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The 10 Best Free Mac Games you can play today

What is the one thing everyone loves?

Free stuff.

Gaming is no different, except that there are so many free games, it’s actually hard to find good free games. With the popularity of free iOS games, there’s so much crapware out there, it’s easy to miss the true gems that are worth playing.

Turns out, the Mac has a lot of quality free games to offer. Some are completely free, some are free-to-play (but can be enjoyed without spending a dime) and some are open-source remakes of old classics.

Plus, these games are so varied, there’s a chance one will be perfect for you, no matter your gaming preferences. And once you’ll be ready to dig deeper into Mac gaming, this massive list with the Top 100 Mac games should help.

Pro tip: Have you ever asked yourself if your Mac can play modern games? If you don’t want to waste money in the process, testing a free game is the way the go.

 

The Best Free Games for Mac:

League of Legends Best Free Mac Games

League of Legends, from developer Riot Games, is  the most popular and successful Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) right now. 12 million players play it every day! But you know what makes LoL even more interesting? The fact it’s free.

In League of Legends, you assume the role of a “champion” with unique abilities, weaknesses and strengths. Your objective is to fight alongside your team against other player or computer-controlled champions. In the most popular game modes (there are many), your have to destroy the opposing team’s nexus, which lies at the heart of a guarded base. With over 100 champions at your disposal, only those who know how to play their strengths will succeed.

A Good Match for: Folks addicted to complex and competitive games. This game is particularly hard to master, and to make matters worse, LoL players are known for their harshness towards newbies. You have been warned…

Get if from their Official Website

 

Team Fortress 2 Best Free Mac Games

You cannot talk about the best free games without mentioning Team Fortress 2. And that applies to the best Mac First-Person Shooters too. But in the end, it doesn’t matter what genres you prefer, you have to download Team Fortress 2 right now.

TF2 is a team-based First-Person Shooter developed by Valve. The game gives you have the choice among nine character classes. After choosing a character, you then join one of two teams and battle in a variety of game modes including capture the flag and king of the hill. Team Fortress 2 is one of the best PC rated games of all times. People love it for its art direction, gameplay, humor, and strong community.

As with any other game from Valve, you can expect the same high-quality as always (which for a free game, is impressive).

A Good Match for: Big fans of online First-Person players with a strong sense of community. Close to 10 years after it’s release (in 2007, as part of the Orange Box), Team Fortress 2’s community is stronger than ever.

Get if from their Steam

 Hearthstone Best Free Mac Games

There’s only one company that can deliver as much quality for free as Valve, and that’s no less than Blizzard. Hearthstone is a digital collectible card game based on the popular Warcraft universe. But before you move on to something else because you don’t “dig” card games, know that this game is simply amazing, no matter your past experiences (or lack thereof) with the genre.

Hearthstone is much simpler than you would imagine. In every match, you pull three or four cards (depending on who goes first) out of your customized deck of 30 cards. There are different card types (weapons, spells and minions), but the objective is clear: empty your opponent’s health before he does the same to you.

Bottom line, Hearthstone is so good, it can easily be considered one of the best Mac strategy games.

A Good Match for: Everyone. Seriously. This game is appealing to hardcore and casual gamers alike. Easy to get into, but hard to master. Just the way we like them. This game is also perfect for everyone who has a Mac with limited performance (the game is light to run).

Get if from Battle.net

Lord of the Rings Online Best Free Mac Games

It wasn’t easy to choose the best free MMO, mostly because most of them are free-to-play nowadays. But because it has solid gameplay and takes place in the amazing universe of the Middle-Earth, the Lord of the Rings Online takes the spot.

Developed by Turbine, LotRO follows the story from the movies and gives for free full access to almost everything the game has to offer. The only differences with the paid version are the 2 character slots (as opposed to 5), the fact you cannot send money through the in-game system and lack of destiny points (high-end points you have to be a VIP member to use).

A Good Match for: Fans of the classic MMO formula such as World of Warcraft’s, but prefer not to pay a dime for it. This game is also perfect for fans of the Lord of the Rings lore.

Get if from their Official Website

Dwarf Fortress Best Free Mac Games

Dwarf Fortress is unlike any of the other games from this list. Part construction and management, part roguelike, and to top it all off, text-based, Dwarf Fortress is unique.

A typical Dwarf Fortress game involves a randomly generated world in which you indirectly control a group of dwarves in an attempt to build an underground fortress. Needless to say, without much direction (the game has no objectives) and text-based graphics, this game is hard. But that’s also Dwarf Fortress’ charm. Once you figure out how everything works, building that fortress becomes an addiction.

Also, part of Dwarf Fortress fame comes from the fact it is a two-member project that survives solely on donations.

A Good Match for: Folks who appreciate a good challenge (the game is famous for its difficulty and complexity), but also everyone wanting to support the indie movement, especially when the outcome is as solid as Dwarf Fortress.

Get if from their Official Website

Marathon Trilogy Best Free Mac Games

Marathon is a science fiction First-Person shooter from Bungie, the creators of the legendary Halo franchise. The game takes place several centuries into the future and puts you in the shoes of a security officer attempting to defeat an alien invasion aboard a colony ship named the Marathon.

Marathon is a perfect break from all those online First-Person Shooters that have saturated the market. Other than being a monument to gaming (it was revolutionary when it was first released in 1994), the game is genuinely fun, especially if you dig retro games.

The Marathon Trilogy includes the original Marathon, Marathon 2 and Marathon Infinity. Marathon may be old, but it’s still one of the best First-Person shooters you can play on your Mac.

A Good Match for: Folks who love old-school gaming, fans of the Halo series, and overall, gamers willing to discover an important piece of Mac gaming’s history.

Get if from their Official Website

DotA 2 Best Free Mac Games

DotA 2 is a MOBA from developer Valve. League of Legends may be slightly more popular, but DotA 2 is closing in fast.

In DotA 2, all matches involve two teams of five players each and only one objective: To destroy the other team’s “Ancient”, which is a building located at their stronghold. Throughout the game, you will be in control of a “Hero” that you will need to improve and “level up”: collect XP, gold, better items and gear.

If this sounds a lot like Warcraft III, it’s simply because DotA 2 is the stand-alone sequel to Defense of the Ancients (DotA), the infamous fan-made Warcraft III mod.

A Good Match for: MOBA fans who love the Steam Platform (DotA 2 is only available there) and the fascinating universe of Warcraft.

Watch it in action.

Get if from their Steam

Cave Story Best Free Mac Games

Cave Story is a 2D platformer that pays homage to the big classics such as Metroid and Castlevania.

What started like a hobby for Daisuke “Pixel” Amaya (it took him 5 years to develop the game on his free time) became one of the first Indie gaming successes. Quickly, the game gained traction because of its great story and solid gameplay. In Cave Story, you play the role of an amnesiac character who wakes up in a cave. Obviously, he quickly learns that he has to fight a crazy doctor who plans to conquer the world. You know how it goes.

Since, an enhanced version called Cave Story+ appeared on Steam, but the original Cave Story is still available for free.

A Good Match for: Fans of 2D platformers who also want to reminisce and remember the good old days of Castlevania.

Get if from their Official Website

Spelunky Mac

Spelunky is an indie action-adventure game created by Derek Yu. In Spelunky, you control an unnamed adventurer/explorer, known as the Spelunker. Your aim is to explore the underground tunnels, gather as much treasure as possible while avoiding the traps and enemies that fill the tunnels. The gameplay is straightforward, you can whip or jump on enemies, pick up items or use bombs and ropes to further explore the caves.

Levels are randomly generated and you only get one life (if you die, you have to start from the beginning). This gives each run a unique feeling. Finally, Spelunky is an extremely light game that can run great on older Macs, including MacBooks.

A Good Match for: Fans of good 2D platformers who also want to reminisce and remember the good old days of Castlevania.

Get if from this Unofficial Community patch

Touchgrind Best Free Mac Games

Initially developed for the iPhone by Illusion Labs, Touchgrind is one of a kind. Touchgrind’s concept is fairly simple: You use your fingers and the trackpad to perform all sorts of tricks on a virtual skate. Touchgrind is a lot like fingerboarding or real skateboarding, you will need 10 minutes to understand it, but hours to master it. Indeed, the game’s physics engine will demand a lot of accuracy to pull off tricks like ollies, shuvits, kickflips, heelflipsand more.

Touchgrind isn’t nearly as good as some of the other games here, but thanks to the Mac App Store (the easiest store to find Mac games), this game is perfect if you’re new to the Mac and don’t know where to begin.

you can find it, download it and play it so da

A Good Match for: Folks wanting a more down to earth “feel” from their games. And of course, fans of skateboarding or fingerboarding.

Download on the Mac App Store:

Mac App Store Badge

Starcraft 2 Best Free Mac Games

Bonus: Developed by Blizzard, Starcraft II is a fast-paced strategy game that takes place in space. The original Starcraft helped define the strategy genre and Starcraft II is probably the best strategy game today.

In fact, the only reason why the game is listed as a bonus is because of a technicality. Starcraft 2 is a paid game, but it offers a Starter Edition which includes enough content to have fun for hours. With the Free Starter Edition, you get the first 4 missions from the Wings of Liberty Campaing, the first 2 Challenges, matchmaking against AI players, access to all 3 races (previously, only Terrans and more.

Needless to say, this is enough content to give you a fair idea of what the StarCraft 2 experience is all about. In fact, I have already played over 6 hours of free StarCraft2 with the Starter Edition alone!

A Good Match for: Fans of fast-paced strategy games. Beware though, Starcraft II is extremelly competitive. Be prepared to be pawned the first few matches!

Watch it in action.

Get if from Battle.net

 

Your turn

These games are so different, I guarantee you will find the right one for you. Being free, you have absolutely no more excuses to not give Mac gaming a shot. If you’re still looking for good free Mac games to play, you can check Macworld’s The Best Free Mac OS X Games.

Did I miss another great free game available on Mac? Share it in the comments section.

  • Camilo Alonso López Cristoffan

    Nice post man, did not know all the games in here. I’m going to try out the “Marathon Trilogy”, since the image of gameplay reminds me a lot to DOOM.

  • Cody

    Hmm, a bit misleading, or at least unclear article in my opinion:
    – most of those “free games” presented here are just online free-to-play titles
    – the Marathon trilogy is only playable on MacOS9 (have you even tried the games you’re talking about here?)
    – for Spelunky you show a screenshot from the HD remake which is not free.

    • Tweed

      I just got Marathon 2 to run with Yosemite.

      • Cody

        Well, the Aleph One open source ports work well indeed on modern Macs ( http://source.bungie.org ). But have you been able to run on Yosemite the Marathon 2 version highlighted on the page linked in this article ?

        • Yep, the link on the page was an old unsupported link. Just changed it to the one highlighted in the other comments! Mistake on my side!

    • mikelyons

      I returned to edit my reply to you Cody after finding out the paid version of Spelunky isn’t available for Mac. One upon a time the developer was talking about doing Linux and Mac versions but that never materialized unfortunately. Sorry for the bit of misinformation there.

    • Russell Finn

      OS X compatible versions of the Marathon games are most easily found at http://source.bungie.org (they use the updated “Aleph One” version of Bungie’s game engine).

    • Misleading sounds like a bit too much, but some very good points (coming from me “finalizing” the article too fast :S):
      Indeed, I just changed the Marathon link to the updated one.
      The Spelunky shot was also incorrect. Just changed it too.
      In any case, thanks for the heads up!

      Finally, many are online, but they are still free. If it was Clash of Clans or something like that, I could agree with you, but the need to be online to play hours of Dota 2 for example doesn’t change much when it comes to enjoying a great game for free.

      • Cody

        “Misleading” was indeed too much, but, even if it’s a matter of opinion, I’m really far from being the only one to differentiate “free games” and “free-to-play games”. Most free-to-play titles have limited gameplay and/or slow progression, and are filled with in-game purchases. Of course you can play them for many hours without spending a cent, but the concept at its basis is very different and has an influence on the gameplay.
        That said, I can understand those games being on this list, it was just not what I expected when I saw the title.

        • I see your point buddy, no intention to attack you there 🙂
          I would make a big distinction between sucky free-to-play games like Clash of Clans and the like, and rare gems like Dota 2. You can fully enjoy Dota 2 without feeling like the game is punishing those who didn’t pay for it! Same for Team Fortress 2 BTW.

      • 22hctac

        I would have thought War Thunder would have been included in the list, it is free to play and supports Mac.

    • Jef Oliver

      Bro, quit being a hateful bitch, the title says “The 10 Best Free Mac Games” there was nothing misleading about it, if your computer don’t play it due to whatever the fucking problem is, it ain’t his fault so, don’t go hating. He don’t need to try the games for himself for this all to be appropriate, he did what he said the page was about, so fuck off and don’t act like it wasn’t helpful.

  • Mark Petereit

    How about a link to Spelunky that runs on a Mac, not PC?

    • Hey, went too fast with the links there. You’re right, the initial link wasn’t pointing to a Mac version, I just changed that, now pointing to the unofficial patch made by people from the community.

  • JMichaelTX

    The Marathon Infinity download links you provided won’t work for OS X. It is available at http://source.bungie.org/games/infinity.php

    • Thanks for the link, just changed the one on the post to point to this one instead!

  • Thanks for the clarifications there Mike. I can only agree with everything you say here 😉 Specially the part were it doesn’t matter if a game is online or not, as long as it is free and good!

    By the way, long time since the last time I saw you around 😉

    • mikelyons

      Oh, I’ve been around but don’t always post anything. I enjoy the content here. You do a nice job. 😀

      • Thanks man 😉 Any advise on what you would like to read next around here?

        • mikelyons

          Some RPG reviews would be cool including the Infinity Engine remakes, especially the most recent one Icewind Dale. Divinity Original Sin also comes to mind. When they release, Torment and Pillars of Eternity. Maybe an interview with Beamdog to see if you can get something out of them about what is coming next, hopefully the original Planescape Torment or Icewind Dale II. I hope they do both in time. Blackguards II, Wasteland 2 would be good to review. Avernum 2 is another one and coverage of some of Jeff’s other recent releases would be cool or perhaps an article that covers the History and releases of Spiderweb software. Lords of Xulima looks interesting. Van Helsing II is another one that looks fun as does its predecessor. There has been a lot of really great releases for RPG fans on the Mac and some coverage of them would be welcome. Other games of interest would include the most recent King’s Bounty game, the Mount and Blade Warband port as well as the recent expansion for it, Dominions 4, Age of Wonders III when the Mac version now in testing is released are others I’d like to read about from the Mac gamer’s perspective. I could go on but that’s a heck of a lot right there for openers. 😀

  • Chris Tallant

    Okay.. it’s been a little bit, but here’s some more games you may have forgotten about for OS X that are also free to play (or free with micro transactions) : War Thunder, Marvel Heroes 2015, Star Trek Online, Robocraft, Realm of the Mad God, Lord of the Rings Online, Dungeons and Dragons Online, Cortex (Firefly something.. I’ve never seen the show so not sure what this is), Spiral Knights, Star Conflict, Wakfu, Transformice, Infinity Wars, Floating Point, The Expendabros, Puzzle Pirates, World of Guns (although I wouldn’t actually call this a “game,” more like an interactive service manual…), TORIBASH, Smashmuch Champions, Shadow Warrior Classic 1997, Max Gentleman, Sigils of Elohim, Dwarfs F2P, The Plan, You have to Win this game, InMind VR, Altitude, Pirates Vikings and Knights, Serena, Sunrider: Mask of Arcadius, Fork Parker’s Holiday Profit Hike, Echoes +, No More room in hell, Narcissu, Fistful of Frags, Galcon 2, Unturned, and Everlasting Summer.. But please, go on steam and look at the multiple pages of free OS X games…

  • JMichaelTX

    I’m not a big gamer, so you won’t be surprised when I tell you I’m having a lot of trouble getting anywhere in the Marathon Infinity/Trilogy game. Can anyone point me to where I can get some clues on how to advance in the game? Consider me a gamer newbie. Thanks.

    • I haven’t played much of it myself. But perhaps somewhere around here can give you a few pointers?
      What is blocking you right now?

  • Gustavo Vera Scuderi

    Don’t know if it counts, but World of Tanks released a Cider port for Macs a while ago, and it’s a (really cool) Free to Play game.

    • It definitely counts (and sorry for the delay man, I somehow missed this comment!). I will do an extension of this article with more free mac games, I will keep it in mind! Thanks again and don’t be a stranger Gustavo 😉

  • Thanks for the suggestions man, I will need to check them out soon!

  • MrUNIMOG

    How about War Thunder? For a free to play plane/tank battle simulation it’s more than good, and the Mac client works well. There may be a bit of pay-to-win, but so is in most games on this list.

    • First time I actually hear about it but I will check it out. Have you played it yourself? Did you like it?

      • MrUNIMOG

        Yes, I play it frequently as it’s really fun. I can only recommend checking it out!

        • I’m planning on doing an “extension” of this article with some more free mac games. I will sure keep this one in mind. Thanks for the comment!

  • Jamie

    Unstoppable Gorg is now free at the Mac App Store! As in, free-free, not free to play. I don’t know if counts among the “best,” but I just gave it a whirl, and it’s pretty funny kitsch and has more strategic content than I thought at first glance. Did I mention it is free?

    • Hey Jamie, sorry for the late late answer, somehow this one never appeared on my feed! I will definitely check it out. Not sure it can take a spot from any of the other games here but people should know it exists! Thanks man.
      By the way, what are you playing right now?

  • Hairy Potter

    Drakensang should be here.

    • I’m not saying Drakensang is not good but there are so many other “free” MMORPGs that are better… Can’t include one more, specially as everyone keeps complaining that too many games here are MMOs (and they do have a valid point).

  • doloresanto

    Dwarf Fortress, are you fuckin’ kiddin’ me? How do you dare to even mention crap like this in the year 2000+?

  • I just got Half Life for Mac, after waiting a decade. But I don’t know how to play it!

    • Hey there, what do you mean? Where did you got it? On Steam I suppose? Did you install Steam on your Mac? If not, that’s your first step!

  • Help!

  • HEROES OF THE STORRRRRM

    • I love that game. Believe, it’s coming, it’s just that I’m working on something else and haven’t had the time to update the list. But I will, and Heroes of the Storm WILL make it.

  • Mark

    Now that Guild Wars 2 is free to play, do you still feel that LOTRO gets the spot for best free MMORPG?

  • Ads

    Hi. Just signed up to the email and followed the link to here. It is my understanding that a lot of the games here are for online play. I am going to be working away without an internet connection for up to 6 weeks at a time and wondered if you had recommendations for the best free games for mac that play offline? (macbook pro, 13″ 2014). I can check out games on game agent as signed up as per your recommendation. That is a fantastic resource by the way, have decided on 3 game purchases because of the webssite. Thanks!

    • Yes, you can try Marathon, Cave Story, Spelunky and even Touchgrind.

  • Angelus

    Shooters: AssaultCube, Xonotic, OpenArena, Sauerbraten, Nexuiz, Smokin’ Guns and Warsow.
    Action: BZFlag and OpenWM
    Arcade: SuperTux, Pingus, Mari0, SMC, X-Moto and Teeworlds
    Puzzel: Gunpowder
    Racing: SuperTuxKart, TurboRacing, VDrift and Racer
    Strategy: 0 A.D. and Wesnoth

  • Ich Bins

    Marathon? That game sucked even when it was brand new… sheesh.
    Also, you forgot Elite: Dangerous.

    • Ric

      No way man, Marathon was a huge achievement when it was released. And if you’re into old school games, it’s still lots of fun today.

      Elite: Dangerous is a great game, but it isn’t free, which is why I can’t recommend it here.

      • Ich Bins

        I was there when it was released and I found it one of the most cheesy FPS of the time.
        DOOM and Duke Nukem 3D were way better. Better graphics, better story, atmospheric density, and first and foremost better gameplay.