A marriage of old and new: Jerry on the new gaming craze

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“Cuphead” is only $20 on Steam.

“Cuphead” is only $20 on Steam.

Photo courtesy of Studio MDHR.

Photo courtesy of Studio MDHR.

“Cuphead” is only $20 on Steam.

Opinion by Bunky Raines, Student Reporter

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Brothers, Cuphead and Mugboy, gamble at the wrong casino and end up having to pay off their debt by the Devil’s contract, which is all that needs to be said about the wacky tale for the video game called “Cuphead.”

“Cuphead” is a throwback to our parents or grandparent’s times when cartoons featured lovable characters such as Steamboat Willie and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. The style, in which the game was made, pulled me into memories of my grandfather and myself sitting down to watch old cartoons only while playing a video game.

Even the music pulls me back into the fun of older animations. The side scroll aspect of the game mixed with bosses, that are layered in different stages, reminds me of Mega Man.

Combing retro and side-scrolling from each mastered field all that is left is a very well made video game.

Controls for “Cuphead” are basic compared to most games being a retrogression to simpler times, yet that does not make this video game as simple to beat. No, “Cuphead” is a difficult challenge to overcome and at times can get frustrated, while the gamer is figuring out the attack patterns of bosses that resemble villains of cartoons in the 1930’s.

Although as far as controls go the game is simplified with A as jump, X as shoot, Y as Dash, B as super, and left bumper as the alternating fire. Jumping twice parries the pink objects flying at the character and the health returns to three strikes.

Each boss is unique with an ever so changing transformation to each phase of the fight, along with dangerous new abilities to maneuver around, as well as an announcer to begin each fight. “Cuphead” is a partly hand-drawn fashioned game that takes the player from the comfort of first and third person shooters tossing them back into the side scroll scene. We are taken back to a time when multiplayer was not a thing and couch cooperatives were on the rise. In fact, the gameplay encourages a friend to jump into the game and help take on the bosses and levels of challenging running and gunning.

Wacky and lovable characters only help to support how enjoyable this amazing video game truly has become. For all the amazing aspects of the game, I could not find many negatives other than dying to the screen cutting off parts of levels that go upward, but the challenge only made me try harder and was not a hindrance to me.

Cuphead is retro and classical in so many senses deserving 5 out of 5 stars, this is a game my grandpa would have loved this game and you will too.

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