daran bemerkbar macht, dass sich die Entwickler verschulden mussten, um ihr Projekt fertigzustellen. Auf jeden Fall ist das Ergebnis phänomenal schön und ein einzigartiges Erlebnis voller Kreativität und Charme. Es wäre wundervoll, wenn Cuphead nicht nur Spiele wie Contra, sondern auch klassische Animation wieder salonfähig machen würde.
85
Xbox One411mania.com (Oct 04, 2017)
Cuphead drops you right in at the deep end and that is going to put off a lot of gamers, which is really the only bad thing I can say about what is otherwise a gorgeous, addictive and extremely satisfying experience.
85
Xbox OneJeuxvideo.com (Sep 29, 2017)
On a du bol, Cuphead est surement le plus beau shoot arcade 2D disponible à l’heure actuelle. Si le plat concocté par Studio MDHR est appétissant à l’oeil, ses ingrédients lui assurent également variété et saveur. Malgré ses inspirations bien visibles, Cuphead ne donne pas l’impression de verser la même soupe dans un vieux mug et réserve des combats de boss qui resteront dans les mémoires. Evidemment, si le genre n’est pas votre tasse de thé et que vous n’appréciez pas la difficulté pimentée, la dégustation jaugée à une huitaine d’heures (game over inclus) risque de vous brûler les papilles. Nous, on va au rabe !
85
WindowsJeuxvideo.com (Sep 29, 2017)
On a du bol, Cuphead est surement le plus beau shoot arcade 2D disponible à l’heure actuelle. Si le plat concocté par Studio MDHR est appétissant à l’oeil, ses ingrédients lui assurent également variété et saveur. Malgré ses inspirations bien visibles, Cuphead ne donne pas l’impression de verser la même soupe dans un vieux mug et réserve des combats de boss qui resteront dans les mémoires. Evidemment, si le genre n’est pas votre tasse de thé et que vous n’appréciez pas la difficulté pimentée, la dégustation jaugée à une huitaine d’heures (game over inclus) risque de vous brûler les papilles. Nous, on va au rabe !
83
Xbox One4Players.de (Oct 02, 2017)
Abgesehen von fehlenden Treffer-Animationen merkt man an jeder Ecke, wie viel Liebe in die albernen Animationen geflossen ist, die mit ihren Unmengen verrückter Ideen und Verwandlungen beinahe schon wie ein psychedelischer Trip wirken. Auch der knallharte und trotzdem meist faire Schwierigkeitsgrad hat mich immer wieder angespornt, mich ein Stückchen weiter durch den bunt morphenden Wahnsinn zu kämpfen. Auf Dauer kann es allerdings ein wenig ermüdend werden, jederzeit angespannt und hochkonzentriert vorm Fernseher zu sitzen. Schade, dass die Entwickler nicht mehr und leichtere Plattformlevels eingestreut haben, um einen besseren Rhythmus aus An- und Entspannung zu schaffen - damit man auch mal durchatmen und die Grafik genießen kann. Doch auch in seiner Form als hübscher Hardcore-Marathon ist aus Cuphead ein gelungener Arcade-Shooter geworden.
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Windows4Players.de (Oct 02, 2017)
Abgesehen von fehlenden Treffer-Animationen merkt man an jeder Ecke, wie viel Liebe in die albernen Animationen geflossen ist, die mit ihren Unmengen verrückter Ideen und Verwandlungen beinahe schon wie ein psychedelischer Trip wirken. Auch der knallharte und trotzdem meist faire Schwierigkeitsgrad hat mich immer wieder angespornt, mich ein Stückchen weiter durch den bunt morphenden Wahnsinn zu kämpfen. Auf Dauer kann es allerdings ein wenig ermüdend werden, jederzeit angespannt und hochkonzentriert vorm Fernseher zu sitzen. Schade, dass die Entwickler nicht mehr und leichtere Plattformlevels eingestreut haben, um einen besseren Rhythmus aus An- und Entspannung zu schaffen - damit man auch mal durchatmen und die Grafik genießen kann. Doch auch in seiner Form als hübscher Hardcore-Marathon ist aus Cuphead ein gelungener Arcade-Shooter geworden.
80
Xbox OneTrueAchievements (Sep 29, 2017)
Cuphead is likely to reveal its deliberate frustrations too late for some people. It's hard not to become infatuated with the game's visuals, leaving uninformed buyers lured in by those blatant strengths to discover only then that it revels in its own relentlessness. This, in turn, could leave some wanting a refund and needing a new controller or two. However, for those that go into it with a co-op partner and with the knowledge that its design is as unforgiving as it is beautiful, it will be a unique and rewarding game. Always unabating but never unfair, Cuphead is tough to overcome but even tougher to put down.
80
Xbox OneGamer.no (Oct 06, 2017)
Cuphead er et unikt, særegent og flott spill.
80
WindowsGamedile.pl (Nov 06, 2017)
Choć gry, które przywołują na myśl moje dzieciństwo po części sprawiają, że czuję się stary, zawsze wywołują uśmiech na mojej twarzy. Choć nie jestem AŻ TAK sędziwy, by pamiętać stylistykę lat 30., Cuphead sprawiło, że w moim oku zakręciła się łezka. Ale zanim kompletnie się rozkleję i zacznę wspominać dzieciństwo, które już nie wróci, napiszę, co dało mi grube kilkanaście godzin spędzone z tą grą.
80
Xbox OneGod is a Geek (Sep 29, 2017)
A stunning visual feast that belies an intense level of difficulty. Cuphead won't be for everyone, but it's still a very good game.
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Xbox OneMetro.co.uk (Oct 02, 2017)
A stunning work of imagination, with a collection of high quality boss battles to rival any other in gaming – and a difficultly level that’s equally hard to beat.
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Xbox OneGameSpot (Sep 29, 2017)
Cuphead has been a longtime coming, and it's great to see that it lives up to its initial promises. It's beautiful to look at, and with a pitch-perfect soundtrack, it flawlessly captures the era its developers so clearly revere. It's also an intense action game that pulls no punches. It could benefit from a few tweaks, and two-player co-op doesn't feel like the valuable addition you might imagine, but Cuphead remains a rare, unique game that truly stands out.
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Nintendo SwitchVideo Chums (Apr 18, 2019)
Cuphead is a stunning game that truly stands out from its peers on a presentational level. That being said, its gameplay doesn't do anything particularly unique and its difficulty is implemented in a way that it basically requires fruitless repetition.
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Xbox OneTwinfinite (Sep 29, 2017)
Still, there is a game worth enjoying in here, if you can deal with periodic frustration. During encounters that are fully defined it’s easy to get stuck admiring everything that StudioMDHR has created, and it was more than a good enough reason to turn my Xbox One on. It’s because of those parts that are so good that it’s really difficult to ignore the glaring issues. If you’re in dire need of a real challenge, definitely give Cuphead your attention. However, if you’re not in any rush there’s no harm in waiting. I look forward to seeing how the developers deal with this project and how they expand on it in the future.
 
Nintendo SwitchBig Boss Battle (B3) (Apr 18, 2019)
Even before I played it on Nintendo Switch, I considered Cuphead to be one of the most outstanding and unique titles that I have played in the last few years. The fact that it is now available on my favourite handheld console is more like icing than cake, but I can say without hesitation that Cuphead has been converted superbly well. As always with a Switch port, I’m disappointed that there’s no additional content, but there’s little to complain about when the original product was so good.
 
WindowsCan't Stop the Movies (Oct 10, 2017)
Minor gripes aside, Cuphead is a near flawless fusion of fully realized aesthetic blended with cartoon logic and tight controls for a fun as hell run and gun. Sometimes passion projects are misguided or grow bloated as other producers come in to have their say. But by keeping it simple and consistent with that old school cartoon logic, Studio MDHR have made a unique specimen of run and gun I'll be replaying for years to come.