You’ve probably heard a thousand times already that “Macs are not good for gaming“. Or that they only support a few old games. But fear not, I have created for you the ultimate proof that Macs are not only capable gaming, they can be great at it. Just take a look at our Top Mac games below.
If you ever wondered what good games are available for Mac? You are in the right place. Whether you’re just starting to game on your Mac or you simply lack inspiration when it comes to buying your next Mac game, this resource is the perfect starting point.
While it was hard to chose among hundreds of top-notch Mac games, here are our Best Mac Games. We decided to not rank them and instead give you a more flexible way to explore the list and facilitate your search. You can filter the games by alphabetical order, release date, genre, Metascore or simply search for a specific game.
|Box Art||Store link||Name||Why you should try it||Release date||Genre|
|BioShock Infinite||BioShock Infinite||BioShock Infinite is without a doubt one of the best first person shooters available on Mac. Taking place in a flying city, you're tasked with a rescue mission gone wrong. Without spoiling it for you, the story is amazing, calling for some serious "OMG" moments, the gameplay is tight and the graphics beautiful. |
Read our Mac review.
|XCOM: Enemy Unknown||XCOM: Enemy Unknown||One of the best strategy games available for Mac, XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a must. The game's a remake of the 1994 cult classic UFO: Enemy Unknown and puts you in control of an elite multinational paramilitary organization called XCOM and tasked with defending the Earth.|
Read our Mac review.
|Deus Ex: Human Revolution||Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut||Part of our Top 5 First-Person Shooters on Mac, Human Revolution received critical acclaim when released. The game successfully combines FPS mechanics, stealth, hacking and social interactions. There is no "right way" to tackle missions, giving you a sense of freedom not many modern FPS give. This feeling is reinforced by the open-ended nature of the game: In Deux Ex, the choices are really yours.||2012||Shooters|
|Minecraft||Minecraft||Minecraft revolves around one simple principal: survival. During the day, you spend time gathering resources, whether it be searching for ore, digging holes, fishing or planting crops. Night is spent either indoors, mining underground tunnels, building tools or running around outside being chased by monsters.||2011||Adventure|
|Braid||Braid||Braid should not need an introduction anymore. One of the most critically-acclaimed indies of our times, Braid is a platformer that lets you manipulate the flow of time and travel through a series of worlds to save a princess from a monster. The game is ultra cheap, gorgeous to look at and very refreshing. You can't go wrong with this one.||2009||Role-Playing|
|Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls||Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls||Reaper of Souls is Diablo 3's first expansion. Along with the infamous update, Loot 2.0, Reaper of Souls completely changes the core Diablo 3 experience for the best. It adds a new character class, an additional Act, a brand-new Adventure mode a ton of new features. Check our Gameplay video to see it in action.||2014||Role-Playing|
|Limbo||Limbo||Limbo is a black and white puzzle-platforming adventure where you assume the role of a young boy traveling through a hostile world. Limbo's gameplay is as simple as it gets, but the art style and the atmosphere are so powerful, they remind you that video games are about immersion more than fancy graphics or features.|
Read our Mac review.
|Tomb Raider||Tomb Raider||Tomb Raider delivers an intense and gritty story of the origins of the infamous Lara Croft and her ascent from frightened young woman to hardened survivor. The game is full of survival elements, stealth, shooting, running and more. You will not get bored, trust me. You can check our Gameplay video to see what I mean.||2014||Action|
|The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings||The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings||The second installment in the RPG saga about the Witcher, Geralt of Rivia, features a thoroughly engrossing, mature storyline defining new standards for thought-provoking, non-linear game narration. In addition to an epic story, the game features an original, brutal combat system that uniquely combines tactical elements with dynamic action.||2012||Role-Playing|
|The Orange Box||The Orange Box||A Bundle filled with Valve's finest games,The Orange Box includes: Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2:Episode 1, Half-Life 2: Episode Two, Team Fortress 2 and Portal.||2010||Shooters|
|League of Legends||League of Legends||Inspired by the infamous Defense of the Ancients MOD, League of Legends is a MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) that combines role-playing and strategy elements beautifully. According to Forbes, it was 2012's most played game in both Europe and the States. You can watch our Mac gameplay video to see it in action. Did I mention it was free? You have no excuse but to give LoL a try. Beware though, hours fly when you really get into it....||2013||Massive Multiplayer|
|Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP||Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP||Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP is an action adventure with an emphasis on audiovisual style. Traverse a mythic little realm, use a sword to do battle & evoke sworcery to solve mystical musical mysteries.||2012||Adventure|
|The Lord of the Rings Online||The Lord of the Rings Online||LOTR Online is not only free, it's also one of the best alternatives to World of Warcraft. Gameplay is solid and if you happen to be a Lord of the Rings fan, this game is for you.||2012||Massive Multiplayer|
|Super Meat Boy||Super Meat Boy||Super Meat Boy is a tough-as-nails platformer where you play as an animated cube of meat who's trying to save his girlfriend. Super Meat Boy relives the old school difficulty of classic retro platformers and streamlines it down to the essentials, no BS, just straight-forward twitch reflex platforming.||2010||Platforms|
|Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm||Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm||Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm is the second of the three games for Starcraft II that picks up the right where Wings of Liberty left off. The story focuses on Sarah Kerrigan and her quest to reunite the Swarm and exact revenge on Arcturus Mengsk. Check our Gameplay video to see it in action.||2013||Strategy|
|Bastion||Bastion||One of the most famous indie games out there, Bastion is an action role-playing experience that redefined storytelling in games, thanks to a reactive narrator who marks your every move. The art-style, atmosphere and narrator make Bastion one of the most memorable single-player experiences out there.||2012||Platforms|
|Fez||Fez||Indie superstar Fez (full review) is one of the most original platformers of recent times.|
You play as Gomez, a 2D creature living in what he believes is a 2D world. Until a strange and powerful artifact reveals to him the existence of a mysterious third dimension! The game is full of mind-bending puzzles that will challenge you, but that's what makes Fez such a satisfying game to play.
|Borderlands 2||Borderlands 2||While Borderlands was exploring new ideas, Borderlands 2 (Borderlands 2 Mac Reviewfull review) finally made everything click. Part of our Top 5 First-Person Shooters on the Mac, Borderlands 2 took everything from the first game and made it better. The game takes you back to the universe of Pandora and this time the looting and shooting are equally fun. Borderlands 2 is one of our favorite. You do not want to miss it.||2012||Shooters|
|World of Warcraft||World of Warcraft||Mists of Pandaria raised the existing level cap from level 85 to 90. Also introduced a new character class, the Monk, and a new playable race, the Pandaren, WoW remains one of the most addictive games on the Mac.||2012||Massive Multiplayer|
|Batman: Arkham City||Batman: Arkham City||If Arkham Asylum can be considered a great game, Arkham City (full review) is simply the best Action Adventure game currently available. The game improves on virtually everything the first one did, giving you a bigger world to discover, more fights, better gameplay and a great story. Want to see how it runs on Mac ?||2012||Action|
|Portal 2||Portal 2||The highly anticipated sequel to 2007's Game of the Year, Portal 2 is a hilariously mind-bending adventure that challenges you to use wits over weaponry in a funhouse of diabolical science. I loved this game so much, it has the highest score ever given around here!||2011||Shooters|
|Left 4 Dead 2||Left 4 Dead 2|| Left 4 Dead 2 is a co-op action horror First-Person shooter that focuses on four new Survivors, fighting against hordes of the Infected, who develop severe psychosis and exhibit zombie-like tendencies.|
Part of our Top 5 First-Person shooters, Left 4 Dead 2 is extremely fast-paced and intense. Played with 3 other friends, Left 4 Dead 2 is one of the best co-op experiences you can have on a Mac.
|FTL: Faster Than Light||FTL: Faster Than Light||2012's Indie game of the Year according to most critics, FTL is a roguelike space strategy game featuring ship management, space combat and lots of randomness. What makes this game so good is the fact it offers an infinite number of short, intense, and compelling stories that rarely go on for more than an hour or two. The game is very lightweight too, making it perfect for an older Macbook Pro or Macbook Air.||2012||Strategy|
|Mark of the Ninja||Mark of the Ninja||"Mark of the Ninja" is a side-scrolling stealth action game from Klei Entertainment that combines fluid 2D animation with intense stealth gameplay. Check our Mac Review for all the details or our Gameplay Video to see it in action.||2013||Role-Playing|
|Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft||Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft||Hearthstone is a free-to-play collectible card game from Blizzard. The game revolves around turn-based 1vs1 matches and needles to say, it plays beautifully. The fact Hearthstone is completely free makes it an absolute must, even if you're not particularly fan of card games. You can check our Mac Review to know more about this great game set within the Warcraft universe.||2014||Strategy|
|F1 2013||F1 2013||F1 2013 is the latest F1 game available from the series. We all know the Mac lacks quality Racing games but I can confirm F1 2013 is one those rare exceptions. Also, F1racing simulation can be intimidating but the game is accessible enough, even for beginner racing fans. Read our Mac Review for all the details or see it in action here.||2012||Racing|
|Crusader Kings 2||Crusader Kings 2||In Crusader Kings II, you get to control one of the great Christian dynasties of the West, attempt to conquer all of Europe and liberate the Holy Land. While the game's looks may not be impressive, Crusader Kings II offers one of the richest and deep experiences out there. Crusader Kings II is very hard to master but extremely satisfying when you do.||2012||Strategy|
|Unity of Command||Unity of Command||Unity of Command is an innovative and refreshing operational-level wargame that covers the entire 1942/43 Stalingrad Campaign on the Eastern Front. It strives to recreate the strategy, the forces involved and the general tension of that crucial period in World War II.||2012||Strategy|
|Tropico 4||Tropico 4||The latest entry in the Tropico series, Tropico 4 puts you back in the shoes of a dictator who is willing to do everything in order to succed and give his paradise island a place in the world. Our reviewer definitely loved it and if you enjoy city-building games, than you probably will to. You can also check our video for a sneak peak of the gameplay.||2013||Strategy|
|Machinarium||Machinarium||A puzzle / adventure game, this game focuses on a little robot who's been thrown out to the scrap yard behind the city who must return and confront the Black Cap Brotherhood and save his robot-girl friend.||2009||Adventure|
|Europa Universalis 4||Europa Universalis IV||Set in the historical era of the initial European exploration and colonization of the New World, Europa Universalis IV recycles and improves upon many features of the previous EU installments but continues to focus on exploration, trade, warfare and diplomacy. This is a game for those who enjoy digging into the stats, facts and figures.||2013||Strategy|
|Football Manager 2015||Football Manager 2015||Released simultaneously for Windows, Mac and Linux, Football Manager 2015 is the latest football simulation game from Sports Interactive. The game introduced Steam Workshop integration, a revamped transfer module, improved manager/player interactions, player testimonials and more. Part of our most addictive Mac games round up, this game also tons to offer.||2013||Simulation|
|Prince of Persia||Prince of Persia||Built by the same award-winning Ubisoft Montreal studio that created Assassin's Creed, Prince of Persia has been in development for over three years to deliver a whole new action-adventure gaming experience to consumers.||2009||Adventure|
|Rage: Campaign Edition||Rage: Campaign Edition||RAGE is set in the not-too-distant future after an asteroid impacts Earth, leaving a ravaged world behind. Featuring intense first-person shooter action, vehicle combat, an expansive world to explore and jaw-dropping graphics powered by id’s technology, RAGE promises an experience like no other.||2012||Shooters|
|RockSmith 2014||RockSmith 2014||RockSmith 2014 is what Guitar Hero only dreamt of becoming: it lets you plug in an electric guitar (a real one) directly into your system and begin learning guitar with the RockSmith Method.|
This is the franchise's second installment and brings a better interface and a ton of new features that promise to make learning the guitar much easier.
|Spec Ops: The Line||Spec Ops: The Line||Spec Ops: The Line is unlike the Call of Duties and Battlefields out there. Not because the game is a third-person shooter but because it challenged players' morality. The game puts you in the middle of unspeakable situations where extremely tough decisions must be made. This is the closest to "real" war a game has ever got. Read our Mac Review for all the details or watch our gameplay video to see it in action.||2013||Shooters|
|Frozen Synapse||Frozen Synapse||Frozen Synapse is a turn-based tactical game, in which you have to give detailed, accurate orders to your squad in an attempt to destroy all enemy units.Set in a dystopian cyberpunk future, Frozen Synapse has online multiplayer, a single-player campaign, and a skirmish mode. Both gameplay and looks are extremely original here and promise to give you a breath of fresh air.||2011||Strategy|
|SpaceChem||SpaceChem||SpaceChem is an intriguing, "problem-solving centric" puzzle game. Players build machines using mechanics similar to visual programming that assemble and transform chemical compounds. Players later connect those machines together to form complex pipelines, and ultimately construct special pipelines to fight back against space-monsters that threaten humanity.||2011||Platforms|
|Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3||Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3||The latest and most accomplished Call of Duty available on Mac.||2014||Shooters|
|RollerCoaster Tycoon 3||RollerCoaster Tycoon 3||Featuring overhauled 3D graphics and the exclusive new Coaster Cam, you can now see your park from any angle and ride the coasters you build. From street level to blimp, see your park pulse with fun and excitement like never before.||2012||Simulation|
|Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood||Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood||Brotherhood is the latest Assassin's Creed game available on the Mac and Assassin's Creed 2 follow up. Besides polishing what the previous games did, Brotherhood took the experience to the next level and introduced a never-before-seen multiplayer layer. Both single-player and multiplayer should keep you busy for hours...||2011||Action|
|Metro: Last Light||Metro: Last Light||Set in a post-apocalyptic Moscow, devastated by a nuclear war, Last Light is the sequel of Metro 2033. Last Light is filled with survival horror and stealth elements. To say it improved on its predecessor would be understatement. Last Light is much tighter, scarier and more fun. Check this Gameplay video to see what I mean.||2013||Shooters|
|Max Payne 3||Max Payne 3||Max Payne 3 continues the tale of former New York City detective, Max Payne. The game boasts highly-refined gameplay with an extensive range of realistic weaponry, an intelligent cover system and sophisticated Bullet-Time mechanics. In addition to an expansive single-player campaign, Max Payne 3 introduce to the series a multiplayer experience. Read our Mac Review and check our Gameplay video for more.||2013||Action|
|The Sims 3||The Sims 3||The Sims 3 is built upon the same concept as its predecessors. You control your own Sims' activities and relationships in a manner similar to real life. The gameplay is open-ended and indefinite. The big change this time is that sim houses and neighborhoods are placed on one continuous map.||2011||Simulation|
|Sid Meier's Civilization V||Sid Meier's Civilization V||The second major expansion pack for Sid Meier's Civilization V, Brave New World introduces international trade and focus on culture and diplomacy, and will include new civilizations, a Culture Victory, World Congress, international trade routes, Wonders, and new game scenarios, for hours and hours of new Civilization experiences. Read our full Mac Review or watch in action for more details.||2013||Strategy|
|Trine 2||Trine 2||Trine 2 takes the first game's beloved triad and puts them into an all-new adventure filled with more action, more puzzles, and the introduction of online support for the series's popular cooperative 3-person gameplay. Check our Mac Review for more.||2012||Platforms|
|Counter-Strike: Global Offensive||Counter-Strike: Global Offensive||First-Person Shooter legend, Counter Strike, is a classic and still gathers thousands of player online for a reason. It features revamped versions of classic maps, as well as brand new maps, characters and game modes. The game also supports cross-platform multiplayer Windows and OS X, giving you the chance to kick the asses of your Windows-using friends.||2012||Shooters|
|Guild Wars 2||Guild Wars 2||Many have tried to challenge the mighty World of Warcraft but almost all failed. Except the Guild Wars franchise. Guild Wars 2 is the latest and most innovative WoW killer out there. It features a storyline that is responsive to player actions, a dynamic event system and a brand-new combat system. The best of all? Guild Wars 2 is subscription free!||2012||Massive Multiplayer|
|Rayman: Origins||Rayman: Origins||Rayman: Origin is the rebirth of a platforming legend... 15 years after the first Rayman was launched, Origins gets back to the basics, offering a two-dimensional cooperative platformer set in a colorful world. The game also supports four-player co-op which gives it a lasting appeal.||2013||Platforms|
|Shadowrun: Hong Kong||Shadowrun: Hong Kong||Shadowrun: Hong Kong is the latest game from developer Harebrained Schemes, and without a doubt, the most accomplished game from the series. Besides the great story-driven campaign, Hong Kong also includes a Level Editor that will add hours of fun to the package.||2015||Role-Playing|
PS: For your convenience, I included links to some of the best stores for Mac games out there.
First of all, we would like to thank you for all the feedback you have sent our way. As pointed out by many of you, the criteria used here needs to be crystal clear in order to avoid “How could you not add XXXX game?”. These are the criteria used for the list below:
- We only took into account “modern games”: They had to be released in the last 10 years on the Mac.
- The best were selected based on many things: Reviews, PC Metacritic scores, personal favorites.
Feeling like your own personal favorites are missing but truly deserve a spot? Please let us know in the comments section (we do reply to ALL the comments)!
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