If you look at the year 2015, one thing will surprise you:
The quantity of good Mac games released so far.
In this article alone, I can list over 38 great Macintosh games. You read that right, 38. Some are already available while others are expected to come soon.
But it gets better:
This is not a list with random Mac games released this year. This is a list with the Top Mac games released in 2015. It’s the quality of these games that is truly impressing.
To make this huge list easier to follow, I’ll split these 38 games in two parts. First, I’ll give you 2015’s best Mac games so far followed by the most anticipated ones:
Feeling like a game was left out? Let me know in the comments section.
The Best Mac Games to keep you busy in 2015
These are 2015’s best games for Mac. Some are great sequels, some are completely new IPs and others are remasters of some of the best Mac games of all times:
Pillars of Eternity
Pillars of Eternity, from developer Obsidian Entertainment, is a clear homage to classics such as Baldur’s Gate, Icewind Dale and Planescape: Torment. This game 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.
Pillars of Eternity has all the ingredients to do old-school RPGs justice. Expectations were high, but Obsidian delivered. Even our reviewer Steve, who isn’t much into RPGs, loved it. You can also watch it in action.
Here’s the bottom line:
If you like old-school RPGs, Pillars of Eternity is one of the best games to play on Mac.
Pillars of Eternity Mac Release date: March 26, 2015
Broken Age: The Complete Adventure
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”.
The game is a classic point-and-click adventure game, giving you a character that can be directed to move around, examine objects and talk to non-player characters to learn more about the world. Broken Age gives you control of two characters, each located in separate worlds. You can switch from one character to the other at any time, but otherwise both characters never interact.
Gameplay may sound simple, but Broken Age is praised for its amazing writing and great puzzles.
Broken Age Mac Release date: April 28, 2015
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number
Hotline Miami 2 is a top-down action game, sequel to the successful Hotline Miami from Dennaton Games. Wrong Number features the stealth and violence that made the original so successful. You can expect a great soundtrack, lots of neon and brutal killing. Hotline Miami 2 also includes a level editor and an unlockable hard mode, both of which are likely to appeal to devotees.
Hotline Miami 2 will most likely be the final iteration of the series, but Dennaton Games leaves the game’s future to you and it’s packed-in level editor.
Hotline Miami 2 Mac Release date: March 10, 2015
Cities: Skylines is an open-ended city-building simulation that gives you control of zoning, road placement, public services, taxation, public transportation and more. The game also promises that the civic policies you chose will affect the development of the entire city.
Developed by Colossal Order, Cities: Skylines aims to challenge SimCity and give gamers massive maps and a single-player experience (although Aspyr recently released an offline SimCity version). Skylines managed to right most of SimCity’s wrongs and give us a balanced and entertaining city-building experience. The game also support mod support through Steam Workshop if you’re into riding helicopters and stuff…
But here’s the kicker:
Cities: Skylines is one of the best Mac Strategy Games. Period.
Cities Skylines Mac Release date: March 10, 2015
Outlast is a first-person survival horror game from developer Red Barrels. The game was released on Mac just a few weeks ago, and ever since many see it as one of the scariest games on the platform.
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 nut house 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. Watch it in action.
Want to know the best part?
Outlast Mac Release date: March 31, 2015
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. That all changed earlier this year.
Torchlight 2 is a hack and slash role-playing game very similar to Diablo 3. Like the original Torchlight, the game offers randomly generated dungeons and tons of monsters to kill for XP and loot. This sound a lot like Diablo, but Torchlight 2 also offers character customization, flexibility, no internet connection requirements and pets! Watch it in action.
And by the way, Torchlight 2 is too one of the Top 10 Strategy games on Mac.
Torchlight 2 Mac Release date: February 2, 2015
Grim Fandango: Remastered
In Grim Fandango, you will have to engage other characters, examine and collect objects and solve puzzles to progress.
Developer Double Fine released a remastered version of the game (originally from 1998), aiming to give us the opportunity to experience once again the cult-classic noir adventure game. The most noticeable differences are the graphics, which now include improved textures, real-time 3D models and new lighting effects.
Grim Fandango Remastered also includes a new modern analog control scheme, coming form a player-made mod and a brand-new midi soundtrack.
Grim Fandango Remastered Mac Release date: January 27, 2015
The game puts you in control of an elite group of spies that need to execute espionage operations. Generally speaking, these operations will require you to infiltrate into corporate locations in exchange of information and financial gain. Invisible, Inc. features procedurally generated levels, permadeath and stealth from start to finish.
With Klei’s impressive credentials (I loved Don’t Starve), I’m not surprised that their heist version of XCOM already has an 9/10 rating on Steam. Watch it in action.
Invisible, Inc. Mac Release date: May 12, 2015
Satellite Reign is an RPG / Strategy game developed by 5 Lives Studios. The game is a real-time, class-based strategy game set in a cyberpunk city and comes from the creator of Syndicate Wars (and is labeled by many as it’s spiritual successor). In Satellite Reign, you take control of a squad of four agents, each with distinct and unique abilities. Your cybercrime team will go from job to job until eventually battling for control of the city.
The game is essentially an open world adventure game.
Satellite Reign Mac Release date: August 28, 2015
Kerbal Space Program
Kerbal Space Program (commonly abbreviated to KSP) is a space flight simulator developed by Squad.
As the name implies, you take control of an entire space program, and it’s your job to learn how to get objects into space successfullt, without running into any catastrophic disasters. You get to use a set of components to build rockets and spaceplanes, and eventually, launch them into space. Catastrophes are all around, such as running out of fuel or electricity, or the spacecraft breaking apart due to structural problems.
A beta version of Kerbal Space Program has been available since 2011 and it took them 4 years to get to the first complete version of the game! But that didn’t prevent this amazing game from becoming a success, even in beta.
Kerbal Space Program Mac Release date: April 27, 2015
Total War: Attila
Total War: Attila is a real-time strategy / empire-building 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. Attila brings expanded disease and siege systems to the campaign map, and reintroduces the Family Tree politics of previous Total Wars, as well as 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.
Total War: Attila Mac Release date: February 17, 2015
According to Wikipedia, Titan Souls is a retro-looking adventure game from developer Acid Nerve. In Titan Souls, you play as a tiny human that only has one arrow and one hit point. This means that if you fire your arrow, you will have to go get it in order to shoot again. And if you get hit even once, you will die and will have to start over from the last check point. If you like challenging games, then Titan Souls is for you.
If that doesn’t sound hard enough for you, every battle is against a boss – a creature that is obviously bigger and meaner than you. But every boss has a weak spot and finding it will be your only chance of survival.
Titan Souls Mac Release date: April 14, 2015
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.
The Sims 4 Mac Release date: February 17, 2015
Massive Chalice is a turn-based strategy game developed by Double Fine Productions and funded through Kickstarter. You can think of it as Double Fine’s take on XCOM or Final Fantasy Tactics. But Massive Chalice is unique in many ways. The game’s scope is so big that it will span for several generations (you will fight a 300 year war after all!). Your choices will not only impact your character, but also his children. Traits will be passed down the lineage, making marriages important.
As the Immortal Ruler of the nation, your heroes are as important as your Bloodlines.
Massive Chalice Mac Release date: June 1, 2015
Darkest Dungeon is a challenging roguelike, dungeon crawler RPG created by indie developers Red Hook Studios. As the heir of a rich family that spent it all to open a portal in search of ancient power, you will have to enter the darkest dungeon and redeem the family name. You will have to recruit, train and lead a band of heroes on a dangerous side-scrolling descent where you will meet unimaginable horrors, stress, famine and disease.
Darkest Dungeon will focus on the humanity and psychology of the usually flawless and perfect heroes we are used to and will try to answer the question: What emotional toll does a life of adventure take?
The game was part of Steam’s Early Access, but you can finally grab the final version of the game.
Darkest Dungeon Mac Release date: February 3, 2015
Age of Wonders 3
Age of Wonders 3 is a 4X turn-based strategy game from dutch developer Triumph Studios. The game takes place in a fantasy world, where you get to explore the world, interact with other races (both diplomatically and through warfare) and ultimately expand you empire.
Age of Wonders 3 finally made it to the Mac along its second major expansion: Eternal Lords. The Expansion introduced the Tigran and Frostling races, a new Necromancer class and new mechanics, such as the Race Governance system.
Age of Wonders fans waited close to 10 years for a sequel, and from the looks of it, it was worth the wait.
Age of Wonders 3 Mac Release date: April 14, 2015
Chivalry Medieval Warfare
Chivalry: Medieval Warfare is a multiplayer-focused 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.
Chivalry: Medieval Warfare Mac Release date: February 25, 2015
2015’s Most Anticipated Mac Games
The games already out are more than enough to keep you busy for a while, but just in case you want more, these are the most anticipated Mac games expected for the rest of the year (for the hottest rumors and games planned for 2016, visit this page). Also, you will notice that whenever possible, I included a link to purchase the game if you so desire:
Prison Architect is a prison construction and management simulation game from British game developer Introversion Software. Prison Architect is the spiritual successor that cult classics Theme Park and Theme Hospital deserved.
In Prison Architect, you will manage your very own maximum security prison. You will 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.
Prison Architect Mac Release date: October 2015
Starcraft 2: Legacy of the Void
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 campaing. The campaign includes approximately 20 missions and deal with the “Toss’s attempts to reclaim their homeworld of Auir“.
Legacy of the Void should be priced as Heart of the Swarm and is expected to come before the end of the year.
Legacy of the Void Mac Release date: November 10, 2015
Minecraft: Story Mode
Developed by Telltale Games, Minecraft: Story Mode is a story-driven game set in the Minecraft universe. Not much is known about the game’s story, but we know that it won’t be an ‘official’ story for Steve, nor will it explain the world of Minecraft in general. With Story Mode, Telltale plans on collaborating with the Minecraft community to create a compelling story.
Telltale Games cannot be stopped. They have succeeded with completely different universes, including the Game of Thrones, the Walking Dead and even Borderlands. But Minecraft? Seriously? Telltale certainly has the pedigree to take on the challenge.
Minecraft: Story Mode Mac Release date: TBA 2015
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3 is the most exciting RPG of the year. It will be Geralt’s final adventure, but it promises to be his biggest yet. Other than impressive graphics, Wild Hunt features an open-world universe (supposedly 30 times the size of previous Witcher games), a 50 hours main storyline, a new combat system and over 36 different endings (talk about actions with consequences).
The Witcher 3 was already part of last year’s most anticipated Mac games, but the game got delayed more than once. According to CD Projekt RED, it was to avoid a botched release full of bugs (à la Assassin’s Creed). Expectations cannot be any higher.
The Witcher 3 Mac Release date: TBA2015
Last Life is a sci-fi noir adventure game inspired by point and click adventure games like Kentucky Route Zero and Telltale’s Walking Dead series.
The game features a private detective who, after being killed, is resurrected through advanced 3D printing. He gets to reopen his last case only to discover corruption, corporate espionage and conspiracy (which may or may not have led to Earth’s doom). Did I mention the whole thing takes place in Mars?
Last Life Mac Release date: TBA 2015
Castly Story is voxel-based strategy game developed by Sauropod Studio.
In Castle Story, you take control of workers called “Bricktrons”. They will help you gather resources, build your castle and fight your enemies. Yes, they can fight, but your survival will depend on your castle’s design and resistance to attacks. The game takes place on floating islands and will feature fully modelled destruction.
The game has been on Steam Early Access for a long time. Let’s hope 2015 will be the year when it will be finally released.
Castle Story Mac Release date: TBA 2015
Overwatch is a multiplayer team-based FPS from developer Blizzard. Overwatch is Blizzard’s take on Team Fortress 2 (one of the best free Mac games ever) and focuses on several “heroes” with unique abilities and roles. For example, you will get to play with an armored ape who can take a lot of damage, a teleporting women who can deal a lot of damage or a samurai archer who can reach places the other characters cannot.
The game will focus on cooperative gameplay and it will require the right combination of heroes to make a killer team. Overwatch will also include an outside story to tie all the heroes together. Needless to say, this game has enough potential to become one of Mac gaming’s best first-person shooters.
Overwatch Mac Release date: TBA 2015
What started like browser game in 2013 is slowly becoming an unique take on the FPS genre. The principle is simple: time only moves when you do. You still have to shoot enemies and take them down, but this twist changes it all. Pause mid-fight and you’ll see bullets hanging in the air, their trajectories and your enemies’ position. This is when Superhot becomes a strategy game too.
The game was created by Piotr Iwanicki and the SUPERHOT Team as part of the 2013 7 Day FPS Challenge.
Superhot Mac Release date: TBA 2015
Homefront: The Revolution
Homefront: The Revolution is an open world first-person shooter developed by Deep Silver. The game is set to take place four years after the events of the original Homefront.
Poor reviews and the closure of the game’s original developer and publisher didn’t stop Homefront: The Revolution. The sequel promises to fix Homefront’s flaws and deliver on the promise of resistance fighters in an occupied open-world. You assume the role of Ethan Brady, as he begins a resistance movement against the army of Korea in the city of Philadelphia.
Homefront: The Revolution Mac Release date: TBA 2015
Developed by indie studio Zero Point Software, Interstellar Marines is a tactical sci-fi First Person Shooter. Heavily inspired by Half-Life, System Shock 2 and Rainbow Six 3, the game aims to resurrects the old school tactical FPS, with an unique blend of co-op, role-playing and nonlinear gameplay.
The game takes place in a future military training facility and will feature cross-platform multiplayer, singleplayer, and cooperative training scenarios.
Interstellar Marines Mac Release date: TBA 2015
Kingdom Come: Deliverance
Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a realistic role-playing game set in a 15th century medieval kingdom. The game foregoes dragons and dwarfs and focuses on historically accurate and realistic content instead. The game will be single-player only and will feature very realistic stuff, such as sleep, hunger, accurate armor and clothing, combat techniques, and real-world castles recreated with the assistance of architects and historians.
Deliverance will also feature complete open-ended objectives and earn reputation among NPCs.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance Mac Release date: TBA 2015
It’s easy to forget how much hype surrounded Titanfall last year. Coming from the creators of the Call of Duty series, Titanfall was perhaps 2014’s hottest game. It promised to take the Call of Duty series to the next level with the introduction of huge mechs, wall runs and impressive graphics. And it delivered. At one point the Mac scene was taken by surprise when leaked rumors claimed that Aspyr was working on it! This was confirmed, but we haven’t heard anything since.
Perhaps 2015 will be the year it will finally make it to the Mac? It would also be the very first time a high profile game makes it to the Mac but misses the Playstation platform :).
Titanfall Mac Release date: TBA 2015?
Grave is a First-Person, open world survival horror game. What sets this game apart from the many survival horror games out there, is that it’s world is ever-changing. Literally. The game’s universe is precedurally-generated, meaning that the world actually changes with each passing night.
Grave will be as much about exploration as it will be about combat. However, you won’t need guns or knives here. You will have to use light-based weapons to fight the creatures you will encounter. Grave is being developed with Unity and promises to push the graphical fidelity to its limit.
Grave Mac Release date: TBA 2015
On the night of February 2, 1959, nine hikers went missing on Russian mountain Kholat Syakh. Their broken bodies were reportedly found days later, complete with fractured skulls, cracked ribs and another victim missing half her face. That’s the premise of Kholat, a First-Person horror game from polish studio IMGN.PRO. The game will task you with uncovering mysteries and investigating your surroundings as you climb the mountain. Think Dear Esther, but with a much darker tone.
We will never know what happened on that mountain, but IMGN.PRO is ready to take a shot.
Kholat Mac Release date: April 24, 2015
Obduction is an upcoming adventure game from the award-winning creators of Myst and Riven. This First-Person adventure game will try to bring back everything that made Myst and Riven so famous: stunning landscapes, a deep storyline, engaging characters and, obviously, challenging puzzles.
The game’s Kickstater was a huge success, with over $1.3 million funded. According to developer Cyan, the game will be built using one of the most powerful game development technologies available today. Needless to say, this game will have huge expectations to meet.
Obduction Mac Release date: Late 2015
Project Phoenix is a squad-based real-time strategy game combined with strong Japanese RPG design influences. The game will put you in command of a band of heroes who will have to piece together the mystery of an angel with amnesia. The game promises to draw you into a breathtaking fantasy world, filled with a deep storyline, Japanese character designs and a memorable cast.
This indie game is being developed by Creative Intelligence Arts and includes former Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu, and Kiyoshi Arai, an artist for Final Fantasy XII and XIV. Project Phoenix promises to bring the best from the East and the West.
Project Phoenix Mac Release date: Late 2015
Duelyst is a tactical turn-based strategy game with a heavy focus on ranked competitive multiplayer. The game is under development by Counterplay Games, a studio full of veteran developers and the creators of Diablo 3, Rogue Legacy and the Ratchet & Clank series.
The game will let you summon from over 300 units, spells and artifacts onto the battlefield to defeat your opponent. Duelyst will include 6 unique factions and ranked ladders with up to 6 divisions. You can think of Duelyst as a marriage between tactical turn-based games like Hearthstone with fast-paced competitive play.
Duelyst Mac Release date: Summer 2015
At The Gates
At the Gates is a 4X strategy game from Jon Shafer, former lead designer for Civilization V. After publicly expressing his frustration with the game’s AI and combat, he decided to go separate ways and build a strategy game that aims to rectify those issues. Starting with a small tribe, you will have to explore the world, find resources and build your empire, while eliminating or outsmarting your opponents. The game will require you to master the art of war, as well as the art of negotiation.
At The Gates promises to make the end game more interesting and force you to innovate as the world’s resources are consumed. Besides introducing an original idea to the genre, it introduces a very realistic issue we will have to face someday.
At The Gates Mac Release date: Late 2015
From the creators of the original XCOM comes Chaos Reborn, a turn-based wizard combat game with an RPG twist. In Chaos Reborn, you play as a wizard who can summon monsters to destroy his opponent. You move on a hex-grid that represents the terrain and will be able to summon illutions, cast spells and throw fireballs. Be careful though, magic is unpredictable so don’t be surprised if a spell backfires on you…
The game will feature online Multiplayer, Rankings, Co-op, and a Huge Single Player Campaign.
Chaos Reborn Mac Release date: TBA 2015
Firewatch is a first-person mystery game set in the vast forests of Wyoming from indie developer Campo Santo.
You play as Henry, a summer forest lookout during the dreaded fire season. During your mandatory rounds, you will explore the beautiful wilderness of Wyoming. All standard work until you start encountering mysterious goings on in the neighbourhood. Luckily, you’re not entirely alone. You can reflect on everything with your trusty companion, Delilah, who’s always available on the other end of your handheld radio.
Firewatch Mac Release date: March 2015
Mighty No. 9
Considered by many as Megaman’s spiritual succesor, Mighty No. 9 is an action platform game brought to life by Megaman’s creator himself, Keiji Inafume. The game focuses on 2D platforming and puzzles, with a blend of 2D and 3D animations. Mighty No. 9 stars a combat alien that can jump, run, shoot baddies and acquire additional guns and abilities from his defeated enemies.
Mighty No. 9 was funded through Kickstarter. The plan was to raise $900k, but it ended raising $3.8 million! Talk about a Kickstarter success. The extra funds allowed to include additional stages, special modes and ports to other platforms (including the Mac).
Mighty No.9 Mac Release date: TBA 2016
With already many games released this year (the 15 here being the best Mac games this year), and 23 more on the horizon, there is something for everyone. With brand-new first-person shooters, roguelikes, RPGs and even simulation games, 2015 promises to be a very fun year! Things will obviously change as we go deeper into 2015. I plan on coming back as often as possible to include release dates and more.
Did I miss another 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?