The 10 best free games for the Mac
There are great free games on both the Mac App Store and independent stores
Free Mac games are high-quality, with games from Blizzard, Valve and more top-flight publishers
Apple fans are used to free gaming for the iPhone, and iPad, but not so much thinking about free games for Mac OS X. This is a shame, because the Mac is a great games platform that you shouldn’t miss out on.
The Mac App store is packed with free games, and you can pick up some amazing Mac OS X games outside of the app store that are great fun to play without paying a penny. These aren’t just hobbyist games either, but full-blown high-quality experiences.
Here is our guide to the best free games available on the Mac:
Team Fortress 2 - free
This is the gold medal award. We kick off with a fantastic online shooting experience from Valve (the makers of Half Life and Portal). Team Fortress 2 is an amazing well-balanced online shooter with a wonderful cartoon style. Even though Team Fortress 2 is a multiplayer, it’s easy to jump in and start playing on your own. It’s ridiculously good fun, with a range of genuinely different character types. You’ll soon become utterly addicted to helping your team win each shootout.
Touchgrind - Free
This game from iOS makes its way to the Mac in style. Touchgrind is a skateboarding game where you place two fingers on the trackpad to guide the skateboard around. It’s a real test of skill, but also an innovate control style that makes a great change from the usual mouse and keyboard routine.
World of Warcraft - Free
Slight word of warning: World of Warcraft is genuinely addictive. This online role playing game puts several players together and keeps them building up their characters. World of Warcraft is one of the greatest computer experiences ever made, and has legions of fans. It’s free but you can buy a subscription that unlocks extra content. Most people play the subscription model so it’ll only be free until you get hooked and start wanting to play the extra levels.
Rail Maze - Free
Puzzle games are great fun and a good source of free gaming. In Rail Mail you build a railroad quickly out of square tiles. The free version is surprisingly packed, and a good way to pass the time. There is a 69p version with extras though, if you really like it.
Alpine Crawler - free
This cross-country vehicle simulation is actually a great laugh to play. You drive around the Alps in a variety of pickups and vehicles. The off-road setting makes a change from the usual car games that see you flying round the same track again and again.
Basketmania - Free
It's not the most visually amazing game, but Basketmania is a giggle to play. Use the dots to line up the beginning of a trajectory and fling the ball. It’s easy to pick up but soon starts to offer a more challenging experience.
Shadow Era - Free
If you're into card trading then Shadow Era: Dark Prophecies is the game to get. This is a full scale card trading game played online. You use these cards in battles with other players. It’s free to play but if you keep losing cards you’ll start being tempted by the in-app purchases.
Shotgun FunFun - Free
Probably the most fun you can have in five minutes. Shotgun FunFun is a side-scrolling action game in which you have to shoot as many zombies as possible with a shotgun. It’s dumb fun, but definitely fun.
Doodle Hangman Free - Free
The visually nicest version of Hangman we’ve ever seen. It’s free to play and a great way to pass time with friends. There are multiple categories of words to choose from, and it’s linked in to reference websites that helps you learn more about any words you didn’t know.
Full Deck Solitaire - Free
Solitaire is a classic card game that is a great way to while away an hour or two. Full Deck Solitaire is a visually gorgeous card game. It’s also easy to pick-up-and play. Aside from that it’s very much the Solitaire we all know and love. A great free addition to the Mac.