The 30 Best Mac games of 2018 so far

Mac Gamer HQ picks its favorite Mac games from 2018, including AAA games, indies and more.

By Kirk Hiner | Updated Oct 30, 2018

2018 will soon be over and the quantity of great new MacOS games released so far is impressive. And it gets better. There are still a few excellent games expected before the end of the year.

Today we’ll cover them all. But just to be clear:

This is not a lame “Mac games of 2018” list with a bunch of old games. This list covers the best Mac games 2018 has to offer, only those released this year.

There’s no shortage of new Mac games and we want you to know which are the highlights that absolutely deserve your attention. Of course, there’s no reason to restrict yourself to the current year.

Be sure to also check out our list of the 100 Best Mac games available today.

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With new games released every week, a few of them are so good, they deserve a spot in this list.

With that in mind, we have updated this list to add the critically-acclaimed indies, Cuphead, Two Point Hospital, and RimWorld, but also the lesser-known (yet excellent) CrossCode and Farm Together. Also, Life is Strange: Before the Storm and Distance were moved from the “Coming Soon” to the “Released” section.

But not all was good news. We had to remove Insurgency: Sandstorm, The Wolf Among Us 2, Fortnite: Save the World, and We Happy Few, as they were all pushed to 2019.

The Best Mac games of 2018: Our top picks

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Mac Release date: 2018

MacOS developer: Feral Interactive

Metascore: 86

Lara Croft has risen. Again. The first Tomb Raider reboot from Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics was brought to Mac in 2014 by the good people of Feral Interactive, and they’ve now done the same with Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration.

This sequel sends Lara off to some of the more exotic locations on Earth, including ruins in Syria and the frozen mountains of Siberia. Granted, Lara now does more killing and less…you know…tomb raiding than long-time fans would expect, but it all comes together for a typically thrilling experience.

How you use the weapons and tools acquired throughout the game is entirely up to you, providing a sense of freedom as you hunt for supplies, eliminate enemies and uncover the secrets and treasures of the lush environments.

This lushness comes at a hefty price, though, as the system requirements will push your Mac to the limits. You can check our performance review for all the benchmarks and results. If your Mac is up to the task, you’ll also be rewarded with all of the game’s DLC in this package. That includes four additional challenges, endurance mode (with co-op play), additional difficulty settings, and more. Rise up.

Release Date: April 12, 2018 / System Requirements: OS 10.13.4, 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5 Processor, 8 GB RAM,  2 GB NVIDIA 680MX, 2 GB AMD R9 M290, 1.5 GB Intel Iris Graphics 540 or better, 27 GB hard drive space.

Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire

Mac Release date: 2018

MacOS developer: Obsidian Entertainment

Metascore: 88

This game is the direct sequel to the Pillars of Eternity RPG, not the similarly named Deadfire Pack DLC released in 2017. It’s confusing, we know, but we’re here to set things straight.

In the standalone Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire, you return as a Watcher, a person who can read others’ memories and even the memories of their past lives. This gives you incredible power, but it also means you’ll have incredible enemies. In this particular case, it’s Eothas, the god of light and rebirth. That sounds pleasant, sure, but Eothas attacks your stronghold and leaves you for dead, so it’s now up to you to travel to Deadfire to confront Eothas for answers…or revenge. We’ll know when we get there.

I said that Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire is a standalone game, but if you did play through the first PoE your actions in that game will carry over into this sequel. If not, summer’s just ahead and you’ll have time to play through them both.

Release Date: May 8, 2018 / System Requirements: OS 10.12.6, 2.9 GHz Intel Core i5 Processor, 8 GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GT750M, 45 GB hard drive space.

Paladins

Mac Release date: 2018

MacOS developer: Hi-Rez Studios

Metascore: 83

This team-based shooter just left Steam Early Access and it did so 25+ million players strong. It’s free-to-play, in that although there are items to purchase within the game, anything you can buy can also be acquired by playing. Eventually.

An example of this are the game’s Champions, including “sharpshooting humans, mech-riding goblins, mystical elves, and jetpack-clad dragons,” all of which can be customized with a deck building system. You can acquire these in battle or pay up front to unlock all current and future Champions (new ones are added regularly).

Initially seen as an Overwatch clone that could be played for free, Paladins has become so much more. The game has good graphics, great support, and excellent gameplay. Teamwork is key to victory, so choose your Champion wisely and set up a diverse team that communicates well.

Paladins will also serve as good practice for Paladins: Battlegrounds, a forthcoming online battle royal game that can be played solo, with a teammate, or in groups of four. It changes up the battle royal formula with mounts, epic items that provide survival bonuses, and cards scattered on the battlefield to upgrade your abilities.

Oh, and you become a chicken when you die. So, look forward to that, I guess.

Release Date: May 8, 2018 / System Requirements: OS 10.10, 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, 2 GB RAM, ATI Radeon 3870 or higher, Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT or higher, 10 GB hard drive space.

Into the Breach

Mac Release date: 2018

MacOS developer: Subset Games

Metascore: 90

This tactical RPG from the developers of FTL: Faster Than Light was released for Windows in February, and now Mac gamers can finally enjoy it as well.

Presented with retro graphics, Into the Breach initially looks like your typical turn-based battle game set on an isometric grid. However, the game has a very unique twist. As a reaction to movies such as Pacific Rim and Man of Steel where no one cares that entire cities get destroyed because at least the good guys won, Into the Breach tasks you with defeating the enemies while also protecting the surrounding structures.

The battles themselves are waged between giant mechs and daikaiju (which I would also say is inspired by Pacific Rim except for the fact that such battles have been waged well before then). Defeating your enemies isn’t always the point, either, as it’s sometimes enough to sacrifice a unit to maintain position or defend another from attack, much like in a game of chess.

And speaking of chess, player reviews often point out the game’s difficulty. You’ve been warned.

Release Date: August 11, 2018 / System Requirements: OS 10.7, 1.7 GHz Intel processor, 1 GB RAM, OpenGL 2.1 support, 200 MB available space.

More great 2018 Mac games

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth

Mac Release date: 2018

MacOS developer: Blizzard

Metascore: 79

Some games get expansions, and then there’s World of Warcraft which released its seventh expansion in the form of Battle of Azeroth of August 13th. This MMORPG from Blizzard Entertainment has been serving up excitement since 2004, and obviously shows no signs of slowing down.

It’s all good news for the game’s rabid fanbase, as they’re now able to raise their level caps to 120, have access to new dungeons, and are able to increase their bag slots beyond 16 for the first time since the game’s release. Battle for Azeroth also brought new allied races, mounts, pets, and plenty more.

As for the story, a new conflict between the Alliance and Horde has erupted following the events of Legion (the previous expansion), and the two factions must travel to the human nation of Kul Tiras and the troll empire of Zandalar to recruit new allies to their cause.

Battle for Azeroth is available in standard, digital deluxe and collector’s edition packages, so figure out your level of interest (and investment) and start fighting. This war isn’t going to resolve itself, you know.

Release Date: August 14, 2018 / System Requirements: OS 10.12, Intel Core i5-760 Processor, 4 GB RAM, 2 GB VRAM and Metal capable GPU, 70 GB available space.

Cuphead

Mac Release date: 2018

MacOS developer: Studio MDHR

Metascore: 88

Studio MDHR achieved something unique with their accurate reproduction of old-school cartoons. This really does look like a cartoon from the 1930s, with a lot of characters you may find somewhat familiar. The original jazz recordings help to recreate the feel of early cartoons.

Of course, graphics don’t always sell video games, so it’s a good thing that the gameplay in Cuphead is flawless and a ton of fun. You play as Cuphead or Mugman (or both via local multiplayer) in an arcade action game that changes up styles between platforming, shmups, runners, and any mixture thereof as you explore a host of environments. With super-moves to learn, secrets to uncover, and weapons to acquire and use, there’s plenty of frantic fun to be had as you attempt to pay back your debt to the devil.

No wonder Cuphead became an instant indie sensation when it was released for Windows and we’re sure glad it’s now available for MacOS.

Release Date: October 19, 2018 / System Requirements: OS 10.9, Intel Core i5 Processor, 4 GB RAM, Intel HD Graphics 4000 or better, 20 GB hard drive space.

RimWorld

Mac Release date: 2018

MacOS developer: Ludeon Studios

Metascore: NA

It’s hard to survive on distant worlds. It’s even harder when you’re one of three survivors of a shipwreck. But such is the start of RimWorld, a sci-fi colony sim from Ludeon Studios. As your colony grows across forests, deserts, tundras and more, you’ll need to manage nearly every asset of their well-being: mood, wounds, illnesses, addictions, relationships and more.

Of course, there’s danger, too. To survive, you’ll have to fend off pirates, animals, giant insects, and even ancient killing machines (why do the developers of killing machines know nothing of planned obsolescence?). Good news, though…you’ve at least got the technology to replace wounded limbs and organs with prosthetics, bionics, or biological parts harvested from those you couldn’t save.

Also, you’re not alone. There are plenty of options for trade and/or conquest, refugees to turn or sell into slavery, weapons to discover and craft, and an unobtrusive AI tutor to help you get your start. And if you prefer animal companions, you’ll be able to tame and train pets for companionship, farming, and/or protection. It’s a lot to manage, but that’s life on RimWorld.

Release Date: October 17, 2018 / System Requirements: OS X 10.5, Core 2 Duo CPU, 4 GB RAM,  Intel HD Graphics 3000, 500 MB available disk space.

Dead Cells

Mac Release date: 2018

MacOS developer: Motion Twin

Metascore: 89

Remember when you were playing Castlevania and thought, “Man, wouldn’t this game be amazing if you had to start at the very beginning every time you died?” No? Well, regardless, that’s what you get to do with Dead Cells, a game that lists rage-quits amongst its features.

Dead Cells is about progress exploration and acquiring the abilities to do so. The skills you unlock as you explore the procedurally generated levels are permanent, so you get to keep them even when you die. These skills will allow you to reach new areas each time you head out, allowing you to dig deeper into the game every time you play.

The action is presented in a 2D retro-inspired world that will make fans of classic Castlevania and Metroid feel right at home. Combat will be familiar, too, from the platform fights to the epic boss battles. But don’t think Dead Cells is yet another retro knock-off; it’s very much its own game, with the smooth animation and tight controls one would expect from a modern action title.

Remember, though; like we said earlier, rage quitting is a feature.

Release Date: August 7, 2018 / System Requirements: OS 10.9, OpenGL 3.2 support, 2 GB RAM, 500 MB available space.

Two Point Hospital

Mac Release date: 2018

MacOS developer: Two Point Studios

Metascore: 84

Have you ever watched an episode of Grey’s Anatomy and thought, “I could do a better job of running a hospital than they do.” Well, here’s your chance, albeit with more focus on business and less on…well, you know.

Your task here is to build a hospital from the ground up, making it the most attractive place for the citizens of Two Point County to come to cure what ails them. Trouble is, what ails the citizens of Two Point County differs from what you’ll see at a normal hospital. Have you researched the cure for Cubism yet? Here you’ll need to. You’ll also need to hire and train your staff, analyze your system’s strengths and weaknesses, take out loans to fund your research and expansions, and, of course, deal with doctors and nurses who are often more difficult than the patients. All this to prevent the next deadly pandemic.

Remember, though, that this is modern medicine, and your hospital is there as much for the shareholders as for the patients. As the description says, you’ll need to “strive to make a profit (and hopefully save some people along the way).”

Release Date: August 30, 2018 / System Requirements: OS X 10.13, 2.3GHz Core i5 CPU, 8 GB RAM, 2 GB video card, 5 GB available disk space.

Distance

Mac Release date: 2018

MacOS developer: Refract Studios

Metascore: NA

If you’ve heard of the game Distance from developer Refract, it may be because it’s been in Steam Early Access since December of 2014! And if you’ve been waiting for a full release, you’re in luck as Distance is finally out.

If you haven’t heard of Distance, you should take a look (especially if you’re a racing fan). This futuristic racer is like no other you’ve seen, replacing loops on tracks with a straight burn to the end and giving you a car that can drive on walls of the courses’ Tron-like structures. It’s as much about parkour as it is about driving.

Whether you’re racing alone against the clock in adventure mode, against “ghosts” in arcade mode to take over the leaderboards, or against others (up to 12 online or 2 to 4 in local split-screen) in the various multiplayer modes, Distance looks to offer a highly atmospheric adrenaline rush. And thanks to its random track generation, you won’t grow tired of its courses any time soon. It even has a level editor with over 2,500 user-created levels ready to go. If only the local road construction crews could be so efficient.

Release Date: September 18, 2018 / System Requirements: OS X 10.7, 2.3 GHz Intel Core Duo CPU, 4 GB RAM, NVIDIA Geforce 640M or ATI Radeon HD 3870, 5 GB available disk space.

Life is Strange: Before the Storm

Mac Release date: 2018

MacOS developer: Deck Nine Games

Metascore: 77

Set three years before the events of the first entry in the critically acclaimed and BAFTA award-winning adventure game, Before the Storm puts us in the shoes of the rebellious Chloe Price as she forms an unlikely relationship with the popular Rachel Amber. The two young women must confront each other’s demons and overcome them, and your decisions will affect how this happens.

Each choice you make carries consequences throughout the game, leading to multiple possible endings. As if tapping into a teenager’s dream, in-game conversations come with a “backtalk” mode that allows you to use sass to get your way, and you can even leave your stamp on the game via custom graffiti.

But don’t think from my description that Life is Strange: Before the Storm is just about teen angst and rebellion. This story and these characters carry incredible depth and will resonate with anyone who has ever felt that…well, that life is strange.

Release Date: September 19, 2018 / System Requirements: OS X 10.13.5, 2.0 GHz Core i5 CPU, 8 GB RAM, 1GB Nvidia 650M, 2GB AMD Radeon R9 M290, Intel Iris 5100 or better, 28 GB available disk space.

The Banner Saga 3

Mac Release date: 2018

MacOS developer: Stoic

Metascore: 82

I imagine there are readers who visited this page just to make sure we included The Banner Saga 3, and they’re totally justified. This highly anticipated game draws Stoic’s award-winner Banner Saga series to a close, and the ending is very much affected by the choices you made when playing The Banner Saga 1 and 2.

For those not familiar with the series, The Banner Saga is a turn-based RPG with a story centered around a caravan of Vikings trying to survive in harsh environments. Strategic decisions affect the progress of the story; even the characters selected for combat can have permanent and major consequences.

The Banner Saga 3 introduces deeper strategic combat along with new playable characters, enemies, upgrade options and more. It also retains the hand-painted artwork and tricky battle grids of its predecessors. Now that the game has been released, we hope you had time to play through the first two Banner Saga games. If not, be sure you do. The Banner Saga 3 is now ready and waiting.

Release Date: July 26, 2018 / System Requirements: OS 10.7.5, 2 GB RAM, 8 GB available space.

A Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia

Mac Release date: 2018

MacOS developer: Creative Assembly

Metascore: 75

Here’s another opportunity to rewrite the future of modern Britain and have plenty of fun doing it.

Thrones of Britannia is a standalone Total War game that starts off in the year 878 A.D. Combining turn-based strategy with the real-time battles for which the franchise is known, Thrones of Britannia features the “most detailed Total War map to date.”

You’re able to lead any of the ten available factions—including the Anglo-Saxons, Gaelic clans, Welsh tribes or Viking settlers—bringing plenty of replayability to the game. It’s not all about the nuances of leading your faction into combat, however. You also need to forge (and break) alliances, manage and protect your settlements, train your soldiers, and develop the proper strategy for your battles. Being able to quickly adapt when those strategies fall apart will be a big help, too.

Total War is among the most popular franchises available for Mac today, and with Thrones of Britannia, Feral Interactive has brought us one of the most engrossing entries yet.

Release Date: May 24, 2018 / System Requirements: OS 10.13.4, 1.8 GHz Intel Core i3, 8 GB RAM, Intel Iris Pro 5200 or better, 15 GB available space.

Subnautica

Mac Release date: 2018

MacOS developer: Unknown Worlds Entertainment

Metascore: 87

Subnautica finds you exploring the underwater world of an alien planet. Why? Because you crashed there, and now you need to gather resources to survive. It’s you against time and the environment, but what a gorgeous environment it is!

The setup for Subnautica is really cool. Initially, you’ll only be able to explore the immediate area around your life pod. But as you gather resources and develop equipment you’ll be able to venture out into deeper and more dangerous (and stunning) locales for rarer items. You’ll need to craft everything from simple knives for self-defense to complex watercraft for more efficient exploration. Gaining access to areas you could only see from a distance before proves quite rewarding both through the accomplishment itself and through what you could find there.

Even better, deeper exploration also builds the lore of the game, providing a compelling narrative that’s often lost in survival titles such as this. It’s a survival game that’s more about science and less about twitch, and it’s quite engrossing. You may not be able to find another game that so perfectly balances serene, aquatic exploration with the stresses of underwater survival.

Release Date: January 23, 2018 / System Requirements: OS 10.9 Mavericks, 2.5 GHz Intel Dual Core, 4 GB RAM, Intel HD 4600 or equivalent graphics, 20 GB available space.

CrossCode

Mac Release date: 2018

MacOS developer: Radical Fish Games

Metascore: 85

The problem with many “retro-inspired” video games is that they play like retro video games. And whereas there’s a certain charm to that, there’s also a reason why we’ve continued to advance well beyond 16-bit NES style graphics and gameplay.

The issue is longevity, but CrossCode provides plenty of that. A 2D action RPG at its core, CrossCode boasts of 30 to 80 hours of playtime, and it doesn’t do this by repeating elements or by encouraging speed runs. Rather, it just offers up that much content. Its massive world offers up plenty of hidden secrets to locate and over 100 quests to take on. Between all of that, you’ll need to explore seven sprawling dungeons and take on over 120 enemies, including more than 30 boss fights.

The slick combat system is also a highlight, encouraging you to master over 90 combat arts. Now, it was a while ago and I didn’t play everything, but I can’t recall a single NES-era game that offered that much content and diversity. Stylized graphics, fast-paced combat, Zelda-style puzzles, plenty of content…it’s the kind of retro we can get into.

Release Date: September 21, 2018 / System Requirements: OS X, 2 GHz dual-core CPU, 2 GB RAM, 1 GB hardware accelerated graphics.

Northgard

Mac Release date: 2018

MacOS developer: Shiro Games

Metascore: 80

There’s no gaming genre that can’t benefit from a healthy dose of Norse mythology, and that’s what Northgard brings to strategy games. There’s a new continent to be explored and conquered, and that’s what your Viking clan will set out to do.

Of course, it’s not going to be easy. There are rival clans to face, undead warriors and giants to defeat, and snow. Plenty of snow. You’ll survive it all by building your settlement, putting your Vikings to work at different jobs, and expanding your territory to acquire more materials and strategic advantages.

Northgard features online multiplayer against your friends or AI along with an 11 chapter single player campaign. In either mode, different victory conditions will help keep things fresh. So, whether you’re into real-time strategy games, Viking lore or both, Northgard is waiting to be conquered.

Release Date: March 7, 2018 / System Requirements: OS 10.10, Intel i3 processor, 4 GB RAM, 2 GB available space.

Farm Together

Mac Release date: 2018

MacOS developer: Milkstone Studios

Metascore: NA

You could farm alone, sure. But if you prefer your farming sims to be a little more social, than Farm Together is for you.

Start with just a small plot of land, then plant some crops, raise some animals, and grow your farm until it stretches to the horizon. The game plays out in real time, but that doesn’t mean you’ll constantly be keeping up on your chores. You can allow specific friends or the general public to help out, and you can even control how much they’re allowed to do.

As on any farm, there’s plenty more to do than just tend to the crops and livestock. You’ve got fences, roads, and buildings to manage and decorate, a house to maintain (and relax in), neighbors to visit and help out, and pets to customize. You can even maintain some hobbies when you’re not out working the land!

Of course, the main objective is to raise money. You’ll need in to invest in new buildings and facilities to help your farm grow. It all adds up to a nice, relaxing, virtual break from city life.

Release Date: October 11, 2018 / System Requirements: OS X 10.9, 2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, 2 GB RAM, OpenGL 2 Graphics card, 1 GB available disk space.

Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle

Mac Release date: 2018

MacOS developer: Blue Wizard Digital

Metascore: NA

Has any fictional serial killer received as much gaming love as Jason Vorhees? Killer Puzzle marks the fourth video game based on the horror icon and may be one of the most bizarre yet.

Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle is played on a small isometric game board. You slide Jason around the board in an effort to kill everyone in the fewest number of moves while avoiding various hazards. In other words, it’s smart enough to know that moviegoers always took Jason’s side over that of the idiot teenagers. And with over 100 levels to play, that’s an awful lot of teenagers to kill.

Fans of the series will get a kick out of the references to the films, including outfits from the movies and levels that take place in Manhattan and outer space. And if you enjoy Friday the 13th for the gore… Well, it has that too, albeit in cartoon form.

In a nutshell, Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle is one of the best free Mac games 2018 has delivered so far. Just expect to pay for items such as new costumes, additional levels, etc.

Release Date: April 13, 2018 / System Requirements: OS 10.9.3, Intel Core i3 Processor, 2 GB RAM, 300 MB hard drive space.

Rust

Mac Release date: 2018

MacOS developer: Facepunch Studios

Metascore: 69

Rust is a massively-multiplayer action RPG in which you’ll explore, gather resources, build a base, make friends and enemies. People should work together in order to survive, but largely just end up killing each other. You know how gaming communities are.

The basic point of Rust is just to do whatever it takes to survive its apocalyptic world. You start with practically nothing and must scavenge for the necessities of survival: food, shelter, fire, and (of course) weapons. Think Ark: Survival Evolved, without the dinosaurs.

A beautiful game with over 160,000 positive Steam User reviews (75% recently, 80% overall), the biggest complaint is about a sometimes toxic community that makes it difficult for newcomers. Yes, you can create alliances to help you along, but those easily break down leaving you all alone again, likely about to die. Of course, that’s just part of the fun, and eventually, you get to drive an army tank.

Release date: February 8, 2018 / System Requirements: OS: 10.7, Intel Core i7 Processor, 8 GB RAM, GTX 670 2GB / AMD R9 280 better, 10 GB Hard Drive space.

Celeste

Mac Release date: 2018

MacOS developer: Matt Makes Games

Metascore: 88

This 2D platformer from the developers of the classic TowerFall has been so well-received we want to make sure you didn’t miss it.

Celeste centers around a young girl named Madeline and her adventure to the top of Celeste Mountain. She’ll meet many personable characters in her travels, and will learn more about herself along the way. The touching narrative is actually one of the highlights of the game, providing more character development and incentive than we’re used to seeing from platformers.

We also see increased difficulty. Celeste presents quite the challenge, much like the old-school 2D platformers on which it’s based. There are 700+ screens to beat and secrets to unlock (including “Brutal B-side chapters…built for only the bravest mountaineers”), and dying is just part of the process. You’ll respawn right away, so no backtracking is necessary. Jump, dash, climb, die, jump, dash, climb, advance. See if you don’t get hooked.

Release Date: January 25, 2018 / System Requirements: OS 10.7.5, Intel Core i3 Processor, 2 GB RAM, OpenGL 3.0+ (2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable), 1.2 GB hard drive space.

Battletech

Mac Release date: 2018

MacOS developer: Harebrained Schemes

Metascore: 78

See, this is what I like. When we started to put this list together, Battletech was in the coming soon section. Now that we’ve published, it’s been moved to “already out.” Go grab it while you’re waiting for some of the others to be released.

Why? Because it’s BattleTech and it comes to us from Jordan Weisman (the original BattleTech/MechWarrior creator) and the developers of the Shadowrun Returns series. Here, the action takes place in the distant future of a galaxy in perpetual war. These wars are now fought with massive, mechanical combat vehicles, which instantly makes everything much cooler.

You command your own mercenary squad of combatants, which involves equipping and protecting your base, upgrading your mechs, hiring new mercenaries, and (of course) combat. It’s up to you to position over 30 BattleMechs in the field, using the terrain and special skills of your squad members to gain the upper hand.

As one commenter on Steam put it, “XCOM and Shogun had a baby. It was 100 feet tall and had glowing red eyes.” We’re pretty sure that’s a recommendation.

Release Date: April 24, 2018 / System Requirements: OS 10.13.2, Intel Core i5 Processor, 8 GB RAM, Nvidia GeForce GTX 775M (2 GB VRAM), 30 GB hard drive space.

Surviving Mars

Mac Release date: 2018

MacOS developer: Haemimont Games

Metascore: 76

Getting to Mars is no longer the problem, it’s surviving once you get there. You’ll discover this yourself in Surviving Mars, a new city builder set on the planet that has most fascinated sci-fi fans from the moment sci-fi was created.

Developed by Haemimont Games and published by Paradox Interactive, Surviving Mars starts you off with an agency for funding and a location for colonizing, and then it’s up to you to build your city and survive the harsh environment. Mine for resources, cultivate food, build resource centers and shelters, and keep your citizens healthy and happy as you face the numerous challenges of surviving and thriving on a hostile planet.

Surviving Mars will have you dealing with everything from the mystery of the black cubes to alcoholism, and it doesn’t give you a lot of help with tutorials. Users have also complained about the clunky UI. Still, if you’re looking for a unique entry in the city building genre, Surviving Mars is a big and welcome entry.

Release Date: March 15, 2018 / System Requirements: OS 10.11, Intel Core i3 Processor, 4 GB RAM, OpenGL 4.1 (GeForce 600/AMD Radeon 5000 or higher) with 1GB of video RAM, 6 GB hard drive space.

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Frostpunk 
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Frostpunk

You think steam is the only punk out there? No. Frost has gone punk, too...on Windows, at least. The Mac Frostpunk scene will have to wait a bit longer.

From the creators of This War of Mine, Frostpunk is a city-building survival game set in a late 1880s where rampant snowstorms and frost led to the death of millions. You are amongst of a group of survivors—workers and engineers—who managed to locate a heat generator and are using to build a new city. You’ll need to harvest coal, wood, steel and food in this harsh environment in order to survive, but of course politics have to come along and make everything even more difficult.

You can use laws to force the workers to stay on the job, but we all know how well that tends to go over. On the other hand, something has to keep the workers motivated or you could quickly run out of the precious materials needed to keep the city afloat.

Work on the macOS version of Frostpunk is in progress, and we hope to have an update soon as to when Mac gamers can bundle up and get to work in an effort to save humanity from the elements.

Release date: Sometime in 2018.
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Total War: Warhammer 2 
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Total War: Warhammer 2

“Defend your world. Destroy theirs.” That’s pretty much all you need for a successful game setup, right? But if you’re at all familiar with the Total War franchise, you know the game goes, much deeper than that.

Total War: Warhammer 2 is coming to macOS, once again combining the Total War and Warhammer franchises into an epic clash of turn-based campaigns and real-time tactical battles. Players will be able to join the ranks of the Dark Elves, High Elves, Lizardmen or Skaven, then take control of thousands of soldiers, level-up legendary heroes, make strategic diplomatic decisions and more across hundreds of hours of single and multiplayer gameplay.

Will you be able to perform the powerful arcane rituals necessary to stabilize the Great Vortex, or will you choose to disrupt it? No need to decide, really, as you’ll have plenty of time and nearly unlimited playthroughs to do both...until Total War: Warhammer 3 comes out, anyway.

Release date: Fall 2018.
StrategyNo
Griftlands 
Griftlands Mac download

Griftlands

This rather unique sci-fi RPG is coming to us from Klei Entertainment, the company that brought us Don’t Starve, Oxygen Not Included, and Shank, among others. That alone makes it worth your interest, but Griftlands has plenty more to consider.

As is implied by the title, Griftlands will have you negotiating money, loyalty and your own morality as you seek to make your fortune within the game’s flowing economy. A full cast of characters are available for you to control and set up as companions. These characters will also engage in turn-based combat where the goal is to subdue, not kill, them. Kind of a refreshing approach these days, really.

As the game’s designer, Kevin Forbes, stated in an interview with Rock Paper Shotgun, “Individual fights are designed to be short and impactful. Morale and NPC personality effects factor in heavily – many fights are not to the death, but rather until one side surrenders. Killing people can lead to mechanical repercussions down the road, and NPCs remember what you did to them in the past.

We’re excited to learn more about Griftlands as we get closer to release, and will certainly keep you posted.

Release date: Sometime in 2018.
Role-PlayingNo
Oxygen Not Included 
Oxygen Not Included Mac download

Oxygen Not Included

Also in Early Access (but currently available for Mac), Oxygen Not Included is expected to get its official release this year. I’d suggest you start stocking up on oxygen now, as you’re going to need it.

That’s because this sim is set in an oxygen-depleted space colony. Unlike with similar games, you’re not landing on a new planet to colonize it. Rather, you’re living deep inside an asteroid and dealing with all the hazards and stresses such a life would provide. You’ll need to develop the technology to combat hostile aliens, continue to develop infrastructure, keep the colonists happy and sane, and—as is implied by the title—continue to provide the resources necessary for survival.

With some careful planning (and a little luck), you may just help your colony thrive in this hostile environment. If not...well, there are plenty of other asteroids out there in which you can try again.

Release date: Sometime in 2018.
StrategyNo
Phoenix Point 
Phoenix Point Mac games 2018 pick

Phoenix Point

A new strategy game from the creators of XCOM. That’s pretty much all we needed to hear to add this game to our radar. Why? Because this means we can expect strategic, turn-based gameplay as we battle hordes of terrifying monsters.

By 2047, the human race is almost completely wiped out by alien mutagens and some typically bad sciencing. What remains of humanity is scattered about in small factions across the planet, each with its own ideology and secrets. You, on the other hand, are part of the Phoenix Project, a worldwide organization designed to be activated when the world is in peril, which apparently missed the phone call. You have no contact with the organization’s other cells, and you need to find out what happened to them.

Like XCOM before it, Phoenix Point will offer tons of customization through soldier development and weapon research/modification. Battles will take place in procedural, destructive environments spread across a large number of diverse missions.

Backer builds (pre-alpha) are available now, allowing you to get some practice in before the game’s official Mac release later this year alongside the Windows and Linux versions.

Release date: Q4 2018.
StrategyNo
Artifact 
Artifact Mac featured

Artifact

This game from designer Richard Garfield and developer Valve promises to offer “... the deepest gameplay and the highest-fidelity experience ever seen in a trading card game.” That’s a pretty tall boast, but it certainly does have the creative power to back it up.

When it’s released later this year, Artifact will come with more than 280 cards to start, including 44 heroes to collect and use in its strategic battles. We don’t know too much else about Artifact at this point, except that it’s based on Valve’s MOBA Dota 2 and that gameplay will be lane-based (like in Hearthstone) and will involve some pretty deep mechanics for strategy enthusiasts.

Valve is heavily pushing the community aspects, too, as players will be able to buy and sell cards through the Steam Community Marketplace and participate in competitive events. In addition, Artifact will be supported through ongoing expansions and feature updates.

In other words, if you’re at all into strategic trading card games, mark the date below on your calendar.

Release date: November 28, 2018.
Collectible CardsNo
Rise of Industry 
Rise of Industry Mac download

Rise of Industry

This business tycoon game from developer Dapper Penguin Studios would already be available to us in Early Access were it not for a MacOS Unity bug. We’re hoping that situation is quickly resolved because how can an industry rise without involving Apple?

As you’ve likely gleaned from the title, Rise of Industry presents you with an initial investment and some property that’s shared with AI controlled towns and villages. It’s up to you, then, to supply goods and services to these villages in an effort to help your chosen industry rise.

Gameplay is broken into modes: career (you must specialize in a certain industry) and sandbox (do what you want). In either mode, you’ll have to deal with things like permits, supply and demand, trade, and the very worst aspect of running a business: customers.

A free demo version is available on Windows and Linux, so we expect the Mac version to get the same treatment once the Unit bug is ironed out. Until then, industry will have to rise without us.

Release date: Sometime in 2018.
StrategyNo
Fortnite 
Fortnite Mac battle royale

Fortnite

Believe it or not, Fortnite Battle Royale is just one mode in the Fornite package, the other being Save the World. Battle Royale was released as a separate free-to-play title, and it now pretty much rules the planet (as well as the moon and I’m told Venus, Mars and a good chunk of Jupiter). Save the World is still out there, however, hoping to find love.

Unlike the PvP action of Battle Royale, Save the World is the co-op, sandbox survival mode of Fortnite. Billed by Tim Sweeney, Epic’s founder, as a cross between Minecraft and Left 4 Dead, Save the World tasks players with working together to explore the environment, scavenge materials, craft weapons, and build forts to help fight off waves of monsters. Of course, it’s all presented with the colorful, fun-loving, freestyle dancing attitude of Battle Royal.

Fortnite is available now via paid early-access, with the official release for all platforms scheduled for this year. Check it out when you’re done wasting your time fighting with your friends and ready to join up with them for something bigger...like saving the world.

Release date: Sometime in 2018.
ShooterYes

Our Criteria

There are a lot of MacOS games coming out in 2018. A lot. Thus we got to be very selective in choosing which games made the list. So, how did we pull these particular games to the top? By focusing on these criteria:

Native

Obviously, the game has to run natively on macOS; no Wine, Parallels or Bootcamp needed.

Confirmed Mac Version

No rumored compatibility. No “we’re looking into it”. We’ve actively engaged with the developers to get confirmation that macOS versions are in the works even if the details haven’t yet been announced elsewhere. If you see a game mentioned here, it’s because we know first hand that the developer is working on it.

Hype level

Here’s where we get more subjective, but each of these games has something very important going for it. It could be a much anticipated sequel to a popular Mac game, it could be the developer’s name/pedigree, or it could be that we just really like the concept. Regardless of the reason, we’re buying into the hype for each of these titles.

Wrapping Up

There’s an awful lot to consider here, we know, but that’s a good thing. Whether you’re hoping for a new entry in your favorite genre or looking to branch out into something different, the new Mac games for 2018 will give you plenty of options. Go ahead and get hyped for a few long-awaited sequels, get ready to dig into a few games that your Windows-using friends are already playing, or get something completely new when it becomes available.

Here at Mac Gamer HQ, we’ll be sure to let you know when these games finally come out, and we look forward to hearing what you think about them.

If you’re looking forward to a game that we didn’t cover here, be sure to let us know. We’re always on the lookout for the next big game!

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