There is a pretty major caveat for Mac owners, however. Ever since the release of macOS Catalina in 2019, modern Macs can no longer run 32-bit games, which is why we sadly left classics such as Portal and Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis off the list. There are workarounds, as are there for playing Windows-only games on Mac. But for the purposes of this list, we included only games that you can download and play without any knowledge of Parallels, Bootcamp or similar programs.
Wherever you choose to purchase the best Mac games, make sure that the game is Mac-compatible (check for a little Apple symbol), and will work with the version of macOS your computer is running. The system requirements section on a store page will usually provide this information.
There are few things as soothing as a good farming sim, and Stardew Valley set a new standard for the genre when it came out in 2016. Building on the legacy of the farming-themed games that came before (most notably the Harvest Moon series), Stardew Valley adds depth to almost every system: agriculture, animal husbandry, combat, friendship, exploration and more.
Speaking of Maniac Mansion (and when are we not?), its 1993 sequel Day of the Tentacle got the remaster treatment in 2016, bringing one of the funniest, most creative games of all time to modern systems. DOTT was widely regarded as a masterpiece throughout the 90s, and unlike many other games from the era, it holds up wonderfully. Time travel? Sentient tentacles? A plan to enslave humans? Making a time capsule with Thomas Edison? Day of the Tentacle has it all.
Like other games of this nature, Firewatch is extremely narrative-focused, and incorporates themes such as the fear of the unknown, and the loneliness of self-imposed isolation. Its success in storytelling so made it a top pick among critics and players back in 2016, and six years later, its story still resonates.
Unfortunately in recent years a number of great games for Mac have declined because many are no longer supported. Every new version of macOS tends to break a few games, but macOS Catalina in 2019 meant that lot of games that used 32-bit code were no longer Mac compatible.
At the same time that Apple went 64-bit only it also introduced Metal for 3D graphics, which left a lot of games developers with a decision: make new Mac versions of their games or stop making them. Unfortunately many chose the latter.
Below you will find what we believe are the greatest Mac games out there, together with links to the Mac App Store, Steam and other reputable vendors, so you can buy them right away. These are the very best games for Mac. They are in alphabetical order, not in order of preference.
One of the most revered and challenging indie games of recent times, Celeste, is about a young girl named Madeline who is on a quest to climb a mighty mountain! She hopes to come to terms with her mind and the thoughts plaguing it by climbing a mighty mountain.
BioShock Infinite is another game that tends to get recommended for mac users although again, the certain OS can run this game so again, as mentioned at the start of this article, your mileage may vary here. With that said if you never played the BioShock games then you can still dive into BioShock Infinite as a standalone experience. Here players step into the role of an investigator who gets a job in an unusual steampunk makeshift town that flies above the clouds.
As the latest installment in the Tomb Raider series, Lara Croft makes her appearance once more in the ancient Mayan ruins. Ever since the Tomb Raider reboot starring young Lara came out in 2013, the games just keep getting better and better. Shadow of the Tomb Raider is no exception.
Unlike other biking games, Descenders randomly generates the downhill path each time you play, giving you new experiences each ride. The challenge is to get downhill far enough before you run out of lives. It is a simple yet well-executed concept. Their developer team is also very active, providing frequent new updates.
The combat in this game is pretty typical of most survival FPS campaign games. Run, gun, melee, and stealth your way through the snow-covered ruins of Russia, because plenty of enemies are waiting for you in the shadows. Scavenge materials and craft weapons to tackle both mutants and humans in the Russian wilderness.
Metro: Exodus is a solid single-player FPS with a great atmosphere and is considered one of the best new games out there, regardless of the platform. Fair warning though, it is very computer-intensive, but if your Mac can handle it, hop on for an unforgettable train ride.
In 2012, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive was released and it expanded upon the team-based gameplay it pioneered 19 years earlier. With new maps, characters, weapons, and its extremely solid gameplay, CS: GO easily became (and still is) one of the most played games on the planet.
We know that our opinion is not the only one that matters. To keep this guide as relevant as possible, we only considered proven games with positive reviews from both professional reviewers and gamers.
OK, I am unambiguously male and do not wish to apologise for the whole of my gender but actually your tastes in games mirror my own. I get tired of games where I spend my whole time killing to survive. I enjoy rich and compelling storylines, engaging worlds to explore, mysteries to unravel and activities in which I can engage and have some passing semblance to intelligent skill development. I doubt that I am the only male who thinks this way but, of course, I have been gaming since games began (yeah, I am ancient) and never much cared for games where combat was the only way forward. I recognise the skills inherent in team-based FPS games and my two sons have played such games with remarkable dexterity but I like to explore and engage with the environment freely. Open-world games offer this. I did play World of Warcraft in the early days on an RP server in PVE mode when there was a sense of adventure and community that has since largely disappeared. I quite enjoyed Oblivion from Bethesda which had moral character development (think D&D alignment) and skills such as alchemy, combining materials and plants to create potions et alia. Sadly, this and the follow-up Skyrim have never been ported to the Mac. The Mac platform predates the PC platform and now looks like its survival is not threatened (until the next big paradigm shift). I would love to see more diversity in the games on this platform!
Because of the hundreds of new Mac games popping up each month, we focus on quality and only highlight the games that deserve your attention. In addition, this page also covers the top upcoming Mac games for 2021 and beyond.
For the first time, the 'It just works' philosophy now extends to open source video game emulation on the Mac. With OpenEmu, it is extremely easy to add, browse, organize and with a compatible gamepad, play those favorite games (ROMs) you already own.
We combine some of the best emulation projects together into one beautiful unified application that simply organizes your personal games library. Watch as you drop in backups of your games (ROMs) & they are gracefully added to their appropriate library along with original box art!
Every Apple Arcade game is handpicked to bring together an incredible variety of games for all play styles and generations. Types of games include puzzle, strategy, adventure, simulation, board, card, sports, and more.
The game is not demanding in terms of system requirements, and there have been no reports of any issues on Mac. As long as your Mac OS is 10.13 or higher, there should be no problems. It is recommended to use a MacBook Pro or iMac for the best experience.
With its screaming V8 engines, chess-like strategy, and extreme handling, this is one of the most realistic Mac race games on this list. That realism makes it a challenging game indeed but put in the effort and the game pays you back with interest. The game also features every car and circuit from the official Formula 1 2017 season, a huge career mode, a new gameplay mode, invitational events, and basically everything a Formula 1 fan could ask for.
With minimal system requirements and a beta build for macOS Catalina that seems to be working, Absolute Drift should run fine on most Macs out there, though a controller is essential. Most standard controllers seem to work, but as with other games, there are rare reports of certain controllers not working.
Games have a largely subjective aspect to them. You may love some games while I might prefer completely different ones. This is why we identified a set of criteria that every single one of our picks has to meet:
Critical acclaim: Video games can be subjective, but to keep this guide as relevant as possible, we only consider proven games with positive reviews from both professional reviewers and average gamers. 2b1af7f3a8