Best Free Software for Mac OS

 Best Free Games for Mac OS


Best Free Auto Racing Simulator for Mac OS

  • X Speed Race

    "Drive the super fast cars to see if you can beat the other ones and become the best driver out there. CONTROLS: Arrow keys to drive / Space - handbrake / V - camera view / B - back camera / R - reset car / O - Options Menu / M - Car Select Menu / X - Speed Race Web Site.  This is a very exciting driving simulator with many cars, and tracks to choose from ... You can even change the paint color on the car you choose! (still working OK on Mac OS X 10.9.5)"

  • VDrift

    "VDrift is a cross-platform, open source driving simulation made with drift racing in mind. The driving physics engine was recently re-written from scratch but was inspired and owes much to the Vamos physics engine. This game is in the early stages of development but is already very playable. Currently the game features: Simulation-grade driving physics ... Tracks based on famous real-world tracks ... Cars based on real-world vehicles ...  Competition against AI players ... Mouse/joystick/gamepad/wheel/keyboard support."

  • Speed Dreams

    "Speed Dreams is a Motorsport Simulator featuring high-quality 3D graphics and an accurate physics engine, all targeting maximum realism. Initially forked from TORCS, it has now reached a clearly higher realism level in visual and physics simulation, thanks to its active development team and growing community. It mainly aims to implement exciting new features, cars, tracks and AI opponents to make a more enjoyable game for the player, while constantly pushing forward visual and physics realism. It is also intended for any research, study or teaching activity, around physics and AI, thanks to its GPL V2+ license, and the clear and modular architecture of its C/C++ code base. At LAST the Mac OS X port seems to be working!!!"

  • Racer

    "Racer is a free cross-platform car simulation project (for non-commercial use). Racer is a free car simulation project, using real car physics to get a realistic feeling. Cars, tracks, scenes and such can be created with relative simplicity in mind (compared to other driving simulations). The 3D and other file formats are, or should be, documented. Editors and support programs are also available to get a very flexible and expandable simulator. It uses OpenGL for rendering. It attempts to do well at the physics section, trying to create life-like cars to emphasize car control and doesn't cut back on realism in the interest of fun. If you've played Grand Prix Legends from Papyrus, you'll know what I'm talking about. #1 Pick in Racing Simulators. Some Assembly Required IF you want to add cars or tracks. Easiest to drive ... Mouse Control is Highly Sensitive and Intuitive."


Best Free Flight Only Simulator for Mac OS

  • FlightGear

    "FlightGear is an open-source flight simulator. The goal of the FlightGear project is to create a sophisticated and open flight simulator framework for use in research or academic environments, pilot training, as an industry engineering tool, for DIY-ers to pursue their favorite interesting flight simulation idea, and last but certainly not least as a fun, realistic, and challenging desktop flight simulator. Macintosh OSX supported OSX 10.8, 10.9, 10.10 Note to Mac users: we have another build in the pipeline which we anticipate will support 10.7-10.10, so you may wish to postpone upgrading. This feature packed simulator works on MOST modern systems and supports a variety of peripheral equipment such as rudder pedals / yokes / and even motion chairs. Extra aircraft and scenery can be downloaded to expand the program. Realism is very close to the real thing.  Note: LARGE (1.1 Gigabyte) Download!"

  • YS Flight Simulator

    "YS Flight Simulator is a fully featured lightweight flight simulator. As well as basic functionalities, it has network feature that allows you to fly with or against your friends. You also can fly a formation leader, dogfight, intercept, attack ground, take off and land on an aircraft carrier and so on, and you can choose your airplane from more than 50 airplanes, and there are several maps as well. Easier to get Flying than with FlightGear "


Best Free Kart Racing Game for Mac OS

  • SuperTuxKart

    "SuperTuxKart is a kart racing game featuring Tux and friends for Windows, Linux, and Mac Systems. It is a fun-racer game, focusing on fun and ease of play. Features: Race with Tux and Friends. Explore several tracks. Play against AI or in split-screen mode against your friends. Play in various modes, including Time Trial, Grand Prix and 3 Strikes Battle. Mac OS version SuperTuxKart 0.8.1 is still working on Mac OS X 10.9.5 . (The newest version, SuperTuxKart 0.9.1 , CRASHED ... )"


Best Free Music Racing Game for Mac OS

  • Musicracer

    "Musicracer is a rhythm game that creates 3D racing tracks from your MP3, OGG, WAV or FLAC files. About Musicracer: In the year 4600 the musicracer league is one of the most prominent racing leagues in the galaxy. The racing tracks are created based on a spectrum analysis of ancient music from long forgotten cultures. You are hereby granted access to a classified training simulation. Prepare yourself for the league. Musicracer is a free music based game that lets you race all the music living on your local harddisk. Just select an arbitrary .mp3, .ogg, .wav or .flac file from your computer and Musicracer will generate an unique track for any song. What's New in this Version: - fixed keyboard control and improved mouse control sensitivity. - added FLAC support. - added keyboard navigation to the filechooser. You can now jump to folders by simply typing the first few characters of a band or folder name. Music Racer System Requirements: * Mac OS X 10.5 or later / * Window XP or later. Still works on Mac OS X 10.9 - one of the editor's favorite games"


Best Free Multi Vehicle Driving Simulator for Mac OS

  • Rigs of Rods

    "Rigs of Rods is an open source cross platform simulator for soft-body physics. What makes Rigs of Rods different to most simulators is its unique soft-body physics simulation: Objects are simulated in real-time as flexible soft-body objects, resulting in a very realistic simulation which entirely depends on the physical construction of the object. The community contributes greatly to the game, giving it a vast selection of vehicles and terrains from which you can choose. Rigs of Rods is mostly used for simulating vehicles but it is flexible enough to be suited for other tasks as well."

    "Features: Soft-body physics based on mass-spring-damper model. Advanced flight model based on blade element theory allowing accurate simulation of any airplane, based entirely on its physical dimensions and wing airfoils, similar to X-Plane. Accurate buoyancy model based on elemental pressure gradients, allowing boats with complex hulls to move realistically through waves. Supports scripting using AngelScript. Multiplayer. Support for Wheels, gamepads and joysticks including Force Feedback. Advanced graphical effects thanks to OGRE3D engine. 3D positional audio and HRTF support thanks to OpenAL Soft. The last Mac OS version released RoR-0.35.dmg is still working on Mac OS X 10.9.5"


Best Free First-Person Shooter for Mac OS

  • Xonotic

    "Xonotic is a free and fast-paced first person shooter for Linux, Mac, and Windows ... It could be considered most similar to Unreal Tournament and Quake at its heart, especially regarding teamplay and game mechanics. Xonotic is a direct successor of the Nexuiz project. It represents years of development from its humble beginnings as a Quake 1 engine modification, and now aims to be the best possible open source first person shooter available. It could be considered most similar to Unreal Tournament and Quake at its heart, especially regarding teamplay and game mechanics. "

  • Unvanquished

    "Description: Unvanquished is a fast-paced, futuristic FPS with RTS elements, pitting technologically advanced humans against hordes of highly adaptable aliens. The player can choose from either team, providing a fresh gameplay experience on both sides of the conflict. The game is under highly active development, with a new alpha release being made at the beginning of each month. Features: Two teams, with entirely different play styles. A blend of FPS and RTS elements. Works with all Quake 3 file formats and modification tools. Available on Windows, Mac, Linux, and more! "

  • Sauerbraten (Cube 2)

    "Cube 2: Sauerbraten is a free multiplayer & singleplayer first person shooter, the successor of the Cube FPS. Much like the original Cube, the aim of this game is fun, old school deathmatch gameplay and also to allow map/geometry editing to be done cooperatively in-game. The engine supporting the game is entirely original in code & design, and its code is Open Source (ZLIB license, read the docs for more on how you can use the engine)."

  • Red Eclipse

    "Red Eclipse is a fun-filled new take on the casual first person arena shooter. Red Eclipse is a single-player and multi-player first-person ego-shooter, built as a total conversion of Cube Engine 2, which lends itself toward a balanced gameplay, completely at the control of map makers, while maintaining a general theme of agility in a variety of environments. Features: Single-player and multi-player first-person ego-shooter, built on Cube Engine 2. Balanced gameplay, with a general theme of agility in a variety of environments. Parkour, impulse boosts & dashing, and power jumps. Favourite gamemodes with tons of mutators and variables. Available for Windows, Linux/BSD and Mac OSX. Builtin editor lets you create your own maps cooperatively online."


Best Free 3D Space Shooter Game for Mac OS

  • AstroMenace

    "AstroMenace is a Cross Platform Hardcore 3D space shooter with spaceship upgrade possibilities. Description: AstroMenace is an astonishing hardcore scroll-shooter where brave space warriors may find a great opportunity to hone their combat skills. Gather money during the battle to spend them on turning your spaceship into an ultimate weapon of mass destruction and give hell to swarms of adversaries. Enjoy the wonderfully crafted 3d graphics and high-quality special effects along with a detailed difficulty adjustment and a handy interface of AstroMenace. Features: 22 playable ships with unique characteristics. 19 unique weapons with the easy drag-and-drop weapon mount mode. 15 missions with 100+ unique enemies and 40+ space objects. Simulative and arcade ship control mode. Flexible difficulty control. Works on Mac OS X, Linux, and Windows systems."


Best Free Collision Avoidance Game for Mac OS

  • Armagetron Advanced

    "A Tron clone in 3D. This has been the tagline of Armagetron, since, well, a very long time, and is probably the shortest and most accurate description possible. Tron was an arcade game based on the movie of the same name, release by Disney in 1982. The original game consisted of 4 sub-games, the only one of concern is the 'Light Cycles' one, in which the player uses a left/right joystick to control a 'Light Cycle' which leaves a wall behind it wherever the cycle it goes, turning only at 90 degree angles. The player must then get the AI to crash into their wall while avoiding hitting the AI's own wall themselves. Those were the humble beginnings of Armagetron Advanced's game play, which has now blossomed into 16 player mayhem, with highly advanced AI, network game play, and of course all in a 3D environment."

    "What's advanced? Armagetron Advanced is the continuation of Manual Moos', alias, z-man's original game, Armagetron. We're now the official continuation of Armagetron, and things are rolling smoothly. Versions available for Windows / Linux / and Mac!"

  • Ri-li

    "Ri-li is an arcade game licensed under the GPL (General Public License). You drive a toy wood engine in many levels and you must collect all the coaches to win.You can download it and play indefinitely. It's Free. You can play on Linux, Mac OsX, Windows, AmigaOS4. Description: An arcade game. You drive a toy wood engine across many levels. You must collect all the coaches. This game looks like the game "Snake" in that you must not collide with yourself. Full-featured, 19 languages: Arabic, Breton, Chinese, Dutch, English, Esperanto, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish. Colorful animated wood engine, 50 levels and 3 beautiful music tracks and many sound effects. You can drive the train with the mouse buttons. That player who completes the final level be awarded 100 points for each remaining life. Worth the download!"

  • GridBike

    " This aim of this game is to rescue every man on each level. But it isn’t quite that simple: you aren’t allowed to cross the trail left by your bike, and you need to avoid the mines scattered around the grid. To succeed you’ll need sharp reflexes and an eye for picking a path. All levels are created randomly for a fresh challenge every time you play — perfect for whenever you have a spare minute or two. Requirements: OS X 10.5 or later (Intel only). Windows XP or later. (OS X 10.8+: If OS X refuses to launch GridBike because it is from an unidentified developer, right–click on the app icon and select Open from the pop–up menu.) "


Best Free Turn Based Strategy Role Playing Game for Mac OS

  • The Battle for Wesnoth

    "The Battle for Wesnoth is a turn-based tactical strategy role-playing game with a high fantasy theme. Build up a great army, gradually turning raw recruits into hardened veterans. In later games, recall your toughest warriors and form a deadly host that none can stand against! Choose units from a large pool of specialists, and hand-pick a force with the right strengths to fight well on different terrains against all manner of opposition."

    "Wesnoth has many different sagas waiting to be played. Fight to regain the throne of Wesnoth, of which you are the legitimate heir... step into the boots of a young officer sent to guard a not-so-sleepy frontier outpost... lead a brutal quest to unite the orcish tribes... vanquish a horde of undead warriors unleashed by a foul necromancer, who also happens to have taken your brother hostage... guide a band of elvish survivors in an epic quest to find a new home... get revenge on the orcs by using the foul art of necromancy... There are at least two hundred unit types, sixteen races, six major factions, and hundreds of years of history. The world of Wesnoth is absolutely huge and only limited by your creativity — make your own custom units, create your own maps, and write your own scenarios or even full-blown campaigns. You can also challenge up to eight friends—or strangers—and fight in epic multiplayer fantasy battles."

    "Features: Build up a formidable fighting force, starting from a single leader and a small amount of gold. Over two hundred unit types in six major factions, all with distinctive abilities, weapons and spells. Experienced units gain powerful new abilities as they advance. Several multiplayer options available, including Internet play. Scores of different custom-designed map and unlimited random maps. Hundreds of campaign scenarios available for download through a simple in-game dialog. Fog of War feature available for a true test of generalship. Sophisticated markup language lets advanced users make their own maps, factions, or campaigns. Excellent language support — 54 different languages currently available. Compatible with Windows, OS X, and GNU/Linux, as well as BSD distributions such as FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, and DragonFly BSD. "


Best Free Dance Pad Rhythm Game for Mac OS

  • StepMania

    "StepMania is a timing/rhythm game featuring 3D graphics, keyboard and "dance pad" support, and an editor for creating your own steps. What do I need to play it? * A computer running Windows (XP+ or newer), Mac OS X (10.6 or newer), or Linux * A computer with a 3D-capable graphics card. (If your computer or video card was manufactured in the last 4 years, it's likely that it can run StepMania). StepMania can be played with a keyboard or with dance pads. The game is much more involved and fun with a dance pad though. "


Best Free Singing Contest Game for Mac OS

  • Performous

    "Performous combines SingStar, Guitar Hero, and dancing all in the same game! Many extra songs can be downloaded! This Game requires that your computer have Peripherals attached (Usually through a USB2 port) for proper, or BEST, Gameplay. Devices recommended, that you SHOULD have already attached to your computer, when you start Performous up, include one or more of: Microphone (or Headset with Mic) for "SingStar" or "UltraStar Deluxe" type Singing Contests / Guitar Controller, or Drum Pad (a Keyboard is used as your Guitar controller in a pinch) for "Guitar Hero" or "Frets-of-Fire" type Play-offs / and a "Dance Pad" controller spread out on the floor (so you can 'hit your marks' while dancing) to do a "Dance, Dance Party" type Dance-Off. Now with Live Mic Playthrough!"


Best Free Music Playing Rhythm Game for Mac OS

  • FoFiX

    "FoFix (Frets on Fire X) is a cross platform fork of Frets on Fire with extra features added. FoFiX is a multi-OS rhythm game similar to Guitar Hero or Rock Band. Play guitar, bass or drums along with your favorite songs on your computer using either your keyboard or instruments. You can use your Guitar Hero or Rock Band instrument controllers. Separated audio tracks will mute when you fail to hit or sustain the required notes correctly to simulate a real concert-playing experience. "


Best Free Rolling Ball Game for Mac OS

  • Cubosphere

    "Description: The goal of this project is a freeware game similar to the PSX game "Kula World" / "Roll Away". It is designed platform independent, written in C++ and using the following libraries: OpenGL, SDL (Simple DirectMedia Layer), libjpeg, LUA, GLSL-Shader. Features: game similar to Kula World. over 450 levels in 34 different designs! Beta 0.3 lot of new stuff like magnets, gravity changers and so on ... multiball feature and two-player-mode. Internal level editor! 3d-Engine via OpenGL. GLSL-Shaders. Joystick/Gamepad support. Lua-Scripts to design own textures and behaviors. currently with English, German and Danish translations. "

  • Nuncabola

    "Nuncabola ... A cross platform rolling ball arcade game similar to the wooden box type puzzles where you must maneuver a ball along a maze by tilting the playing field itself! As avid readers of (the Neverball) forum may know, the lockstep graphics never worked for Nuncabola's developer. That's why (he) was disappointed to see Neverball 1.5 released with the "very apparent and quite disturbing" judder left unfixed. This, among other reasons, motivated (him) to finally start (his) own, personal version of Neverball. The result is a Java application he calls Nuncabola, and he's sharing it here with anyone who is interested. In order to enable productive work, he decided to redesign the entire code structure. Internally, this is a complete rewrite. Externally, Nuncabola is still rather faithful to Neverball in terms of design and features. However, a number of changes have already been made, and more may be introduced as development continues. "


Best Free Puzzle Arcade Game for Mac OS

  • Enigma

    "Description: Enigma is a puzzle game inspired by Oxyd on the Atari ST and Rock and Roll on the Amiga. The object of the game is to find uncover pairs of identically colored Oxyd stones. Simple? Yes. Easy? Certainly not! Hidden traps, vast mazes, laser beams, and, most of all, countless hairy puzzles usually block your direct way to the Oxyd stones ... "

    "Features: Puzzle game with a dexterity component. Non violent - a game for young and old. More than 1000 different levels guarantee longtime entertainment. Translated to many languages. High-resolution 2D graphics. Realistic physics simulation. More than 500 different game objects. Available for all Windows versions, Mac OSX, most Linux distributions, many other Unix versions. Completely free! (GPL License) "

  • Coblyn

    "In Coblyn you explore a cave system in search of diamonds. When you’ve collected enough the exit will be unlocked, giving you the chance to escape with your treasure… if you can reach it in time! Along the way you’ll need to set off avalanches, dig traps for deadly creatures, and tunnel through unstable piles of boulders. Coblyn comes with 100 levels built-in, and another 200 are available in the Classic Level Pack. Thousands more can be found by searching for level packs in the BDCFF format. The controls for the game are listed in the Help screen. To get an idea of how to play Coblyn, wait at the main title screen and it will cycle through a set of demo games. Requirements: OS X 10.5 or later (Intel only). Windows XP or later. (OS X 10.8+: If OS X refuses to launch GridBike because it is from an unidentified developer, right–click on the app icon and select Open from the pop–up menu.)"

    "New in Version 3.1.0: Improved the appearance of the boulder (roughened), the diamond (transparency and random sparkles), and the butterfly. The Start screen now allows the cave and level to be set by pressing the appropriate letter key (for the cave) or number key (for the level). Bonus caves now become selectable on the Start screen once the preceding cave has been completed at all difficulty levels. For example, bonus cave Q appears after D–1 through D–5 have been completed. Improved support for BDCFF level packs. [Windows] Fixed a problem where full–screen mode wasn’t always restored when the app was restarted. Lots of small improvements and fixes."


Best Free Soccer League Sports Games for Mac OS

  • Yoda Soccer

    "Description: Yoda Soccer is a cross platform soccer game which intends to give a continuation to the funny and easy playable series of Sensible World of Soccer (aka SWOS) games. Yoda soccer development was started over a decade ago, in June of 2002, and it is being written in BlitzMax. The source code is available under the GNU General Public License. Some of its many, many features include: Working on Mac OS X, Linux, and Windows systems. Worldwide database. Custom competitions: leagues, cups. Weather effects: rain, snow, fog, & wind. Replay and variable slow-motion. Teams: 21 standard kit styles, custom character sets. Players: 10 skins colors and more than 40 different hair cuts. Teams and players editor. Tactics editor. Highlights. Goal celebration sequences. And Unicode language files in gettext format. On the 31st of May 2014, the developers announced that Yoda Soccer is now officially out of beta phase! The production version will be developed as a new project called YSoccer"

  • YSoccer

    "31st May 2014 ... Yoda Soccer is now out of beta phase! The production version will be developed as a new project called YSoccer. Description: A new soccer game which intends to give a continuation to the funny and easy playable series of Sensible World of Soccer (aka SWOS). YSoccer is written in BlitzMax. Features: Multiplatform (Linux, Windows, OS X). Custom competitions: leagues, cups. Automatic and fixed player(s) control mode. Weather effects: rain, snow, fog, wind. Multiple screen resolutions, zoom and rotation. Replay and slow-motion. Highlights. Training mode. Worldwide database. Teams and players editor. Team customization: 21 standard kit styles, custom character sets. Player customization: 10 skins colors and more than 40 different hair cuts. Tactics editor. "


Best Free Room Escape Puzzle Game for Mac OS

  • Fish Fillets NG

    "Fish Fillets - Next Generation is strictly a puzzle game. Works on Windows, Linux, or Mac systems. The goal in every of the seventy levels is always the same: find a safe way out. The fish utter witty remarks about their surroundings (In Dutch with English Subtitles), the various inhabitants of their underwater realm quarrel among themselves or comment on the efforts of your fish. The whole game is accompanied by quiet, comforting music. "


Best Free Animal Guiding Puzzle Game for Mac OS

  • Pingus

    "Pingus is a free Lemmings®-like puzzle game covered under the GNU GPL. It currently features 77 playable levels, and runs under a wide variety of operating systems (Linux, Windows, MacOSX, etc.). Pingus was started at the end of 1998 with the simple goal to create a Free (as in freedom, not as in free beer) Lemmings® clone. The Free means you get the sources and are allowed and encouraged to change and distribute them. You basically get everything that I used to create this game. In the years it has grown than quite a bit over the original goal and become something more than just a clone, we have original artwork, a built-in level editor, new actions, multiplayer and a few other features."

    "If you don't know about Lemmings®, here comes a short introduction. It is a puzzle game developed in 1991 by DMA Design. The player takes command in the game of a bunch of small animals and has to guide them through levels. Since the animals walk on their own, the player can only influence them by giving them commands, like build a bridge, dig a hole or redirect all animals in the other direction. The goal of each level is to reach the exit, for this multiple combination of commands are necessary. The game is presented in a 2D side view. While Pingus is based on the idea of Lemmings®, it however doesn't try to be an exact clone, it has included a few ideas of its own, like the worldmap or secret levels, which might be familiar from games the Super Mario World and other Nintendo games. It has also a few new actions, like the jumper which weren't presented in the original game."


Best Free Planetarium Software for Mac OS

  • Celestia

    "Celestia ... The free space simulation that lets you explore our universe in three dimensions. Celestia runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. Unlike most planetarium software, Celestia doesn't confine you to the surface of the Earth. You can travel throughout the solar system, to any of over 100,000 stars, or even beyond the galaxy. All movement in Celestia is seamless; the exponential zoom feature lets you explore space across a huge range of scales, from galaxy clusters down to spacecraft only a few meters across. A 'point-and-goto' interface makes it simple to navigate through the universe to the object you want to visit. Celestia is expandable. Celestia comes with a large catalog of stars, galaxies, planets, moons, asteroids, comets, and spacecraft. If that's not enough, you can download dozens of easy to install add-ons with more objects. "

    " Add-ons: The Celestia Motherlode is the central repository for Celestia add-ons. Hundreds of add-ons are available on the Motherlode with thumbnail screen shots for easy browsing. Available addon-categories: Solar System objects / Spacecraft / Extrasolar (Deep Space) Objects / Fictional Spacecraft or Systems."

  • Stellarium

    "Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope. It is being used in planetarium projectors. Just set your coordinates and go. System requirements: Minimal ... Linux/Unix; Windows 7 and above; OS X 10.7.4 and above / 3D graphics card which supports OpenGL 3.0 and GLSL 1.3 / 512 MiB RAM / 250 MiB on disk. Recommended: ... Linux/Unix; Windows 7 and above; OS X 10.8.5 and above / 3D graphics card which supports OpenGL 3.3 and above / 1 GiB RAM or more! 1.5 GiB on disk."

    "Extensive Features: Sky Features include: default catalogue of over 600,000 stars. extra catalogues with more than 210 million stars. asterisms and illustrations of the constellations. constellations for 20+ different cultures. images of nebulae (full Messier catalogue). realistic Milky Way. very realistic atmosphere, sunrise and sunset. the planets and their satellites. Interface Features include: a powerful zoom. time control. multilingual interface. fisheye projection for planetarium domes. spheric mirror projection for your own low-cost dome. all new graphical interface and extensive keyboard control. telescope control. Visualization Features include: equatorial and azimuthal grids. star twinkling. shooting stars. eclipse simulation. supernovae simulation. skinnable landscapes, now with spheric panorama projection. Customizability Features include: plugin system adding artifical satellites, ocular simulation, telescope configuration and more. ability to add new solar system objects from online resources ... add your own deep sky objects, landscapes, constellation images, scripts... Editor's Choice for the Category!"


Best Free Game Engine Demo Games for Mac OS

  • Flare

    "FLARE is a Action RPG that's easy to mod. Description Flare (Free/Libre Action Roleplaying Engine) is a simple single-player Action RPG engine. Instead of being a general engine that handles many game types, this focused engine is small and easy to mod. Included is a demo game featuring dark atmosphere and fast-paced combat. Features: Easy to mod with plain text files. Basic translation support. CC-BY-SA licensed core assets to create new campaigns. Platforms: AmigaOS4/BSD/Linux/Mac OS X/Windows. Editor's note: one of the best RPG D&D Games I've ever played!"


Best Free Lego Building Software for Mac OS

  • Bricksmith

    "Bricksmith is virtual Lego modeling for your Macintosh! Bricksmith allows you to make virtual Lego models and admire them in all three dimensions. It's an especially useful tool for creating instructions for one's Lego creations. Bricksmith offers thousands of parts and dozens of colors. You'll have the ability to create steps and submodels for intricate creations. This program is based on LDraw, a fan effort to model Lego bricks in 3D. Converters are available to feed your creations into a 3D raytracer for beautiful renderings. Bricksmith allows you to create virtual instructions for your Lego creations on your Mac. The magic is based on the LDraw library, a collection of 3D models of Lego building blocks created by enthusiasts from around the world. With Bricksmith, you never have to worry about running out of parts! For Mac OS 10.6 and up - versions for older Mac OS are available."

  • Lego Digital DesignerLego Digital Designer

    "Lego Digital Designer (LDD) is the official Lego CAD-like program. For many this smart toy will be a clear first choice. The graphics and controls are excellent. If you're accustomed to Google Earth, then you'll probably soon feel at home navigating in 3D on the virtual grid, moving building blocks and turning them through 90 degrees.

    A child-friendly user manual is provided, and there’s also a series of brief video tutorials on the LDD site to help you get started. It's up to you to mix the build and thrill. For some children, this free toy might be a fun first step towards the world of creative 3D computer graphics and CAD." (Review)


Best Free Civilization Building Game for Mac OS

  • Unknown Horizons

    "Unknown Horizons is an open source real-time economy simulation game with strategy elements built on an isometric 2D engine. Unknown Horizons is a 2D realtime strategy simulation with an emphasis on economy and city building. Expand your small settlement to a strong and wealthy colony, collect taxes and supply your inhabitants with valuable goods. Increase your power with a well balanced economy and with strategic trade and diplomacy. "

    "Game play: You start somewhere amidst an archipelago with nothing but a single ship and a handful of resources. Those need to suffice for you to found a rudimentary settlement. Soon, the first sailors will settle down in your city and demand a living. Can you manage the short resources well enough to have your city grow steadily? Your inhabitants will see various different increments on their way to wealthy tradesmen and each increment will bring up new demands and desires of your people. Take care about their needs, taxes are a linchpin of success in Unknown Horizons. Sooner or later you will have established a bright and big town. Other settlers in this new world will accompany and observe your progress. Now it is up to you to live in peace or maraud the peaceful. Will you end up as arbiter or tyrant? Decide with sageness and the tales to be told about you will never end."

  • Spice Trade

    "Spice Trade is a cross platform rpg/strategy/adventure game written in JAVA. Colonize Europe! Start from nothing and dominate another continent. Spread the influence of your culture while creating your own empire! Since the 14th century, Europe has been a global super power when it started colonizing other continents. But what if history had gone a different way? What would Europe be like if Asia had prevailed? Abu Al-Qazzaz is the main character in Spice Trade. He is a poor young man from Baghdad, who has inherited a house and some land.. oh, and he wants to get married too. Abu decides to try his luck in the spice game. He has to prevent the European countries from gaining a trade monopoly. Will Abu be able to beat out the Europeans in the spice trade? Could Europe have been different? How? You decide! Large Java .jar file ... still works on Mac OS X 10.9"

  • FreeCiv

    "FreeCiv is an Open Source clone of Civilization® by Microprose. Freeciv is a free turn-based multiplayer strategy game, in which each player becomes the leader of a civilization, fighting to obtain the ultimate goal: to become (or subvert) the greatest civilization. Freeciv is a Free and Open Source empire-building strategy game inspired by the history of human civilization. The game commences in prehistory and your mission is to lead your tribe from the Stone Age to the Space Age... Get the Lion GTK2 version and Run the Lion GTK2 Installer Package before running FreeCiv itself ... on the Mac OS X 10.7 - 10.9 System"


Best Free Physics Game for Mac OS

  • Numpty Physics

    Numpty Physics"An excellent open source and multi-platform with 35 built-in levels. It has more to offer than the free prototype of Crayon Physics Deluxe.

    You're able to draw custom shapes and have access to all levels at once, so you don't have to worry if you get stuck at a level. The sketches look more like what a 3 year old has drawn and don't have the professional feel of Crayon Physics. But who cares? I'm also not an artist!" (Review)


Best Free Crossword Game for Mac OS

  • CrosswordEditor

    "CrosswordEditor is a Java application for creating, editing and solving crosswords. It is free software, distributed under version 3 of the GNU General Public License. Features: You can create and edit a crossword grid that has either blocks or bars as separators. The grid may have one of several kinds of rotational or reflectional symmetry. The grid must be rectangular, and only horizontal (across) and vertical (down) fields are supported. You can write and edit clues for the fields in the grid. A clue may encompass more than one field, and a single field may even have more than one clue. A crossword may have a title as well as multiple paragraphs of styled text before the grid and after the clues. You can enter your answers to clues in the grid. You can complete a crossword over several sessions by saving and loading the crossword document between sessions. A solution to a crossword may be included with the crossword document or it may be loaded from a remote location. A solution may be encrypted, allowing the publication of competitions in which the solution is made accessible by publishing its password after the closing date. A crossword can be imported from an external source (eg, a web page or a PDF file) by "capturing" its grid and clues. A grid is captured by selecting its region in an image (eg, a screenshot). The detection of the grid within the image can be automatic.  A crossword can be exported as an HTML page, allowing it to be printed from a web browser. To conserve printer ink or toner, the blocks of a blocked grid in an exported HTML file may consist of diagonal lines of a specified density instead of a square of solid color. The program requires JRE 8 or later. Mac users download the file and unzip it. Then, double click the file crosswordEditor.jar to run it. There are 2 games provided in the examples folder: ready to play."


Best Free Nurikabe Puzzle Game for Mac OS

  • Nurikabe

    "Nurikabe is a cross platform puzzle game of mental development. Description: Nurikabe is a game of mental development, which consists of a board where you have to put "buildings" and "streets" so that all the "streets" are reported, and the "buildings" does not come together. The "buildings" are defined by a number indicating the number of squares occupied by the "building" on the board. The application shall propose such boards, to assist the player to solve, explain step by step how to solve it and make the resolution of the board. Features: Simple and Fun. Powerful and Portable. Over 100 puzzles available. You can solve your own puzzles without its solution. Very soon you can create your puzzles graphically. Compatible with all platforms supported by Java7. Now available for Java6 (only 1.0 version). "


Best Free Sandbox Game for Mac OS

  • Dwarf FortressDwarf Fortress

    "It is so horrendously in depth that it's nearing insanity. Everything from the dynamic flow of water in the moats to several dozen types of ore, gems, and utility stone is by the book. You can spend anything from minutes to hours playing this 'uber' creative game.

    Best of all it's only in alpha which is the infant stage of all computer games. However, for the first few hours there is a steep learning curve - you'll probably be unsure of what you're doing." (Review)

  • The Powder Toy

    "The Powder Toy is a free physics sandbox game, which simulates air pressure and velocity, heat, gravity and a countless number of interactions between different substances! Have you ever wanted to blow something up? Or maybe you always dreamt of operating an atomic power plant? Do you have a will to develop your own CPU? The Powder Toy lets you to do all of these, and even more! The Powder Toy is a free physics sandbox game, which simulates air pressure and velocity, heat, gravity and a countless number of interactions between different substances! The game provides you with various building materials, liquids, gases and electronic components which can be used to construct complex machines, guns, bombs, realistic terrains and almost anything else. You can then mine them and watch cool explosions, add intricate wirings, play with little stickmen or operate your machine. You can browse and play thousands of different saves made by the community or upload your own – we welcome your creations! "


Best Free Sokoban Type Game for Mac OS

  • Rocks'n'Diamonds

    "Rocks'n'Diamonds is an arcade style game for Unix, Mac OS X, Windows and DOS. Description: - arcade style game for Unix, Mac OS X, Windows and DOS in the tradition of:  "Boulder Dash" (C 64) or "Emerald Mine" (Amiga) or "Supaplex" (Amiga/PC) or "Sokoban" (PC).  Other features: - network multiplayer games (up to 4 players) for Unix platform. - local multiplayer games (up to 4 players) for all supported platforms. - soft scrolling with 50 frames per second. - freely customizable keyboard and joystick support. - stereo sound effects and music. - music modules and fullscreen in SDL version. - contains levels to play Boulder Dash, Emerald Mine and Sokoban. - lots of additional levels available (over ten thousand!). - distributed with full source code under the GNU General Public License. - available for Unix (all flavors), DOS and Windows (95/98/NT/2000/XP). - known to work under BeOS and Mac OS X. - should compile on any platform supporting either X11 or SDL."

  • Lines

    "Lines is an addictive one-player cross platform board game written in Java. Lines game. Place balls of the same color in line to get score. The game starts with a 9 by 9 board with three balls chosen out of seven different colours. The player can move one ball per turn, and the player may only move a ball to a particular place if there is a path (linked set of vertical and horizontal empty cells) between the current position of the ball and the desired destination. The goal is to remove balls by forming lines (horizontal, vertical or diagonal) of at least five balls of the same colour. If the player does form such lines of at least five balls of the same colour, the balls in those lines disappear, and he gains one turn, i.e. he can move another ball. If not, three new balls are added, and the game continues until the board is full. This video game was developed in Russia in 1993. As with all Sokoban type games you must find a clear path to the spaces you need to fill - without blocking yourself - so it takes some planning ... For more information:"

  • JSoko

    "Description: JSoko is a Java program for playing the Sokoban game. It features path finding, auto push, auto solving, undo/redo, deadlock detection, and more. Features: Automatic path finding. Level solver. Solution optimizer. Different skins. "

Best Free Ball Redirection Puzzle Game for Mac OS

  • BallPlay Genius

    "Welcome to BallPlay Genius. A very easy to understand, yet challenging. The object is easy. Some balls roll over the screen and you can change their course by setting up plates or walls, or by removing plates. The concept of the game is pretty easy.... The balls go back and forth. They roll, as soon as they hit the wall, they'll turn 180 degrees and go back until they hit a wall. Now that's no fun now, is it? Therefore you can place plates in the puzzle. They change the direction of the balls. The number of plates you can put into a puzzle is limited, so check your limits before you start puzzle it all out. You can also remove plates by selecting the empty tool in the tool menu. Some puzzles allow placing walls, but that's a rarity. Now you can do something with the balls. What you got to do depends on the task the puzzle gives you. When you get your task in the puzzle done without getting too many balls destroyed you win the puzzle. The game is great due to it's simplicity. Anyone can understand the rules, yet the game DOES offer a challenge. The game also features a puzzle editor so come up with whatever creativity you have in mind. Features: Challenging puzzles, but still easy to understand. A puzzle editor so that more puzzles can be created and swapped. A random order feature so no problem if a puzzle doesn't get solved. A tracker that tracks which puzzles you've done and not done. You can use multiple "accounts" for that (with password if you wish) so all players on your computer have their personal data."



Best Free 2D Sidescroller Shoot-Em Up Game for Mac OS

  • Cosmoscroll

    "Cosmoscroll is a space-based shoot'em up game. Inspired by games such as R-Type and Gradius, it features side-scrolling, retro-looking graphics and chiptune music. Works on Mac OS X, and Windows systems. Cosmoscroll is a horizontal scrolling shoot 'em up game, written in C++ and using the SFML library.  This space shooter features space bandits, aliens and various power-ups. Cosmoscroll comes in two flavors:  Story Mode: Complete all levels, beat the final boss and unlock the hardcore version! Collect credits and use them for upgrading your spaceship and buying better weapons.  Arcade Mode : Hold as long as possible against more and more powerful bad guys. Try to establish a new high score and share it online to compete against other players! Don't forget to upgrade your spaceship in the Story Mode for improving your score. Intense Arcade Shooter with Classic Look and Feel - Still Working on Mac OS X 10.9!"


  • Defendguin

    "Defendguin is a clone of the arcade game "Defender," but with a Linux theme. Your mission is to defend little penguinoids from being captured and mutated. Features: * High-speed sidescrolling action. * Lots of music and amusing sound effects. * Lots of special effects. * Lasers and smart-bombs. * Joystick or keyboard control. * One- or two-players. * Works on Mac OS X, and Windows systems. * Big boss and fun ending sequence if you win! "



Best Free 2D Sidescroller Quest Game for Mac OS

  • SuperTux

    "Super Tux is a 'Mario Brothers' like Arcade Game for Windows or Linux or Mac X. Tux the Penguin's girlfriend, Penny, has been kidnapped! Tux must run, jump and stomp enemies while tracking her down! If you've ever Played an old sidescroller type Home Console Video Game System (like a Nintendo, for Instance) This Cool Game will bring back a LOT of Memories! SuperTux is a classic 2D jump'n run sidescroller game in a style similar to the original SuperMario games. The Milestone1 release of SuperTux features 9 enemies, 26 playable levels, software and OpenGL rendering modes, configurable joystick and keyboard input, new music and completly redone graphics. Together with a little story, we hope to provide a good gaming experince with this first Milestone release. SuperTux is a side-scrolling 2D platformer featuring Tux, the Linux mascot, but otherwise entirely unrelated to anything Linux. In the course of the game, Tux will have to make his way through lots of different levels, in order to get to and rescue Penny, who got captured by evil Nolok. "

  • Open Sonic

    "Open Sonic is an open-source game based on the "Sonic the Hedgehog" universe. It introduces a different style of gameplay called cooperative play, in which it's possible to control 3 characters simultaneously. Unlike most similar games, Open Sonic provides a greater level of interaction between the player and the levels. It's more than just a jump'n'run; the user must come up with some strategy in order to get through the levels. Open Sonic is available for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. Features: It's portable! No installation is required! Sonic-style physics (360° movement engine). Available in 9 languages: English, Portuguese, French, Polish, German, Czech, Dutch, Indonesian, & Italian. 2 levels + innovative items + extras. You can create your own levels using the built-in level editor. You can make your own custom items, enemies and bosses using our object scripting system. MODdable capabilities."


Best Free Color Matching Tile Game for Mac OS

  • Tripod

    "Description: Tripod is a color matching tile board game for one to four players. Works on Linux, Windows, and Mac Systems! Tripod is a strategy game where you can only place your tiles in spaces with matching colors for your tile. Play proceeds in order until no more moves are possible by any player - then high score wins. It SOUNDS Easy ... but even the Dumbest AI Player will challenge you. Normal AI Plays VERY Strong - Simple AI plays well."


Best Free Minesweeper Game for Mac OS

  • Minesweeper for Java

    "This is a Minesweeper clone written in Java. Minesweeper is a single-player puzzle video game. The objective of the game is to clear a rectangular board containing hidden "mines" without detonating any of them, with help from clues about the number of neighboring mines in each field. This project works on Mac OS X 10.9.5 running on a MacPro3,1 and is the best free Minesweeper game I can find for Apple Mac OS X!"


Best Free Tower Defense Game for Mac OS

  • ASD - Tower Defense

    "ASD - Tower Defense is an open-source Tower Defense game developed in Java. Why this Tower defense is different than others? There are a large number of "Tower Defense" games but in most of them, creatures move on a fixed path. In this game there is no predefined path, you must slow the creatures strategically to prevent them from reaching your castle. To achieve this, the player can place the towers on the ground to force the creatures to move in another path. Thus the player can determine the path that the creatures will follow. "

  • Pix TD

    "Description: A tower defense game developed in Java. Based on the famous concept from Warcraft 3 and inspired by VectorTD. Unlike other tower defense games out there here the players have the ability to build their own maze of towers and even create their own maps. Download file PixTDv1.7.rar and unpack it. Find the file PixTD.jar and double click it."


Best Free Network Connecting Puzzle Game for Mac OS

  • jnetwalk

    "jnetwalk is a cross platform Java clone of that great KDE game KNetWalk. Requires Java 1.5 or Later. In the game of Netwalk, you are a network administrator, and someone has scrambled your network. Your job is to rotate all the pieces so that every computer is connected to the server by pipes and there are no lose ends in your network. Of course, the less work you need to do to complete your network the better, so Netwalk is scored by the number of clicks it takes you to rotate everything into place.  Find useful tips for solving Netwalk puzzles in this Netwalk tutorial"


Best Free Jigsaw Puzzle for Mac OS

  • Libre Jigsaw

    "Libre Jigsaw is an AWESOME cross platform Jigsaw Puzzle Game written in Java 6! Game Features: Tile shape - square or hexagonal. Number of pieces (approx. 12 to 250). Individual pieces and smaller connected groups always "float" above larger connected groups, preventing smaller groups and single pieces from being hidden. Random shape generation - non-uniform shapes guarantee that no two plays will be the same. Image preview. Images are scaled to fit on your screen. Option to select background color. Multiple selection for moving pieces. Multiple layers (play areas) provide more space for sorting and arranging pieces. Choose from several in-game images, or solve one of your own photos as a jigsaw puzzle. What's New: Jigsaw puzzles can be saved and loaded. "

  • Jigsaws Galore Free

    "A free jigsaw puzzle game comes with 64 beautiful puzzles for you to solve. Each puzzle can be played many times over by changing the number of pieces or the style of pieces. Simply right-click a completed puzzle icon to start it over."


Best Free Senku Puzzle Game for Mac OS

  • Senku

    "Senku is a cross platform, free, and fun board game: also known as English peg solitaire. The peg solitaire game, also known as English peg solitaire or Senku is of uncertain origin. It is a board game played with pegs: in the classic mode, the board has 33 positions and 32 pegs because the center position starts off empty. The game is to remove the pegs by jumping over one - into an empty hole, removing the one jumped - but only with horizontal and vertical movements. To solve the game is to leave only one piece on the board AND to leave it in the center position (which was initially empty). In the reverse modes, initially there is only one piece on the board: with the movements (jumping from one empty position to another position to get empty) tokens are added to get only one position is vacant on the board. Copyright. © - The Peg-Solitaire program was created by I. De Marchi, which owns the copyright of the program. The program (binaries, source files, documentation, help files and images) are distributed under GPL v. 3.0."


Best Free Tangram Puzzle Game for Mac OS

  • jTans

    "jTans is a java version of Tangram, a (not so) ancient Chinese puzzle. The Tangram is a (not so) ancient puzzle. The object is to put seven geometric shapes together so as to form a given outline. All the pieces must be used and are laid next to one another. The pieces are five triangles, a square and a parallelogram. Sometimes there is more than one solution. They're all accepted as long as they have the same outline. It is also important to note (specially for a computer version) that it is not sufficient to move and rotate the pieces : you may need to flip the parallelogram. jTans features: Java2 application wich may be used as an applet, a standalone application or a Java Web Start application. (there is also a C/GTK version for Linux and Unix called gTans). 290 figures to solve. Hint and solution. Most of the game colors and textures are configurable. Internationnalized (actually english, spanish an partially french). Resizeable window. The size of the pieces (relative to the game area) may be changed. The solved figures are remembered."


    "PIECES is a cross platform program to play the traditional Tangram, game of Chinese origin. It consists on constructing shapes with some polygonal pieces. Traditionally the game has seven pieces, but there are also variations with 5 pieces, 14 pieces and others. Works on Mac OS X, Linux, Windows, and more systems. The program PIECES allows you: To play the tangram in 39 different modalities. To create your own shapes. To elaborate more than 18,000 shapes proposed by the program. Generate automatically new figures. To preserve your personal records. And, to customize the pieces colors."


Best Free Tetris Clone Game for Mac OS

  • Jetris

    "JETRIS is a Java 7 based Tetris clone for the desktop. JETRIS is focused on a fast gaming, so a game usually takes about 10 min. Jetris can be run on any Operating System which has JAVA Runtime Environment (JRE) 1.7.0 or above. How to Play: Use the following keys to play JETRIS: A or Left Arrow - Move the figure to left. D or Right Arrow - Move the figure to right. W or Up Arrow - Rotate the figure. S or Down Arrow - Move the figure quick down. Space - Drop the figure immediately. P or 'Pause' Button - Pause. R or 'Restart' Button - Restart. H - View HiScore. Esc - Exit "


Best Free Choose Your Own Adventure Story for Mac OS

  • Java Fabled Lands (JaFL)

    "Java Fabled Lands (JaFL) ... (formerly known as FLApp) ... Java Fabled Lands is an adaptation of the Fabled Lands gamebook series: travel through a fantastic world, amassing skill, wealth, and fame, while avoiding sudden death. Presents the complete text to preserve the spirit of the original Choose Your Own Adventure type books of the same name. (Do you remember Fighting Fantasy? No? What about Choose Your Own Adventure? A few heads are nodding.) The basic concept is an interactive story, written in the second person, cut up into short numbered sections; at the end of each section you're given a choice as to which section comes next, based on your 'action' within the narrative. A gamebook adds some RPG-ish rules to the mix. Essentially it's a solo role-playing game with a lot of reading. This project is an adaptation of the six published books for the computer. Note the word 'adaptation': I've tried to stay as close as possible to the original text, handling all the rules and leaving the player free to read and enjoy without the (sometimes tedious) record-keeping. The player is faced with something very much like a web-page, and other windows displaying a map and the character's abilities. Requires Java 6. "


Best Free Solitaire for Mac OS

  • PySolFC

    "PySolFC stands for Python Solitaire - Fan Club Edition and it is a collection of more than 1000 solitaire games. (1061 as of this post.) This Is The Best Game: 722 versions of Regular Cards Solitaire / 200 Mahjongg Solitaire layouts / 139 "Other" Games - quite unique and hard to describe - all-in-one Java program! Music Packs and/or 153 Extra decks of Card Faces are available for download HERE . There are games that use the 52 card International Pattern deck, games for the 78 card Tarock deck, eight and ten suit Ganjifa games, Hanafuda games, Matrix games, Mahjongg games, and games for an original hexadecimal-based deck. Its features include modern look and feel (uses Tile widget set), multiple cardsets and tableau backgrounds, sound, unlimited undo, player statistics, a hint system, demo games, a solitaire wizard, support for user written plug-ins, an integrated HTML help browser, and lots of documentation. PySolFC is open source and distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License. The List of all 1061 Games: "

  • Full Deck Solitaire

    "A beautiful card game with an easy-to-use user interface, more than 20 uniquely different variations of Solitaire, statistics for each game, three-level hint system and other options."

  • Solitaire!

    "Place all the cards in each suit in stacks of ascending rank in this Klondike solitaire, a popular solitaire card game, with clean and vivid graphics and game features including deal 1 or 3 cards, scoring option, autosave when exit, background and card deck themes."

  • Solitaire Free

    "Combines five free solitaire games into one app, including Freecell, Golf, Klondike, Pyramid and Yukon, with sound effects, automatic saving and loading, and detailed help for you to learn new games easily."


Best Free Blackjack Card Game for Mac OS

  • Blackjack (by Metallic Entertainment)

    "Blackjack (by Metallic Entertainment) in Java. Description: This is a Blackjack Game based on Java (AWT) thus it runs on any platform where there's a Java VM. The game uses the SVG-Cards by David Bellot. To use it: Download the file "" and unzip it. Then double click on "Blackjack.jar". The graphics in this one are very nice. This is the editor's favorite Blackjack game."

  • Blackjack Game

    "Blackjack Game with AI lets you Play blackjack against the dealer or an AI player. Description This is one of the few blackjack games that has a computerized opponent that plays very effectively. In teaching mode, you can learn how to play blackjack in the mathematically ideal way, and win more than 50% of the time. Blackjack is a card game in which you try to get a combination of cards greater than the dealers hand but not greater than 21. Going over 21 is called busting and you loose the hand. This application lets you play blackjack on an account you can create that keeps track of your settings and your money. There is an AI player to play against and try to beat, and a learning mode where you can learn how to play blackjack perfectly, and make money. Editor's note: ALL cards are shown as Spades.  I complained to the developer that I never saw a Heart: and he pointed out that suits are irrelevant in Blackjack, and it does not affect game play. The AI Teaching System is a nice, and unique, touch: so you might want to try this one despite the jarring visual appearance of it."


Best Free Hearts Game for Mac OS

  • Hardwood HeartsHardwood Hearts

    "One of the recommendable free products for the Hearts game though it requires you to upgrade to a full version if you need additional features. Learn to play with its in-game tutorials if you are new to the game.

    This application comes with unique graphic design, full of color, sound and visual effects, such as flip-and-turn of the playing cards, etc. You choose to play with computer opponents or with people from around the world over the Internet connecting to its online game server." (Review)


Best Free Backgammon for Mac OS

  • zonBackgammon

    "zonBackgammon is a simple Backgammon game. As all the applications developed by zonSoftware, the main focus is the ease of use. This is a test, not a full working game. Do not expect the AI to be good. Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or Later."

  • jGammon

    "JGammon - Backgammon for Java JGammon is a Backgammon client with nice graphics written in Java. It allows a TCP-based network-game. It supports saving and loading of board setups, undoing moves, "secure dice" and has got an own chat client and a help system. A computer player is included, stronger ones are being worked on. Features Nice java-swing user interface, intuitive usage board setups can be saved in case you want to finish a started game at a later date. The players can not cheat. The dice values are negotiated with a secure dice protocol Connection to a gnu backgammon server is possible, so external AI is present. An integrated chat-client that announces new messages visually instead of audibly. The ability to undo moves till the other player has thrown the dice The board can be turned and flipped as you wish Moves of the remote partner are animated The history of the game can be displayed."


Best Free Billiards and Pool Game for Mac OS

  • Pool!

    "Play 8-ball pool against computer or your friend. Game features include one or two players modes, for left and right hands, real 3D ball animation and hints for precise aiming."


Best Free Chinese Checkers Game for Mac OS

  • Bordeaux1 Chinese Checkers

    "Description: Bordeaux1 Chinese Checkers is a playable Chinese Checkers simulator with GUI and AI. It was developed for a master's project and thesis at the University of Sciences and Technologies of Bordeaux 1, France, by a group of four computer science students. As of Christmas 2015 this is still the best open source Chinese Checkers game I can find. Still works on all platforms that support Java 8. A.I. Player is is still masterful."


Best Free Kakuro Game for Mac OS

  • CrozzSum

    "Crozz Sum (Kakuro), A simple cross platform Kakuro puzzle generator, written using Java Swing. Kakuro is a kind of logic puzzle that is often referred to as a mathematical transliteration of the crossword. The canonical Kakuro puzzle is played in a grid of filled and barred cells, "black" and "white" respectively. Apart from the top row and leftmost column which are entirely black, the grid is divided into "entries"—lines of white cells—by the black cells. The black cells contain a diagonal slash from upper-left to lower-right and a number in one or both halves, such that each horizontal entry has a number in the black half-cell to its immediate left and each vertical entry has a number in the black half-cell immediately above it. These numbers, borrowing crossword terminology, are commonly called "clues". The objective of the puzzle is to insert a digit from 1 to 9 inclusive into each white cell such that the sum of the numbers in each entry matches the clue associated with it and that no digit is duplicated in any entry. It is that lack of duplication that makes creating Kakuro puzzles with unique solutions possible, and which means solving a Kakuro puzzle involves investigating combinations more, compared to Sudoku in which the focus is on permutations. There is an unwritten rule for making Kakuro puzzles that each clue must have at least two numbers that add up to it, since including only one number is mathematically trivial when solving Kakuro puzzles."


Best Free Nonogram Game for Mac OS

  • FreeNono

    "Description: FreeNono is a cross platform open-source implementation of the Nonogram game — a logic puzzle in which cells in a grid have to be colored or left blank according to numbers given at the side of the grid to reveal a hidden picture. FreeNono is distributed under the terms of the GNU GPL. Features: Solve a logic puzzle and uncover the hidden picture. Includes more than 1000 nonograms. Generates random nonograms. Different game modes: Against the time, with a maximum number of allowed errors. Available as Windows Installer, Debian/Ubuntu package and Jar Zip file. "


Best Free Computer Go for Mac OS

  • Goban

    "Use Goban 3.2.12 to play the game of go against the program. Play with people on the Internet go servers or your local network. Observe live pro and amateur games on IGS, the Internet Go Server. Review and analyze games. Browse through joseki or fuseki libraries... Goban is a powerful, simple, fast go board for Mac OS X. Goban 3.2.12 - Still Works on Mac OS X 10.9!"


Best Free Reversi for Mac OS

  • Reversi

    "Reversi (a.k.a. Othello) is a game based on a grid with eight rows and eight columns, played between you and the computer, by adding pieces with two sides: black and white.  At the beginning of the game there are 4 pieces in the grid, the player with the black pieces is the first one to place his piece on the board.  Each player must place a piece in a position that there exists at least one straight (horizontal, vertical, or diagonal) line between the new piece and another piece of the same color, with one or more contiguous opposite pieces between them. The program requires JRE 6 or later."


Best Free Checkers Game for Mac OS

  • EBFCheckers

    "Description: A Checkers game implementation in Java that is optimized for AI's. It includes a basic GUI and a trainer for learning AI's. This started as a Checkers program for a Checkers AI contest in the Stanford EPGY 2008 summer AI course. To use: download the file and unzip it. Then, double click the file EBFCheckers_v1.26.jar to run it."

  • Wexler's Checkers

    "Description: NOTE: THIS GAME REQUIRES JAVA 7 OR GREATER. I made this game for my AP Computer Science class back in 2007, junior year of high school. There are a few bugs that I never had a chance to fix. For Windows, just download and run the exe. For Linux, just download the jar and run it via the command "java -jar checkers.jar". For Mac, download the file checkers.jar somewhere, and then double click on the file to run it."


Best Free Chess for Mac OS

  • Tyrannus

    "Tyrannus is a Chess GUI and Engine built in Java (but It launches in the Terminal.) Description: Tyrannus is not yet completely finished! I will continue to release updates as I make major strides towards completing the program. Please Note: As of January 28, 2012, and the release of version 2.0, I, Koleman Nix, am still the sole programmer of Tyrannus. If anyone would like to work on this project with me, just send me a message and we can see about that. Latest Update: The Engine beats me easily now, and I have pre-programmed 4 different difficulties into the release of version 2.0. The idea is that 1.0 was a chess app, and 2.0 is a chess engine. Hope you enjoy playing against the engine! Good luck."

  • SCID vs. Mac

    "Shane's Chess Information Database is a powerful Chess Toolkit, with which one can create huge databases, run chess engines, and play casual games against the computer or online with the Free Internet Chess Server. It was originally written by Shane Hudson , and has received strong contribution from Pascal Georges and others. Scid vs. Mac began with bug-fixes for the computer-versus-player features of Scid (hence the name), but has evolved into a solid alternative with many new features and interfaces."

  • DreamChess

    "DreamChess is an open source chess game. Our primary target platforms are Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. DreamChess features 3D OpenGL graphics and provides various chess board sets, ranging from classic wooden to flat figurines. A moderately strong chess engine is included: Dreamer. However, should this engine be too weak for you, then you can use any other XBoard-compatible chess engine, including the popular Crafty and GNU Chess. Other features include music, sound effects, on-screen move lists using SAN notation, undo functionality, and savegames in PGN format."

  • Java Frittle Chess

    "Cross-Platform Java Frittle Chess ... Description: Cross-Platform Java Chess game. Based on Frittle engine and xChess project. Editors note: Straightforward Chess game that works well on Mac OS X 10.9.5 and has a strong AI opponent. Looks like someone mated 2 different Sourceforge projects to get a working chess game."


Best Free Recreated Classic Board Games for Mac OS

  • Scrabble3D

    "Scrabble3D extends the conventional idea of Scrabble by adding a third dimension. You do not only play from left to right or top to bottom but as well 'into the depth' that means in front or back of tiles. Scrabble3D has more fields and uses therefore a larger letter set. Compared to the classic game, the major focus is on the search for valid and precious combinations, especially when the cube gets filled with tiles. Of course classic games using a 15x15 fields or Superscrabble with 21x21 squares can be played too, and you may configure any field setting yourself. Aim of the program is to provide as much flexibility as possible: you can configure letter set, dictionary, localization, and design in various aspects. An excellent recreation of "Scrabble" that goes a dimension further."

  • Cluedo

    "Cluedo, The Art of Murder is a murder mystery game in which you take on the roll of a detective, you use your logic and deduction to deduce the murderer and win the game, proving that you are the master sleuth. Main features: Several colourful several maps (and mapping tools) Artificial Intelligence AI players Configurable weapons and character cards and images Sounds effects and ambience sounds Support for multiple languages An excellent recreation of "Clue" for your computer - the same exact file has worked the same exact way for over 10 years now ... we know the download is ancient. Give it a try."

  • AnImOSY

    "ANother IMplementation Of Scotland Yard - Java implementation of the Ravensburger board game 'Scotland Yard'. While the program takes the role of Mr. X, you have to coordinate the detectives in order to catch the fugitive. Turn Based Strategy Board game from the Euro zone ... almost unknown in the USA."

  • Domination

    "Domination is a Friendlier version of RISK, written in JAVA 1.4 (for most systems), and Ported to the Android and Blackberry platforms, too! Quote: Domination is a game which can be described in one word alone: Dominate! we are a friendly fork of another project on, with extra emphasis on being friendly to everyone! This game requires java 1.4 or higher. Classic Board Games, Turn Based Strategy. The Classic Board Game "Risk" in faithful detail! But watch out! Even the Dumb AI Players will mop up the board with you .... tough to beat! "

  • Eliot

    "Eliot is a cross platform Scrabble game with a powerful AI opponent! Eliot is an open source Scrabble game, freely available under the GNU GPL license. Eliot offers four different game modes. The free game mode is the standard one, ideal for having fun with the AI or your friends or family. The players play in turn on the board, each with his own rack. Play Scrabble in any of a Dozen Languages - With or Without other Humans! To use Eliot, you need both the software and a dictionary."

  • Scotland Yard

    "This is a game of Scotland Yard, which has been coded in Java. The moves of Mr. X are made by the program, while the human player makes the detective moves. This version features enhanced AI and black tickets for Mr. X, i18n support and German translation. Features: Enhanced GUI with detective positions shown on the map Greedy strategy for Mr. X. Java program that tested OK on Mac OS X (10.9.5) IF you go into the bin folder and launch "sy.jar"... When you start the game Mr. X moves first and you are left to move to catch him."


Best Free Sudoku Puzzle, Generator and Solver for Mac OS

  • Dancing Sudoku

    "Dancing Sudoku is a cross platform Java based tool that can solve or generate special Sudoku puzzles — including 4X4 grid and 16X16 grid Sudoku puzzles — in addition to the regular 9X9 grid puzzles!

    Introduction: Dancing Sudoku is a tool that can solve or generate Sudoku puzzles. You might wonder why there is another of those tools needed since there are already many of them available. This project was started as a kind of academic exercise. On a forum I found the remark that Donald Knuth's algorithm for solving the Exact Cover Problem can be applied to the Sudoku problem. Donald Knuth calls his algorithm 'Dancing Links', and that is where the name 'Dancing Sudoku' comes from. By transforming the Sudoku problem into an Exact Coverage problem, Sudoku puzzles can be solved in a very fast and efficient way. There is also no distinction anymore between easy and hard to solve puzzles. The algorithm treats every puzzle as a recursive search tree.

    Installation: For running the application you will need a Java Runtime Environment installed on your computer. Now, follow the next steps: • Download from here. • Extract the content to your local filesystem. • Go to the ..\DancingSudoku\bin folder. • Double click on the DancingSudoku.jar file - That is all. Editor's top Sudoku recommendation because it makes these super easy 4 by 4 Sudoku grids, as well as impossible 16 by 16 grids, in addition to the common 9 by 9 kind."

  • Star SUDOKU

    "StarSUDOKU - A Java-Based Sudoku Game and Sudoku Puzzle Solver. Star SUDOKU is a Java 5 version of the popular Sudoku logic game. Description: Java version of the popular Sudoku logic game. Intends to provide an advanced user interface. Create random sudoku grids or design your own to play/solve. Can be used as sudoku generator, solver. Export sudoku grids as PDF, RTF, HTML, XML and CSV "

  • Suqoku

    "Suqoku is a cross platform Sudoku game and Sudoku game constructor written in QT 4. It can open game files from other Sudoku games and generate random games. Features: Load Sudoku puzzles from other games. / Generate random Sudoku puzzles. / Create your own Puzzles or take them from newspapers. Pick a level of difficulty and start the game. Simply right click on a cell: and all the options you need are in there. Enjoy!"

  • HoDoKu


    "An open source program allows you to generate Sudoku puzzles in five different and configurable difficulty levels. It also includes a solver and an analyzer to help you solve the puzzles.

    You can view a summary of solving techniques and solution paths, with the steps on the corresponding grid to help you analyze the game. You can also opt for a practising mode, tick one or more techniques to be included in a new puzzle. It's not only a game to play but also a nice tool for learning and honing your skills." (Review)

  • Macdoku

    "Macdoku is a Sudoku assistant, generator, and solver for OS X. Pick a level of dificulty and start the game. Click on a cell and type the number you want in there. Enjoy!"

  • MUSoSu

    "MUSoSu - Marios Sudoku, is a sudoku solver/ generator written in Java. MUSoSu is a free software project for playing, solving and generating Sudoku games. It is developed in Java, so it should work on any system, and it's source is distributed under the terms of the General Public License. As a sudoku solver it tries to simulate the way human players solve sudokus. Several selectable heuristic methods are provided for this purpose. Brute force solving is also supported for completeness. As a sudoku generator it tries to create sudoku problems which don't require "trial and error" methods to be solved. MUSoSu tries to be explanatory and educative, showing the actions taken to solve a sudoku and providing aids to the human player. MUSoSu is themable through XML coded themes, which can be created with the theming tool provided in the program. MUSoSu is developed with extendability in mind. New solving or generating methods can be relatively easily added. MUSoSu also features a difficulty estimator based on it's native solver and also the ability to import, edit and save sudokus. MUSoSu runs on any platform and operating system where Java 5.0 or later is available. A port for mobile java devices is possible but not yet done. Future thoughts also include network/distributed game functionality in combat and collaborative modes. "

  • Java + Sudoku = Judoku

    "Java + Sudoku = Judoku a JAVA implementation of Sudoku. Description: Java implementation of Sudoku. Visually attractive, interactive version. with intelligent and brute force solving strategies. "


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Yes, the latest version from the Apple App store DOES cost money .... HOWEVER ... the last free version of Xee - 2.2 - is still freely available, and DOES seem to still work on Mac OS X 10.9.5 ... at least it launched when I tested it, and all of the pieces appeared to be there ... I'm putting it BACK ... it is still of use. "The Last Free Version" is still good enough.
Thank You. I will remove it.
Homebrew - The missing package manager for OS X:
No, that's MacPorts.

Since Bean is no longer being developed, I'd recommend replacing it with Growly Write, which is excellent, small, and very actively supported by its developer Chris Mason, long ago project head for Microsoft Word 5 ("back when Word was fun," as he says).

Also, nothing wrong with FileZilla, but why a separate app installed when you can use the excellent FireFTP add-on for Firefox?

Hey, Hey! Only a Year Late ... Thank you for the GREAT Suggestion!
Thank you for the suggestions. I'll add them to this category in the next few edits.
Mac Linux USB Loader - a tool allowing you to take an ISO of a Linux distribution and make it boot using EFI:
fish is a smart and user-friendly command line shell for OS X, Linux, and the rest of the family. Features: - Autosuggestions - Glorious VGA Color - Sane Scripting - Web Based configuration - Man Page Completions - Works Out Of The Box
MPlayerX provides you a super easy way to enjoy your favorite multimedia collection, without losing any functionalities:
Is Carbon Copy Cloner free? It looks like it's croakware CCC is no longer donationware. In order to grow our support and development team, we have made the transition to a commercial product. This will allow us to to continue offering frequent updates to our software, including new features. This will also enable our stellar customer support to remain that way. Transitioning from donationware to a commercial offering underscores our commitment to deliver the best Mac OS X cloning and backup utility on the market.
Thank you Reid. Carbon Copy Cloner is now removed from the list. MC - Site Manager.
Quicksilver leaves beta: Vecte is a very simple app, designed as a replacment for the OS X application switcher. Features: - Faster. Vecte is far faster then the OS X switcher. Don't wait for the window to disappear before switching apps... - No setup. Simply open the Vecte app, and hit Command-Tab. - Simple. Vecte is very simple and out of the way. Don't worry about a thing. - No system resources. Vecte is exceptionally light weight, and will not effect your battery life.

I Just found out about this Mac utility app called Magician. It has many functions-various cleaning utils,duplicate finder,memory optimization,left and right fan speed adjustment,app uninstaller, and more.

I was impressed by what this program can do, definitely worth giving it a look to compare it to CLeanMyMac and others...

Hi JTAlsman, I've added Magician to the list. Thank you for brining it to light! Alec