The action in Cuphead is straightforward and reminiscent of classic horizontally-oriented shooters like Contra and Rambo. The choice of Cuphead or Mugman to control is yours. Fighting monsters, also known as the Devil’s debtors and their minions, is necessary for you to fulfill your role as a debt collector for the Devil. It shouldn’t be too challenging if the player only has to move forward, backward, jump, and attack. Keep firing at the adversary as you dodge their strikes by holding down the Attack button.
The catch is that you can only take three hits before you die. However, the ability to hit so frequently and forcefully suggests that these debtors are anything but simple. Therefore, success will depend on your speed, agility, and defense mechanisms. Each boss in Cuphead can mutate and evolve after being defeated, adding another layer of challenge to the game. They’ll ramp up their aggression, bulk up physically, and learn complex new moves. You shouldn’t celebrate too much when you uncover a weak Boss, as he may resurrect in a more formidable form once this one is killed. You need to be combat-ready at all times so that you don’t get tossed out of the boss’s makeover because you were reckless.
Cuphead stands out from the pack with its unique gameplay and numerous challenging levels. The bosses in each level are themed to fit their respective environments (Boss). They stand out from the rest of the game’s levels thanks to the excellent design of the environment and the classic animation style that permeates each one. Every line of a monster is smoothed out by hand. The entire background is a watercolor painting, further contributing to the game’s nostalgic atmosphere. The overall cartoonish visual style the publisher has provided for the player’s gaming screen is novel and engaging.