Latest Mac games
Andrew Hayward looks at this month’s best new releases
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.