Mac computers are not exactly known for their gaming ability. While the current generation of Macs run on Intel system boards, the operating system represents a significant barrier for game developers who don’t want to go through the trouble of porting their games over to OS X. Bootcamp provides one way to get around this restriction by allowing you to boot in a Windows environment.
According to Steam, one of the largest digital distribution services for computer gaming, Mac users make up 3 percent of their community. While Mac gamers are a minority in the computer gaming world, they do have some worthwhile games that stray far afield from the standard AAA titles that eventually make their way over to the Mac.
The Secret of Monkey Island
The computer gaming era of the ’90s had a large focus on point-and-click adventures, particularly those created by Lucasfilm Games (now LucasArts.) One of the best of this particular genre is The Secret of Monkey Island. You end up in the Caribbean, set in the shoes of a person who has always wanted to become a pirate. This game was lauded for its graphics, the audio and the gameplay.
One significant departure from other adventure games at the time is that it doesn’t feature player death. Many adventure games at the time severely punished players for even a single misstep. The Secret of Monkey Island wants players to fixate on exploration rather than worrying about missteps.
Bastion is the first indie game effort by Supergiant Games, and it took the classic action RPG formula and enhanced it. The art direction is distinctive and spectacular, the gameplay is solid and compelling, and one of the most unique additions to this game is a narrator. You learn about the story and what happened to the post-apocalyptic world around you by hearing it from the narrator. When you take actions in the game world, you hear the commentary. While it might sound like this might get annoying, it ends up being a seamless feature that truly brings out the game world.
Don’t Starve is a rogue-like indie game that puts you in the middle of a wilderness that slowly becomes more and more bizarre over time. The goal is simple: don’t starve. Over time, you’ll discover more about the world you’ve been stuck in. You start out with a basic tool set, but increase what you have access to as you collect resources. The art direction is stylistic and not particularly resource-intensive, allowing you to play it on older Macs, as well.
Prison Architect is a newer game currently in a paid beta development, meaning if you pay for the full game now, you get access to the beta throughout the development cycle. This does require you to download updates on a somewhat regular basis, so Verizon packages or another Internet connection is necessary to keep up with the latest developments in the game. This is a simulation game that puts you in the shoes of a prison planner and manager, so you need to construct the prison, keep the inmates safe and secure, and keep your employees happy.