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The 20 best free Mac games: Free games for Mac OS X that you need to play right now

Lou Hattersley | Jan. 4, 2016
What are the best free Mac games? I've spent all my money on Christmas presents.

Best free Mac games
What are the best free Mac games? I've spent all my money on Christmas presents.

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.

Alpine Crawler

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.

FREE | Download Alpine Crawler

Best free Mac games: Alpine Crawler


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.

FREE | Download Basketmania

Best free Mac games: Basketmania

Beneath a Steel Sky

Beneath a Steel Sky is a old science-fiction point-and-click adventure game from back in 1994 (it was originally released on the Amiga). It's been reworked to run on OS X, and while the graphics aren't incredible it does have a real charm. It's like reading a detective novel set in a cyberpunk future.

FREE | Download Beneath a Steel Sky

Best free Mac games: Beneath a Steel Sky


Brogue is a roguelike adventure game for the Mac based upon the classic adventure game Rogue (first developed back in 1980). The levels, characters and enemies are all represented using letters and symbols, which may strike you as a bit odd but it's actually a great representation of a world. It's almost like a cross between a text adventure and an early video game. It's incredibly tough to play, but Rogue is a classic and Brogue is the best modern representation.

FREE | Download Brogue


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