Line boil on the road to hell
CupheadStudioMDHR, Can$25.99, $19.99, £14.99
The first video game title from Canadian developer StudioMDHR, Cuphead is a run-and-gun game of the sort that was popular in the late 1980s, such as Mega Man and Contra. In the current age of open-world environments, procedural generation and virtual reality, it appears atavistic, especially as it reverts to a fixed third-person perspective, side-on, with the titular hero sliding back and forth against a scrolling backdrop.
Top: Frame from Cuphead video game (2017) showing one of the many elaborate end-of-level boss battles that are a hallmark of the title.
Peter Maxwell, design critic and co-founder of Dirty Furniture, London
Read the full version in Eye no. 96 vol. 24, 2018
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