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Steam for Mac: Must-have launch games

A new era in gaming begins today, with Valve’s rollout of Steam for Mac. To get you started, the universe’s most referenced game ever, Portal, is FREE until May 24! That goes for PC users too, so go get you some! But don’t stop there. There are plenty of games you’ll almost certainly want to definitely check out on the new service. Really. And with weekly updates, you’ll have plenty to distract you from the brilliant artsy crap you do on your Mac. Here are some of our favorites.


Torchlight - $9.99

Dungeon crawler Torchlight is a Diablo-esque romp that will scratch the loot itch. Best of all, it's half off until next Monday!


Civ IV - $19.99

Sid Meier's civilization simulator, and its expansions, offer millenia worth of world-building fun. The Civilization series has always shown the love to Mac gamers, so love it right back by grabbing Civ IV on Steam.


Braid - $9.99

Braid is a stunningly beautiful moving painting of a puzzle-platformer that is sure to be a hit with the arty Mac crowd. The player manipulates the flow of time in ways that surprise and delight.


Loom - $4.99

Go old-school with Loom, a musical adventure game put out by LucasArts back in 1990. Learn note patterns to master spells and help the Guild of Weavers deter the Apocalypse.


The Dig - $4.99

Another LucasArts joint from back in the day, The Dig is and adventure throwback based on a concept by Steven Spielberg and features dialog written by Orson Scott Card and Sean Clarke. Eerily, the story presages Heavens Gate as it is about a meteor that is actually a spaceship. Cultalicious!


World of Goo - $19.99

Indie darling World of Goo is a delightfully weird and endlessly inventive puzzle/construction game involving millions of oblivious - and apparently, tasty - Goo Balls.


Telltale Steam Play Pack - $29.99

With the Telltale Steam Play Pack, you get the complete Tales of Monkey Island pack, and five episodes of Sam & Max: The Devil's Playground (four of which are yet to be released.) That's a whole lot of irreverent wackiness for 30 boners.

May 12, 2010

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10 comments

  • JohnnyMaverik - May 14, 2010 3:04 a.m.

    @ db1331 Yea I know what you mean -_- Charlie Brooker puts it quite well: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2007/feb/05/comment.media
  • Im2awesome - May 13, 2010 4:17 p.m.

    already downloading portal. I was going to purchase this for the Mac after it was available, this is incredible timing! :D Already beat it so many times when I had x360, but I got rid of the system for a PS3 right before they changed some parts in portal, I'm going to need to play it to get all the portal2 references now. I just cant wait until they expand the library, as i have plenty of games downloaded to my laptop that I REALLY want to play on my mac. And I've heard so many things about Torchlight... its probably worth the $10 eh?
  • db1331 - May 13, 2010 12:12 p.m.

    "Braid is a stunningly beautiful moving painting of a puzzle-platformer that is sure to be a hit with the arty Mac crowd" *Rolls eyes* This is why people hate Mac users.
  • Modroneman - May 13, 2010 11:11 a.m.

    Congrats to the Mac users. @ClusterShart I was under the impression that TF2 worked on the Mac's. Maybe they found a flaw in it and are currently fixing it. For all those wondering which will work on the Mac, there are now symbols next to each game that will let you know if the game is currently compatible with Macs.
  • ClusterShart - May 13, 2010 3:22 a.m.

    Meanwhile, TF2 disappeared from my games list, and I am stuck on a Mac. reCAPTCHA - mods communications
  • phoenix_wings - May 13, 2010 3:13 a.m.

    @ JohnnyMaverik Haha! Yeah, eventually.
  • JohnnyMaverik - May 13, 2010 2:38 a.m.

    "LordUberDowzen - 2 hours 27 minutes ago So wait, does every game on steam now work on Mac? Or were the Lucasarts adventure games and Civ4 always on mac? They always had mac ports I think. From what I can tell atm Mac users will get any game currently on steam that already has a mac port, and all the Valve games (in time). Also all source mods should eventually come to mac, which is nice. "conchking - 1 hour 27 minutes ago I downloaded Portal for iMac already, and i know that macs aren't exactly superior to PC's (or Consoles) but the graphics looked like half life/ Half Life 2 level. Not what I was expecting. Either way the game was free so I dont care." It'll be half life 2 level your looking for. If it looks like half life 1 then something has gone terribly wrong somewhere. Naturally it won't look like it does on maxed out on pc cuz macs won't beable to handle games running on the orange box engine such as Portal, TF2 and HL2 Episode 2 maxed out, not for now atleast, but give it a couple of years and it will (perhaps not L4D2 or Portal 2 when it comes around). I just hope Mac users get Mac Badges in TF2 so I can spend a summer identifying and killing the stuck up bastards... so yea, welcome to the world of valve love to all the mac users out there. I'm sure we'll all get along just fine... eventually =/
  • conchking - May 13, 2010 1:03 a.m.

    I downloaded Portal for iMac already, and i know that macs aren't exactly superior to PC's (or Consoles) but the graphics looked like half life/ Half Life 2 level. Not what I was expecting. Either way the game was free so I dont care. Recaptcha: Aperture Laboratory No F***ing way i juust got this as a recaptcha talk about amazing
  • powerpc127 - May 13, 2010 12:15 a.m.

    I've played a lot of these on macs before, and I didn't have to emulate windows for the lucasarts games, so I think they all have native versions. Btw I'm downloading Portal right now. It's good to see the  <3 going on. Once I'm out of school I'll grab a copy of Civ4, I just want to make sure I have nothing to do before I start playing it.
  • LordUberDowzen - May 13, 2010 12:03 a.m.

    So wait, does every game on steam now work on Mac? Or were the Lucasarts adventure games and Civ4 always on mac?

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