15 Best Free Mac Games You Should Play

Last Updated: January 21, 2017

Macs have never been known for their gaming performance, and that holds true if you compare them to similarly priced Windows PCs. Which is probably why there aren’t a whole lot of games available for Mac, either. Sure, a lot of good games have been ported to macOS, and a number of Steam games (Counter Strike Global Offensive, for example) are also available for the platform, but a majority of AAA titles aren’t available in the macOS environment. However, there are a number of free games available for macOS that are bound to keep you entertained for hours. So, if you’re looking for some great games for your Mac, here are 15 best free Mac games you can play:

1. Team Fortress 2

Team Fortress 2 is a “Free to Play” Steam game that will keep you entertained for hours. The game is a multiplayer first person shooter, and it sure is a lot of fun. The graphics in the game are cartoon-styled, and there are 9 classes of players you can play as. These classes are further divided into 3 groups, namely the Offense group, Support group, and the Defense group. The game has been developed by Valve, and is definitely an edge of the seat entertainer.

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You can choose between two teams (red, and blue), and then battle with your teammates to outperform, and defeat the enemy team. The game has a variety of modes, including Capture the Flag, and King of the Hill. In Capture the Flag, players need to obtain a briefcase of intelligence from the enemy base, and bring it back to their own base. The first team to repeat this feat three times, wins. Whereas, in King of the Hill, there is a central control point in the map, and the objective for each team is to gain, and maintain control of it. The game has received widespread critical acclaim, and is definitely one you should try.

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2. Dota 2

Dota 2 is a free to play online multiplayer game. The game looks a lot like other MOBA games such as League of Legends. In a Dota 2 multiplayer game, two teams consisting of five players each, compete against each other to be the first one to destroy the “Ancient”, in the other team’s base. Every player controls a “hero”, and each hero has their own special skills, and style of play.

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To achieve the main objective of the game, teams have to play together, and collect experience points, and items, in order to break through the opponent team’s defenses. The first team to destroy their enemy’s “Ancient” is the winner. Dota 2 is the sequel to “Defense of the Ancients”, which was actually a community built mod for Warcraft III. If you like playing MOBA games, such as League of Legends, Dota 2 will be right up your alley.

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3. Brawlhalla

Another Steam game – Brawlhalla is a multiplayer fighting game with good graphics, and excellent gameplay. The objective of every player in Brawlhalla, is to knock their opponents off the stage. This can be done by repeatedly attacking them with weapons that are dropped off at regular intervals, all over the map. Speaking of maps, Brawlhalla does not have huge maps. Instead, the maps are tiny, which makes the gameplay fast paced enough to be entertaining, and exciting, yet not so fast that it gets annoying. Every time a player is knocked off stage, they lose a life, and when all of their lives are exhausted, they’re out of the game.

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Brawlhalla can be played locally, or online, and is a lot of fun, either way. Each character in the game has four qualities: strength, dexterity, defense, and speed. Together, they define the overall strength (or weakness) of the character. Brawlhalla is definitely a fun game to play, and I’d recommend that you give it a try.

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4. BombSquad

BombSquad is a highly addictive game, that is only made better by the fact that you can use iPhones as game remotes to play with friends. In BombSquad, you can choose to play in Single Player mode, or play with friends in co-op mode. The gameplay is quite smooth, and the music and sound effects make the game a lot more interesting to play. What makes this game one of the best on this list, is the fact that it is easy enough to play, yet surprisingly addictive.

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You can punch your enemies, throw bombs at them, pick up objects to chuck at each other, and do a lot more. The objective, in the end, is to be the last man standing, and I must say that the developers have done an awesome job creating this game. You will definitely enjoy playing it.

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5. Octagon

Octagon is an amazing, minimal, arcade game, that gets surprisingly difficult, surprisingly fast. The game will have you on the edge of your seat, and will test your reflexes with increasing difficulty every few seconds. In the game, you use the arrow keys on your keyboard to navigate a ball, along a tunnel. There are gaping holes, and missing pieces in the tunnel, and you have to use the arrow keys to turn the right way, at the right time, in order to get through to the end. The rounds only last for around 60 seconds, but getting to that point is difficult enough to keep you wanting more.

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What’s more, the soundtrack keeps the pace up with the speed of the game, and the color scheme will definitely keep you in the zone, trying to make your way through the maze. To make the game even more challenging, the levels are randomly generated. You can even regenerate levels, if you find them too tough, or too easy (although the chances of that happening are rather slim). All in all, the game is definitely one that you should try.

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6. Pool!

Pool! is exactly what the name implies. It is a game of pool. You can play either against the computer, or against another player. It’s a very simple game, and standard rules apply. You have to sink either all the solids, or all the stripes, followed by the black ball. To make it easier to aim, the game includes a line from the cue ball to where it will strike, depending on the shot power that you select. You will definitely have a lot of fun playing it, especially against other human players.

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7. World of Tanks Blitz

World of Tanks Blitz is the macOS adaptation of the hit online game “World of Tanks”. In the game, you get access to over 200 different classes of armoured vehicles, and battle in 18 battle arenas. The best part about the game, is the 7v7 multiplayer. You have to play with your teammates, and form the best strategies to beat the other team. The game has some really good quality graphics, especially considering it’s running on a Mac.

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WoT Blitz also has an in game chat option, so you can communicate with your teammates, and create strategies to defeat the enemy team. The game also has “Battle Missions“, which open up personalized challenges for players, allowing them to unlock bonuses, and achievements.

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8. Extreme Road Trip 2

Extreme Road Trip 2 is a fun side scroller in which you’re driving a car with the gas pedal stuck… basically, you can’t stop (unless you run out of fuel). The car drives itself, and you just have to use the left, and right arrow keys to control the pitch of the car. You can perform flips in the air to get boosts, and perfect landings (and slam landings) give you additional boost, so you can go further. On your way, you’ll find a number of fuel barrels, which you can collect, to go even further and break your records.

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The controls in the game are just difficult enough to keep you interested. You can even unlock more cars, which have better speed, handling, etc, in order to go further along in the map. The game is a lot of fun, and you’ll definitely like playing it.

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9. Shadow Fight 2

Shadow Fight 2 is a game that I’ve played a lot, both on Android phones, and on my iPhone, and the Mac version of the game is equally fun to play. In the game, you’re a warrior who is on a mission to defeat all your enemies. You’re helped along the way by a number of people, all offering a variety of services, including teaching you new skills, building (or upgrading) weapons for you, etc.

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The game has some really great fights, and you can use a variety of weapons (each one with its own style of use) to win every fight. Winning fights will reward you with coins, and experience points, which you can use to upgrade your weapons, buy new weapons, and learn new skills and moves. The game is a lot of fun to play, and you’ll definitely enjoy playing it.

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10. Bridge Constructor Free

Bridge Constructor Free is a fun, and challenging puzzle game. In the game, an earthquake has destroyed all the bridges in a place, and you’re assigned to rebuild them. The challenge, is to build the bridges within the set budget. The game relies on the fact that triangles are highly stable shapes, so you’re supposed to try and make a bridge stable with triangular anchors. Once you’ve designed the bridge in the best way you can, the bridge is put under stress tests, in which cars drive over it. If it withstands the stress, you are promoted to a new level. You can choose to test the bridge with trucks, instead of cars, if you’re looking for bonus points.

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The game gets very challenging, quickly, and if you like solving puzzles such as this, you’ll definitely find it interesting. However, the game can be annoying as well, especially when you’re unable to complete a particular level.

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11. Raft

Raft is an interesting game, built in Unity, that will keep you entertained for as long as you can survive in it. The game begins with the player stuck in the middle of the ocean with nothing but a raft, and a hook. You can use the hook to pull in floating debris from the ocean, which can then be used to build stuff. You can build water purifiers, storage chests, and a lot more, including wooden walls to protect your raft. Because you will need the protection. Every now and then, a shark will come and attack your raft, and walls are the only way you’ll be able to defend yourself. The game starts off rather slow, but if you don’t collect enough resources, and if you don’t use those resources at the right time, you’ll find yourself in mortal peril, very soon.

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The only issue I have with this game, is that there is absolutely no mention of controls, anywhere, which means that I had to figure them out myself. You can throw the hook into water with a left mouse click (pressing and holding will result in a longer throw). If planks, scraps, etc. are floating close to your raft, you don’t even need to use the hook to grab them, you can simply approach close enough, and press “E”. Pressing “B” will open up the inventory, and build menu, where you can use your resources to build things with which to survive. Once you get the hang of the game’s mechanics, you’ll definitely find it quite fun to play.

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12. PlaToon

PlaToon is another game that is a lot of fun to play. In this FPS game, you’re spawned with a weapon, into a map (which could be a deathmatch, capture the flag, etc), and you have to complete the objective, in order to win. In a deathmatch, there is a timer running on the top of the screen, and at the end, the player with the most kills, wins. There is absolutely no crosshair in the game, but you can right click to get a laser pointer, which will definitely help you while aiming.

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Parachutes drop off additional weapons, and items at regular intervals. If you want to discard the weapon you have, and replace it with a different one, you can press “X” to throw your weapon, and pick the other one, instead. There is no offline mode in the game, and you have to connect to a server, in order to play. it may not look like much, but it’s a lot of fun.

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13. Gladiabots

Gladiabots is not so much a game, as it is an exercise in the visual development of AI. In Gladiabots, you’re supposed to design the artificial intelligence for your bots, which they constantly keep checking, in order to figure out what they should do next. Each bot has its own AI tree, with nodes, that it checks to figure out its next course of action. There are two types of nodes: conditions, and actions.

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You can create very simple, to highly complex AIs for your bots, and that is the challenge of the game – creating an AI that can beat the ones created by other players. If you’re having doubts about the game, I don’t blame you. However, once you start playing the game, you’ll love it, and definitely have a lot of fun developing complex AIs to help your bots beat everyone else’s.

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14. Tiny Heist

Tiny Heist is a very interesting game. It doesn’t have great graphics, excellent dynamics, or even any sense of physics (at all). However, where it shines, is the fact that it’ll compel you to keep playing. In “Tiny Heist”, you’re supposed to scale walls, collect gems, keys, and reach the exit, all without being discovered by the guards, dogs, or security cameras that are all over the place. You can, however, disable the cameras, temporarily stun the guards, and the dogs, in order to get past them.

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However, the game requires a little patience, and you have to time your movement perfectly, in order to evade capture (and certain death). There is nothing else to the game, really, except, as you advance through the levels, you’ll not be shown the entire level in one go, instead, the level builds around you, as you move through it (making the game all the more difficult). If you like playing lightweight games that can help you kill some time, then Tiny Heist is definitely one you should check out.

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15. Nightlights (Indiegogo Demo)

Nightlights is an awesome puzzle game that will have you hooked in minutes. In the game, objects change depending on whether or not light is falling on them. You’ll find switches around the maps, which you can use to turn lights on/off, and change the environment to be able to get to the exit portal. There are boxes that you need to shift to the perfect spot, in order to keep a particular light on, and items that you need to collect and deposit before the portal will turn on.

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Right now, the game is in a demo phase, yet it’s still quite good. Good enough, in fact, that anyone who likes minimal puzzle games, without unnecessary sounds and noises, will definitely appreciate it. I would definitely recommend that you give it a try.

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These are the Best Free Games for Mac

Well, those were the 15 best free Mac games that I think you should definitely try. Each of these games is unique in its own way, so no matter the type of games you like, you’ll probably find at least one in this list that is to your taste. Obviously, these games don’t really come close to the level you can expect from a PC, or a console, but they’re pretty good, when it comes to gaming on a Mac.

So, have you ever played games on your Mac (without Bootcamping Windows)? What are your personal favorites? Also, if you know of any other free game that you think deserves to be on this list, do let us know in the comments section below.

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