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Last week was full of announcements, which is why this one didn’t get the attention it deserved.
After a time on Steam’s Early Access program, Slime Ranger is now available on Mac. The final version of the game was released for Mac, Linux, and Windows on August 1st, 2017.
Slime Rancher is a really fun and original game about a rancher that makes a living wrangling slimes (you read that right). The rancher can accomplish that through a combination of canons, vacuums, a vacpack, and more.
alk about a great week for Mac gaming.
After BioShock’s announcement (and Tacoma’s release), Pyre, the indie hit from Supergiant Games, is available for Mac!
Supergiant Games may ring a bell. That’s because they’re the team behind Bastion and Transistor, two world-class indie games. Expectations surrounding their third game were high and everyone wondered how good it could be.
Party-based RPG Pyre was finally released last week and critics were unanimous, it was great. And I was very upset that only Windows and Linux were supported…
But Supergiant was secretly working on the Pyre’s Mac version, which was released on August 3rd!
And it is with great pleasure I share this news with you: BioShock Remastered is coming to Mac.
I know, I know, everyone is doing remasters these days, but BioShock Remastered for Mac is a big deal.
First of all, because BioShock is recent enough to be enjoyed by modern gamers with modern expectations. Add to that better graphics and you get a game that could compete with the latest shooters any day of the week.
Feral Interactive will be behind BioShock Remastered Mac version and aims to release it later this year to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the game’s original release.
According to Feral's press release, BioShock Remastered for Mac will feature improved graphics running in 1080p. With the Windows version supporting 4K resolution, I wonder why the Mac version would run at barely 1080p. Perhaps a mistake on the press release? Perhaps a technical issue? I will contact Feral Interactive and will keep you updated.
Tacoma, from Gone Home's developer, is now available on Mac
Tacoma has been out for less than a day and the verdict is already in. According to pretty much all reviewers, Tacoma is a very good adventure game.
How good? Right up there with Gone Home, the studio's 2013 indie cult hit. And that's quite a statement, because Gone Home was an exquisite game, one of the top adventure games for Mac if you ask me. But enough about Gone Home.
Tacoma is finally available and we were lucky enough to get a Mac version on the same day as the Windows release (I hear the Linux version is coming tomorrow if that's you're platform of choice).
Set in a deserted space station, Tacoma tells the story of what happened there and where everyone went. Just like Gone Home, Tacoma is clearly a narrative-focused game, but you can expect an engaging and fascinating story.
Some called it Gone Home in Space, because you also play as a woman trying to find the people who used to be there, but Tacoma is much more than that.
I like how The Guardian puts it in their review:
Where Gone Home is set in a spooky house in 90s Oregon and intentionally plays on horror tropes, Tacoma takes the traditional science-fiction setting of a space station – the titular Tacoma.
Whereas the charm of Gone Home, for many, was the familiarity of the 90s setting, the plot of Tacoma in 2088 revolves around an imaginable near future of space travel and advanced AI.
You can find Tacoma on GOG.
Survival game, The Long Dark, is officially coming to Mac tomorrow
The Long Dark is finally exiting Early Access tomorrow, August 1st, and you should definitely check it out.
I personally tested The Long Dark a few months ago on my Retina iMac and found it to be a promising and beautiful game. Beautiful because it takes place in a very impressive Canadian wilderness, and promising because you could sense the game could be so much fun if there was more to actually do.
You can't really blame developer Hinterland there, as the game was clearly a work-in-progress, but things have definitely changed, and seeing everything the full game will feature, I can honestly recommend this game to anyone now.
I'm particularly excited about Wintermute, which is:
The name of our first season of “story mode” — five episodes that cover the story of bush pilot Will Mackenzie, and Dr. Astrid Greenwood, as they explore the Northern Canadian wilderness in the aftermath of a geomagnetic disaster that has plunged their world into “the long dark”.
You can learn more about the game on Steam.
I’m excited to announce that my brand-new service, Mac Gaming Deals, is now open!
If you ever wanted to save a lot on games… Or simply wanted recommendations with great games that deserve your attention… Then I believe Mac Gaming Deals might be perfect for you.
What is Mac Gaming Deals?
Mac Gaming Deals is a service that will help you save money and discover gems you didn't even know existed on Mac.
Every Thursday, you’ll get an email with 15 featured games, all heavily discounted (mostly between 70% and 80% off), all excellent games worth their full price.
What do I mean by excellent games? I mean only proven games that either have great critics scores, great user reviews and/or games I have personally played and I can vouch.
Before digital downloads, finding the best Mac games wasn’t always easy. They were out there, but the Mac section of the computer game stores (they used to have those) seemed to stock nothing but “Mario Teaches Typing,” and the games that included Mac and Windows versions would inevitably be scattered around the “PC” sections of the store. As such, compiling a list of the best classic Mac games is pretty tough.
That didn’t stop us from doing it. And because we want you to actually play these games, we made sure you can still buy all in either their original form or as enhanced editions (not remakes). It also means some of our favorite old Mac games—such as Myth, Red Baron, and Fallout—didn’t make the list.
These are some upcoming Mac games that should be on your watch list
I usually just update the calendar without making too much noise. Sometimes I round-up the best new games of the month. But I thought it was about time we also highlight and celebrate the exciting games that have been confirmed for Mac.
As always, you can find the complete list of new and upcoming games over at our New Mac Games calendar, but in the meantime, these are some cool upcoming games we should all add to our watch list:
The Escapists 2: Perhaps the ultimate prison sandbox experience, The Escapist 2 for Mac is not about building the ultimate prison, it's about escaping it. The game will let you craft, steal, fight, and basically do what needs to be done to escape. Plus, The Escapist 2 will feature multiplayer for the first time, allowing you and a friend to bust out of the toughest prisons in the world.
Nidhogg 2: Sequel to the indie hit of 2014, Nidhogg 2 is an action/fighting game that builds upon the gameplay of its predecessor with new weapons, character customization, and captivatingly grotesque art. The rules are simple. Reach the other side and kill anyone that stands in your way.
Next Up Hero: Next Up Hero for Mac is a multiplayer game unlike anything you've played before. This arcade action-adventure game features Community Continue, a mechanic that lets players take turns fighting and dying against tough-as-nails monsters, one hero at a time. You can revive fallen heroes to fight by your side, build your army, and take out the boss together.
Avorion: Avarion for Mac is an exciting co-op space game that lets you build your own space ships out of dynamically scalable blocks. Already available on Steam Early Access (and killing it according to the user reviews), you'll be able to fight epic space battles, explore, mine, trade, wage wars and build your own empire.
Games that finally have a release date:
Tooth and Tail: From the creators of Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine comes Tooth and Tail, a arcadey real-time strategy game. Set in a world of animal revolution, Tooth and Tail boils down to a few buttons and intense eight-minute matches. Coming this September 12, 2017.
Finally, you'll notice our calendar has two new information boxes. One explains which games can be added to the list, the other tracks the latest changes and additions. If you visit that page often, that box should help you see straight away what new games have been added.
The Humble Bundle store is giving away Shadow Warrior for FREE!
And time is running out too!
The Humble Bundle store is giving away Shadow Warrior: Special Edition for Free. And by free, I mean completely free, forever. The game works on Mac, Linux and Windows.
Shadow Warrior is a bold reimagining of the classic 3D Realms' shooter from independent developer Flying Wild Hog (Hard Reset) starring the legendary and quick-witted warrior Lo Wang. Combine the brute force of overwhelming firepower with the elegant precision of a katana to annihilate the merciless armies of the shadow realm in an exhilarating and visually stunning transformation of the classic first-person shooter.
At the time of this writing, you have one day and three hours left. You can download it over at Humble Bundle.
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