Are you looking for a good way to have fun on your Mac but don’t really consider yourself a gamer? Perhaps you’re nostalgic for the days when playing a game involved a couple of dice, a colorful board and some interestingly shaped pieces to move around that board.
Well you’re in luck because there are a ton of board game apps out there for Mac. You can stick with the classics (there’s at least one version out there of every big name board game you can think of) or you can try some board games that you might not often find in physical form. Those are less common, but I’m going to take you through the classics and then point you in the direction of some you might not have seen before.
Who doesn’t love a good world domination game? I mean, a good game is one thing. And a good fighting game is another. But a good fighting game where the goal is to take over the world? And with robots, no less!
Independent game studio Hexage fills this precise opening with a game called Robotek. Robotek is a turn based combat game in which you aim to reclaim the world from the evil robot uprising that caused the fall of humanity. Intrigued yet? Hit the jump to find out more!
Platformers are perhaps one of the most popular, the oldest and overdone genres in gaming. They have been re-thought a bunch of times over the years by adding a few new gimmicks to them, but most of them seem to have lost their touch and are no longer fun the way they used to be.
Today we’re reviewing a platformer that brings back to form the retro style of gaming, eight-bit and all. Everything from the graphics to the music is done in a fantastic way that combines old-school gaming with the kind of deeper gameplay found in newer games. It’s called Bit.Trip.Runner.
This year, with the launch of Lion, Apple has been all about “Back to the Mac” – Taking great features from iOS, and porting them over to OS X. For the most part, this has been fairly successful. For this reason, it makes sense that many iOS developers would do the same.
In this roundup, we’ll have a look at the biggest success stories in this field. The developers featured here didn’t just rebuild the interface for OS X, they enhanced the app to rival (and often surpass) their iOS counterparts.
Platform games were among the first games to be designed (after, of course, the simplicity of Pong). Ever since, people have been playing platformers for their low learning curve and, in many cases, their sheer addictiveness. Just because some of the best platform games are more than two decades old (I’m looking at you, Super Mario Bros. 3) doesn’t mean that developers aren’t still doing some impressive and innovative things with the genre.
Today I’ll take a look at eight platform games available on the Mac App Store that are either traditionally rock solid, or bringing something entirely new to the table.
Galcon Fusion is a strategy game sometimes described as “Risk, in space, in real-time.” Players begin with a planet that generates a certain number of ships per minute (based on size), and must strategically use those ships to overpower the forces of opponents in order to seize control of all planets on the map. When moving ships between planets, you can choose any percentage between 5% and 100% (in increments of 5%) that represents the size of the fleet leaving the planet.
As a long time fan of gaming (real-time strategy games, in particular), I was excited to get my hands dirty with the Mac/iPad follow-up to the popular Galcon for iPhone. Galcon Fusion carries on the same concept as the original, but bringing it to the bigger screen, along with several new game modes.
It used to be that the world of games on the Mac was an open wasteland, populated by software that was more appropriate for children than for console-loving adults. But now, that’s not really the case. Yes, sometimes the games take slightly longer to come to market, but they come to the Mac all the same, ready for some hardcore action.
So here we have Bioshock, a very popular game for the PC and consoles that was released several years ago. In fact, it’s even seen a sequel, which isn’t yet available for the Mac.
So is this game worth the $40 price tag? To find out, I downloaded the demo and gave it a shot. The results are after the jump.
I’ve always had a thing for Lego. When I was a kid, I lived and breathed the blocks, playing with them every day until eventually, I grew up and sold them all to buy a Game Boy. About 5 years ago, I decided to get back into them a bit as a relaxation technique, and now I find myself picking up a set every few months.
Recently, Lego reinvented themselves by adding a video game lineup to the mix. For the past few years they’ve put out games such as Lego Batman, Lego Star Wars and Lego Indiana Jones, all based on the popular properties.
Their latest one is Lego Harry Potter (Years 1-4), and it’s available on the Mac App Store right now. So how does the Mac version stack up to the console models?
Most video games designed today are more about flash and pretty looks than they are about function. Sure, they can be fun to play, but when updates need to be installed every hour to fix issues and you can’t run it without a maxed-out Mac Pro, it becomes an exercise in futility.
Sometimes it’s best to harken back to the old days when games were fun and graphics weren’t particularly groundbreaking, but you could lose yourself for hours while sitting in front of a glowing screen.
The Incident is one of those games.Already a hit on the iOS platform, The Incident is now available on the Mac App Store, for just a few dollars. So is there a reason to play the game on the Mac over your iPhone or iPad? Hit the jump to find out.
The Mac App Store provides a great platform for game developers to reach customers that might not be familiar with paying for games frequently. It has a bit of everything – some casual games that would belong better on an iOS device, and some other games that are targeted more towards the “hardcore gamer” Mac crowd.
Whichever camp you fall into, I hope you’ll enjoy today’s roundup of our favourite selections in each category. These fun and addictive games are the perfect way to kill a little time at work, or delve into a full-on weekend gaming session!