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"It just works."

If you ask about Apple OS X games on /v/, you're going to get drowned in trolls. We'd like to apologize for that: sorry.

Damn near every major game made for Microsoft Windows also has an OS X version these days, so check that out until we can get /v/ to give a straight answer, and write this page.

For games from before OS X came out, check the Macintosh page.

Also, Unix and Mac users should look into Wine. It usually supports Windows games and it's free.

By the way, it's pronounced "o-s-ten". Yeah, the X is a 10, roman numerals n' shit. Also, it's no longer called "Mac OS X" since 10.8.

The list Edit

Picture Title Genre Year Released Description Where to acquire
Abuse PC cover Abuse Platformer 1996 You got locked up in a prison where illegal genetic experiments take place, and all the inmates were transformed into monsters. A 2D platformer with a rather unique mouse-driven aim system, a gritty style, and merciless action. Was made free when the developer went bankrupt. Worth checking out. Desura
Amnesia-The-Dark-Descent-Cover-Art Amnesia: The Dark Descent Horor /Mindfuck 2011 This is an FPS, for First-Person-ScreamLikeALittleGirl. You gotta make your way through a damned dark castle, but it's too dark to see. If you carry a light, however, the things can see you. Official site
Bioshock 1225751387 Bioshock FPS 2007 Adventure in the underwater dystopia of "Rapture," what was supposed to be a libertarian paradise. Action / exploration and customizing combat. There's some moral ambiguity too, when it comes time to decide what to do about the "little sisters." Feral
Battle Bears -1 cover Battle Bears -1 Shooter 2011 A Third-Person shooter where you control bears, shooting other bears in space. Contains the 3 campaigns from he iPhone/iPad/Adroid version, but with better graphics and mouse and keboard control. Currently free on the Mac App Store, also avaible on iOS and Android. App Store
Deus Ex Human Revolution Ultimate Edition OS X cover Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Ultimate Edition FPS/RPG 2012 The year is 2027, corporations are beyond the control of governments, and robotic body augmentations are becoming mainstream. You are the security chief of the world's leading biotechnology company, and it's up to you to find the truth about the terrorist attack that killed your top scientists. But the conspiracy is much bigger than you could have guessed.

Mac users got lucky for once: this exclusive "Ultimate Edition" includes the extra material from all the preorder bonus packs and DLC expansions.

Dust An Elysian Tail cover Dust: An Elysian Tail Platformer / Action-RPG 2013 A furry amnesiac warrior wielding a magical talking sword and his little flying sprite companion wander a fantasy world to stop a genocidal army. An indie 2D platformer with RPG and beat 'em up elements. Stunning painted backgrounds, top notch animation, great voice acting, and above all, absurdly fun to play (be sure to use a good gamepad). Particularly impressive because it was just one guy who did all the design, coding, graphics, animated cutscenes, and most of the writing. Humble
Freedom Planet PC cover Freedom Planet Platformer 2014 Glorious indie old-school 2D mascot platformer, with the sort of level design, physics, graphics and music you'd expect from the very best Mega Drive games. GOG
Giana Sisters OSX cover Giana Sisters Platformer 2011 Remake/reboot/reimagining/rewhatever of the fondly remembered German Super Mario ripoff. A solid, very charming old-school platformer. Also for DS, iOS, and Android. App Store
Gianas Return title screen Giana's Return Platformer 2008 The one above is the official remake, this one is the unofficial sequel to the 80s classic The Great Giana Sisters. Very fun and really challenging. Freeware, also on several other systems. Free:
Official site
Half-Life complete Half-Life Complete FPS 2008 An experiment goes terribly wrong, and everyone's favorite crowbar-wielding MIT Ph.D. has to deal with a ton of aliens invading and the black ops trying to cover up the whole mess. Come on, it's the goddamn Half-Life series, you can't not play this! Steam
Heroesofnewerthjuly7 Heroes of Newerth MOBA 2010 A Defence Of The Ancients clone. Freemium:
Official site
Katawa Shoujo cover Katawa Shoujo Visual Novel 2012 Freeware romance VN with roots on 4chan. Free:
Official site
Machinarium cover Machinarium Puzzle 2009 The black-hat robots stole your robot girlfriend, and threw you on the robot junkpile! Pick yourself up, get back into the city and save her. Beautiful art, much pointy-clicky puzzle solving. Official site
Marathon Marathon trilogy FPS 1994-1996 The predecessor to the Halo series. The year is 2794 and you are a security officer aboard the UESC Marathon, a large, multi-generational colony spacecraft (converted from one of Mars's moons). As the ship and the Tau Ceti colony are attacked by hostile extraterrestrials, you find that something is amiss with the ship's artificial intelligences - one of which having gone quite insane after figuring out a secret greater than universe itself. Free:
Minecraft cover Minecraft Sandbox 2011 The world is composed of blocks which you can destroy and reuse to the extent of your imagination. It is currently in beta phase and is being updated semi-often. It also features an extensive Survival mode and Multiplayer mode. First-Person LEGO (FPL ?) Official site
Pathways Into Darkness Pathways Into Darkness FPS/RPG 1993 An extraterrestrial transmission warns us of impending doom: millions of years ago, a reality-manipulating creature fell on Earth, killing all dinosaurs. Now, it will awaken in a few days, and when it does, it will destroy the world entirely. The only solution is to get it back to bed, by means of a nuclear bomb planted on the lowest levels of a mysterious pyramid of non-human origin.

The predecessor to the Marathon series, very unique, and one of the hardest games ever.

App Store
Portal cover Portal Puzzle 2007 You're a "volunteer" at an experimental research facility managed by an AI who is lacking in ethics and doubtful sanity. Your job is to test a device that can connect two surfaces together. You are promised cake if you complete the tests successfully (spoiler: the cake is horrible-screaming-death flavoured). Steam
Portal 2 cover Portal 2 Puzzle 2011 A sub-AI module dug you out of cryostasis to help get out of the testing facility. The AI from the last game is deactivated, so it should be easy so long as you don't reactivate her. Just don't press the 'on' button... the red shiny 'on' button... the jolly candy-like OH FOR CHRIST'S SAKE!!! More puzzles, more gimmicks, plenty of background fluff and top-notch voice acting. Also comes with 2-player co-op first-person puzzle mode (2PCOFPPM?). Steam
Free OST
Prey Mac cover Prey FPS 2006 A deadbeat Cherokee ex-soldier is abducted to a massive spaceship that feeds from people, and he has to use his injun spirit magic to beat the aliens and save the world. Silly as it may sound, this is a very solid game (if somewhat linear) with great graphics, a haunting soundtrack, excellent writing, and voice cameos by tinfoil hat radio celebrity Art Bell as himself. Also on Windows and Xbox 360. Aspyr
Quake 4 PC cover Quake 4 FPS 2005 Continuing the plot of Quake 2 (1 and 3 don't really have one), you're a space marine fighting the Stroggs, a conquering cyborg alien race. It got a bit of an underwhelming reception, but it's actually very fun. It's more linear and "cinematic" than its predecessor, but still feels old-school enough (no auto-healing or weapon limit bullshit, thank you based god). Aspyr
Rochard PC cover Rochard Platformer / puzzle 2011 When an asteroid mining crew finds evidence of intelligent life out there, they're attacked by space bandits, and soon find themselves as targets of a nasty conspiracy. Excellent graphics and sound, some nice run-n-gun action, and a ton of crazy physics-manipulating puzzles. Official site
Shadow Warrior PC cover Shadow Warrior FPS 2013 A bodyguard / henchman / hired killer is sent to acquire a very special sword, but when a horde of demons gets in the way and slaughters everyone before he has a chance to, he realizes there's something weird about his corporate overlords.

Remember the 90s classic? Lo Wang was a sort of oriental Duke Nukem, but unlike the notorious DNF, this one is actually a good game... a fast-paced, damn fun, insanely over the top, ultraviolent romp. From the same team of the also excellent Hard Reset.

Spec Ops The Line cover Spec Ops: The Line TPS 2012 In a near future, Dubai was annihilated by a series of freak sand storms. Months later, a radio transmission indicates that there might be survivors there after all. You lead a Delta Force team sent to investigate, but when you get there, you find there's some real crazy shit going on. Humble
StarCraft II - Box Art Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty RTS 2010 It's Starcraft, only moreso.
System Shock 2 Mac cover System Shock 2 FPS/RPG 1999 "Look at you, hacker. A pathetic creature of meat and bones, panting and sweating as you run through my corridors. How could you challenge a perfect, immortal machine?" GOG
Tf2 Team Fortress 2 FPS 2007 An official sequel to the Quake modification, Team Fortress. The game revolves around nine unique classes and hats. A lot of hats. It's updated regularly and has been receiving consistent content since it's release. Freemium:
Official site
The Witcher Mac cover The Witcher Action-RPG 2007 The tale of a badass monster hunter, in a fantasy world full of sex, violence, and morally ambiguous choices to make. GOG
The Witcher 2 Mac cover The Witcher 2 Action-RPG 2012 Geralt was framed for regicide, and seeks to clear his name. Better graphics and a more exciting combat system than the first game. GOG
Torchlight cover Torchlight RPG 2010 A modern roguelike from the designers of Diablo and the team behind Mythos - so if you liked those, get it. Steam
Wasteland 2 Directors Cut cover Wasteland 2: Director's Cut RPG 2014 From the producer of the original Fallout, this is what a modern Fallout would be if they made it for the old fans instead of casuals: a top-down, turn-based tactical RPG with a fuckton of possibilities and immense room for customization. GOG
World of Goo cover World of Goo Puzzle 2008 Is there any platform that World of Goo doesn't run on? Help sticky blobs of, well, goo to cooperate so they can get from point A to point B. Simple idea, it's the art and decorations that make it memorable. Official site

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