Cuphead is a free-to-download mobile variant of the ever-popular shoot’em up game for PC with the same title. Experience the excitement of the retro adventures of Cuphead and Mugman in this mobile adaption where you travel through a strange new world on your quest to pay a hefty debt back to the devil.
If the side scroll mechanic in Cuphead appeals to you, try Shoot Many Robots. If you’re more a fan of the run ‘n gun quest-based gameplay, try your hand at I Am Vegend. If you love retro games, you can try Arcade Game Hall.
A modern take on 1930’s classics
Retro gaming is making a heroic comeback after years of the mainstream gaming monopoly being taken up by the modern retellings of old stories and post-apocalyptic struggles for survival. Return to the fun-filled, rubber hose era of animation development that produced many classics for the enjoyment of children and adults alike.
Gameplay and controls
Cuphead is a classic action game that primarily employs boss battles and run ‘n gun mechanics. The mobile controls are easy enough to learn, as are the various movements such as dash, parry, run, and each character’s special attacks. What makes the game slightly more unpredictable is the fact that your success is largely based on the movements and attacks your opponent employs and how well you can attack, defend or rebound.
Graphics and performance
Cuphead is a welcome return to simpler times in terms of graphics. The game quite literally transports you back to classic 30s cartoons hardcore Disney fans know and love. Each of the various landscapes looks as if it were painted in watercolours by the original Imagineers at Disney. Even though the game centres around shooting opponents, there’s no blood, only goofy animations that drown you in absolute nostalgia.
Performance-wise, Cuphead runs well on most devices. You may run into slight performance issues if you try to play it on Android 4.4, but if you ensure you have enough memory freed up, you should manage. Given how much action happens on the screen at all times, the performance being so smooth and fluid increases the intensity and almost makes the game seem to move faster.
A healthy cup of nostalgia
While it isn’t directly based on any one Disney rubber hose classic from the 30s, the game is steeped in that nostalgic approach to media creation. Everything, from the inclusion of Disney classics like Baroness Von Bonbon to the design of the backgrounds, storylines, and other assets, propels you into the cartoons of yesteryear.
Enjoy seamless transitions and smooth gameplay as you try to the best of your ability to predict your many adversaries’ next moves to safeguard Cuphead and Mugman’s souls.