When you're seeking a quick burst of interactive entertainment on your Mac, there's no place more convenient to find it than the built-in Mac App Store. While its diverse offerings include the latest and greatest big-budget affairs at appropriately sizable prices, Apple's Mac storefront also features a wide array of low-priced offerings. Not all such offerings are worthwhile affairs, but many thankfully are, and we've scoured the listings to find the best of the bunch. Check out our picks below for the 25 best Mac App Store games available today, and be sure to keep an eye out as we update this list in the months to come.
Each week, we highlight a selection of the most interesting, exciting, and unique new iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch titles released on the App Store. Premium console-like affairs steal the spotlight this week, thanks to Call of Duty: Strike Team and 2K Drive, while freebies like Adult Swim's Giant Boulder of Death and Star Wars Force Collection are sure to rack up scads of downloads in the days to come.
The 2013 National Football League season finally kicks off tonight, and it's been a long wait since the Ravens toppled the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII way back in February. Luckily, the season never has to stop in the video game world. In recent weeks, a couple of notable new releases have popped up, while others have been refreshed for the impending season. With the real games about to start up, here's an updated look at 10 of the most notable football games for iPhone and iPad. Not all of these are winners, but if you're craving pigskin action around the clock, surely a few of these options will scratch that itch.
Open-ended, world-building sandbox games are spawning at an increasingly rapid pace on iOS of late, with each offering a slightly different twist on Minecraft's addictive mix of exploration, scavenging, building, and crafting. While Terraria builds off of the Minecraft vibe in some interesting and adventurous ways, Junk Jack X copies it a bit too blatantly. Lack of originality aside, that's not entirely a bad thing. Translating many of the familiar-looking gameplay and visual elements to 2D works fairly well, offering moments of fun for patient players with collection obsessions.
Sometimes licensed games leave you scratching your head in confusion at their bizarre muddling of a beloved pop culture franchise. Yu-Gi-Oh! BAM Pocket adapts a popular trading card game based on the Yu-Gi-Oh manga and anime series into an entirely different trading card game, just barely managing to string together something moderately enjoyable in the process. Battling wits with virtual and real opponents is both fun and challenging, but there’s not enough depth to keep you interested for long.
If you enjoyed the popular turn-based strategy game XCOM: Enemy Unknown as much as we did, developer Firaxis has a surprise in store for you. Based on a press release issued yesterday, Mac players will be able to jump into the upcoming "Enemy Within" expansion on the same day as their PC counterparts. Even better, we do't even have to wait that long as the release date is set a mere two months from now on November 12.
Frantic action games occupy a weird space on iOS, offering right-to-the-point entertainment that's ideal for portable games while often lacking the precise controls such games demand, due to the missing physical buttons. Soul Grinder stands out by doing something uncommon: It offers an experience that not only fits its platform in terms of length and straightforward design, but also by featuring a control scheme that provides just the proper amount of control for an App Store action affair.
Our first monthly recap looks back at the games we reviewed during the month of August, with a total of 24 iOS and Mac games presented here in bite-sized, to-the-point encapsulations. And if you want to read more, simply click the link on each slide to read the full, scored critique and find the link to purchase each game. August was headlined by intriguing Mac adventures like BioShock Infinite and Gone Home, while iOS highlights included Asphalt 8: Airborne, Rymdkapsel, and Plants vs. Zombies 2, but there's plenty more fresh gaming action found within.
We've had to wait six months since the new SimCity first made its appearance on Windows systems, but as of today, EA's update of the popular city simulator has at last made it to the Mac. (Just like old times, eh?) The long delay was apparently intended to "ensure a great experience" for Mac players, but judging from early reports, those great experiences aren't necessarily happening.
Must. Dig. Deeper. With its cool retro 2D aesthetic and exhaustive range of open-ended adventuring pursuits to follow, Terraria is a habit-forming romp through massive 16-bit-inspired worlds filled with secrets to explore, crazy stuff to build, and an absurd level of components to collect and build with. Minecraft fans, take note: This is a similarly addictive and creative experience, albeit one viewed through the lens of the Super Nintendo era of gaming. Far from a straight port from the previous PC and console releases, this portable version of the indie hit packs (almost) all of the wonder and depth of the original, alongside a few really excellent tweaks that make playing on iOS a real treat.