Action. Adventure. Space travel. Bread.
It’s that time again: another month has passed, so we’re taking stock of another stellar month of new Mac game releases. April’s selection has gorgeous adventures, tough-as-nails action, tense shooting, brainy space travel tinkering, and even a game about playable bread—and that’s just the first half of the list.
As usual, we’ve got big-budget, AAA-style affairs in the mix, but also lovably odd and offbeat indie stuff thrown in, plus a wide range of price points and target audiences. If you’ve got a decent Mac and you want to put it to great use on something fun and enthralling, these are the latest standout games around.
Broken Age: The Complete Adventure
The first half of Broken Age launched more than a year ago, but with this week’s release of Act II ($25), the saga is finally complete. We also recommended the iOS version of Act I when it debuted last summer, but no matter where you play, this charming throwback adventure—and Kickstarter sensation—is well worth your time.
Act II picks up from the twist ending of the earlier portion, which we won’t spoil here. However, it surely digs into just how the stories of these two teens in seemingly very different worlds—Shay, a boy raised in space, and Vella, a girl slated to be sacrificed to a fantastical creature—are apparently intertwined. We can’t wait to dig in and finish the tale.
Boss battles usually help punctuate gaming quests, but Titan Souls ($15) takes a different approach: it’s all boss battles. Just one monstrous, challenging beast after another—20 of them in total, in fact. And you, the tiny little guy on the screen, have but a single boomeranging arrow that you can fire again and again to try and destroy those gargantuan, screen-filling foes.
And a Titan can smash you to bits in a single hit. That’s it. Game over. But the one-hit-kill mechanic goes both ways, and if you find a Titan’s weak spot and happen to nail it with your trusty bow and arrow, the battle’s over. If you’ve got a thing for ultra-tough games, not to mention those with absolutely stunning pixel art, put Titan Souls on your radar, stat.
Out of nowhere, mid-month, Metro Redux—the remastered bundle of first-person shooters Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light (available separately for $25 apiece, or $50 for the new bundle)—gained Mac compatibility on Steam. If you don’t closely follow the shooter genre, chances are you missed out on both when they first debuted over the last few years. But they’re cult classics for a reason.
Set in a post-apocalyptic Russia and mostly within the subway system, the Metro games have a very different feel than your usual Call of Duty or Halo—and the two atmospheric entries have distinctive play styles, as well. However, the Redux versions let you mix and match the gameplay elements of one with the other, adding ample incentive for multiple play-throughs.
Kerbal Space Program
Nearly four years after the initial version was released, and two years after its Steam Early Access launch, Kerbal Space Program ($40) has finally reached a full 1.0 version—and made its way to Mac, as well. Kerbal is utterly beloved, with a massive Reddit following and even prominent fans like Elon Musk—you know, the guy who runs SpaceX, a company that literally launches rockets into space.
Here, you’ll try your own hand at it without the real-life costs and consequences. Kerbal lets you build your ships from various components, and then try to launch and carry out a mission in space. It’s cartoonish-looking, but has been praised for its realistic physics and simulation-like underpinnings.
I Am Bread
When Bossa Studios considered which types of characters were underrepresented in gaming, they settled upon bread—and right they were. After all, we can’t think of another game besides I Am Bread ($13) that lets you play as a slice of white bread, flopping around kitchens and suburban neighborhoods on an epic quest.
No, really: That’s the game. You’ll also play as a bagel in a racing mode and a baguette in a destruction-centric segment, with other surprises along the way (bread in… space?). Critical appraisals are mixed, with many reviewers not quite convinced that it’s the greatest thing since sliced… well, you know. But Steam users are absolutely eating it up, and it seems to have the same kind of absurd appeal as something like Goat Simulator.
Westerado: Double Barreled
On iOS, most Adult Swim Games releases are markedly silly—but on computer, the company tends to have a wider range of cool, unique, indie-minded fare. And Westerado: Double Barreled ($15) looks to be one of its best titles to date, delivering an open-world Wild West revenge tale with 2D graphics and old-school sensibilities.
After your ranch is burned down, taking your family with it, you set out to find the person responsible. From there, it’s your path to choose, whether you want to mow down everyone in sight—and truly, everyone can be killed—or quietly hunt down your target. It still has an odd, hilarious tone to it, but Westerado is much more than just a goofy premise turned into a game.
Big fan of survival horror games? Resident Evil is more action-centric these days, and Silent Hill’s planned upcoming entry was just canceled—besides, neither of those games are available for the Mac. Luckily, indie creators are filling the void, and one of the best entries from recent years just made its way over from PC: Outlast ($20).
It’s a first-person scare-fest set within an asylum, and as a journalist investigating the locale, you’re not armed with a pistol, flamethrower, or anything of the sort. If you encounter danger—and you will, I promise—you’ll have to run and hide, or else suffer a grisly, terrifying fate in the dark hallways. It’s been a YouTube favorite for its surprise scares, and now you can experience it for yourself.
For something completely, completely different from the last game, try Metamorphabet ($5). It’s not a very involved game, and it’s certainly not an intense one, but this absolutely stunning, imaginative affair is plenty charming enough to be more than a mere learning app for younger players.
Each letter in the alphabet can be transformed into different words that start with it: so the letter “B” might grow a beard when you touch it, then sprout a bird’s beak when you drag your finger across it—which then spews colorful, flying bugs when tapped again. It’s a beautiful, good-natured game that’ll educate as much as it entertains (and it’s also on iOS).
Out There: Ω Edition
Out There was well received on iOS for delivering the sensation of a cold, lonely space journey paired with challenging gameplay design, and now it’s on Mac. Similar in some respects to the much-loved FTL: Faster Than Light, Out There: Ω Edition ($10) finds you managing resources and setting out to new space systems, encountering dangerous and unfamiliar threats along the way.
What makes it feel distinct, however, is the fiction: You’re alone, having just woken up from a deep cryogenic freeze, and that scenario helps inform the experience and give it a unique edge. If you’re into sci-fi and tricky space exploration, this ought to be a satisfying one on any Apple platform.
For fans of turn-based strategy games, Telepath Tactics ($15) is a new indie effort that puts some fresh twists on the classic genre while pulling influence from console and handheld games like Fire Emblem and Disgaea. Set in steampunk-inspired world, you’ll battle it out in a series of grid-based showdowns between rival squads.
Where Telepath Tactics shakes things up is in your ability to manipulate the battlefield itself: You can break through walls, freeze water, and more to alter the landscape. And beyond the single-player campaign, it has local multiplayer support, plus the ability to mod the game and pull in user-created campaigns. Only the PC version is on Steam, but you can get the Mac game directly from Sinister Design.