A pretty boss move
Cuphead is full of boss battles, and every single one of them is a test of endurance. Making the fights that much tougher is the fact that you won’t see any health bars for the bosses. According to the dev team behind Cuphead, this was a very deliberate decision.
In an interview with EDGE magazine, Co-director Chad Moldenhauer shared multiple reasons why boss battles keep you in the dark on the boss’ health.
“None of our early mockups using them ever felt right in the context of what we were striving for: to make Cuphead feel like a real playable cartoon from the 1930s. And design-wise, we also felt like including health bars might risk teaching players the wrong thing: pushing them to optimize meticulously for ideal DPS [damage per second] or even leading to them missing key visual cues for attacks or projectiles as they glanced at the boss health bar.”