The 8 Best Games for Mac in 2019

From RPGs to battle royales

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Compared to PCs, Macs used to have a much smaller library of games. But in 2019, there are more options than ever, from fun world-building games to thrilling first-person shooters and popular titles like Fortnite and Minecraft. Check out our list below to get inspired for your next gaming session or to get an idea of what gift the Mac gamer in your life.

The Rundown

  • Best RPG: Diablo III at Amazon, "Diablo is one of the most iconic computer game franchises of all time, famous for its addictive mixture of fighting and loot-gathering gameplay."
  • Best Bundle: Heroes of the Storm: Starter Pack at Amazon, "This exciting game delivers team-oriented quick matches, dynamic scenery, and exciting gameplay sprinkled with humor."
  • Best Strategy: StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm at Amazon, "Play in the multiplayer mode for a thrilling, completely engaging gaming experience, or explore at your own pace with the satisfying single-player option."
  • Best MMORPG: The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset Collector’s Edition at Best Buy, "Though the $90 price tag may seem a bit steep, keep in mind that this edition will provide more than 30 hours of new story content to experience."
  • Best for Kids: Minecraft at Amazon, "Learn about shapes and use your new knowledge to build increasingly complicated structures, from little cottages to fairy-tale castles."
  • Best Broad Appeal: The Sims 4 at Amazon, "Gamers shape the story in this virtual world by customizing characters, personalizing their appearances, and even changing their personalities."
  • Best Battle Royale: Fortnite at Epic Games, "Download the game and play it on your Mac, smartphone, tablet, or other PC – and all for free."
  • Best 2-for-1: Star Wars Mac Pack: Knights of the Old Republic/Empire at War at Amazon, "For less than $10, you can get two popular, well-reviewed games from the Star Wars franchise."

Our Top Picks

Best RPG: Diablo III

Diablo III

Courtesy of Diablo III

It’s kind of insane just how popular this game full of demons and heroes has grown over the years. Diablo is one of the most iconic computer game franchises of all time, famous for its addictive mixture of fighting and loot-gathering gameplay. If you've played Diablo II or the original Diablo, you’ll recognize some familiar settings in the third installment, such as Tristam, but the previous warriors from those games have moved on, making way for a new generation of heroes to do battle in the world of Sanctuary. Battle the infernal with fire and ice and summon a menagerie of unusual creatures to help you defend your realm from the powers of evil. This Blizzard Entertainment classic continues to draw millions of players, so get a download from Amazon and start playing on your Mac right away. 

Best Bundle: Heroes of the Storm: Starter Pack

Heroes of the Storm is Blizzard Entertainment's answer to the insanely popular League of Legends. This exciting game delivers team-oriented quick matches, dynamic scenery, and exciting gameplay sprinkled with humor. In Heroes of the Storm, players form teams of five heroes or villains — from Blizzard’s iconic universes including Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo — and battle other teams for glory in the Nexus. You’ll need a Battle.net registration, Battle.net Desktop Application, and an Internet connection to play. Once you've secured those, jump right in with this fun Heroes of the Storm Starter Pack. It gives you a leg up on the competition thanks to five heroes including a warrior, two assassins, a specialist, and a support player. You also get a hero skin and a bundle-exclusive Golden Tiger Mount. If you bought all of these items in game, it would cost more than $50 to assemble them, making this bundle a great value, too.

Best Strategy: StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm

StarCraft is one of the most popular games in the rapidly-growing eSports arena. Keep up with the action with StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, the first expansion to the 2010 release of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. Heart of the Swarm features a new campaign continuing the epic story of legendary character Sarah Kerrigan, also known as the Queen of Blades, as she gathers the remnants of the Zerg Swarm and plots her revenge, picking up the thread of the plot from the previous StarCraft games. It also introduces several new multiplayer units and features. If you’re newer to StarCraft though, don’t worry; this game is a great way to get more familiar with the basic mechanics for the Zerg, the stars of this slimy show. Play in the multiplayer mode for a thrilling, completely engaging gaming experience, or explore at your own pace with the satisfying single-player option that gives you plenty of choices to fully experience this expansion. 

Best MMORPG: The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset Collector’s Edition

The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset Collector’s Edition

Courtesy of Best Buy

The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset Collector’s Edition is an exclusive title that sends players on an exciting journey to the Summerset Isle for adventure and exploration in the ancient home of the high elves, a locale that hasn’t been revisited in The Elder Scrolls since 1994. There are other new areas to explore and new quests to enjoy as well. If you like creating gear, this collector’s edition features an expanded crafting system to make your coolest items ever. Even though the $90 price tag may seem a bit steep, keep in mind that this edition will provide more than 30 hours of new story content to experience. The original base game is also included, so new players can use this as a starting out point. 

Best for Kids: Minecraft

If you have elementary school or middle school-aged kids, you’ve probably heard of this title. Between parties, apparel, Halloween costumes, and even bedding — Minecraft has made its mark on young gamers. If you aren’t familiar with it, Minecraft, at its most simple, is a game about building things with blocks (much like real-life Legos) and going on adventures. Kids can explore engaging worlds and enjoy using their imaginations to create new and interesting structures. Learn about shapes and use your new knowledge to build increasingly complicated structures, from little cottages to fairy-tale castles. This version of Minecraft for Mac includes a lot of new features that you can use to decorate your creations such as stained glass, banners, armor stands, fireworks, ravines, books, and quills.

Best Broad Appeal: The Sims 4

If you enjoy gaming primarily because it allows you to immerse yourself in an alternate reality, you'll enjoy curating your own world in The Sims 4 for Mac. Gamers shape the story in this virtual world by customizing characters, personalizing their appearances, and even changing their personalities. It’s fascinating to see how your Sims evolve as they form relationships with other Sims, pursue careers, and even gain new skills. For those who enjoy fashion or interior design, you can fill your Sims’ closets with all kinds of outfits and build — literally — your dream home for them to live in. What's really great about the Sims is you can play it over and over again without experiencing the same thing twice.

Best Battle Royale: Fortnite

Fortnite

Courtesy of Epic Games

In 2019, we might not believe you if you told us you hadn't heard of Fortnite. One of the most popular titles of the last year, you can download the game and play it on your Mac, smartphone, tablet, or other PC – and all for free. So what's the game about? Basically, a Fortnite battle begins when 100 players all join the same madcap arena and start fighting it out to see who will be the victor. The arena slowly shrinks in size as the players duke it out, forcing confrontations on them. Like similar dueling arena games, players land in the arena with only one weapon. Part of the fun is in finding other weapons and equipment to gain an edge while the battle rages on. It may sound violent, but the colorful graphics and ability to harvest and build equipment from the surrounding materials make this more kid-friendly than it initially seems.

Best 2-for-1: Star Wars Mac Pack: Knights of the Old Republic/Empire at War

Surprise the Star Wars fan in your life with this budget-friendly bundle. For less than $10, you can get two popular, well-reviewed games from the Star Wars franchise: Knights of the Old Republic and Empire at War — both playable on Mac. These immersive games dig deep into the rich and detailed Star Wars universe, creating a customizable role-playing experience. In Knights of the Old Republic, you can explore your inner Jedi. Will you master the power of the Force, or turn to the dark side? With nine different customizable characters that evolve as you play, you can try both on for size and see what fits best. The journey will take you to seven different worlds in the Star Wars universe and includes fun, fast-paced mini-games to keep the action going. In Empire at War, you’ll face a new challenge playing a real-time strategy game (that takes place between the first three movies and the next trilogy) through the events of A New Hope. You’ll be able to play with many different heroes on both sides of the struggle and control the battle between Rebel and Empire forces both on planetary surfaces and in epic space battles.

Our Process 

Our writers spent 3 hours researching the most popular games for Mac on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 28 different games overall, read over 60 user reviews (both positive and negative), and tested 5 of the games themselves. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.