The Best Mac games of 2019

The biggest releases of the year

By Kirk Hiner & Ric Molina | Updated Jan 16, 2020

I think you’ll agree 2019 was a great year for Mac gaming.

Sure, there’s the sheer quantity of new games released (did you know there are over 8,700 Mac games on Steam?) but what really surprised us was the high quality of the best Mac games of 2019.

And you know what? The games planned for 2020 are just as exciting.

PS: If you want even more top-notch games for your Mac, check out the 100 Best Mac games you can play today.

Important: As most “2019” guides cover older games too, we made sure this list is limited to games actually released in 2019. Enjoy!

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Our favorite 2019 Mac games

Best Mac games from 2019: The biggest releases of the year 2
Divinity: Original Sin 2
Mac Release date: 2019

Developer: Larian Studios

MacOS developer: Elverils

Metascore: 93

Divinity: Original Sin became an instant classic when it was released in 2015, and now Mac gamers can once again journey to Rivellon. Divinity: Original Sin 2 brings back the deep turn-based combat, multiplayer campaigns, and complex story, and adds some exciting new features.

Up to four players can adventure together online or locally via split-screen, the AI has been updated to be even more devious, and exploration has been opened up to provide countless ways to interact with characters, animals and the environment.

One more thing… Featuring Touch Bar and iCloud support, this is the most advanced Mac port to date. Having direct support from Apple’s own Metal team definitely paid off!

Mac Release date: January 31, 2019.

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System Requirements: A 64-bit processor, OS 10.13.6 High Sierra, Intel Core i5 Processor, 8 GB RAM, HD Graphics 5000 or Radeon R9 M290X, 20 GB hard drive space.

Best Mac games from 2019: The biggest releases of the year 3
Slay the Spire
Mac Release date: 2019

MacOS developer: Mega Crit Games

Metascore: 89

What happens when you fuse a collectible cards game with a roguelike? You get Slay the Spire, a single-player deck builder from Mega Crit Games. Build your deck and use your cards wisely as you battle your way to the top of a spire that changes each time you play.

Slay the Spire contains over 250 cards, over 150 unique items to find and use in your quests, and an impressive host of unique encounters, boss battles, and events along the way. And if that’s not enough, the game’s custom mode allows hardcore players to mix and match various crazy-run modifiers.

Mac Release date: January 23, 2019.

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Demand Level: Low emoji Medium

System Requirements: OS 10.9.5, 2 GHz Processor, 4 GB RAM, 256 MB Video RAM capable of OpenGL 3.0+ support, 1 GB hard drive space.

Best Mac games from 2019: The biggest releases of the year 4
Katana ZERO
Mac Release date: 2019

MacOS developer: Askiisoft

Metascore: 83

Katana ZERO is a brutal and fast-paced action platformer from developer Askiisoft and features stylish pixel art and instant death combat. While it does tell a satisfying story, Katana ZERO shines because of its intense combat. Prepare to slash, dash, dodge and even manipulate time to destroy your enemies.

While clearly inspired by indies such as Hotline Miami or Monaco, Katana ZERO uses that same tried and true formula to deliver a gaming experience that is at a whole new level. With thoughtfully-designed levels and flexible combat abilities, this is a game you will probably finish more than once.

Mac Release date: April 18, 2019.

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Demand Level: Low emoji Low

System Requirements: OS 10.11, Intel Core i5 Processor, 4 GB RAM, Intel HD Graphics 530, 200 MB hard drive space.

Best Mac games from 2019: The biggest releases of the year 5
Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Mac Release date: 2019

MacOS developer: Feral Interactive

Metascore: 77

2013’s Tomb Raider reboot is still one of the best games you can play on a Mac. The series only got better with 2018’s Rise of the Tomb Raider. And I’m happy to confirm Shadow of the Tomb Raider is the finale the Lara Croft’s origin trilogy deserved.

This finale finds Lara saving the world from a Mayan apocalypse, and she’ll need to survive a massive, deadly jungle to do it. With vastly improved stealth mechanics and a bigger focus on actual tomb raiding, this is one of the best Tomb Raider games ever released.

Mac Release date: November 5, 2019.

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Demand Level: Medium emoji High

System Requirements: 10.15, 2 GHz Intel Core i5 Processor, 8 GB RAM, 2 GB AMD R9 M290, 1.5 GB Intel Iris Graphics 540 or better, 40 GB hard drive space.

Best Mac games from 2019: The biggest releases of the year 6
Borderlands 3

Mac Release date: 2019

MacOS developer: Gearbox Software

Metascore: 81

Borderlands 3 was a big surprise for Mac gamers. With absolutely no information regarding Mac support available, we were certain we would have to sit this one out. Luckily, developer Gearbox delivered a worthy successor to Borderlands 2, one of our all-time favorite shooters for Mac.

Borderlands 3 takes everything that defined the series brings it up a notch. The humor is even more absurd, the guns are even more amazing and the story is even more over the top. If you’re looking for a new shooter looter to sink your teeth into, look no further than Borderlands 3.

Mac Release date: October 30, 2019.

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Demand Level: Medium emoji High

System Requirements: 10.12.6, 4.2 GHz Intel Core i7 Processor, 8 GB RAM, 8 GB AMD Radeon Pro 580, 75 GB hard drive space.

Best Mac games from 2019: The biggest releases of the year 7
Untitled Goose Game

Mac Release date: 2019

MacOS developer: House House

Metascore: 79

In spite of being a brief and simple game, Untitled Goose Game became an instant hit. And with reason. This is a charming and often hilarious stealth/puzzle game that also plays great and you would be wrong to not give it a try.

It’s rare when a game successfully lets you play the villain, yet Untitled Goose Game pulls it off. It’s simple, really. You play as a goose, and gooses aren’t evil, they’re just wild, misunderstood animals. This is why playing as a goose and wrecking havoc is such a delight.

Mac Release date: September 20, 2019.

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Demand Level: Low emoji Low

System Requirements: 10.12, 64-bit operating system, 820 MB hard drive space.

Best Mac games from 2019: The biggest releases of the year 8
WHAT THE GOLF?

Mac Release date: 2019

MacOS developer: Triband

Metascore: 84

WHAT THE GOLF? is a ragdoll physics game about golf while at the same time not being about golf. That’s a strange thing to write but what’s important is this is a thoroughly funny, challenging, and charming game.

Golf is indeed the starting point, but you’ll quickly find yourself launching rockets, protecting a crab from the rising tides, or doing something else equally absurd. This is a comedy game first and foremost, filled with punchlines and jokes. Creating a game that is actually funny is hard but WHAT THE GOLF? successfully does just that.

Mac Release date: October 1, 2019.

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Demand Level: Low emoji Low

System Requirements: 10.13, MacBook 2015 and up, 2 GB RAM, 666 MB hard drive space.

Best Mac games from 2019: The biggest releases of the year 9
Total War: Three Kingdoms

Mac Release date: 2019

MacOS developer: Feral Interactive

Metascore: 85

The Total War franchise continues its quest across time and the globe, this time stopping in ancient China. Fans can expect the same tried-and-true mixture of turn-based strategy and real-time battles as they set out to become emperor. 

Become one of 12 legendary warlords and build up your armies, technology, and economy through research, politics, and conquest. Do you have what it takes to create the next dynasty? If not, at least you’ll get to experience the best visuals and gameplay the series has seen yet.

Mac Release date: May 23, 2019.

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Demand Level: Medium emoji High

System Requirements: 10.14.4 64-bit processor, 2 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, 52 GB hard drive space.

Best Mac games from 2019: The biggest releases of the year 10
Life is Strange 2

Mac Release date: 2019

MacOS developer: Feral Interactive

Metascore: 82

A tragic accident forces two brothers on the run. Pursued by the police and dealing with powers they don’t fully understand, Sean and Daniel Diaz attempt to flee from Seattle to their father’s hometown in Mexico.

Although the characters from the much-heralded original Life is Strange are gone, the overall tone and gameplay mechanics remain in this sequel. As Sean, you will be forced to make difficult decisions that not only affect your quest, but also the lives of those around you.

Mac Release date: December 9, 2019.

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Demand Level: Medium emoji Medium

System Requirements: 10.15, 2 GHz Intel Core i5 Processor, 4 GB RAM, 2 GB Nvidia 680MX, 2 GB AMD R9 M290, 1.5 GB Intel Iris Graphics 540 or better, 42 GB hard drive space.

Best Mac games from 2019: The biggest releases of the year 11
Oxygen Not Included

Mac Release date: 2019

MacOS developer: Klei Entertainment

Metascore: NA

Oxygen Not Included is a space-colony simulation from the creators of Don’t Starve and Mark of the Ninja.

You’ll need to research the technology to combat hostile aliens, 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.

Mac Release date: December 9, 2019.

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Demand Level: Low emoji Low

System Requirements: 10.9, a 64-bit operating system, 2 GHz Intel Dual Core Processor, 4 GB RAM, Intel HD 4600 or better, 2 GB hard drive space.

Best Mac games from 2019: The biggest releases of the year 12
Tropico 6
Mac Release date: 2019

MacOS developer: Limbic Entertainment

Metascore: 78

For the first time in the Tropico series, you’ll be in full charge of multiple islands, offering all new challenges as you attempt to lead a life of luxury while keeping your citizens happy with…less.

Tropico 6 keeps the series fresh by adding completely new infrastructure and transportation options, a revised research system that focuses on politics (steal what you can’t create), and the timely return of election speeches. “Address the people and make promises that you can’t possibly keep.” It’s pretty easy to get away with it, we’ve learned.

Mac Release date: June 28, 2019.

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Demand Level: Medium emoji Medium

System Requirements: OS 10.14, a 64-bit processor, 3 GHz Intel Core i5 Processor, 8 GB RAM, Shader 5 compliant GPU with 2 GB RAM, AMD Radeon Rx560 Pro or better, 16 GB hard drive space.

Best Mac games from 2019: The biggest releases of the year 13
Subnautica: Below Zero
Mac Release date: 2019

MacOS developer: Unknown Worlds Entertainment

Metascore: NA

Currently available through Steam Early Access, Below Zero takes the undersea exploration of Subnautica and moves it to the Arctic region of planet 4546B. Your job is to study alien artifacts, but when disaster strikes and you’re cut off from your supply ship it’s up to you to craft equipment, scavenge for food and resources, and construct the shelters needed to survive.

Of course, the fun is in the exploration, as Subnautica: Below Zero recreates a beautiful and massive undersea world for you to discover. Just remember, plenty of danger lurks in the beauteous depths.

Mac Release date: January 30, 2019 (in Early Access).
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System Requirements: A 64-bit processor, OS 10.11, Intel Core i5 Processor, 8 GB RAM, Intel Iris Pro 650 or better, 15 GB hard drive space.

Best Mac games from 2019: The biggest releases of the year 14
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
Mac Release date: 2019

Developer: Treyarch

MacOS developer: Aspyr Media

Metascore: 73

Black Ops 3 takes us 40 years further into the future to a world ravaged by climate change and unchecked technologies. The games features a four-player campaign mode with features such as cybernetic enhancements, a one-shot-kill “realistic” difficulty mode, and an unlockable “nightmare” mode featuring a new narrative and plenty of zombies.

If you’re more into multiplayer, there are plenty of enhancements and new features on that side, as well. And even better, you can purchase the Multiplayer Starter Pack if that’s all you’re interested in.

One more thing… This confirms Aspyr‘s relationship with Activition is still alive and well (and hopefully will result in newer Call of Duty games on Mac!).

Mac Release date: April 4, 2019.
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System Requirements: OS 10.13.6, 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5 Processor, 8 GB RAM, 2 GB ATI Radeon M295X, 150 GB hard drive space.

Best Mac games from 2019: The biggest releases of the year 15
World of Warcraft Classic

Mac Release date: 2019

Developer: Blizzard

Metascore: 81

World of Warcraft Classic, the faithful recreation of the original WoW, easily became one of the most popular games of the year. WoW Classic seemed so simple at first: recreate the game as it was before the release The Burning Crusade.

But for some reason, WoW Classic became a huge success. So much so that players are forced to wait in line to complete quests! Make no mistake, WoW Classic is a grueling experience, often frustrating. But it still manages to recapture the essence of the World of Warcraft the world fell in love with over a decade ago.

Mac Release date: August 26, 2019.

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System Requirements: OS 10.12, 2.0 GHz Intel Core i5 Processor, 2 GB RAM, 1 GB Metal capable GPU, 5 GB hard drive space.

Best Mac games from 2019: The biggest releases of the year 16
Dawn of Man
Mac Release date: 2019

MacOS developer: Madruga Works

Metascore: 74

If your complaint about sims/city builders is that they don’t start quite early enough, you’ll want to check out Dawn of Man. You’ll start with a settlement of ancient humans in the stone age and fight for survival by learning to hunt, farm, craft weapons/tools, stand up to the environment, and evolve to make it into the iron age.

That covers around 10,000 years of prehistory, but the needs will be familiar to sim fans: keep your people fed, sheltered, and safe from the elements and attacks while leading them towards the future.

Mac Release date: March 1, 2019.
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Demand Level: Low emoji Medium

System Requirements: OS 10.11, 2 GHz Dual Core Processor, 4 GB RAM, 1 GB Video RAM, 2 GB hard drive space.

Best Mac games from 2019: The biggest releases of the year 17
Tannenberg
Mac Release date: 2019

MacOS developer: Blackmill Games

Metascore: 69

The battles on the eastern front of WWI are regarded as some of the most brutal in history, so prepare for some intense batlles in this multiplayer shooter from the developers of Verdun. Up to 64 players can engage via four-man squads on six massive maps that provide an impressive amount of tactical freedom.

Over 50 historically accurate weapons are available to the game’s Russian, Roumanian, Austro-Hungarian, German and Bulgarian troops, including the horrors of gas warfare. Tannenberg is definitely not for those who prefer dance moves and llamas in their multiplayer games.

Mac Release date: February 13, 2019.

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Demand Level: Medium emoji Medium

System Requirements: OS 10.11, 3.3 GHz Intel Core i5 Processor, 4 GB RAM, Geforce GTX 960M / Radeon HD 7750 or higher, 2GB video card memory, 8 GB hard drive space.

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DUSK
Mac Release date: 2019

MacOS developer: New Blood Interactive

Metascore: 69

Do you miss games like the original Doom, Quake, and even Redneck Rampage? New Blood Interactive did, too, and that’s why they’ve given us DUSK, a retro first-person shooter that features shooting and bleeding in ways we haven’t since the 1990s.

DUSK gives you three distinctive campaign modes in which you’ll fight mystical backwater cultists, possessed militants and more, and plenty of ways to fight them, too: “…sickles, swords, crossbows, rifles, dual-wielded and double-barreled shotguns and incredibly necessary grenade and rocket launchers.” Of course, there’s arena multiplayer, too. It’s the ‘90s you remember.

Mac Release date: February 7, 2019.
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System Requirements: OS 10.11, 2.2 GHz Dual Core Processor, 2 GB RAM, 512 MB Video RAM, 2 GB hard drive space.

Best Mac games from 2019: The biggest releases of the year 19
DiRT 4
Mac Release date: 2019

Developer: Codemasters

MacOS developer: Feral Interactive

Metascore: 78

Pavement? Pavement is for grandmas and bus drivers. If you really want to experience the thrill of racing you need DiRT 4. This latest entry in the rally racing series provides over 50 cars to drive as you tear across thrilling tracks in Australia, Spain, Wales, and more. Each and every one of them looking and running great thanks to Feral Interactive‘s top-notch Mac port.

And with the new system called Your Stage, players can generate a countless number of unique stages with the press of a button. It’s even smart enough to generate routes based on your skill level. Career mode and daily, weekly, and month-long challenges will keep you racing for quite some time.

Mac Release date: March 28, 2019.
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Demand Level: Medium emoji Medium

System Requirements: A 64-bit processor, OS 10.14.5, 1.8 GHz Intel Core i5 Processor, 8 GB RAM, 1 GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M, 2 GB AMD Radeon R9 M290, Intel Iris Pro 5200 or better, 38 GB hard drive space.

Best Mac games from 2019: The biggest releases of the year 20
Imperator: Rome
Mac Release date: 2019

MacOS developer: Paradox Development Studio

Metascore: 81

Mac gamers have access to a new form of empire building now that Paradox Interactive has released Imperator Rome. This grand strategy title stretches across the ancient Mediterranean to provide players the chance to shape Western Civilization as they see fit.

Manage diverse populations, build up your military, choose your type of government, and invest in technologies that will help find your place amongst Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar, and other great rulers from the classical era. The deluxe edition includes additional army and ship models, on-map monuments, game events, and more.

Mac Release date: April 25, 2019.
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Demand Level: Medium emoji Medium

System Requirements: A 64-bit processor and operating system, OS 10.14, Intel Core i5 Processor, 8 GB RAM, 2GB Video RAM AMD Radeon R9 M380.

Best Mac games from 2019: The biggest releases of the year 21
Baba is You

Mac Release date: 2019

MacOS developer: Hempuli Oy

Metascore: 87

Winner of the Excellence in Design and Best Student Game awards in the Independent Games Festival 2018, Baba is You is the puzzle game everyone has been talking about.

In Baba is You, you can literally change the rules by which you play. In every level, the rules themselves are blocks you can interact with; by manipulating them, you can change how the level works and cause unexpected situations! With over 200 levels at your disposal, you’ll be able to experiment with the game’s mechanics in a multitude of ways.

Mac Release date: March 13, 2019.

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Demand Level: Low emoji Low

System Requirements: A 64-bit processor and operating system, 2.0 GHz Intel Core Duo Processor, 1 GB RAM, Intel HD 3000 or better, 200 MB hard drive space.

The best choice for you

We made sure we included games from as many genres as possible. At the end of the day, we all have our personal preferences. That said, another important factor to consider is the performance requirements of each game.

Every game listed above has  “Expand to see if your Mac can run it” to help you out. But if you’re in a hurry, this chart can also serve you.

2019 Mac games system requirements

In a nutshell, if you have a Mac with low performance (such as a MacBook or Mac Mini), you know you should stay away from the most demanding games.

Our Criteria

A lot of MacOS games came out in 2019. A whole lot. Thus, we had to be very selective in choosing which games make this list. So, how did we pull these particular games to the top? By focusing on these criteria:

Native MacOS support

Obviously, all games have to run natively on macOS; no Wine, Parallels or Bootcamp needed.

Hype level

Here’s where we get more subjective, but rest assured 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 and agree they should be on your radar.

 Confirmed Mac version

It’s always tempting to hype games that could, maybe, make it to macOS. If a developer has always supported MacOS for all of its previous games, it should support MacOS for its latest game too, right? Not always. 

For that reason, we only covered games that have been officially released for Mac, leaving behind a few games that supposedly have a Mac beta available but no official version.

Wrapping Up

There’s an awful lot to consider here, we know, but that’s a good thing. Whether you were waiting for a new entry in your favorite genre or looking to branch out into something different, the new Mac games of 2019 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.

If you are enjoying (or waiting for) a new 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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