Credit where credit is due, you gotta give the boys props for managing to get the contracts within a day before their midnight deadline and likewise beating the Devil too and saving the Inkwell Isle inhabitants.
Not only did they beat the Devil, they actually beat him so badly, he's left crying for all of the final phase.
Equal credit must be given to the residents of Inkwell Isle. They all owe their souls to the devil, so they know either he or someone else would eventually come around to collect them. And not a single one is going down without a fight.
Double points for being one of only two bosses not to undergo anyVoluntary Shapeshifting and instead rely solely on mechanical prowess. Werner is definitely Inkwell Isle's resident Badass Normal.
Sally Stageplay's "Third Act" is a cardboard cutout, not a transformation. You can see strings attached to the hands and legs of the cutout, making her and Werner both bosses who fight on their merits for the most part but only Sally fights without any massive upgrades to herself like Werner's Tank, Cap Buzzsaws, or Catbot.
At the end of the Phantom Express level, after the Blind Specter, T. Bone, and the Blaze Brothers have been defeated, The Head of the Train has had enough. So what does it do? It pulls itself away from the rest of the train, sprouts legs, and starts galloping after the boys. During the fight, it starts shooting fireballs from the literal burning heart in its engine, as well as rings of flaming bones. And never once does it lose that colossal Slasher Smile. Creepy Awesome at its finest.
The fact that the game went from a small-time indie project to such an anticipated phenomenon right on par with AAA games. Not many indie games can say that, especially to one starting out. Even better with Microsoft recognizing the team's talent and giving them more backing to make the game even better. Indeed, the 3 years were worth the wait. You could say they took a gamble with Microsoft and it paid off!
Even better: Not only has Studio MDHR successfully released the game to great success and acclaim, but also got an official endorsement from King Features Syndicate themselves! If that's not proof of love for vintage art, nothing is.
And in case that wasn't convincing enough, the game won Best Art Direction at the 2017 Game Awards! Best Independent Game and Best Debut Indie Game, too, but that's not as important...
To show how determined the devs were to make the game they wanted a reality, not only did the devs rebuild the game on a grander scale after an E3 2015 showing, but they also remortgaged their homes to fund the remainder of development. And with how successful the game has been, odds are they should be able to pay it back without issue. Now that's commitment.
A few months after the game's release, Alana Bridgewater uploaded a video on her YouTube channel promising that, if the channel reached 1,000 subscribers, she would upload a video of her singing "Die House" live. She got the subscribers she asked for, and about a week later, she delivered on her promise. The best part is that she and the band are clearly having a great time playing.
The game was already great enough but then along came the 1.2 patch. Now we have fully animated mid-game cutscenes and some extra bits of difficulty for The Root Pack, Djmmji and and Sally Stageplay if you do certain actions.
Two words: animated series. Yep, Cuphead and Mugman will have a brand new show on Netflix called The Cuphead Show!