Lat­est Mac games

An­drew Hayward looks at this month’s best new re­leases

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Been look­ing for a game to show off your pow­er­ful Mac? We’ve two of the year’s biggest re­leases so far: the cine­matic ad­ven­ture Rise of the Tomb Raider and the en­gross­ing tac­ti­cal mech game, Bat­tletech. But there’s plenty more worth check­ing out. Minit and The Swords of Ditto are in­trigu­ing in­die quests, plus RPG clas­sic Nev­er­win­ter Nights is back in ac­tion with an up­dated En­hanced Edi­tion. And that’s just half of the games in­cluded here.

1. Rise of the Tomb Raider

Price: £28.99 from fave.co/2hd0exz

Af­ter 2013’s Tomb Raider suc­cess­fully re­booted the series in thrilling fash­ion, Rise of the Tomb Raider is here to con­tinue Lara Croft’s evo­lu­tion from rookie ex­plorer to hard­ened ad­ven­turer. Rise is built in the same mold, pack­ing in large, de­tailed en­vi­ron­ments to tra­verse, bad guys to pum­mel in tense en­coun­ters, and puz­zling tombs to solve.

It’s heav­ily cine­matic and en­gross­ing, and the PC ver­sion re­ceived raves when it re­leased a cou­ple years back. This ‘20 Year Cel­e­bra­tion’ edi­tion packs in some ex­tras, too, such as ad­di­tional tombs and mis­sions, throw­back cos­tumes, and the abil­ity to ex­plore Croft Manor in a very Gone Home-es­que sort of way.

2. Bat­tletech

Price: £34.99 from Steam (fave.co/2hd­dg3v)

Bat­tletech is back. The clas­sic table­top gam­ing sen­sa­tion, which spawned video game hits like Mech­war­rior and Mechas­sault, has fi­nally de­liv­ered an all-new turn-based tac­tics game un­der the di­rec­tion of orig­i­nal cre­ator Jordan Weis­man. If you love gi­ant ro­bots and grip­ping bat­tles, then you’ll prob­a­bly get a big kick out of this. As the leader of a mer­ce­nary group, you’ll travel from planet to planet with your lance of mechs, drop­ping into con­flicts to en­gage in tense matchups for cash. It’s Xcom-es­que in both game­play and the emo­tional pull of your squad over time, and it’s a fan­tas­tic com­bat ex­pe­ri­ence, al­beit one still sad­dled with per­for­mance is­sues and other needed tweaks.

3. Minit

Price: £6.99 from Steam (fave.co/2hivrjx)

Ad­ven­ture games such as Rise of the Tomb tend to be sprawl­ing epics that en­cour­age ex­tended play ses­sions. Minit isn’t that kind of game, and the clue is right there in the ti­tle. In Minit, ev­ery at­tempt you start ends 60 sec­onds later with your demise. You have one minute to speed­ily ex­plore your sur­round­ings, and then you’re toast. That might sound ex­traor­di­nar­ily pun­ish­ing and per­haps over­whelm­ing, but clever world de­sign and smart stream­lin­ing ap­par­ently make Minit com­pelling. The quests and fights fit within those short ses­sions, and you’ll grad­u­ally make progress as the timer pushes you to go faster and faster. And yes, it looks a lot like a clas­sic Game Boy game.

4. The Swords of Ditto

Price: £14.99 from Steam (fave.co/2hxfhrq)

The Swords of Ditto shares some sim­i­lar­i­ties with Minit, at least when it comes to mak­ing a largescale, clas­sic Leg­end of Zelda-es­que ad­ven­ture more com­pact and ap­proach­able, but one glance shows that they at­tack this theme in very dif­fer­ent ways. And Swords of Ditto doesn’t keep you to sin­gle-minute ses­sions. De­volver’s lat­est af­fair finds you as a fresh-faced hero of leg­end at­tempt­ing to de­feat the evil Mormo. When you even­tu­ally fall, you’ll pick up the quest as a de­scen­dant 100 years later, and things have changed in the mean­time. Each new at­tempt feels dis­tinct as a re­sult, but your progress car­ries over across gen­er­a­tions, which should soften the blow of de­feat.

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