PS5 Review: Enchanted Portals

Is this the next Cuphead?

Get ready for an adventure like no other as rookie magicians Bobby and Penny find themselves stuck between dimensions. As they journey through a variety of enchanting worlds, it’s up to you to help them fight their way back to their own dimension and reclaim the Magic Book. With catchy music, charming old-timey art, and non-stop comedy, Enchanted Portals is a co-op 2D platformer that will keep you on your toes. Whether you’re playing solo or with a friend, the magic never stops and the action is always fast-paced and whimsical. Join Bobby and Penny on their quest and see where the adventure takes you!

One quick glimpse at Enchanted Portals and you will instantly think of Cuphead. It’s undeniable that they share the same art style and it too is a tough as nails 2D platformer. But can it compete with Cuphead or is it just a poor imitation?

Sadly it’s more the latter. The formula falls a bit flat here as you need to keep switching your attack with the D-Pad to whatever colour enemy is coming your way, this stops all the flow and to do it on the run is almost impossible. The shooting itself is also all over the place, it’s not precise and each different attack has it’s own ideas of where it should be shooting.

It’s a damn shame when you can see just how good the game looks, but it shows that looks can unfortunately be deceiving. It does get a bit more enjoyable with a co-op player, but they too will have to put up with the inaccurate shooting and frustrating controls and that makes for a bad combination. The visuals are the real star here and the soundtrack is impressive too. I didn’t experience any framerate slowdowns or glitches with my time playing.

The Verdict

It’s just so frustrating to see a game that looks this charming to be bogged down by poor controls and lack of precision. It tries to emulate Cuphead with it’s visuals, but sadly little else.

Score: 5.5