Though Microsoft has struggled with its first-party lineup in recent years, there is one game from its meager library that has managed to stand toe-to-toe in sales and acclaim with the other titans of the industry, and it’s an indie game no less. When 2D platformer Cuphead was unveiled at E3 2014, fans were mesmerized by its gorgeous, nostalgia-inducing visuals and frantic gameplay.
It quickly became one of the most anticipated titles at the time, though gamers would go on to have an agonizing 3 years wait before they were able to dive into the surreal world of the ambitious title.
Following the well-deserved success of its game and in a tongue-in-cheek new animated short, Studio MDHR announced a macOS port of the critically acclaimed game, as well as its immediate release after the trailer drop. While the developers have stated before that Cuphead will be a lifetime exclusive for Microsoft platforms (Windows/Xbox), this sudden reveal isn’t a total surprise given that they’ve also mentioned the possibilities of a Mac and even a Linux version of the game.
While it’s unfortunate that exclusive adopters of the PS4 and Nintendo Switch won’t be able to enjoy the chaotic platformer, it’s encouraging that support for the oft-overlooked Macintosh family will allow a wider range of fans to experience the hard-work and dedication that went into this indie gem.
Cuphead is a 2D platformer known for its punishing difficulty and 1930s-inspired art style, with character design and aesthetics harkening to Walt Disney classics and other animated media of that era. Everything, from the surreal, hand-drawn art and the fluid animation to the utter chaos of the levels and completely unique enemy designs, speaks volume to the details and creativity the developers put into the game. Studio MDHR truly put everything into this project, both spiritually and financially (even going as far as to remortgage their house), and they were well rewarded for their efforts.
Cuphead’s “Crisp Apples” Macintosh version is now available via Steam and GOG.