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The best Mac games for 2023

Macs have always been hit or miss when it comes to gaming. Until just a few years ago, it was always a gamble to know if a game would come to this operating system, and most of the time, that gamble didn’t pay off. However, at WWDC 2022, Apple committed to starting “a new day” for Mac gaming focused on two new features to make the platform better. These features are MetalFX, an upscaling program, and the Fast Resource Loading API, which will decrease game loading times.

With these new advancements, more and more games will be coming to Mac, bringing with them a new group of gamers looking for something to play. It doesn’t matter what kind of Mac gamer you are — there’s something for you. That includes AAA blockbusters like Shadow of the Tomb Raider, methodical shooters like Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, and indie darlings like Stardew ValleyApple fans may not have access to every Windows game and Steam game, but you’ll still find many of the best PC games below.

Disco Elysium: The Final Cut

100 %
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Google Stadia
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Adventure, Indie
Developer ZA/UM
Publisher ZA/UM
Release March 30, 2021
Disco Elysium isn’t just one of the best PC games, it’s one of the best games ever made. Thankfully, it’s also available on MacOS. You play as an alcohol- and drug-addicted detective who wakes up in a trashed motel room with no memory of how he got there. The guy hanging from a tree in the back doesn’t make the situation any easier, either. As you play the game, you’ll forge your own path, investigating the murder how you see fit and defining your identity in the process. Disco Elysium is a Mac game about choice. You can approach each encounter in the way you want. Maybe you want to gun down the sarcastically condescending motel clerk, or sweet talk him into unlocking a door in the back. No matter how you choose to approach each situation, Disco Elysium will warp the game world around the decisions you’ve made, creating a unique and unforgettable experience for each playthrough.

Crusader Kings III

86 %
Platforms Linux, PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Simulator, Strategy
Developer Paradox Development Studio
Publisher Paradox Interactive
Release September 01, 2020
Crusader Kings 2 is considered among the best strategy games ever made, developed by Paradox Interactive, which also released Europa Universalis 4. Crusader Kings 3 only furthers its predecessor. This is a grand strategy at the grandest scale. Each game starts with you choosing a noble or royal house, either starting in 867 or 1066. From there, the video game plays out in typical grand strategy fashion. You can choose to forge relationships with neighboring regions, spread your religion across the continent, or rush to declare war on anyone who crosses your path. It’s the depth and freedom of Crusader Kings 3 that sets it apart. As your kingdom progresses, you’ll need to appoint an heir to the throne, and Crusader Kings 3 has a full genetics system to pass on some of your traits to the eventual ruler. Crusader Kings 3 is a dense game, allowing you to do everything from seducing someone from a distant land to gaining political influence to demand ransom for prisoners captured in war.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

82 %
Platforms Linux, PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Mac
Genre Shooter, Tactical
Developer Hidden Path Entertainment, Valve
Publisher Valve
Release August 21, 2012
If you’re an FPS nut, especially for the hardcore games, then Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has to be on your device. Despite being around a decade old, and a sequel coming soon, you still have no excuse not to start now considering CS: GO will be rolled right into CS 2. The community for this game somehow has only gotten stronger over the years, with incredible support from Valve and even a thriving eSports scene. Be warned, though, if you’ve never played a Counter-Strike game before just know that this game is brutal. You need to have incredible reflexes and patience to master this tactical shooter.

Stardew Valley

87 %
Platforms Linux, PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, Android, iOS, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Simulator, Indie
Developer ConcernedApe
Publisher ConcernedApe, Chucklefish Games
Release February 26, 2016
Following years of disappointment with the Harvest Moon series he had once loved so much, first-time developer Eric Barone, also known as ConcernedApe, took it upon himself to create his own version of the farming simulation game. It arrived complete with gorgeous retro-inspired sprites, charming characters, marriage, combat, and plenty of post-launch support. Stardew Valley is more than just a farming simulator. It’s also a role-playing game, with characters leveling up in areas such as fishing and mining, customizing their professions, unlocking new areas, and exploring a dangerous cave filled with monsters and artifacts — as in the Animal Crossing games, you can then donate these to the local museum. Should you instead want to focus your attention on your own personal property, though, you can fully customize your home and surrounding farm to create a rural paradise. This also is one of the best Nintendo Switch games if you’d rather play on a console.

Portal 2

92 %
Platforms Linux, PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Mac
Genre Shooter, Platform, Puzzle, Adventure
Developer Valve Corporation
Publisher Valve Corporation, Electronic Arts
Release April 19, 2011
Portal 2 returns players to Aperture Science in this addictive first-person puzzle game. You play as protagonist Chell as she attempts to break out of the giant Aperture research facility and claim her freedom. Tasked with working through various rooms outfitted with unique puzzles, you’re armed with nothing more than the iconic portal gun. You’ll use various environments and objects alongside time and space to advance through the facility. Portal 2 expanded on its predecessor’s successful formula and added a deep storyline to boot. Actors Stephen Merchant and J.K. Simmons voice recurring characters, and their work in the game is spot-on. Though the plot deals with a serious conflict, the game is rife with well-timed comedy at every turn. Portal 2 is one of the most unique experiences in gaming and also one of the most comedic.
Read our full Portal 2 review

Sid Meier's Civilization VI

81 %
Platforms Linux, PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, iOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Genre Simulator, Strategy, Turn-based strategy (TBS)
Developer Firaxis Games
Publisher Aspyr Media, 2K Games
Release October 20, 2016
After a somewhat lukewarm fan reception to the previous game in the series — Civilization: Beyond Earth — developer Firaxis returned in full force. Civilization VI builds on what made 2010’s Civilization V great, but it adds more robust culture and science trees, more dynamic choices, and more insight into why world leaders are acting in a particular way. It’s the culmination of years of development and experience creating previous Civilization games, and it shows. Since its launch, Civilization VI has received a substantial amount of civilizations to control, including the Aztecs, Persians, Nubians, and Australians. They’re each led by a famous historical figure, such as Montezuma for the Aztecs, and with new content being released every few months, former players have plenty of reason to return and start a new game.


93 %
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Hack and slash/Beat 'em up, Adventure, Indie
Developer Supergiant Games
Publisher Supergiant Games
Release September 17, 2020
Supergiant Games has four titles on MacOS, and they’re all excellent. Although we’d love to talk in detail about Bastion, Transistor, and Pyre, we’re giving this entry to Supergiant’s latest: Hades. Hades is a roguelike, isometric action game set in the titular character’s domain. You play as Zagreus, the “son” of Hades — it’s complicated, but we’ll let the game explain — who’s trying to escape the Underworld. As you die and die again, you can bring Darkness, Gems, and more back to purchase upgrades, making you stronger for future runs. As for gameplay, Hades is a hack-and-slash, and an excellent one at that. Supergiant’s frantic pace makes each encounter engaging, no matter how many times you defeat the same enemy. Outside of the core gameplay, Hades keeps things interesting with the Boon system. As you progress in your run, you’ll be able to accept Boons from various Greek Gods and Goddesses, granting you increased damage and new perks, among other things. Even better, Hades is available on Nintendo Switch, with a sequel currently in development.


84 %
Platforms Linux, PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac
Genre Adventure, Arcade
Developer Mojang Studios
Publisher Mojang Studios
Release November 18, 2011
There’s no denying Minecraft’s immense popularity ever since even the basic version became available in 2009. Armed with nothing more than a pair of hands when starting the game, you’re given absolute freedom over an enormous, randomized map. So addictive yet so simple, Minecraft will have you building towering skyscrapers and labyrinth-style mine shafts in minutes. Its pixelated, 8-bit graphics may turn some people away, though the gameplay is enough to please any gamer.


86 %
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Genre Platform, Adventure, Indie, Arcade
Developer Studio MDHR
Publisher Studio MDHR
Release September 29, 2017
There’s no denying it: The art style is what sells Cuphead. A throwback to 1930s cartoons is a natural pairing for a knuckle-busting platformer, and although developer Studio MDHR took a lot of time to get the look right, Cuphead did eventually release. Past the retro animations, though, it’s a hell of a game. With unique bosses, ultra-tight mechanics, and plenty of content, Cuphead delivers on the gameplay promises its visuals put forward. Now is the perfect time to install Cuphead on your Mac, too. The game’s first DLC pack, The Delicious Last Course, launched in June, 2022..

The Witness

83 %
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, iOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre Puzzle, Adventure, Indie
Developer Thekla, Inc
Publisher Thekla, Inc
Release January 26, 2016
Jonathan Blow, the mastermind behind acclaimed indie game Braid, took his sweet time developing the follow-up game The Witness, but it was well worth the wait. Pairing a unique, gorgeous world filled with increasingly difficult puzzles and philosophical musings, it’s a game that only someone as imaginative as Blow could ever hope to create, building on the foundation of earlier adventure classics such as Myst and Riven. In contrast to those games, The Witness’ puzzles rarely feel obtuse, forcing players to rely on previously learned tactics to complete each of the island’s electrical panels. It requires a keen eye and plenty of exploration, but the game never tries to frustrate you solely to make it seem more challenging or difficult.

The Elder Scrolls Online

71 %
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Google Stadia
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Adventure
Developer ZeniMax Online Studios
Publisher Bethesda Softworks
Release April 04, 2014
The Elder Scrolls Online is one of the biggest games available today, and not in the same way as Fortnite. The breadth of content available, even in the base version, is staggering. It’ll take you hundreds of hours to clear the map of the base game, plus another 30 to 50 hours per expansion. You can spend your time joining dozens of others to take down a dragon, take on assassination contracts from the Dark Brotherhood, or simply hang around marketplaces, trading raw materials with players that have an insanely high crafting skill. The game is usually on sale for less than $10, plus there’s no subscription fee.

Final Fantasy XIV Online

82 %
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Strategy, Adventure
Publisher Square Enix
Release August 27, 2013
Our other MMO pick is arguably the current king of the genre, Final Fantasy 14. By now the game has gone far beyond simply redeeming itself for its rough state at launch and cemented itself as not only one of the best MMOs on the market, but one of the best Final Fantasy games as well. The amount of content here is almost overwhelming when you consider the story, expansions, raids, jobs, and other activities. Honestly, if you get sucked into this one game, it could be the only one you need on your Mac. There’s no risk in giving the free trial a shot except for lack of sleep.


68 %
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, Android, iOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Shooter, Role-playing (RPG), Strategy
Developer Epic Games
Publisher Epic Games
Release July 25, 2017
Fortnite: Battle Royale is the biggest game on the planet right now, and for good reason. The free-to-play shooter mixes tense last-man-standing shootouts with the main game’s building mechanics, creating something that is easy to pick up but incredibly hard to master. With faster fights than competitors like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, it manages to scratch a different itch, and you can easily sink hours into it in a single sitting. The best part? You aren’t limited to playing with other Mac users. Fortnite is cross-play compatible with PlayStation 4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.
Read our full Fortnite review

Dead Cells

84 %
Platforms Linux, PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, Android, iOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Genre Platform, Adventure, Indie
Developer Motion Twin, Evil Empire
Publisher Motion Twin
Release August 06, 2018
It’s a testament to Dead Cells’ quality that, despite being released in a sea of similar games, it manages to stand out from the pack. Despite being a very difficult game, which keeps in line with its genre, Dead Cells doesn’t feel frustrating because the combat is so well-crafted. There are four different bosses to battle against, and the fluid system feels wonderful against even the smallest enemies. Fans of Metroid-style games will also find plenty of options for traversal.

Into the Breach

82 %
Platforms Linux, PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia
Genre Puzzle, Role-playing (RPG), Simulator, Strategy, Turn-based strategy (TBS), Indie, Card & Board Game
Developer Subset Games
Publisher Subset Games
Release February 27, 2018
Few games are better for mouse-and-keyboard players than turn-based strategy, and Into the Breach is among the best the genre has ever seen. The small, simple environments you must defend against monsters don’t look like much at first glance, but Subset Games soon reveals the title to be a tense back-and-forth between aggressive enemies and your own mech fighters. You don’t have a chance to kill all of your enemies in most cases, but instead have to think on your feet to protect your buildings before the timer runs out, putting a new wrinkle in the traditional turn-based combat gameplay loop.

Total War: Three Kingdoms

81 %
Platforms Linux, PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac
Genre Real Time Strategy (RTS), Strategy, Turn-based strategy (TBS)
Developer The Creative Assembly
Publisher Sega
Release May 23, 2019
The Total War franchise has long been a leader in turn-based strategy, and the series headed to ancient China for an epic tale of struggle and warfare in Total War: Three Kingdoms. Set in the year 190, the game features 12 different warlords from the classic Chinese epic Romance of the Three Kingdoms, and its gameplay is built on the back of a relationship system that recognizes the heroes that shaped classic Chinese literature. Your story can change based on your characters’ relationships with each other as well as the allies they gain or lose along the way. In classic 4X strategy fashion, you’ll be able to achieve victory using a variety of factors, including military might and the economy, and you’ll have to choose every decision carefully if you hope to save your people. Only with a calm head and steady leadership can you unite China.

Divinity: Original Sin II

87 %
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Strategy, Turn-based strategy (TBS), Adventure
Developer Larian Studios
Publisher Larian Studios
Release September 14, 2017
Critically acclaimed to the point of being widely considered one of the best role-playing games of all time, Larian’s Divinity: Original Sin 2 features a reactive world that will change based on the decisions you make, with the ability to interact with any character and even kill them without losing the ability to progress forward. Turn-based combat has been expanded to the point of including more than 200 different skills, and you’ll face off against advanced enemies. If you want to take things online, there is support for four-player multiplayer, as well as a split-screen option. There is even player versus player so you can prove your worth against your friends.

Cities: Skylines

81 %
Platforms Linux, PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre Simulator, Strategy
Developer Colossal Order
Publisher Paradox Interactive
Release March 10, 2015
Cities: Skylines is an expansive city management game, fit with traffic simulation, full day/night and weather cycles, and zoning for different districts. You can dump hundreds of hours in Cities: Skylines, which is great for a game that frequently goes on sale below $10. Like most games published by Paradox Interactive, there’s a massive list of DLC available, too. Green Cities brings electric vehicles, new green policy options, and more to the wild card city game, while After Dark adds a slew of assets to boost your city’s nightlife and attract tourists.

Subnautica: Below Zero

80 %
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Adventure, Indie
Developer Unknown Worlds Entertainment
Publisher Unknown Worlds Entertainment
Release January 30, 2019
Subnautica is an open-world survival game for players who can’t stand them. Instead of dropping you in the world and letting you go wild, Subnautica makes you care immediately. You start the game in a crashed life pod, and you need to find a fire extinguisher right away to deal with a fire inside. From there, you’re forced to explore — not to gather wood or leaves, but to scavenge for food, water, and resources to build survival tools. Subnautica‘s world is beautiful and teeming with life, and it always feels like it has more to give.


83 %
Platforms Linux, PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Strategy, Turn-based strategy (TBS), Tactical
Developer Firaxis Games
Publisher 2K Games, Feral Interactive
Release February 04, 2016
Firaxis’ rebooted XCOM series is excellent, and the latest entry, XCOM 2, is available on Mac (along with its stellar War of the Chosen expansion). Like the classic PC franchise, XCOM 2 is an unforgiving tactics game where death is permanent. Instead of giving you a group of nameless units, XCOM 2 focuses on a roster of soldiers you recruit, control, and upgrade, making a death in the game actually feel like it’s one too many. Difficulty is part of XCOM’s DNA, but that shouldn’t turn you away from XCOM 2. The game retains permadeath and a high difficulty level, but thanks to a generous saving system, anyone can enjoy the game.


88 %
Platforms Linux, PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Turn-based strategy (TBS), Adventure, Indie
Developer tobyfox
Publisher tobyfox, 8-4
Release September 15, 2015
Undertale is an RPG that never concerns itself with what it’s supposed to do. On one hand, it’s a familiar, top-down RPG in the vein of Earthbound, fit with turn-based battles. On the other, you don’t actually need to fight anyone, using your words instead of a weapon to make it through combat encounters. Undertale is weird and idiosyncratic, and that’s exactly why we love it so much.


72 %
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre Shooter, Role-playing (RPG), Adventure, Indie
Developer Facepunch Studios
Publisher Facepunch Studios, Double Eleven
Release February 08, 2018
Survival games are all the rage on PC, but there aren’t a ton of options on Mac. Thankfully, Apple fans only need Rust. Rust is one of the best survival games ever made, with brutal survival mechanics and even more brutal combat. Like other games in the genre, Rust excels because it lets players learn — and fail — on their own. You start your game with literally nothing, and from there, it’s your job to gather, build, and sometimes kill to stay alive.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

78 %
Platforms Linux, PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Google Stadia
Genre Shooter, Adventure
Developer Eidos Montréal, Crystal Dynamics
Publisher Square Enix
Release September 14, 2018
Shadow of the Tomb Raider finishes the rebooted Lara Croft trilogy that began in 2013. It sees a tattered Lara Croft make her way to Cozumel, Mexico, hot on the trail of a paramilitary organization known as Trinity. Like the games before it, Shadow of the Tomb Raider is a blockbuster action game with cinematic set pieces and frantic combat encounters. The entire rebooted trilogy is available on Mac, so we recommend playing the first two before diving in here.

Dota 2

80 %
Platforms Linux, PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac
Genre Strategy, MOBA
Developer Valve Corporation
Publisher Valve Corporation
Release July 09, 2013
Even after eight years, Dota 2 is one of the largest games in e-sports. And for good reason. It’s a free-to-play game with all of the base content included, allowing anyone to jump into a competitive match without a disadvantage. Although the competition is stiff, Dota 2 remains the go-to MOBA for anyone looking to get into the genre.

BioShock Remastered

86 %
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Genre Shooter, Role-playing (RPG), Adventure
Developer Blind Squirrel Games, Virtuos
Publisher 2K Games, Feral Interactive, Take-Two Interactive
Release September 13, 2016
Bioshock is one of the best FPS games ever, and if you haven’t had the chance to experience the 2007 classic, now is a great time to dive in. The game made its way to Mac in 2016 as part of Bioshock: The Collection, which features higher-resolution textures and models, improved frame rates, and 4K support. Hailed by many (including us) as the best shooting game ever made, Bioshock is deep in terms of gameplay and subject matter.

The Banner Saga 3

91 %
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, Android, iOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Strategy, Turn-based strategy (TBS), Tactical, Indie
Developer Stoic
Publisher Versus Evil
Release July 26, 2018
Like Shadow of the Tomb Raider, The Banner Saga 3 caps The Banner Saga trilogy. It’s an epic strategy RPG set in a world of Viking legend, and you command a caravan of warriors fighting back against the Dredge, a race of creatures that despises humans. The Banner Saga 3 features the same strategic combat of the games that proceeded it and continues the narrative. You shouldn’t dive straight into The Banner Saga 3, though. It’s a great game, but The Banner Saga trilogy focuses on player choice, with your decisions shaping the world. You can import your saves from the previous two games to continue your unique story, and all three games are available on Mac.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

78 %
Platforms Linux, PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre Shooter, Role-playing (RPG), Adventure
Developer Square Enix, Eidos Montréal
Publisher Square Enix
Release August 23, 2016
The Deus Ex franchise has seen peaks and valleys since its debut in 2000. The latest game in the series, Mankind Divided, is one of the peaks. It once again puts you in the shoes of Adam Jensen, and like the games before it, you can approach each encounter in a variety of ways. Mankind Divided is at its best during subsequent playthroughs. Finding new ways to approach an objective is a treat, and seeing how the game fragments and mutates based on your choices elevates the experience beyond what’s on the surface.

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