This War of Mine (£18.99)
This War of Mine took the gaming world by storm when it was released, and for good reason: playing as a group of civilians attempting to make it through each day in a beseiged, war-torn city, TWoM attempts to provide a real experience of war, from a previously-untold angle.
With a pace set by the day and night cycle, This War engrosses you in the horrible reality of war: every decision made will have unforgiving emotional impacts, as you struggle for shelter and survival from snipers and starvation.
Based on the experiences of those caught up in the Siege of Sarajevo in the early 90s and stylised with grungy graphics in a side-on perspective, This War of Mine is less a game you want to play, than an experience you have to go through.
Kerbal Space Program (£29.99)
For as much as other games on this list are immersive, storyline-drive masterpieces, Kerbal Space Program is every bit the opposite: a sandbox space-flight simulator populated by Kerbals, in which the goal (generally unsuccessful) is to reach and explore distant planets of the imagined universe.
Despite its quirky graphics and the Minion-esque mannerisms of the Kerbals, KSP is deceptively hard. It requires an actual working knowledge of the physics behind getting a rocket into space: think thrust, payload delivery, stability, orbital paths and other impressive-sounding words.
If astronautical engineering isn't really your bag, you needn't worry - most of the fun in KSP is to be had with designing ludicrous vessels just to see how far you can get. There's also a morass of mods on the web to make it an even greater exploration experience.
Oh, Minecraft? Have you heard of this silly little game, enjoyed by well more than 100 million people around the world? Yeah, it's kind of a big deal – but if you don't already have the block-building sensation on your phone, tablet, or game console, then you ought to get it for Mac.
Minecraft is like the digital equivalent of Lego bricks, letting you build whatever you please using an array of small, pixelated blocks. You can play in a freeform creative mode, deal with monstrous threats in a survival experience, hop online to play with pals, or install mods for endless other variations. It's perfect for all ages, really.
Sid Meier's Civilization VI (£49.99)
The legend is back! Players have been obsessing over Civilization for decades now, and with Sid Meier's Civilization VI, Firaxis has both expanded the game and made it easier to understand. And that's good news for all kinds of Civ players.
As ever, the objective is to create, support, and expand a historical civilisation over the eras, commanding and battling against legendary leaders in the process. Civilization VI is built off the back of previous entries, certainly, but this turn-based strategy experience brings in active research and improves diplomacy options, while cities can now be built around natural terrain thanks to a new multi-tile approach. If this is your sort of game, you can rest assured that it'll keep you happily playing for a long, long time.
Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens (£24.99)
Lego games are known for their mindless, smile-inducing fun, and what better pairing for that formula than Star Wars? It's worked multiple times over the years, and while we don't yet have a Last Jedi iteration, Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens is still plenty compelling.
It's all about blasting and smashing brick-based enemies and locations as you play through the movie's storyline, complete with goofy cut-scenes that poke fun at the familiar tale. Also, this Lego entry offers up bonus missions that delve deeper into hanging story threads from the film, making it almost a critical companion piece… or just a silly smash-'em-up. It's fun, however you look at it.
Torment: Tides of Numenera (£34.99)
If the words "Planescape: Torment" have any strong meaning to you, then you'll definitely want to download Torment: Tides of Numenera as soon as possible. And even if they don't, this isometric role-player is one of the best recent examples of the once-vibrant genre.
Torment is a spiritual successor to Planescape, the old-school classic, and it spotlights an immortal hero who must battle against the mysterious Sorrow. It's heavy on storytelling and delivers a deeply compelling world to explore, with about 40 hours of epic questing to enjoy from the core adventure.
Battle Chef Brigade (£15.49)
We've seen games blend puzzle and role-playing mechanics before, but Battle Chef Brigade tops 'em all by then tossing in cooking game elements and even button-mashing brawling.
Yes, really: Battle Chef Brigade is a strange concoction, much like those you'll cook up in the game – and like those can be on your best days, the game is also rather appetising.
You're taking part in a fantasy cooking competition, and you'll prepare dishes by matching elemental gems and securing ingredients by beating beasts to a pulp. It's a little bit of this and a little bit of that, but it all adds up into something unexpectedly special.
Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition (£15.99)
"No, I wouldn't like to own the definitive version of a game (including heaps of DLC) which won more than 50 awards.
Nor would I like to bash some orcs and smash some enemies in a game with masses of missions and quest-filled furore, set in an immense, Tolkein-inspired fantasy land.
In fact, I'd hate to play as a spirit-wraith-thing on his journey for revenge, particularly if he keeps unlocking new power abilities and battling with mega-armies."
Oh. Well, we were going to suggest Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, but you probably won't like it, then.
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (£11.99)
Hotline’s second coming is just as much a frantic, ultraviolent top-down 8-bit role-player as its first iteration. Wrong Number gives you the chance to control 13 different psychopathic shooters each with unique skill sets, offering brutal combat opportunities as the game’s unique, retro visual style and immersive narrative experience pull you fully in.
With a soundtrack of more than 40 pieces setting the pace and Tarantino-like levels of pixellated gore, you’ll quickly become engrossed in the gruesome scale of Wrong Number. Its maps are larger and gameplay as (if not more) compelling than the original.