Mac Games Downloads: Finding the best deals

by | Oct 9, 2016 | How-to

Do you remember the times when you could only find Mac games at Apple Stores? It was generally on the bottom rack, where the boxes would just sit there and gather dust.

Nowadays, you can download them from nearly every digital store out there. If it offers Windows games, it probably offers Mac games too. Hell, you can even find free Mac games downloads when you know where to look.

Finding games is easy, but what about finding the best ones when they’re really cheap?

When you know where to look, you can find crazy deals out there, some going as far as 80% off.

This is how you can find them:

The top places where to download games for Mac

I can count at least 15 different alternatives from the top of my head. Having options is good, but it’s easy to get lost. This comparison table should help:

ModelYearRangeSpecificationsGraphics CardVideo RAMValley FPS
11-inch Macbook Air2013MacBook Air1.3 GHz Intel Core i5, 4 GB RAM, Intel HD Graphics 5000Intel HD Graphics 50001.5 GB8.9

Unplayable

13-inch Macbook Air2020MacBook Air1.2 GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, Intel Iris Plus GraphicsIntel Iris Plus Graphics1.5 GB26.5

Borderline

13-inch Macbook Air2018MacBook Air1.6 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, Intel UHD Graphics 617Intel UHD Graphics 6171.5 GB16.6

Unplayable

13-inch Macbook Air2017MacBook Air1.8 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, Intel HD Graphics 6000Intel HD Graphics 60001.5 GB14.4

Unplayable

13-inch Macbook Air2015MacBook Air1.6 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, Intel HD Graphics 6000Intel HD Graphics 60001.5 GB13.4

Unplayable

13-inch Macbook Pro2019MacBook Pro2.4 GHz Intel Core i5, 16 GB RAM, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655Intel Iris Graphics 6551.5 GB37.5

Good

13-inch Macbook Pro2019MacBook Pro1.4 GHz Intel Core i5, 16 GB RAM, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645Intel Iris Graphics 6451.5 GB35.5

Good

13-inch Macbook Pro2018MacBook Pro2.3 GHz Intel Core i5, 16 GB RAM, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655Intel Iris Graphics 6551.5 GB36.1

Good

13-inch Macbook Pro2017MacBook Pro3.1 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640Intel Iris Plus Graphics 6501.5 GB36.0

Good

13-inch Macbook Pro2017MacBook Pro2.3 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640Intel Iris Plus Graphics 6401.5 GB31.2

Borderline

13-inch Macbook Pro2017MacBook Pro2.3 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, Radeon RX Vega 64AMD Radeon RX Vega 648 GB85.8

Good

13-inch Macbook Pro2016MacBook Pro2.0 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, Intel Iris Graphics 540Intel Iris Graphics 5401.5 GB30.0

Borderline

13-inch Macbook Pro2016MacBook Pro3.1 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, Intel Iris Graphics 550Intel Iris Graphics 5501.5 GB33.5

Borderline

13-inch Macbook Pro2015MacBook Pro2.7 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, Intel Iris Graphics 6100Intel Iris Graphics 61001.5 GB17.5

Unplayable

13-inch Macbook Pro2014MacBook Pro3 GHz Intel Core i7, 8 GB RAM, Intel IrisIntel Iris1.5 GB16

Unplayable

13-inch Macbook Pro2013MacBook Pro2.4 GHz Intel Core i5, 4 GB RAM, Intel Iris 5100Intel Iris 51001.5 GB9.3

Unplayable

13-inch Macbook Pro2012MacBook Pro2.5 GHz Intel Core i5, 4 GB RAM, Intel HD Graphics 4000Intel HD Graphics 40001.5 GB7.0

Unplayable

13-inch Macbook Pro + eGPU2018MacBook Pro2.3 GHz Intel Core i5, 16 GB RAM, AMD Radeon RX 580AMD Radeon RX 5808 GB71.8

Good

13-inch Macbook Pro + eGPU2018MacBook Pro2.3 GHz Intel Core i5, 16 GB RAM, AMD Radeon RX Vega 56AMD Radeon RX Vega 568 GB85.4

Good

15-inch Macbook Pro2019MacBook Pro2.6 GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, AMD Radeon Pro 555XAMD Radeon Pro 555X4 GB57.4

Good

15-inch Macbook Pro2018MacBook Pro2.6 GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, AMD Radeon Pro 560XAMD Radeon Pro 560X4 GB65.0

Good

15-inch Macbook Pro2018MacBook Pro2.9 GHz Intel Core i9, 32 GB RAM, AMD Radeon Pro Vega 20AMD Radeon Pro Vega 204 GB97.0

Good

15-inch Macbook Pro2018MacBook Pro2.2 GHz Intel 6-Core i7, 16 GB RAM, AMD Radeon Pro 555XAMD Radeon Pro 555X4 GB57.3

Good

15-inch Macbook Pro2017MacBook Pro2.8 GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, AMD Radeon Pro 555AMD Radeon Pro 5552 GB51.8

Good

15-inch Macbook Pro2017MacBook Pro3.1 GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, AMD Radeon Pro 560AMD Radeon Pro 5604 GB58.5

Good

15-inch Macbook Pro2016MacBook Pro2.6 GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, AMD Radeon Pro 450AMD Radeon Pro 4502 GB46.2

Good

15-inch Macbook Pro2015MacBook Pro2.8 GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, Intel Iris Pro 5200AMD Radeon R9 M370X2 GB37.6

Good

15-inch Macbook Pro2015MacBook Pro2.5 GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, Intel Iris Pro 5200Intel Iris Pro 52001.5 GB17.5

Unplayable

15-inch Macbook Pro2014MacBook Pro2.5 GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GT 750MNVIDIA GeForce GT 750M2 GB36.2

Good

15-inch Macbook Pro2013MacBook Pro2 GHz Intel Core i7, 8 GB RAM, Intel Iris Pro 5200Intel Iris Pro 52001.5 GB15.2

Unplayable

15-inch Macbook Pro2013MacBook Pro2.8 GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GT 650MNVIDIA GeForce GT 650M1 GB35.6

Good

15-inch Macbook Pro2012MacBook Pro2.7 GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GT 650MNVIDIA GeForce GT 650M1 GB32.4

Borderline

15-inch Macbook Pro2011MacBook Pro2.5 GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, AMD Radeon HD 6770MAMD Radeon HD 6770M1 GB21

Borderline

15-inch Macbook Pro2010MacBook Pro2.66 GHz Intel Core i7, 8 GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GT 330MNVIDIA GeForce GT 330M0.5 GB8.6

Unplayable

16-inch Macbook Pro2019MacBook Pro2.4 GHz Intel Core i9, 64 GB RAM, AMD Radeon Pro 5500MAMD Radeon Pro 5500M8 GB113.0

Good

16-inch Macbook Pro2019MacBook Pro2.4 GHz Intel Core i9, 32 GB RAM, AMD Radeon Pro 5500MAMD Radeon Pro 5500M8 GB113.7

Good

16-inch Macbook Pro2019MacBook Pro2.3 GHz Intel Core i9, 16 GB RAM, AMD Radeon Pro 5500MAMD Radeon Pro 5500M8 GB112.9

Good

17-inch Macbook Pro2010MacBook Pro2.53 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GT 330MNVIDIA GeForce GT 330M0.5 GB8.7

Unplayable

21.5-inch iMac2019iMac3 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, AMD Radeon Pro 560XAMD Radeon Pro 560X4 GB65.6

Good

21.5-inch iMac2017iMac3.2 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, AMD Radeon Pro 560AMD Radeon Pro 5604 GB60.4

Good

21.5-inch iMac2017iMac3 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, AMD Radeon Pro 555AMD Radeon Pro 5552 GB49.4

Good

21.5-inch iMac2013iMac2.7 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, Intel Iris Pro 5200Intel Iris Pro 52001.5 GB17.2

Unplayable

21.5-inch iMac2013iMac2.9 GHz Intel Core i5, 16 GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GT 750MNVIDIA GeForce GT 750M1 GB38.0

Good

21.5-inch iMac2011iMac2.5 GHz Intel Core i5, 12 GB RAM, AMD Radeon HD 6750MAMD Radeon HD 6750M0.5 GB12.1

Unplayable

21.5-inch iMac2011iMac2.7 GHz Intel Core i5, 24 GB RAM, AMD Radeon HD 6770MAMD Radeon HD 6770M0.5 GB24.0

Borderline

21.5-inch iMac + eGPU2017iMac3.6 GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, AMD Radeon RX 580AMD Radeon Pro 5808 GB85.5

Good

24-inch iMac2008iMac3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 8800NVIDIA GeForce 88000.5 GB13.2

Unplayable

27-inch iMac2019iMac3 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, AMD Radeon Pro 570XAMD Radeon Pro 570X4 GB105.0

Good

27-inch iMac2019iMac3.6 GHz Intel Core i9, 72 GB RAM, AMD Radeon Pro 580XAMD Radeon Pro 580X8 GB109.5

Good

27-inch iMac2017iMac3.8 GHz Intel Core i5, 40 GB RAM, AMD Radeon Pro 580AMD Radeon Pro 5808 GB95.4

Good

27-inch iMac2017iMac3.4 GHz Intel Core i5, 24 GB RAM, AMD Radeon Pro 570AMD Radeon Pro 5704 GB96.4

Good

27-inch iMac2015iMac3.3 GHz Intel Core i5, 24 GB RAM, AMD Radeon R9 M395AMD Radeon R9 M3952 GB82.9

Good

27-inch iMac2015iMac4 GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, AMD Radeon R9 M395XAMD Radeon R9 M395X4 GB89.5

Good

27-inch iMac2014iMac4 GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, AMD Radeon R9 M295XAMD Radeon R9 M295X4 GB86.1

Good

27-inch iMac2014iMac3.5 GHz Intel Core i5, 16 GB RAM, AMD Radeon R9 M290XAMD Radeon R9 M290X2 GB80.5

Good

27-inch iMac2013iMac3.4 GHz Intel Core i5, 16 GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 775MNVIDIA GeForce GTX 775M2 GB79.2

Good

27-inch iMac2013iMac3.2 GHz Intel Core i5, 32 GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 755MNVIDIA GeForce GTX 755M1 GB45.7

Good

27-inch iMac2012iMac3.4 GHz Intel Core i7, 24 GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MXNVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX2 GB65.2

Good

27-inch iMac2011iMac3.4 GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, AMD Radeon HD 6970MAMD Radeon HD 6970M2 GB47.8

Good

27-inch iMac Pro2017iMac3.2 GHz Intel Xeon W, 22 GB RAM, AMD Radeon Pro Vega 56AMD Radeon Pro Vega 568 GB85.9

Good

Mac Mini2018Mac Mini3 GHz Intel Core i5, 16 GB RAM, Intel UHD Graphics 630Intel UHD Graphics 6301.5 GB25.0

Borderline

Mac Mini2012Mac Mini2.8 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, Intel Iris 5100Intel Iris 51001.5 GB11.4

Unplayable

Mac Mini2012Mac Mini2.5 GHz Intel Core i5, 16 GB RAM, Intel HD Graphics 4000Intel HD Graphics 40001.5 GB7.0

Unplayable

Mac Mini2011Mac Mini2.5 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, AMD Radeon HD 6630MAMD Radeon HD 6630M0.25 GB9.1

Unplayable

Mac Mini + eGPU2018Mac Mini3 GHz Intel Core i5, 16 GB RAM, AMD Radeon RX 580AMD Radeon RX 5804 GB89.1

Playable

Mac Mini + eGPU2018Mac Mini3 GHz Intel Core i5, 16 GB RAM, AMD Radeon RX 570 (8 GB)AMD Radeon RX 5708 GB83.5

Playable

Mac Pro2013Mac Pro3.5 GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon E5, 16 GB RAM, AMD FirePro D700 (6 GB)AMD FirePro D7006 GB74.7

Playable

Mac Pro2010Mac Pro2 x 3.46 GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon, 48 GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (8 GB)NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10808 GB55.9

Playable

Mac Pro2009Mac Pro2 x 3.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon, 64 GB RAM, AMD Radeon HD 7970 (3 GB)AMD Radeon HD 79703 GB52.5

Playable

Mac Pro2009Mac Pro2 x 3.5 GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon, 48 GB RAM, AMD Radeon RX 580 (8 GB)AMD Radeon RX 5808 GB62.1

Playable

Mac Pro2009Mac Pro2 x 2.26 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon, 34 GB RAM, AMD Radeon HD 4870 (0.5 GB)AMD Radeon HD 48700.5 GB51.1

Playable

Now let’s take a closer look at the top stores out there:

Humble Indie Bundle game downloads for mac

The Humble Bundle

The Humble Indie Bundles happen every few months and are deals you cannot miss. Why? The Humble Store takes a handful of indie games and

The Humble Indie Bundles happen every few months and are deals you cannot miss. Why? The Humble Store takes a handful of indie games and asks you to simply pay what you want for them. You heard that right. The only catch is that some of the games can only be unlocked if you pay more than the average price paid so far. That usually means paying around $6 for at six to eight games, and as part of the price goes to a charity of your choice, it isn’t really a catch. Another great thing about the Humble Indie Bundles is that they mostly include  cross-platform games.

Pro tip: When you buy a game on Humble Bundle, it works on both macOS and Windows, in case you’re also looking to play Windows games on your Mac.

Another great thing about the Humble Indie Bundles is that they mostly include cross-platform games (Windows, Mac, and Linux) and in many cases, they surprised us with brand-new Mac ports no one expected (like Fez, Mark of the Ninja or Outlast).The Humble Store offers many more bundles, but often they lack Mac versions. The Humble Indie Bundle is the only one you should keep an eye out for.

The Humble Store offers many more bundles, but often they only include Windows versions. The Humble Indie Bundle is the only one you should keep an eye out for.

Strength: They offer the cheapest deals you could ever get.Weakness: The Humble Indie Bundles only happen every so often.

Weakness: The Humble Indie Bundles only happen every so often.

 

Mac App Store mac games downloads

Mac App Store

Apple’s Mac App Store (MAS) is my number one recommendation to find and buy Mac games. Why? Because it’s already installed on your machine. And also because it’s the easiest and fastest way to buy games.

Sure, you can easily buy stuff from other stores, but the MAS will also automatically download, install, and update your games.

Mac App Store features

This may not sound like much, but once a reader told me she didn’t play games on her Mac because Steam was too difficult to use. This is why the MAS’s ease of use is so important. More experienced gamers may prefer some of the other stores listed below, but if you want simplicity, the MAS is the way to go.

And to top it all off, it features great deals, a few free downloads for Mac, and best-sellers such as BioShock Infinite or Company of Heroes 2.

Strength: The fastest and easiest way to buy and download games on MacOS.

Weakness: Lacks basic Multiplayer features compared to stores such as Steam.

 

Steam free mac games downloads

Steam

Steam is the most popular digital store among serious gamers and the last time I checked, it had over 4,000 Mac games.

Steam will force you to use their client to buy and download games. The MacOS version is kind of buggy and ugly, but in their defense, it offers killer features such as chat, friends lists, a forum, and tons of multiplayer features.

Steam is also known for their outrageous sales, making people compulsively buy more that they could ever play. Their Winter and Summer sales offer discounts up to 80% off! But their best feature, called Steam-Play, lets you buy a game once and get both Windows and Mac versions. This is obviously only possible for games that support both versions, and in some weird cases, different versions are sold separately (I’m looking at you Call of Duty Black Ops).

Steam features

Still, Steam-Play is a great feature and sometimes it supports cross-platform multiplayer between Mac, Windows and sometimes even with Linux. This can be a lifesaver, as Mac only multiplayer can get lonely, but having access to the millions of Windows players is a game-changer. If you’re really into Multiplayer, Steam is the way the go.

Finally, Steam includes some of the best free games out there, such as Team Fortress 2 or Dota 2.

Strength: Their Steam-Play features.

Weakness: You’re forced to use their client.

 

Gog download mac games

GOG.com

GOG.com is the store I try to use more and more. Why? Because they work hard to offer DRM-free games exclusively. And that alone deserves some of my cash. What is DRM?

What is DRM? In short, Digital Rights Management refers to tools created to prevent people from pirating games. I have nothing against fighting piracy, but sometimes DRM can become so obtrusive, it end ups hurting the experience of those who did pay for the game.

To you, DRM-free means you can buy your game and do whatever you want with it. No anti-piracy measures, no restrictions, no hassle.

Previously called Good Old Games, GOG specializes in old-school games, creating digital updated versions to bring them back to life. Thanks to GOG we can once more enjoy Planetscape: Torment or Theme Hospital. GOG is still the best at that and now they offer modern indie games too.

gog-features

GOG’s gamer-focus doesn’t stop with their DRM-free catalog. They also have high-quality standards, a good support team, and a great community. They also give you all available versions of a game at no extra charge. If you buy a game that is available on Mac, Windows, and Linux, you’ll automatically get them all. Finally, their Galaxy client is great and offers online Multiplayer, achievements, chat and more.

Strength: An entirely DRM-free game catalog.

Weakness: Their catalog is quite small, but that makes sense as they only offer indies and old-school games.

 

MacGameStore download games for Mac

Mac Game Store

Not to be confused with Apple’s Mac App Store, MacGameStore is a third-party store that focuses exclusively on Mac games.

The MacGameStore has been around since 2005 and their experience shows. You can buy games directly from their website or you can use their very useful app. Both methods are good, but their app offers a compatibility checker (comparing your machine’s specs against games’ system requirements) and automatic updates. No more buying games just to later find out that your machine can’t play them!

The app is a plus, but what I like the most about the MacGameStore is their huge catalog. They have a few games you can’t find everywhere, such as The Elder Scrolls Online. And in some cases, they even offer Steam keys, which let you download the game on Steam and get the benefits all of the Steam platform.

Last but not least, the MacGameStore has a unique Rewards Program that earns you points when purchasing games, referring friends, writing reviews and more. All those points can be redeemed for virtual cash that you can use to buy more games. A pretty good incentive to stick with them.

If you’re looking exclusively for games to download for Mac, this is the place to be.

Strength: A handy app including a compatibility checker. A huge collection of games.

Weakness: Not as easy to use as Apple’s Mac App Store.

The choice is yours

Yes, there are many more stores out there. There’s EA’s Origin, Feral’s own store, Amazon, GameTreeMac and even GamersGate (which I used to link to a lot before). They aren’t necessarily bad and if you really love Amazon, go for it. iMore goes into a few of those in detail here.

But trust me, your money will be better spent in any of the 6 stores listed here. In the end, it really is a matter of choice.

I can’t tell you which one is the best because they are all good. Every store listed here has strengths (and weaknesses) and the best one for you will depend on your own priorities.

Do you want simplicity? Go to the Mac App Store. Do you want choice? Go for the Humble Bundle. What about multiplayer? Then Steam is your best bets.

So what is your favorite store? Did I forget to mention any other specific features we all should be aware of? Let me know in the comments section.

Disclaimer: Some of the links above are affiliate links, which means that if you choose to make a purchase, I will earn a commission (this is how we pay the bills). This commission comes at no additional cost to you

Please understand that I only mention games because I believe they’re interesting, good, and/or fun. Never because I received a free copy or to earn a small commission.

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  1. Camilo López Cristoffanini

    MacGameStore way better than Steam!!!

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