We continue our list of the best games for Mac. The next category is:

Sports and racing games

Asphalt 6: Adrenaline

Company: Gameloft
Where to buy: Mac App Store
Requirements: Mac OS X 10.6.6
Price: £3.99

The Mac version of the popular iOS game is one of the best racing games on the Mac at the moment.

One nice feature is that it allows you to drive both cars and bikes, including classic models from Ferrari, Aston Martin and Lamborghini. You can take part in 55 different events set in locations such as Los Angeles, Tokyo and the Bahamas, and fine-tune the performance of your vehicles to cope with different tracks and conditions. There's an online mode for up to six players, and it's great value at just £4.99.

Best Mac games: Asphalt 6: Adrenaline

Blood Bowl 2

Company: Focus Interactive
Where to buy: Steam
Requirements: Mac with OS X v10.10, 3.0 GHz Intel Core i5 processor, Radeon HD 6970 or GeForce GT 650M
Price: £34.99

The original Blood Bowl didn't appear on the Mac (it appeared on iPad), but it took the monstrous races of the Warhammer games - ogres, orcs and other fantasy standards - and dropped them on to the field of an American football game. This sequel is really just more of the same, although it upgrades the game's graphics considerably - which might be a problem for owners of Macs that don't have a decent graphics card.

I don't understand English football, let alone the US version, but Blood Bowl 2 kicks off with a (not-so) friendly match that acts as an introduction to the game. Once you've got the hang of the basics you can continue the single-player game by taking charge of the Reikland Reavers in a series of matches against computer-controlled teams.

These matches play out rather like traditional turn-based strategy games, allowing you to click on individual players and then move them around the pitch. But, as it's a Warhammer game, you also have options such as the ability to 'blitz' an opponent, taking them out in the most violent manner possible.

This single-player mode is fun, and a good way to get to know the game, but the real attraction for many people will be the various multiplayer options, including the ability to set up your own online league, with teams that gain experience and power as they win matches.

Best Mac games: Blood Bowl 2

Colin McRae: DiRT 2

Company: Feral
Where to buy: Steam
Requirements: Mac OS X 10.6.7, 2GHz Intel processor, graphics card with 128MB VRAM
Price: £22.99

DiRT 2 is the best racing game we've seen on the Mac for a while, with great 3D graphics and responsive high-speed racing action. You start out as a rookie driver and then work your way up through dozens of events to take on the professionals in the X Games events. You can choose from 35 different cars, and customise them to handle different types of events such as rally cross and trailblazer. Locations range from Battersea Power Station to the Utah desert to the jungles of Malaysia, and there's an online multiplayer mode too. However, the game is picky about its system requirements, so check the technical details before buying.

Best Mac games: Colin McRae: DiRT 2

DiRT Showdown

Company: Virtual Programming
Where to buy: Mac App Store
Requirements: Mac OS X 10.9, 2.4GHz dual-core processor, 512MB video memory
Price: £3.99 on Mac App Store at time of writing (£9.99 elsewhere, so this may be a temporary sale price)

Racing games tend to fall into two main categories. The more serious racers focus on realistic simulations of driving mechanics and performance, while others just go hell for leather with high-speed action, stunts and general motorised mayhem.

DiRT Showdown definitely falls into the latter category, providing high-speed arcade action and easy, accessible driving controls that don't require a degree in physics before you get started. It even has a kind of 'capture the flag' multiplayer mode - the sort of thing you'd normally find in a first-person shooter - where two teams of eight drivers fight to grab a flag on a demolition derby race-track. But instead of shooting your opponents you get to smash into them in order to protect the guy on your team who is holding the flag.

There's a more basic single-player mode to help newcomers get started, but the focus is still very much on demolition derby events where you can smash into other cars and go hurtling over ramps and other obstacles, while the game's 'damage engine' renders the crunching of metal and glass in realistic, high-speed 3D graphics. As you gain skill you can take part in freestyle arena events where you can try out donuts, drifts and other stunts. There's also a split-screen mode that lets you play with friends on one computer without having to go online, so it'll be good fun if you fancy a blast of racing action after the pub on a Friday night.

Best Mac games: Dirt Showdown

F1 2016

Company: Feral Interactive
Where to buy: Mac App Store or Steam
Requirements: macOS 10.12.4 or later, 2.0GHz Intel Core i5 processor, Intel Iris 540 integrated graphics, or discrete graphics card with 2GB VRAM
Price: £43.99 (Mac App Store) or £39.99 (on Steam)

It might seem a bit late in the day for F1 2016 to arrive on the Mac, but that's because Feral has been busy getting to grips with the recent update to Metal - the new graphics software that Apple has been developing for the Mac. A new version of Metal was introduced with the Sierra 10.12.4 update, and F1 2016 is one of the first games to use Metal - although that does mean you'll need to be running Sierra in order to play F1 2016 (as well as many future games that also use Metal).

The latest edition of this long-running series includes all 21 tracks used in the 2016 season, and lets you compete against 22 of the sport's top drivers. If you're an experienced driver you can leap straight into the Pro Career mode, driving for top teams such as Haas and McLaren, while newcomers can start with the basic Career mode, which eases you in with a short weekend of racing. If you want a little more practice you can switch into Quick Race mode, and select any of the available tracks, from Abu Dhabi to Russia. You can change difficulty settings, qualifying times and the number of laps, as well as adjusting a vast number of technical details that affect the way your car handles.

For a real challenge, the game also includes a Championship mode that leads you through an epic 10-season challenge, or for some quick thrills you can just go flat-out for the fastest lap in a series of Time Trials. And, of course, there's a multiplayer mode that lets you play against 21 rivals online. But, as is often the case, the version of the game sold on the Mac App Store only lets you play against other Mac gamers, while buying the game on Steam allows you to play against PC folk too.

Best Mac games: F1 2016

FlatOut 2

Company: Virtual Programming
Where to buy: Mac App Store
Requirements: Mac OS X 10.6.8, Intel processor, graphics card with 128MB VRAM
Price: £4.99

Racing games on the Mac have rather faded away recently, but FlatOut 2 is an old-timer that's still a lot of fun.

There's no attempt to simulate real-world physics or recreate actual race tracks here - FlatOut 2 is an out-and-out arcade game in which you just drive like crazy and smash anything that gets in your way. The main Championship mode lets you choose from 34 different vehicles, and then progress through a series of increasingly difficult races set in locations such as the LA storm drains and Rocky Mountain forests. There's also an online multiplayer mode, as well as a series of mini-games and Destruction Derby Arenas where you can really let loose.

Best Mac games: FlatOut 2

See also: How to connect a PS4 games controller to a Mac

Grid Autosport

Company: Feral Interactive
Where to buy: Steam or Mac App Store
Requirements: Mac with OS X v10.10.5, 1.8GHz Intel dual-core processor, discrete graphics card with 512MB VRAM
Price: £24.99 (Steam), £29.99 (Mac App Store)

The previous games in the Grid series have been great fun, focusing on high-speed, pedal-to-the-metal racing action, rather than realistic physics and handling. Game modes such as Demolition Derby in Grid 2 were more about smashing into your rivals than actually crossing the finishing line, but in Grid Autosport you do need to concentrate a bit more on careful handling as you charge around the various tracks in the game's five main racing modes.

The main single-player Career mode throws you straight in as a pro driver representing your team in five different types of race events that take place on realistic reproductions of tracks ranging from Indianapolis Speedway to the streets of Barcelona. Touring events are perhaps the most realistic, dropping you into a crowded grid where you have to jostle with closely packed rival cars and carefully pick your way to the front of the pack. Open Wheel racing is the most demanding, though, with very light, rear-drive cars that require really careful handling. At the other extreme are the Tuner events, which are more like traditional Grid games, allowing you to entertain the crowds as you show off your drifting and other skills.

Outside the Career mode you can create customised time trials, and there's a fun split-screen mode for playing with a friend at home. There's an online multiplayer mode available as well, but that's currently only available if you buy the game from Steam, as the version sold on the Mac App Store has to wait for an update to add multiplayer mode. The game's a bit picky about the graphics cards that it needs too, so check the system requirements before buying.

Best Mac games: Grid Autosport

Let's Golf 2

Company: Gameloft
Where to buy: Mac App Store
Requirements: Mac OS X 10.6.6; Intel processor
Price: £3.99

Let's Golf is very much a family game, rather than a technically accurate golf simulation, but you can still challenge yourself in the main Career mode, which includes weird and wonderful courses in locations such as wintry Greenland and the Aztec Jungle. You can choose from four different players, who each have their own special golfing strengths, and there's a multiplayer mode as well, so you can play against family and friends.

Best Mac games: Let's Golf 2

Micro Machines World Series

Company: Codemasters
Where to buy: Steam or Deliver
System: Metal-compatible Mac with macOS 10.12 (Sierra), 2GHz processor
Price: £24.99

The original Micro Machines games were very popular on various consoles way back when. This 2017 update is an attempt to recapture the retro charm of the original games, whilst also introducing more modern online, multiplayer elements.

It's a fun setup, putting you in charge of a variety of toy cars and trucks as you drive around race courses located within an ordinary home. Dashing across the worktop in a kitchen, or zooming around the front-room floor, all the while attempting to avoid obstacles, such as a stack of cassettes, or using a slice of toast as a bridge to leap past your opponent.

There are three main game modes, and it's probably best to start by playing on your own against the computer for a while, as you learn how to drive properly - it took me about 30 seconds to realise that keyboard controls are virtually useless, so you'll probably need a gamepad or controller - and also to control the various weapons and power-ups that you can use to knock-out your opponents. With a bit of practice you'll be ready for the Public Match mode, where you play against other people online, and there's also a 'local' option that lets you play with three friends at home.

That makes it a good game for a bit of post-pub fun with your friends, but Micro Machines will also be fun for younger players who can just enjoy the table-top racing action with their favourite toy cars, fire engines and other vehicles.

Best Mac games: Micro Machines World Series


Company: Roll7
Where to buy: Steam
Requirements: Mac OS X 10.9, 2.4GHz dual-core processor
Price: £10.99

This is one for the kids. Developed by UK-based Roll7, OlliOlli2 is a skateboarding game that was originally released on the PlayStation and the handheld PS Vita, so you need to know the difference between your manuals, reverts and grinds if you're going to get anywhere. It'd also help if you have a gamepad to control your moves - you can play with a keyboard, but the complex jumps and flips that you have to master will work better with a proper gamepad.

OlliOlli2 doesn't have the slick 3D graphics of other skateboarding games, such as the never-ending Tony Hawk series, and its side-scrolling 2D graphics look pretty dated at first. In fact, the game looks a lot like an old-fashioned platform game, with lots of ledges, ramps and other obstacles that you have to get past in order to complete each level. And, of course, there's the added difficulty of mastering the various jumps, flips and skateboarding combos that you need in order to rack up a high score.

Fortunately, there's a handy tutorial for old-timers like us, which introduces a few basic jumps and tricks before throwing you in at the deep end. The single-player game includes 50 levels, divided into Amateur and Pro difficulties, along with a challenging Rad Mode that will really test your skateboard skills. You can also invite some friends around to play the split-screen Combo Rush mode, which lets up to four people play together on the same computer.

Best Mac games: OlliOlli2

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