Have you ever wanted to experience isolation in the Wyoming wilderness? In Firewatch, you play as Henry, a fire lookout responsible for maintaining the forest and keeping a watchful eye on any plumes of smoke.
The only connection you have with the outside world is a radio allowing you to speak with your distant boss, Delilah. When you start venturing out of your watchtower, you uncover many strange secrets. This first-person mystery game may not involve fighting enemies, but its riveting story will have you addicted.
Celeste’s pixelated platformer style will take you back to the days of Super Mario. The game centers around Madeline, a young girl on a journey to climb Celeste Mountain. Along the way, you’ll experience Celeste’s thoughtful storyline and charming characters.
In addition to its simple yet challenging gameplay, Celeste has a beautiful soundtrack. Its retro-inspired tunes make it one of the best video game soundtracks for studying or relaxing.
3. Stardew Valley
Harvest Moon fans can rejoice—developers have brought Stardew Valley, a Harvest Moon-inspired farming RPG, to Mac. Plus, as this is one of the Mac games that cost under $20, you can’t really go wrong.
You start out with nothing but old tools, a small amount of money, and a plot of land left to you by your grandfather. It’s your job to establish a successful farm to revitalize the town of Stardew Valley. Harvest crops, care for livestock, and bond with locals. If you get bored playing by yourself, you can even invite a friend to help build your farm.
I hope you’re not scared of swimming in the ocean, as Subnautica will intensify your fears. This relaxing yet thrilling game will have you on the edge of your seat while you explore the ocean.
After your spaceship crashes on a strange ocean planet, you’re tasked with gathering resources for your survival. Your only option for food and crafting materials lies in the ocean. Once you take the plunge, you’ll encounter stunning scenery and dangerous alien creatures. Don’t forget to check your oxygen supply!
5. Overcooked! 2
Overcooked! 2 will teach you all about teamwork (honestly, it’ll probably result in a fight between you and your friends). Recruit some fellow chefs and manage a restaurant kitchen. A normal kitchen would just be plain boring, so that’s why Overcooked! 2 uses the most chaotic and stressful kitchens you can find.
As you cook, wash dishes, and attempt to serve customers, you’ll notice the kitchen go through some interesting changes. Sometimes the floor will shift, preventing you from reaching the other side of the kitchen. On other occasions, you have to travel through a teleporter to complete your task. Can it get any more challenging than that?
6. Rocket League
By now, you’ve probably heard of the award-winning indie game, Rocket League. If you love playing FIFA, you should give Rocket League a shot, since it’s basically soccer with cars.
Play alone or with a team, as you drive your very own Battle-Car and attempt to steer a giant ball towards the goal. Block the other team’s passes by jumping and dodging with your car. Hit speedups as you drive over the field, and score a winning goal.
7. Divinity: Original Sin 2
The Divinity series has some of the best role-playing games for Mac, thanks to its engaging gameplay and seemingly endless maps. Divinity: Original Sin 2 follows in the footsteps of its turn-based cousins, and definitely doesn’t disappoint.
Join your friends and explore the world of Rivellon where you can kill non-playable characters, chat up animals, and use your environment to your advantage during battles. Before you start, you’ll need to create your own character. Become a lizard, human, elf, dwarf, or undead. Just remember that the origin you choose will affect how the world interacts with you.