Be it through Facebook, Twitter or YouTube, Cuphead was the topic of discussion. Normally, I would try to stay away from mainstream Indie games; however, due to the entire buzz I decided to check it out. Truth be told, I was not disappointed. The game is amazingly difficult. The graphics are a lot better than most anime (Dragon Ball Super and Naruto), the gameplay is smooth and the overall feel makes your forget that it’s still an Indie Game.
To me, the game brought back the nostalgia of going to the arcade after school with a bag full of coins to play Metal Slug. With only $5.00 in coins, every life mattered. Timing had to be perfect. Timing to dodge and timing to attack; an error in judgment meant a loss of life, a loss of life meant a loss of coin and points for the high score. Cuphead brought back that feeling. The bosses were a far cry from easy. It felt as though you were thrust headfirst into the game. With only three lives, this game pushes your concentration to its limit. There are literally no room for errors; perhaps why so many accuse this title of being rage inducing.
I’d be lying if I said that I have not thought about throwing my controller one side and uninstalling this game. It is like playing God of War on God Mode without having once played the title before. You’re never prepared for a fight. Each boss is unique and is definitely more difficult than the previous boss. Don’t let the pretty graphics fool you; those bosses are a major pain. Their attack patterns are complicated, you only have three lives, and it feels like forever before you take them down. One mistake, one lapse of judgment or lose patience for even one second, and you’ll lose to the boss. I am not sure how else I can express how difficult this game is. Imagine Zero-Suit Samus from Metroid, with only her stun gun facing off against Zeus in God of War 3….not impossible to do, but hell of annoying to pull off.
All in all, I love this game. When I need to let off steam from work, or playing another game, it’s my new go to game. If you haven’t bought it already, I highly recommend that you do. It’s only $20.00 USD and worth every penny. Please support the gaming industry by paying for it, the developers invested their time to make this game as great (and annoying) as it is.