Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: common screen / Internet, players: 1-2
Cuphead for PC and XONE is a two-dimensional action game taking place in a world similar to what we could encounter in old cartoons. The game is a debut project of StudioMDHR.
The plot is virtually non-existent, and is only a pretext for the gameplay itself. We assume the role of the titular hero, who is addicted to gambling. During one of the sessions, he had sold his soul to the devil. To retrieve it, he needs to work off the difference by working. Cuphead is a hero similar to the ones encountered in 1930s cartoons, a person who is constantly in trouble as a result of his own mistakes and imperfections.
When it comes to mechanics, Cuphead is similar to a two-dimensional fighting game with platforming elements. The game sees us engage in 1v1 combat using multiple types of weaponry. Each enemy has their own fighting style that has to be alayzed and then countered if we are to move towards victory. In opposition to old classics, the enemies are powered by a dynamic AI, forcing us to create a real tactics instead of just remembering his skill profile. Our hero can wear a few different outfits, which provide additional powers.
Cuphead is characterized by its high difficulty level, but the unlimited amount of tries and lack of any negative consequences encourages the player to renew his attempts to defeat the troublesome enemy. The authors also introduces a cooperative multiplayer mode, in which two players can face one, powerful boss.
All of this is conveyed through appealing two-dimensional graphics, modeled after popular American cartoons from 1930s. All visuals are hand-drawn and painted, while special filter introduce an atmosphere similar to that seen in old animated shorts.
PC / Windows
Minimum: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0 GHz/AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000 3.0 GHz, 2 GB RAM, graphic card 512 MB GeForce GTX 9600 GT/Radeon HD 3870 or better, 20 GB HDD, Windows 7