Best Mac games 2024 - the best Apple-friendly gaming experiences you can get

Death Stranding's protagonist Sam Porter Bridges gazing forward, away from overcast skies
Death Stranding-utvecklaren hintar om ett mer mainstream-spel – men vad kan det vara? (Image credit: Kojima Productions)

The best Mac games come in all sorts of different shapes and sizes, from epic, blockbuster role-playing games (RPGs) to pensive sci-fi classics.

While the collection of games may be more limited than our list of the best PC games, Mac users still have access to a wide range of excellent titles including some of the best RPGs (role-playing games) and best story games. Some of the best PC strategy games are also available on Mac, as are some fantastic indies. Thanks to the availability of a range of absolutely top-tier titles, there's no reason for Mac users to miss out. 

Here at TechRadar Gaming, we know video games. Collectively, we've played tens of thousands of hours of the things, and we know fantastic titles when we see them. Below, you'll find a list of Mac-friendly games that stand the test of time, offering quality that puts them head and shoulders above the rest. Read on to find out more. 

Jahera casts a spell in a cutscene

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Why we love it

Baldur's Gate 3 gives players a staggering amount of agency - and not just in cutscenes. You can creatively use spells and surroundings to find unorthodox solutions to problems, manipulating the game's series of interlocking systems to produce all sorts of outcomes.

Baldur's Gate 3 is a wildly popular role-playing game (RPG) that has you step into the world of classic tabletop RPG Dungeons & Dragons. Developed by Larian Studios, this fantasy epic will take you on a soaring fantasy adventure, full of delightful characters and difficult choices. What's more, though you can play a range of pre-made characters, Baldur's Gate 3 allows you to build your adventurer from the ground up, creating a hero (or villain) to your exact specifications. 

One of the best Mac games of the RPG ilk, Baldur's Gate 3, tells a memorable, immersive story, full of stellar voice acting and top-notch writing.  On top of this, the story-driven RPG makes liberal use of motion capture, lending its cutscenes a feeling of cinematic realism that transports you as you play. The game's core cast of characters is beautifully realized, drawing you into the drama with graceful ease.

Resident Evil 4 Remake Leon

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Why we love it

The Resident Evil 4 remake doesn't just give a horror classic a new coat of paint, but it also enriches the game's characters, making subtle changes that make the remake more than its predecessor. 

Are you a bad enough dude to save the president's daughter? This is the question posed by the Resident Evil 4 remake, which has you step into the shoes of government agent Leon Kennedy as he attempts to rescue Ashley Graham from a group of macabre cultists in rural Spain. Full of thrills, spills, and horror, Resident Evil 4 is over-the-top fun and qualifies as one of the best horror games of recent years.

The remake gives the original Resident Evil 4 a glorious modern-day makeover, offering eye-watering graphics and welcome modernizations to some of the more dated aspects of the story. We were so impressed that the game earned a place on our 2023 Game of the Year list. Since it's available on Mac, that easily makes it one of the best Mac games, too.    

Disco Elysium screeshot showing a town square with trucks parked around the two main characters

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8. Disco Elysium

Welcome to Revachol
Why we love it

Disco Elysium manages to provide a gritty, grounded experience while also addressing big philosophical questions. Political and personal ideologies of all kinds are interrogated throughout the story and it doesn't pull any punches.

As well as being one of the best Mac games, Disco Elysium is arguably one of the best games ever made. An isometric RPG, Disco Elysium has you take on the role of an amnesiac detective as he attempts to solve a murder in the seaside district of Martinaise in the fictional city of Revachol. 

Taking place in an alternate reality reminiscent of our own, Disco Elysium grounds its characters in a bleak post-war setting. Memorable, challenging dialogue peppers the game's encounters - all of which run off of a dice-rolling system based on your stats. The kind of detective you play is up to you, as are the choices you make in pursuit of solving the case. Whatever you decide to do, your decisions compound throughout the game, rippling outwards as you continue to explore the thought-provoking RPG.

Final Fantasy 14 nightclub in crimson hues

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7. Final Fantasy 14

Critically acclaimed
Why we love it

Final Fantasy 14's main storyline may start off slow, but, once you sink your teeth in, you'll quickly find that this MMO contains some of the best single-player storytelling in modern gaming.

One of the best MMORPGs and best Mac games of recent years, Final Fantasy 14 boasts a gripping story, strong character customization, and a famously welcoming community. In Final Fantasy 14, you become the Warrior of Light, fated to protect the world from all sorts of nefarious horrors and conspiracies. Along your journey, you'll meet a vibrant cast of NPC characters, across hundreds of hours of gripping RPG storytelling. 

No MMO is complete without its community, however, and Final Fantasy 14 has plenty to offer in that department, too. From Free Companies (14's version of guilds), and player housing to full-on player-run nightclubs, Square Enix's beloved MMO has something for everyone.

A Hades screenshot showing Zagreus firing a flaming attack at an enemy

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6. Hades

Go to hell
Why we love it

Hades is not only full of thrilling battles and poignant emotional moments but also boasts an ear-meltingly good soundtrack from composer Darren Korb. Come for the gorgeous art style but stay for the pulse-pounding, tear-jerking soundtrack.

A thrilling third-person action RPG, Hades follows the story of Zagreus, son of Hades, as he attempts to escape the underworld of ancient Greek myth. Though our hero perishes in short order, it turns out that death is merely a setback for the idealistic young demigod. A roguelike game through and through, Hades demands persistence and cunning, but the payoff is fantastic. 

As you progress on your journey you'll encounter figures from Greek myth, gorgeously reimagined with a distinctive art style and captivating voice acting. As you gradually get closer to the surface, more of the game's story will unfold, granting you an insight into Zagreus' trials, relationships, and dreams. This well-loved title easily ranks amongst the best Mac games available at the moment, especially when it comes to roguelikes.

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5. Stellaris

The final frontier
Why we love it

Stellaris doesn't just put you in the driver's seat of a space empire, it also gives you a license to build your own faction from the ground up. This agency, when combined with the game's penchant for random events, creates gripping emergent storylines.

Stellaris is a grand strategy game of ambitious scale and impressive customizability. In Paradox Interactive's sci-fi empire sim, you manage a space-faring civilization as it takes its first steps into the stars. You get to manage every aspect of your faction, right down to its political values and aesthetic of choice. 

With sophisticated diplomacy, espionage, research, and economic mechanics, Sterllaris will keep even genre veterans busy with its wide scope for strategy and choice. Should relations with rival powers sour, you'll be able to deploy fleets of custom spaceships to make war on your enemies. With a wealth of mods and robust multiplayer modes, Stellaris easily stands as one of the best Mac games of 2023.

Sims in a room full of colorful furniture

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4. The Sims 4

All the little people
Why we love it

The Sims 4 allows you to simulate all sorts of different human beings, offering refreshing representation for LGBTQ+ people as well as disabled folks. Players from many different walks of life can see themselves reflected in The Sims 4, helping to make it an accessible and welcoming title. 

The Sims 4 is a social simulation game developed by Maxis Studios. Rather than give you a specific goal or task, The Sims is a sandbox, allowing you to build your own communities of virtual people called 'Sims'. As the player, you'll direct their actions perhaps guiding them towards their goals, or perhaps opting to mess with them instead, if you're so inclined. 

It's deeply satisfying to watch your own curated groups of people live out their lives. However, in addition to the social simulation elements, The Sims 4 also includes a Build Mode which allows you to construct homes and environments for your Sims. The game also includes an online content exchange system, allowing you to share your creations and download the creations of others. One of the best Mac games out there, The Sims 4 offers a fun virtual sandbox that's full of surprises.

A huge boss with many arms performing a sweeping attack in Lies of P

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Why we love it

Souls-like games are a dime a dozen these days, which makes it even more impressive that Lies of P managed to carve out a space of its own when it launch last year. This is primarily due to its excellent combat, which offers up multiple play styles, some of which really break new ground for the action-RPG genre.

Lies of P was a pleasant surprise when it came out last year, proving that there's still plenty of life left in the Souls-like formula. What the game does better than most of its peers is stand out with unique and downright beautiful art direction. This, paired with brilliant combat that rests on much deeper systems than you may think at first, make it well worth your time.

Don’t let the children’s fairytale-inspired setting fool you: Lies of P is pitch-perfect soulslike action that’s cut from the same cloth as Sekiro and Bloodborne. Its rapid and weighty combat strikes a balance of aggression and patience - a la Bloodborne - with Sekiro-style parries being thrown in for good measure. Whether you're a newbie to the genre, or a seasoned veteran, you'll find plenty to keep you entertained while battling the huge array of formidable foes that stand between you and the credits.

Given how few Soulslike games are available for MacOS, it's refreshing to see one of the best now available for Apple users. Lies of P is modern, mechanically solid, and genuinely surprising at times. Just make sure you land your parries.

Death Stranding's protagonist Sam Porter Bridges gazing forward

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Why we love it

What makes Death Stranding special is how Kojima Productions makes delivering cargo into a thrilling gauntlet full of risk and reward. Death Stranding isn't just a walking simulator, it's the walking simulator.   

Death Stranding Director's Cut is finally available on Mac and iOS, bringing Kojima Productions' hit 2019 sci-fi thriller to a whole new platform. Death Stranding has you play as Sam Bridges, a porter whose job it is to carry cargo across a post-apocalyptic North America. However, this isn't your run-of-the-mill apocalypse. Thanks to the cataclysmic Death Stranding, the veil between life and death has stopped working. Supernatural horrors stalk the land and the remnants of what was once the USA huddle in underground bunkers. 

Thanks to sophisticated systems for balancing and traversal, Death Stranding manages to make cargo delivery fun and rewarding - comfortably securing it a place on our best Mac games list. For instance, even something as mundane as carrying a massive package through running water can become a gripping challenge as you frantically try to stop Sam from stumbling over his feet. What's more, the confident and melodramatic sci-fi plot makes for a compelling ride. One part action-thriller Metal Gear Solid, one part indie cult classic Getting Over It with Bennet Foddy, Death Stranding isn't one to miss.

Stardew Valley farm, with the player wearing a straw hat tending to tomato plants

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1. Stardew Valley

Gaming's coziest village

If you love pixel art and or cozy games then Stardew Valley should be on your radar. The premise is simple: your grandfather has left you a small patch of land in the scenic village of Stardew Valley, prompting you to move out there and start a new life. Once you arrive, you can build a cozy farm of your very own, complete with charming pixel art animals. 

Gentler than the other entries on this best Mac games list, you'll be able to form relationships with the other residents, making them gifts and immersing yourself in local culture. You can also take the fight to the sinister Joja Corporation as it attempts to muscle in on the village. Between farming, mining, combat, fishing, and foraging, there's plenty to do in this delightful open-ended RPG. What's more, it's also one of the best co-op games and can be great fun with friends. 

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What games will run on my Mac?

From Baldur's Gate 3 to Stardew Valley, there are plenty of titles out there that'll run well on your Mac. While not every game is Mac-friendly, our list of the best Mac games is full of titles that are suitable for your platform. 

That said, though more modern Macs and MacBooks will have no trouble running recently released games, always be sure to check a game's system requirements before purchasing. It's never fun to spend money on a title, only to find that your hardware won't be able to run it.

Are Macs good for gaming?

Though the answer varies depending on the game in question, the Apple MacBook Pro 16-inch (M3 Max) is your best bet when it comes to buying a macOS product that's well-suited for gaming. In his review of the product, TechRadar Managing Editor Matt Hanson said it's "the first MacBook we'd recommend as a gaming device. At this price[,] it won't be for everyone, but it's an incredible piece of tech."

However, even if you're not able to afford this high-end product, there's every possibility that your Mac will still be able to play the titles on our best Mac games list - just be sure to check the specs first.

How we made our best Mac games list

Our best Mac games list is the product of hundreds of hours of testing across a wide range of games and genres. Though the Mac has a smaller library of games compared to PC, we wanted to show that Apple computers are still very much viable game consoles. Many of the best single-player games as well as more than a few multiplayer gems are available on Mac, and we wanted our list to reflect this. 

In addition, we wanted to ensure that a wide range of genres was on offer to account for varying personal tastes. As fun as it can be to spend dozens of hours getting lost in Disco Elysium's extensive storyline, some prefer to just dip into a game like Stardew Valley for a short burst before moving on to something else. Our list attempts to cater to as many as possible by accounting for these different player preferences.

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Cat Bussell
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Cat Bussell is a Staff Writer at TechRadar Gaming. Hailing from the crooked spires of London, Cat is an experienced writer and journalist. As seen on Wargamer.com, TheGamer.com, and Superjumpmagazine.com, Cat is here to bring you coverage from all corners of the video game world. An inveterate RPG maven and strategy game enjoyer, Cat is known for her love of rich narratives; both story-driven and emergent.

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