8 Top Strategy Games for Mac Owners to Consider

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MacBooks do not really go hand in hand with video games. For gaming enthusiasts, it is more common to stick to other platforms, such as consoles or custom-built PCs.

Nevertheless, it does not mean that you should forget about playing video games on a Mac. If anything, recent MacBook models come with decent hardware.

Sure, you might have some performance troubles on your computer. For instance, there is not enough storage for video games, meaning that you need to remove other volumes in container, delete duplicate files, remove unused applications, and so on.

Once you take care of potential performance troubles on the MacBook, you can consider what video games you can play.

Perhaps strategy games are something up your alley? If so, there are quite a few available options.

Rise of Nations

Even though Rise of Nations has been around since 2003, it is still considered one of the best real-time strategies out there.

The gameplay itself does not feel unique or offer something special if you were to compare the game to other titles in the same genre. However, there is one thing that you cannot find that often, and that is the opportunity to play through virtually all the historical eras.

Rise of Nations had an extended edition released in 2014 to update the game’s engine so that it can run on modern computers.


Card games are not everyone’s cup of tea, but Hearthstone offers more than just your usual collectible card game experience.

The game has improved a lot since its release. Now, players can explore other mods, such as battlegrounds.

On the other hand, if you prefer to stick to the classic card gameplay, you can go for either the ranked or casual ladder and test your decks against other players.


The Civilization franchise is one of the most renowned titles in the strategy game genre. Sure, it is a turn-based game, but that does not make the gameplay inferior to real-time strategies.

If anything, there are plenty of players who prefer a slower approach to the gameplay. Taking turns to make moves means that it takes longer to finish games, but if you are in no rush, it should not be a problem, right?

Civilization VI is the latest installment, but the fans are expecting news about the next part in the franchise any day now.

Age of Empires III

If we are talking about classic RTS games, no list would be complete without Age of Empires. Unfortunately, Microsoft kind of missed the mark with Age of Empires IV as the game did not meet the expectations of the players.

Also, as a MacBook user, you are pretty much limited to Age of Empires III because the first two games are not really available on macOS.

AOE III is not a bad game. It has plenty to offer, especially for those players who want to play through colonial times—a period that is not represented in strategy games too often.

Into the Breach

Into the Breach is an indie game, a type of video game that seems to be gaining more and more popularity these days. 

On the surface, it might not seem like a decent game because of the graphics. However, simplicity is part of its charm, and you should not discard a video game because of the graphics. First impressions are often wrong, particularly when talking about indie games.

Crusader Kings

Crusader Kings is another classic game. It is not as straightforward gameplay-wise, though, so you will need some time to figure out how to build and control units.

In addition, the latest and third installment of the franchise also introduced quite a few intricate gameplay aspects, particularly when it comes to diplomacy.

Nevertheless, if you do not mind complicated games, do not hesitate and give Crusader Kings a go. After playing it for a bit, you are bound to get the hang of the gameplay.

Total War

Total War is a popular franchise that spans decades. The game is mostly about controlling vast armies of units and sending them into battles. At least, that is how most players would describe the game in layman’s terms.

If you have been playing RTS games for a while, expect to take some time to adjust to Total War’s bird’s-eye view approach.

Starcraft II

Starcraft II is arguably the most popular RTS sci-fi game. The competitive scene is not as massive as it once was, but there are still plenty of tournaments that keep the fans happy.

Even if you have no aspirations to become a professional SC player, you can still enjoy everything that the game has to offer.

Many players choose their adventure by playing the campaign. The main story consists of three parts. Each part covers one of the three available races to play—Terran, Protoss, and Zerg. 

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