Best Mac games for a new Mac owner

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by Tbdbuckeyeitl, Oct 17, 2012.

  1. Tbdbuckeyeitl macrumors regular

    Jul 25, 2012
    I just got a 2011 Mbp 2.2 ghz i7. What are some good games on the Mac App Store? What are some good games off the Mac App Store and where do I download them safely? Any type games.
  2. Northwestern macrumors regular

    Sep 13, 2011
    If you are looking for some good (native) ports for the Mac, then Aspyr and Feral Interactive games are the best companies i doing great ports for Mac.

    Aspyr, I played:
    Doom 3
    Quake 4
    Rage Campaign Edition
    Call of Duty Modern Warfare
    Duke Nukem Forever
    Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
    Civilization IV/IV Colonization/V
    Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
    The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition
    NeverWinter Nights 2

    Feral Interactive, I played:
    Rome Total War Gold Edition
    LEGO Indiana Jones 2

    Other games, I can recommend:
    Galaxy On Fire 2 Full HD
    LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean
    The Darkness II
    aerofly FS
    Modern Combat: Domination
    Real Racing 2
    The Book of Unwritten Tales
    Kaptain Brawe: A Brawe New World
    Angry Birds Space
  3. marzer macrumors 65816


    Nov 14, 2009
    Call of Duty 4: modern warfare
    Star Wars: Force Unleashed
    Starcraft 2. You download it direct from Blizzard so no worries for safety, they are the same company that produces world of warcraft.

    Consider joining Steam. Lots of titles and the same piece of mind the app store provides. Its got assassins creed series, black ops, duke nukem forever, splinter cell, portal, lots of titles and genres.
  4. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    The Mac App Store *is* the safest way.
  5. 50548 Guest

    Apr 17, 2005
    Currently in Switzerland
    Here are some:

    Team Fortress 2, Left for Dead 2, all Spiderweb games (excellent old-school RPGs), Counter Strike Global Offensive, FlatOut 2, Call of Duty 4 and Black Ops, Starcraft 2 and the excellent free RPG Battle for Wesnoth.
  6. iMacFarlane macrumors 65816


    Apr 5, 2012
    Adrift in a sea of possibilities
    I'm a huge fan of the HumbleBundle's that come out every few months . . . choose your own price, give to charity, get loads of games that are actually native, and run flawlessly. The current HumbleBundle is for e-books, they've had one for music, but usually it's all about the games. Such as:
    -Sword and Sworcery
    -Amnesia : Dark Descent
    -World of Goo
    -Space Pirates and Zombies

    and many more.

    You can try Steam, but I've lost quite a bit of respect for them as a Mac gaming platform when half of my programs stopped working due to some problem with my WINE installation. If you don't know what WINE is, it's a shell that a Windows program can run in, sitting atop OS X or Linux. It's a hack, it's buggy, it's 'cool' in an experimental sense, but I was very dissapointed when I found out that the majority of Steam's "SteamPlay" titles are just Windows games in Mac OS X WINE wrappers. Native only, please.

    That said, the MacGameStore has some pretty fun stuff on there, has an app much, much better than Steam's, but can be pricey.
  7. laetusviator macrumors member


    May 31, 2012
    Wow, where to start. Lots of great games have already been mentioned.

    I'm going to second this, as well as iMacFarlane's game recommendations. Humble Bundle isn't running any games right now, although there are other bundles on at the moment (check my bundle tracker: Top Indie Game Bundles), but I think currently only a few of the games on offer are for Mac. Still, might be worth checking out (and definitely look out for Humble Bundles in the future). Also, since you're a new Mac owner, you might want to check out MacHeist 4 which is selling a software & game bundle at the moment (Scrivener in particular is pretty great if you're a writer!). (I think the games in the current MacHeist bundle are Steam games.)

    Some of the best Indie Games are already at the Mac App Store, if you don't want to wait around for a bundle to get them cheaper (and of course getting them at the MAS has its advantages too). Here are my top picks for Indie Games at the MAS.

    If you like Tower Defense games, here are some of the best Tower Defense games available at the Mac App Store.

    If you have a collection of Windows games already, you might want to set up Boot Camp, try VM software, or you could try Wine. Here's my guide: Play windows games on your Mac.

    Although you might run into games on Steam that aren't true native ports to Mac, Valve's own games running the Source engine were definitely redesigned to run on Mac natively. So Half Life 2, Counter-Strike Source & GO, Left 4 Dead 1 & 2, Team Fortress, Portal 1 & 2, should run well, and are all great games.

    Hope that helps. :)
  8. Jman3350 macrumors member

    Jun 27, 2011
    Steam is also a very safe way to get games and they're based on a server so you can download them whenever you want. You can also buy PC games if you have a bootcamp partition or PC and can use this account on any computer you have.
  9. Tbdbuckeyeitl thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 25, 2012
    Is it safe to download from the Can I get viruses etc.
  10. koolmagicguy macrumors 6502


    Feb 19, 2012
    New York
    Rage, CoD4, Black Ops, Shank, Prey, Batman Arkham Asylum, Braid, Gunman Clive, Bombsquad and Machinarium are all very well made games and will run well on your MacBook Pro.
  11. Plutonius macrumors 604


    Feb 22, 2003
    New Hampshire, USA
    It's not on the Mac App Store but I have to recommend World of Warcraft :D.
  12. alvindarkness macrumors 6502a

    Jul 11, 2009
    Sadly using wrappers is common place, and its not a problem with Steam, its the companies employed to make the ports to begin with. Those same games (using the same wrappers) are found on MAS, on GameTreeMac and other places. Sure a lot of them are bad, though some surprisingly work well (many Feral releases have been pretty good).

    The number of poor Mac ports is the reason I have gone back to a native windows install (for games only). Which as it ends up, steam was a god send, as the games I have purchased I can now play properly on windows at least (i.e. Assassins creed brotherhood with gamepad support! oh how bad the mac port is).

    Valve on the other hand release their own mac games as proper ports, compiled for mac from the start. So if anything, at least they have set a decent example for other steam releases.
  13. iMacFarlane macrumors 65816


    Apr 5, 2012
    Adrift in a sea of possibilities
    Great post. Valve's own Mac ports are excellent, I agree. Portal 2 is fantastic in every sense.

    However, I was under the impression that Feral Interactive did more than wrap a WinX program in their ports. I thought they recoded and recompiled custom native builds using all the resources and assets from the Windows releases. Wrong?

    Transgaming I know just uses the Cider engine for their wrappers, not true ports.
  14. BFawlty macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2010
    Some of Battlefront's wargames are available in osx. Battle for Normandy is out on the app store, and there is a demo via Battlefront's site.


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