Lat­est Mac games

An­drew Hay­ward looks at this month’s best new re­leases

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Sum­mer is a pretty great time to dig into a new game or two, and this month we’ve a bunch of ex­cit­ing new re­leases. Epic Games’ Fort­nite is the big­gest of this bunch, as this co­op­er­a­tive shooter pairs shoot­ing mu­tant beasts with build­ing elab­o­rate bases, but there’s plenty more worth con­sid­er­ing, such as Se­rial Cleaner, Sun­dered and Dream Daddy: A Dad Dat­ing Sim­u­la­tor.

1. Fort­nite Price: £34.99 from (tinyurl.com/y92n64g3)

It’s rare that the Mac gets a big, mul­ti­player shooter at the same time as other plat­forms, so if Fort­nite looks re­motely ap­peal­ing, you might want to jump on it now. De­vel­oped by Epic Games, the same stu­dio be­hind jug­ger­naut shoot­ers like Gears of War and Un­real Tour­na­ment, this on­line blaster blends in a bit of tower de­fence with its gun­play.

You’ll team up with three other play­ers in a quest to sur­vive against in­com­ing hordes of zom­bie-like beasts, but there’s more than just end­less vi­o­lence on tap: you’ll also have to build and ex­pand your own fort, which helps keep the foes at bay. It’s a lit­tle bit Left 4 Dead and a lit­tle bit Minecraft, and seems like a re­ally in­trigu­ing hy­brid.

2. Dream Daddy: A Dad Dat­ing Sim­u­la­tor Price: £10.99 from Steam (tinyurl.com/y8ex­ckub)

As its ti­tle sug­gests, Dream Daddy is a very dif­fer­ent kind of dat­ing sim­u­la­tor than most. Here, you’ll play as a sin­gle dad who moves into a new town – and finds that all of the residents are other hot, sin­gle dads who are ready to min­gle. Which one will you ro­mance? The bad boy? The teacher? You’ve got seven dis­tinc­tive op­tions in the game’s city of Maple Bay.

It launched to an en­thu­si­as­tic au­di­ence, quite likely be­cause it’s cheeky and colour­ful,but it’s also sweet and sin­cere, fo­cus­ing on fa­mil­iar re­la­tion­ships more than… well, more than just screw­ing around. Crit­i­cal re­views are a bit spot­tier, but the Steam user cri­tiques are mostly pos­i­tive.

3. Se­rial Cleaner Price: £11.99 from Steam (tinyurl.com/y8v4bf7j)

There are plenty of games out there filled with in­dis­crim­i­nate killing, but Se­rial Cleaner is a re­fresh­ing change of pace: it’s a game about clean­ing up af­ter a bunch of killings. You’re the best in the biz at this very spe­cific, very dis­turb­ing job, and when you get the call, you’ll have to spring into ac­tion to re­move bod­ies and re­store crime scenes to their usual, spot­light form. It takes the form of a stealth-ac­tion game, in which you’ll zip around each level to vac­uum up blood and dis­pose of ev­i­dence, all while evad­ing cops that be­gin in­ves­ti­gat­ing the area. It has a su­per cool ‘70s movie vibe, and even has an ar­ray of un­lock­able stages in­spired by top crime flicks, such as Fargo and PulpFic­tion.

4. Sun­dered Price: £14.99 from Steam (tinyurl.com/yaacj89r)

So-called ‘Metroid­va­nia’ games built in the mould of clas­sics like Su­per Metroid can be truly en­gross­ing ad­ven­tures, and Sun­dered is one of the most promis­ing en­tries we’ve seen in a while. Like those games, it’s a side-scrolling 2D game set in a world filled with se­crets and up­grades, and one that re­wards back­track­ing and ex­plo­ration.

Un­like those games, how­ever, the world here is pro­ce­du­rally gen­er­ated, which should boost the re­play value, and it has some­thing of a rogue-like twist in that you’ll die fre­quently. But it’s part of the process here, as you’ll be re­born and can take ad­van­tage of char­ac­ter en­hance­ments be­fore you jump back into the world.

5. Minecraft: Story Mode – Sea­son Two Price: £18.99 from Steam (tinyurl.com/ya7xqye5)

You may know Minecraft as the open-ended, open-world phe­nom­e­non that lets you craft and cre­ate your own ex­pe­ri­ences amidst the ran­dom­ly­gen­er­ated ter­rain. But Minecraft: Story Mode is some­thing very dif­fer­ent: it’s a nar­ra­tive ad­ven­ture that finds you mak­ing mean­ing­ful de­ci­sions as you watch the quest un­fold across mul­ti­ple episodes.

And fol­low­ing last year’s ini­tial chunk of story, now the sec­ond sea­son has de­buted. The first episode is avail­able now, and it finds the blocky crew ad­just­ing to fame af­ter sav­ing the world… ex­cept now there’s a new threat on the hori­zon. It’s sim­i­lar to Tell­tale’s other episodic games, in­clud­ing The Walk­ing Dead, al­beit with a lighter tone.

6. Fi­nal Fan­tasy XIV On­line: Storm­blood Price: £29.99 from Steam (tinyurl.com/yc6a6ktc)

Square Enix’s Fi­nal Fan­tasy se­ries was built on the back of sin­gle-player ex­pe­ri­ences, but the mas­sively mul­ti­player Fi­nal Fan­tasy XIV On­line: A Realm Re­born – the over­hauled ver­sion, not the orig­i­nal re­lease – main­tains a sig­nif­i­cant fol­low­ing. And now it’s ap­par­ently even more en­tic­ing thanks to the re­cent Storm­blood ex­pan­sion.

Storm­blood adds a heap of new con­tent to the on­line role-play­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, in­clud­ing new player classes, a higher level cap for deeply in­vested play­ers, and an ar­ray of tweaks. You’ll need the Fi­nal Fan­tasy XIV On­line Starter Edi­tion to play, plus it has a sub­scrip­tion fee, but some of the re­views are in­cred­i­bly glow­ing.

7. Be­hold the Kick­men Price: £2.79 from Steam (tinyurl.com/y7wcg­tuy)

Be­hold the Kick­men is a game of foot­ball, but this isn’t some grand sim­u­la­tion like FIFA or Pro Evo­lu­tion Soc­cer on other plat­forms. It’s a su­per­sim­pli­fied, sin­gle-player ren­di­tion that’s light on rules and heavy on silly fun. And that’s be­cause Be­hold the Kick­men is es­sen­tially a gag game, in­spired ini­tially by a tweet of all things.

Luck­ily, it’s a funny gag game. You’ll be­gin at the bot­tom of the Big Bor­ing Bri­tish Foot­ball Spread­sheet league with garbage play­ers, and then work your way up to pro­fi­ciency as you un­lock funds and abil­i­ties. The story mode looks hi­lar­i­ous, plus you can trans­form the game into a ‘dystopian fu­ture blood sport’ if you’d like.

8. The Low Road Price: £14.99 from Steam (tinyurl.com/ycp8g9st)

If the world of cor­po­rate es­pi­onage sounds in­trigu­ing, then you might want to give The Low Road a look. This stylish ad­ven­ture game stars a young grad­u­ate from the LeCarre In­sti­tute for Ex­cep­tional Spies (L.I.E.S), who must use tac­tics like ly­ing and ma­nip­u­la­tion to suc­ceed at her new au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try job and be­come a bril­liant se­cret agent. It looks a bit like a clas­sic pointand-click ad­ven­ture game, as you ex­plore the charm­ing 2D ter­rain, which has a hand-painted feel and in­flu­ences from 1970s TV shows. There are light puz­zles in the mix amidst the ex­ten­sive di­a­logue, and the six chap­ters should last you a few solid hours here.

9. Ticket To Earth Price: £10.99 from Steam (tinyurl.com/ycx25ddz)

Can’t de­cide whether to play an XCOM-like tac­ti­cal ac­tion game or a Bejeweled-es­que match-three puzzler? Why not play both at the same time? That’s the al­lur­ing premise of Ticket to Earth, an in­spired mash-up that tosses you into strate­gic bat­tles that take place on a grid full of coloured tiles. It’s all wrapped up in a sci-fi nar­ra­tive, yet it prom­ises speedy mis­sions. That’s prob­a­bly be­cause Ticket to Earth be­gan life on iPhone and iPad ear­lier this year, where it’s only £1.99 for the same game, but the Mac ver­sion brings some vis­ual en­hance­ments and other small perks. Only the first episode is out so far, but the oth­ers will be added soon at no ad­di­tional charge.

10. An­ti­hero Price: £11.99 from Steam (tinyurl.com/y7o9q­mof)

An­ti­hero gives you the op­por­tu­nity to take over a Vic­to­rian un­der­world by any means nec­es­sary. And by any means, well, it re­ally runs the gamut: form­ing gangs, steal­ing prop­erty, black­mail­ing peo­ple, and even or­der­ing as­sas­si­na­tions. That’s just how it goes in this speedy, dig­i­tal board game, which has a car­toon­ish look to off­set the grim and un­set­tling acts you’ll carry out along the way. You can play this one in a solo cam­paign, against the AI, or in on­line or off­line skir­mishes, with both live and asyn­chro­nous bat­tles avail­able. If the idea of com­mand­ing an army of street urchins and thriv­ing via back-stab­bing and mur­der sounds ap­peal­ing, then An­ti­hero should be right up your al­ley.

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