10 Blockbuster Games Available for Mac

It used to be that if you wanted to buy a game for your Mac, you had to dig into the crates at your local CompUSA and find a version of Tetris that might work on OS 7. But now, Mac gamers are starting to be taken seriously, and there’s a whole world of to programs to buy.

If that wasn’t cool enough, we also have the Steam platform, making it simple to purchase games on the fly. But enough about that, let’s get into the good stuff. After the jump, check out some great, blockbuster games that are available to download and play on your Mac right now!

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Alright, so this game was released for consoles over 6 years ago, but it still stands up to the test of time. Play in the mammoth San Andreas sandbox, and have some fun being a gangster.

Price: $14.99
Requires: OSX 10.5.8 or 10.6.2, Intel Core 2 Duo Processor (no PowerPC processors)
Developer: Rockstar Games




Take Little Big Planet for the PS3 and bump it up a notch, and you’ve got Create. You’re given a goal and a basic location. From there, you just have to make it happen using different parts and components.

Price: $29.95
Requires: OSX 10.5
Developer: Electronic Arts

Assassin's Creed II

Assassin's Creed II

Assassin’s Creed II

Assassin’s Creed II picks up the storyline from Assassin’s Creed, removes all of the playability issues, and brings you to the Italian Renaissance. Stealth gameplay and a historic storyline make this game a must have.

Price: $34.99
Requires: OSX 10.5 or 10.6, Intel Core 2 Duo 3.06 GHz (no PowerPC processors)
Developer: Ubisoft

Half Life 2

Half Life 2

Half Life 2

Half-Life 2 is one of the best first person shooters ever released, and now it’s out on the Steam platform. Better yet, get it as part of the Orange Box package for $29.99 and get Half-Life 2: Episode One and Two, Portal, and Team Fortress 2 as well.

Price: $9.99
Requires: OSX 10.5.8 or 10.6.3
Developer: Valve

Civilization V

Civilization V

Civilization V

Looking for a fun turn-based strategy game? Take on famous battles from the beginning of time forward and see if you can change history.

Price: $49.99
Requires: OSX 10.6.4, Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz
Developer: 2K Games

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

It would be hard to have a list of the top Mac games without mentioning World of Warcraft. Their latest expansion pack, Cataclysm, brings all sorts of new features to the fold, making an older game new again.

Price: $39.99
Requires: OSX 10.5, 10.6
Developer: Blizzard

The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom

The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom

The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom

You’re a settler in the middle ages. Build a kingdom from nothing, and choose which path suits you best: use your might, or just a good economic strategy. Strategy games don’t get much more fun than this.

Price: $59.99
Requires: OSX 10.6.3
Developer: Ubisoft

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, Ultimate Sith Edition

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, Ultimate Sith Edition

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, Ultimate Sith Edition

Ever wanted to wield a lightsaber and take on Darth Vader? Dream no more, because Star Wars: Force Unleashed is available for the Mac. Better yet, the Ultimate Sith Edition brings you to Tattooine and Hoth, and lets you take on Boba Fett and Luke Skywalker.

Price: $39.99
Requires: OSX 10.4
Developer: Lucasarts

Lego Universe

Lego Universe

Lego Universe

It seems counterintuitive, but building Legos in a video game is an absolute blast. Now there’s Lego Universe, which is a MMORPG that brings the building to the whole world.

Price: $39.99
Requires: OSX 10.5.3, Intel Core 2 Duo processor
Developer: Lego

The Sims 3: Ambitions Expansion Pack

The Sims 3: Ambitions Expansion Pack

The Sims 3: Ambitions Expansion Pack

Everybody loves The Sims series of games, and one of the latest expansion packs is out. In Ambitions, play as a firefighter, tattoo artist, or choose another cool new career path. What does the future hold for your Sim?

Price: $29.95
Requires: OSX 10.5, The Sims 3
Developer: Electronic Arts

What’s Your Favourite Mac Game?

Although our humble platform isn’t quite ready to go toe-to-toe with an XBOX 360 or Playstation 3 just yet (at least not in terms of the range of games available), support for OS X gaming is forging ahead in the right direction.

We’ve picked out a range of great games above, but I’d love to hear your favourites. Which blockbuster Mac games have you enjoyed over the last year?


Add Yours
  • I can’t say enough good things about Cataclysm! Superb game, and runs great on my iMac. Settlers 7 I loved, but it ran substantially better under bootcamp on the same machine – and I’ve heard enough bad things about the Civ V port to put me off buying it till it drops in price substantially.

    I guess it’s getting on a bit now, but Spore is also well worth a look.

    • Spore is not worth a look. It’s a terrible game. I’d recommend a sudoku as a game over Spore, because at least sudoku is entertaining.

  • Fav Mac games would be: Warcraft 3, Counter Strike and Hordes of Orcs. Have not played games on the mac in some time though… there just is not enough time in the day.

  • My favorite game of 2010 is Starcraft 2. In fact I love all Blizzard’s games.

  • Definitely Starcraft 2.

  • How can you leave out Minecraft?

    • I can definitely agree here. Minecraft all the way!

    • Minecraft should be included indeed! The best and most innovative game in years

    • MineCraft would have to be in that list – it is only getting bigger and better!!


    • So true tom!

      Minecraft is a masterpiece.

  • You left out Starcraft 2. Best strategic game ever.

  • Don’t forget Left 4 Dead and L4D2 – as well as Counter Strike – another one of the first Steam games for mac. I also enjoy playing Urban Terror, a Counter-Strike knock off that some would say is actually better than CS. And it’s free.

  • Isn’t Star Craft 2 a blockbuster game????

  • Blizzard and Valve should really get credit for everything they’ve done to bring gaming to Mac in the last couple of years – my two most-played games on Mac this year is Starcraft 2 and Left 4 Dead 2, spiced up with a little Minecraft.

  • Football Manager 2011 – all other games disappear and time stands still

  • Need For Speed Carbon!

  • Have you played any of these games? Did you read reviews? I’m just curious. I know a list can never contain everything good_ it’s inevitable that something “better” will be left out.

    My own personal distaste for the story of Force Unleashed kills that one. I’ve got no interest to be a gang member, so San Andreas is out. I wont be playing Cataclysm, played more than enough WoW already. Assassin’s Creed II does look good, as does Settlers 7. But Civ V is indeed a poor port of the Windows title.

    I don’t mean to get all gripey here, just my own personal grievances as I sat and watched all of the Steam sales over the holidays and became more and more jealous. I could reboot to Win7, I did quite often for a while after upgrading to my Intel-based Mac Pro, but what I really want is Mac titles, as well built/ported as Blizzard has done. More, please! Lot’s more! Apple’s support of gaming on the iOS platform is aggravating. Where have they been these past few years for OS X gaming? Valve has done more with the release of Steam and it’s own titles.

  • I cannot wait for Diablo III. I truly hope Blizzard releases it this year. My fav game of this year is Machinarium, though. Awesome artwork and creative puzzles.

  • VMWare Fusion. :)

    I need my Dungeons & Dragons Online fix, and Turbine hasn’t seen fit to port it to the Mac.

  • Missing: L4D2, TF2, CSS.

  • You forgot to add, Supreme Commander 2 (and DLC) from Virtual Programming, http://www.vpltd.com

  • “But now, Mac gamers are starting to be taken seriously, and there’s a whole world of to programs to buy.” After this, I like how the first game on the list is San Andreas, which is, as mentioned, a game from 2004 – way to be “taken seriously”. :D

    Either way, what’s missing from the Valve bunch: Portal, which is one of the most entertaining puzzle games ever made most likely.

    – Braid: http://braid-game.com/
    – World of Goo: http://2dboy.com/games.php

  • How could you forget Borderlands Goty edition :P

  • COD4 is still one of my favs on the mac.

  • How can you forget BioShock ?

  • Plant vs Zombies :D haha \o/

  • I leave hardcore gaming for my PS3, on my Mac I limit my games to less serious stuff like Peggle and Braid. I do have Civ 3, a Sim City game and Starcraft 2. I tried to get into SC2 but it’s crazy online, it’s not fun anymore, it’s just a race to see who can have the most moves per minute or whatever that’s called. Also, I suck.

  • It’s definitely the MYST and RIVEN saga!

  • Star Craft II !

  • This list kinda shows how poor the state of gaming on Mac is. Better idea is to install Windows via bootcamp, fire up Steam and buy a $40 XBOX USB controller. If you have a powerful Mac, you’ll have a system capable of hanging with anything out there.

  • I’ve got to comment on Assassins Creed II. This is an amazing game, but the Mac port really sucks. The hardware requirements are appalling. I don’t think that it’s unreasonable to expect that Mac gaming performance should be reasonably close to Windows performance on the same hardware. I’ll accept 10-20% slower I guess since that appears to be the best that drivers and the OS allow, but Assassins Creed II falls well short of that bar.

    I’ve got a 2009 MacBook Pro, the Windows version played at 1440×900 with all the graphics options on high really nicely, there was the odd stutter when it got very busy, but nothing that caused me problems. The Mac version on the same hardware was unplayable at 800×600 with every option switched to the lowest settings. And yes, I know that that machine is below the recommended specs for the mac version, my point is that based on the Windows version, it just shouldn’t be.

    Given the number of times that this sort of thing happens I’m really in favor of SteamPlay, so when yet another Mac port blows, I can play the game as it was meant to be played on Windows.

    All of this is sad, I want Mac game, I want them to be good enough to play, but I’m becoming very jaded by how poorly Mac ports perform when compared to their Windows siblings.

  • Another great game available on Mac : Bioshock is just amazing.
    I get myself so scared while playing in the dark on my Apple Cinema 30″.

    Overall, I think the iMac or the MacBook (Pro or not) are too weak for playing games.
    I’m lucky to have a MacPro 2010, but even my old PowerMac G5 2×2.23GHz with a Nvidia 7800 GTX graphic card, RAID O HDD, 16Go RAM was holding on games much better than iMac and MacBook Pro.
    Now Mac Pro 2010 (SSD + RAID 0 + 12Go RAM + Radeon HD 5770) is really cool for games.
    Expensive if it’s only for leisure, though.

    One more thing…
    I installed Windows 7 through Boot Camp to see what it’s like and play some games PC only. First day only, I got 5 blue screens…

    • LaurentB-

      Not sure what you’re doing wrong there with your Windows partition. I’ve been running 7 for a couple months and really enjoy it. It’s not quite as good as OSX but they are catching up. Stable thus far.

      Also disagree about the iMac’s power. I’m running PC games on a i7 iMac quad with 8GB of RAM and a 1GB video card. This thing blows the PS3 and XBOX away. Haven’t tried the i5s yet but would imagine that it’s similar.

      Like I said earlier, hook up an XBOX 360 USB controller and you’ve got an awesome all-in-one work and entertainment device.

  • Yeah, StarCraft II here, too. This Game just kicks ass!

  • Well they are clearly too weak to play OSX games, but that’s an OS/driver and or porting issue. The same hardware really runs games very well under Windows.

    Given the flurry of device driver patches that Apple released after Steam came out on the Mac, and the subsequent massive performance increase for certain games it’s pretty obvious that some chunk of this is Apple’s problem. The rest of it is probably poorly implemented ports.

    Frankly, as long as Mac customers buy into the ludicrous hardware requirements that folks like Aspyr push on their ports, the situation won’t improve and the Mac will continue to be a second rate gaming platform.

    As for 5 blue screens in one day? Goodness only knows what’s wrong there, but I’ve never had that sort of experience with a fresh install of Windows except when there was a hardware problem. I’ve had Vista and Windows 7 on my macbook pro running very smoothly and problem free.

  • Torchlight. Steam has some great games available for the mac.

  • iEntertainment “WarBirds” is a WW2 war simulation game. There is both a PC and a MAC version which you can download free at:
    You can play on-line for $13.95/month or off-line for free, and there is a one month free play time. I connect my IMAC to my Samsung 46 inch LCD TV for an even more realistic flight. Long ago, I use to play Air Warriors and Air Aces on line using a PC, but since I changed to a IMAC, it took me a while to find WarBirds. The game is a little difficult to install, but once installed it plays flawlessly and the flights are very realistic. The younger generation I know are turned off by having so much to learn key wise in order to control each type of vehicle or plane.
    Once you learn it is very fun to play.

  • i love to play cricket as well, hope you will share if one there. thanks for above listing

    • BTW, What Cricket game you play on Mac?
      Well, I have Ashes Cricket 09, which runs on Wine.

  • You forgot Heroes of Newerth (HoN).. I don’t think that Lego thing is a blockbuster..

  • You forgot Call of Duty 4! It is a blockbuster!

  • Diablo 3!!! Yeah!

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