When Cuphead bursts on stage, the 1930s inspired hand-drawn graphics and original jazz soundtrack-wowed players almost as much as the tricky gameplay did.
Last fall, Mac users finally got the chance to try their hand at this run-and-gun action game, where the bosses have a prominent role, and game controllers are known to suffer the consequences of the players' frustrations.
But does Cuphead's beauty and difficulty limit it to only the newest, most powerful machines ? Or does its 2D nature make Cuphead available to a number of Mac players? That's what we're here to tell you.
With its hand-drawn graphics and original jazz soundtracks, Cuphead is one of the most beautiful, unique and difficult games in recent years.
Our point: ★★★★★
While Cuphead looks like old-fashioned, gaming is definitely modern and includes full control support, local co-op and a variety of worlds, weapons and
Make no mistake, this game is difficult and you will often die while you find Out the way through each level.
If you're still here, you probably know that Cuphead is one of the best rated games, indie or not, in recent years. In addition to winning numerous awards, it continues to score Overwhelmingly Positive Reviews (95% total) on Steam and has an impressive 88/100 Meta Score:
Typical reviews include Hardcore Gamer calling Cuphead:
A special, once in a generation type of game. Cuphead would have flourished on its brilliant art style and visual aesthetics alone, simply. Still, what really sets it apart from something that has been released over the past ten years is how good everything binds together.
Kotaku also says:
Of course, the game is also lovely to look at. Cuphead takes up a hand drawn art style feel of early Disney or Max Fleischer cartoon and is simply delightful to see … The art is complemented by catchy music full of plonky piano claps and boisterous brass.
Despite his infamous difficulty, Cuphead continues to win raves from the brave enough to accept the challenge.
This is Cupheads Mac System Requirements:
- OS: 10.11.x
- Processor: Intel Core i5
- Video Card: Intel HD Graphics 4000 or higher (requires metal)
- Memory: 4 GB RAM
- Hard drive: 4 GB hard disk space
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These system requirements seem modest, but to assess how well Cuphead really goes, we test it on these models:
- MacBook Pro (13-inch, late 2016) : 2.0 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, Intel Iris Graphics 540 (1.5 GB)
- iMac (5K, 27 inch late 2014) : 3.5 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM , AMD Radeon R9 M290X (2 GB)
- Mac Mini (late 2014) : 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, Intel Iris 5100 (1.5 GB)
- MacBook Pro (15-inch, mid-2012) : 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7, 8 GB RAM, GeForce GT 650M (1 GB)
Why these machines? We will give you results from a number of machines, so even if you don't have an exact match, you should be able to judge whether your Mac can handle the game. For that purpose, we have a Mac from each of three levels:
- High-end Macs (2014 iMac).
- Recent Macintosh on Mac at Mac level (MacBook Pro 2016).
- Older Macs (2013 MacBook Pro).
These are the settings we used to test Cuphead using our internal FPS counter. Count It for a fixed duration of 5 minutes:
- 1280 × 800 resolution
- Graphic quality: Medium
- Vertical synchronization: On
Why these settings? Remember that we are testing a lot of different machines. Some high end, some not. 1280 × 800 and medium settings will not impress anyone, but they are acceptable and will meet the requirements of the average gamer.
The beautiful graphics and crazy activities happen On the screen, none of our machines stopped from hitting or coming very close to the game's 60 FPS maximum by our default settings.
Goal? This chart contains average images per second (FPS) recorded on each machine. We usually bet on 30 FPS, because 30 FPS is enough to guarantee a smooth and fluid experience.
Some readers claim that 30 FPS is not high enough, but it is still what some current gene consoles are aiming for, and considering that most Macs were not built for games, 30 FPS is a good target.
|Under 20 FPS||Unplayable||Laggy gameplay, full of shorter and slowdowns.|
|20-30 FPS||Borderline||May be Ok in slow-paced games. Still not optimal.|
|30-45 FPS||Playable||Acceptable for most people (most gaming consoles do this).|
|45-60 FPS||Glatt||Glatt||For hardcore and professional players, a luxury for most people.|
We tend to be a luxury for most people.
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All three of our test machines aced the 30 FPS challenge, but read on for to see how far you can go.
Can my Mac run Cuphead?
While our iMac in 2014 may be a bit old, it's the only one of our test machines with a dedicated graphics card. there should be some problems with Cuphead, and we were right.
In fact, with the dedicated card, and in light of the extra results from v r 2016 MBP as discussed below, we are confident that we will be able to maximize your settings and still have problems.
Remove : If you have an advanced Mac, you can expect to play this game evenly at the highest settings.
Can you play Cuphead on a MacBook Pro?
Again, having seen the Cuphead system requirements, you would not expect a more modern MBP as our 2016, even with integrated graphics, to have problems with the default settings. And probably enough, it simply turns 60 FPS maximum.
So we decided to take it to the next level and bump the resolution up to 2560 × 1600. The results? We were still able to beat 60 FPS. Clearly, Cuphead is an excellent game for those with newer Macbook Pros.
- 1280 × 800: 60 FPS
- 2560 × 1600: 60 FPS
Remove : The head is properly optimized for MacOS and Metal and not particularly demanding. Any newer Mac should be able to handle it, even those with integrated graphics.
But what if you have an older Mac?
According to our results, no problem. Our test 2013 Macbook Pro ran the game at 56.7 FPS, which is well above our goal. If your Mac is even older than it, it will really depend on the machine's graphics. If you have the smallest Intel HD Graphics 4000 and can run Metal, you should be able to play Cuphead at least in our default settings.
Remove : Although your Mac has integrated graphics, you can do well if you can run Metal and have at least Intel HD Graphics 4000.
Bottom line : To Despite Cuphead's amazing graphics, non-stop action and a fantastic soundtrack, it's a well-optimized game that should run fine on any Mac that can run Metal.
Kudos to StudioMDHR for a great job of optimizing Cuphead so that as many Mac players as possible enjoy it.
Download Cuphead for Mac
Cuphead is available for download from Steam & GOG:
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|Summary|| With its hand-drawn graphics and original jazz soundtrack, Cuphead is one of the most beautiful, unique and difficult games in recent years. After all, this action-run-and-gun game is known for the controllers moving across spaces in frustration.