Apple has strict policies when approving apps for its iOS App Store, but a fake version of the Microsoft-exclusive Cuphead has inexplicably snuck through, and it’s causing an uproar in the gaming community.
First reported by TouchArcade, the game briefly appeared in the App Store for $4.99, and for the uninitiated, it looked authentic, complete with art, description, and it even listed the developer as StudioMDHR, the very real studio behind the game.
As soon as the game appeared in the iOS App Store, the real Studio MDHR released a short statement urging iPhone owners not to download the app.
There is a Cuphead imposter app on the iOS store — this is a scam. We are working on removing the fraudulent app ASAP!
— Studio MDHR (@StudioMDHR) December 18, 2017
At that point, however, the damage had already been done. The fact that it slipped by Apple at all is certainly troubling, especially since the game is being exclusively released by Microsoft. (As badly as we want Cuphead to be available on more platforms, it simply isn’t going to happen.)
As reported by The Verge, the version of Cuphead that appeared on the App Store was playable, but severely neutered. That’s beside the point, however, because it shouldn’t have been there in the first place.
Which is to say, we hope Apple will investigate how the game got past its approval process so it can better protect users (and developers) in the future. If you’re looking for a new game to play over the holidays, check out Inside.