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20 Best Free games for Mac in 2020

Computer Games for Mac: We pick our favorites, including shooters, RPGs and more With most of us stuck at home, video games are increasingly becoming a favorite past-time. But because of the virus, many can’t afford to buy games right now. For this reason, we put together a list of the best free games on Mac. And we mean truly free. As micro transactions are increasingly destroying games that would otherwise be great, we decided to focus on games that are either 100% free or are at least free-to-play games that can actually be enjoyed for free. With that in mind, we played through and evaluated a slew of games, and we’ve put together this updated list with the best free games for Mac.

A Focus on Mac Performance

Sometimes a great game on Windows can suffer from extremely poor MacOS performance, or even worse, a broken Mac version. That’s why testing these games on Mac hardware is critical for us.

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Our favorite Free Mac games


In Fortnite, you and 99 other players will have to scramble to find weapons, shields, and resources for a chance to be the last man (or squad) standing.

You can’t just hide and hope for the best, however; the longer you survive, the tighter the playing area becomes, forcing you to engage in combat. And as you’d expect from one of the finest competitive games for Mac, the competition can be brutal.

But Fortnite is more than just another Battle Royale game, it also allows you to use its unique building mechanics to better hunt (or escape from) your opponents.

Those willing to pay will be able to unlock more cool skins and other cosmetic items. But other than that, everyone gets access to the full game! FPS games like Fortnite, Warframe, and Destiny 2 are all great examples of what a free-to-play shooter should be.

Verdict: This is a generous free-to-play game.

Starcraft 2

Developed by Blizzard, Starcraft 2 is a real-time strategy game that shouldn’t need an introduction.

Sequel to the critically-acclaimed Starcraft, Starcraft 2 features the most intense, fast-paced and well-oiled gameplay you’ll ever see in a real-time strategy game. A good gaming keyboard and mouse are both mandatory!

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Starcraft 2 was already a must-buy when it was $59.99, but now that the game offers an extremely generous free-to-play version, you owe it yourself to try it.

The free-to-play version of Starcraft 2 gives you the complete Wings of Liberty campaign, ranked and unranked Multiplayer, and every co-op commander available. And if you ever want more, you can pay to unlock more single-player campaigns, special skins, etc.

Verdict: This is a generous free-to-play game.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Counter-Strike practically gave birth to the competitive FPS scene and is responsible for most of the LAN parties that took place in the 90s. That was a long time ago, but Counter-Strike has managed to evolve and remain relevant.

In 2012, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive was released and it expanded upon the team-based gameplay it pioneered 19 years earlier. With new maps, characters, weapons, and its extremely solid gameplay, CS: GO easily became (and still is) one of the most played games on the planet.

And now that the game is free-to-play and includes Danger Zone, a brand-new battle royale mode, CS: GO is a must for anyone remotely interested in shooters.

Verdict: This is a generous free-to-play game.

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Lord of the Rings Online

There are so many good MMOs out there it can be hard to figure out where to start. If you’re in that situation, why not begin your adventure with Lord of the Rings Online?

Developed by Turbine, LotRO follows the story from the books and movies and gives free access to almost everything the game has to offer. The only differences with the paid version are so small, they’re easy to forget considering LotRO is one of the higher-quality MMOs available.

Lord of the Rings Online isn’t just for fans of Tolkien’s work, it’s for anyone who loves the classic MMO formula (such as World of Warcraft’s) but prefers to not have to pay for it. The amount of fun you can have with this game without paying a dime is outrageous, making it one of the finest free online Mac games available.

Verdict: This is a generous free-to-play game.

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Few companies can deliver as high-quality free Computer Games for Mac as Valve, but one that certainly can is Blizzard. Hearthstone is their digital collectible card game based on the popular Warcraft universe. If you’re not usually into card games, don’t skip ahead just yet…this one is widely praised by everyone.

Hearthstone is much simpler than you would imagine. In every match, you pull three or four cards (depending on who goes first) out of your customized deck of 30 cards. There are different card types (weapons, spells and minions), but the objective is clear: empty your opponent’s health before he does the same to you.

Hearthstone is a great game. It’s easy for new players to get into but offers enough depth to keep you hooked. It also benefits from frequent, free expansions to refresh the available cards.

Verdict: This is a generous free-to-play game.

Crusader Kings 2

Crusader Kings 2 was already one of our favorite Strategy games on Mac, but now that the game is free, it has become one of our top recommendations.

CK2 is a 4X turn-based strategy game that features immensely challenging, yet rewarding gameplay. This is a game you can sink an insane amount of time into, but it will require a lot of patience and discipline. On the other hand, you will witness a fascinating medieval story worthy of a Game of Thrones remake.

By the way, Crusader Kings 2 is one of those games that are entirely free, including every feature available and even an Expansion. How is this possible? Developer Paradox made it free to celebrate the announcement of the upcoming Crusader Kings 3.

Verdict: This is a truly (100%) free game.

System Requirements: OS 10.11, 2.0 GHz Intel Dual Core Processor, 4 GB RAM, 1024 MB Video RAM, 2 GB hard drive space.

Spelunky: Classic

This indie action-adventure game puts you in control of an unnamed adventurer, known as the Spelunker. Your aim is to explore the underground tunnels and gather as much treasure as possible while avoiding the traps and enemies filling the tunnels.

The gameplay is straightforward: whip or jump on enemies; pick up items; or use bombs and ropes to further explore the caves. Levels are randomly generated, and you only get one life (if you die, you have to start from the beginning). Although this sounds like it’d make the game frustrating, it actually gives each run a unique feeling.

A good match for fans of 2D platformers who want to reminisce and remember the good old days of Castlevania, Spelunky offers plenty of great, free entertainment.

Verdict: This is a truly (100%) free game.

System Requirements: OS 10.9, 2.0 GHz Intel Dual Core Processor, 2 GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 320M, Intel HD 3000, 20 GB hard drive space.

0 A.D.

Here’s another game that’s completely free from start to finish. This open-source real-time strategy game comes from Wildfire Games, a group of volunteer game developers from around the globe who are obviously big fans of Age of Empires 2.

As you’d expect from an RTS game, you’ll spend time gathering resources, developing and advancing technologies, and defending yourself from attacks while launching campaigns on others. The randomly generated battle maps are based upon the real geography of the ancient world, as are the detailed units, buildings, and technologies.

If you’re a developer, you’re invited to contribute to the game’s growth. If you’re not, you can still get creative with the game’s map editor. It’s all free no matter how you get involved with 0 A.D., so dig in and get history started off right. And if you really like it, consider contributing to the game’s development.

Verdict: This is a truly (100%) free game.

System Requirements: OS 10.7, 2006 or later Intel-based Mac..

Heroes of the Storm

Considered a League of Legends challenger with a greater focus on team play, Heroes of the Storm is another game from Blizzard.

Fans of Warcraft, Diablo, Starcraft and other Blizzard titles will be particularly excited to soo their favorite heroes take part in 5 vs 5 battles, either against the AI or against human players in ranked and unranked matches. And on top of creating a solid MOBA geared towards more casual players, Blizzard keeps rolling new game modes, events, and new Heroes to keep you coming back for more.

There are around 80 heroes to rotate through, and if you find one you really like you can purchase permanent access to him/her/it through in-game currency or microtransactions. Speaking of that, microtransactions are otherwise relegated to hero customizations and mount purchases. In other words, you won’t need to pay anything to fully enjoy the game.

Verdict: A generous free-to-play game.

System Requirements: OS 10.11, Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, 4 GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M or ATI Radeon HD 4670, 20 GB hard drive space.

Team Fortress 2

Originally released back in 2008, we still cannot talk about the best free games for Mac without mentioning Team Fortress 2.

TF2 is a team-based FPS developed by Valve. Players choose a character from the multiple classes available, then join one of two teams and battle in a variety of game modes such as capture the flag and king of the hill. Its fan base remains faithful due to its art direction, gameplay, and humor, making Team Fortress 2 one of the top-rated Computer Games for Mac of all time. Plus, find the right team and Team Fortress 2 becomes an excellent cooperative multiplayer game for Mac.

Fans of online first-person shooters will get into this one quickly, and remain active thanks to the game’s strong sense of community and the high production values typical of Valve. Purchases are relegated to unique weapons, outfits, and such, so they’re certainly not necessary to stay involved.

Verdict: A generous free-to-play game.

System Requirements: OS 10.5.8, 1.7 GHz Processor, 1 GB RAM,  NVIDIA GeForce 8 or higher, ATI X1600 or higher, Intel HD 3000 or higher, 15 GB hard drive space.

League of Legends

In League of Legends, you have to destroy the opposing team’s nexus which lies at the heart of a guarded base. Battles last around 20 to 60 minutes, with your Champions starting out at a very low level. They gain experience throughout the match and—equally important—they earn gold that can be used to buy in-game items to increase their powers and abilities.

League of Legends remains one of the most popular and successful MOBA Computer Games for Mac available, but be warned, this is a complex and highly competitive game, and the community is known for being particularly harsh towards newbies.

You have over 100 champions at your disposal, and you can spend money to purchase them (as well as multi-game boosts) straight-away. Beyond that, microtransactions are relegated largely to cosmetic items.

Verdict: This is a generous free-to-play game.

System Requirements: OS 10.5.8, 1.7 GHz Processor, 1 GB RAM,  NVIDIA GeForce 8 or higher, ATI X1600 or higher, Intel HD 3000 or higher, 15 GB hard drive space.

Cave Story

You’ve certainly heard of Cave Story—and you’ve maybe even played one of its console or Steam iterations—but did you know this Metroidvania style 2D platformer started as a “free time” project for developer Daisuke “Pixel” Amaya? It took him five years to develop the game, and it became one of the first Indie gaming successes.

Cave Story quickly gained traction because of its great story and solid gameplay. You start as an amnesiac who wakes up in (you got it) a cave, and as per usual when you find yourself alone and without memories in a cave, you quickly learn you’ll have to fight a crazy doctor who plans to conquer the world.

The enhanced version called Cave Story+ is available pretty much everywhere, but the original Cave Story is still available for free.

Verdict: This is a truly (100%) free game.

System Requirements: OS 10.5.8, 1.7 GHz Processor, 1 GB RAM,  NVIDIA GeForce 8 or higher, ATI X1600 or higher, Intel HD 3000 or higher, 15 GB hard drive space.

Dwarf Fortress

Dwarf Fortress is part construction, part management, part roguelike, and part text-based. Yes, text-based.

A typical Dwarf Fortress game involves a randomly generated world in which you indirectly control a group of dwarves in an attempt to build an underground fortress. Without much direction (the game has no objectives) and text-based graphics, this game is hard. But that’s also Dwarf Fortress’ charm. Once you figure out how everything works, building that fortress becomes an addiction.

Also, part of Dwarf Fortress’s fame comes from the fact it’s a two-member project that survives solely on donations.

Dwarf Fortress is a good option for folks who appreciate a good challenge (it’s famous for its difficulty and complexity) and who don’t need high-end graphics to enjoy a good gaming session. You can also feel good about yourself for supporting the indie movement.

Verdict: This is a truly (100%) free game.

System Requirements: OS 10.3, 512 MB  RAM, 100MB of hard drive space.


Here’s another game that promises “No Pay to Win. No Pay to Play. No hidden fees.. And it’s going to stay that way forever.” Sound good?

Brawlhalla is a 2D platformer fighting game along the lines of Super Smash Bros., only with many more gameplay options (you have to have something to compensate for the loss of Ike, I guess). There are online ranked 1v1 and 2v2, online 4 player free-for-all, online 8 player free-for-all, and 4v4. Locally, you’ve got free-for-all, custom teams, and a single-player tournament.

And if the gameplay options don’t keep things fresh, the multitude of weapons and power-ups available during the brawls will certainly keep things moving along. If you do want to pay, you can unlock all of the characters or you can get different outfits for them. But if you decide to keep your money to yourself, it won’t stop you from winning.

Verdict: This is a generous free-to-play game.

System Requirements: OS 10.7, 1 GB RAM, 400 MB hard drive space.

Doki Doki Literature Club!

Terrified by the concept of joining a book club? Then this game’s for you. A visual novel by Team Salvato, Doki Doki Literature Club is actually a psychological horror game in disguise.

It starts out innocently enough, with your character joining a high school literary club. There’s a poem writing mechanic you can use to flirt with the various girls in the club, and there’s a lot of dialogue to click through. But things turn dark very quickly and you’ll soon find that Doki Doki Literature Club is not really about finding your one true love through books.

The game breaks the fourth wall quite a bit, creating a wholly meta experience that’s effective even if you’ve never played a dating sim before. Be prepared for the disturbing content…and plenty of restarts. You’ll need to play through the game a few times to get the ending that won’t put you off high school clubs forever.

Verdict: This is a generous free-to-play game.

System Requirements: OS 10.9, 1.8 GHz Dual Core Processor, 4 GB RAM, 350 MB hard drive space.


Remember Transport Tycoon Deluxe? It was a business simulation game released back in 1995, so if you were too young or just missed it, its spirit lives on with this open-source remake.

Like its inspiration, the point of Open TTD is to make money by transporting people and cargo via planes, trains, automobiles, and boats. Each time you successfully move an object from point A to point B you’ll get income that can be used to build better methods of transportation. All this takes place between 1950 and 2050, giving you plenty of different technologies to develop and utilize.

Of course, technology has changed quite a bit since 1995, and Open TTD has taken advantage of that by expanding the game with larger maps, an enhanced UI, multi-language support, custom AI, and plenty more. Even better, Open TTD features online and local multiplayer with up to 255 players! And although updated, the game does retain its original visual charm.

Verdict: This is a truly (100%) free game.

System Requirements: OS 10.3.9, 128 MB RAM.

Dota Underlords

Dota Underlords is Valve’s latest game and their take on Auto Chess, a brand-new genre that came to life as a mod for, guess what, Dota 2! That mod still exists but Dota Underlords is Valve’s free-to-play take on the genre, meaning you can safely test it risk-free.

In case you’re unfamiliar with Auto Chess Computer Games for Mac, the game will pit you against seven opponents in a battle where tactics are everything. You’ll have to carefully choose your units, properly combine them and place them on a board. Then you sit back and watch the game unfold. In other words, you do half the work, the strategizing, while the game handles the rest automatically.

Dota Underlords is still in Early Access, meaning some features are still unavailable. That said, this is still a fun free-to-play game that can be enjoyed without spending a dime.

Verdict: This is a generous free-to-play game.

System Requirements: MacOS 10.13.6, 2.4 GHz Intel Core i5 Processor, , Intel HD 4000 or better (requires Metal), 5 GB hard drive space.

Fistful of Frags

Born as a mod for the Source engine, Fistful of Frags is a deathmatch game set in the Wild West. It has your basic options such as versus and elimination modes, but separates itself with some unique mechanics.

For example, it has a dual wield weapon system with double dynamic crosshairs, and you can even throw your weapons as projectiles when all else fails. And speaking of weapons, the historical guns available to you are slower to use than modern first-person deathmatch Computer Games for Mac, but they’re still quite powerful. It also forces you to play things a little more realistically than when you’re using tasers, bazookas and flak cannons. The more skilled you become with your guns, the more you’ll be rewarded.

Even better? You won’t have to pay a dime to play Fistful of Frags; no microtransactions exist within the game. Use the money to buy some whiskey, if you’re of age, as the game seems to focus on that quite heavily.

Verdict: This is a truly (100%) free game.

System Requirements: OS 10.7, 1.7 GHz Processor, 1 GB RAM,  NVIDIA GeForce 8, ATI X1600, Intel HD 3000 or higher, 3 GB hard drive space.

The Battle for Wesnoth

The Battle for Wesnoth is an open-source, turn-based strategy game featuring turn-based battles on a hex grid that will take you back to the ‘90s visually.

features 16 single-player campaigns and 46 multiplayer maps (online and hot seat) over which more than 200 units will battle. The game has developed a large, dedicated fanbase due to the quality and quantity of content, the engaging gameplay, and the fact that it’s free (not to mention its Tolkienesque setting).

That community has, in turn, contributed a ton of user-made content ranging from new campaigns and factions to artwork.

Verdict: This is a generous free-to-play game.

System Requirements: OS 10.8, 2 GHz Dual Core Processor, 2 GB RAM, 800 MB hard drive space.


Sometimes you want to play a game with just one button. We get that, and that’s why we offer up Canabalt. This endless runner has been released on everything from iOS to the Commodore 64 (wait…what?), and it offers plenty of frenetic fun on Mac.

Basically, you’re a dude running from some sort of threat. We’ve all been there, right? In Canabalt, this involves running/jumping across rooftops as you dodge various obstacles along the way. Unlike in real life, you get faster as you progress, increasing the challenge.

And unlike many endless runners available, the environments in Canabalt are procedurally generated. This means the game is more about skill than memorization, and it greatly increases the replay value. If you’re looking for a free way to kill some time on your Mac, Canabalt is it.

Verdict: This is a truly (100%) free game.

System Requirements: Adobe Flash.

The best Computer Games for Mac

Normally, we test the MacOS performance of all our featured Computer Games for Mac and share the results with you. This time, as these are all free (and most have low system requirements), we decided to focus on our Top 3.

We performed our tests on these machines:

iMac (5K, 27-inch, Late 2014)

3.5 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, AMD Radeon R9 M290X (2GB)

MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2013)

2.4 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, Intel Iris 5100 (1.5GB)

MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2016):

2.0 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, Intel Iris Graphics 540 (1.5GB)

Expand to see how to interpret these results

Why test games at 1280×800 instead of 1080p? Keep in mind that most of us have MacBooks that are not meant to be game machines. We prefer to stick to 12080×800 to give older Macs a chance.

If you a MacBook, Mac Mini or a somewhat old MacBook Pro, both Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Starcraft 2 should work just fine. But if you want to play Fortnite, you’ll need a recent Mac, ideally, one with dedicated graphics, as the game is poorly optimized for Mac…

The Competition: Even more Free Mac games to download

This is a very big list we’ve put together for you, but not big enough to cover everything. As more games are made available for free in an effort to draw gamers into their community, there’s more we have to look at.

As such, here’s a list of games that didn’t quite crack our top 20 but are good enough to get a recommendation from us