If you look back at this year, one thing will surprise you:

The quantity of great Mac games released.

In this article alone, I can list 20 great Macintosh games for you. You read that right, 20 great games.

But it gets better:

This isn’t a list of random releases or passable games. This is a list with only the cream of the crop, the games all reviewers loved, the games I think are tons of fun. It’s the quality of these games that is impressive here. In fact, some hard choices were made to keep the list limited to 20, as 2015 brought many more quality titles.

For a complete list of all the note-worthy Mac games released this year, you can check this resource, which includes them all.

But for the complete round-up of the 20 best games of the year, keep reading.

2015 Best Mac Games

 

The Best Mac Games released in 2015

These are 2015’s best games for Mac. Some are sequels, some are completely new IPs and others are remasters of some of the best Mac games of all times. In any case, I bet there’s something right for you (you can also check Cult of Mac’s Best of 2015 roundup for a selection of very authentic and original games).

Shadow of Mordor 2015 Best Mac games

Shadow of Mordor

Shadow of Mordor is an open world action-adventure game set in the Lord of the Rings universe.

The game puts you in the shoes of Talion, a ranger who was killed by the Black Hand of Sauron. After coming back to life, he embarks on a quest to avenge the death of his loved ones and bring down the Black Hand himself.

This game has melee combat, stealth, exploration, and parkour. But what sets it apart is the fact that everything it does, it does very well. The melee combat is as good as Batman: Arkham City’s and the exploration and parkour, as good as Assassin’s Creed’s.

But it gets better:

The game also introduces the Nemesis System. Because of it, your enemies will remember all previous confrontations and react accordingly.

Do keep in mind that this is a demanding game, and will require a powerful machine to run at its full potential. But that’s only because it looks amazing. Plus, Feral Interactive did a great job here, releasing a bug-free game.

What you’ll need:

 A recent Mac with high specs (especially a powerful graphics card).

Shadow of Mordor’s Mac requirements: OS X 10.10.3 or newer / 2.4 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo / 8GB RAM / 80 GB HD space / ATI 7xxx or newer, Nvidia 6xx or newer, Intel Iris or Iris Pro with 1 GB.

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Alien Isolation Best Mac games 2015

Alien Isolation

Alien: Isolation is a horror first-person game set fifteen years after Ridley Scott’s original film.

Many Alien games have come and gone, but Isolation is different. For the first time ever, an Alien game finally captured the essence of the original film. Unlike the mess that was Alien: Colonial Marines, Isolation is about survival. The monster is to be feared and respected. It can’t be killed and all you can do is hide.

The game does take place in an abandoned space station, which offers many places to hide. Stealth will be your best weapon.

The bottom line?

Isolation is not only one of the scariest game you can play on Mac, it’s also one of the most accomplished: the story is excellent and the gameplay is solid. The game looks great too, and although Feral Interactive delivered a very good port, it still calls for a decent machine.

What you’ll need:

⚡ A recent Mac with high specs (especially a powerful graphics card).

Alien: Isolation’s Mac requirements: OS X 10.10.4 / 2.0 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo / 4GB RAM / 35 GB HD space / NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M, ATI Radeon HD 5670, or Intel Iris Pro with 1 GB.

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Company of Heores 2 Best Mac games

Company of Heroes 2

Company of Heroes 2 is sequel to the famous Company of Heroes, one of the best real-time strategy games ever released.

It must be hard to make a sequel to such a fine game, but Company of Heroes 2 managed to improve and refine the formula. The game looks better too, and the weather effects and destructible environments are amazing.

Plus, Company of Heroes 2 moves out of the tired battles we know all too well (Battle of Normandy anyone?) and focuses on the infamous battles lead by the Red Army on the Eastern Front. The game’s campaign does a good job at teaching you the basics and keeping you on your toes all the way.

This is currently my go-to strategy game. And if I ever want to take a break from the campaign, I know the skirmish mode can provide around 20 minutes of fun.

What you’ll need:

⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

Company of Heroes 2’s Mac requirements: OS X 10.10.3 or later / 1.8 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo / 4 GB RAM / 35 GB HD space / AMD R9 series, Intel Iris Pro, or NVIDIA 600 series graphics card.

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Terraria 2015 Mac games

Terraria

Terraria is a side-scrolling game that lets you build, dig and explore. Think Minecraft, but in 2D.

In Terraria, each World is randomly generated, making the exploration side of the game extremely fun. But the game excels thanks to its emphasis on combat and crafting. The crafting system is ridiculously deep, giving you tons of options to create weapons. And you will need those too, as Terraria is filled with monsters and bosses.

Similar to Minecraft, the game uses retro graphics that are cute, but they also happen to be easy on your Mac. You won’t need a powerful “gaming Mac” to enjoy this game. In fact, if you have an older MacBook, I bet it can easily run Terraria.

Bottom line:

If you worry Terraria will feel too much like Minecraft, don’t. This game has enough merits to make you want to play both.

What you’ll need:

✓ Any Mac, even an older one will do.

Terraria’s Mac requirements: OS X 10.9.5 or later / 2.0 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo / 2.5 GB RAM / 200 MB space.

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Tamriel Unlimited Mac games 2015

The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited

Tamriel Unlimited is the latest big MMORPG to join the party.

Based on the same universe as The Elder Scrolls Oblivion and Skyrim, this game had impossibly high expectations to meet. And in fact, it failed.

But that was in 2014, when the game required an upfront purchase and a monthly subscription. Luckily, it all changed in 2015, when the game was reborn as Tamriel Unlimited. Besides adding tons of features and changing the game for the better, the monthly subscription disappeared. Nowadays, you only need to buy the base game once to enjoy the experience.

At the end of the day, this is a classic MMORG, similar to World of Warcraft or Guild Wars 2. And both are great choices too. But if you don’t want to pay a monthly subscription (like WoW) or really want to play an Elder Scrolls game on your Mac, this MMORPG might be just for you. And if it isn’t, these are 20 other great MMORPGs for Mac.

What you’ll need:

⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

Tamriel Unlimited’s Mac requirements: OS X 10.7 or later / 2.0 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo / 4 GB RAM / 60 GB HD space / Intel HD Graphics 4000, NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M or ATI Radeon HD 6490M.

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Pillars of Eternity Best Mac games

Pillars of Eternity

Pillars of Eternity is an old-school RPG and a very good one at that.

Developed by Obsidian Entertainment, the game is a clear homage to classics such as Baldur’s Gate, Icewind Dale and Planescape: Torment.

Pillars of Eternity  is as nostalgia-inducing as it gets. It features party-based real-time gameplay, an elevated camera angle (just like you remember it), detailed party customizations and tons of dialogue. This game has all the ingredients to do old-school RPGs justice. Expectations were high, but Obsidian delivered.

Here’s the bottom line:

If you like old-school RPGs, Pillars of Eternity is one of the best games to play on Mac (and it doesn’t require a powerful Mac).

What you’ll need:

✓ Any Mac, even an older one will do.

Pillars of Eternity’s Mac requirements: OS X 10.6 or later / 2.0 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo / 4 GB RAM / 14 GB HD space / Radeon HD 6750M or NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M with 512 MB.

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Broken Age Mac

Broken Age

Broken Age is a point-and-click adventure game from Tim Schafer’s studio Double Fine Productions.

Released in two separate acts, Broken Age tells the story of two teenagers, each “seeking to break the tradition with their lives“.

Broken Age gives you control of two characters, each located in separate worlds. You can move around, examine objects and talk to non-player characters to learn more about the world. You can also switch from one character to the other at any time, otherwise both characters never interact.

Gameplay may sound simple, but Broken Age is praised for its amazing writing and great puzzles. If you want a game that focuses on a great story, this one might be exactly what you need.

What you’ll need:

✓ Any Mac, even an older one will do.

Broken Age’s Mac requirements: OS X 10.6.8 or later / 2.0 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo / 2 GB RAM / 1,5 GB HD space / ATI Radeon HD 4850, NVIDIA GeForce GT 120, Intel HD 3000, or equivalent card with 512 MB.

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Cities Skylines Mac

Cities: Skylines

Cities: Skylines is a city-building simulation from developer Colossal Order.

The game gives you control of zoning, public services, taxation, public transportation and more. The gameplay is so deep, even the civic policies you chose will affect the development of the entire city.

Cities: Skylines aimed to challenge SimCity and give gamers a better city-building experience. That would have been mission impossible just a few years ago, but Colossal Order delivered. Skylines is better than SimCity in almost every way.

The game even supports mods through Steam Workshop if you’re into riding helicopters and stuff.

And here’s the kicker:

Skylines is simply one of the best Mac Strategy games. Period.

What you’ll need:

⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

Cities: Skylines’ Mac requirements: OS X 10.9 or later / 3.0 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo / 4 GB RAM / 4 GB HD space /nVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 or ATI Radeon HD 5670 (officially does not support Intel Integrated Graphics Cards).

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Grim Fandango Remastered Mac

Grim Fandango: Remastered

Grim Fandango is one of the finest adventure games of all times and the fact Adventure games age so well makes this an easy win.

Grim Fandango is the story of afterlife travel agent Manny Calavera and is about engaging other characters, collecting objects and solving puzzles. Originally released in 1998, developer Double Fine remastered it to give us the opportunity to experience it once again. And it didn’t take much to modernize this beauty, as the core game is great. Still, the updated graphics are a welcome addition. The Remastered version includes improved textures, real-time 3D models, and new lighting effects.

The new version also includes a new modern analog control scheme and a brand-new midi soundtrack.

What you’ll need:

✓ Any Mac, even an older one will do.

Grim Fandango: Remastered’s Mac requirements: OS X 10.9 or later / 2.4 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo / 4 GB RAM / 6 GB HD space /ATI Radeon HD 4650 / NVIDIA GeForce GT 220 / Intel HD 4000 Graphics with 512 MB.

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Outlast Mac

Outlast

Outlast is a first-person horror game that focuses on survival. Developed by Red Barrels, many see it as one of the scariest games on the Mac.

The game puts you in the role of a freelance journalist who decides to investigate a psychiatric hospital lost in the mountains of Salt Lake County, Colorado. That was obviously a bad idea, as hell breaks loose and you find yourself alone in a nuthouse full of homicidal patients. To make matters worse, you are completely incapable of combat.

With no weapons at your disposal, you will have to be quick on your feet and smart to stay alive.

Want to know the best part?

Outlast is one of the best horror games available on Mac.

What you’ll need:

⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

Outlast’s Mac requirements: OS X 10.9 or later / 2.2 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo / 4 GB RAM / 5 GB HD space / GeForce GT 750M / Intel Iris Pro 5200 / Radeon HD 3xxx.

Download it from GOG.com (DRM-free).

 

Torchlight 2 Mac

Torchlight 2

What started as an innocent promise slowly became one of Mac gaming’s biggest disappointments. Years after an official confirmation from developer Runic Games, Torchlight 2 on Mac was painfully MIA. But luckily, that all changed earlier this year.

Torchlight 2 is a one of the finest hack and slash RPGs available. Like the original Torchlight, the game offers randomly generated dungeons and tons of monsters to kill for XP and loot. It may not be extremely original, but everything it does, it does incredibly well. It offers varied monsters (in looks, size, and behavior), interesting items, great skills and tons of loot.

This may sound a lot like Diablo, but Torchlight 2 also offers character customization, flexibility, no mandatory internet connection and pets! Enough to help it stand on its own.

What you’ll need:

✓ Any Mac, even an older one will do.

Torchlight 2’s Mac requirements: OS X 10.8 or later / 2.0 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo / 2 GB RAM / 1.7 GB HD space / OpenGL 2.0 compatible 3D graphics card with at least 256MB of memory.

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Total War Attila Mac

Total War: Attila

Total War: Attila is a real-time strategy game developed by The Creative Assembly.

Total War: Attila is the ninth standalone game from the series and marks its return to ancient Rome, although this time to see it fall. I feared this game would feel like a glorified expansion, but Attila is a true refinement of Total War: Rome 2.

Other than a great campaign that feels completely different and unique, Attila also brings expanded disease and siege systems, it reintroduces the Family Tree politics, new functionality, and graphical tweaks.

The game was simultaneously released for both Mac and Windows-PC on February 17, something I can’t wait to see more often. Attila should keep you busy until Total War: Warhammer gets released.

What you’ll need:

⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

Total War Attila’s Mac requirements: OS X 10.9.4 or later / 1.7 Ghz Intel Core i3 / 4 GB RAM / 35 GB HD space / 512 MB NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M, AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5670 or Intel HD 4000.

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Homeworld Remastered Mac

Homeworld Remastered Collection

First released in 1999 and 2003, Homeworld 1 and 2 are real-time strategy games that feature some of the largest space battles ever seen, a great atmosphere and an interesting story.

It’s funny how, even 15 years later, no game ever managed to surpass or even match the scale and excitement of Homeworld’s space battles. And now that the Remastered Collection brings polished graphics, high-res textures, better lighting effects and a new UI, this game can easily compete against modern real-time strategy games.

For a long time, players debated whether this was the best strategy game of all times, and now that both Homeworld games have been modernized, the debate can continue.

What you’ll need:

⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

Homeworld Remastered’s Mac requirements: OS X 10.9.5 or later / 2.2 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo / 4 GB RAM / 20 GB HD space / NVIDIA GeForce 640M, ATI Radeon HD 3870, or Intel HD 4000 with 512 MB of memory.

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The Sims 4 2015 Mac games

The Sims 4

The Sims 4 is a life simulation game from Maxis. As you can imagine, you get to create a Sim character and explore different personalities which change the way the game plays out. With The Sims 4, Sims can finally multitask and do different things at the same time. The Sims 4 also included a lot of social features, such as importing Sims and houses other people have made into your game.

As someone who played other Sims games before, I went into The Sims 4 thinking that I would be doing the same old stuff, but with a few more things to do… Man, was I wrong!  You can read all about it on our review.

What you’ll need:

✓ Any Mac, even an older one will do.

The Sims 4’s Mac requirements: OS X 10.7.5 or later / 2.4 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo / 4 GB RAM / 10 GB HD space / NVIDIA GeForce 320M, 9600M, 9400M, ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro with 256 MB.

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Kerbal Space Program Mac

 

Kerbal Space Program

Kerbal Space Program is a space flight simulator developed by Squad.

As the name implies, you take control of an entire space program. You get to use a set of components to build rockets and spaceplanes, and eventually, launch them into space.

The beauty of this game is how it takes something complex and makes it fun. This is a hardcore physics simulator and it will take a lot of trial and error to succeed. Luckily, the game’s cute characters and sense of humor make it addictive and fun.

But here’s the kicker:

The fact this game is hard shouldn’t get you down, because finally achieving space flight is extremely rewarding.

What you’ll need:

⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

Kerbal Space Program’s Mac requirements: OS X 10.6 or later / 2.0 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo / 4 GB RAM / 2 GB HD space / NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M, ATI Radeon HD 4850, or Intel HD 5000 with 512 MB of  memory.

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Chivalry Medieval War Mac

Chivalry Medieval Warfare

Chivalry: Medieval Warfare is a multiplayer first-person game from developer Torn Banner Studios. What sets this game apart is that it focuses on melee combat, something not many first-person games have dared.

Combat can be carried out from either a first person or third person perspective. You get your choice among medieval implements of war such as swords, maces, longbows, and more (including bow and arrows). Online matches are objective-oriented. For example, you can be tasked with breaching a castle gate with a battering ram or looting a foe’s camp.

What you’ll need:

⚡ A recent Mac with high specs (especially a powerful graphics card).

Chivalry: Medieval Warfare’s Mac requirements: OS X 10.9.5 or later / 2.5 Ghz Intel Core i7 / 4 GB RAM / 7 GB HD space / Nvidia Geforce 750M.

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Prison Architect Mac

Prison Architect

Prison Architect is a prison construction and management simulation game from developer Introversion Software. Many call it the spiritual successor that Theme Park and Theme Hospital deserved.

In Prison Architect, you get to manage your very own maximum security prison. You start with an empty plot of land that you must transform into the most efficient penitentiary you can. You will have to build cells, kitchens, hire guards, make sure that electricity and water are up and running and basically take your prison in which-ever direction you want: A monstrous super-max or comfortable center for rehabilitation, the choice is yours.

Be advised: Fail to meet your inmates minimum expectations and you will have a riot on your hands.

This game is perfect for low-end Macs too, if you have an old Mac or Macbook, this game should run just fine nonetheless.

What you’ll need:

✓ Any Mac, even an older one will do.

Prison Architect’s Mac requirements: OS X 10.7.0 or later / 2.4 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo / 4 GB RAM / 300 MB HD space.

Download it from GOG.com (DRM-free).

 

Legacy of the Void Mac

Starcraft 2: Legacy of the Void

Legacy of the Void is the third part of Blizzard’s StarCraft 2 trilogy. Although this time, the real-time strategy game focuses on the reality-warping Protoss species.

Legacy of the Void features the fast-paced (and highly competitive) gameplay you know and love, but it also brings additional units and multiplayer changes, as well as the final part of StarCraft 2’s campaign. The campaign includes approximately 20 missions and deals with the “Toss’s attempts to reclaim their homeworld of Auir”.

But other a new campaign, Legacy of the Void offers many new things, especially for new and casual players. Cooperative missions are the best example. They involve interesting missions, special characters and offer a good break from the very competitive multiplayer.

hat you’ll need:

⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

Legacy of the Void’s Mac requirements: OS X 10.7.5 or later / Intel Core 2 Duo / 4 GB RAM / 30 GB HD space / NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M or ATI Radeon HD 4670 or better.

Download it from Battle.net.

 

Minecraft Story Mode Mac

Minecraft: Story Mode

Developed by Telltale Games, Minecraft: Story Mode is a story-driven game set in the Minecraft universe.

Telltale excels at storytelling, but can it be done on a universe that doesn’t have a story to begin with? I was doubtful myself, but Telltale succeeded. Even if you’re not a fan of Minecraft, this game tells a fascinating story and follows the exact formula that makes all of Telltale’s games great.

Telltale cannot be stopped. They have succeeded with completely different universes, including the Game of Thrones, the Walking Dead, and even Borderlands. But Minecraft? If a studio could pull it off, it was Telltale.

What you’ll need:

✓ Any Mac, even an older one will do.

Minecraft: Story Mode’s Mac requirements: OS X 10.7 or later / 2.3 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo / 4 GB RAM / 3 GB HD space / 512 MB NVidia or ATI graphics card.

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Heroes of the Storm Mac

 

Heroes of the Storm

Heroes of the Storm is a free MOBA (massive online battle arena game) set in the Blizzard universe.

In Heroes of the Storm, all matches involve two teams of five “Heroes” that fight it out with the sole objective of destroying the opposing team’s Nexus. Throughout the game, your team will gain experience and “level up”, giving you more abilities and power.
Heroes of the Storm is the latest high-profile MOBA to try and challenge the genre’s champion: League of Legends. And against all odds, it succeeded, creating a more team-oriented and beginner-friendly experience. If you ever wanted to give the MOBA genre a try, Heroes of the Storm is your best bet.

If you happen to enjoy other Blizzard games (like StarCraft, World of Warcraft or Diablo) this will be your opportunity to play as James Raynor, a Blood Elf or Diablo himself?

Heroes of the Storm is without a doubt one of the best free Mac games you can play.

What you’ll need:

✓ Any Mac, even an older one will do.

Heroes of the Storm’s Mac requirements: 10.9.5 or newer / 2.0 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo / 4 GB RAM / 10 GB HD space / NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M or ATI Radeon HD 4670 with 256 MB.

Download it from Battle.net (use this link and get a free Hero!).

 

Your turn

With so many great games in a single year, it’s becoming harder and harder to complain. Plus, the year still isn’t over and there are at least 2 games that could compete for a spot on this list.

In any case, there is definitely something for everyone here. With brand-new first-person shooters, roguelikes, RPGs and even simulation games, 2015 was a great year!

Did I miss another exciting Mac game planned for 2015? Let me know in the comments section! If it isn’t already here, I will make sure it makes it. The more the merrier right?