Soundtrack Review: Cuphead

Soundtrack Review: Cuphead

Cuphead Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the video game score Cuphead by Kristoffer Maddigan.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 100
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 163.2
Album Excellence: 100%

How are the scores calculated and what does it mean?

Cuphead is a 2017 video game developed and published by StudioMDHR. Cuphead is a run and gun game with role-playing elements, which features a branching level sequence and is based around continuous boss fights. Cuphead has infinite lives, keeps weapons between deaths, can continuously fire his blasts and has a quick dash ability that can be used at will. The player can also purchase more weapons and “Charms” from the shop using coins collected from the run-and-gun levels. Charms give the player special abilities like an extra life. Cuphead has a parry ability that, after successfully parrying five times in a row, enables Cuphead to perform a special move. The levels are accessible through a top-down perspective overworld with its own secret areas. The game also has a two-player local cooperative mode that allows another player to play as Mugman. The score is composed by Kristofer Maddigan.

A few years ago, I saw some images of Cuphead, although I didn’t realize it at the time. I thought it was the image of some old-time cartoon from back in the day, way back in the day. After I learned that it’s from an actual upcoming video game, I was truly amazed and recently I played the final game as well and it’s a remarkable game to play. It’s super hard and I can’t even make it past the first level, but the design of this game, the graphics and sound is just the best. It’s truly like playing and controlling a real cartoon from the 1930s. And another thing, the sole reason I’m doing this review is because I found the music to be brilliant at the time I played it, so much that I’m not daunted by the almost 3 hours of score that is released. I need to hear this and I might as well share with you guys what I think of the score on album.

From the first instrumental cue ‘Don’t Deal With The Devil (Instrumental)’ you immediately realize what’s gone into making this score. But it’s ‘Introduction’ that will truly dazzle you as it did me. The sound of this 30s jazz tune is fantastic, and I can’t praise it enough. From the rhythm to the horns, it truly sets the stage of what’s to come. It’s addictive as hell, a lot more addictive than the game itself, at least for me. I don’t know who the composer is, but he has managed to create an authentic 30s cartoon sound and that’s an incredible and complex thing to do. The music is just smashing from the start to finish and the 3 hours just breezed by while I was listening to the score. Of course if you can’t stand the music from this era, this will not convince you it’s the greatest thing ever. If you do love music from this era though, well… enjoy! A truly remarkable score that I hope will get a lot recognition and win some awards. It deserves at least that. This is just too cool.

HIGHLIGHTS:
2. Don’t Deal With The Devil (Instrumental)
3. Introduction *
4. Tutorial
5. Elder Kettle
6. Inkwell Isle One
7. Botanic Panic
9. Elder Kettler (Piano)
10. Threatin’ Zeppelin *
11. Treetop Trouble
12. Ruse Of An Ooze
13. Floral Fury
14. Inkwell Isle One (Piano)
15. Clip Joint Calamity
16. Forest Follies
17. Inkwell Isle Two
18. Sugarland Shimmy
19. Aviary Action
20. Inkwell Isle Two (Piano)
21. Carnival Kerfuffle *
22. Fiery Frolic *
23. Funfair Fever
24. The Mausoleum
25. Legendary Ghost
26. Pyramid Peril *
27. Victory Tune *
28. Hurry Up *
29. A Quick Break
30. Coin-Op Bop
31. High Score
32. Funhouse Frazzle
33. Inkwell Isle Three *
34. Honeycomb Herald *
35. Porkrind’s Shop
36. Shootin N’ Lootin *
37. Dramatic Fanatic *
38. Perilous Piers
39. Murine Corps
40. Junkyard Jive
41. Rugged Ridge
42. High Sea Hi-Jinx *
43. Railroad Wrath *
44. Inkwell Isle Three (Piano)
45. The Airship *
46. All Bets Are Off *
47. Inkwell Hell *
48. The King’s Court *
49. Inkwell Hell (Piano)
50. Chief Evil Officer
51. Admission To Perdition *
52. Ominous Interlude
53. One Hell Of A Time
54. The End
55. Winner Takes All
56. Closing Credits

GD Star Rating
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Soundtrack Review: Cuphead, 9.3 out of 10 based on 3 ratings

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