The 25 best Mac games you can get right now

UPDATED: Load up your Mac with the latest and greatest games

Macs have never had the best reputation for gaming.

Whether because Apple preferred to market them as creative computing powerhouses or because their alumnium shells could cook eggs after a heavy graphics session, the lowly Mac spent much of its youth in the gaming outhouse, suffering with years-behind releases and sub-par ports.

Mercifully for Mac owners, things have changed. 

Sure, the mega-releases still hit mainstream platforms some way before Apple's (if ever), but there is a growing and substantial crop of computing capers that you can beam to your Mac through the App Store and Steam - which can more than hold a candle to PC alternatives.

Few are unique to Mac, but a number are redesigned, remastered and retuned for the MacOS interface, with slicker moves and better integration - so there's absolutely no excuse not to spend your weekend putting all of our recommendations to the test.

Here are 25 of the best games you can grab right now for your Mac.

Additional words by Chris Rowlands

Portal 2 (£15)

Yes, the original Portal is the one that everybody raves about, and even a decade after release, it's still absolutely brilliant and well worth circling back on. But the sequel is even larger, even nuttier, and arguably just as compelling of an experience even if it wasn't quite as impactful overall.

Portal 2 keeps the first-person puzzle-solving approach of Valve's iconic original, but there's more than just teleportation at play here: you'll also fuss with lasers, light bridges, and slippery goo to make your way through these challenging lab stages. And in addition to the hilarious solo campaign, there's also a separate co-op campaign that demands a buddy. Find one for it.

Fortnite: Battle Royale (Free)

You can play Fortnite: Battle Royale from pretty much anywhere: from your console, smartphone, tablet… and yes, even your Mac. And sure, the Mac crowd probably provides the smallest percentage of that tally, but that doesn't matter. Everyone's connected together.

They're also all shooting at each other, as Fortnite's massively popular approach drops 100 players into a battle to the death within an ever-tightening area. Luckily, it's all fun and games: Fortnite's colourful aesthetic and compelling quick-building mechanics give Epic's smash a unique feel and flow – one that's being enjoyed by millions upon millions of people daily.

Download Fortnite: Battle Royale from Epic Games

 

Rise of the Tomb Raider (£40)

Sadly, the Mac doesn't have the new Shadow of the Tomb Raider – but it did recently get Rise of the Tomb Raider, which remains an excellent pick today.

Rise sees young Lara Croft a bit more hardened after the sharp Tomb Raider reboot and off on another quest, exploring brilliant environments, climbing with ease, and jamming an ice pick into the face of a hapless foe or two. And while Tomb Raider pushed towards a more action-oriented approach, Rise allows for more stealth and stalking, giving you the choice on how you approach each encounter.

Download Rise of the Tomb Raider from Steam

Heroes of the Storm (Free)

League of Legends is the world's most popular MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) game, while Valve's Dota 2 is the most hardcore of the bunch – but Blizzard's Heroes of the Storm is the friendliest of that top trio, plus it stars loads of familiar characters from classic game.

Like those other MOBAs, Heroes of the Storm is a five-on-five battle for map domination, as you team up to bash down the enemy's turrets before taking down their base... unless they do it to you first. It's loaded with StarCraft, Diablo, Warcraft, and Overwatch characters and is a lot more streamlined than the others, making it the perfect first genre entry. And besides, all these MOBAs are free-to-play, so there's no harm in giving them all a shot.

Download Heroes of the Storm here for free from Blizzard

Into the Breach (£11.39)

After creating FTL: Faster Than Light, one of the most brilliant strategic time sinks of the last several years, Subset Games is back with Into the Breach – and it's equally worth obsessing over.

Into the Breach is a turn-based tactics game that's akin to a Final Fantasy Tactics or Tactics Ogre, albeit with futuristic mech suits instead of wizards and warriors. And there are twists: the aliens you're battling telegraph their moves in advance, which means your success is all about planning and executing the perfect response. If you blow it, then your mech pilots must travel back in time and start over again. How's that for motivation?

Download Into the Breach from Steam

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