OS X What are some games I can play on my MacBook Air?

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by riotgreen, Jan 3, 2015.

  1. riotgreen macrumors newbie

    Jan 3, 2015
    Thanks for stopping by to help. I have a 2013 13' macbook air I5. I am very happy with my mac and, I originally purchased it for school. I am stuck on campus for several hours and looking to kill time. i use to play myst, roller coaster tycoon and sims long ago. I played Halo and Kingdom Hearts also. My friend recommended trying minecreft. I am just trying to get some feedback about good games out there for mac i.e. time killers. I do not want to get a subscription based game like world of warcraft or spend too many hours. Just something I can pick and play and leave at any intervals. Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks :)
  2. txa1265 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 15, 2002
    Corning, NY
    On my MacBook Air (it is 2014 i5 based 11") I am playing Divinity Original Sin, Wasteland 2, Might & Magic X: Legacy, and more ... all are 2014 releases, and all play very well. I think that the graphics chipset might be different (Intel 4000 series on yours versus 5000 series on mine)? But in general these machines do better than you would think.
  3. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

    Mar 4, 2013
    Portal 2 has a virtually unlimited library of user-generated content, and it should run decently enough on your Air.
  4. asesino79 macrumors newbie

    Dec 9, 2013
    Bioshock series, Valve games, and all games for Mac native.
  5. xSinghx Suspended


    Oct 2, 2012
    As others have said for shooters Bioshock 1&2 should be fine on your machine. Deus Ex would be another solid suggestion but you would want to double check the specs needed.

    As for strategy games, Civ 5 (check Req.), and XCom.

    Shadowrun DF, Banner Saga, Legend of Grimrock, and Transistor might also fit your need for quick time killer games.

    And of course Open EMU for all the classics.




  6. TrylNarrer macrumors newbie

    Dec 19, 2014
    Lego game for whatever your favorite universe might be (Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Batman, Harry Potter, etc.) They go on sale pretty regularly, and you can get a good, long game with some replay value for 10 bucks.
  7. rampancy macrumors regular


    Jul 22, 2002
    I have a 2010 11.6" MacBook Air, so I know that there's a lot of gaming options open for you on your machine:

    Shadowrun Returns/Shadowrun Returns: Dragonfall Directors Cut - SRR is fantastic for its use of a very unique fantasy/sci-fi setting; a kind of mashup of Tolkein-esque fantasy with a William Gibson-esque cyberpunk dystopian future. SRR was critcized for its linear campaign and initial UI/gameplay limitations, but I enjoyed it on the strength of its writing and main campaign. The Dragonfall DC (a standalone expansion) has been lauded as being pretty much more of SRR but with none of the original game's flaws. The developers are doing a new Kickstarter for a third game, set in Hong Kong.

    FTL: Advanced Edition - A highly-lauded rogue-like starship combat/management simulator that lets you indulge in all of your fantasies of commanding ships in the Star Trek/Star Wars/Firefly/etc. universes, that landed on many people's GOTY lists in 2012. In 2014, the game got a free massive content update in the Advanced Edition.

    Avernum 2: Crystal Souls - the latest installment in Jeff Vogel's (in)famous series, known just as much for its deep, immersive, huge game world, as it is for its rather sparse graphics and sound. Still, it offers a massive amount of gameplay for the price. And if that isn't enough, you can play Avernum: Escape from the Pit, as well as the games in Spiderweb Software's Avadon, Geneforge, and original Avernum series.

    NEO Scavenger - a hybrid RPG/desperation survival game that's one-part Fallout, one-part Choose-Your-Own-Adventure, and one-part DayZ, with a very deep crafting and survival system. Capping that all off is a surprisingly brutal combat system that lets you get down and dirty with your opponents (You tripped the bandit that was trying to rob you with a leg sweep...do you try to crawl away to safety, or do you try to use your glass shiv to finish him off?)

    Drox Operative/DO: Invasion of the Ancients - A very addictive, very grindy space-based action combat RPG where you're given a ship, cast off into the galaxy and told to pretty much do whatever you want. Make alliances, do quests for other races, gain their favour, and then crush everyone else in the galaxy, or troll races with propaganda and sabotage, for fun and profit. Watch out for the Ancient factions though: they're a little harder to take down than the others...(Especially those f$@&%*# Veteran Destroyers.)
  8. itsOver9000 macrumors 6502


    Mar 29, 2013
    B.F., KS
    zDoom and eDuke32 for some classic fps games! :)
    You'll need .wad files for Doom and, I think, Duke3d.grp? for eduke. I think I pulled those files off my original disks when I went to install on my Mac, been a while...
  9. 12091449 macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2015
    league of legends, sim city 5 deluxe:)
    the 2 i am currently playing on my mid 2013 air

    both run perfectly
  10. bookwormsy macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2010
  11. MacGamerHQ macrumors member


    Sep 25, 2012
    Lyon, France
    I could also suggest a bunch of light games to go with your MacBook Air, but I will take it even one step further and tell you that MacBook Airs can do a lot more than what people think!

    In fact, I did a video of Grid 2 running on medium settings on my 2013 13inch MacBook Air and I was impressed with the quality and fluidity (plus, recording your screen reduces performance).

    My conclusion, don't underestimate it ;) That said, FLT, Bastion and the like are amazing games too!
  12. Suture macrumors 6502a


    Feb 22, 2007
    Last few games I played on my MBA 13" (i7/8GB) were:
    - The Legend of Grimrock
    - Bioshock Infinite (this will tax the fan some, FYI)

    Also check out GOG.com for some good old school games that are available on Mac.
  13. Aspyr-Blair macrumors 6502

    Aug 20, 2012
    Austin Tx
    Borderlands 2 and The Pre-Sequel run quite well on a MBA provided you keep the settings at default or lower.
  14. Aegelward macrumors 6502a

    Jul 31, 2005
    I can squeeze a fair bit of performance out of my MBA - within reason.

    But the temps tend to shoot up a bit fast for my taste.
  15. itsOver9000 macrumors 6502


    Mar 29, 2013
    B.F., KS
    Under Windows I got my 2013 model 13" 2.0GHz i7 MBA to run Battlefield 3. Graphics settings and resolution set way, way low. It was playable. Better on smaller maps, like Metro. Not too good on Op Firestorm. Lol.
  16. Amelia.0 macrumors newbie

    Feb 9, 2015
  17. Barna Biro macrumors 6502a

    Barna Biro

    Sep 25, 2011
    Zug, Switzerland
    Don't Starve: Reign of Giants ( http://store.steampowered.com/app/282470/ ). NOTE: You do need the "vanilla" version ( Don't Starve ). I full heartedly recommend the game ( this is coming from someone who seriously disliked - "hated" would be a tad bit too strong - survival games up until trying this game ).

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