Lat­est Mac games

An­drew Hay­ward looks at this month’s best new re­leases

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It’s the start of the year, so we’ve rounded up the big­gest and bright­est new re­leases. Deus Ex: Mankind Di­vided, Bat­tle Chef Bri­gade, and Bridge Con­struc­tor Por­tal are among the most no­table games re­leased over the past few weeks, but there are sev­eral more com­pelling op­tions within.

1. Deus Ex: Mankind Di­vided

Price: £39.99 from Steam (

Been wait­ing since the fi­nale of the great Deus

Ex: Hu­man Revo­lu­tion to see how Adam Jensen’s story con­tin­ues? If so, you’re in luck – be­cause Square Enix’s Deus Ex: Mankind Di­vided is fi­nally on Mac. Mankind Di­vided takes place in a fu­tur­is­tic, cy­ber­punk world in which techaug­mented hu­mans (like Jensen) are seg­re­gated from their fully flesh-and-blood coun­ter­parts.

It blends stealth ac­tion with in­tense melee com­bat and cool cy­ber­netic cus­tomiza­tions, all within a huge, beau­ti­ful world. It needs heavy-duty hard­ware, though: Feral In­ter­ac­tive’s port only works with AMD graph­ics cards for now, which means a se­lect few Macs can han­dle it.

2. Bat­tle Chef Bri­gade

Price: £15.49 from Steam (­soa)

Bat­tle Chef Bri­gade is surely the only cook­ingth­emed, anime-in­spired puz­zle and com­bat game you’ll ever en­counter, as you fight mon­sters to snag in­gre­di­ents and then cook them up by match­ing to­gether items in your caul­dron with Be­jew­eledesque ele­men­tal gems. Yes, that is quite the unique premise. Bat­tle Chef Bri­gade fol­lows an Iron Che­flike tour­na­ment, al­beit in a fan­tasy world of wild crea­tures and big per­son­al­i­ties, and you’ll need to de­feat the com­pe­ti­tion by whip­ping up the most in­ven­tive dishes you can. This in­die game de­light has scored with pro­fes­sional crit­ics and Steam users alike, and there’s noth­ing else quite like it.

3. Get­ting Over It with Ben­nett Foddy Price: £5.79 from Steam (

Ben­nett Foddy tends to make a cer­tain kind of game in dif­fer­ent ways: they’re in­cred­i­bly dif­fi­cult to con­trol, yet that near-im­pos­si­bil­ity makes them ab­so­lutely ad­dic­tive. We’ve seen it with web games like QWOP and GIRP, and now he’s done it again with Get­ting Over It. You con­trol a man who is firmly lodged in­side a caul­dron, who must use only a ham­mer to pro­pel him­self up a huge, jagged moun­tain, and you can’t save your progress. How long will it take you to fin­ish a run? Will you dis­cover new depths of frus­tra­tion in the process? Find out for just eight bucks, if you dare.

4. Bridge Con­struc­tor Por­tal

Price: £6.99 from Steam (

Bridge Con­struc­tor Por­tal merges one physics­based game with an­other, blend­ing the bridge-build­ing sim­u­la­tion of the for­mer with the tele­por­ta­tion shenani­gans, hu­mour, and pre­sen­ta­tion of Valve’s beloved lat­ter se­ries.

It’s an un­ex­pected pair­ing, but it’s one that seems to have landed well with fans of both se­ries. You’ll put to­gether in­tri­cate bridges and struc­tures to guide the lit­tle fork­lifts through the fa­mil­iar Por­tal test cham­bers, which grad­u­ally be­come more and more com­plex with the ad­di­tion of por­tals and other haz­ards. With 60 lev­els, a cheap price, and enough of the Por­tal aes­thetic in tow, this seems like a fun lit­tle brain-teaser.

5. Reigns: Her Majesty

Price: £2.09 from Steam (

Reigns is an ex­pe­ri­ence best suited for an iphone or ipad, given its swipe-cen­tric game­play and por­trait-view pre­sen­ta­tion, but if you’d rather play on Mac, it’s avail­able at the very same price. Like 2016’s great orig­i­nal, the new Reigns: Her Majesty is a breezy monar­chy sim­u­la­tor, let­ting you rule one de­ci­sion at a time as you at­tempt to stay in power. As the ti­tle sug­gests, Her Majesty shifts the fo­cus over from the king to the queen, and while the core game­play is es­sen­tially un­changed from the first game, there’s a much dif­fer­ent slant to the queen’s ex­pe­ri­ence. Her Majesty ex­pertly weaves its com­men­tary on sex­ism and the pa­tri­archy into the nar­ra­tive while still pro­vid­ing fun along the way.

6. Opus Mag­num

Price: £15.49 from Steam (­iod)

Zachtron­ics’ games (like Shen­zhen I/O and TIS-100) might not look like the most ac­ces­si­ble puz­zlers out there, but they are beloved by their fans. It’s also been hailed as the stu­dio’s most am­bi­tious, yet also most ac­ces­si­ble game to date. Opus Mag­num is a game about alchemy, and as a young al­chemist, you’ll have to solve prob­lems by cre­at­ing machines to carry out the var­i­ous pro­cesses. It has a bit of a pro­gram­ming feel, like other Zachtronic games, but the open-ended puz­zle de­sign means you may be able to trial-an­der­ror your way to a solution. How­ever, cre­at­ing an ef­fi­cient solution will take plenty more fid­dling and ex­per­i­men­ta­tion.

7. Find­ing Par­adise

Price: £6.99 from Steam (

Look­ing for a game that has the po­ten­tial to get you all choked up? Find­ing Par­adise might be your best bet – the trailer alone nearly brought a quiver to my lip. Like the ear­lier, much-loved To The Moon, it’s a game about doc­tors that help dy­ing peo­ple men­tally ful­fil their un­achieved wishes from life. It takes the form of an old-school, 16bit role-play­ing game, but what the game lacks in flashy vi­su­als it seems to more than make up for with pow­er­ful mo­ments and sto­ry­telling. Find­ing Par­adise es­sen­tially re­peats the premise from To The Moon, which you should play first (£6.99 from­imq), but player re­views sug­gest that it’s an­other amaz­ing ad­ven­ture.

8. Tiny Metal

Price: £19.99 from Steam (

Nin­tendo has an in­cred­i­ble sta­ble of game fran­chises from over the years, but some­times they’re left dor­mant for ages – and be­sides, they’re not com­ing to Mac any­time soon. Luck­ily, fans of Nin­tendo’s Ad­vance Wars se­ries have a new spir­i­tual suc­ces­sor to check out: Tiny Metal, which is pub­lished by ri­val gam­ing gi­ant Sony. It’s a vis­ually en­hanced, lightly tweaked take on the clas­sic Ad­vance Wars for­mula: a stream­lined, turn­based tac­ti­cal strat­egy game in which op­pos­ing mil­i­tary forces at­tempt to de­feat the other. Steam re­views sug­gest it’s rough around the edges es­pe­cially with on­line play still in the works, but it could have a lot of up­side for tac­ti­cal com­bat fans.

9. Gang Beasts

Price: £14.99 from Steam (­c7p)

Af­ter a lengthy Early Ac­cess pe­riod, Gang Beasts has fi­nally been re­leased, and it looks hi­lar­i­ous.

And I do mean looks: this is a game that ap­pears to be just as much fun to watch as it is to play, as goofy-look­ing, Clay­ma­tion-es­que char­ac­ters bat­tle it out in rau­cous four-player skir­mishes. It’s mainly a silly, any­thing-goes brawler, but Gang Beasts also bun­dles in a soc­cer mode and bat­tles against waves of com­puter-con­trolled foes. And what­ever mode you’re in, it’s hard to be­lieve that any­one won’t crack a smile while play­ing.

10. Riot – Civil Un­rest

Price: £8.99 from Steam (

As you might sur­mise from the ti­tle, Riot – Civil Un­rest has the po­ten­tial to be very con­tro­ver­sial. It truly is a riot sim­u­la­tor, let­ting you jump into vi­o­lent con­flicts be­tween an­gry de­mon­stra­tors and po­lice forces, with the game in­clud­ing his­tor­i­cal skir­mishes in lo­cales such as Spain, Egypt, Oak­land, Paris, and Italy. And you can play as ei­ther side in those sce­nar­ios. Riot’s cre­ators claim they don’t take sides in pre­sent­ing th­ese playable recre­ations of ex­tremely grim events, and you’ll have to de­cide just how sen­si­tively it han­dles such things. How­ever, it is an in­trigu­ing con­coc­tion, as you con­trol an en­tire mob press­ing for ac­tion or the po­lice forces that try to limit the dam­age.

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