Looking for free Mac games to play on your Apple Macintosh? Here’s our list of what we think are the top 40 free games for the Mac you can download right now.
Whether you are an arcade game type of person, or an MMORPG fanatic, you will definitely find a great game to interest you on this list. Games are in alphabetical order.
For another, more recent list, check out: Top 40 best free Mac games for 2010.
Alien Abduction – A tribute to the classic arcade shooter game Defender and inspired by Mutant Storm, this game is a sure hit with shoot-em-up game fans. It features three game modes – points battle, time attack and sharp shooter. The game offers 30 levels, three missions, two-player action, powerups, unlockable goodies and addictive gameplay.
Angband ““ This game lets you explore deep dungeons, fight monsters, and acquire weapons for your final confrontation against the game’s boos – Morgoth, the Lord of Darkness. It features three game modes, 30 levels spread over three missions, two player action, powerups, tactical depth, unlockable items, and more importantly addictive gameplay.
Argonaut – Who wouldn’t want to play the classic asteroids game on the Mac? This game offers the same excitement of blasting asteroids through your Argo spacecraft firing missiles, bombs, and other such weaponry.
Armagetron ““ This is a multiplayer, old school arcade game set in 3D arena reminiscent of Tron. It features a customizable playing arena, great graphics and AI bots.
Armand and the Foppish Hat ““ This short adventure game was patterned after the classic ZELDA games. The game is about a swashbuckler named Armand in his quest to track down the thief who stole his hat.
Battle for Wesnoth ““ This is a turn-based fantasy strategy game, which lets you build armies of humans, elves, orcs, trolls, dwarves and other races. It features various adventures and an overall game mission to reclaim the throne of Wesnoth.
Bullfrog – You play a bullfrog trying to save your home, which was infested by bugs. How do you this task? By eating them of course. The game features that addictive classic arcade gameplay, six unique bugs, unlimited rounds, and laptop friendly controls.
BZFlag ““ This is an online multiplayer cross-platform 3D tank battle game.
Chopper ““ This is a side-scrolling helicopter game featuring 72 missions and three difficulty levels. The game features beautiful landscapes, realistic weather and impressive explosions.
Crack Attack – Another Tetris-inspired game, this version for the Mac features sound, full-screen mode, some native Cocoa interfaces, one or two players, and automatic version checks.
Enigma ““ This puzzle game has you uncover pairs of identically colored Oxyd stones amidst hidden traps, vast mazes, and laser beams.
Foobillard – Although originally developed for the Linux platform, this game is equally stunning on Mac’s OS X. It features realistic physics, AI players, and various game types including pool, snooker, and more.
Freeciv – This is a free and open source empire-building strategy game, which is obviously inspired by Civilization. The game sets you on a quest to lead your tribe from the prehistoric ages to the space age. Sounds cool, right?
Frozen Bubble – This is the classic bubble game ported for the Mac OS X.
Glider Pro – This game is one of the most popular pre-OS X games. It combines the elements of puzzle and strategy games as you fly your paper airplane through a house, trying to avoid candles, and air drifts.
Ivory – Want to play Mahjong on your Mac? This game is your best bet. This is a solitaire tile matching game.
LinCity-NG ““ This is a city simulation game and an improved version of the earlier classic LinCity game. This game features a new ISO-3D graphics engine and a completely redone and modern GUI.
Lugaroo ““ Featuring a unique combat system, Lugaroo is a third-person action game in which you play a rebel bunny rabbit on a quest to fight the corrupt leader of Rabbit Republic and so on. Lugaru’s moves are basically logical and context sensitive.
Marble Arena – A free version of Marble Blast, this game lets you control your marble around 3D levels with slippery slopes, air vents, jump-pads, and vortexes.
Mineswept ““ This is basically a clone of Windows’ minesweeper with the following special features: one can create a custom minefield, highlight the neighbors of a square, show a safe square for the first move, and track the best time.
Nexuiz ““ This is a 3D deathmatch first-person shooter game featuring multiple weapons and game modes, including team deathmatch, capture the flag and domination. Graphics-wise, this game is simply awesome. Follow the link and see for yourself.
Oberin – Another fantasy-inspired MMORPG made specifically for the Mac, this game takes place in a persistent, ever evolving world. It includes several quests and a virtual community, allowing you to explore, interact, join dragon hunts, go fishing, play a game of chess with a friend or simply refine your skills.
Ogame ““ This is a strategic space simulation game featuring thousands of players worldwide competing online.
Oolite ““ This is a pretty straight-forward space simulation game inspired by Elite, and powered by Objective-C and OpenG. This simple game is easy to pick up, modify and expand upon. It’s a space simulation game featuring a retro feel and modern technology. You can fly from one planet to another, buy and sell goods, shoot pirates or be the pirate yourself.
Oops! – This classic board game of skill, cunning and regret pits you against three computer opponents or up to three people via network play. It built-in multiplayer chat, and a customizable taunting mechanism.
OpenLieroX – Based on the famous LieroX 2D shooter game, this unofficial sequel features online play, customizable weapons, levels and characters. The game features a deathmatch setting where players battle armed with five selected weapons. Players can move in any direction using a Ninja rope. The game features dozens of levels and allows you to play online or offline against bots.
Pac the Man – What can we say? This is the classic arcade game featuring 140. The game also features one to two players simultaneous game, four difficulty levels, online high scores, 32-bit graphics, smooth animations, multi-channel sound effects and an intuitive level editor
Planeshift – This game is awesome with great graphics and many features. It’s a Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG), so you’ll definitely spend some sleepless nights playing it.
Pogo Sticker ““ This is a unique platform game which features non-stop jumping from start to finish. It features funky game physics, stylish graphics, catchy music, and various weird looking levels.
Primate Plunge – This game closely resembles Donkey Kong. The objective of the game is to help the monkey character navigate through jungles, canyons, waterfalls, volcanoes, and a city using powerups, parachutes and jetpacks.
Quinn – This Tetris-clone is an arcade-style tetromino puzzle game, which features clean, elegant user interface, stunningly beautiful graphics and smooth animations with fluid gameplay.
Sauerbraten – Remember an FPS game called Cube? Well, this is basically a major redesign. It’s a free multiplayer/singleplayer first-person shooter featuring gameplay and an elegant game engine.
Scorched 3D – This game is the modernized version of the classic DOS game called Scorched Earth. For the MAC version, it incorporates 3D landscape with animated jets, naval vessels, water, birds, tanks and projectiles.
Sloppy Sokoban ““ This is a puzzle game patterned after the traditional Japanese game of the same name. It features hand-drawn animated graphics, an original music score with mp3 playback and a keyboard/mouse interface. It also includes 50 built-in levels plus 12 extra sets of levels each comprised of hundreds of new levels.
Solitaire XL ““ This is a 3D version of classic solitaire featuring online high score list, customizable card backs, and two undo modes.
SuperTuxKart ““ You have to love a 3D kart racing game. You can race up to four players on the same computer. The game features 12 tracks including races under water, on the beach, in space and more.
Ultimate Othello – Looking for a board game for you Mac? This is the Ultimate Othello game. It features two game variations: MacIago and Reversi Unlimited.
Water Tower 3D – This is a platform game inspired by classic games such as Lode Runner and Super Mario Bros. You’ll guide the character through difficult levels while in a race against the rising water. The game features 32 levels and a full-featured level editor.
Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory ““ This is a stand-along WWII-inspired multiplayer game that features support for up to 64 players. The object of the game is to wage war the as Axis or Allies in team-based combat. Cooperation is a key to conquering this game.
Yoink ““ You leap from tall buildings to crush robots beneath your feet. Using your extraterrestrial powers, you must conquer the alien invaders.
As with any list, there may be great free games we have missed. If you know of a great free Mac game, please feel free to mention it in the comments.