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The Delicious Last Course closes out Cuphead in style thanks to fantastic foes to fight and welcome new mechanics to enjoy.
Fans of Cuphead are used to waiting. Years passed after a captivating teaser before the original game’s 2017 release. And now, following numerous postponements and reissues on new platforms,
This iconic shoot ’em up with classic cartoon influences ends with The Delicious Last Course. You get additional bosses to fight and more tools to defeat them with this DLC expansion, which costs $8. It completes an excellent experience and wins a spot on our list of the best Nintendo Switch games.
Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course Specs
- Games Platform: Nintendo Switch
- Games Genre: Action, Shooters
- ESRB Rating: E10 for Ages 10+
Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course Back for Seconds
The Delicious Last Course may only be played if you already own Cuphead. Thankfully, the formerly Xbox-only game is now accessible on all significant platforms. You don’t have to finish the game in order to see the extra stuff, but you must play through the beginning at the very least.
Here is a quick recap of the details from our comprehensive Cuphead study. The breathtaking hand-drawn illustrations in Cuphead echo the exuberant (almost hazardous) spirit of 1930s cartoons. Players battle enormous jazzy bosses as Cuphead and Mugman to defend their souls from the devil.
While the gameplay is inspired by a different kind of old-school. An intense shooter-platformer in the vein of Contra, Gunstar Heroes, or Metal Slug is Cuphead. In order to finish each stage, players must survive an absolute barrage of bullets while still scoring enough hits themselves. At first, it seems overwhelming, but once you figure out the patterns, you can quickly and expertly dispatch opponents. However, Cuphead’s reputation for being extremely challenging is well-deserved.
Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course Ladies’ Night
A beautifully produced new voice song in The Delicious Last Course explains the new plot that is centered on the Ms. Chalice character from the original game. She goes shopping with Cuphead, Mugman, and the shady Chef Saltbaker, who can give her ghostly body a corporeal form. She can now take possession of one of the living cups and, for the first time, become a playable character.
Players can double-jump, slide without taking damage, parry with the dash action, and acquire an extra hit point when they are Ms. Chalice. She is unable to acquire new skills using charms like Cuphead and Mugman can, but all three characters can buy strong new weapons, including a homing crackshot that is highly helpful.
All of this definitely makes the game more manageable for less skilled players. With Ms. Chalice, I was at last able to beat the final bosses of the original game after walking away years ago. However, I still wouldn’t call it easy. It’s not quite Funky Mode in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. On the one hand, I understand that Cuphead’s difficulty adds to its exciting satisfaction. Plus, the team at Studio MDHR clearly labored so hard to create the visuals that I don’t blame them for constantly killing you to make you see and appreciate them again and again.
However, everyone has their own definition of what makes something hard in a fun way versus hard in a tedious way. Like the original game, The Delicious Last Course can bombard you with so many projectiles that it seems nearly impossible to avoid them. To reach the final stages, you need to beat the bosses in their regular forms, not the easier, simple forms.
The DLC gestures towards being more forgiving, thanks to Ms. Chalice’s expanded movement options, but a little more wouldn’t have hurt. Plenty of old-school games showered players with extra lives using cheat codes. Cuphead has only one extremely hidden cheat that comes with strict usage limits.
A Brawl Is Surely Brewing
All that said, if you loved the original Cuphead, The Delicious Last Course delivers and then some. The new island presents a boss gauntlet featuring some of the game’s most impressive, imaginative enemies. My favorite is a battle against a gang of insect bootleggers that has a pretty involved narrative arc. In addition, the animation has never been more impressive (and makes that Cuphead Netflix show look even more disappointing). The colorful chaos popped on my Nintendo Switch OLED Model as I stared intensely to keep track of everything.
Some bosses even introduce totally new ideas. Like the original game, there’s a dogfight stage where you control a plane and the game becomes a scrolling shooter in the vein of R-Type. But now there’s also a “dogfight” stage where you stand on top of a plane, balancing on its wings to change positions, as you shoot down a squadron of fighter pilots who happen to be dogs. There’s even an entire crew of bosses that you can’t beat with your guns. Instead, you must damage them using carefully timed parries, made easier thanks to Ms. Chalice’s abilities.
To be clear, The Delicious Last Course exclusively features boss fights. You won’t find any run and gun stages, where you travel left to right like in a traditional sidescrolling game. These were a bit polarizing in the original Cuphead, but they did a nice job mixing up the adventure. Still, for less than $10, The Delicious Last Course feels very generous. Unless you’re an absolute Cuphead master, it should take you a few hours to hit the credits. 0 seconds of 19 minutes, 55 secondsVolume 0%
Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course Knockout!
With The Delicious Last Course, Cuphead is the best it has ever been. The spectacular bosses are worth the punishment, and the extra mechanics make that punishment slightly fairer. It’s a must-buy for fans of the original, and if you’ve never played Cuphead before, you should definitely pick this up as well if you make that purchase. Bon appétit.