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Think owning a Mac means you can&#;t play games? Think again. The Mac gaming ecosystem is robust. From brand new releases to retro classics and even Windows-only titles; there&#;s plenty of fun to be had on a Mac.

Why You Should (Probably) Skip the Mac App Store

The Mac App Store is full of games. These include big-budget $60 releases like Civilization VI, short indie experiences like Oxenfree, and the kind of casual games you&#;d find on the iPhone like Donut County. To browse the catalog, open up the Mac App Store app then click on the &#;Play&#; tab from the sidebar.

Unfortunately, the Mac App Store isn&#;t always the best place to buy your games from. It&#;s often more expensive than other storefronts, and it suffers from too few new releases and a lack of reviews on many items due to relatively low patronage.

Multiplayer games, in particular, have always had issues on the Mac App Store. id Software opted to cut multiplayer entirely from their shooter RAGE when it was released, and the game has since disappeared from the platform. Gearbox Software&#;s Borderlands was released on the Mac App Store with rewritten multiplayer support to accommodate Apple&#;s own Game Center APIs. The game has also disappeared from the service.

Contrast that with Steam, which enjoys far more players on Windows, Linux, and Mac with full support for cross-play. Apple ditched the standalone Game Center app in , but the service lives on as an optional feature that developers can implement. It&#;s unclear whether Apple still requires multiplayer games to use its own APIs, but most multiplayer games skip the App Store entirely.

With the arrival of Apple&#;s anticipated porting of iOS apps to the macOS platform sometime in , we could see a lot more iOS experiences arriving on the Mac App Store. That will make it much easier for developers to port their games to the Mac, but you&#;ll probably be better off playing these games on an iPhone or iPad instead.

Apple&#;s upcoming subscription gaming service Apple Arcade will also be Mac-compatible. The service launches in fall on the App Store and promises an ad-free experience, and cross-play between Mac, iOS, and Apple TV. When it launches, Apple Arcade will be another attempt at a &#;Netflix for games&#; service, with the main twist being a focus entirely on Apple devices.

Get Games from Steam, GOG, and Other Stores

If you want the latest big-budget releases, particularly multiplayer games, then you&#;ll need to turn to a third-party storefront like Steam. Valve&#;s distribution service has been the king of digital game downloads for well over a decade, and it enjoys more users than any other gaming service.

A push toward cross-platform gaming thanks to the arrival of Linux-based SteamOS in has seen more developers target the Mac for their day one releases. That means there are more Mac games on the service than ever before, including early access releases. Early access games allow you to buy the game early and play pre-release versions, supporting small studios and helping shape the game&#;s development.

Steam is one storefront where purchasing a game on one platform allows you to play it on any platform. If you have any Windows games in your library that have since received Mac (or Linux) support, you can download them and play them for no extra charge. At the time of writing, Steam offers about Mac games.

The Epic Games Store is a controversial yet growing contender to Steam. With a more generous revenue split that sees 88% of proceeds going back to developers (as opposed to 70% on Steam and the Mac App Store), the service has been successful in attracting big-name exclusives since launching in early There&#;s already a Mac version of the Epic Games Store, though support for the platform is thin on the ground outside of obvious smash hits like Fortnite&#;but you can play Fortnite on a Mac.

If you want to play Blizzard titles like World of Warcraft, Diablo III, or StarCraft II, then you&#;ll need to use the launcher. Blizzard was one of the first major publishers to take the Mac seriously as a platform for their games, though the smash hit Overwatch sadly never received a Mac port.

Good Old Games, also known as GOG, is an alternative storefront with a focus on classic gaming. The service sees new releases too, but the real benefit to using GOG is the ability to play old games on modern platforms. Many old games have been patched to work on recent macOS releases and many others that have not. Generally speaking, most old DOS are Mac compatible (thanks to the cross-platform DOSBox), while most  &#;golden age&#; Windows titles released in the late 90s and early s are not.

You Can Play Windows Games on Your Mac, Too

There are three methods you can use to play Windows game on a Mac: WINE, Boot Camp, and virtualization.

If you want to play Windows games with as little trouble as possible, then Boot Camp is the best choice. Virtual machines can work well for older games but lack the performance necessary to play modern titles. WINE, which runs Windows games on macOS, is very hit and miss—even when it works you can encounter bugs and strange behavior—but it may be worth a shot depending on what you&#;re trying to play.

Play Windows Games Using WINE

Compatibility layer WINE (which stands for &#;Wine Is Not an Emulator&#;) is designed to make Windows games and applications work on Linux and Mac computers. You can use WineHQ to check on the status of specific games. Learn more about using WINE to run Windows programs on a Mac.

Sometimes WINE alone isn&#;t enough, which is why projects like Wineskin exist. Wineskin helps create &#;wrappers&#; that tell WINE how best to handle specific applications. You can download prepared wrappers or create your own to share with the community. Other similar projects focused purely on games are Porting Kit and PlayOnMac. All of these projects are free to use and community-driven. There is one premium project called Crossover, which has a free trial you can use to evaluate it.

WINE is a mixed bag. Some games work fine; others fail to launch at all. It can take a lot of additional work to get something working, especially if you have to build a wrapper yourself. WINE can be used to play both old and new games, with similarly mixed results. It&#;s a good place to start, but be prepared to encounter quirky behavior, crashes, and blank screens.

Play Windows Games Natively Using Boot Camp

You can also enjoy Windows games natively on a Mac. One way of doing this is by installing Windows on your Mac&#;s hard drive using Boot Camp. This effectively turns your Mac into a Windows PC, and you will need to reboot into Windows each time you want to play a game. The main benefit to using Boot Camp is the improved performance since there is no third party software standing between you and your game. Learn how to install Windows on a Mac with Boot Camp.

Play Windows Games Using a Virtual Machine

Finally, there is one more option in using a virtual machine. This is a stop-gap between the previous two methods. It works best for older Windows games, which don&#;t demand high-end hardware. By running a virtual machine on your Mac, you&#;re effectively running Windows from within macOS. This means you will have to share available resources (processing power, RAM, and so on) between the two operating systems.

The cheapest and easiest way to do this is to use the free virtualization tool VirtualBox. There are premium virtual machines that will generally offer more support and better features like Parallels and VMWare. Going this route means you avoid compatibility issues seen using WINE, but lose out on the raw power gained from running Windows natively.

Play Retro Games with Sourceports

If you&#;re interested in playing older games, try source ports. A source port is a rebuild of a game engine that has been made open source. Many engines have been made open source over the years including idTech 1 (Doom) through to idTech 4 and the Build engine (Duke Nukem 3D). The result is an arsenal of open source engines that have been improved over time. These can be used to play classic titles on modern hardware, regardless of which operating system you use.

There is one caveat, though. Even though many engines are released under an open-source license, most game assets are not. That means you have to provide your own original assets from legally purchased versions of the game. These can come from the original game media, or from re-releases found on services like GOG. Most source ports only require you to copy a few files into the right directory before you can play.

Some of the best Mac-compatible source ports include:

Not only are source ports a great way to relive some of the best games ever made, but they also pack in improvements. Many source ports include new rendering engines, widescreen support, and back-end improvements that give life to new projects. Check out some of the best games that rely on source ports available right now.

Play Old Games WIth Emulation on a Mac

Emulators are another great way to play games on your Mac, though they exist in a legal gray area. Even though emulators themselves are not illegal, procuring games (known as ROMs) that you do not own is. Many jurisdictions allow you to create software backups (ROMs) and play them provided you own the original media.

One of the best emulators available for Mac in terms of ease of use is OpenEmu. This emulator includes supports for a wide variety of systems including Nintendo&#;s NES, SNES, Game Boy, N64, and DS; Sega&#;s Master System, Genesis, CD, Saturn, Game Gear, and PSP; the Atari through to the Lynx, PC Engine, and NeoGeo Pocket. There are also some more obscure entries like the Vectrex, WonderSwan, and Virtual Boy.

DOSBox is an emulator that allows you to play just about any game written for MS-DOS on your Mac. DOSBox requires a working knowledge of DOS, namely the ability to bind folders, change directories, and launch executables. If you&#;re not too keen on command line prompts, Mac app Boxer automates just about every aspect of DOSBox and will even import box art and display your games on a virtual shelf.

If you&#;re looking for more emulators and ROMs, check out The Old School Emulation Center at the Internet Archive. They have tens of thousands of ROMs available for all sorts of systems, some of which you can even play in your browser.

RELATED:Is Downloading Retro Video Game ROMs Ever Legal?

Controlling The Action

If you&#;re looking to play games on your Mac, you might want a controller or gaming mouse and keyboard. Luckily, whatever controller you have lying around will probably work well. Most generic USB devices work just fine on the Mac, allowing you to bind button presses to actions in your favorite games and source ports. Free app Enjoyable lets you map keypresses and mouse input to a controller, should you need it.

Some popular controllers you can use with your Mac are:

Most USB mice and keyboards will also work on a Mac, even if they have a Windows key layout. Peripheral manufacturers will indicate Mac support on the box or their websites, so always check before you buy. You can fully customize the behavior of any Mac keyboard—including remapping the entire layout—using the free app Karabiner-Elements.

More Mac Games Are Available Than Ever

The Mac gaming scene is relatively healthy in Even though the platform still isn&#;t widely targeted for most big-budget AAA releases, the number of indie developers building their games with multi-platform releases in mind has increased dramatically.

Windows continues to be the dominant gaming platform outside of consoles, but more new games are coming to the Mac than ever before. With Apple Arcade scheduled for release in the fall of , you&#;ll even find some exclusive titles that will run on a Mac but not a Windows PC.

Even if you can&#;t get the latest and greatest games working on your Mac, you can always turn to the golden oldies through emulation and source ports.

And hey, unlike on Windows, you won&#;t need to update your Mac&#;s graphics drivers. They&#;re built right into macOS itself&#;just update your Mac.

What About Game Streaming?

The future is looking exciting, too. With game-streaming services like Google&#;s Stadia and Microsoft&#;s xCloud on the horizon, you might soon be able to play all the latest PC games on any Mac with great performance&#;assuming you have a good internet connection.

If you&#;re interested in this technology, you can try Shadow to get a remote Windows gaming PC and stream games from it today.

RELATED:Shadow Game Streaming Review: Powerful Niche Service, but Skip the Hardware

Tim Brookes
Tim Brookes is a technology writer with more than a decade of experience. He's invested in the Apple ecosystem, with experience covering Macs, iPhones, and iPads for publications like Zapier and MakeUseOf.
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HowdyThree Rings Design Strategy Freeware Barbie of Swan LakeVivendi Universal Strategy Commercial –/– Bard's TaleInterplay Productions RPG Commercial 6 Barkanoid II(VP) Virtual Programming Arcade Commercial – BarrackAmbrosia Software Arcade Shareware Batman: Arkham AsylumFeral Interactive Action/adventure Commercial Batman: Arkham City - Game of the Year EditionFeral Interactive Action/adventure Commercial Batman: Justice UnbalancedThe Learning Company Educational Commercial – Batman: Toxic ChillThe Learning Company Educational Commercial –/– BATTLE BEARS -1 MacSkyVu Pictures Action Commercial or higher Battle Beast7th Level Fighting Commercial –9 Battle ChessInterplay Board game Commercial 6–9 Battle for the UniverseMisty Software Strategy Commercial –/– The Battle for WesnothThe Battle for Wesnoth Development Team Turn-based strategy Open source or higher The Battle of Britain[11]Rene Vidmer/Deadly Games Battle Commercial 7 or higher Battle GirlFeral Interactive Retro arcade Commercial Battle SnakeGame Training Arcade/action Freeware or higher Battle SquadronCope-Com Shoot-em up Commercial Battle vs. ChessTargem Games/Gaijin Entertainment Board game/action Commercial or higher BattleBrainBattlefield Aspyr MediaFirst-person shooter Commercial – Battlefield Deluxe EditionAspyr MediaFirst-person shooter Commercial – Battlefield Secret Weapons of WWIIAspyr MediaFirst-person shooter Commercial – Battlefield Electronic Arts First-person shooter Commercial – Battlegrounds Gaming EngineBattlegrounds Games Virtual tabletop software Commercial – Battlegrounds: RPG EditionBattlegrounds Games Virtual tabletop software Commercial – Battlestations: MidwayRobosoft Technologies/Eidos Interactive/Feral Interactive Action/strategy Commercial or higher Battlestations: PacificRobosoft Technologies/Eidos Interactive/Feral Interactive Action/strategy Commercial or higher Be a King: Lost LandsBeach Head MacSoft Action Commercial – Beach Head MacSoft Action Commercial –, – BeamWarsSteve Crutchfield Arcade Shareware 6–9 Beauty SalonBedlamAdventure BeeCells3DBeer PongCorey Ledin Sports Commercial or higher Bejeweled DeluxePopCap Games Puzzle Commercial – Bejeweled 2 DeluxePopCap Games Puzzle Commercial – BertGottlieb Puzzle Commercial BesmashedBest KakuroBest of the Original Mac Games Volume 1Freeverse Software Arcade Commercial – Betty’s Beer BarMystery Studio Arcade Digital download – Between the WorldsBeyond Dark CastleSilicon Beach Software Platforming Commercial 1–8 Beyond DivinityLarian Studios RPG Commercial Beyond the Red Line Space simulator Beyond ZorkInfocom Interactive fiction/RPG Commercial 1–8 BGBlitzBig Bang Board gamesFreeverse Software Board games Commercial – Big Bang Brain GamesFreeverse Software Board games Commercial – Big Island BlendsBig Kahuna ReefReflexive Entertainment Puzzle Commercial – Big Kahuna WordsReflexive Entertainment Puzzle Commercial Big World BowlingSealab Studios Sports Commercial or higher BilliardsBilly FrontierBinary SolitaireBiofilmBionic HeartTycoon games Visual novel Commercial BionicleFeral Interactive Action-adventure Commercial – BioShockRobosoft Technologies/Feral Interactive First-person shooter Commercial BioShock 2Open Planet Software/Feral Interactive First-person shooter Commercial BioShock InfiniteIrrational Games/2K Games First-person shooter Commercial Birdie BeatGaijin Games Action, music, post-retro Commercial Bitfighter[12]Bitfighter Industries Action, arcade, shooter, multiplayer Open source + (?) Black & WhiteFeral Interactive Action/simulation Commercial –/– Black & White: Creature IsleFeral Interactive Action/simulation Commercial –/– Black & White Platinum PackFeral Interactive Action/simulation Commercial –/– Black & White 2Robosoft Technologies/Feral Interactive God game Commercial Black InkBlackthorneBlizzard Entertainment Platformer Commercial Blades of AvernumSpiderweb Software RPG Shareware Blades of ExileSpiderweb Software RPG Shareware BlastABallArb Studios Sports/physics Commercial or higher Blitzkrieg(VP) Virtual Programming Strategy Commercial or higher BlockAde Blitz!BlocklandEric Hartman MMORPG Shareware BlockManBloktBlood & MagicTachyon Studios Real-time strategy Commercial Blood BathUnder World Shooter Commercial OS to BloodRayneAspyr Media Action-adventure Commercial – Blox ArcadeDanny Espinoza Puzzle Shareware 7–9 Blue IceArt of Mind Productions Adventure Commercial Blue's ABC Time ActivitiesUbisoft Educational Commercial Blue's Clues: Blues Takes You To SchoolMacSoftEducational Commercial – Blue's Clues KindergartenInfogrames/Atari Educational Commercial – Blue's Clues Preschool[13]Infogrames Educational Commercial Blue's Reading Time Activities[14]Infogrames Educational Commercial or higher Bob the Builder: Can-Do CarnivalBob the Builder: Can-Do ZooBob Came In PiecesLudosity Interactive Puzzle/physics Commercial or higher Bob's Dream LiteBoloStuart Cheshire Tactical Shooter Shareware or higher BoltAvalanche Software Adventure Commercial BombDunkShoecake Games Puzzle Shareware or higher BombSquadEric Froemling Arcade or higher Bone: Out from BonevilleTelltale Games Adventure Commercial or higher Bongo BoogieBonkheads1AM Arcade Commercial Bonnie's BookstoreNew Crayon Games Puzzle Commercial Book of LegendsThe Book of Unwritten TalesKing Art Adventure Commercial Bookworm DeluxePopCap Games Puzzle Commercial – BOOMFactor Software Arcade Commercial Border ZoneInfocom Interactive fiction Commercial BorderlandsFeral Interactive First-person shooter Commercial or higher Borderlands: Game of the Year EditionFeral Interactive First-person shooter Commercial BoXiKoNBraidNumber None, Inc. Platformer Commercial BrainpipeBrass HatsBrataccasPsygnosis Adventure Commercial Bricks[15]Knowledge Adventure Puzzle/Simulation Commercial or higher Bricks of EgyptBrickShooter for MacBridge BaronBridge Construction SetChronic Logic Puzzle Shareware BriscolaBroken Sword: The Shadow of the TemplarsRevolution Software Adventure Commercial Broken Sword: The Smoking Mirror (Remastered)Revolution Software Adventure Commercial or higher Brothers in Arms: Double TimeRobosoft Technologies/Feral Interactive First-person shooter Commercial or higher Bubble ShooterAbsolutist Games Puzzle Commercial Bubble TroubleAmbrosia Software Action Commercial BubbleTrapBubsy 3D: Bubsy Visits the James Turrell RetrospectiveArcane Kids Platform, artFreeware Bud RedheadBug AttackWebfoot Technologies Arcade/action Commercial or higher Bug DefenderBugdomPangea Software Arcade Commercial – Bugdom 2Pangea Software Arcade Commercial –/– Build-a-lotHipSoft Simulation Commercial Build in TimeBuku SudokuAbsolutist Puzzle Commercial Bullet CandyBullet Candy PerfectBumbler Bee-LuxeDadgum Games Arcade Commercial Bunker RunBunny Killer 2Jonathan Sweet Arcade "Emailware" 7.x Bunny Killer 3Jonathan Sweet Arcade 7.x BurdalooBureaucracyInfocom Interactive fiction Commercial Burger ShopBurgerTime DeluxeBurn:CycleTripMedia Puzzle Commercial Burn the RopeBig Blue Bubble Puzzle Commercial or higher Burn Zombie BurnDoubleSix Action Commercial or higher Burning Monkey CasinoFreeverse Software Arcade commercial – Burning Monkey Mahjong SolitaireFreeverse Software Card game commercial – Burning Monkey Puzzle LabFreeverse Software Card game puzzle –/– Burning Monkey SolitaireFreeverse Software Card game puzzle –/– Burning Monkey Solitaire Freeverse Software Card game puzzle – Burning RubberJonas Echterhoff Arcade/vehicle combat Freeware 7–9 Bus DriverSCS Software Simulation Commercial or higher Vehicle combat Open source or higher
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