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The 100 Best Mac Games today

Maybe you just got your first Mac, or maybe you’re simply new to gaming. Either way, this will surprise you:

Most of the best video games are available on Mac.

Some still believe there are no good games to play on Mac, but Mac gaming has come a long way (Can a Mac be a gaming PC? is a great read). Nowadays, 7 out of the 10 most-played games on Steam have a Mac version and all the best indies support it too. This Best Mac games list is nothing but a sample of all the possibilities Mac gaming has to offer.

Before we get started, this table should help you easily navigate the top Mac games:

GameNameGenreRequirementsPC Metascore
XCOM 2 MacXCOM 2XCOM 2Strategy🔥 High88
BioShock Infinite MacBioShock InfiniteBioShock InfiniteShooter⚠️️ Medium94
Firewatch MacFirewatchFirewatchAdventure🔥 High81
Civilization 6 MacCivilization 6Civilization 6Strategy🔥 High88
Rocket League MacRocket LeagueRocket LeagueSports⚠️️ Medium86
The Witness MacThe WitnessThe WitnessAdventure⚠️️ Medium87
Tomb Raider MacTomb RaiderTomb RaiderAction⚠️️ Medium86
Pillars of Eternity MacPillars of EternityPillars of EternityRole-Playing⚠️️ Medium89
Total War Warhammer MacTotal War: WarhammerTotal War: WarhammerStrategy⚠️️ Medium86
Borderlands 2 MacBorderlands 2Borderlands 2Shooter⚠️️ Medium89
Shadow of Mordor MacShadow of MordorShadow of MordorAction🔥 High84
Dawn of War 3 MacDawn of War 3Dawn of War 3Strategy⚠️️ Medium77
Company of Heroes 2 MacCompany of Heroes 2Company of Heroes 2Strategy⚠️️ Medium80
Alien Isolation MacAlien IsolationAlien: IsolationHorror🔥 High81
Braid Mac artBraidBraidPlatformer✅ Low90
Grid 2 MacGRID 2GRID 2Racing✅ Low80
Superhot MacSuperhotSuperhotShooter⚠️️ Medium82
Divinity Original Sin MacDivinity: Original Sin RemasteredDivinity: Original Sin RemasteredRole-Playing⚠️️ Medium94
Gone Home MacGone HomeGone HomeAdventure⚠️️ Medium86
Spec Ops MacSpec Ops: The LineSpec Ops: The LineShooter✅ Low76
F1 2016 MacF1 2016F1 2016Racing⚠️️ Medium86
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 MacCOD: Modern Warfare 3Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3Shooter⚠️️ Medium78
Bastion MacBastionBastionRole-Playing✅ Low86
Hitman MacHitmanHitmanAction⚠️️ Medium83
Batman Arkham City MacBatman: Arkham CityBatman: Arkham CityAction⚠️️ Medium91
The Witcher 2 MacThe Witcher 2The Witcher 2Role-Playing⚠️️ Medium88
Life is Strange MacLife is StrangeLife is StrangeAdventure✅ Low83
Minecraft MacMinecraftMinecraftAdventure✅ Low93
World of Warcraft MacWorld of WarcraftWorld of WarcraftMMO⚠️️ Medium93
Deus Ex Human Revolution Mac artDeus Ex: Human RevolutionDeus Ex: Human RevolutionShooter⚠️️ Medium90
League of Legends MacLeague of LegendsLeague of LegendsMOBA⚠️️ Medium78
Limbo MacLimboLimboPlatformer✅ Low88
The Lord of the Rings Online MacLord of the Rings OnlineLord of the Rings OnlineMMO⚠️️ Medium86
This War of Mine MacThis War of MineThis War of MineStrategy⚠️️ Medium83
SimCity 4 MacSimCity 4: Deluxe EditionSimCity 4: Deluxe EditionSimulation✅ Low84
Sleeping Dogs MacSleeping DogsSleeping DogsAction⚠️️ Medium81
Stardew Valley MacStardew ValleyStardew ValleyStrategy✅ Low88
Soma Mac artSOMASOMAHorror⚠️️ Medium84
Max Payne 3 MacMax Payne 3Max Payne 3Action⚠️️ Medium87
Heroes of the Storm MacHeroes of the StormHeroes of the StormMOBA⚠️️ Medium86
Wasteland 2 MacWasteland 2: Director’s CutWasteland 2: Director’s CutRole-Playing⚠️️ Medium87
Team Fortress 2 MacTeam Fortress 2Team Fortress 2Shooter⚠️️ Medium92
Owlboy MacOwlboyOwlboyAdventure⚠️️ Medium88
Star Wars KOTOR 2 MacStar Wars KOTOR 2Star Wars: KOTOR 2Role-Playing⚠️️ Medium85
Hearthstone Mac artHearthstoneHearthstone: Heroes of WarcraftStrategy✅ Low88
Metro 2033 Redux MacMetro 2033 ReduxMetro 2033 ReduxShooter🔥 High90
Dirt 3 MacDiRT 3DiRT 3Racing⚠️️ Medium86
Starcraft 2 Legacy of the Void MacSC 2: Legacy of the VoidStarCraft 2: Legacy of the VoidStrategy⚠️️ Medium88
Transistor MacTransistorTransistorRole-Playing⚠️️ Medium83
The Sims 4 Mac artThe Sims 4The Sims 4Simulation⚠️️ Medium70
Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 MacRollercoaster Tycoon 3Rollercoaster Tycoon 3Simulation✅ Low81
Portal 2 MacPortal 2Portal 2Puzzle✅ Low95
Diablo 3 Reaper of Souls Mac artDiablo 3: Reaper of SoulsDiablo 3: Reaper of SoulsRole-Playing⚠️️ Medium87
Dying Light MacDying LightDying LightShooter🔥 High87
Rayman Origins MacRayman: OriginsRayman: OriginsPlatformer⚠️️ Medium86
Guild Wars 2 MacGuild Wars 2Guild Wars 2MMO⚠️️ Medium90
Homeworld Remastered Collection Mac artHomeworld Remastered CollectionHomeworld Remastered CollectionStrategy⚠️️ Medium86
Super Meat Boy MacSuper Meat BoySuper Meat BoyPlatformer✅ Low87
Fez MacFezFezPlatformer✅ Low91
Left 4 Dead 2 Mac artLeft 4 Dead 2Left 4 Dead 2Shooter⚠️️ Medium89
FTL Faster than Light MacFTL: Faster than LightFTL: Faster than LightStrategy✅ Low84
Mark of the Ninja MacMark of the NinjaMark of the NinjaPlatformer⚠️️ Medium91
Crusader Kings 2 MacCrusader Kings 2Crusader Kings 2Strategy⚠️️ Medium82
Football Manager 2017 MacFootball Manager 2017Football Manager 2017Sports✅ Low80
Rocksmith 2014 MacRocksmith 2014Rocksmith 2014Music✅ Low89
Assassins Creed Brotherhood MacAC: BrotherhoodAssassin’s Creed: BrotherhoodAction⚠️️ Medium88
Europa Universalis 4 MacEuropa Universalis 4Europa Universalis 4Strategy⚠️️ Medium87
Trine 2 MacTrine 2Trine 2Platformer✅ Low84
Counter-Strike Global Offensive MacCS: Global OffensiveCounter-Strike: Global OffensiveShooter✅ Low83
Outlast MacOUTLASTOUTLASTHorror🔥 High80
The Elder Scrolls Online MacThe Elder Scrolls OnlineThe Elder Scrolls OnlineMMO⚠️️ Medium80
Papers Please MacPapers, PleasePapers, PleaseSimulation✅ Low85
American Truck Simulator MacAmerican Truck SimulatorAmerican Truck SimulatorSimulation⚠️️ Medium76
Dota 2 Mac artDota 2Dota 2MOBA⚠️️ Medium90
Hotline Miami MacHotline MiamiHotline MiamiAction✅ Low85
Grim Fandango Mac artGrim Fandango: RemasteredGrim Fandango: RemasteredAdventure⚠️️ Medium84
Kerbal Space Program MacKerbal Space ProgramKerbal Space ProgramSimulation⚠️️ Medium88
Elite Dangerous MacElite: DangerousElite: DangerousAdventure🔥 High80
Towerfall Ascension MacTowerfall AscensionTowerfall AscensionAction⚠️️ Medium87
Legend of Grimrock 2 MacLegend of Grimrock 2Legend of Grimrock 2Role-Playing⚠️️ Medium85
Metal Gear Rising Revengeance MacMetal Gear Rising: RevengeanceMetal Gear Rising: RevengeanceAction⚠️️ Medium83
Shovel Knight MacShovel KnightShovel KnightPlatformer✅ Low85
X Plane 11 MacX-Plane 11X-Plane 11Simulation⚠️️ MediumNA
The Binding of Isaac Rebirth Mac artThe Binding of Isaac: RebirthThe Binding of Isaac: RebirthPlatformer✅ Low86
Terraria Mac ArtTerrariaTerrariaAdventure✅ Low83
Dwarf Fortress MacDwarf FortressDwarf FortressStrategy✅ LowNA
The Banner Saga MacThe Banner SagaThe Banner SagaRole-Playing✅ Low79
Crypt of the NecroDancer MacCrypt of the NecroDancerCrypt of the NecroDancerPlatformer✅ Low87
Cave Story MacCave StoryCave StoryPlatformer✅ LowNA
The Walking Dead MacThe Walking DeadThe Walking DeadAdventure✅ Low89
The Talos Principle MacThe Talos PrincipleThe Talos PrinciplePuzzle⚠️️ Medium85
Undertale MacUndertaleUndertaleRole-Playing✅ Low92
Eve Online Mac artEVE OnlineEVE OnlineMMO⚠️️ Medium88
Spelunky MacSpelunkySpelunkyPlatformer✅ Low90
Her Story MacHer StoryHer StoryAdventure✅ Low86
Torchlight 2 MacTorchlight 2Torchlight 2Role-Playing⚠️️ Medium88
Prison Architect Mac artPrison ArchitectPrison ArchitectSimulation✅ Low83
Tales from the Borderlands MacTales from the BorderlandsTales from the BorderlandsAdventure⚠️️ Medium85
Hyper Light Drifter MacHyper Light DrifterHyper Light DrifterRole-Playing✅ Low84
Cities Skylines MacCities: SkylinesCities: SkylinesSimulation⚠️️ Medium85

PS: I know you often wonder if your Mac has the chops to run modern games. To give you an idea, I included my take on what type of Mac you will need to play these games.

Finally—and I shouldn’t have to say this—every game listed here works on Mac. No Windows needed. I’ve seen “Best games for Mac” lists with games that are not even available on Mac. That pisses me off and I promise it will never happen around here. Let’s get started.

 

The 100 Best Games for Mac you can play today:

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XCOM 2 
XCOM 2 Mac Top 100

XCOM 2

XCOM 2 is the follow-up to the amazing XCOM: Enemy Unknown and a gentle reminder that Mac gaming is going somewhere.

As expected, this turn-based strategy game plays and looks much better than its predecessor. The critics love it. In XCOM 2, humans lost the war against the aliens and have to resort to guerilla tactics to fight back. This changes the way the game plays and paves the way for cool features, such as the ability to hide from the aliens.

One word of caution, though—this game looks great but is very demanding. XCOM 2’s Mac version will require powerful Mac to run, and before you go blame Feral Interactive for a poor port, know that the Windows version is the same:
PS: If you don’t have a powerful Mac to run XCOM 2's Mac version, you can always play the very solid XCOM: Enemy Unknown.
⚡A recent Mac with a powerful graphics card.

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System requirements: OS X 10.11.2, 2.4 GHz Intel Core i5, 4 GB RAM, 45 GB HD space, NVIDIA 650ti (1GB), AMD 5770 (1GB), Intel Iris Pro or better.
StrategyNoHigh
BioShock Infinite 
BioShock Infinite Best Mac games

BioShock Infinite

BioShock Infinite is one of my favorite first-person shooters. It may not offer multiplayer, but its terrific single-player campaign makes up for it.

The story is a little weird, especially near the end, but both Elizabeth—the girl you have to rescue—and the flying city of Columbia take the game to a whole new level. Elizabeth is the best NPC I have ever seen. She’s helpful, smart, and lovable. Columbia is simply unique and beautiful. They will both be remembered for a long time. Infinite also offers solid shooting mechanics and lets you combine guns with special powers—enough to give you a well-deserved break from all the “me too” shooters out there.

Aspyr did a great job with BioShock Infinite’s Mac version too. In spite its beautiful graphics, the game can run smoothly on a decent Mac:
⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

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System requirements: OS X 10.8.5, 2.2 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM, 30 GB HD space, Nvidia GeForce 640M, Radeon HD 3870, Intel HD 4000, or better with 512 MB of Video Memory.
ShooterNoMedium
Firewatch 
Firewatch Mac Top 100

Firewatch

This first-person adventure game caught everyone by surprise. No one expected it to be so damn good.

Firewatch tells the story of a fire lookout stationed in a forest. After some mysterious occurrences, you set out to explore the forest in search of answers. Your only form of communication is a walkie-talkie, and the way you choose to respond will influence your relationships. This is a great game that feels like an adult game with realistic issues. That drives the story to a level we are no longer used to. Plus, the forest is beautiful and full of breathtaking sights.
I just finished the game and totally understand why it's one of Macworld's top games from February 2016.

Developer Campo Santo took Firewatch's Mac version very seriously. They are working on adding metal support to make it even better. You don’t need to wait, though—the current version works great and is properly optimized:
⚡A recent Mac with a powerful graphics card.

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System requirements: OS X 10.8, Intel Core i5, 6 GB RAM, 4 GB HD space, Nvidia or ATi GPU with 1GB Memory.
AdventureNoHigh
Sid Meier’s Civilization 6 
Civilization 6 Mac

Sid Meier’s Civilization 6

Civilization 5 was one of my favorite strategy games for Mac of all times and yet Civilization 6 managed to top it.

In Civ 6, you take control of an entire civilization. You get to create cities, raise armies, research technologies, build an economy, and expand your empire. Civ 6 may not be the most detailed Mac strategy game on the market (that honor goes to Europa Universalis 4), but it’s certainly the most fun.

Everyone feared Civ 6 would simply ride Civ 5’s coattails, but thankfully, it didn’t. Firaxis managed to create something that feels both familiar and fresh at the same time. Civ 6 brings welcome additions such as complex city-planning and hundreds of other improvements.

Also, Civ 6 also sports improved graphics, making it the best-looking turn-based strategy game today. The downside is that you will need some horsepower to run it smoothly:
⚡A recent Mac with a powerful graphics card.

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System requirements: OS X 10.11, 2.7 Ghz Intel Core i5, 6 GB RAM, 15 GB HD space, 1 GB VRAM GeForce 775M, Radeon HD 6970, Intel Iris Pro.
StrategyNoHigh
Rocket League 
Rocket League Mac

Rocket League

This game is a one of the most popular multiplayer games you can play online.

Rocket League is a physics-based soccer game where flying cars take on each other in a huge arena. You have to learn to use your rockets to boost yourself in the air to score amazing goals (or saves). Team play is important, but understanding your car’s physics is critical. Timing is everything and becoming good requires skill. Needless to say, these matches are intense. But the feeling when you score a goal is priceless.

Pro tip: Precision is key and a controller is highly recommended.

You can learn to play the game against bots, but Rocket League truly shines when playing with friends. The game also features a nice-looking futuristic style and as Psyonix did a great job with Rocket League’s Mac port, you won’t need a powerful Mac to run it:

⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

System requirements: OS X 10.8.5, 2.4 Ghz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, 7 GB HD space, ATI Radeon HD 5670, NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M, Intel HD Graphics 4000 or Iris Pro Graphics.
SportsNoMedium
The Witness 
The Witness Mac

The Witness

After more than a year waiting for it, The Witness is finally available for Mac. Not familiar with The Witness? Well, this open-world puzzle game comes from Jonathan Blow, the man behind the now indie classic Braid.

Many wondered, myself included, if Bow could do it again and deliver another great indie. Turns out, he did. The Witness is a powerful puzzle game with a wealth of mysteries to unravel. The game features dozens of locations to explore and over 500 puzzles. That is enough to keep you busy for tens of hours, while respecting you as an intelligent player every step of the way. The Witness has no filler. Each puzzle brings its own new idea into the mix and it treats your time as precious.

The Witness is a beautiful game that benefits from Apple’s Metal API. This means the game looks great, but you’ll need a recent Mac to run it:
⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

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System requirements: OS X 10.11.6, 1.8 Ghz processor, 5 GB HD space, integrated Intel HD 4000.
AdventureNoMedium
Tomb Raider 
Tomb Raider Mac Top 100

Tomb Raider

This action-adventure title is a reboot of the mythical Tomb Raider series that shaped our childhood.

As always, you take control of the charming archaeologist Lara Croft. Except this time, the game tells the story of how a younger Lara Croft became the adventurer we all know. This new Tomb Raider is about exploration, combat, and survival in a more realistic way. Everything stands out here. The combat is fun (be it hand-to-hand or using a weapon), the cutscenes are intense, and the graphics are beautiful.

You will need a powerful Mac to run this game, but Feral Interactive did a great job with Tomb Raider’s Mac port. This is a smooth port with reasonable system requirements:
⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

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System requirements: OS X 10.9.1, 2.0 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM, 14 GB HD space, NVIDIA GeForce GT 120, ATI Radeon HD 3870, or Intel HD 4000 with 512 MB of Video Memory.
ActionNoMedium
Pillars of Eternity 
Pillars of Eternity Mac Top 100

Pillars of Eternity

Pillars of Eternity pays homage to old-school RPG classics such as Baldur’s Gate, Icewind Dale, and Planescape: Torment.

Expectations were high, but Obsidian delivered. Created with the help of over 70,000 Kickstarter backers, this is a satisfying game and one of the finest RPG games available on Mac. Pillars of Eternity features real-time gameplay, an elevated camera angle (just like you remember it), detailed party customizations, and tons of dialogue. This game has all the ingredients to do old-school RPGs justice. Pillars of Eternity may look and feel old-school, and that might turn you off. But don’t be fooled by appearances. This is a great game that tells a great story, and if you’re into RPGs, you owe it to yourself to try it.

Also, Obsidian Entertainment did an excellent job on Pillar of Eternity’s Mac version. The port is bug-free and easy on the system requirements:
⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

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System requirements: OS X 10.6.6, 2.53 Ghz Intel Core i5, 4 GB RAM, 14 GB HD space, Radeon HD 6750M or NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M with 512 MB of Video Memory.
Role-PlayingNoMedium
Total War: Warhammer 
Total War Warhammer Mac

Total War: Warhammer

Total War: Warhammer is both the latest and the best Total War experience available on a Mac (and Windows-PC for that matter).

Warhammer stays true to the Total War formula and combines a turn-based campaign with real-time battles. And like every Total War game that came before it, Warhammer’s battles are huge, counting hundreds of units fighting at once. Yet, Warhammer is unique, as it’s the first Total War game to ever leave the realistic scenarios of ancient Europe in favor of a fantastical setting that includes armies of orcs, undead, monsters, flying creatures, legendary heroes and more.

Plus, Feral Interactive managed to take one the best looking strategy games of all times and deliver a solid Mac version that can work on modest hardware.
⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

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System requirements: OS X 10.12.4, 2.0 Ghz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, 37 GB HD space, AMD cards from 2014, Nvidia cards with 2 GB VRAM, Intel Iris Graphics 540 & 550.
StrategyNoMedium
Borderlands 2 
Borderlands 2 Mac

Borderlands 2

Borderlands 2 is hands down the best first-person shooter in the Borderlands series.

Sure, Borderlands: The Pre-sequel came out to replace it, but why fix something that ain’t broke? If you’re looking for the best Borderlands game, this is it.

Borderlands 2 combines first-person shooter gameplay with RPG elements, creating one hell of an experience. This game is all about killing enemies to find cool weapons. If Diablo and Halo had a baby, it would look something like this. Killing baddies to find that fire legendary gun you wanted is tons of fun, but Borderlands 2 is even better when you’re playing it with friends. Borderlands 2 is best experienced as a four-player co-op multiplayer.

Borderlands 2’s Mac version is a good looking game too, and you will need some horsepower to run it properly:
⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

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System requirements: OS X 10.8.5, 2.4 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM, 13 GB HD space, ATI Radeon HD 2600 / NVidia Geforce 8800/ Intel HD 3000.
ShooterNoMedium
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor 
Shadow of Mordor Mac Top 100

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Shadow of Mordor is an impressive feat. This is a beautiful, open-world adventure game that looks great and plays even better.

Set in the Lord of the Rings universe, Shadow of Mordor combines melee combat, stealth, exploration, and parkour. But what sets it apart is that everything it does, it does well. The combat is as good as Batman: Arkham City’s, and the exploration and parkour are as good as Assassin’s Creed’s.
But it gets better. The game also uses the Nemesis System, which allows your enemies to remember all previous confrontations and react accordingly.

This game packs some serious graphics, and Feral Interactive managed to bring us a solid Mac port. Still, Shadow of Mordor’s Mac requirements remain high, and it does require a powerful Mac to run:

⚡A recent Mac with a powerful graphics card.

System requirements: OS X 10.10.3, 2.4 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 8 GB RAM, 80 GB HD space, ATI 7xxx, Nvidia 6xx, Intel Iris or Iris Pro with 1 GB of Video Memory.
ActionNoHigh
Dawn of War 3 
Dawn of War 3 Mac

Dawn of War 3

Dawn of War 3 was a big surprised when it was released earlier this year. First, because it was the first Dawn of War game since 2009, and second, because it improved upon everything the first two entries did before.

Just like Dawn of War 2, the game focuses on hero units and upgrades, and instead of encouraging you to build huge armies, it encourages you to upgrade your most experienced units and heroes. Dawn of War 3 also brings more polish, an exciting 17-mission campaign, and cross-platform multiplayer between Mac and Linux.

Dawn of War 3 comes with great graphics too. Feral Interactive did a great job on this port making Dawn of War 3’s Mac port easy to run on recent hardware:

⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

System requirements: OS X 10.12.4, 2.0 Ghz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, 30 GB HD space, 1 GB Nvidia 650, 2 GB AMD Radeon M290, Intel Iris Pro or better.
StrategyNoMedium
Company of Heroes 2 
Company of Heroes 2 Mac Top 100

Company of Heroes 2

Company of Heroes 2 is the sequel to the famous Company of Heroes, one of the best real-time strategy games ever created.

The game takes place during World War 2, but luckily it moves away from the tired battles we all know too well (Battle of Normandy, anyone?). Instead, it focuses on the infamous battles led by the Red Army on the eastern front. Company of Heroes 2 has improved the formula in other ways too. For example, the weather effects and destructible environments are amazing. This is currently my go-to strategy game, and in my opinion, one of the best Mac strategy games today. And if I ever want to take a break from the campaign, I know the skirmish mode can provide a quick 20 minutes of fun.

For a strategy game, Company of Heroes 2 looks amazing. The downside to that are the steep system requirements. Feral Interactive did a fine job with Company of Heroes 2’s Mac version, but you will still need a decent Mac to play it:

⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

System requirements: OS X 10.10.3, 1.8 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM, 35 GB HD space, AMD R9 series graphics card, an Intel Iris Pro graphics card, or an NVIDIA 600 series graphics card or better with 512 MB of Video Memory.
StrategyNoMedium
Alien: Isolation 
Alien Isolation Mac Top 100

Alien: Isolation

Alien: Isolation is a horror first-person game set 15 years after Ridley Scott’s original film.

Granted, many Alien games have come and gone, and most were bad. But Isolation is different. For the first time ever, an Alien game finally captured the essence of the original film. This is truly a scary game, and the Alien is to be feared and respected. You can’t kill it. All you can do is run and hide. The game does take place in an abandoned space station, which offers many places to hide. Alien: Isolation is the complete package. The story is interesting, the gameplay is solid, and the graphics are beautiful.

Feral Interactive did a fine job with Alien: Isolation’s Mac version. It runs great and is bug-free. That said, you will still need a powerful Mac to run it:

⚡A recent Mac with a powerful graphics card.

System requirements: OS X 10.10.4, 2.0 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM, 35 GB HD space, NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M, ATI Radeon HD 5670, or Intel Iris Pro with 1 GB of Video Memory.
HorrorNoHigh
Braid 
Braid Mac Top 100

Braid

Braid is a platformer that looks ordinary at first glance but is, in fact, fun and unique.

Braid is all about solving puzzles where you have to run, jump, and climb across levels. So far, nothing special—except it gives you a unique power: the ability to manipulate time. You can effectively reverse time and “rewind” actions, even after dying. Time manipulation aside, Braid is full of fun and challenging puzzles. Braid’s creator used this game as a critique of modern game development and wanted to create something different. I’d say he most definitely succeeded!

And even better, Braid is a lightweight game that can run even on older Macs:

✓ Any Mac, even an older one will do.

System requirements: OS X 10.6.6, 1.4 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 512 MB RAM, 185 MB HD space, ATI Radeon 9500 or better, NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 or better, Intel GMA 950 or better with 64 MB of Video Memory.
PlatformerNoLow
GRID 2 
Grid 2 Mac Top 100

GRID 2

GRID 2 is your best bet if you’re looking for an excellent all-around Mac racing game.

GRID 2 is the perfect combination of realism and arcade fun. In fact, you’re always a few settings away from a simulation game, an arcade game, or something in-between. The game includes many real-world locations and a huge car selection. Plus, the physics engine makes every car feel different. This all comes together to guarantee that GRID 2 a joy to play. Granted, even with every assist off, this game won’t match Gran Turismo. But I don’t see that as a bad thing, as GRID 2 can be challenging but remains accessible. For a casual racing fan like me, this is the best Mac racing game.

Also, I have no idea what Feral Interactive did with GRID 2’s Mac port, but the game runs really well. Even my 2013 MacBook Air can run it decently!

✓ Any Mac, even an older one will do.

System requirements: OS X 10.9.4, 2.0 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM, 11 GB HD space, NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M, ATI Radeon HD 3870, or Intel HD 4000 with 256 MB of Video Memory.
RacingNoLow
Superhot 
Superhot Mac

Superhot

Who knew? It’s still possible to create an original first-person shooter.

In Superhot, time only moves when you move. Most shooters are about quick reflexes. Superhot is about stopping to take the time to figure out your next move. You will often be surrounded, and pausing time will be your best weapon. Once you learn how to use it, you will be able to dodge bullets, aim for headshots, and pretty much kick ass.

There’s a lot of trial and error involved here, so prepare to die. That said, once you master a scenario and watch the replay, you’ll feel like Neo from The Matrix.

Did I mention how much I love the game’s art style? Your enemies are made of glass, and watching them explode is priceless. Plus, the lack of detailed textures gives this game moderate system requirements and should play fine on most modern Macs:

⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

System requirements: OS X 10.9, Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, 3 GB HD space, graphics card with 1 GB RAM.
ShooterNoMedium
Divinity: Original Sin Remastered 
Divinity Original Sin Enhanced Mac Top 100

Divinity: Original Sin Remastered

Divinity: Original Sin is one of the best RPGs available today.

This is a very traditional RPG. However, everything it does, it does well. The game includes turn-based combat, cooperative multiplayer, an interactive world, and even a modding tool. And it goes much deeper than that—it offers freedom and depth. Your choices really matter in such a way that even mundane events become interesting. Original Sin was a big success when it was first released, and now the remastered edition makes it even better. It fixes the awful menus and makes everything simpler. It even includes new content, such as an expanded storyline and new gameplay options.

Original Sin’s Mac version is not demanding in terms of requirements. To run it, you’ll need:

⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

System requirements: OS X 10.9.5, Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM, 10 GB HD space, Intel HD4000 or better.
Role-PlayingNoMedium
Gone Home 
Gone Home Mac Top 100

Gone Home

Gone Home is an interactive first-person game unlike anything you’ve played before.

Gone Home is set in a big empty mansion. As you return home from a long trip abroad, you realize your family is missing. The only clue is a note from your sister asking you not to try to find them. That is Gone Home’s premise. The gameplay is limited to you investigating the mansion and inspecting objects. It certainly doesn’t sound like much, but Gone Home manages to create a great story and a memorable connection between you and the missing family.

I still don’t understand how they pulled it off, but Gone Home is a unique and compelling experience you can’t miss. Gone Home’s Mac version is well-polished too and only requires:

⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

System requirements: OS X 10.7, 1.8 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM, 2 GB HD space, any card with 512 MB of Video Memory.
AdventureNoMedium
Spec Ops: The Line 
Spec Ops The Line Mac Top 100

Spec Ops: The Line

Spec Ops is a refreshing take on the military shooter genre. It’s everything Call of Duty isn't.

For starters, the game is in third person, and that helps it stand out. But most importantly, it tells a story different than most modern warfare games. This game isn’t about killing hundreds per mission; it’s about proving that war has consequences and will take its toll on everyone.
But don’t worry, this isn’t a hardcore simulator that will make you want to shoot yourself. Spec Ops is a fun game. The missions are varied, the gameplay is easy to grasp, and the graphics are good.

Spec Ops: The Line is a capable shooter that you should try if you want a break from the Call of Duties out there. Spec Ops’ Mac version isn’t that demanding and only requires a decent Mac to run:

✓ Any Mac, even an older one will do.

System requirements: OS X 10.8, 2.0 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM, 6 GB HD space, Radeon HD 4670/4850/4870 with 256 MB of Video Memory.
ShooterNoLow
F1 2016 
F1 2016 Mac

F1 2016

Serious racing fans, this one is for you. F1 2016 is the ultimate Formula 1 simulation game available on Mac.

The game features the official 2016 World Championship, including the full calendar of 21 tracks and roster of 22 drivers from 11 teams. But beyond yearly updates, F1 2016 introduces improved graphics and the iconic Safety car for the first time.

The game also goes to lengths to add more drama to what goes on behind the scenes. You can now work with your agent, engineers and whole team to improve your car. F1 2016 is for the committed. It’s difficult to play, but put in the effort and the experience pays you back with interest.

F1 2016’s Mac version is the first game from Feral Interactive to support Apple’s Metal API. That greatly improves the game’s performance:
⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

System requirements: OS X 10.12.4, 2.0 Ghz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, 34 GB HD space, 2 GB Nvidia 680, 2 GB AMD R9 280M, Intel Iris 540 or better.
RacingNoMedium
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 
Modern Warfare 3 Mac Top 100

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Modern Warfare 3 is the latest Call of Duty available on Mac. Sure, newer ones are available on Windows, but this installment is still a great action-packed first-person shooter.

Modern Warfare 3 follows the winning Call of Duty formula. You get a campaign full of Hollywood-esque movie moments and a multiplayer mode, where most gamers spend 99% of their time. And to make the Mac version even better, it supports Mac to Windows multiplayer, letting you play against the thousands of active Windows users. Kudos to Mac porting studio Aspyr there.

Modern Warfare 3 also features great graphics, so you’d better have a decent Mac to play this one:

⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

System requirements: OS X 10.9.5, 2.2 Ghz Intel Core i3, 4 GB RAM, 13 GB HD space, NVIDIA GeForce 640M, ATI Radeon HD 4850, Intel Iris with 512 MB of Video Memory.
ShooterNoMedium
Bastion 
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Bastion

Bastion is an action RPG set in a beautiful, hand-painted world. It also happens to be one of the most famous indie games ever made.

Bastion takes place in a floating world that constantly changes. But what sets this game apart is the narrator. Throughout the campaign, a voice narrates your every move. This gives impact to even the most mundane fights. Bastion is the complete package. It offers fun combat, a good story, and a beautiful, colorful world. And that narrator makes it even better in ways that are hard to explain.

You do not want to miss this classic, which also happens to be easy on your Mac:

✓ Any Mac, even an older one will do.

System requirements: OS X 10.5.8, 1.8 Ghz Intel Core Duo, 2 GB RAM, 1 GB HD space, ATI Radeon 2600, nVidia GeForce 8600 GT, Intel HD 4000 with 256 MB of Video Memory.
Role-PlayingNoLow
Hitman 
Hitman Mac

Hitman

Agent 47 is back with yet another excellent stealth action adventure.

In Hitman, your job is to infiltrate complex locations full of secrets, weapons, disguises and, of course, targets to eliminate. And just as every Hitman game I’ve ever played, this game is a refreshing experience.

Most games ask you to run and shoot at everything that moves. Hitman asks you to do the opposite—to be invisible. Unnoticed. Hitman will ask you to think for a change and figure out the best way to approach the situation at hand, taking into account environments and enemies.

This sixth installment in the series brings the graphics to a whole new level. The game looks great, and thanks to Feral Interactive’s work, the Mac version (which luckily wasn’t released in episodes) plays beautifully:

⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

System requirements: OS X 10.12.5, 2.0 Ghz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, 68 GB HD space, 2GB AMD M290 or better.
ActionNoMedium
Batman: Arkham City 
Batman Arkham City Mac Top 100

Batman: Arkham City

Batman: Arkham City is the latest Batman action-adventure game available on Mac.

The first Arkham game surprised us all, showing the world that superhero games could be fun. Arkham City took that same recipe and improved everything. The story is good, the graphics look great, and the environments are bigger than ever. But what makes this game great is the combat. The combat involves dodging, counter-attacking, and building combos.
It sounds simple, but everything is smooth and feels great. Just take on a gang of 11 thugs and you'll see what I mean. As Batman, this game makes you feel powerful and fast.

Feral Interactive did a great job with Arkham City's Mac port. For such a big and beautiful game, the system requirements aren't too high:
⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

System requirements: OS X 10.7.4, 2.0 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM, 16 GB HD space, NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT, ATI Radeon HD 3870, or Intel HD Graphics 4000 with 256 MB of Video Memory.
ActionNoMedium
The Witcher 2 
The Witcher 2 Mac Top 100

The Witcher 2

The Witcher 2 is an action role-playing game that features the infamous Geralt of Rivia.

The original Witcher was a great game, but The Witcher 2 is even better. The Witcher 2’s world is bigger, the graphics are nicer, and the combat is faster. Windows gamers are already enjoying The Witcher 3, which I hope will come to the Mac later this year. Still, The Witcher 2 is a hell of a game, and I can wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone.

There’s one caveat with The Witcher 2’s Mac version, though. Some gamers have told me that the Mac port is full of bugs. I played this game for a few hours and didn’t notice anything myself, but still, it’s worth mentioning.

⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

System requirements: OS X 10.7.5, 2.4 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM, 25 GB HD space, NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M 512MB, ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB or better with 512 MB of Video Memory.
Role-PlayingNoMedium
Life is Strange 
Life is Strange Mac

Life is Strange

I’m not surprised Life is Strange won Apple’s Mac Game of the Year award.

The game follows the story of a highschool senior. Although she looks like your average teenager, she can actually rewind time and affect the past, present, and future. Throughout the game, she will use it to try to save her friend and figure out what’s happening in her hometown.

This is a game that focuses on story-telling, so if you’re looking for combat and action sequences, move along; you won’t find that here. You will, however, find a great story full of choices and consequences.

Other than being one of the most interesting adventure games I’ve recently played, Life is Strange’s Mac version is also a great port. The game looks quite good and yet it can run on low-specs machines, such as my aging MacBook Air:

✓ Any Mac, even an older one will do.

System requirements: OS X 10.11, 1.8 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM, 15 GB HD space, Intel HD 4000, AMD 4850 (512 MB VRAM), Nvidia 130 (512 MB VRAM) or better.
AdventureNoLow
Minecraft 
Minecraft Mac Top 100

Minecraft

Minecraft shouldn’t need an introduction. But in case you missed the most famous indie of all time, Minecraft lets you use blocks to build anything and everything you could ever imagine.

Minecraft’s buildings have no limitations. I can barely build a fort, but some people have recreated the Death Star, Rohan, and more. Minecraft is also a survival game. Monsters come out at night, so make sure you build a shelter. You will also have to find food, craft weapons, and explore to find useful resources. Minecraft’s graphics are as retro as it gets, but that doesn’t stop it from looking good.

Plus, retro graphics mean that Minecraft can run on most Macs, including my 13-inch Macbook Air:

✓ Any Mac, even an older one will do.

System requirements: OS X 10.6.6, 1.4 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 512 MB RAM, 185 MB HD space, ATI Radeon 9500 or better, NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 or better, Intel GMA 950 or better with 64 MB of Video Memory.
AdventureNoLow
World of Warcraft 
World of Warcraft Mac Top 100

World of Warcraft

Does this need an introduction? There's a reason why this MMORPG from Blizzard is one of the most famous games ever created.

WoW defined the genre 10 years ago and continues to evolve and compete with the many MMOs that have come and gone in its wake. In WoW, you create a character, complete quests, and kill baddies to level up and become stronger. Once you’ve reached your maximum level, the real fun begins. You can take part in “raids,” which are basically harder dungeons with tougher bosses and more powerful gear. Word of caution: This game is so good, it can be extremely addictive. I once lost around 6 months of my life playing WoW!

Blizzard did a great job with WoW’s Mac version and the game should run on most modern Macs, specially now that it supports Metal:

⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

System requirements: OS X 10.9.5, Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM, 35 GB HD space, NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT or ATI Radeon HD 4850.
MMONoMedium
Deus Ex: Human Revolution 
Deus Ex Human Revolution Mac Top 100

Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Human Revolution is a first-person shooter that offers something Call of Duty can’t: choice.

Human Revolution can be played like an action game, a stealth game, or a combination of both. You can use stealth, sneak up on enemy soldiers, and hide bodies, or you can just run and gun your way to the final boss. Either way, it’s your call.
The game’s top-notch story and beautiful, futuristic graphics are also worth mentioning. Even though the game is a few years old now, it still looks amazing, especially at its highest settings.

If you’re worried about performance, don't. Feral Interactive handled Human Revolution’s Mac port and did a great job optimizing it. You won't need a powerful Mac to enjoy this beauty; a decent machine will do:

⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

System requirements: OS X 10.7.3, 2.0 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM, 17 GB HD space, NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT or ATI Radeon HD 3870 with 256 MB of Video Memory.
ShooterNoMedium
League of Legends 
League of Legends Mac Top 100

League of Legends

League of Legends is the most popular Multiplayer Online Battle Arena game (MOBA) there is. Over 12 million players crawl the servers every day! If you're looking for good games for Mac, look no further.

In League of Legends, players form two teams that compete against each other. You take control of a single “champion” that you can improve as you play. The game has over 120 champions to choose from, each with unique abilities, weaknesses, and strengths. This makes it a hard game to learn and master. And that’s a problem, because LoL is an extremely competitive game. Their community is known for being a bit aggressive, so expect some abuse if you mess up!

But do you know what really makes LoL worth a shot anyway? The fact that it’s free to play. What you’ll need to play League of Legends' Mac version:
⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

System requirements: OS X 10.7.5, 2.0 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM, 5 GB HD space, NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT or ATI Radeon HD 2600.
MOBAYesMedium
Limbo 
Limbo Mac Top 100

Limbo

In the same vein as Braid, Limbo is a platformer that managed to create something unique in a crowded niche.

In Limbo, you guide a boy through dangerous places in search of his missing sister. The environments not only look gloomy, they are full of puzzles, traps, and monsters. In fact, people refer to Limbo's gameplay as “trial and death,” which means that you will have to die a lot before solving a puzzle. And those deaths are quite gruesome too, making the experience a little more tense.

Limbo uses simple graphics to create a dark and nightmarish feel. That simplicity provides another benefit—you can play Limbo even on older Macs:
✓ Any Mac, even an older one will do.

System requirements: OS X 10.6.6, 1.4 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 1 GB RAM, 150 MB HD space, OpenGL 2.0 compatible video card with 256 MB of Video Memory.
PlatformerNoLow
The Lord of the Rings Online 
The Lord of the Rings Online Mac Top 100

The Lord of the Rings Online

The Lord of the Rings Online is an MMORPG set in The Lord of the Rings’ universe.

LotRO is a traditional MMO. You control a character that will need to fetch quests and kill monsters to level up and become stronger.
LotRO doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but it’s still a polished game that's also free to play. There are many free-to-play MMOs out there, but LotRO is the best one. Am I saying this because I'm a Lord of the Rings geek? Partly, but it’s also because this is a great game with solid gameplay and graphics. Plus, LotRO offers a ton of content before forcing you to pay for anything.

As with most MMOs, LotRO requires a decent Mac with a reliable internet connection:

⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

System requirements: OS X 10.7.5, 2.0 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM, 25 GB HD space, Intel HD Graphics 3000 or better.
MMOYesMedium
This War of Mine 
This War of Mine Mac Top 100

This War of Mine

This survival strategy game is an impressive and unique take on war games.

Most war games put you in the shoes of super soldiers capable of killing a hundred enemies in order to save the world. This War of Mine takes a completely different route and focuses on the faceless victims of war.
In This War of Mine, you take control of a group of civilians stuck in a war-torn city. Food and supplies are limited, and it’s up to you to help them survive for as long as possible. During the day, you can build things (such as weapons) and cook food. At night, you will have to send one of your survivors to scavenge other parts of the city and find more resources.

This is a hard but addictive game that I often play on my 2013 MacBook Air. This War of Mine’s Mac requirements are so low, it's one of the best games you can play on a MacBook. It only requires:

⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

System requirements: OS X 10.7, 2.4 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM, 1.5 GB HD space, Geforce 9600 GS, Radeon HD4000 with 512 MB of Video Memory.
StrategyNoMedium
SimCity 4: Deluxe Edition 
SimCity 4 Deluxe Mac Top 100

SimCity 4: Deluxe Edition

The latest SimCity was such a mess that you were better off playing 2003’s SimCity 4 (or Cities: Skylines, the new king of city-building games). Luckily, SimCity 4 was remastered and brought back to life in 2014.
SimCity 4 is the city-building game everyone loved. It lets you create your own city and manage it. You’re in charge of zoning, construction, utilities, and even taxes. SimCity 4 was an impressive game at the time and was the perfect balance between difficulty and fun.

Aspyr remastered the game in 2014 to run at higher, native resolutions and to load and render the scenes faster. If you’re still disappointed by the latest SimCity, SimCity 4 will remind you why you loved the series in the first place. As you can expect from an older game, most Macs should be able to run this game just fine:
✓ Any Mac, even an older one will do.

System requirements: OS X 10.8.5, 2.2 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM, 2 GB HD space, NVIDIA Geforce 8800, ATI Radeon HD 3870, or Intel HD Graphics 3000 with 256 MB of Video Memory.
SimulationNoLow
Sleeping Dogs 
Sleeping Dogs Mac

Sleeping Dogs

The Grand Theft Auto Trilogy used to be my top recommendation when it came to open-world games on Mac. But then Sleeping Dogs came to finally deliver a worthy, modern experience.

Taking place in Hong Kong, you play as an undercover cop that aims to take down the Triad. As you try to infiltrate it, you’ll take part in crimes, shootings, fist fights, and car chases. Hong Kong will be at your disposal, and you’ll be able to explore it by foot, car, or boat.

The game plays a lot like Grand Theft Auto. But that’s a good thing. As Rockstar isn’t porting GTA 5 anytime soon, Sleeping Dogs is the next best thing.

Plus, this is the Definitive Edition we’re talking about which features improved graphics, audio, and gameplay. In fact, it can look extremely good when all the settings are maxed out, but you can lower the settings to enjoy it on more average hardware:

⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

System requirements: OS X 10.10.5, 2.0 Ghz processor, 4 GB RAM, 20 GB HD space, 1 GB VRAM.
ActionNoMedium
Stardew Valley 
Stardew Valley Mac

Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley is the country-life RPG that took everyone by surprise, shattering sales records on Steam.

This pixelated farming simulator is a tribute to the old Harvest Moon games and follows a boy who inherits a farm. But compared to Harvest Moon, it’s a much more detailed and complex game, which is amazing considering it was entirely created by one person.

Stardew Valley is an open-ended game and gives you control over everything: the design of your farm, the kinds of animals and crops to raise, etc. For months I wondered how an old-looking game about a farmer could be any fun. Well, turns out Stardew Valley is addictive and fun, no matter your gaming preferences.

Plus, as the game uses retro-looking graphics, Stardew Valley version can be played on most Macs, including older models:

✓ Any Mac, even an older one will do.

System requirements: OS X 10.9, 2.0 Ghz processor, 2 GB RAM, 500 MB HD space, 256 MB video memory, OpenGL 2 support.
StrategyNoLow
SOMA 
Soma Mac Top 100

SOMA

Have you ever heard of Amnesia: The Dark Descent? Well, SOMA is the latest horror game from that same developer, and in my opinion, it’s their best game yet.

SOMA is a first-person shooter that takes place in an underwater research facility. It’s Rapture meets the Nostromo, and that’s the best part of the game. The horror and tension come from the environments here, not the characters. The game will ask you to go from one end of the facility to the other to discover what happened to all the missing employees along the way. Similar to Outlast, there are no weapons, and you can’t fight back. You can only hide from the monsters or—eventually—run.

Frictional Games did a fine job with SOMA’s Mac version. This is a good-looking game with system requirements that aren’t too high:

⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

System requirements: 2.4 Ghz Intel Core i3, 4 GB RAM, 25 GB HD space, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260, AMD Radeon HD 5750, or better with 512 MB of Video Memory.
HorrorNoMedium
Max Payne 3 
Max Payne 3 Mac Top 100

Max Payne 3

Max Payne 3 was a difficult game to include here.

This third-person shooter from the creators of Grand Theft Auto is a great game, but the problem is the Mac version itself. Many have reported bugs that can at best detract from the whole experience and at worst break the game. I’ve never had a problem with this game, but you should be aware that some issues do exist. The game itself follows the story of former detective and vigilante Max Payne. Long story short, the game will ask you to kill. A lot. But the best part is the variety of tools at your disposal. You’ll get lots of different guns, but special abilities like slowing time and diving to avoid enemy bullets during gun fights are the real highlight.

If you are worried about potential technical issues, pick up the game on Steam (they can offer refunds). I got it from the Mac App Store, as it’s the easiest way to get a game on your Mac. In any case, Max Payne 3 does require a modern Mac to run:

⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

System requirements: OS X 10.7.5, 2.4 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM, 40 GB HD space, NVIDIA 8800GT or AMD Radeon HD 4870 with 512 MB of Video Memory.
ActionNoMedium
Heroes of the Storm 
Heroes of the Storm Mac Top 100

Heroes of the Storm

Heroes of the Storm is a free-to-play MOBA set in Blizzard’s universe. It’s also my current obsession and has been sucking up all of my gaming time.

Heroes of the Storm involves two teams of “heroes” who fight it out with the sole objective of destroying the opposing team’s nexus (read: base). Throughout the game, your team will gain experience and “level up,” giving you more abilities and power. If you happen to enjoy other Blizzard games (like StarCraft or World of Warcraft), the experience is even better. This is your chance to play as James Raynor or Diablo himself. Compared to the reigning champion, League of Legends, this is a more team-oriented and beginner-friendly experience.

Heroes of the Storm is currently my favorite free Mac game, and if you ever wanted to give the MOBA genre a try, this is your best choice. To run it properly, you’ll need:
⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

System requirements: OS X 10.9.5, 2.0 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM, 10 GB HD space, NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M or ATI Radeon HD 4670 with 256 MB of Video Memory.
MOBAYesMedium
Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut 
Wasteland 2 Directors Cut Mac Top 100

Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut

Wasteland 2 is a post-apocalyptic RPG and sequel to the 1988 cult classic Wasteland.

This is a hardcore role-playing game that is both difficult and dark. It offers tactical combat and tons of RPG elements. You’ll get to set up a party of up to seven characters. Four of them are fully customizable, with many skills, stats, and appearances to choose from. The remaining three are NPCs with their own agendas and motivations.

It took 26 years and a $3 million Kickstarter campaign to create a worthy sequel, but Wasteland 2 lives up to its legacy. Wasteland 2 is a great RPG that is not easy to get into, but it’s totally worth it once you’re hooked. To run it properly, you’ll need:

⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

System requirements: OS X 10.5, 2.4 Ghz Intel Core i5, 4 GB RAM, 30 GB HD space, NVIDIA GeForce 300 Series or Radeon equivalent (512 MB).
Role-PlayingNoMedium
Team Fortress 2 
Team Fortress 2 Mac Top 100

Team Fortress 2

Team Fortress 2 is a free-to-play shooter from Valve, the company I used to see as a blessing for gaming, but is starting to change my mind.

What’s funny is that even if it cost $50, I would still recommend it. TF2 is a team-based FPS that lets you choose among nine classes. After choosing a character, you then join a team and battle in a variety of game modes, including capture the flag and king of the hill. But no matter the game mode, nothing beats a good combination of players who know how to use their classes. Because this is a free-to-play game with good graphics, this is the game I recommend if you’re wondering what your Mac is capable of.

Valve did a great job with Team Fortress 2’s Mac port and delivered a game that looks good and runs on modest hardware:

⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

System requirements: OS X 10.5.8, 1.7 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 1 GB RAM, 15 GB HD space, NVIDIA GeForce 8 or higher, ATI X1600 or higher, Intel HD 3000 or higher.
ShooterYesMedium
Owlboy 
Owlboy Mac

Owlboy

Indie adventure games are a dime a dozen these days and it's getting harder to be impressed anymore. This doesn't apply to Owlboy, a game that took almost 10 years to be made, and it shows.

Owlboy is a pixel-art adventure game where you’ll face obstacles and enemies with the help of friends. As you progress through the story, you’ll unlock sidekicks, each with special abilities that will help you fight or solve puzzles. You can swap your sidekick at any time, making the game feel fluid and varied.

But what struck me the most were the graphics. Owlboy features some of the most beautiful pixel-art worlds in recent memory and the fact it can be played in modest hardware makes it even better:
⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

System requirements: OS X 10.7.5, Dual core processor, 2 GB RAM, 600 MB HD space, OpenGL 3.0+ support (2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable).
AdventureNoMedium
Star Wars: KOTOR 2 
Knights of the Old Republic 2 Mac Top 100

Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic 2

Knights of the Old Republic games are some of the most famous RPGs of all time.

KOTOR 2 is very similar to the original KOTOR. There’s definitely a feeling that the developer wanted to play it safe, but when the original game is so good, you can’t really complain. KOTOR 2 picks up around five years after the events from the original game and features a more complex moral system, a new influence system, better combat, and a great story. KOTOR 2 is certainly old (first released in 2005), but Aspyr remastered it and released it for the first time on Mac last year.
This new version includes Steam Workshop support, achievements, controller support, and native widescreen resolution support. There has never been a better time to experience KOTOR 2 than now:

⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

System requirements: OS X 10.9.5, 2.2 Ghz Intel Core i3, 4 GB RAM, 10 GB HD space, NVIDIA Geforce 330M, ATI Radeon HD 3870, or Intel HD 3000 with 256 MB of Video Memory.
Role-PlayingNoMedium
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft 
Hearthsone Mac Top 100

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Hearthstone is yet another gem from Blizzard.

Can you really call a collectible card game a gem? You can if the game is this much fun! And if you thought collectible card games weren’t your thing, think again. Based on the popular Warcraft universe, Hearthstone is a simple game to grasp. 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, but the aim is simple: kill you opponent. The rules are easy, but the strategy behind the game is complex, challenging, and satisfying.
Hearthstone is an excellent strategy game, and I'd recommend it to anybody.

And if you happen to have a Mac that you think is too old to play games, give Hearthstone’s Mac version a try. It’s one of the best free computer games for Mac out there:
✓ Any Mac, even an older one will do.

System requirements: OS X 10.9.5, Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM, 3 GB HD space, NVIDIA® GeForce 8600M GT or ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro.
StrategyNoLow
Metro 2033 Redux 
Metro 2033 Redux Mac Top 100

Metro 2033 Redux

Metro 2033 is a horror first-person shooter taking place in the ruins of post-apocalyptic Russia.

Metro: Last Light is the sequel, but developer 4A Games decided to remaster the original Metro 2033 and include all the improvements and goodies from the original. For a long time, Metro 2033 was used as a benchmark to test the latest graphics cards—it looked that good. So why on earth was it remastered? Well, turns out Metro 2033 had a lot to learn from the newer Last Light. This is a true remaster with polishes, improved lighting and weather effects, expanded environments, and even new features, such as weapon customization.

If you missed Metro 2033 the first time, Metro 2033 Redux is the perfect excuse to try one of the best-looking games you can play on Mac. Be careful though, a powerful Mac will be required:

⚡A recent Mac with a powerful graphics card.

System requirements: OS X 10.9.5, 3.2 Ghz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, 8 GB HD space, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750m 1GB, or Radeon HD7950 3GB with 1 GB of Video Memory.
ShooterNoHigh
DiRT 3 
Dirt 3 Mac Top 100

DiRT 3

DiRT 3 is the best way to experience high speed on narrow, snowy roads.

DiRT 3 is a more grown-up version of its predecessor, DiRT 2. The good old rally stages are back, and the introduction of gymkhana is a welcome one. The EGO engine once again proves to be one of the best racing game engines in the business. But other than offering good looks, the engine delivers tight, responsive handling. Driving through Finland, Kenya, and Monaco feels great all thanks to accurate, tight controls.

Feral Interactive was in charge of this port and delivered a smooth DiRT 3 Mac version. This game is so well optimized that even my MacBook Air can run it (at low settings, of course):
⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

System requirements: OS X 10.9.5, 2.0 Ghz Intel Core i3, 4 GB RAM, 15 GB HD space, NVIDIA GeForce GT 120, ATI Radeon HD 3870, or Intel HD 4000 with 256 MB of Video Memory.
RacingNoMedium
StarCraft 2: Legacy of the Void 
Starcraft 2 Mac Top 100

StarCraft 2: Legacy of the Void

Legacy of the Void is the third installment in Blizzard’s StarCraft 2 trilogy.

Most know StarCraft 2 because it's one of the most competitive and challenging games out there. New units and balance changes make Legacy of the Void faster and even more challenging—perfect for skilled players.
But Legacy of the Void also offers a variety of new elements, especially for casual players (thank god). For starters, it includes the final 20 missions of StarCraft 2’s campaign. It also introduces a fun cooperative mode that involves special characters and missions. Whether you’re looking for a challenge or just want to have fun, Legacy of the Void is a great choice. Blizzard did a stellar job with StarCraft 2's Mac version.

This is one of the best-looking strategy games, but it doesn't require too much power to run:

⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

System requirements: OS X 10.9.5, 2.0 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM, 30 GB HD space, NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M, ATI Radeon HD 4670 or better with 256 MB of Video Memory.
StrategyNoMedium
Transistor 
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Transistor

Transistor is an action RPG from the same developer that did Bastion. That alone put the game on my radar.

Like Bastion, Transistor also has a narrator that keeps you company as you play. Surprisingly, it still works just as well as it did before (and comes from the same voice actor). Transistor includes many RPG elements, but the real highlight is the combat. Combat can take place both in real-time and also in a planning mode where you can pause the action. As you level up, you gain more combat skills, and you will have to plan your attacks carefully.

Transistor’s Mac version is also easy on the system requirements. If you’re looking for a game to play on a MacBook, Transistor is a good candidate:
⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

System requirements: OS X 10.7.5, 2.6 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM, 3 GB HD space, OpenGL 3.0+ (2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable) with 1 GB of Video Memory.
Role-PlayingNoMedium
The Sims 4 
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The Sims 4

I know I don’t need to tell you what this game is all about. The Sims are back, and this fourth edition is the most sophisticated life simulation you can play.

The Sims 4 lets you build a house, create a Sim character, and dress him. But the game doesn’t stop there. You’re also responsible for your Sim’s social life, including love, friends, and work. The Sims 4 doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel and keeps the same ideas and goals that made its predecessors so successful. On the plus side, Maxis has learned a lot, and worthwhile additions include the ability to multitask and improved character creation.

The Sims 4’s Mac version works fine, but it has surprisingly high system requirements:

⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

System requirements: OS X 10.7.5, 2.4 Ghz Intel 2 Core Duo, 4 GB RAM, 10 GB HD space, NVIDIA GeForce 320M, 9600M, 9400M, ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro or better with 256 MB of Video Memory.
SimulationNoMedium
Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 
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Rollercoaster Tycoon 3

Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 is one of those great classics you should definitely try, no matter how old you are.

RTC3 is a simulation game that gives you full control of an amusement park. The most impressive thing about this game is the total freedom to build a park exactly as you imagine it. You can choose where to place the toilets, what types of trees you want, and even the color your janitors wear. The options are endless and make you really feel like you’re in charge. The game offers two different modes: career mode and sandbox mode. Career mode throws some challenging scenarios your way, while Sandbox mode gives you a white canvas so you can create the park of your dreams.

And you know what other advantage classics like this have? Their system requirements are extremely easy to meet. Even a dusty MacBook or Mac Mini can handle it:
✓ Any Mac, even an older one will do.

System requirements: OS X 10.8.5, 2.2 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM, 2 GB HD space, NVIDIA GeForce 8600, ATI Radeon HD2600, Intel HD 3000 with 256 MB of Video Memory.
SimulationNoLow
Portal 2 
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Portal 2

Portal 2 is a weird combination of a platformer and a first-person shooter.

Portal 2 is all about solving puzzles using your “portal gun.” In a nutshell, this device creates two portals connecting any two places, and with its help, you can solve the unlikeliest of puzzles. Some puzzles are hard, but once you figure them out, you’ll feel like a genius. Portal 2 can also be played cooperatively, and you should. It’s simply way more fun with a friend. It’s not an overstatement to say that Portal 2 is a terrific game. It’s one of those rare gems that scored perfect reviews everywhere, and I can only agree.

For a first-person game, Portal 2's Mac version isn't too demanding and can be played on a relatively modest setup:

✓ Any Mac, even an older one will do.

System requirements: OS X 10.7.4, 2.0 Ghz Intel 2 Core Duo, 2 GB RAM, 8 GB HD space, ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT, NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT or Intel HD Graphics 3000.
PuzzleNoLow
Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls 
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Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls

Many consider Diablo 3 the king of action RPGs. And I tend to agree.

In Diablo 3, you get to create a character and set out to defeat the Lord of Terror himself. Diablo 3 is by all means a good role-playing game, but it truly excels because it’s fast and action-packed. Diablo 3 is about killing waves of monsters and getting tons of loot. The story is fine, but it’s the loot that will keep you coming back for more. Reaper of Souls is Diablo’s latest expansion. It adds many features and changes Diablo 3 for the better.

The graphics aren't impressive, but with that much action happening at once, you will need a good machine to run Diablo 3. Luckily, Blizzard takes good care of all their Mac ports:
⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

System requirements: OS X 10.8.5, 2.4 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 MB RAM, 25 GB HD space, NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT or ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro with 256 MB of Video Memory.
Role-PlayingNoMedium
Dying Light: The Following 
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Dying Light: The Following

Dying Light is a Mac shooter that truly got me excited, something that hadn’t happen for over a year.

Dying Light is a survival game set in a devastated open world. A mysterious epidemic ravaged the world, and you’re left scavenging for supplies and crafting weapons to defend yourself from hordes of zombies.

This all sounds great, but the best part is that Techland delivered an Enhanced Edition, which includes a massive expansion, a year’s worth of DLC, improved visuals, major gameplay enhancements, and more. Dying Light also supports Steam Play and Cross-platform multiplayer. Enough to make this my favorite shooter right now.

You better have a powerful Mac to run this though, as this thing is both gorgeous and demanding:

⚡A recent Mac with a powerful graphics card.

System requirements: OS X 10.12.1, 3.2 Ghz Intel Core i5, 4 GB RAM, 40 GB HD space, AMD Radeon R9 M370X with 2 GB VRAM.
ShooterNoHigh
Rayman: Origins 
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Rayman: Origins

Many platformers made it on this list, but they pale in comparison to Origins.

This side-scrolling game doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but its execution is flawless. It’s fast, it’s beautiful, and every obstacle and enemy is exactly where it should be. In Origins, you travel through each level, fighting enemies and rescuing Electoons. As you move forward, you gain new abilities like running up walls, gliding in midair, swimming, and shrinking. This game reminds me of the original Sega games except much, much better. You can also play with up to four local players for some good old real-life sessions with friends.

Rayman: Origins’ Mac version was handled by Feral Interactive, who delivered a good port. The game isn’t too demanding, so any decent Mac should be able to handle it:
⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

System requirements: OS X 10.8.5, 1.5 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM, 3 GB HD space, NVIDIA GeForce 320M, ATI Radeon HD 3870, Intel HD Graphics 3000 or better with 256 MB of Video Memory.
PlatformerNoMedium
Guild Wars 2 
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Guild Wars 2

Guild Wars 2 is not just another MMO. This is one of the only MMOs that can challenge the genre’s champion, World of Warcraft.

Guild Wars 2 is a “traditional” MMO where you need to quest and level up. Nothing special, except it does have unique twists. For example, the story changes according to your actions (like in single-player games), and you’ll notice dynamic events and faster combat. But do you know what’s the best part? Guild Wars 2 is free to play, and it’s very generous too. Guild Wars 2 offers its best features without asking a dime. This change came with the Heart of Thorns expansion, which adds a new class, a new PvP mode, a reworked Fractal system, and “Adventures.” Heart of Thorns is paid, but it doesn’t require a monthly subscription. That makes it the best Mac MMO hands down.

Guild Wars 2’s Mac version works fine for most (myself included), but some report poor performance. You should try the free version first to see how your Mac handles it:
⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

System requirements: OS X 10.8, Intel Core i5, 4 GB RAM, 35 GB HD space, NVIDIA® GeForce 320M, ATI Radeon HD 6630M, Intel HD 3000 or better.
MMOYesMedium
Homeworld Remastered Collection 
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Homeworld Remastered Collection

First released in 1999 and 2003, Homeworld 1 and 2 feature huge Star Wars-like space battles that were nothing short of amazing.

It’s crazy how 15 years later, no strategy game could match the scale and excitement of Homeworld’s space battles. And now thanks to this Remastered Collection’s beautiful graphics, Homeworld looks like any other modern strategy game. The Remastered Collection brings polished graphics, high-res textures, better lighting effects, and a new UI—enough to compete against modern games. This, combined with a great story and atmosphere, makes this collection a must.

For a long time, players debated whether this was the best strategy game of all time, and now that both Homeworld games have been modernized, the debate can continue:
⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

System requirements: OS X 10.9.5, 2.2 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM, 20 GB HD space, NVIDIA GeForce 640M, ATI Radeon HD 3870, or Intel HD 4000 with 512 MB of Video Memory.
StrategyNoMedium
Fez 
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Fez

Fez is the most original and successful indie game on this list.

In Fez, you control Gomez, a character who can see both the 2D and 3D worlds around him. This gives you the ability to actually rotate the world and see all four sides of it. And that makes all the difference. This perspective gives this game a special touch, but it also makes the puzzles all the more difficult. There are no enemies to distract you, but trust me, you will need all your focus to solve those puzzles.

Like many indie platformers, Fez uses a retro look and lots of colors to look good. The graphics won't blow your mind, but on the plus side, it should run on even older Macs:
✓ Any Mac, even an older one will do.

System requirements: OS X 10.6.8, 1.8 Ghz Intel 2 Core Duo, 1 GB RAM, 1 GB HD space, OpenGL 3.0+ support however Intel Integrated Graphics (excluding HD series) will not work.
PlatformerNoLow
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood 
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Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood

It’s disappointing that Ubisoft stopped supporting the Mac. But it’s hard to complain once you start playing Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood.

Brotherhood is an open-world adventure game that focuses on combat, stealth, and parkour. Brotherhood is the third installment in the Assassin’s Creed universe and picks up right where AC 2 left off. The plot is okay, but Brotherhood’s combat, stealth, and assassination mechanics make it one of the best action-adventure games on Mac. Also, did you know that you can climb every building in the game?

Brotherhood is slightly older now, but it still looks great at the highest settings. You will need a decent graphics card to pull it off, though:

⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

System requirements: OS X 10.5, 3.06 Ghz Intel 2 Core Duo, 3 GB RAM, 10 GB HD space, ATI Radeon HD 4870, Nvidia GeForce 330m with 256 MB of Video Memory.
ActionNoMedium
FTL: Faster than Light 
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FTL: Faster than Light

FTL: Faster than Light is a roguelike spaceship simulator from indie developer Subset Games.

The game gives you control of a ship carrying critical information. Problem is, a large enemy fleet is on your tail. You must guide the ship through several planetary systems to escape, and each comes with random events that will put you to the test—an enemy ship, a pirate, or something else. At the same time, you'll have to recruit new crew members and upgrade your ship. Combat takes place in real time and leaves no room for mistakes. Death is permanent, and losing your ship or crew will force you to start all over again.

FTL shares one huge benefit with most of the indie games on this list—it doesn’t require a powerful Mac to run:

✓ Any Mac, even an older one will do.

System requirements: OS X 10.5.8, 2.0 Ghz Intel Core Duo, 1 GB RAM, 175 MB HD space, OpenGL 2.0 Support with 128 MB of Video Memory.
StrategyNoLow
Mark of the Ninja 
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Mark of the Ninja

This stealth platformer comes from the same team behind Don’t Starve and Invisible Inc.

As a nameless ninja in the present day, you’ll have to complete many challenging levels. They are all linear, but they offer plenty of different routes and ways to advance. You can hide, kill, or do a combination of both. The choices are limitless, and that is what makes this game special. For example, there are guards, dogs, plants to hide in, shafts, lights that you can turn off, and so much more. Some levels are hard, but the game gives you so many tools that you learn to do things your way.

Mark of the Ninja’s Mac port was perfectly executed too. The game plays well on:

⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

System requirements: OS X 10.7.0, 2.4 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM, 2.5 GB HD space, 512 MB VRAM, NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GT, ATI Radeon HD 3000+ or better.
PlatformerNoMedium
Football Manager 2017 
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Football Manager 2017

The best football simulation game is back, bringing refinements and new features.

Football Manager (FM) puts you in charge of any squad from more than 50 countries across the world. As the team’s manager, you get to decide who plays, how they train, how to manage the stadium, and even how to deal with the media. FM 17 builds on the strengths of its excellent predecessor to offer the best football manager experience so far.

One thing you’ll notice right away is how FM 17 successfully presents data more visually, instead of looking like a glorified spreadsheet. The game also gives you more tips than before, making it more accessible for casual players.

Sure, the most recent Fifa game is not available on Mac, but if you truly love the beautiful game, Football Manager 2017 can scratch that itch.
✓ Any Mac, even an older one will do.

System requirements: OS X 10.7.5, 1.8 Ghz Intel Core Duo, 2 GB RAM, 3 GB HD space, Intel GMA X3100, NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT or AMD/ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2400 with 256 MB VRAM.
SportsNoLow
Crusader Kings 2 
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Crusader Kings 2

Crusader Kings 2 is a grand strategy game set in the Middle Ages.

The game takes place in real time and lets you use politics, economics, or warfare to build your empire. The combat is fine, but the social and political mechanics are what make this game shine. There are assassinations, marriages, bribes, and countless other situations that you can make work in your favor. Honestly, some situations are just crazy. Does your mother want to kill your brother? Did you discover your son likes to mutilate animals?

This shows the commitment from the developer to create something unique. Crusader Kings 2’s Mac version was handled with care too. The game is stable and runs fine even on older Macs:

⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

System requirements: OS X 10.9, 2.0 Ghz Intel 2 Core Duo, 2 GB RAM, 2 GB HD space, ATI Radeon HD 6750, NVIDIA GeForce 320, NVIDIA GeForce 9600 or higher.
StrategyNoMedium
Trine 2 
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Trine 2

Trine 2 is a fun platformer that can be played with friends.

This side-scroller game lets up to three players use Amadeus the wizard, Zoya the thief, and Pontius the knight. Each has special skills that will help you solve specific puzzles and progress. If you’re playing alone, you will need to constantly switch between characters until you find the right spell or ability to solve the puzzle. And if you’re playing with friends, you’d better play like a team or you will get stuck. A lot. This game takes place in a beautiful universe too. Trine 2 is a fairytale adventure and it shows, featuring detailed environments that can really make you stop and enjoy the view.

Trine 3 came out not too long ago, but Trine 2 is still a better (and cheaper) game. Also, the slightly older Trine 2 can be player on weaker machines:
✓ Any Mac, even an older one will do.

System requirements: OS X 10.6.6, 1.6 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 1 GB RAM, 1.5 GB HD space, NVIDIA GeForce 320M, ATI HD 2400, or Intel HD 3000 with 128 MB of Video Memory.
PlatformerNoLow
Outlast 
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Outlast

Outlast is a first-person horror game that many consider to be the scariest game available on Mac.

As a freelance journalist investigating a psychiatric hospital lost in the mountains, you soon realize that was a bad idea. Hell breaks loose, and you find yourself in the middle of mutilated corpses, terrified inmates, insane doctors, and disfigured patients. And to make matters worse, you are completely incapable of combat. With no way to fight, you basically have two choices: run or hide. Either way, the game plays beautifully. It offers tons of places to hide, and if you decide to run for it, the gameplay is fluid and fast.

This is a great-looking game too, so you’d better have a decent Mac if you want to run Outlast’s Mac version at its highest settings:

⚡A recent Mac with a powerful graphics card.

System requirements: OS X 10.9, 2.2 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM, 5 GB HD space, GeForce GT 750M, Intel Iris Pro 5200, or Radeon HD 3xxx.
HorrorNoHigh
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive 
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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Global Offensive is the latest Counter Strike (CS) in the series.

Like previous entries, Global Offensive is an objective-based multiplayer first-person shooter. Players are either terrorists or counter-terrorists and must complete objectives or kill the opposing team. There is no single-player here, but the multiplayer precision makes up for it. CS games are famous for being ultra-competitive—precise, punishing, and nothing like Call of Duty. Global Offensive does exactly what you would expect from a Counter-Strike game, but it also manages to refresh the experience. The game features classic content such as revamped versions of classic maps, as well as new maps and game modes.

Valve has always done a great job porting their games to the Mac, and CS: GO is no exception. Global Offensive’s Mac version works great and should run on modest hardware:
✓ Any Mac, even an older one will do.

System requirements: OS X 10.6.6, 2.0 Ghz Intel 2 Core Duo, 2 GB RAM, 8 GB HD space, ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT, NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT or other with 256 MB of Video Memory.
ShooterNoLow
Europa Universalis 4 
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Europa Universalis 4

Europa Universalis 4 had an ambitious goal: to be more accessible to newcomers without sacrificing the depth the series is loved for.

Developer Paradox succeeded, creating the finest grand strategy game out there. Don’t get me wrong, though—EU4 may be a more accessible game, but it’s still complex and hard to play. The game puts you in control of a nation’s military, diplomacy, and economy. Because a nation cannot excel everywhere, you will need to make some decisions. Should you strive for a strong economy or a powerful military? EU 4 is a real simulation and puts the world’s history at your fingertips. The entirety of Earth can be owned, conquered, and colonized.

This is another example of Paradox’s commitment to the Mac platform. Europa Universalis 4’s Mac version works great and runs even on modest hardware:
⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

System requirements: OS X 10.6.8, 2.0 Ghz Intel 2 Core Duo, 2 GB RAM, 2 GB HD space, ATI Radeon HD 6750, NVIDIA GeForce 320, NVIDIA GeForce 9600 or higher with 1 GB of Video Memory.
StrategyNoMedium
Rocksmith 2014 
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Rocksmith 2014

Rocksmith 2014 is the only music game that can actually teach you how to learn to play music.

This game is similar to Guitar Hero and Rock Band. The screen follows a hot rock song and shows you what buttons to press to “play” the song—except Rocksmith doesn’t use cheap guitar-shaped controllers. It requires a real guitar. As a noob guitar player myself, I can tell you that this game can really teach you the basics. You can start at the lowest difficulty to learn how a guitar works, or you can set the difficulty to 100 and actually learn to play the real song. Rocksmith 2014 takes the teaching part seriously and offers over 85 lessons covering bends, accents, slides, and more.

I love this game, because it can really teach you something in a fun way. Plus, Rocksmith 2014’s Mac version can run on most machines:

✓ Any Mac, even an older one will do.

System requirements: OS X 10.7, 2.4 Ghz Intel Core Duo, 2 GB RAM, 12 GB HD space, NVidia GeForce 8600 GT or ATI Radeon HD 2600 with 256 MB of Video Memory.
MusicNoLow
Left 4 Dead 2 
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Left 4 Dead 2

Left 4 Dead 2 is a cooperative first-person shooter that takes place during a zombie outbreak.

The game focuses on four survivors who have to make their way to a safe house. As one of the survivors, you will have to fight hordes of monsters ranging from zombies to larger creatures. The missions are dynamically altered and will adjust the difficulty and quantity of monsters as you go. This will keep things interesting and challenging no matter your skills. Left 4 Dead 2 is a fun game in and of itself, but it's even better with friends. This is one of the best cooperative games out there, and it would be a shame to miss all the added fun.

Left 4 Dead 2 doesn't have particularly impressive graphics, but with so much action happening at once, you will need a recent Mac to run it:

⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

System requirements: OS X 10.6.4, 2.0 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM, 13 GB HD space, ATI Radeon 2400, NVIDIA 8600M or Intel HD Graphics 3000.
ShooterNoMedium
Super Meat Boy 
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Super Meat Boy

Super Meat Boy is an indie platformer known for being ruthless—in a good way.

This game is hard, and you will have to die a lot. You will die hundreds of times, but the sense of accomplishment is much bigger because of it. Super Meat Boy actually evokes fond memories of times when games were hard. The game offers more than 300 levels, all filled with traps like fans, rockets, lava pits, and other things designed to crush you. And you can only run and jump to survive. This may sound simplistic, but Super Meat Boy has tight controls that will reward skill.

Super Meat Boy's Mac version is lightweight and will run smoothly even on older Macs:

✓ Any Mac, even an older one will do.

System requirements: OS X 10.7.4, 1.2 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 256 MB RAM, 300 MB HD space, card supporting Pixel Shader 2.0 and Vertex Shader 2.0 with 128 MB of Video Memory.
PlatformerNoLow
The Elder Scrolls Online 
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The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited

The Elder Scrolls Online is the latest big MMORPG to join the party.

It was also the first Elder Scrolls to come to the Mac and the first to attempt multiplayer. This created impossibly high expectations that made the game suffer at launch. But that was in 2014, when the game required an upfront purchase and a monthly subscription. A lot has changed since. Relaunched as Tamriel Unlimited, it introduced lots of new features and changed for the better. The monthly subscription disappeared, and now you only need to buy the game once. At the end of the day, this game is similar to World of Warcraft and Guild Wars 2. But if you really want to play an Elder Scrolls on your Mac, Tamriel Unlimited is a good choice.

It looks better than the competition too, so you’d better have a capable Mac to run this game:

⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

System requirements: OS X 10.7, 2.0 Ghz Intel 2 Core Duo, 4 GB RAM, 60 GB HD space, Intel HD Graphics 4000, NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M or ATI Radeon HD 6490M or other with 256 MB of Video Memory.
MMONoMedium
Papers, Please 
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Papers, Please

Papers, Please is an indie game that dared to experiment. And it paid off—you’ve never played anything like it before.

Paper, Please puts you in the shoes of an immigration officer and focuses on the emotional toll that comes from deciding who comes in and who doesn’t. You get to inspect arrivals’ documents and use several tools to weed out potentially dangerous people, such as terrorists, wanted criminals, or smugglers. You can also interrogate people and request fingerprints or even a full-body scan. The idea behind this sounds simple, but once you start playing, you’ll realize it’s complex and stressful. This is the perfect game if you’re looking for a change from traditional triple-A games.

It’s also a great choice if you own a low-powered Mac, as Papers, Please’s Mac version has minimal system requirements:

✓ Any Mac, even an older one will do.

System requirements: OS X 10.8, 1.5 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM, 100 MB HD space, OpenGL 1.4 or better.
SimulationNoLow
American Truck Simulator 
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American Truck Simulator

Truck simulators were games I couldn’t understand. Who would want to play a game about driving a truck?

Turns out, there’s more than meets the eye. Much more. First of all, this game is both a truck-driving simulator and a business management simulator. You first start as a freelance delivering goods to win money and XP. But once you have enough saved up, you can buy your own truck and start running your own business.

But more importantly, the actual driving is quite good. The handling is precise, the scenery beautiful, and the attention to detail impressive. All this works together to create a relaxing and almost hypnotic driving experience.

American Truck Simulator is a good-looking game too and you'll need a modern Mac to run it smoothly:

⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

System requirements: OS X 10.9, 2.4 Ghz Intel Dual Core, 4 GB RAM, 3 GB HD space, GeForce GTS 450-class, Intel HD 4000.
SimulationNoMedium
Dota 2 
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Dota 2

DotA 2 is another free-to-play game from Valve, and just like Team Fortress 2, it’s a generous game that offers hours of fun without asking for a dime. When it comes to great Mac games online, Valve obviously knows what it's doing.

DotA 2 is a MOBA involving two teams and one objective: to destroy the enemy’s “Ancient.” Throughout the game, you control one of 111 playable heroes with unique powers and abilities. As you progress, you collect XP, gold, and better items and gear. If this sounds like Warcraft, it’s simply because DotA 2 is the sequel to Defense of the Ancients (DotA), the infamous fan-made Warcraft 3 mod. Word of caution, though—just like League of Legends, this game is hyper-competitive, and the community won’t hesitate to trash you if you mess up.

DoTA 2 is another risk-free game to test the waters if you’re new to Mac gaming. It's also one of the best Mac games on Steam. DoTA 2’s Mac version is a good port that can run on many machines:

⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

System requirements: OS X 10.9, Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM, 8 GB HD space, Nvidia 320M, Radeon HD 2400, or Intel HD 3000.
MOBAYesMedium
Hotline Miami 
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Hotline Miami

It was hard to choose between the original Hotline Miami and the sequel.

Hotline Miami is an ultra-violent top-down shooter set in 1989. The game tells the story of two characters who have to commit massacres against the Russian Mafia in Miami. But what made this game an indie classic was the way it combined stealth and extreme violence, along with a soundtrack and visuals that perfectly matched that 1980s feeling. The gameplay is simple but precise and solid. You will want to retry levels for the sake of getting a perfect score. Hotline Miami 2 did a lot of the same, but it never managed to be as good as the original.
Bottom line:

If in doubt, get the cheaper and better Hotline Miami and thank me later. This is a retro game that can run on even older Macs:

✓ Any Mac, even an older one will do.

System requirements: OS X 10.7, 2.8 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 512 MB RAM, 130 MB HD space.
ActionNoLow
Grim Fandango: Remastered 
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Grim Fandango: Remastered

Grim Fandango is one of the finest adventure games ever created, but it was starting to feel too outdated for new gamers.

Enter Grim Fandango: Remastered, an attempt to bring the game back to modernity. The game follows the story of afterlife travel agent Manny Calavera and revolves around engaging other characters, collecting objects, and solving puzzles. Originally released in 1998, Double Fine remastered and brought improved textures, 3D models, modern control schemes, a new soundtrack, and new lighting effects to this updated version. Adventure games age well, but the updated graphics are a welcome addition.

As can be expected from a remastered old classic, the game looks good but is still easy to run on most modern hardware:

⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

System requirements: OS X 10.9, 2.4 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM, 6 GB HD space, ATI Radeon HD 4650, NVIDIA GeForce GT 220, Intel HD 4000 Graphics, or equivalent with 512 MB of Video Memory.
AdventureNoMedium
Kerbal Space Program 
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Kerbal Space Program

Kerbal Space Program was so good, it was a huge success even in beta—a feat only the likes of Minecraft can be proud of.

In KSP, you take control of an entire space program. You get to build spacecrafts and launch them. It sounds simple, but this is a hardcore physics simulator where you will fail. A lot. One rocket is too heavy, another doesn’t hold enough fuel, etc. This game is hard, but the beauty is that it’s also fun and rewarding. And the cute characters and sense of humor certainly help too. The bottom line: You don’t have to be into rocket flight simulation to enjoy this game.

Kerbal Space Program is complex, fun, and extremely rewarding. And it also happens to have reasonable system requirements:

⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

System requirements: OS X 10.6, 2.0 Ghz Intel 2 Core Duo, 4 GB RAM, 2 GB HD space, NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M, ATI Radeon HD 4850, or Intel HD 5000 with 512 MB of Video Memory.
SimulationNoMedium
Elite: Dangerous 
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Elite: Dangerous

Space-adventure game Elite: Dangerous was one of 2015’s most requested Mac games.

Elite: Dangerous takes place in a realistic 1:1 scale galaxy based on the real Milky Way. In other words, it’s huge. The game gives you a spaceship and some funds to start off. You can go at it legally or illegally, through missions, combat, trading, bounty hunting, or piracy. The choices are endless. Elite: Dangerous is so huge, it can sometimes feel empty. It definitely could use more stuff (stories, events, etc).

But even today, this game can deliver some of the best space-adventure moments ever seen. Do pay attention to the high system requirements, though; you will need:
⚡A recent Mac with a powerful graphics card.

System requirements: OS X 10.10.3, 2.3 Ghz Intel Core i5, 4 GB RAM, 8 GB HD space, Nvidia GT 650M 1GB (or equivalent).
AdventureNoHigh
Towerfall: Ascension 
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Towerfall: Ascension

Do you remember the good old days when you and your buddies would play games in your living room? Yep, that was a long time ago, and with most games moving to online multiplayer only, Towerfall is refreshing.

In Towerfall, you are one of four archers that battle it out until one player remains. You can only use arrows and head-stomps to kill your opponents. The formula is quite simple, but Towerfall is packed with some exhilarating moments. It definitely reminds me of the fun I had with the first Smash Brothers on the GameCube. Towerfall: Ascension is the perfect game for offline sessions with friends.

With its 2D retro graphics, Towerfall’s Mac version is a lightweight game to play. If you’re looking for a good game to play on an older Mac, look no further:
⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

System requirements: OS X 10.6.8, Intel Core i3, 2 GB RAM, 400 MB space, OpenGL 3.0+.
ActionNoMedium
Legend of Grimrock 2 
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Legend of Grimrock 2

Legend of Grimrock 2 is a first-person RPG inspired by old-school games such as Dungeon Master.

In Legend of Grimrock 2, you lead a team of four prisoners shipwrecked on an island. The game offers a ton of options, and you can either use the default party or build your own. The environments look good, but you still move on a grid, one tap at a time. Legend of Grimrock 2 is full of puzzles and combat, and this is what makes it great—the combination of fighting, puzzles, and exploration.

This is a fun game that purists will love. However, it’s still a complex game that will likely feel inaccessible to new gamers. Give it a go if you’re up for a challenge. To run it properly, you’ll need:

⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

System requirements: OS X 10.7.5, 1.4 GHz Intel Core i5, 2 GB RAM, 2 GB space, OpenGL 3.2 capable graphics card, Intel HD Graphics 5000 minimum.
Role-PlayingNoMedium
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance 
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Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

Revengeance is the ninth entry in the Metal Gear series and the first Metal Gear to come to the Mac.

This hack-and-slash action game gives you control of a cyborg. The story isn’t that memorable, but the combat is a lot of fun. You can take on enemies using your sword or other weapons and perform combos and counterattacks. The game also features something called Blade Mode, where you can dismember cyborgs in slow-motion. If that’s your thing.

Many have complained because this wasn’t a native port (it’s a wrapper-based port). At the end of the day, what matters is performance, and Revengeance runs smoothly, even on older Macs with integrated graphics. To run it properly, you’ll need:

⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

System requirements: OS X 10.9.2, 2.4 Ghz Intel Core i3, 4 GB RAM, 27 GB HD space, AMD HD4870, NVIDIA 650M, Intel Iris Graphics or better with 512 MB of Video Memory.
ActionNoMedium
Shovel Knight 
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Shovel Knight

Shovel Knight is a 2D platformer reminiscent of the old-school 8-bit era.

This game plays a lot like the older Mario Bros games. You have to go through each level until reaching a boss, and there’re coins to be grabbed and baddies you can attack with your shovel. This may sound like a ripoff of Super Mario Bros, but Shovel Knight has a lot of modern twists. For example, all the coins you grab are not for bragging rights only. You can use them to buy upgrades and more.

As can be expected from a retro game such as Shovel Knight, this is a lightweight game with low system requirements—perfect for a MacBook Air or an older MacBook:
✓ Any Mac, even an older one will do.

System requirements: OS X 10.7.5, 2.0 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM, 250 MB HD space.
PlatformerNoLow
X-Plane 11 
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X-Plane 11

Over a decade ago, X-Plane slowly killed Microsoft’s Flight Simulator with its realism and attention to detail. Yet, the team behind it continued working hard and now X-Plane 11 promises to be the most detailed, realistic, and modern flight simulator ever created. In fact, as far as simulation games for Mac go, this one is can't miss.

X-Plane 11 is quite an achievement because it appeals to both detail-obsessed geeks and recreational enthusiast. For the pro pilots, the game now features a better physics engine and improved flight dynamics, allowing you to “feel” the plane. For the “noobs”, you can quickly get the hang of the main controls, and, as in real life, you can automate much of the work.

In both cases, the realistic 3-D cockpits, the busy airports, and the beautiful sceneries will let you absorb the beauty of flight.

X-Plane 11 can be an impressive looking game too. Turn all settings to high and the game will populate the world with buildings and roads. Turn them to low and it should be able to run on modest hardware:

⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

System requirements: OS X 10.10, Intel Core i3, 8 GB RAM, 20 GB HD space, video card with 512 MB of Video Memory.
SimulationNoMedium
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth 
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The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

The Binding of Isaac is a platformer full of randomly-generated dungeons.

Because of the endless supply of dungeons, items, monsters, and bosses, this game never feels old. Do keep in mind that this is a challenging game, especially because it features permadeath—if you die, you’ll have to start from scratch. This is often painful (and frustrating), especially when you just found a cool rare item. Rebirth is a remake of The Binding of Isaac built on a newer engine. It features updated art, effects, music, and "hundreds upon hundreds of designs, redesigns, and re-tuned enhancements."

It also happens to be an easy game to run because of its light Mac system requirements:

✓ Any Mac, even an older one will do.

System requirements: OS X 10.8, Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM, 450 MB HD space.
PlatformerNoLow
Terraria 
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Terraria

Terraria is a side-scrolling game that lets you build, dig, and explore.

The game’s world is randomly generated, and no two games will be the same. This makes the exploration side of the game extremely fun. Plus, there are lots of creeps, so crafting a shelter, weapons, and combat play an important role. The crafting system is ridiculously deep and gives you tons of options to create weapons. Terraria is very similar to Minecraft. In fact, many see it as Minecraft in 2D, but once you start playing, you will notice all the things that make it unique. There are many more creeps to kill, tons of weapons to craft, and even bosses.

Like Minecraft, the game uses retro graphics that are cute but also happen to be easy on your Mac. You won’t need a powerful Mac to enjoy this game:
✓ Any Mac, even an older one will do.

System requirements: OS X 10.9.5, 2.0 Ghz Intel 2 Core Duo, 2.5 GB RAM, 200 MB HD space, 128 MB Video Memory, capable of OpenGL 3.0+ support (2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable).
AdventureNoLow
Dwarf Fortress 
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Dwarf Fortress

Dwarf Fortress plays in a different league. 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 control a group of dwarves and attempt to build an underground fortress. Needless to say, without much direction and text-based graphics, this game is hard. But that’s also Dwarf Fortress’ charm. Many consider it the most complex video game ever created, and the game is notorious for being difficult. But once you’ve passed the steep learning curve, there’s a real gem hidden here.

Also, text-based graphics may not sound sexy, but at least you can play this even on the old Mac Mini you found at a garage sale:

✓ Any Mac, even an older one will do.
StrategyYesLow
The Banner Saga 
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The Banner Saga

This viking-themed RPG comes from a trio of ex-BioWare devs. That alone made me give The Banner Saga my full attention.

The Banner Saga puts you at the helm of a caravan that you have to guide and protect. Along the way, the game will throw moral dilemmas at you and will hit you when you’re down. The world is bleak, and survival doesn’t come easy. The Banner Saga offers many twists. For example, instead of focusing on one hero, it focuses on the caravan as a whole. Throughout the campaign, you will get to use different characters, and every character will have the power to change the story.

In the graphics department, this game won’t impress you, but that also means that The Banner Saga’s Mac version has low system requirements. To run it, you’ll need:
✓ Any Mac, even an older one will do.

System requirements: OS X 10.7.5, 2.0 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM, 6 GB HD space, 256 MB of video memory.
Role-PlayingNoLow
Crypt of the NecroDancer 
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Crypt of the NecroDancer

I’ve probably said it before, but this time I mean it—this is the most original indie platformer out there.

Crypt of the NecroDancer is a dungeon crawler with a twist: you can only move to the beat of the music, and that applies to your enemies too. This makes every enemy encounter an elaborate dance. You will be punished if you miss a beat, but once you learn your enemy’s rhythmic patterns, this game becomes a masterpiece. This is a roguelike game too, and every dungeon is randomly generated. Combine that with the fact that you can use your own MP3s and you’ve got a winner.

Being a pixelated retro-adventure, Crypt of the NecroDancer’s Mac port is lightweight and can be easily played on older machines. To run it, you’ll need:
✓ Any Mac, even an older one will do.

System requirements: OS X 10.7, 2.0 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 1 GB RAM, 1,6 GB HD space, 512 MB Video RAM.
PlatformerNoLow
Cave Story 
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Cave Story

Cave Story is a 2D platformer that pays homage to classics such as Metroid and Castlevania. Not to be confused with Cave Story +, this is a great game you can get for free.
Cave Story looks and plays like an old NES game, but beneath that pixelated exterior lies a good story with fun gameplay. In Cave Story, you can explore underground caves, upgrade your weapons, and search for secret loot. Enemies drop experience points too, increasing your weapon’s power.

An enhanced version is available on Steam, but you can always try the community-driven free version. This is also an excellent way to test your Mac’s limits for those of you with older machines:

✓ Any Mac, even an older one will do.
PlatformerYesLow
The Walking Dead 
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The Walking Dead

I love Tales from the Borderlands. But even if it’s newer and has more features, The Walking Dead remains the best point-and-click adventure game Telltale has ever produced.

As the name implies, the game takes place within the Walking Dead universe. It happens right at the beginning of the zombie outbreak and puts you in the shoes of a survivor named Lee. This is the best example of what makes Telltale games great. The mechanics are simple, but it’s crazy how you play an active role in the game’s story. You will get to make hard choices that will haunt you until the end.

This is a good-looking yet simple game. This means The Walking Dead’s Mac version is not demanding:

✓ Any Mac, even an older one will do.

System requirements: OS X 10.6, 2.3 Ghz Intel 2 Core Duo, 4 GB RAM, 2 GB HD space, NVidia or ATI graphics card with 512 MB of Video Memory.
AdventureNoLow
The Talos Principle 
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The Talos Principle

The Talos Principle is one of the few first-person games that focuses on something other than guns.

This game is full of clever puzzles and reminds me of Portal, which is a hell of a compliment. There are 120 puzzles in total, and they're all hard enough to make you feel smart once you figure them out. The game provides a lot of tools to succeed too. There are blocks, signal jammers, lasers, motion-recording devices, and even turrets. The game also has a philosophical side, but you can completely ignore it if you prefer. Plus, the puzzles are what truly make this a good game.

The Talos Principle's Mac version isn't particularly demanding, but you will need a recent Mac to enjoy it:

⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

System requirements: OS X 10.5.8, 2.2 Ghz Intel 2 Core Duo, 2 GB RAM, 5 GB HD space, ATI Radeon HD 4670, NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT or video card with 512 MB of Video Memory.
PuzzleNoMedium
Undertale 
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Undertale

Undertale is a role-playing game unlike anything you’ve ever played.

As you go about your adventure, you can decide whether you should kill your enemies or befriend them. Undertale is a tricky game to describe, because the less you know about it, the better it works its magic on you. Suffice it to say, this game has a story that constantly changes as you decide whether you want to make friends or increase the body count. This is a funny game too and can easily make you laugh out loud. And don’t let the goofy graphics trick you. There’s a reason why Undertale was chosen as the best game of all time.

The best I can do is advise you to try it yourself. Also, this is a very lightweight game. Think your Mac is too old to play video games? Give Undertale’s Mac version a try:
✓ Any Mac, even an older one will do.

System requirements: 2 GB RAM, 200 MB HD space.
Role-PlayingNoLow
EVE Online 
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EVE Online

EVE Online is an incredibly vast MMORPG based in a science fiction space setting.

In EVE, you can choose from a variety of professions including mining, manufacturing, trading, piracy, and more. Everything happens in real-time, meaning that the universe continues to exist even when you’re not logged in. There’s a real economy going on here, and it doesn’t stop for anyone. EVE also features amazing space battles and an endless supply of ships. There are are small little jumpers but also giant vessels, some larger than entire cities. After ten years of steady growth and 20 free expansions, EVE Online isn’t going anywhere. If you like space combat, you should definitely give it a shot.

As with most MMOs, EVE Online’s Mac version does require some horsepower to run:

⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

System requirements: OS X 10.9, 2.0 Ghz Intel 2 Core Duo, 2 GB RAM, 20 GB HD space, NVIDIA GeForce 320m or Intel HD 3000.
MMONoMedium
Spelunky 
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Spelunky

Not to be confused with the Enhanced edition, the original Spelunky is a great roguelike indie game that happens to be free.

Spelunky has it all—it generates random levels, it’s extremely difficult, and it has permadeath (if you die, you will have to start all over) and cute 2D graphics. In Spelunky, you have to gather as many treasures 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.

Spelunky also happens to be a very lightweight game. It’s so light, in fact, that you can even play it on your browser. That means that Spelunky’s Mac version can be played on even the oldest Macs:

✓ Any Mac, even an older one will do.
PlatformerYesLow
Her Story 
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Her Story

Her Story is a difficult game to categorize, and that makes it the most original game on this list.

Her Story is an interactive movie game that lets you use police video clips to solve the case of a murder that occurred in 1994. The tapes revolve around the interrogation of a man’s wife, and all of her words are transcribed. The interviews are broken up into hundreds of pieces, but as you watch more and more clips, everything starts to make sense. Your job is to explore and search the huge database until you can eventually piece together her story.

This is a game that doesn’t require fancy graphics, as the narrative drives it home. Everyone can experience Her Story’s Mac port, even those of you with older or low-powered Macs:
✓ Any Mac, even an older one will do.

System requirements: OS X 10.8, 2 GB RAM, 2 GB HD space, 512 MB of video memory.
AdventureNoLow
Torchlight 2 
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Torchlight 2

Torchlight 2 sure took its time coming to the Mac, but I’m still glad it made it.

Torchlight 2 is one of the finest hack-and-slash RPGs available. Like the original Torchlight, it’s all about randomly generated dungeons and tons of monsters to kill for XP and loot. If you’re thinking this sounds a lot like Diablo 3, it does. Torchlight 2 isn’t particularly original, but everything it does, it does well. Compared to Diablo, it offers character customization, more flexibility, no mandatory internet connection, and pets! Plus, for an indie game developed with limited resources, it’s impressive how they managed to challenge Blizzard’s efforts.

Torchlight 2’s Mac version is easy on the system requirements too. If you own a Macbook Air, for example, this game should do just fine (my 2013 MacBook Air can run it no problem):
⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

System requirements: OS X 10.8, 2.0 Ghz Intel 2 Core Duo, 2 GB RAM, 1.7 GB HD space, OpenGL 2.0 compatible video card with at least 256 MB of addressable video RAM.
Role-PlayingNoMedium
Prison Architect 
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Prison Architect

Prison Architect is the most satisfying building game I’ve played in a long time. It reminds me of Theme Hospital and Zoo Tycoon and feels like the successor they deserved.

In Prison Architect, you get to manage your very own maximum-security prison. In Sandbox mode, you start off with an empty plot of land that you can transform into the most efficient prison you can craft. You can build cells and kitchens, install cameras, hire guards, and so on. Prison Architect provides a lot of freedom, and you can take whichever direction you prefer. Want to build a monstrous maximum security prison or a comfortable rehabilitation center? The choice is yours.
Be advised: Fail to meet your inmates’ minimum expectations and you will have a riot on your hands.

The graphics are very simplistic, though, but at least an older Mac should be able to run it. To run it, you’ll need:

✓ Any Mac, even an older one will do.

System requirements: Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM, 300 MB HD space.
SimulationNoLow
Tales from the Borderlands 
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Tales from the Borderlands

Tales from the Borderlands is a great point-and-click adventure game from Telltale. But why did I list this one and not their take on Game of Thrones or Minecraft?

They’re all good and take place in more famous universes, but Tales from the Borderlands is still better. Based on the Borderlands series, the game follows the same formula as before: some puzzle-solving, lots of dialogue, and huge choices to make. Choices here matter, and the consequences will be felt throughout the game. Tales from the Borderlands also happens to be funnier and more lighthearted than other Telltale games, but that doesn’t stop it from throwing agonizing choices at you.

Tales from the Borderlands’ Mac version was handled with care. And because of the simple graphics, this game can be enjoyed on most Mac hardware:
⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

System requirements: OS X 10.6.8, 2.3 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM, 3 GB space, Nvidia or ATI with 512 MB of Video Memory.
AdventureNoMedium
Hyper Light Drifter 
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Hyper Light Drifter

I thought Hyper Light Drifter was yet another indie RPG. Top-down view. Retro graphics. Same old, same old. But look beyond the obvious and you’ll immediately notice it’s so much more than that.

Hyper Light Drifter is an homage to the games I grew up with. Some consider it a combination of The Legend of Zelda and Diablo, and I couldn’t agree more. The game doesn’t reinvent the wheel; but everything just clicks together. The combat is fun, the sound effects are intense, and the art style looks great. And don’t get me started with the music, which is sublime. It all creates an atmosphere that is hard to describe.

Speaking of graphics, the retro style here looks great and makes this a lightweight game. This means you can play Hyper Light Drifter on your MacBook without a problem:
✓ Any Mac, even an older one will do.

System requirements: OS X 10.7, 1.2 Ghz Intel 2 Core Duo, 4 GB RAM, 2 GB HD space, 512 MB video memory.
Role-PlayingNoLow
Cities: Skylines 
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Cities: Skylines

It’s funny how a few years ago, no one would have dared to challenge SimCity. But when developer Colossal Order saw the mess that SimCity was, they went for it.

Cities: Skylines is a city-building simulation similar to SimCity. The game gives you control of zoning areas (for housing, commerce, or industry), public utilities, taxation, public transportation, and more. The gameplay is so deep, even your choice of civic policies will affect the development of the entire city. Skylines learned from all of EA’s mistakes with SimCity and delivered a better game. There’s no always-online DRM, your cities can be much bigger, and it also supports mods through Steam Workshop (if you’re into riding helicopters and stuff).

This is a fun and addictive game, and I’m glad Skyline’s Mac version was handled with care. This game does demand some horsepower to run, though:
⚠ A recent Mac with average specs.

System requirements: OS X 10.9, 3.0 Ghz Intel 2 Core Duo, 4 GB RAM, 4 GB HD space, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260, 512 MB or ATI Radeon HD 5670, 512 MB (Does not support Intel Integrated Graphics Cards).
SimulationNoMedium

 

Your turn

After 14,000 words and many hours creating the biggest Macintosh games list out there, all I can ask you is to get your first Mac game and bookmark this page (you will need the inspiration later).

Mac gaming can only grow if more gamers give it a shot. Perhaps you’re a casual gamer, or perhaps you are convinced your Mac is too old to play modern games. In any case, start with a few free games and see how it goes. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

Do you think I missed a very good Mac game already available? Let me know in the comments section.

List Updated July 12, 2017: Civ 6  replaces Civ 5, Rocket League replaces Shadowrun Hong Kong, F1 2016 replaces F1 2013, Total War: Warhammer replaces Shogun 2, Sleeping Dogs replaces GTA Trilogy, Hitman replaces Hitman Absolution, Stardew Valley replaces XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Superhot replaces Bioshock, Dawn of War 3 replaces Total War: Attila, Hyper Light Drifter replaces Dragon Age: Origins, American Truck Simulator replaces Beyond Earth, Life is Strange replaces Invisible Inc, Owlboy replaces Broken Age, Football Manager 2017 replaces Football Manager 2016, Dying Light replaces Metro: Last Light, Borderlands 2 replaces Borderlands: The Pre Sequel, The Witness replaces Age of Wonders 3, X-Plane 11 replaces Don’t Starve.

  • MysteryMuffin

    I think you should add undertale(paid, but runs AMAZINGLY on my 2011 macbook pro): got the game of the decade award, and unturned(free, but needs average specs to reduce lag) this is a simple description, DayZ + Minecraft with more 3d-ish stuff = unturned

    This is just advice to add they are both on steam so check them out, im sure you’ll like them

    • Jeremy Freeman

      Undertale is already there – tenth from the bottom

  • Steven Marx

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Cities: Skyline in there, but I’m a huge SimCity fan back from when it was good. 🙂 Great list.

    • Not sure I understood. Cities: Skylines is there 😉
      Do you mind you would have preferred SimCity instead?

      • Steven Marx

        Well apparently my mind is going faster than I realized. No, even though I haven’t played it from everything I’ve read and heard Cities: Skylines is the one that belongs on there, unless you’re going to put SimCity 2000 on. 🙂

  • ᐯIᕼᑌᗩᖇᕼE GᗩᗰEᖇ

    You should add both Civilization V and Civilization Beyond Earth, they’re awesome and don’t need a powerful Mac to run, I play them flawlessly on my mid-2010 13″ MacBook Pro

    • fahlman

      They are both in the list.

  • Frungi

    I don’t understand the cutoff for system requirements. Compare for example the requirements of Shovel Knight (“a recent Mac with average specs”) and The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth (“any Mac, even an older one”).

    • At first mostly because Shovel Knight requires much more RAM (4GB), which isn’t that much, but still higher than what you could find a few years ago. But maybe you’re right. Hard to insist that Shovel Knight is a demanding game 😉

  • Camilo López Cristoffanini

    Awesome list Ric! Especially for the info regarding what type of Mac is needed to play the games, since I own a MBP mid-2012 and I’m getting really behind…

    • Thanks Camilo, much appreciated!

    • Steven Marx

      That’s 2-3 years younger than my computers. Even my late-2009 tricked-out (at the time) iMac can’t play many of these. Oh for an upgradable graphics card, because everything else is fine.

  • Soul_of_Wit

    Pinball Arcade and any of the Spiderweb Software RPGs would be good additions.

    • Can’t say I’ve played any of their games before… Also, Google tells me that Pinball Arcade is from FarSight Studios?

      • Soul_of_Wit

        Yeah, two unrelated suggestions, in case that wasn’t clear. FarSight creates simulations of real pinball machines. Spiderweb is an indie developer who’s been cranking our low-res graphic RPGs for over 20 years. A loyal following keeps him going, and he got his start on (and always supports) Macs.

  • michel poirier

    Evoland is a nice rpg game

    • First time I ever hear about it. Will check it out.

    • bynary

      I really enjoyed it through the first few “levels,” but it really felt like the developer stopped putting as much care into the later “levels.” Overall not bad, but it could have been so much better.

  • Arakun

    The “screenshot” for The Binding of Isaac Rebirth is actually an early mockup Edmund did when developing the visual style for the game. Thus it looks quite different from the finished game.

    Anyway, thanks for the article! Didn’t know Terraria had finally been released for the Mac. Played it a few years ago, loved it and was really saddened by the fact that there was no Mac version at the time.

    Missing from the list: Freedom Planet, spiritual successor of the old Sonic games for the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive.

  • Lou

    Thank you so much for putting this list together – I can’t imagine how much time and effort it took! I’m not much of a gamer, but I do enjoy the odd one (I’ve enjoyed LA Noire on the XBOX, The Sims 4 on the Mac, Nancy Drew point-and-click games, the Fable games for the XBOX, and Mario Kart for the Wii and Wii U) and have always struggled to find games with depth where I’ll enjoy the storyline. From this list I’m planning to download five, so I’m grateful to you for all your work! If anyone has played anything that suits my taste and is happy to recommend, it’s always welcome! Cheers 🙂

  • Michael McMurtrey

    For those of us who can’t, for whatever reason, upgrade to the latest Intel-powered Mac, how about a survey of the the best and still available games for PowerPC Macs?

    • Simon Davey

      no

      • Michael McMurtrey

        Well, why not then?

  • Hoppy

    Great list, thanks.

    What about Half-Life 2? Only one of the best games ever made.

  • ಠ_ಠ

    World of Tanks runs on Mac too

  • Corné

    What about Rust on Steam? Love that game. Works on my 2012 Mac Air. Love the list. Despite people dissing mac gaming I really enjoy it. Personally been gaming on PC, Console and Mac.

  • Ctrobia

    The Heroes of Might and Magic, Myth I & Myth II: where are they? Are we kidding here?

  • WasThatDave

    Great list! However there is a game called Starbound that’s like Terraria but space themed. Thought it might deserve a spot on the list.

  • Jordan

    Thanks for a great list — only question: seems like Bioware has made Dragon Age: Origins completely unavailable on Mac now.. do you know any way to buy it or is it a lost cause? Thanks

  • Stefan L

    This list is incomplete without Hex: Shards of Fate, an RPG digital trading card game. Think Hearthstone, but much deeper strategy and crazier game mechanics. Tons of F2P adventure content plus a vibrant PvP tournament scene. It has been in development for 3+ years and it’s totally engrossing. Set 4 is slated to come out later this month. Also, it’ll come to Steam on April 12.

  • scottman22

    I’m not too impressed with this list. It seems to be all about shooters and destroying stuff. As a military man I find the list boring for the most part. Why is The Room or The Room 2 not on the list? These are awesome games that requires thinking and not just good reflexes. What about more simulations of real world activities? Yes, you have a couple, but again the emphasis seems to be on shooters. I’m not against the shooter games but if all we are going to see is this type of game I don’t see much reason to play games as I can’t see the benefit.

    • fahlman

      The Room and The Room Two appear to be iOS games in the App Store or Windows only on Steam.

      • scottman22

        Fahlman Yes those are great games and I’ve owned them ever since they became available. Just wishing there were more that taxed the brain rather then one’s reactions.

        • Ric

          There are probably not enough games on this list matching what you’re looking for, but know that around 2 months ago it was updated with around 20 new games. There are a few that you might enjoy. The Witness comes to mind first.

  • Peter Lewis

    A Strategy game I really like is StarFront Collision (~$12) – basically like a small knock off of StarCraft, but lots of content and good fun as a casual game.

  • Ric

    It should. Your integrated graphics there aren’t great (Graphics CardIntel HD Graphics 6000), but they should get the job done.

  • Yodie

    You missed lots of games:
    Shadow Warrior
    Lots of Deus Exes that are also mac-compatible
    FTL: Faster Than Light
    Civ 6
    Chivalry: Medieval Warfare
    Prison Architect
    Uplink
    Hacknet
    PDTA 3D
    Stanley Parable
    DOD
    Euro Truck Simulator 2

  • Vinqk

    I personally like that you show the mac app store icon for people to buy the games. But for games that cannot be bought from the mac App Store, it would be nice if you guys could put the link of where to buy them on the bottom as well. For rocket league, as an example, you could put a direct steam link. Anyways, great list!

  • Vinqk

    Dirt 3 is no longer available for Mac, so you should probably remove it from the list.

    • Ric

      Your comment surprised. I was planning on showing you Dirt 3 was obviously there but indeed you’re right. I has disappeared from the web (Mac App Store, Steam, etc) and I don’t understand why!

      I will contact Feral Interactive to try to learn more, but yes, Dirt 3 is gone and I will need to replace it ASAP. Thanks for the heads up!

      • Vinqk

        🙁 I was honestly so sad when I saw that it was gone. MrMacRight put a comment in his best racing games of 2017 for Mac video, that dirt 3 and another racing game had been cut. Turns out that steam removed it, cause it was starting to get old. They did the same with F1 2012, though you can still get that on the Mac app store :/

        • Ric

          And considering Dirt Rally nor Dirt 4 are available on Mac, this kinda sucks…