Another 11 Unmissable Games Available on the App Store

Back when the Mac App Store launched we gave you a roundup with all the great games available in it. Things change pretty quickly, and tons of new games have been added since then to the App Store. So, we decided to give you a second iteration of the roundup. Here we’ll cover everything from casual games, to more in-depth hardcore games.

11 more awesome games available on the App Store that you should play!

Grand Theft Auto: 3, San Andreas & Vice City

Vice City

Vice City

We probably don’t need to remind you what GTA is, but we will anyway. GTA is pretty much the pioneer in “sandbox” or “open-world” games, where you can basically do anything you want inside a city. We won’t go into detail as to how explicit those things can get, you get the idea.

Now, the trilogy that rebooted the series in the 2000′s is back on the Mac so that you can relive the epic crime story lines and the iconic parodies of pop culture and city life. If you’ve never played a Grand Theft Auto game and are old enough to do so, please grab one of these games ASAP. And if you’ve played them before, then this is a great excuse to revisit them!
Price: $14.99 each
Developer: Rockstar Games

Assassin’s Creed 2

Assassin's Creed

Assassin's Creed

Assassin’s Creed is a franchise by Ubisoft that brings you to remote eras uncovering crazy historical conspiracies. The second installment of the series brings you back to the Renaissance, where you play the part of an assassin called Ezio that must avenge his family while being involved in something bigger than he thinks. If you’ve ever wondered what it would feel like to do parkour with blades in Renaissance Italy, this is the game for you.
Price: $37.99
Developer: Ubisoft

Batman: Arkham Asylum

Arkham Asylum

Arkham Asylum

Arkham Asylum is a recent, and very critically acclaimed game based in the Batman world, where you get to play the bat in a mission to try to find out what’s going on in Arkham Asylum (a prison where all of Batman’s enemies are being held). The game recently got an even better received sequel called “Arkham City” where you get to revisit the same mechanics of the successful first game with a few cool additions.

If you ever wanted to play a (good) game where you could use all of Batman’s cool equipment and face off his iconic enemies, then this is your chance to do it in your Mac. Arkham Asylum, unlike many superhero games, sticks loyally to the Batman world and makes it fun to be in it.
Price: $39.99
Developer: Feral Interactive

Monopoly

Monopoly

Monopoly

Sometimes you just want a break from complex, demanding games to relax and play something familiar. I know I do. You can do just that with EA’s version of the popular board game Monopoly. Play with up to 4 players and have everything that you always loved about the original game, but much more interactive.
Price: $4.99
Developer: EA

Limbo

Limbo

Limbo

Limbo is a super weird and creepy, but equally awesome game where you have to help a little kid get through diverse obstacles in an obscure world. It is a simple platformer, but the scenery, the mental challenges and the whole experience of playing with the elements of the game makes it quite a unique game unlike anything that I’d played before.

It’s short, but it’s also very hypnotizing and very cheap. You simply have to play Limbo, especially on a big screen at night, if you can.
Price: $9.99
Developer: Playdead

Civilization V

Civ 5

Civ 5

Here’s a game for the strategy fans. Civilization is a franchise that has spanned many sequels, the latest of them being the fifth, which you can find on the App Store. In Civ5, you can lead a civilization from nothing to ruling the world, passing through many different eras like the beginning of mankind to the space age and facing many historical empires along the way.
Price: $39.99
Developer: Aspyr

Machinarium

Machinarium

Machinarium

Machinarium is a game that comes up a lot in this type of roundup. Probably because it has been released on pretty much every platform out there, but also because it is an amazing game. It is a puzzle sort of game where you play a little robot that has to uncover a conspiracy, and to do so you must face a bunch of challenges and brain-teasers that are as challenging as they are entertaining.

Machinarium has been out for a few years now and it has gotten great reviews all over the place. If you’ve never played it before, you can get it in the App Store for a very reasonable price.

Price: $9.99
Developer: Amanita

Angry Birds Seasons

Angry Birds

Angry Birds

We’ve got you covered on the casual side, too. Like most people, we also like to have one of those time-wasting games that you can just play for a few minutes but get addicted and keep coming back to. If you don’t know what Angry Birds is, then please stop reading my articles, mom.

“Seasons” is sort of like an extension of the first version of the game that follows the same mechanics but with seasonal themes. Aside from that, it’s the same birds that you know and (probably) love.
Price: $4.99
Developer: Rovio

Plants vs. Zombies

Plants vs. Zombies

Plants vs. Zombies

Plants vs. Zombies is a very popular tower-defense game that has been released on many platforms over the years. In it, you command an army of crazy plants that must keep zombies from getting to their side of the lawn. The rest you probably know already, as you get the usual tower-defense mechanics that you’ve played in countless iOS games. Stunning graphics, a twisted setting, and some good addictive gameplay make this game a must-have.
Price: $9.99
Developer: Popcap

Conclusion

We hope that we have provided you with enough options for any type of gamer out there. This is just a selection of the most acclaimed games that we at Mac.Appstorm recommend to our variety of readers. If you are a casual gamer, you might enjoy something like Angry Birds or Monopoly, but we suggest you also give a try to more immersive experiences games like Machinarium or Limbo. And if you like your games a little more elaborate, then you probably have already played Arkham Asylum and beat all of the GTA games over and over again.

Why don’t you give us your recommendations? Maybe even from Steam, like we did before? Would you like us to revisit that Steam roundup just like we did with this one? Let us know in the comments!


  • areoqs

    Also great games!

    The Tiny Bang Story, The World Of Goo, Braid, Osmos, Rochard, Samorost 2

  • Emanuel

    Limbo is definitly one of the best games I played in years!
    so simple and yet so incredibly amazing…

  • http://tcelestino.com.br Tiago Celestino

    Dirt 2 :)

  • anotherusername

    All these games need to take a cue from the first on the list on stop charging full price for a 2 y/o or older game! I bet they would sell waaay more Batmans or Assassins if they charged 14.99 for them. I understand charging full price for a new game, but c’mon, I have already paid 60 for each of them on PS3. Its nice to go back and play fun games especially on the go, these game makers need to understand if your playing on the mac all these years later, you probably already had it in the first place. The fact that I am even getting charged again is bad, but I am willing to accept it costs about 14.99 per game to port it from the native console to the mac, and make a little dough. 39.99 is robbery.

    • Dave

      So by your rationale you think either the PS3 or Xbox version should be lower in price too? Because I already bought one on PS3, I shouldn’t have to pay full price on Xbox? Don’t be stupid, lol. There’s absolutely no way a publisher is going to say “Ok, lets drop the price of the Mac version just in case our loyal console games already own it”. It’s a ludicrous expectation.

      • MMNW

        No, the point is: this is an old game (the same is true for assassins creed). Charging $40 for it is ridiculous. You can get the PS3 versions for less than $20.
        These are actually pretty good games, or, they were, once, two years ago.
        And by the way, $15 for a ten year old game (gta vice city) is also ridiculous …

      • Jordan

        A downloaded game should ALWAYS cost less then a store bought one, due to the fact that there is no hard copy being bought. The same should apply to music and movies, ANY digital download that costs more then it’s in-store counterpart is a rip-off. The intellectual property that the consumer is paying for should be priced the same, but I would expect to pay a little more for a hard copy such as a console game/ blu-ray movie/ music CD, as opposed to paying the exact same price JUST for the intellectual property.

  • Roody

    Could anyone tell me which games could be played on macbook air $999 model ?

  • Natalia Ventre

    I’m not interested in classics like Machinarium, and I don’t think the price is reasonable for a game that is more than 2 years old. I would like to read reviews about newish games for Mac and I would to know besides the price if there is any difference in buying from the MAS or Steam.

    From the MAS, I recommend DeathSpank The Baconning (August 2011), it’s a funny RPG, the graphics are interesting, like hand drawn and it’s $9,99.

    • Timisorean

      There is one big reason for MAS instead of Steam. You don’t have to open that stupid app every time you want to play a game. Steam uses 25% of my CPU for doing NOTHING. That’s ridiculous and the reason I try to buy most of my games directly through MAS even if they cost more. If you game on Windows and Mac, well, you will prefer Steam I guess.

      • noko

        If Steam really eats that much processing then upgra… whops, buy a new Mac. I personally would never buy a game on the Apple store because there is not cross platform compatibility and they’re expensive. I use Windows a lot too.

  • Zidizei

    so there’s a working Plants vs Zombies on the MAS? cause the Steam version keeps crashing… haven’t checked in a while though, but I dont think there’s been an update recently.

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