How to Download Cuphead

Your friends told you about Cuphead , a 1930s cartoon-style run ‘n gun video game that has become a real cult in recent months. They praised it for its high level of challenge, which requires patience and quick reflexes. You have read that it has received several awards and that the reviews are positive, so you have decided to give it a try too.

Not being very familiar with video games, however, you are wondering  how to download Cuphead on your computer or console, without spending too much, right? If this is indeed the case, don’t worry: I’m here to answer your question. In today’s guide, in fact, I will show you how to perform this operation through the Steam and GOG platforms, which allow you to play this video game on both Windows and macOS.

Also, if you have a Microsoft account, I will explain how to download it from the Microsoft Store on computers with Windows 10. Finally, if you have an Xbox One console, I will give you some guidance on downloading Cuphead on this platform (on PS4 and Nintendo Switch it is not available ). Courage: don’t waste any more time. Sit comfortably and give me a few minutes of free time to read the tips I wrote for you in this guide of mine. I’m sure that, by the end of reading, you too have managed to download Cuphead, so that you can have fun with this bizarre and difficult video game. Happy reading and, above all, have fun!


  • Download Cuphead from Steam
  • Download Cuphead from GOG
  • Download Cuphead from the Microsoft Store
  • Download Cuphead from the Xbox Store

Download Cuphead from Steam

You can download Cuphead from one of the most famous virtual game stores: Steam . This platform allows the purchase and download of video games on computers with Windows operating system but, if compatible, they can also be installed on macOS and Linux.

To use Steam, it is necessary to create a free account for this service, in which the purchases that are made from time to time by the user for video games will be associated. Furthermore, the management of the purchasing library takes place via the desktop client, without which it is not possible to download and install video games.

To create a Steam account, go to the official website and click the Sign In button , at the top right. At this point, in the new screen, press the Enter Steam button and fill in the data in the card that is shown to you. Then enter your email , indicate the country of residence and fill in the security code that you see in the image.

Now, put a check mark in the I accept box , and I declare that I am at least 13 years old and click on the Continue button . In the screen you see, click on the button I am 14 or older to receive a confirmation email. Then access your e-mail box and, in the communication received from Steam, click on the link in the body of the message.

At this point, in the new web page that opens, choose a username of your imagination and a password to associate. Then press the Complete Registration button to register your Steam account.

Now that you’ve created a Steam account, it’s time to download and install its desktop client, available on Windows, macOS, and Linux directly from the official website . Once you have reached the link I have given you, click on the Install Steam button , at the top right. In the new section, download the .exe installation file on Windows and .dmg on macOS, using the Install Steam now button .

When the download is complete, on Windows , double-click the .exe file and press the Yes button in the User Account Control window. In the screen that appears, press the Next button twice in a row and then click Install . At the end of the procedure, click on Finish to start Steam and download the files necessary for its update.

On macOS, on the  other hand, double-click on the .dmg file and, in the screen that opens, press the Agree button . At this point, drag its icon to the Applications folder and, at the end of the file transfer, start Steam, through its icon in the Launchpad, Press the Open button and wait for the download of the client update files.

After Steam has started, on its main screen, click on the Login to an existing account button and fill in the fields on the screen with the login data of the Steam account created previously. Finally, hit Sign In to log in and start using Steam to purchase, download and install Cuphead. If you want to have more details on how Steam works, I suggest you read my guide dedicated to this topic.

After you have installed Steam and logged in with your account, start the client and move the mouse over the word Shop , in the upper left. In the context menu that is shown to you, click on the Explore item and type, in the search bar at the top right, the term cuphead , followed by Enter on the keyboard. In the search results, click on the corresponding one to access its dedicated page.

Just for simplicity, at this link you can reach the Cuphead tab on the official Steam website. The purchase can also be made via the website, by logging in with your credentials. If the transaction is successful, the game becomes available within the Steam client library, ready for download and installation. In this guide, however, I will talk to you about how to make the purchase of Cuphead and how to download it, directly, through the Steam desktop client.

After reaching the Cuphead tab on Steam, locate the green Add to Cart button to begin purchasing the title: you will be directed to the screen to proceed with the payment. Then click the Buy for me button and add a valid payment method from those listed in the drop-down menu. You can choose to pay by Visa , MasterCard or American Express credit card , by filling in the card and cardholder details, or with  PayPal , Paysafecard or Skrill . Once this is done, click on the Continue button and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the payment.

At the end of the purchase, if the transaction was successful, you will be asked if you want to immediately download and install the game. In any case, the purchase will be placed in the Steam library, reachable by clicking on the Library > Games items , in the menu located at the top.

To download Cuphead , go to this last section and locate the game in the left sidebar. Then click on it and press the Install button located at the top. Then press the Next button , in the screen that is shown to you, and wait for the calculation of the necessary space on the disk. Then press Finish and wait for Cuphead to download and install automatically .

Download Cuphead from GOG

Another virtual store to download Cuphead from is GOG . This platform, reachable at this link , allows you to buy only recent or dated video games that are DRM FREE , that is, without any anti-piracy system. Furthermore, although there is a desktop client, called GOG Galaxy for Windows, macOS and Linux, video games can also be installed independently. In any case, the use of GOG Galaxy is recommended, to ensure that updates are downloaded from time to time available for the video games installed.

If you want to use the GOG shopping platform, you must first create a free account for this service. To do this, go to the official website and click on the Sign in > Create account items , which you find at the top, in the menu bar. In the screen that you see, choose a nickname of your imagination, type your e-mail and enter a password for the account you are creating. Now, put a check mark in the boxes below and press the Sign up now button . In this way, an account will be created immediately to make purchases.

Now, all you have to do is make the purchase of Cuphead on the GOG website. On the home page, click on the magnifying glass icon in the top right corner and type the word ” cuphead” in the text box. Then click on the corresponding search result to reach the product page. Alternatively, you can simply click on  this link to directly open the Cuphead tab on .

At this point, press the Add to cart button and then the Check out now button to start the purchase. In the new card that is shown to you, select one of the payment methods indicated in the right pane: you can choose whether to pay by credit or debit card , taking care to indicate the card details, or through one of the alternative services, such as for example PayPal , Paysafecard or Skrill .

Once this is done, click on the Pay for your order now button , located at the bottom right, to complete the payment. In this way, Cuphead will be added to your personal library, reachable via the [account name] > Games items located in the top menu.

After purchasing, you have two options: download the game immediately or install the GOG Galaxy client , to ensure that Cuphead is always up to date. Go to the Games section by clicking on your account name in the menu bar and clicking on the Cuphead thumbnail . Now, if you want to use GOG Galaxy , click the Download and install now button , to start downloading the installer for Windows or macOS, depending on the operating system in use on your computer.

On Windows , double-click the .exe file you just downloaded and click Yes in the User Account Control window. Then wait for the automatic installation to run, after which you will be shown the main screen of GOG Galaxy.

On macOS , double-click the .app file you just downloaded and press the Open button . Then wait for the necessary files to download and, in the screen that is shown to you, press the Continue button twice in a row, click Accept and then click Install . Then type the macOS password and press the Install software button . When installation is complete, click Close and then re-enter the macOS password , then confirming the operation using the Install assistant button .

On the main screen of GOG Galaxy, enter the login credentials for this service and press the Login now button . In the new section, click on the Continue button , to confirm the installation of Cuphead, which will prompt you to download the necessary files.

If, on the other hand, you do not want to use GOG Galaxy, in the Games section locate the Download offline backup games installers section and download the files indicated in the list, to install Cuphead without the desktop client. After downloading the files, it’s time to perform the installation, which is similar to the one I pointed out to you in the previous lines. The difference is that GOG Galaxy will not be installed, and once the installation is complete, Cuphead will be immediately available to play.

On Windows , double-click the file. exe and press the Yes button in the User Account Control window. Then select the language, press OK and put a check mark in the box below. Finally, click Install to begin the installation.

On macOS , on the other hand, double-click on the .pkg file , press the Continue button twice in a row, then click Accept and finally Install . Then type the macOS password and press the Install software button . Now, in the screen you see, select the Applications folder and press the Choose button and then Close .

Cuphead will then be available to play immediately by clicking on its quick launch icon on the Windows desktop or in the macOS Applications folder .

Download Cuphead from the Microsoft Store

Cuphead is also available on the Microsoft Store for computers running Windows 10 . Since this game supports the Xbox  Play Anywhere service , by purchasing the PC version, it is also unlocked for free on the Xbox One game console. In this chapter, however, I will show you how to purchase this video game and how to install it through the Microsoft Store on Windows 10.

First, you need a Microsoft account . If you don’t have one, I suggest you create it by reading my guide dedicated to this topic. Once this is done, reach this link to access the Cuphead page on the Microsoft Store and press the Buy button . Enter the access data to the Microsoft account in your possession and press the Sign in button .

At this point, in the screen that is shown to you, the purchase price will be indicated: click on Next and enter a valid payment method, chosen from a Visa , MasterCard or American Express credit or debit card , or PayPal . Then follow the on-screen procedure to complete the purchase.

The above procedure is identical if done directly through the Microsoft Store app , available on Windows 10. Once you have paid for Cuphead, press the Get button to immediately download and install the game. It was easy, wasn’t it?

Download Cuphead from the Xbox Store

Do you own an Xbox One console ? In this case, you can purchase Cuphead from the Xbox Store on the console. To do this, a Microsoft account must be set up on the Xbox and it must be connected to the Internet .

At this point, on the Xbox One main screen, press on the Store tab and select the Search item . Then type in the term ” cuphead” and select the corresponding search result. In the product sheet, click on the Buy button and enter a valid payment system. Then click on Next to complete the transaction. Then press the Install button to start the download and automatic installation of Cuphead.

I remind you that the Xbox  Play Anywhere service is available for Cuphead : by purchasing the game on Xbox One, you can also install and play it on Windows 10 computers , through the Microsoft Store .


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