The number 1 question we get by mail is always the same:
What are the best Mac games available for the Mac?
Well, after answering it a couple hundred times, I decided it was time to give you a definitive answer once and for all.
If you’re just starting to game on your Mac or simply lack inspiration when it comes to buying your next game, this list is for you. If you’re wondering why your favorite game isn’t here, you can scroll down to the end of this article and read the selection rules.
While it was hard to chose among hundreds of top-notch Mac games, here are our 75 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.
These are the 75 Best Mac games
You can filter the games by alphabetical order, release date, genre, Metascore or simply search for a specific game:
Amnesia: The Dark Descent Definitely one of Mac gaming's most disturbing and chilling experiences out there, Amnesia is a First-person survival horror game that is all about immersion, discovery and basically showing you what living through a nightmare might feel like...
Action Adventure 85 2011
Anomaly 2 Anomaly 2 is without a doubt one of the most solid Tower-Defense games available on the Mac. Sequel to the critically acclaimed Anomaly Warzone Earth, Anomaly 2 adds more features, polish and a long-awaited Multiplayer mode. Check our Review or Gameplay video for more.
Tower Defense 78 2013
Assassin's Creed 2 Surprising to most uninitiated Mac Gamers, the famous Assassin's Creed franchise is well represented on the Mac, partly thanks to Assassin's Creed 2.
The game retains the core gameplay that made the first opus a resounding success and features new experiences that will surprise and challenge you.
Action Adventure 86 2010
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... Action Adventure 88 2011
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. Role-Playing 86 2012
Batman: Arkham Asylum With Arkham Asylum (full review), developer RockSteady Studios did two things: show the world superhero games could be cool and put together one of the most best action-adventure games available on the Mac, featuring great graphics, addictive gameplay and a thrilling story (only matched by it's sequel, Arkham City).
Action Adventure 91 2011
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 did, giving you a bigger world to discover, more fights, better gameplay and a great story. You do not want to miss this one. Want to see how it runs on Mac ? Check our gameplay video here.
Action Adventure 91 2012
BioShock 2 Set approximately 10 years after the events of the original BioShock, BioShock 2 takes you back to the city of Rapture, but this time as one of the infamous Big Daddies. While also introducing Multiplayer and top-notch DLC packs, the game somehow lacks the magic from the original BioShock. To be purchased only after playing the first one!
First-Person Shooter 88 2012
Bioshock Infinite Our indisputable 2013 Game of the Year, BioShock Infinite is without a doubt one of the best games available on the 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. Check our full review and gameplay video for more.
First-Person Shooter 94 2013
BioShock Now almost 8 years old, BioShock is still one of the most memorable experiences in video gaming. BioShock is a shooter unlike any other, mixing weapons with super-human attacks and taking place in the infamous city of Rapture, the game is one hell of a ride that should run smoothly on most Macs.
First-Person Shooter 96 2011
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.
First-Person Shooter 89 2012
Borderlands Borderlands was the first time a First-person shooter was so deeply combined with a role-playing game. it had original graphics, huge world to explore and lots of hype surrounding it. When the game was finally out, it felt like it was trying so many new things, it was missing something. Still, Borderlands is a great experience, and above all, it set the stage for the amazing Borderlands 2.
First-Person Shooter 81 2010
Botanicula Botanicula is a point'n'click exploration game about a five friends set out for a journey to save the last seed from their home tree. The gameplay is about exploration, solving puzzles, meeting strange creatures and listening to the music. Botanicula may not be for everybody but it's so refreshing and original, you may want to check it out anyhow. Adventure 82 2012
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. Platformer 90 2009
Call of Duty 2 Call of Duty 2 is the oldest Call of Duty game available on Mac. While there are better First-Person Shooters available on the Mac, COD 2 is the one that started it all, the cornerstone of modern First-Person Shooters.
It also helpts that COD 2 is still the most intense WWII first person action title out there. If you want to take a trip down memory lane, this one is for you.
First-Person Shooter 86 2006
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Infinity Ward's Modern Warfare was truly groundbreaking when it was first released. Everything we now take for granted was first introduced with this game: A single-player campaign full of engrossing action-pieces worthy of Hollywood and a Multiplayer featuring a robust leveling system, perks and classes. Modern Warfare was the last FPS to truly revolutionize the genre and perhaps the best Call of Duty available on the Mac.
First-Person Shooter 92 2008
Call of Duty: Black Ops Part of our Top 5 Mac First-Person Shooters, Black Ops is latest Call of Duty game available on the Mac. While it's more evolution than revolution, it takes everything that made Modern Warfare great and expanded it. It features a globe-trotting campaign, a deep multiplayer experience and a killer co-op Zombie mode. Black Ops (full review) is the most complete COD game available on the Mac.
First-Person Shooter 81 2010
Company of Heroes Company of Heroes redefined real time strategy gaming when it was first released and is still one of the best out there. The detailed graphics, destructible environments and balance between units make it a great strategy game that looks so good it sometimes feels like an action game.
The Mac Edition includes all the campaigns from the original Company of Heroes and from the expansions.
Strategy 93 2012
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.
First-Person Shooter 83 2012
Crusader Kings II 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. Strategy 82 2012
Dead Island Dead Island is not just "another" zombie game, it's the one that started it all. This game is a very special First-Person shooter. It takes place in a beautiful paradise island and it focuses on melee weapons. On top of that, the graphics are beautiful. Watch our gameplay video or check our Mac review for more. First-Person Shooter 80 2014
Deus Ex: Human Revolution 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.
First-Person Shooter 90 2012
Diablo III Third installment in the Diablo franchise, Diablo 3 is a demon hunting, corpse looting and world saving action RPG. As always, Blizzard found the perfect balance between too much loot and not enough, giving you just the right amount to keep you playing for hours.
Beware, Diablo 3 is a one of the most addictive games on the Mac!
Role-Playing 88 2012
Dirt 2 One of the few high-quality racing games on the Mac, Dirt offers improved physics and visuals, head-to-head online play, and new social features for you to engage with the racing community. Dirt 2 will take you to real-world environments and competitions and challenge you every step of the way. This is one of your best bets if you like Racing games. Racing 89 2011
Doom 3 ID Software's most successful game yet, Doom 3 is a reboot of the Doom franchise. Putting aside the story lines of the previous Doom games. The game is well put together, but it was mainly it's engine and graphics that earned all the praise. A good option for those FPS fans who enjoy survival - horror settings. First-Person Shooter 87 2005
Dragon Age 2 BioWare's latest medieval RPG, Dragon Age 2, features an all-new story, new characters and new settings. The game will ask you to once again face tough moral choices, gather the deadliest of allies, slay countless enemies and more. While the game looks better and play smoother than its predecessor, some critics argue the new environment were too small. Still, a good medieval RPG that should help you wait for the Elder Scrolls Online. Role-Playing 82 2011
Dragon Age: Origins: Awakening The first Expansion to the original Dragon Age, Awakening offers a new area of the world to explore and a new epic story that will allow you to unravel the secrets of the darkspawn - and their true motivations. The game offers an increased level cap, new spells, abilities, specializations and items, giving Dragon Age much more depth. Awakening is also considered by many as the last true RPG released by BioWare. Role-Playing 82 2011
Dragon Age: Origins Spiritual successor to BioWare's critically acclaimed Baldur's Gate, Dragon Age: Origins features deep character customization and role-playing, morally challenging decisions, tactical party-based combat and a wealth of gritty sub-plots. This is a game were actions have consequences, presenting you with difficult, yet fascinating moral choices to make along the way. Role-Playing 91 2011
Europa Universalis IV Set in the historical era of the initial European exploration and colonization of the New World, Europa Universalis IV gives you hundreds of playable nations.
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 figues.
Strategy 85 2013
F1 2012 F1 2012 (F1 2012 Mac reviewfull review) is one of the few good racing games the Mac has to offer. Still, it's one I like to recommend. While F1 simulation may be intimidating to the uninitiated, the game is accessible and focus more on providing players an enjoyable gameplay than recreating a pure F1 simulation.
Racing 80 2012
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.
Platformer 91 2013
Football Manager 2014 Released simultaneously for Windows, Mac and Linux, Football Manager 2014 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. Sports 85 2013
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. Strategy 85 2011
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.
Strategy 84 2012
Grid Probably the most graphically impressive racing game available on the Mac, Grid (full review) finds a perfect balance between casual and hardcore gameplay, making it extremely appealing for just about everyone. The game also pulls off an impressive sense of speed, making it extremely intense. You can check our Gameplay video to see it yourself.
Racing 87 2013
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! MMORPG 92 2012
Hotline Miami Indie darling Hotline Miami overflows with raw brutality and skull crushing close combat as you find yourself outgunned and using your wits to choreograph your way through impossible situations. The fact it was made using Game Maker is impressive, as Hotline Miami's retro graphics are simple yet filled with personality! This is another light game (performance wise) to rock on an older MacBook Pro. Adventure 85 2013
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....
MMORPG 78 2013
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.
Par 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.
First-Person Shooter 89 2009
Legend of Grimrock From four-man indie studio Almost Human, Legend of Grimrock is a 3D grid-based dungeon crawler inspired by classic 1980s and 1990s action role-playing games such as Dungeon Master or Ultima Underworld. The game definitely has an old-school heart but the execution is flawless, giving you control of a group of prisoners who will have to descend through a mountain riddled with ancient tunnels, dungeons and tombs to survive. Role-Playing 82 2012
LEGO The Lord of the Rings Based on The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, Lego Lord of the Rings (LEGO Lord of the Rings Mac Reviewfull review) is an action-adventure game that takes the movie's epic events but re-imagines them "with the humor and endless variety of Lego play". This game is all about switching between several characters, collecting weapons and magical items, exploring the world and basically re-live the Lord of the Rings story. This is a great family-friendly game that both kids and adults can enjoy.
Action Adventure 80 2013
Limbo Limbo is a black and white puzzle-platforming adventure where you assume the role of a young boy traveling through a hostile world.
You can safely call it an Indie superstar. 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. Check our Mac review or Gameplay video for all the details!
Platformer 88 2011
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. Adventure 85 2009
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. Platformer 91 2013
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. Action Adventure 87 2013
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. Adventure 93 2011
Napoleon: Total War Napoleon: Total War expands on the successful Total War series by taking all the features from previous games such as the full 3D land and naval battles, the detailed campaign map, and an in depth diplomacy system and taking them a step further. Strategy 81 2013
Plants vs. Zombies You'll need to think fast and plant faster to fend off this mob of helmet-clad, pole-vaulting zombies. This game has reached cult-classic status and with its simple yet addictive gameplay. Strategy 87 2010
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. First-Person Shooter 95 2011
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. Action Adventure 82 2009
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. First-Person Shooter 79 2012
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. Simulation 81 2012
Rome: Total War Rome: Total War brings the epic, cinematic battles of the Roman era to life with graphics and gameplay never before seen at the time. Up to 10,000 fully polygonal, highly detailed, motion-captured warriors can appear on the screen at once. Strategy 92 2010
Sid Meier's Civilization V: Brave New World 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. Strategy 84 2013
Sid Meier's Civilization V Civilization V takes the strategy game series in new directions with the introduction of hexagon tiles allowing for deeper strategy, more realistic gameplay and organic landscapes for players to explore as they expand their empire. Wars between empires feel massive as armies dominate the landscape, and combat is more exciting and intense than ever before. Strategy 90 2010
Sonic & Sega All Star Racing Mario Kart meets Smash Bros.This is a clone that gets it right and finally gives the rest of the world (other than Nintendo users) an extremely fun game you can play with your friends on the same room.
Racing 65 2013
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. Puzzle 84 2011
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic In KoTOR, you are the last hope of the Jedi and must lead a band of freedom fighters in an epic struggle to save the galaxy. You alone can save the galaxy and it's up to you which path of The Force you will follow: the honorable Light Side or the passionate Dark Side. Role-Playing 93 2012
Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm Starcraft II: 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. Strategy 86 2013
Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty StarCraft II features the return of the Protoss, Terran, and Zerg races. StarCraft II succesfully brings back the StarCraft universe, with beautiful 3D graphics, finely-tuned classes and lots of action. Strategy 93 2010
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. Platformer 87 2010
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. Adventure 83 2012
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. First-Person Shooter 96 2010
The Sims 3 The Sims series returns with the next incarnation of the popular life-simulation game. Simulation 86 2011
The Walking Dead Across five dark and emotional episodes, every decision and action you take can result in the entire story of the game changing around you. Play as Lee Everett, a convicted criminal, who has been given a second chance at life in a world devastated by the undead. With corpses returning to life and survivors stopping at nothing to maintain their own safety, protecting an orphaned girl named Clementine may offer him redemption in a world gone to hell. Adventure 89 2012
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. Role-Playing 88 2012
The Witcher: Enhanced Edition The Witcher combines spectacular action and an intriguing storyline. You are a Witcher and earn a living killing monsters. The game uses advanced graphics and physics systems for a high-powered blend of brutal action, complex RPG options and character configuration, and sweeping storytelling. Role-Playing 81 2012
Tomb Raider An intense and gritty story of the origins of the infamous Lara Croft and her ascent from frightened young woman to hardened survivor in Tomb Raider. Action Adventure 86 2014
Torchlight From the creators of Diablo and Fate, Torchlight is a fresh take on action RPGs. Players risk their lives to explore randomly arranged dungeons in a variety of treacherous and exciting settings, learning spectacular skills and finding the most exquisite and powerful treasures. Role-Playing 83 2010
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. Platformer 84 2012
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. Strategy 78 2013
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. Strategy 84 2012
Wargame: European Escalation Wargame: European Escalation is an intense and spectacular Strategy game, set apart thanks to its phenomenal range of vehicles and units (over 350 different models). Strategy 81 2012
World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria 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. MMORPG 82 2012
XCOM: Enemy Unknown XCOM: Enemy Unknown is without a doubt the best turn-based tactical RPG out there, no matter what platform you use.
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. You can see it in action here or read our Mac review for all the details.
Strategy 89 2013
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)!