30+ Awesome Free-to-Play Games for Your Mac

Free-To-Play games have been part of gaming for a while, but they are often seen as low budget and graphically-ugly MMO games. After E3 closed its doors this past June, however, some of the most notable titles that emerged from the event were Free-To-Play. This has shaken up the industry a bit, and from it, we now have a future console in the works like the OUYA (which is aimed at supporting free-to-play games), new free-to-play games coming out left and right, and even some retail games embracing the free-to-play model.

Today, the free-to-play model is being adopted by more and more developers. These games are no longer ugly-looking creations that attract only a certain type of gamers, either. From MMOs to FPS games, there is a free-to-play game for everyone.

Now, most recent free-to-play games are not Mac bound (yet), but there are still plenty of titles to enjoy on your OS X machine. The following is a list of some of the greatest free-to-play games available for the Mac. Keep in mind that some of these games may be rough around the edges if you’re playing on Mountain Lion.

Free-To-Play Games

RC Mini Racers

Our first item is one of the coolest free-to-play racing games on the Mac App Store. RC Mini Racers is a racing game that has you control RC cars. I know what you are gonna say, though. The description says it is only free for a few days. True, but the game has been free-to-play since it arrived, and you should get it before it stops being free. (That may have changed depending on when this is published.)

Free-To-Play Games

Red Crucible 2

From the coolest racing game, we come to the coolest FPS game in the Mac App Store. Red Crucible 2 is a superb ‘modern combat’ game that puts you face-to-face against others online. You have a few classes to choose from, and sweet vehicles to man, so get out there, soldier!

Free-To-Play Games

UberStrike HD

UberStrike HD is a free-to-play game that uses the model a bit too harshly on players; however, the game doesn’t fall short from sweet. Crazy maps and crazy wars are all waiting for you for free. This also is one of the best looking free-to-play games in the Mac App Store. That ‘HD’ title isn’t there just for looks. Its only downfall is how the micro-transactions are handled.

Free-To-Play Games

Blood & Glory

Blood & Glory is probably not a game you want your children playing, but you on the other hand, you can enjoy all the goriness and the bloodshed for free. The game is said to have HD visuals, and some gesture control, so check it out. It is free after all.

Free-To-Play Games

Zen Pinball 2

Zen Pinball 2 is one of the coolest pinball games out there. With a high Metacritic score, you are sure to have some fun with it. Odd that a game of this genre is free-to-play, but if you want to add more to it, you can also get the Marvels’ The Avengers table for a small fee.

Free-To-Play Games

Radiant Defense

Radiant Defense is a tower defense game that takes place in a rather… vibrant universe. You will fight hordes of invading enemies, so be ready to defend yourself. We recently reviewed this game, so if you want to check that out before you go downloading anything, you can do that here. We enjoy helping you save money and hard drive space.

Free-To-Play Games

Shadow Era

Shadow Era, which was also reviewed here, is the trading card game for the Mac. While it may not be as robust as something like Magic: The Gathering, Shadow Era is a phenomenal game for those out there who love this genre. Extra cards can be obtained by playing through the single player, or bought from the store. Shadow Era has a big community behind it, and if you do join, you’ll be welcomed by many great individuals.

Free-To-Play Games

Robotek

Robotek is a cute yet fun time-passing indulgence that can help you kill some time. While it sounds like Robotech, Robotek isn’t about transforming mechs. This game is more of a mix RPG action and strategy game. Check it out, and let us know what you think!

Free-To-Play Games

Touch Grind

Ever played with those finger skateboards? Anyways, Touchgrind is an awesome game that basically brings finger boarding to your Mac. Be warned though, this game requires multi-touch technology, so that means that some MacBooks won’t be able to play this (unless you have an external peripheral).

WoW

World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft, the oldest of the bunch and yet the most well-known MMORPG, stands the test of time as millions of players keep coming for more. This MMO gives the player many, many hours of playtime.

Free-To-Play Games

City of Heroes

Ah yes, City of Heroes. This game is a hidden gem that you should download right after reading this roundup. City of Heroes is the first superhero MMO and it came to the Mac soon after. The game itself offers a deep level of customization for your character (which is perhaps the funnest part of it). Once that is taken care of, join the fight against, well, the bad or good guys. Note: City of Heroes is a bit buggy if you have updated to Mountain Lion, but hopefully they will fix this problem soon!

Free-To-Play Games

Quake Live

Quake has been in the consoles and PCs of many, and throughout its existence, it has been one fabulously fun game. So what is awesome about this? Quake Live lets you relive those amazing Quake moments. The best part is that this Quake experience is free.

Free-To-Play Games

Second Life

Remember that horrible movie Gamer? Yeah, me either, but Second Life is a huge MMO that lets you have a second life. It basically looks exactly like that scene from that movie you can’t remember. If you love social gaming, this is probably your best bet. Give it a try.

Free-To-Play Games

Team Fortress 2

Give me some Steam, you say. Okay, well, here is one of Steam’s biggest free-to-play offerings. You may know this game already, but in case you didn’t know it was free-to-play, now you do! If you commit to it, you will have lots of fun playing Team Fortress 2. Just don’t go camping while you’re cloaked. No one likes that!

Free-To-Play Games

Spiral Knights

Do you like old-school Zelda games? Okay, now add multiplayer to it, and you will get Spiral Knights. So think of it as a Zelda clone that is and MMO. If you like these type of games, you shouldn’t pass this one up.

Free-To-Play Games

Marathon Trilogy

Perhaps MMOs aren’t your thing. What about another super old-school FPS? Marathon Trilogy is a classic series that arrived to the iPad for free, but has been available for the Mac for many years. It recently went 100% free, but it is still a good choice if you like retro gaming.

Free-To-Play Games

Realm of the Mad God

Okay, perhaps you don’t like Team Fortress. Maybe you will like the following free-to-play Steam games. First up we have Realm of the Mad God. This game is an MMO game that is as retro as it gets. Featuring a cool 8-bit era feel to it, it is the first ever cooperative MMO bullet shooter. You can fight monsters with up to 85 players. Yeah, 85!

Free-To-Play Games

Iron Grip: Marauders

Iron Grip is an indie MMO game that offers sweet tactical combat features. With PvP battles, cool visuals, awesome quests, and ongoing game development, you have a long, long time to enjoy this game.

Free-To-Play Games

Pirates of the Caribbean Online

Do you like pirates? Do you like Pirates of the Caribbean? No? Neither do I; however, for those out there who do, check out Pirates of the Caribbean Online. This game is an interesting MMO spin-off of the movie, so if you really, really liked those movies, treat yourself to this game.

Free-To-Play Games

BattleStar Galactica Online

Want to fill that Battlestar Galactica void? Get it, void? Anyways, if you like the series, check out this game! Many people complain about the controls, but if you are able to endure them, then by all means check it out.

Free-To-Play Games

StarCraft II

Well, if I didn’t include this game in this list, the comments would have exploded with outrage. So, due to that fact, here it is: StarCraft II. Much like WoW, StarCraft really needs no introduction. If you like this genre, you’ll most likely love StarCraft II.

Free-To-Play Games

Command & Conquer Tiberium Alliances

C&C is a popular RTS franchise that has seen many variations of the title. If you like RTS games, you should absolutely check out C&C. EA has proudly made this one a free-to-play title that you can enjoy over your browser. Try this one out as well.

Free-To-Play Games

Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory

Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory is a free-to-play multiplayer combat game where players pick a faction and battle it out. This is a game you’ll enjoy if you like war games. Again, remember not to camp.

Free-To-Play Games

AssaultCube

Back in the day, Counter Strike was an awesome game the everyone played, and many still do. If you want a similar experience on the Mac, have a look at AssaultCube. This game isn’t only free-to-play, but it is also open source, and a very lightweight size weighing in at 40MB. With 26 different maps and fast gameplay, you’ll be hooked!

Free-To-Play Games

RuneScape

This game had to be included as it is one of the oldest free-to-play games out there. This fantasy MMORPG has been running for many years and it holds the Guinness World Record as the world’s most popular MMORPG. From casual to hardcore gamers, anyone can get into RuneScape.

Free-To-Play Games

Savage 2

Savage 2 is a RTS game that doesn’t only tie you into a top down view. You can actually join the fight in third person, or first person view. This game is a fantasy team-oriented game, so grab a friend, and play this game together. You might just find it to be a great addition to your library.

Free-To-Play Games

Regnum Online

Regnum Online is another F2P MMORPG that offers a vast land to explore as you undertake many quests. There are nine fully customizable characters to choose from, and 3 realms that you can visit. Also, the game has some good graphics, so you should enjoy your time with it as you walk along the different realms available.

Free-To-Play Games

Dofus

Dofus is a cute little MMORPG that has many comical adventures waiting for you. Dofus visuals look great with their colorful textures and Bastion-like graphics. Give it a try. If the “enchanting” universe doesn’t do it for you, the millions of players in the world may enrich your experience.

Free-To-Play Games

Drakensang

Amazon recently rolled out Game Connect. Game Connect allows you to easily download content you buy for free-to-play games all with your Amazon account. This is one of the few titles compatible with Mac (mainly because it is browser based), but expect many more free-to-play games to come soon (both downloadable and browser based). Drakensang is a MMORPG with a big world and an epic story. It offers PvE missions as well as PvP arenas.

Free-To-Play Games

Puzzle Pirates

So, we’ve already covered the fact that I don’t care about Pirates, but for those out there who like pirates and puzzle games, you should check this game. Puzzle Pirates is a mix of the MMO genre with the Puzzle genre. The game itself can get quite deep, so for those out there who like economy, puzzles, and lots of booty, try this one out!

Free-To-Play Games

Fallen Earth

Fallen Earth is a science fiction MMORPG set in a 3D post-apocalyptic environment. The game can be played as either a first person shooter or a third person shooter. The devastated land is immense, so you will have a vast land to explore. This game seems to have some issues, and it has never been tested in Mountain Lion, so watch out.

Free-To-Play Games

Heroes of Newerth

Heroes of Newerth is an action RPG similar to DotA (Defense of the Ancients – a Warcraft 3 Mod). According to the description: “two teams of up to five players each take on the role of special Hero units. With the assistance of AI-controlled armies, each team sets out with the sole objective of destroying the other team’s base”, which is pretty similar to DotA indeed.

Free-To-Play Games

Conquer Online

Okay, so we had a lot of MMO games here, but this one is about Kungfu! It also has some magic, but this artsy medieval game brings you plenty of fun moments. There are many PvP options available as well as simple or complex gameplay. Give it a try. Warning though, you might actually want to buy some things for this game if you get hooked!

Conclusion

These are just a handful of free-to-play games that are scattered throughout the internet, but there are a few more that you can find in order to suit your gaming preferences. If you find a game that you desperately want that isn’t available for OS X, you might want to check if you can install it with WineBottler; albeit, not as good as running it normally, but it should help out a bit.

As always, leave your comments below. Let us know what free-to-play games you are into, what usernames you have on your different games, and what game is missing from our list!

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  • creamy center

    poxnora is free to play.
    scratches that tactics and collectible miniatures itch

  • Jack

    You call WOW a FREE game?

    • http://htrdesign.net Rodrigo Leon

      Yes, sir. WoW’s Starter Edition is free-to-play for an unlimited amount of time. There are a few restrictions like characters are not able to pass level 20.

  • http://twitter.com/sulcalibur Suleiman Leadbitter

    It seems there is a problem with City of Heroes running the installer on Mountain Lion.

    http://boards.cityofheroes.com/showthread.php?p=4324070#post4324070

    • http://htrdesign.net Rodrigo Leon

      Yeah. I’ve been dealing with that as well. I managed to update the game (I don’t know why they don’t serve the latest version), but after that I can’t get pass the launch game window. Hopefully they will fix it soon.

    • fred da kiko

      City of heroes no longer exists.

  • mrme

    Drakensang dosent run on mac

  • Simon

    You forgot Minecraft!

    • Ryan B

      Is Minecraft free to play? No.

      • Serenak

        Yes it is free to play… you have to buy the game but it is free to play after that….

      • A person

        Is WoW free to play? No, yet it’s on here. Yes, there’s a demo on WoW, but there’s also a demo for Minecraft.

  • Rob

    Nice list! In the past I’ve spent too much time playing Urban Terror http://www.urbanterror.info/home/.

  • http://twitter.com/sulcalibur Suleiman Leadbitter

    Woah! Startcraft 2 is a 7GB download and a 12GB install. I remember when it was on a standard CD :/

    • MichaelTheGeek

      Free to download from where?

  • Yusuf Özdemir

    Where is Diablo 3?

    • http://htrdesign.net Rodrigo Leon

      Diablo 3 is not free-to-play.

  • Denco

    Can I ask, if you actually run Drakensang on Mac or you just think so, because it is a browser game? :D

  • Lucas

    Wolfenstein Enemy Territory doesn’t work on my mac… T-T

  • Avena

    Dofus is a great game, along with a future version of the same world called Wakfu. They are both free to play, but subscriptions are availble.

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