There’s something still satisfying about that old Windows computer you have lying around collecting dust. Tell me you don’t still have at least one or two old games lying around that you can’t bear to get rid of, even if you have to boot up that old machine just to play them one more time. For me, it’s the Neverhood. Never heard of that game? It’s okay, most people haven’t. It came in a collection of old Windows ’98 games that no one else really ever played. But there’s something that’s still oddly comforting about knowing that I still have that game and knowing that I still have a really old computer that will be able to read that game.
Unfortunately, it kind of sucks having to lug around an old machine with me every time I move just because I feel like I might play that game one more time in my life. You know what? Ditch that old machine and ditch those old games, because Mac has been creating tons of new games that you’ll be dying to play. Don’t believe me? Take a look at this list of top Mac games. There’s sure to be something that will strike your interest.
Let’s start with the classic favorites. No one said you had to give up all of your favorite games when making the switch to Mac! Many popular games are now widely available on both platforms.
The Sims 2
As it turns out, you can have your cake and eat it too. Now that The Sims 2 is available for Mac, you can conceive an alien child, have an affair with your daughter’s headmaster and have a sexy rendezvous in a public dressing room all on your retina display. Come on, try to tell me you didn’t always wish you could play God on an HD screen. Now you can continue to live out all of your weird fantasies with your crush through virtual characters. You’re welcome.
Sorry ladies, if you thought your boyfriend would stop playing Minecraft just because he switched over to a Mac, you thought wrong. This game may seem like a simple, build-your-own-world game, but it can easily suck the soul out of anyone who starts to play it. If you don’t watch out, it may steal your soul forever and never give it back. You can play in survival mode, where you must gather resources and keep up on your health and hunger, or you can play in creative mode where you can float around building things and not worry about a thing.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2
Ah, a classic. Who could resist listening to the tunes of Rage Against the Machine and Papa Roach while doing an acid drop followed by a yeehaw front flip? I swear those are real names of tricks you can do in the game. You no longer need to own a console to play this game, all you need to do is grab your laptop and you can play it anywhere you go!
If you’re ready to delve into an unfamiliar world of games, these beautifully rendered alternate realities will be sure to appease your senses and leave you playing deep into the night.
Delve into a dark, mysterious world that will keep you on your toes from start to finish. Completely in black and white, Limbo makes you want to lock all of your doors and hide under your covers. Not a run-of-the-mill horror zombie game, Limbo makes you uneasy in a more subtle way. You must navigate through this world of shadows and solve puzzles in order to finish the game, all without much explanation or a soundtrack to guide your adventure.
You are playing as a girl who has returned home only to find that her entire family has disappears. What may seem like a mundane plot sucks you in as you explore the entire home, searching for clues. Throughout the game you learn more and more about her life, friends and family, and the extreme detail that was put into this game keeps you enamored the entire time. What may seem eerie on the outside is actually an extremely introspective game, one that allows you to put together the missing pieces of the puzzle and come to a startling conclusion at the end.
Amnesia: The Dark Descent
If you’re one of those gamers who purposefully try to give themselves nightmares for the next five years of their lives, this one’s for you. The soundtrack makes you feel as if you are really living in this nightmare, as little creaks and groans make you check behind your (real) shoulder while playing. As a first-person horror survival game, the goal is to solve the mystery and make it out alive. Sound like other horror games you’ve played? Here’s the catch: you have no weapon.
Playing off of the nostalgic look of 8-bit Atari games, Fez allows you to become a jolly little character that must save the universe. The soundtrack is a joy to listen to, and all of the levels connect with each other in a way that requires you to fulfill certain tasks in one level before advancing past tasks in others. What may seem like a simple 2D game is thrown upside-down with a click of a button that rotates the entire world 90 degrees. This simple rotation allows you to see hidden passages and treasures that were not apparent before. Full of riddles and puzzles, Fez will exercise your brain the whole way through.
If you think you’re too old for the classic point-and-click adventure game, think again. Machinarium is a wonderful new twist on the genre, creating a world filled with quirky steampunk characters and dreary landscapes. You play as a robot who is on a quest to rescue his girlfriend (who is also a robot). Full of puzzles and brain teasers, this game is not for those who are looking for lots of action. It is, however, more than just a game where you simply hover your mouse over objects until you can click on them. In order to collect objects that you’ll need to solve various puzzles, you can change the height of your character in order to be able to reach certain items.
Those of you always looking for a new action game, I haven’t forgotten about you. In BioShock Infinite you’re placed into the beautifully crafted floating world of Columbia where all isn’t as it seems. The beautiful scenes are contrasted by the horrific violence you encounter later in the game. And for those who were disappointed about not having a weapon in Amnesia, no worries here, you always have one. You play as Booker DeWitt, who has been sent to Columbia to rescue a girl named Elizabeth and make it back safely. The graphics are truly incredible and you really feel as if you become Booker throughout the game.
Are none of these catching your eye? There are so many games available for Mac these days that it’s hard to narrow them down to a small list. Are you looking for a horror game? Check out Slender: The Eight Pages or Dead Space. What about action? You may find what you’re looking for with Borderlands 2 or Driver San Francisco. Whatever your cup of tea, you no longer need a PC to get the best out of gaming.