Kris and I have Cuphead. We played it and didn’t beat it. We were terrible at it and didn’t get far. Someday we will go back to it and defeat the devil. Until then, I’m going to stick to watching others play the game. While I haven’t gone up against most of the bosses, there are some I absolutely love for how creative they are.
Hilda Berg is an interesting one. Her final phase is the moon which I love considering her attacks are based on the Zodiac signs and other sky-like happenings. I haven’t fought this boss myself but watching others do it, it seems difficult and annoying. Not in a bad way, of course. It just seems hard. I like the theme and her style though.
He’s a cute little dragon! Well, I guess he’s not actually little… and his third phase is actually kind of creepy since he gets three heads instead of one. But hey, any dragon boss is an awesome boss. His attacks are fun too. He shoots fireballs. You can’t go wrong with fireballs even if they are aimed at you.
I love the design of this boss. She’s a mermaid in the ocean, but she’s a big mermaid and pokes her head of the water and yells at you and throws fish at you. I think it’s a creative way to show off a “siren” because we all know mermaids are not like The Little Mermaid. They’re actually quite mean. But then to also mix her with Medusa for her final two stages is extra cool. I thought it was clever how they combined the two.
It’s no secret I like ghosts. I like that kind of creepy stuff. I don’t know anything about trains but it was a cool setting nonetheless to have the train come alive. I don’t have much to say about this particular boss other than that I think it’s pretty cool.
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It was recently announced that Cuphead is going to get its chance as an animated TV show. It’s called The Cuphead Show (Also Starring Mugman) and Netflix animators have picked it up. There’s no set release date as of yet. I have to say, I’m not surprised this is becoming a thing.
It’s nice to see how much attention and praise the Cuphead game has gotten since its release. Now the game will be up there with Super Mario Bros. and the Legend of Zelda has having cartoons under its belt! Considering the art style of Cuphead, it lends itself so easily to a cartoon.
It’s based off 1930s cartoons anyway, so I believe it’ll fit right in. I assume Netflix will do it justice. At the same time, I wonder how the actual dialogue and storytelling will go. When it comes to shows based on games, they always come off a little silly.
Yes, the art style reminded me of the old Mickey Mouse cartoons from Disney, so it’s exciting to see. Quite a few video games recently have been announced to get adaptations as well — The Witcher and Halo, for example — and, after seeing the success of Detective Pikachu, I believe more people are interested in seeing their favorite video games as other media.
They should just remake all the Pokemon anime and movies into live-action movies and tv shows. I know that would be a lot, but… that’d just be awesome. It’s funny how we sort of grew up watching Saturday morning cartoons and now they’re all going to come back in the form of our favorite video games.
Even better, the shows are going to be on Netflix so we can binge them instead of having to wake up early on Saturdays! I wonder how the Cuphead show will portray the plot of the game. Having boss rush gameplay, I imagine the show will be more action-orientated with, perhaps, a boss fight at the end of each episode. With that said, there’s not much room for many story elements in the game except for the basic plot. Will the show expand on the plot at all or stick mainly to action?
That’s a good point. I imagine it’ll have the same plot as the game with a lot of action and such. Depending on how popular it turns out to be, I’m sure they’ll expand on it. Then again, most of those older cartoons like The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario Bros. were only a season or two long. I wonder if Cuphead will follow suit or if it’ll blow everything else out of the water.
I would love an expanded Legend of Zelda cartoon series, just saying, as charming and amusing as the old series was. The thing with expanding a plot like Cuphead, which doesn’t have a very deep one to begin with, is that the show could be stretched too thin. I imagine that the first season of the show would be Cuphead and Mugman, presumably, beating the Devil at his own deal, but they’d be grasping for straws if they went beyond it. We’ll just have to keep an eye out for more news of the show and see what happens.
Have you heard the news? Is this a show you’ll watch? Let us know in the comments below!
Title: Cuphead Developer: Studio MDHR Publisher: Studio MDHR
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Category: Action, Arcade, Platformer
Release Date: April 17, 2019
How we got the game: We bought it on the Nintendo Switch eShop
Cuphead originally came out in September 2017 for PC and the Xbox One, and it had always been on our radar after seeing playthroughs of it on YouTube and Twitch. Considering it recently came out for the Nintendo Switch, Rachel and I figured it was the perfect time to try it.
We kept saying we’d get the game and now that it’s out on our main console, we decided to finally give it a go.
Cuphead is a run-and-gun boss rush kind of game. There is light platforming, some side-scrolling levels for your characters to run through, taking down a plethora of enemies in their way while collecting the occasional coin to spend on upgrades for your weapons and health.
These particular levels are few and far between, but they’re a lot of fun. We got stuck on the very first level because we’re apparently terrible at the game, but we had a good time nonetheless. So much happens on screen and there’s a lot to keep track of – the various enemies, constantly shooting your gun (or finger gun, if you will), jumping and dashing over platforms, and keeping an eye out for coins to collect or anything pink to parry on. This entire game was made without using the color pink except on a select few objects which you can parry.
After getting demolished on the run-and-gun levels, you do start to realize that there’s a pattern to all of the enemies’ locations and behaviors. It tests your memory as well as your skills with the controls. Control-wise, you use the analog stick to move Cuphead and Mugman left to right, as well as being able to control which of the eight directions you can shoot your finger guns. The four main buttons are for jumping, dashing, shooting, and your special attack once you build up your super meter.
As mentioned before, parrying allows you to fill your super meter faster. The more you hit enemies with your gun, the more your super meter will fill up. Parrying helps with that, though I’m not good at it. The bosses themselves are challenging, but a whole lot of fun. With each try, we get a little farther until we get so loopy that we need to take a break. Luckily, there’s more than one place to go to on the main map. Areas are blocked off but you usually have a choice between two or three levels to hop into. So, if you get stuck, you can take a break from that but still keep playing.
The boss rush fights were each in stages, with the choice of having two difficulties — simple and regular. Gathering coins from the run-and-gun levels to spend on weapon upgrades are key to developing strategies to defeat the bosses. You can mix and match between different types of finger guns, switched easily on the fly with the L/SL button, as well as determining what the best defense would be, whether it’s having an extra hit point or becoming invulnerable while dashing.
All of the power-ups are useful in their own way, but there are definitely some that fit better for certain stages than others. Of course, this is all trial and error, which is part of the fun. Also, the extra hit point is nice, but it slightly decreases your attack power if you have it on.
Mimicking the old cartoons, Cuphead’s graphics are charming and make me feel like I’m watching Mickey Mouse cartoons from years ago. While the themes in Cuphead aren’t quite as innocent as Mickey Mouse, the images and short dialogue remind me of those cartoons. The art style is a little wacky but the images flow smoothly even in the middle of the boss fights.
I absolutely enjoy the aesthetic of this game, especially the various boss designs. They all have their own special charm and unique personality. Of course, mimicking the old school cartoon is definitely a plus.
The music is a lot of fun, and the sound effects are so satisfying. The music itself matches the levels, but it’s also subtle enough to not kill your concentration when you’re going up against the bosses. You’ll probably also be shouting and laughing at the screen for the levels over the music anyway, but if you take the time to listen, it’s pleasant.
The sound effects are pleasing as well. I enjoy the various sounds when you parry something or even just the finger gun noises. It’s a great experience overall.
The story of the game revolves around the brothers Cuphead and Mugman, who got into a bit of trouble when they wandered into the Devil’s casino and gambled away their souls. The two begged for another way they could pay off their debt to the devil, and the devil decided that if the two could bring the souls of others who owed him, then the devil would let Cuphead and Mugman off the hook.
The Elder Kettle warned them of the Devil and his casino, but greed overcame Cuphead must to Mugman’s warnings. Thus, begins a journey for the two of them to battle so many characters in their world… killing them and forcing them to work with the Devil.
Cuphead has some fun replay value, what with it having single and co-op modes and a couple of different difficulty settings for the boss fights. The boss fights themselves can be a challenge, and there are different combinations of weapons and defensive mechanisms that you can try on different runs.
I can definitely see myself playing this again. While it’s difficult, the boss battles are fun to pick up and play if you’re looking for something fairly mindless, yet challenging. Plus, with the co-op mode there are plenty of opportunities to play with various people.
Cuphead gets… 5 out of 5 lives.
Have you played this game? What did you think? Let us know in the comments!
While we played a good chunk of games this year, there are plenty of games that I wanted to play but, for some reason, was unable to do so. Here is a simple list of games that are still stuck on my to-play list — here’s hoping they make their way off of that list next year!
Batman: Telltale Series
We’ve honestly had this bought and downloaded on our Steam account for quite a while now… We just haven’t booted it up. Batman in a story-driven game that takes your choices into account sounds like a perfect game, and I can’t wait until we actually get a chance to sit down and play it!
Monster Hunter Generations
I really don’t know much about this franchise, aside from you creating a character to go out and, well, hunt monsters. A couple of the YouTubers that Rachel and I watch regularly enjoy the series and, upon seeing a few Let’s Play videos from them, it seemed interesting enough to try our hand at it. However, the 3DS game has just been chilling with my other games, having not been touched yet.
We got this action, strategy video game with our Nintendo Switch bundle, and it has unfortunately been shoved aside in favor of Breath of the Wild, Snipperclips, 36 Fragments of Midnight, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Super Mario Odyssey, to name a few. We still have the little cartridge waiting patiently for us to stick it in the Switch console, and hopefully we won’t forget about it next year.
Technically speaking, this just came out for the Nintendo Switch, but it has been available on Steam since April. It’s been hailed as the spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie, which… was not my favorite game as a kid. Still, Yooka-Laylee never looked bad to me, and it’d be interesting to see how the developers grew on the Banjo-Kazooie nostalgia.
This game won two Game Awards and we were really invested in a Let’s Play done by a couple of our favorite YouTubers that it made me itch to see how well we could play the game. It may be one of the first games that we download from Steam next year!
Have you played any of these games? Were there any 2017 games that you missed that you wanted to play?
While we weren’t able to watch the Game Awards live, we watched the stream through YouTube this weekend. This was the fourth year for the Game Awards, but our first year watching. I wasn’t expecting them to showcase upcoming games and announce new ones. I honestly thought it was just going to strictly awards plus a few fun entertaining songs here and there. Needless to say, the Game Awards didn’t disappoint.
We really enjoyed the show! Aside from the awards and seeing some trailers for new games, I really enjoyed the Game Awards Orchestra. Pretty sure we recognized Tina Guo — we’ve shared one of her videos before — with her electric cello, and the music from multiple video game franchises blending beautifully together was just awesome. Wish I could have heard it all live!
Yes, the music was amazing, especially the final song when they ended the melody off with a live performance of Jump Up, Superstar! It amazes me how much work gets put into such a show.
With the awards, we realized that we haven’t played as many games as we thought we did throughout the year. We heard of a good chunk of them but, honestly, the few that we really knew were Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, and Cuphead. It was still nice to hear and see the acceptance speeches and how excited the developers and the like got when they got the award!
We knew pretty much only the games on the Nintendo Switch, while we’ve heard of some of the other games, we didn’t know anything about them. I got warm and fuzzy whenever someone won an award because I know how hard they’ve worked and I know that their video game is their baby, especially the Cuphead team.
We knew Cuphead would win something with how innovative it seemed, especially with the graphics and action gameplay. We personally haven’t played Cuphead, but it’s been a great Let’s Play topic, and we’ve enjoyed seeing some of our favorite YouTubers play the game. Perhaps we’ll splurge ourselves on it, and see how well we can work together during the boss battles, haha! I was definitely excited to see the Game of Year award go to Breath of the Wild, their third award of the night!
I was so happy that Breath of the Wild won a few awards! They certainly deserved it. Then again, every single game that won or was nominated in general, all deserved it. The gaming industry is truly a great one. They all work so hard and have fun doing so. It really brings people together.
Did you watch the Game Awards? What did you think of the winners and nominees? Let us know in the comments below!