The best Mac games

Here’s a recent rundown of Mac gaming’s latest and greatest hits.

In the spirit of last week’s WWDC, I invite you to enjoy my collection of the finest Mac games to come out over the course of the past year or so. Whether you like sims, RPGs, tactics, or space epics, the Mac gaming community has it all.

1. The Sims 4

The Sims 4, the latest iteration in the classic series built on the strength of virtual home decorating and social engineering, received an OS X release last February. Unlike The Sims 3’s bug-laden port for Mac, this port for The Sims 4 proves that even notorious bunglers EA can manage to hit a target every so often. Dig in and enjoy the voyeuristic pleasure of matchmaking and masterminding a perfect clique, house, and lifestyle.

2. Grim Fandango: Remastered

If you played Broken Age on your iPad and want a more difficult challenge in the same vein, try this excellent re-release of a Double Fine favorite. The notoriously tricky puzzles may throw you for a loop, but it’s worth strong-arming your way through them (perhaps with the help of a Googled hint or two) for the sake of the storytelling and atmosphere.

3. Kerbal Space Program

The cuteness of the Kerbals in this game might lead you to assume that they wouldn’t know much about building real rockets, but that’s not the case. These little green folks know rocket science, and their space exploration initiative relies on real-life physics. This accessible and educational game charmed actual NASA scientists enough to inspire them to coordinate with the development team on an update to the game that features engine parts used in real NASA designs.

4. Divinity: Original Sin

This RPG by Larion Studios has rapidly risen to acclaim due to its complexity and difficulty; the campaign includes a two-player cooperative mode that might make it more accessible to folks who haven’t played classics from this genre before. Divinity’s two-player mode allows each player to wander off on their own and explore different pieces of the game’s story simultaneously; if either one gets attacked, a teleporting tool allows them to reunite and face the music together. The game’s disparate quests can feel confounding and disordered, so playing with a friend is recommended.

5. Darkest Dungeon

Darkest Dungeon is a tactical dungeon crawler, but the twist is that your treasure-seeking, monster-fighting adventures will be compounded by realistic ailments like tetanus and guilt. As you lead your party into one dangerous scenario after the next, you’ll have to keep an eye on their stress levels, their physical health, and their various vulnerabilities. Although the game’s handling of mental health issues is a bit ham-fisted, Darkest Dungeon’s unique attempt to humanize its heroes make it a memorable and haunting experience.

6. Massive Chalice

If you love tactical games like XCOM: Enemy Unknown, but you prefer the aesthetic of medieval fantasy and the social engineering charms of Crusader Kings 2, take a long drink from Massive Chalice. The tactics of this game rely on long-term, big picture thinking; the game relies on match-making (and baby-making!), all in the name of raising more soldiers to fight a war that spans several generations.

7. Elite: Dangerous

Elite: Dangerous drills down the day-to-day detail of owning a spaceship, starting with a long learning curve and eventually opening the player up to a world of complex, high-powered spacecraft. The game follows the same repetitive cycles as other job sims, but this time, your job is to captain a ship, undergo missions to the farthest reaches of space, and earn enough credits to buy bigger and better digs. Not too shabby.

8. Crypt of the Necrodancer

Getting past the first few stages in Crypt of the Necrodancer is no easy feat, but the pulsing rhythms of this musical dungeon crawler will wash away any frustrations and lure you into giving it another go. Hop to and fro in time with the beat as you evade monsters and unlock new areas; you can even upload your own songs into the game if you don’t like the in-game soundtrack.

9. Pillars of Eternity

Much like Divinity: Original Sin, Pillars of Eternity is an RPG reminiscent of early ’90s gaming; it has an isometric view, medieval magics, and lots of quests and narrative offshoots. However, Pillars has received more accolades for its narrative and its darker atmosphere; it does not include any multiplayer or cooperative elements, so if you want to go it alone and enjoy a more serious storyline, give Pillars a look.

10. StarCraft II

Admittedly, StarCraft II did not come out in the past year, but its two campaigns (Wings of Liberty and Heart of the Swarm) can now be purchased for the surprisingly low price of $19.99, doubtless due to the upcoming expansion release of StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void. As a Protoss player, that upcoming release will likely turn out to be my favorite of the three, but the previous two titles are no less impressive. Also, Wings of Liberty has revamped its tutorial and single-player modes significantly since it first came out, so if you’re a first-timer to the series, hopping on board may not be as hard as you think.

Your favorites?

Although this list focuses on recent releases, no Mac gaming list would be complete without an honorable mention of The Walking Dead, Minecraft, and Civilization V. Which games have gotten new Mac ports that astounded you? Share your gaming library lists with me.

Source: iMore

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