Into Mac gaming? Here are the 43 best Mac games out there, from strategy titles and sports sims to RPGs and puzzles, together with reviews and links to buy. Updated, 14 August 2013

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Contrary to popular belief, Mac gamers have plenty of top games titles to choose from these days - indeed, the most difficult part is narrowing down the options from all the high-quality games on offer, and then finding the time to play them.

We can't help with the latter, but the first problem is right up our alley. We've collected the 43 best Mac games for your delectation, dividing them for the sake of convenience into six categories:

Here, then, are the greatest Mac games out there, together with (where available) links to in-depth Macworld reviews and entries on the Mac App Store, so you can buy them right away.

Role-playing games for Mac

1. Diablo III

Company: Blizzard Entertainment
Requirements: OS X 10.6.8, 10.7.x or later; Intel Core 2 Duo; nVidia GeForce 8600M GT or better; ATI Radeon HD 2600 or better; 2GB RAM; 12GB available HD space
Price: £44.99

Twenty years after the events of the last game, a meteor strikes the much-troubled town of Tristram, opening up a gateway into the depths of the earth and paving the way for the return of the demon lord Diablo. As always, it’s up to you to gird your loins and turn back the forces of darkness before they unleash untold nastiness upon the earth.

This time around you can choose from five different character classes – barbarian, demon hunter, monk, witch doctor and wizard – each with its own unique skills and abilities. The graphics have been updated too, and now provide a true 3D view of the action.

There’s no denying the addictive grip that Diablo III exerts, even if Blizzard could have been more ambitious in updating from Diablo II. If you have any interest at all in sword and sorcery action games this is simply irresistible.

Diablo III Mac review

Diablo III Mac review

2. The Witcher 2: Assassins Of Kings

Company: CD Projekt
Requirements: OS X 10.7.5 or later
Price: £19.99

The Witcher 2 is undoubtedly one of the best roleplaying games of recent years and, as the name implies, it’s the sequel to the original Witcher game that was originally launched on the PC in 2007. Both games are based on the popular fantasy novels written by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski that follow the adventures of Geralt of Rivia – a ‘witcher’ who roams the fantasy kingdom of Temeria, slaying monsters and generally being mean and moody.

RPG fans will quickly find themselves drawn into this rich – and often adult – storyline, but the combat and skill systems are quite complex so you’ll need to devote a bit of time to mastering them. Some people may find the lack of different character classes a little restrictive, too; but the vividly drawn world of the The Witcher 2 will appeal to anyone who enjoys old-school role-playing games. It’s good value, too.

The Witcher 2: Assassins Of Kings Mac review | Buy The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition now

The Witcher 2: Assassins Of Kings Mac review

3. Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition

Company: Beamdog
Price: $19.99 (£16)

Baldur’s Gate was a landmark roleplaying game of the late 90s, and set the standard for every RPG that followed. The graphics may be dated, and the game’s interface isn’t exactly streamlined, but the complex storyline and eccentric cast of supporting characters are still very enjoyable and can provide many hours of enjoyable monster-bashing. The game is huge, covering dozens of locations around the area known as the Sword Coast, and it often seems like there are people just queuing up in the local tavern to offer you additional quests and rewards in return for your help.

Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition is a genuine golden oldie (on the iPad as well as on Mac). Younger players, raised on 3D epics such as Dragon Age, may wonder what all the fuss is about, but anyone who can remember the good old days of role-playing games will thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to go adventuring on the Sword Coast once more.

[At time of posting, Baldur's Gate has been removed from the App Store and Mac App Store for what Beamdog calls "complex legal matters", but the company promises it will return.]

Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition review

Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition

4. Dragon Age: Origins

Company: Electronic Arts
Requirements: Mac OS X 10.6.2, Intel Core 2 Duo, graphics card with 256MB VRAM
Price: £14.95

It’s a few years old now, but – in the absence of a Mac version of Skyrim – Dragon Age: Origins is still probably the best roleplaying game ever released on the Mac. It’s all standard RPG stuff – dungeons and dragons, warriors and wizards – but it has much more depth than simple click-and-slash games such as Diablo and Dungeon Siege. As well as the epic central story that pits you against an invading army of demons, there’s a great cast of supporting characters including a comedy golem and Alistair, a medieval sex symbol and illegitimate heir to the throne. Many of these characters also have strong subplots and quests of their own that help you to feel really involved in the game.

5. Dragon Age II

Company: Electronic Arts
Requirements: Mac OS X 10.6.2, Intel Core 2 Duo, graphics card with 256MB
Price: £14.95

Like its predecessor, Dragon Age II is set in the fantasy world of Ferelden, but it introduces an entirely new cast of characters and a new storyline as your hero – known only as Hawke – rises from obscurity to become a mighty champion. The focus on politics and intrigue means that DAII lacks the epic good-versus-evil story of the original, but other aspects of the game are genuinely improved. The graphics are even more spectacular, and the combat is fast and furious, with characters leaping around the screen, waving their swords and firing spells all over the place. There are also two expansion packs that you can download for about £6 each.

6. World Of Warcraft Cataclysm

Company: Blizzard
URL: eu.blizzard.com
Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5.8, Intel Core 2 Duo, graphics card with 256MB VRAM
Price: £29.99 (plus £8.99 per month subscription)

Its cutesy graphics aren’t to everyone’s taste, but World of Warcraft is still the game that rules the massively multiplayer online scene, with over 10 million subscribers playing as wizards, priests, warriors and rogues. Part of that success is down to the release of regular expansion packs, such as last year’s Cataclysm, which – quite literally – shakes up the landscape, destroying some old areas and introducing new zones for you to explore.

There’s plenty of new material to keep experienced players happy, and to attract new players, Blizzard has recently announced a Starter Edition of the game that allows you to play for free until your character reaches level 20.

7. Borderlands – Game Of The Year Edition

Company: Blizzard
UK sales: The Mac App Store
Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5.8, Intel Core 2 Duo, graphics card with 256MB VRAM
Price: £20.99

If you’re not turned on by the Dungeons & Dragons style of roleplaying game, then you should definitely try Borderlands. The futuristic world of Pandora is a wasteland populated by fortune hunters and mercenaries, and it’s your job to fight your way through them all in order to locate The Vault – a treasure trove left behind eons ago by an ancient alien race.

The game has a distinctive cartoon-style graphics – with exaggerated cartoon violence and humour to match – and allows you to play as one of four different characters, each with their own different combat skills. You can play solo, but there’s also a four-play co-op mode that’s great fun too, and this Game Of The Year Edition for the Mac also includes four extra add-on packs, such as The Zombie Island Of Dr Ned, to keep you going on those cold winter evenings.

[See also: Borderlands 2 for Mac review]

8. Knights Of The Old Republic

Company: Aspyr
UK sales: The Mac App Store
Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5, 1.8GHz Intel processor, graphics card with 128MB VRAM
Price: £13.99

Originally launched in 2003, KOTOR has bounced back since Apple launched the Mac App Store, and is now one of its top 10 grossing games. The action is set 4,000 years before the Star Wars films, at a time when the Jedi are being hunted down by the armies of the Sith. You play one of the last Jedi Knights, leading an army of freedom fighters on a series of missions across planets such as Tatooine and the Sith home world of Korriban. Your choices affect the outcome of the game, deciding whether you save the galaxy or fall to the dark side of the Force. 

Buy Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic now

9. Two Worlds II

Company: Zuxxez
Requirements: Mac OS X 10.6.3, 2GHz Intel processor, graphics card with 512MB VRAM
Price: £34.99

The original Two Worlds wasn’t released on the Mac, so you’re kind of coming in halfway through the story in this sequel. That won’t matter too much though, since the story isn’t particularly original. You start the game by breaking out of prison and then setting off on a quest to rescue your sister, who has been enslaved by an evil emperor. What rescues the Two Worlds II from cliché is the sheer quality and scale of the game. The world you travel across is vast, and depicted with excellent 3D graphics. There are stacks of quests to keep you busy and help you gain in wealth and experience, and the combat and skill system gives you great freedom to develop your character.

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