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71 Great Games Like Cuphead

Our experts have spent time searching for great games similar to Cuphead and have found the following:
 

Cuphead is a running, jumping and shooting game that looks like an old Mickey Mouse cartoon. You play on your own or with someone else and work across the screen, jumping gaps, shooting enemies and avoiding projectiles.

Unfortunately, Cuphead is not available on Android, PS5, Xbox Series X|S or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 29/09/2017, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Platform

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: @StudioMDHR

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online

Costs: Purchase cost

33 Hand Picked Games Like Cuphead

These are our hand-picked games similar to Cuphead. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Cuphead. These selections also include games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

Knights And Bikes!

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/08/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: @FoamSwordGames

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online

Enter a hand-painted adventure in a fictional late-eighties British island and work together as Nessa and Demelza to explore its coast on bikes to find treasure, mystery and trouble. There’s fighting with frisbees, water balloons, tape cassettes and...

Trollhunters: Defenders of Arcadia

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 24/09/2020

Platforms: PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @Outright_Games

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Trollhunters: Defenders of Arcadia is a running and jumping game in the world of Trollhunters. You play Jim Lake Jr. and work to stop Porgon the Trickster Troll and his sneaky plans. With the help of other characters and their abilities you solve...

Ori and the Will of the Wisps (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 11/03/2015, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: @MoonGameStudios

Players: This is a single player game

Both Ori and the Blind Forest and Ori and the Will of the Wisps place you in control of a diminutive elfish spirit called Ori. You run, jump and solve platforming challenges to progress through the world. As you do new powers are unlocked that allow you...

Rainbow Billy

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 05/10/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Platform, Rhythm and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 31 features

Developer: @WeAreManaVoid

Players: This is a single player game

Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan is a role-play adventure where you save the world from a colourless darkness. Unusually, battles are won through listening and conversation rather than traditional attacks. It combines the excitement and...

Hollow Knight (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 12/06/2018, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Platform

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: @TeamCherryGames

Players: This is a single player game

Hollow Knight is a game where you run, jump, and battle your way through the underground kingdom of Hallownest. It’s not uncommon for platform games to invest in the environments through which you pass, but the haunting depths in this game contain...

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 04/05/2018

Platforms: Switch and Wii U

Genres: Action and Platform

Accessibility: 10 features

Developer: @RetroStudios

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is a running, jumping and collecting game where you control Donkey Kong. A second player can control the Diddy Kong sidekick. The challenge is getting to the end of each level, but there are also letters and items to...

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 10/08/2010, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Fighting

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: @Ubisoft

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game is an arcade-style fighting game. In the game, you take control of one of seven playable characters from the comic book series and travel through Toronto, Canada facing the seven evil exes of Ramona Flowers.

Unruly Heroes

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8-14 year-olds

Release Date: 23/01/2019

Platforms: Android, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 10 features

Developer: @MagicDesignGame

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Unruly Heroes is a hectic martial arts running, jumping and hitting game. You play one of four heroes on a quest to collect all the scroll fragments and restore balance.

Knack 2 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10-13 year-olds

Release Date: 12/09/2017

Platforms: PS4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Platform, Puzzle and Shooting

Developer: @SonyJapanStudio

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Knack is a platform action series where you control a shape-shifting robot called Knack. Through beautiful arcade-style battles and worlds, you collect Relics that enable you to grow bigger and gain more powers.

Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 26/06/2014

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii U and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Developer: @YachtClubGames

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove is a retro-style platform game where you play as a Knight who's primary weapon is a shovel. It can either be used to attack enemies head-on, dig up treasure, or aim below while jumping to bounce on enemies. You can get...

A Juggler's Tale

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 27/08/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @KaleidosCube

Players: This is a single player game

A Juggler's Tale is a running and jumping game where you guide Abby, a string puppet through a dangerous world where you need to solve puzzles and avoid traps. You move crates, pull levers, jump over hazards and try to outrun chasers.

Castle Crashers

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 08/09/2015, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure and Fighting

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: @TheBehemoth

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Castle Crashers is a cartoon looking fighting game, like Golden Axe, The Simpsons or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade games, set in a medieval universe where a dark wizard steals a mystical gem and captures four princesses. Four knights are charged...

Garden Story

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-12 year-olds

Release Date: 11/08/2021

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World and Role-Playing

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: @Picogram_Art

Players: This is a single player game

Garden Story is a role-playing adventure, crafting and farming game similar to Stardew Valley. It also features combat, dungeons and puzzles similar to the Zelda games. You defend your garden-home from an invasion on...

Dead Cells

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 10/05/2017

Price: 40% off

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform and Role-Playing

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: @MotionTwin

Players: This is a single player game

Dead Cells is a running, jumping and fighting game where are escaping a prison. In a bright pixilated world you must accurately time attacks and dodges to defeat a wide range of enemies. It's intentionally hard, and you will die a lot. But each time you...

Beard Blade

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 20/07/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: @GloveboxGames

Players: This is a single player game

Beard Blade is a running and jumping game where you use your beard to climb, swing, glide and defeat enemies. It sounds like a silly concept, but along with the day-night cycle that completely changes levels, introduces fresh mechanics into this...

Cyber Shadow

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 26/01/2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: @MekaSkull

Players: This is a single player game

Cyber Shadow is a retro running and jumping game where you defeat enemies and dodge obstacles. It combines classic 90's platforming games with modern controls and checkpoints that make it more enjoyable and approachable. Dodge and attack midair to...

Kaze and the Wild Masks

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9-14 year-olds

Release Date: 26/03/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Platform

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: @Soedesco

Players: This is a single player game

Kaze and the Wild Masks is a running and jumping game where you play as rabbit Kaze who is rescuing friends from a curse. Drawing inspiration from classic 1990's platforming games like Donkey Kong Country, you explore levels and battle enraged...

Downwell

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 15/10/2015

Platforms: Android, PC, PS Vita, PS4 and Switch

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Accessibility: 9 features

Developer: @Moppin_

Players: This is a single player game

Downwell is a vertically scrolling platform game where you frantically shoot snail-like enemies to gain points and upgrades. You will die frequently, but that's part of the fun. Each go, you have a chance to learn from what went wrong last time as you...

Fossil Echo

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 08/07/2016

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: @Awaceb

Players: This is a single player game

Fossil Echo is a short running and jumping game about a young boy's mistake and subsequent climb of a giant tower in the middle of the sea. The story is told in short animations and with challenging platform-style gameplay to create a moving and...

Gunman Clive (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 02/01/2012, updated in 2020

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, PC, PS4, Switch, Wii U and iOS

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Accessibility: 8 features

Developer: @BertilHorberg

Players: This is a single player game

Gunman Clive is a platform game where you traverse through a hand drawn western landscape, negotiating moving platforms, traps and enemies. Shooting is a major part of the game, and the player can pick up specialized weapons such as a spread shot,...

Gutwhale

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 06/04/2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Accessibility: 3 features

Developer: @wombatstuff

Players: This is a single player game

Gutwhale is a challenging shooting game set inside a whale. Unusually, you only have one single bullet, which you must continue to collect after each use if you want to shoot again. The game is split into three distinct levels, each with four sub-levels...

Help! I'm Haunted

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 02/11/2018

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: @SkyPirateRadio

Players: This is a single player game

It's Help! I'm Haunted is a retro running, jumping and shooting game where you work through levels of ghosts to rescue residents. You play freelance exorcist Harry B. Spooked against the swarm of sinister spooks infesting Neotransylvania.

Oddworld Soulstorm (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10-13 year-olds

Release Date: 19/09/1997, updated in 2021

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, PS5, PSP, Switch, Wii U, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: @OddworldInc

Players: This is a single player game

Oddworld: Soul Storm is a running and jumping game where you guide members of your species through labyrinthine levels to free them from brutal oppression. It's a remake of 1998's Oddworld: Abe's Exodus and a sequel to Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty. Its...

Riverbond

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9-13 year-olds

Release Date: 10/06/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure and Fighting

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: @CococucumberCo

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Riverbond is a frantic adventure in a blocky world. With four people on one system you take on an adventure to defeat evil and free the charming citizens. It's a brawling game with the emphasis on fun and over the top cartoon combat.

Rog & Roll

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: @Clayzulah

Players: This is a single player game

Rog and Roll is a running and jumping game where you fight enemies and avoid traps. Unusually, you play a former henchman on a quest to save his friends from re-emerging tyranny. It features retro-inspired graphics and a humorous story where characters...

Scrappers

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 10/04/2020

Platforms: iPhone, iPad

Genres: Action and Fighting

Developer: @PixelJunkNews

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Scrappers is a futuristic fighting game with a twist. You are not only battling the bots but fighting to manage waste as you traverse the city streets and take out the trash. You can play the game on your own or in a team of four mechanised trash...

Switch 'N' Shoot

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 10/04/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Switch

Genres: Action and Shooting

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: @Crowbarska

Players: This is a single player game

Switch 'N' Shoot is a shooting game controlled by a single button. You pilot a star-fighter, each time you press to shot you change direction. It's a novel way to play but also can be good for players with motor impairment (and fast reactions).

Zool Redimensioned

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 18/08/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action and Platform

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: @WeAreSecretMode

Players: This is a single player game

Zool is a platform game originally released on the Amiga in 1992. Zool Redimensioned brings the game back with enhancements and improvements but keeps the focus on recreating that original joy of zany speed, running and jumping in bright fantastical...

Kero Blaster

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 11/05/2014, updated in 2018

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and iOS

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Accessibility: 6 features

Developer: @StudioPixelJP

Players: This is a single player game

Kero Blaster is a running, jumping and shooting game where you play a frog working for Cat & Frog, a teleporter company. Starting with an underpowered gun, you clean the teleporters of strange black monsters.

Mechstermination Force

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 03/04/2019

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Switch

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Accessibility: 11 features

Developer: @BertilHorberg

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Mechstermination Force is a shooting game with a difference. Along with jumping and climbing around the levels the focus is on battling huge boss enemies. You do this by finding weak spots and blowing them up. It's from the same creator as the Gunman...

Wild River Outlaws

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Developer: @SkyPirateRadio

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Wild River Outlaws is a classic arcade-style shooting game where you and a friend shoot your way through bandits and cowboys. With a western theme and inspired by the old Gain Ground and Ikari Warriors game, you rescue and recruit a posse of bandits,...

Overwhelm

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 04/04/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Platform and Shooting

Developer: @Randomnine

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Overwhelm is a running jumping game set in a pixilated dark bloody world. The twist, apart from the mild-horror theme, is that it's your enemies that power up rather than you. You explore the oppressive caverns of the hive, guided only by a sparse map.

Young Souls

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 16/08/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Narrative and Role-Playing

Accessibility: 29 features

Developer: @1p2pStudio

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Young Souls is a side-on fighting game where gameplay is divided into two distinct worlds: the modern human world and a dark, twisted world of goblins and monsters. You brawl and crunch your way through ranks of enemies like Castle Crashers, only here...

17 Easier Games than Cuphead

If you like the sound of Cuphead but find it too complex or challenging, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with a lower Skill Rating required.
 

Cuphead is in These Lists

In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Cuphead in the following lists:

Reimagined Retro Classics

Growing up playing video games creates a strong sentimental connection to the sounds, sights and feeling those experiences gave you. Returning to these games in adulthood is a un diversion, but often the experience doesn't live up to the memory.

The games in this list have been recreated (sometimes officially and sometimes unofficially) by developers who love and respect the original while also wanting to update it for modern technology and players.
 
Horace
PEGI Rating 12 for Horace
198x
PEGI Rating 12 for 198x

Remote Play Together With Steam

Some games are designed with online play. For those that only have local multiplayer, you can use a feature on Steam called Steam Remote Play Together to play these games with a friend in another place as if they were sat next to you. You can use online chat pass the controls back and forth or each control different players to co-operate or compete.

Not all games support these feature but for those that do, listed here, all you need is one copy of the game for the two of you, an account on Steam and a PC to play on in your separate locations and a good internet connection.

You can also use the Steam Remote Play Anywhere feature to stream your games from you PC to another device like a smartphone or tablet. This enables you to play in a different room of the house or on the go.
 

Attempt The Impossible

How hard a game is considered to be depends on who is playing it. A three-year-old tackling Zelda will struggle. But equally a new-to-games-parents will find Mutant Mudds quickly gets beyond them. The games in this list are known for being difficult. They wear the difficulty as a badge of honour. "None shall pass," except this with the will, time and belligerence to get good enough at this particular activity to beat the high bar the game sets.

This might be grappling with the flying mechanics in Rocket League, getting endlessly lost trying to find the next guardian in Shadow of the Colossus or coming up with the right tactic to get enough money for the ship you need in Elite. Of course, some of these games can be made easier, but to play them at their best is to ramp up the difficulty to max (crushing on The Last Of Us for example) and let them give you all they've got.
 
Ico
PEGI Rating 7 for Ico
Horace
PEGI Rating 12 for Horace
Qomp
Ord
PEGI Rating 3 for Ord
Rust
PEGI Rating 16 for Rust
ITTA
PEGI Rating 12 for ITTA

Build Personal Resilience

Psychologists define resilience as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress — such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems, or workplace and financial stressors. As much as resilience involves "bouncing back" from these difficult experiences, it can also involve profound personal growth.

Games, by design, present players with adversity and much of the joy of gaming comes from taking on and overcoming unnecessary obstacles. Whether you’re saving the universe from an alien invasion or tending crops in your animal community, playing games mimics the process of resilience.

Image 163 This list of games that can help foster various forms of psychological resilience is compiled with the expert help of Take This. They aim to decrease the stigma, and increase the support for, mental health in the game enthusiast community and inside the game industry. They encourage a game community that welcomes and supports people experiencing mental health challenges, and that recognizes the humanity and mental health of game creators.

The Portal series tell a narrative that you are going to fail. You’re told to give up, but if you ignore this barrage of discouragement you can use it as a way to strengthen your resolve and complete the puzzles even if you have failed twenty times in the process. The Stanley Parable is all about trying again. You can try and re-try your decision making, reaching a variety of different endings.

Dark Souls is a hallmark for a punishing challenge that require resilience. You journey through elaborate lands to adventure, explore, and take heed lest they encounter a battle with a boss or enemy. Celeste is the story of Madeline and the enemies she overcomes while climbing Celeste Mountain. The game specifically calls out that Madeline has anxiety, and the challenges she faces in the environment reflect her own internal struggles and triumphs. Cuphead challenges players to battle relentless bosses in combat-heavy play. Cartoonish and playful, it balances challenging players to grow in skill and offers plenty of entertaining environments and aesthetics to keep you playing.

In Kingdom Hearts you meet many characters that need help - and many boss battles feel almost insurmountable. With help from friends like Donald and Goofy, the player character Sora overcomes the darkness to save his friends and bring hope back to the world. Death Squared is a co-op puzzle game where one player’s mistake makes everyone else lose. You learn cooperative resilience in trying again admits humorous judgments from the unseen “hosts” of the game.

In Animal Crossing you get help from the animal neighbours. You learn to lean on this social and environmental resilience to persevere at building social connections with computer villagers and friends online. Stardew Valley’s farming is about growing and maintaining a homestead. Interweaving the busy work are relationships with the other villagers, many of whom are social models for resilience in their storylines.
 
Ico
PEGI Rating 7 for Ico
Rust
PEGI Rating 16 for Rust
Roki
PEGI Rating 12 for Roki
Portal
PEGI Rating 12 for Portal

The Game Awards

The Game Awards highlight the best video games each year. It's an award produced and hosted by Geoff Keighley. Games are selected by video game news organizations who then vote on the games to choose the winners in each of the categories.
 

Mechanical Challenge

Games offer us challenges on many levels. When someone plays a game too much it’s easy to think they are taking an easy route to something entertaining, like junk food. But video games are generally hard work. It takes time to understand their systems, mechanics, objectives and worlds.

There are a small group of games that hone this challenge down to the mechanics of moving around the environment. Whereas many games simplify getting around, these games make the complexity and depth of their movement systems part of the joy of playing them.

Rather than relying on the stats of your character or player, you have to execute the moves yourself with timing proficiency and instinct. Rather than offering assistance, these games leave you to it. Whether you rise through the league tables, or just improve compared to your family, the satisfaction or getting to grips with something so monumentally challenging is really satisfying.

This might be understanding how the propulsion of your car lets you take to the air and hit a perfect shot in Rocket League. Or, perhaps, it’s using the limited running and jumping slightly better than other players to get a win in Fall Guys. Maybe it’s learning the perfect combination of angles and trajectories in Videoball. Or it could be learning the complex move lists in a game like Street Fighter.

These games all have in common, a complex control system that can be put to use in imaginative and creative ways to get the edge over your opponents.
 
Arms
PEGI Rating 12 for Arms
Sifu
Pyre
PEGI Rating 7 for Pyre
Hitman
PEGI Rating 18 for Hitman


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