Cuphead on M1 Mac: Can it run on Apple Silicon processors?

Cuphead on M1 Mac: Can it run on Apple Silicon processors? 5Yes, Cuphead runs on M1 Macs via Rosetta 2.

With its 1930’s-inspired hand-drawn graphics, original jazz soundtrack, and notoriously difficult gameplay, Cuphead wowed the entire gaming scene.

And even today, thanks to its tight run-and-gun gameplay and epic boss battles, Cuphead remains one of the best action games on macOS.

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Cuphead on Mac Reviews

Cuphead took its time to arrive to macOS. More than a year. But that time was well spent, as Cuphead works flawlessly on Mac and features everything the Windows version of the game does, including full controller support, which you’ll definitely need.

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Rosetta

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And as mentioned before, Cuphead is one of the best action-adventure games available. And that applies to Mac, Windows, and even consoles. And as a bonus, Cuphead also happens to be an excellent co-op game you can play on the same machine.

88Β Metascore

88Β OpenCritic


Cuphead Mac requirements

These are the game’s official Mac requirements:

Minimum Requirements
OS: 10.11
Processor: Intel Core i5
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: Β Intel HD Graphics 4000 or higher (requires Metal)
Hard Drive: 4 GB
Metal support is required

Cuphead M1 Mac support

Cuphead on M1 Mac: Can it run on Apple Silicon processors? 8Yes, Cuphead runs on M1 Macs with Apple Silicon via Rosetta 2.

Last Updated: June 23, 2021:

Cuphead runing on M1 Mac

The game is still written for Intel-based Macs, but thanks to Rosetta 2, Cuphead can nonetheless run great on M1 Macs.

What is Rosetta 2? Rosetta 2 is a translation process that enables an M1 Mac with Apple silicon to use apps built for Intel-based Macs.


Cuphead M1 Mac benchmarks

The table summarizes our results as well as results from other members of the community:

NameMachineResolutionSettingsFPSTester
CupheadπŸ’» M1 MacBook Pro 13-inch (2020), 8GB1920x1080Default60Apple Silicon DB
CupheadπŸ’» M1 MacBook Pro 13-inch (2020), 8GB1920x1080Default60MrMacRight
CupheadπŸ’» M1 MacBook Air (2020), 8GB1440x900Default60Mac Gamer HQ
CupheadπŸ’» M1 MacBook Air (2020), 8GB1440x900Default60Mac Gamer HQ

As a reminder, this is how we describe the different levels of performance:

  • Below 20 FPS: Unplayable: Laggy gameplay, full of stutters and slowdowns.
  • 20-30 FPS: Borderline: Can be OK in slow-paced games. Still, not optimal.
  • 30-45 FPS: Playable: Acceptable for most (most gaming consoles do this).
  • 45-60 FPS: Smooth: Fluid gameplay, with no perceivable stutters.
  • 60+ FPS: Very Smooth: For hardcore and professional players, a luxury for most.

We usually aim for 30 FPS, because 30 FPS is enough to guarantee a fluid experience for most casual gamers.

Tested versions:

Concerning our in-house benchmarks, the game was tested on the following M1 Mac:

  • 13-inch MacBook Air (2020): Apple M1 chip with 8-core CPU, 8 GB RAM
  • OS: macOS Big Sur version 11.4

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Cuphead 4 Mac download

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