Oh man was it brutal, but still a thrill, to come back to the visually-stunning and tough-as-nails world of Cuphead. This new DLC adds not just more amazing bosses and a number of tough challenge stages to test your patience, but also the ability to play as Ms. Chalice, who may end up being your go-to character with her very helpful abilities to help you stay alive. There’s a great consistency to everything here with the main game, with each boss having a distinctive feel while managing to find a careful balance between pushing you hard without necessarily making them too hard (or at least not usually resorting to outright being cheap as you sometimes can see). If you were a fan of the more classic run-n-gun style action stages you will be disappointed here, as the focus is far more in the direction of epic battles, but the challenge stages care of the King of Games do at least break things up and present some tough flavor of their own. In the end, if you enjoyed the original game this is an absolute must-have follow-up that maintains the original’s outstanding level of quality and that’s really quite an accomplishment.
Justin Nation, Score:
Nindie Choice! [8.7]