February may be a short month, but it wasn’t short on great new Mac games.

Whether you’re a fan of puzzle adventures, rogue-like dungeon crawlers, sci-fi mysteries or extreme sports, there was something for you. Plenty to keep both solo and multiplayer fans happy, too.

You can of course always keep up with the latest releases by checking in on our New Mac Games Release calendar, but if you’d like a little more guidance, take a look at our list of the Top 10 Mac games of February 2018 (with a little bit of cheating).

The 10 most exciting MacOS games of February 2018

Rust Mac

Rust

MMO Action RPG – Released February 8, 2018

Get your ID ready to prove your age, then head into the world of Rust, a massively-multiplayer action RPG in which people should work together in order to survive, but largely just end up killing each other. You know how gaming communities are.

The basic point of Rust is just to do whatever it takes to survive its apocalyptic world. You start with practically nothing and must scavenge for the necessities of survival: food, shelter, fire, and (of course) weapons. There you go…just keep living.

This being an MMO, there are many other players attempting to do the same thing, and you’re getting in their way. Yes, you can create alliances to help you along, but those break down and you’re all alone again, likely about to die. Of course, that’s just part of the fun, and eventually, you get to drive an army tank.

Download on Humble Bundle

 

Vagante Mac release

Vagante

Rogue-like platformer RPG – Released February 22, 2018

Do you like your games dark? Both literally and thematically? Then Vagante may be for you. This indie platformer carries the difficulty of rogue-like gaming, but at least you don’t have to go at it alone. You can fight your way through the procedurally generated levels by yourself or with the help of three other players via local or online co-op.

The game is set in a dark fantasy world of monsters, demons and crooks…and a cave. That cave is rumored to contain “unfathomable treasure,” but we can’t know for sure because no one has ever returned from its depths. RPG-like character customizations will help you get stronger and explore further to obtain magic items and enchantments that help you through the “challenging but rewarding experience.”

Stick with it. Initial frustration is quickly offset by a sense of accomplishment when your character is tough enough (and you become smart enough) to get past early obstacles. That’s what rogue-likes are all about.

Download on Steam

 

We were Here Too Mac

We Were Here Too

First-person cooperative Puzzle Adventure – Released February 2, 2018

Here’s a game that requires you play with others, and communicate with them (make sure you’ve got a mic setup). This standalone entry in the We Were Here series plays out like a somewhat twisted version of one of those escape rooms you may have solved on your last team-building exercise at work.

In We Were Here, Too, you and a friend find yourselves trapped in different areas of an ancient castle. With only a walkie-talkie available to you each, you must communicate to help each other solve puzzles that allow you to progress and find your way out. For example, one of you is trapped in a maze while the other has a map and can provide directions on how to get through.

The game can be solved in just a few hours, but there is some replayability as you swap roles or play with new partners. You may be forced to replay it, anyway, depending on your actions throughout. Good luck!

Download on Steam

 

Delver Mac

Delver

Action adventure RPG – Released February 1, 2018

Enough with the multiplayer, right? Sometimes we prefer to tackle our rogue-like adventures alone, and that’s where the shifting dungeons of Delver come into play. This first-person action dungeon crawler sees you searching for the Yithidian orb, but there’s plenty more to loot along the way.

Now, many games tell you they’re easy to pick up and difficult to master, but you have to take that seriously when the game has permadeath. Die, and it’s back to the beginning of the dungeon. There’s no level grinding to help you advance, and you’ll get no assistance from friends. Just you, the difficulty, the frustration, and the ultimate reward.

With random dungeons, you can play this one for a long time. And with the modest system requirements, you can play it on older Macs. The pixel graphics may give it a nostalgic feel, but I guarantee you your old games didn’t play this smoothly.

Download on Steam

 

Celeste Mac

Celeste

Arcade platformer – Released January 25, 2018

This 2D platformer was actually released in January, but it’s being so well received that we want to make sure you didn’t miss it.

Celeste centers around a young girl named Madeline and her adventure to the top of Celeste Mountain. She’ll meet many personable characters in her travels, and will learn more about herself along the way.

She’ll also have a very difficult time of it. Celeste presents quite the challenge, much like the old-school 2D platformers on which it’s based. There are 700+ screens to beat and secrets to unlock, and dying is just part of the process. You’ll respawn right away, so no backtracking is necessary. Jump, dash, climb, die, jump, dash, climb, advance. See if you don’t get hooked.

Download on Steam

 

Subnautica Mac

Subnautica

First-person survival – Released January 23, 2018

How about something with a little more depth (see what I did there)? Also a carry-over from January, Subnautica finds you exploring the underwater world of an alien planet. Why? Because you crashed there, and now you need to gather resources to survive.

The setup is really cool. Initially, you’ll only be able to explore the immediate area around your life pod. But as you gather resources and develop equipment you’ll be able to venture out into deeper and more dangerous (and stunning) locales for rarer items.

Even better, deeper exploration also builds the lore of the game, providing a narrative incentive that’s often lost in survival titles such as this. It’s a survival game that’s more about science and less about twitch, and it’s quite engrossing.

Download on Humble Bundle

 

Descenders Mac

Descenders

Action/Racing – Released February 9, 2018

Available in early access, Descenders offers a completely different experience from our other selections this month. No dungeons, no one trying to kill you, no puzzles to solve—just you, your bike, and some very big hills.

The procedurally generated worlds offer up a different path every time you play, and it’ll take quite a few trips down the mountain to master the speed and controls. Thankfully, there are some easier courses to get you prepared, and the community is praised for its friendliness and support.

With plenty of tricks to pull and paths to race, Descenders does get the adrenaline flowing. I just hope you’re cool with the soundtrack because there’s no variation there.

Download the Early Access version on Steam

 

Tactical Monsters Rumble Arena Mac

Tactical Monsters Rumble Arena

Turn-based strategy RPG – Released February 14, 2018

Because sometimes you’re playing games on your iPhone and think, “This is cool and all, but I sure wish it was bigger.”

Tactical Monsters Rumble Arena serves up colorful, hex-grid combat in 3- to 5-minute turn-based doses, exactly like its mobile version. The combatants are monsters and myths you’ve heard of before, as well as some new ones thrown in.

Perhaps the game’s biggest asset is the number of gameplay option: survival mode, never-ending boss mode, 1 on 1 virtual battles, clan-based raid/defense, PVP, etc. Thankfully, there’s a single-player adventure mode to help you sharpen your skills, as well as the training grounds. Join the battle on your Mac and save your iPhone battery for lesser things.

Download for FREE on Steam

 

Farm Together Mac

Farm Together

Sim – Released February 22, 2018

It’s like a virtual community garden…in early access. Start with a small plot of land and watch it grow so large that a tornado could hit the western land and you’d never even know.

You’ll grow crops, raise animals, and construct and maintain buildings, unlocking new items as you advance. But you don’t have to do it alone; multiplayer farms can be set up for anyone to join, or just your friends.

And whether you’re farming by yourself or with neighbors, the game advances even when you’re not playing. Check back in and there are sure to be some chores to attend to. I’d say the game allows you to live the simple life, but you and I both know there’s nothing simple about farming.

The breakfasts are good, though.

Download on Steam

 

The Station Mac

The Station

First-person mystery – Released February 20, 2018

Let’s end things with a little intrigue, shall we? The crew of a surveillance space station has gone missing while studying a sentient alien civilization locked in a civil war, and it’s up to you find out what happened to them. Of course, that’s not the only mystery. With a name like The Station, you just know there’ll be trouble before you even get off the spaceship.

The bulk of the story is told not through narration, but through the ship itself, with each room contributing a piece to the puzzle. Pay close attention and keep your wits about you as you explore the atmospheric setting, and bring some headphones to take advantage of the effective ambiance.

The Station is short for the price (you can finish it in around 3 hours), but consider this a sci-fi movie with you as the protagonist and it seems more than fair.

Download on Steam

Wrapping Up

That’ll do it for February. Whereas you can finish off The Station and We Were Here, Too over the course of a weekend, games such as the casual Farm Together and the hardcore Rust can carry you well into 2018.

Also, don’t miss future round-ups, such as this Top 10 Mac games of March 2018 round up.

Comment below to tell us what you think of the list and, more importantly, to let us know if we missed anything particularly good.

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