March is usually when spring cleaning starts. But if you’re anything like us, the excellent Mac games released last month probably kept you too busy ridding Europe of Nazis, colonizing Mars or organizing train routes for maximum profit to get any actual work done.

March brought plenty of new gaming distractions available for your Mac. A highly-anticipated sci-fi strategy game was released, while one of the greatest sims of all time received a major expansion. A new baseball season opened, Crossy Road took to the skies, a classic D&D RPG was enhanced, and plenty more.

Check out the release list below and prepare to sacrifice your springtime to some excellent MacOS games.

You can of course always keep up with the latest releases by checking in on our Mac Games Release calendar.

The 10 most exciting MacOS games of March 2018

Surviving Mars Mac

Surviving Mars

City-building strategy – Released March 15, 2018

Getting to Mars is no longer the problem, it’s surviving it once you get there. Arguably the most anticipated game of the month, Surviving Mars is a new city builder set on the planet that has most fascinated sci-fi fans from the moment sci-fi was created.

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

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

Download on Humble Bundle


Northgard Mac


Real-time strategy – Released March 7, 2018

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

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

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

Download on Humble Bundle


Guns Gore and Cannoli 2 Mac

Guns, Gore and Cannoli 2

Action Adventure – Released March 2, 2018

I’m not sure what’s more surprising—the fact that there’s a game called Guns, Gore and Cannoli or the fact that there’s a sequel. Or that it’s set in Europe during World War II. What’s not surprising is that Guns, Gore and Cannoli 2 is filled with violence and mayhem, but it’s all handled in a very goofy, arcade-action kind of way.

Taking place 15 years after the events of Guns, Gore and Cannoli, our hero Vinnie finds himself on the battlefields of World War II in an event to tie up some loose ends. He doesn’t have to go it alone, however, as the campaign mode can be played alone or with the help of up to three friends.

Guns, Gore and Cannoli 2 contains the same action-filled and humorous story elements of its predecessor, but Vinnie’s movements and attacks have been given a heavy upgrade. He’s much more mobile now, and the variety of weapons at his disposal is vast. Getting through it all won’t take a very long time, but you’ll have plenty of fun along the way.

Download on Steam


Chuchel Mac


Adventure – Released March 7, 2018

If you were to ask me to join a hairy hero in a quest to retrieve a precious cherry, I’d tell you-you’re exactly the type of person my mother warned me about. Still, that’s exactly what Amanita Design, the team behind Machinarium, is asking with their casual adventure game CHUCHEL.

This is a short game (it can be completed in a matter of hours), but the developers have packed an awful lot of clever, whimsical puzzles into the time you get with it. The puzzles are clever and the animations/characters are funny, accented by colorful graphics and music by IGF Award-winning band DVA.

If some of the stages seem familiar as you progress it’s because Amanita Design based a few on classic video games of years past.

CHUCHEL can be solved with clever deduction or, for the younger crowd, trial and error. Either way, it’s a silly, lively experience that you won’t soon forget.

Download on Humble Bundle


Shooty Skies Mac

Shooty Skies

Action – Released March 6, 2018

Remember when Apple was using Crossy Road to show off Apple TV gaming? For that matter, remember when Apple seemed to care about the Apple TV? Neither do we. That hasn’t stopped the creators of Crossy Road from moving forward, however, so we now have Shooty Skies for the Mac.

Gameplay in this “endless flyer” is as simple as you’d expect: dodge bullets, shoot enemies, defeat bosses. There are many types of enemies to face and many characters you can unlock, and it’s all free…to a point. Shooty Skies is, more or less, a SHMUP with microtransactions. You can have quite a bit of fun without paying a dime, but items such as gun upgrades require in-app-purchases, and the purchases aren’t permanent.

Still, if you go in with that knowledge, Shooty Skies is a very fun game that can be just as addictive as Crossy Road, if not more so.

Download on Steam


Neverwinter Nights Enhanced Edition Mac

Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition

RPG – Released March 27, 2018

Here’s an update I’m personally very glad to see. This fantastic 2003 RPG from Bioware and MacSoft has been upgraded by Beamdog for play on your modern Mac, and you really need to take advantage of the opportunity if you’re a fan of D&D style role-playing.

Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition contains all of the content from the Neverwinter Nights Diamond edition, including the Kingmaker expansion which was never released for the Mac. Combine this with numerous enhancements and you’ve got 100+ hours of content that will feel as fresh as it did 15 years ago.

The game’s original developers have teamed with the Neverwinter Nights community to build in fan-requested gameplay and UI improvements, and the graphics now include advanced features such as pixel shaders and support for 4k displays. The Aurora toolset that allows players to build their own scenarios is sadly for Windows only, but no matter…let them do all the work while you have all the fun. And believe me; Neverwinter Nights is fun.

Download on Steam


Out of the Park Baseball 19 Mac

Out of the Park Baseball 19

Sports simulation – Released March 22, 2018

Each year, opening day of Major League Baseball brings with it two very important things: John Fogerty’s “Centerfield” gets heavy airplay on classic rock radio, and Out of the Park Developments releases a new version of Out of the Park Baseball.

This long-running sports sim series isn’t for the type of fan who just enjoys having a hot dog and beer at the ballpark. Out of the Park Baseball 19 is for those who love digging deep into the game’s stats and history. You’ll serve as the GM and/or manager, working through your favorite teams 2018 roster or putting together a dream team of players throughout nearly 150 years of baseball history, including athletes from MLB, the minors, and international leagues such as Japan, Taiwan, and Cuba.

Out of the Park Baseball 19 has been updated with improved 3D graphics, a redesigned interface that makes it easier to find and utilize the stats you need, a new scouting method, over 800 fictional team logos, enhanced tournaments, an improved team morale/chemistry system, and plenty more. There is a lot to keep track of here, but that’s part of the fun with baseball, right?

Download on Humble Bundle


Train Valley 2 Mac

Train Valley 2

Casual indie strategy – Released March 29, 2018

Train sims have been a part of Mac gaming since the beginning, and there’s a very good reason for their continued popularity; they’re fun. Building your own rail system and watching it work can be as entertaining as setting up an HO scale layout in your basement, and that’s what publisher Flazm provides with Train Valley 2.

Unlike other popular train sims that involve investments and finances management, Train Valley 2 takes a more casual approach to the railyard setup. There’s still micromanagement and tycoon elements, of course, but the proceedings are more puzzle oriented and not nearly as cutthroat. Build your lines and keep your trains running across 50 levels in Company Mode (although only 20 are currently available in early access), and you can even create your own levels with Steam Workshop integration.

The low-poly graphics have a great deal of charm, and so does the $10 asking price. Head on down to the station and check this one out. Supply is not going to meet demand on its own, after all.

Download on Steam


Ash of Gods Redemption Mac

Ash of Gods: Redemption

Turn-based RPG – Released March 23, 2018

If you like your games to be a little darker than a casual train sim, you may want to take a look at Ask of Gods: Redemption. This turn-based RPG from AurumDust, which raised close to $100,000 on Kickstarter, combines traditional turn-based RPG combat with CCG tactics, as cards you unlock and accumulate throughout can be used to launch powerful attacks.

That’s not the most unique element of the game, however. Rather, it’s that main characters can die, and their deaths then get woven into the story. Live or die, your decisions throughout the game will impact the story, as well. This adds plenty of replay value, but could also set you up for very difficult conclusions.

Gameplay and presentation will be quite familiar to fans of Banner Saga, but there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. Ash of Gods: Redemption has its own identity, and its rogue-like storytelling and turn-based combat create a universe that RPG fans can explore multiple times.

Download on Humble Bundle


Civilization 6 Rise and Fall Mac

Civilization 6: Rise and Fall

Turn-based strategy – Released March 23, 2018

There’s nothing I can say here about Civ 6 that you don’t already know. Sid Meier’s Civilization franchise is simultaneously legendary and running strong, and its fanbase is amongst the most dedicated in all of gaming.

If you’re amongst them, you’ve likely already downloaded it and are playing the Civ 6: Rise and Fall expansion as we speak. If not, there are plenty of new features that can heavily alter your civilization-building strategies. For instance, you’ll now want to inspire loyalty amongst your citizens to prevent revolt and in neighboring territories to help expansion. You can recruit powerful characters and appoint them as governors to utilize their special bonuses in city customization. Civilizations can form pacts against threats, earning reward or penalties when the threat is over, depending upon how it ended.

Then, of course, there’s all the new global content: eight new world wonders, seven natural wonders, four new units, two new districts, and plenty more.

The great thing about Civ 6 is that Firaxis and Aspyr are as dedicated to the game’s fans as the fans are to the game. If you haven’t yet joined this incredible gaming community, grab Civ 6 now and see what all the talk’s about. If you have, enjoy the Rise and Fall.

Download on Humble Bundle

Wrapping Up

Whether you’re looking for something new, an enhancement of games from your past or an expansion to a current favorite, March gave you plenty of quality games to consider. A couple of these games can be completed in a weekend, while others will carry you well into the summer.

You can also check out Top Mac games of February 2018 selection.

Let us know which ones you’ll be playing this month and which ones we missed. Personally, I now find my interest piqued by Azure Saga: Pathfinder.

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