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Cuphead tips: How to fix the controls

Friends don’t let friends use default controls

Cuphead - balloon boss with alligator-like enemy StudioMDHR Entertainment
Chris Plante co-founded Polygon in 2012 and is now editor-in-chief. He co-hosts The Besties, is a board member of the Frida Cinema, and created NYU’s first games journalism course.

I like Cuphead a lot, but I think it’s better enjoyed if you know a few things before you play. I’m still writing a lengthier beginner’s guide, but I want to immediately provide one humongous tip: Remap the controls before you play.

The default controls are, in a word, bad. Jump, shoot, secondary fire, and dash are all assigned to face buttons. I spent most of the game with the tip of my thumb holding down fire while the joint crunches jump. Keeping my thumb in place while dashing into a secondary attacked required finger acrobatics and contortions not meant for the average human hand.

The good news is the game allows players to remap controls however they feel fit, and I found a really natural solution. Enjoy!

The Plante Brand Remap:

A — Jump

X — Shoot

Right bumper — Lock

Right trigger — Ex Shot

Left bumper — Dash

Left trigger — Switch Weapon

The next level of puzzles.

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