Apple let a fake version of a major game slip into the App Store

Studio MDHR
  • One of 2017’s best games, “Cuphead,” was copied.
  • The fraudulent version of the game made it through Apple’s App Store approval process.
  • The game’s creators say, “We are working on removing the fraudulent app ASAP!”

One of 2017’s best games, “Cuphead,” is out now on iPhone and iPad! Except it isn’t – it’s a “fraudulent” version of the game,according to the game’s creators.

It appears as though the game was outright copied from its original version – which is only available on Xbox One and PC – and repackaged slickly enough to slip through Apple’s iPhone and iPad App Store approval process. There are screenshots appropriate to the type of game that “Cuphead” is. The page on the App Store even lists “StudioMDHR Entertainment Inc.” as the studio behind “Cuphead.” In reality, the name of the studio that makes “Cuphead” is simply “StudioMDHR.”

Cuphead (fake/App Store listing)Apple

As of Monday morning, the listing was still up on iTunes – and people were still able to purchase the fake version of “Cuphead” for $US4.99. It was removed by 10 a.m. ET.

Adi Robertson of The Verge downloaded the game and played it. She writes, “You actually can play this version of ‘Cuphead’ using touch controls, but it’s … a little off. The backgrounds look low-resolution, the animation is primitive.”

We wouldn’t suggest you do the same. As the game’s developers said on Twitter, the game is a fraud. “There is a ‘Cuphead’ imposter app on the iOS store — this is a scam. We are working on removing the fraudulent app ASAP!”

StudioMDHR co-founder Chad Moldenhauer expanded on the situation in an email to Business Insider. “We constantly find ‘Cuphead’ ripoff games on the iOS storefront,” Moldenhauer wrote. “But this is the first time someone has tried to directly sign up under our actual company name and sell a fraudulent version of our game. It’s unfortunate because it’s time consuming for us to have to keep contacting the storefronts to get them to remove these frauds. We don’t want fans to think it’s our stuff – because it isn’t and it could possibly be malicious.”

If you’re interested in playing “Cuphead” – which we’d strongly suggest, as it’s an excellent game – it’s available on Xbox One and PC, and costs $US19.99. Check it out in action right here:

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