Fans of Cuphead have lambasted indie kickstarter Enchanted Portals for being a “shameless” rip-off.
Everyone loves Cuphead, right? It was a brilliant 2D platformer with a breathtakingly beautiful art style that reminded people of when Disney cartoons were actually innovative, creative and risque instead of Phineas and Ferb (if that still even exists). Not only that, but it also had insanely difficult boss fights that made Dark Souls tame in comparison. The former Microsoft exclusive is so beloved that even indie developers have supposedly ripped it off with a kickstarter for a game named Enchanted Portals.
Cuphead was released in 2017 as a Microsoft exclusive and has since been released on the Nintendo Switch to make its acclaim and fanbase even more universal. And this massive fanbase is not pleased with Enchanted Portals copying their beloved classic.
— Enchanted Portals (@PlayEnchanted) October 8, 2019
What is Enchanted Portals?
Enchanted Portals is a 2D platformer with obvious similarities to the quirky, nostalgic and unique Cuphead. It’s an indie game developed by Xixo Games Studio (which only has two people), and its kickstarter campaign is said to launch on October 24th.
While Cuphead had a very dark story involving gambling and the devil himself, Enchanted Portals’ tale involves two rookie magicians losing their way through time and space as they hope to find the missing pages of their spellbook to return home. And yes, this whacky adventure results in them having to confront and batter a gallery of creative rogues from purple-haired witches in graveyards to princesses with more than just looks that can kill.
The similarities between Cuphead and Enchanted Portals are blatant, meaning it’s no surprise that the developers themselves have acknowledged the ode.
Speaking to Polygon on Facebook, the game’s artist and composer, Gemma, admitted “Cuphead was a huge inspiration for Enchanted Portals.” She further stated that the studio “wanted to make something similar, but always from a place of respect and admiration for the original.”
In response to the backlash, Gemma has acknowledged the “hate” they had anticipated, but has also insisted that a lot of people have reached out to the studio “to say they adore the game and they would love to see it succeed.”
Ya’ll cant be this shameless.
— Succuboi Dimitri Monroe (㇏(•̀ᵥᵥ•́)ノ) (@TheSMonroeShow) 9 October 2019
“This isn’t even subtle”
A lot of Cuphead fans have responded to the Enchanted Portals kickstarter trailer with merciless negativity. The footage doesn’t hide the fact that it’s designed to resemble its inspiration in tone and spirit, but the similarities are too overt according to gamers.
Yeah I think I’ll pass, I don’t want an uglier cuphead reskin with tweening and puppet rigs that mom found in the dollar store with le ebin meme dog pic.twitter.com/kCHeZ8Sjkb
— Jacottae (@Jacottae) 9 October 2019
This looks like those cuphead memes where other memes got turned into bosses pic.twitter.com/dE4p1LZnSH
— Existential Horror (@Exist_Confuse) 9 October 2019
It’s great work, but come on, guys. This is so copy-pasted, you can almost see Cuphead and Mugman while they’re doing certain animations.
— J-productions (Spooky Luigi Stan) (@TheJ_Pro) 9 October 2019
Cuphead DLC looks great
— Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (@TheOneMoonlight) 9 October 2019
The similarities are too much as the game lacks any originality that will allow it to stand out from Cuphead in any capacity. A lot of successful games have mimicked others when it comes to gameplay so Eternal Portals isn’t guilty on its own, but it does need more of a unique surface and appeal. With that being said, it could possibly attract a number of people who want more of what Cuphead offered.
You will be able to support Enchanted Portals through kickstarter on October 24th if it tickles your fancy.