It is widely perceived that gaming isn’t the Mac’s strongest point, but given its powerful hardware and powerful high definition displays, it would be nonsensical if you won’t put video games into its arsenal. And yes, the best games for Mac are highly comparable to that of other consoles.
With that said, even if it was largely overshadowed by gaming consoles and Windows platforms, the Mac has had a decent lineup of games this year, catering to the casual gamers who play to kill time and hardcore ones who dedicate most of their free time doing the hobby they love.
Regardless, of the denomination you belong, you have a ton of titles to choose from and most will definitely satiate your gaming appetite. Thing is, if you’re a gamer, you’ll find it hard to pick out must-play ones among the dozens of options. Fortunately, we’ve done the brainstorming for you – all you have to do is download and try them out!
Here’s Ultimate Mac’s list of the best and must-try Macintosh games released in 2015:
Developer: Double Fine
Genre: Puzzle & Adventure
Minimum System Requirements: OS X Mavericks 10.9x, 4 GB RAM, 6 GB available space
If the title sounds familiar, you’ve likely heard of it before: the Grim Fandango game available on the Mac App Store is the remastered version of the 1998 game released for Windows. This isn’t just any game: it was critically acclaimed and won several game of the year awards from notable publishers and institutions like GameSpot and PC Gamer.
You will be following the story of Manny Calavera, a travel agent to the dead. Given that it’s a remastered version, it features better graphics compared to its 1998 counterpart, along with new effects and improved textures. It’s definitely one of the best games for Mac you can download today.
Developer: Dennaton Games/Devolver Digital
Genre: Action, Arcade, Fighting
Minimum System Requirements: Mac OS X 10.7, 1 GB RAM, 600 MB available space
WARNING: this game contains extreme violence and gore. You have been warned.
With that aside, Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number is a sequel to the first installment. Don’t let the 8-bit graphics fool you: it is highly rated by publishers and gamers alike, due to its intense story, fascinating dialogue, amazing soundtrack, and awesome gameplay.
You will take the role of an antihero who is on a bloodthirsty rampage against the criminal underworld.
Minimum System Requirements: Mac OS X 10.9.4, 4 GB RAM, 35 GB available space
Attila is the leader of the Huns, a group of people in the Dark Ages that contributed largely to the fall of the great Roman Empire. Coming from the East, they swept through Europe with steel and trampling hooves, spreading famine and despair everywhere they went…and you can follow their story by playing this video game.
Arguably, the Total War series are among the best real-time strategy games out there, with in-depth gameplay and realistic simulated battles guaranteed to mess up your reflexes and make you think twice before stationing your troops or commanding them to attack. You can play as the Roman Empire, hell-bent on surviving the political infighting and its external enemies or the Huns, a civilization raring to carve out an empire for themselves through conquest.
This is one of the heaviest games in the list, but it’s totally worth it.
Publisher/Developer: Acid Nerve/Devolver Digital
Genre: Action, Fantasy
Minimum System Requirements: Mac OS X 10.9, 4 GB RAM, 400 MB available space
The basic premise of this game is you being a small adventurer, armed with a bow and a single arrow. You take the cloak of the adventurer who is in a quest to assemble the Titan Soul, a mystical shard granting truth and power. You will fight off colossal titans, who are capable of earth-shattering attacks but are vulnerable due to certain weaknesses.
It does not have the best graphics but the gameplay makes it worth the price tag. It’s also available in other consoles.
Minimum System Requirements: OS X 10.7.5, 4 GB RAM, 11 GB free space
Arguably one of the best games for Mac – and definitely the most familiar one in the list – this game lets you live the life you never had through a computer screen. Develop a personality, build a house, pursue your dream job, and interact with other sims.
Publisher/Developer: Runic Games Inc
Minimum System Requirements: OS X 10.8, 2 GB RAM, 1.7 GB free space
If you’re looking for a game that is somewhat similar to Diablo III, then Torchlight II should definitely be part of your backlog and priority list. Basically, it’s like an open world game (like Diablo) wherein you will get to do battle against bloodthirsty creatures and get to look for hidden treasures throughout the game world.
Publisher/Developer: MP Digital LLC
Minimum System Requirements: OS X 10.6, 3 GB RAM, 2 GB free space
If you’re a fan of real-time strategy games involving characters of different classes, then Satellite Reign is definitely a must-have. Released last November, this game is set in a dystopian cyberpunk city wherein you control four agents to battle greedy corporations and climb the corporate ladder.
Publisher/Developer: MP Digital LLC
Genre: Strategy, Action, RPG, Simulation
Minimum System Requirements: OS X 10.6.6, 2 GB RAM, 3 GB free space
If you’re a fan of military-themed games and tactical strategy, Breach & Clear is a must-play. Though it’s not a first-person shooter, it’s more in-depth strategic-wise, considering that you can create a special forces squad of your own, from the US Army Rangers to the UK’s SAS. Plan missions and take on global terrorism and crime, bullet by bullet. It’s a must-have game for strategy junkies and arguably one of the best games for Mac released this year.
Publisher/Developer: Focus Home Interactive, GIANTS Software
Minimum System Requirements: OS X 10.7, 2 GB RAM, 3 GB free space
Let’s say you’re from the countryside and you’ve had fond memories of strolling around Uncle Bill’s farm, chasing chickens and picking carrots straight from the ground.
Relive the nostalgia by downloading and playing Farming Simulator 15, the best (and probably the only) farming simulation game on the Mac. The game allows you to explore a graphically-advanced open world, with details and gameplay that is pretty close to managing your own farm.
And no, it’s not like Farmville – manage your own farm by doing all the woodcutting, animal husbandry, planting, plowing, and harvesting tasks yourself. You can also access 140 vehicles and farming tools, created by the best real-life brands and manufacturers.
Publisher/Developer: 2k Games, Take-Two Interactive Software
Minimum System Requirements: OS X 10.9.5, 4 GB RAM, 10 GB free space
Sid Meier is known for designing awesome strategy games and this time, he fulfilled expectations with Starships, an adventure driven strategy game wherein you take control of intergalactic fleets and do battle with hostile factions like Space Pirates.
This game offers a sci-fi strategy experience like no other. And considering that it’s a Sid Meier game, you won’t have any regrets purchasing this game.
Overall, the above mentioned games make it clear that the Mac can be a formidable player in the gaming console wars. We can only look forward to what games will be released in the platform in the next few years.
Do you have any games you want to recommend? Please tell us in the comments!