Best Mac games??

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by stefang93, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. stefang93, Jun 8, 2011
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    stefang93 macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2011
    I am new to the Mac World and have just bought an iMac...There are so may apps in the App Store I really find it difficult to choose from...I saw the apps Land-a-Panda and Area 61...and I really liked them...what do you think about these two apps....Area 61 seems a good one...and the other is in the top 100?? I posted some screenshots...I am really obsessed about some good games...

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  2. Nikh macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2010
    Actually, at Mac App Store there are only few noticeable games. You'd better search on internet.
    And, please clarify what kind of games you'd like to play :)
  3. Nikh macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2010
    You can try Sid Meier's Pirates, for instance, that's nice game (and a really game, not flash-game-ported-to mac, like many other ones).
    If you like 3D shooters, there is a bunch of free online ones - Quake Live for instance.
  4. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Macs and games are a misnomer. If you want games, then run windows. The volume and price of Mac games are such that it doesn't make sense.
  5. joelovesapple macrumors 6502a


    Sep 25, 2006
    You could buy Monkey Island on the Mac App store and it only costs £5.49 which is nothing really, especially as they remade it in 1080p. It's the same game as the original, just redone for the 21st Century.

    Bargain. You'll love it!
  6. stefang93 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2011
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
  8. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    I've seen some crazy things from you, maflynn, but this one may top them all. Sure there are a number of games that are not on the Mac, but that doesn't mean that someone looking for some good casual game would be unable to find great options on the Mac. I personally play quite a few.

    OP, in that general style, you might look at Braid, which is an awesome puzzle game. I also play X-Moto often, which is a side-scrolling motorcycle game. Worms Reloaded from the Steam game store is also very good.

  9. Shattentor macrumors member


    Mar 30, 2011
    I think the best (real, not iOS like) games for Macs are found on Steam (especially HL2&co, Portal etc.). And of course all Blizzard games, as their games always work on Win & OSX. Also none of them charges extra for the Mac version. I game exlusively on my iMac on OSX, and I'm pretty happy with it. Of course the selection is somewhat narrowed compared to Windows, but especially after Steam became available on Mac I can live with it quiet well.
  10. sigma8 macrumors regular

    Feb 2, 2005
    Torchlight is a great, Diablo-esque game. It's available via Steam. I think it's available as non-Steam, as well...not sure about that though. I know on PC it's both, but Mac may be Steam-only.

    Half Life 2, Portal 1 and 2, Left for Dead 1 and 2, Team Fortress, and Counterstrike--all developed and/or published by Valve--are also available on Steam, and are great action games (in the first-person shooter vein).

    As the previous poster, Blizzard games are good to go: Starcraft 1 and 2, World of Warcraft, and old school Warcraft of the non-World variety.

    This is technically not a mac game, but Guild Wars runs pretty well via Codeweavers' CrossOver product. Guild Wars is a good MMO-esque type game. I don't necessarily recommend Cross Over for any other game, though. Guild Wars runs well in it. I've had issues with the other games I wanted to run in it. YMMV. For me, it's essentially a Guild Wars wrapper, at the moment. Luckily, I got it on sale.

    Also, it may not be your game (it's neither action nor adventure) but Civilization 5 is turn-based strategic crack.
  11. stefang93 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2011
    Tanks all of you for your suggestions I really appreciate it....Now I've got enough games to pass the time
  12. seajay macrumors newbie

    Jun 9, 2011
    Best Card Games

    Hi everyone I am very new to i mac only a few days and loving using it already especially my 27 inch screen.

    Hubby loves card games and i would like to download a few for him.

    Can anyone suggest where is the best place to go online for card games for the I MAC.
    Thank you

  13. stefang93 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2011
  14. stefang93 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2011
    if you meant online not on the App Store you can just search in Google...ex: free online card games.....
  15. dj-anon macrumors member


    Mar 23, 2011
    There are a ton in the Mac App Store:

    Machinarium, Lego: Indiana Jones, Star Wars, and Harry Potter; There is stuff like Shadow Era, Hotel, two Broken Sword games. You have visual novels like The Flower Shop and Vera Blanc. Some nice shooters like Modern Combat and Darkest Days. There is also weird and artsy stuff like The Path and Braid.

    Outside the App Store I can think of A Vampyre Story, Roller Coaster Tycoon, and of course, all the stuff on Steam.

    There are so many games.
  16. odinsride macrumors 65816


    Apr 11, 2007
  17. SinisteR-33139 macrumors newbie


    Jun 2, 2011
    London UK
    The Stroke of Midnight is a really good game, but it's a puzzle game and you have to solve hard puzzles and find things. Also it's hours worth of play with a good story. I played it originally on the iPad but they have it in the Mac store for mac, so you can give that a go it's only £2.99.
  18. thepowerofnone macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2011
    That's not quite true - Mac does have some decent games. If you mean little desktop ones with average graphics to waste 5 minutes on then there are quite a few of those, Anomaly Warzone Earth recently won an Apple award for being a nice Mac game and it is... the basic idea is an anti tower defense where you control the attackers rather than the defenders.

    However an iMac has the potential to run much nicer games: Call of Duty 4 is a classic; Assassin's Creed 2 is also very nice if your computer can handle the graphics (I would hope a new iMac could). The other option for you is a service like - the idea behind them is they host the game for you on their super fast computers and they just beam you the video feed over the internet in real time so its a lot like an interactive video. I have never tried it but I suspect it works just fine. The nice thing about that is that you just need a fast internet connection AND I believe it allows you to play PC games.
  19. stefang93 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2011
    yes of course heavy 3D games like Assassin's Creed look great on an iMac with a 6000 ATI graphic card
  20. pdc123 macrumors newbie

    Mar 17, 2009
    Taken as a whole, your post is ridiculous.

    Here are sane versions of what you could have meant:

    - There is a wider selection of games for Windows
    - It is easier to buy physical copies of games made for Windows
    - Games perform better/worse/same on Windows Version x, y, or z than they do in OS X
    - The particular kinds of games you want to play don't have a particularly good selection on OS X
    - Games on the Mac App Store are more expensive than through other means, some of which may not be available on OS X although some are

    I've been playing video games since the Commodore 64, games in general (board, card, etc) are my number one hobby. Until last year I was exclusively a Windows user for 15+ years. As of six months ago, my iMac is my primary computer and I run XP installs via Bootcamp and Parallels primarily for games (and .NET development). I assure you, if anyone appreciates the gaming selection differences between Windows and OS X it's me.

    There are plenty of games available for OS X. Here are some premium brand ones:
    - Starcraft 2
    - Assassin's Creed 2
    - Portal 2
    - Left 4 Dead 2
    - Civilization IV and V
    - The Orange Box (Half-life, Team Fortress 2, Portal)
    - Eve
    - World of Warcraft
    - Warcraft 3

    Those are just the ones that I myself have bought that I remember. That's not including the surge in indy and casual-targeted games for OS X, presumably spurred by strong game sales in iOS. No, not all of the games you want are available, many of which can't reasonably be run in a VM. (My particular pain points right now: Fable III, Warhammer 20k, GTA IV)

    The Mac App Store can be overpriced for some games, particularly compared against the same games available on Steam, but... you have Steam, which can be really cheap especially if you're willing to wait for cheap deals.

    If gaming is the only thing you're interested in the whole computing world, yes I'd recommend Windows. Can a gamer who likes OS X play a wide variety of great games with a Mac! Abso-effing-loutely.

    To the original poster: rather than try to guess at what you might like, I'd definitely suggest downloading Steam and look at the selection of action and adventure games there using the search feature.
  21. gks macrumors 6502

    Aug 16, 2010
    Big fan of TellTale Games

    Particularly the Sam & Max games as well as the Monkey Island games. They're also on sale 75% off right now. Awesome stuff, look into it.
  22. stefang93 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2011
    Modern combat and Call of Duty 4 have amazing graphics
  23. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I didn't say there was none but rather the windows platform is better.
    First the games come to windows first, and if they do arrive on the mac its typically later. Secondly the cost of the games are much higher on the mac side then the windows side. Thirdly there is a higher volume of games on windows to choose from then for the mac. Take all three and you see that the mac platform is not renowned for its game playing.

    I believe Steam has offset that somewhat but the point remains that there are other platforms which are superior for game playing.

    If the op just wants a casual game or too then the Mac is fine, I must of missed that from his post.
  24. stefang93 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2011
  25. pdc123 macrumors newbie

    Mar 17, 2009
    Actually, what you said was:

    The former is almost spoken like a reasonable human being trying to be helpful, the latter is just trolling.

    Also, he's already bought the OS X, and you yourself said there are games on OS X. So, what value did you add to the OP's problem? If you're that adamant about Windows, ignoring the surge in casual and non-casual gaming in OS X, maybe a link to:


    Or a Parallel's virtualization gaming review

    would be more helpful than a "can't be done, sorry" response. It is false. There is no Windows game that I already owned that I was not able to install and run on my iMac. The question is which games, how badly you want to play it, and how much you're willing to pay or work for it.

    This isn't a soapbox for your personal biases, this is helping people make the best out of whatever decisions they've already made.

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