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Experts Tell Us the Best 90s Mac Games

This article showcases our top picks for the Best 90s Mac Games. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

Fallout

This product was recommended by Sally Stevens from FastPeopleSearch

Great game, the best RPG I’ve ever played. Fallout is an unofficial sequel to 1987’s Wasteland, one of the most popular role-playing games of all time. The gaming world is presented from an isometric perspective and the graphics are detailed and extremely similar in style and quality to Origin’s Crusader games. Music is also well done throughout the game, with each setting having its own distinct and often haunting melody. Sound effects are less memorable, but adequate. So much fun to play the classic game again.

Pathways into Darkness

This product was recommended by Alina Clark from CocoDoc

Pathways into Darkness was the first FPS developed by Bungie (of Marathon and Halo fame) and placed the player in the shoes of a special forces operative that has to advance through several dungeons filled with all sorts of horrors (some lifted from Lovecraftian lore) in order to save the world. Unlike their later FPS’s PID includes a lot of adventure touches such as NPC interaction, inventory management and other assorted means of interacting with the game world (such as examining, using, etc.) and the overall design puts an emphasis on puzzle solving over firefights as your character is usually underpowered against its foes. Highly Recommended!!!

Balance of Power

This product was recommended by Olivia Tan from CocoFax

Balance of Power was one of the most critically acclaimed games written for the Mac first. It’s a strategy game played with a map and a series of dialog boxes, where the player is either the USA or the Soviet Union and must out-maneuver the other for control of the world. The AI here was complex enough that creator Chris Crawford wrote a book about it.

Colony Board Game

This product was recommended by Olivia Tan from CocoFax

One of the first real-time-rendered 3D adventures on any PC platform, The Colony was terrifying and horribly lethal. The wireframe world of the Colony’s space station was really envelopping for 1988, and the pop-up aliens you had to kill were a real adrenaline rush – this was four years before Doom, mind you. For a brief moment, the Mac had a stylish, state-of-the-art game that PC owners really wanted. The author, David Alan Smith, has a blog post about the creation of the game and a video of gameplay.

Hoyle Casino Games

This product was recommended by Steven Walker from Spylix

This game can be gotten at the best and cheapest price rate of $9.99 in the store. This game has almost 600 variations of at least 16 of the most popular casino games.

IGT Slots: Little Green Men

This product was recommended by Steven Walker from Spylix

At the time, it was the driving game in the world featuring IGT’s best slots, both a clever extra video area and a grand reel opening. It is simple and has many advantages.

The Lost Cases of Sherlock Holmes 2

This product was recommended by Steven Walker from Spylix

This is a shocking diversion game with more than 40 tidy items and qualified intelligence hunts. It has 60 amazingly conveyed sites around Victorian England, including Stonehenge and Marlsbury Castle and London’s Music Hall.

Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective – The Thames Murders & Other Cases Board Game

This product was recommended by Steven Walker from Spylix

This is a game organized around the possibility of solving secret cases by meeting suspects, separating papers, and walking the streets in search of signs. Whenever you finish your review, make up for your detective limitations with the crime expert himself, Sherlock Holmes.

Plants vs Zombies

This product was recommended by Jonathan Tian from Mobitrix

I’m recommending this as the best 90s Mac game because it allows you to play five game modes, including adventure, mini-games, puzzles, survival, and zen garden. Each mode contains 50 levels to create your zombies with the Zombatar. Playing the game earns you several in-game achievements after unlocking a mode making the game both challenging and entertaining.

Space Colony

This product was recommended by Jonathan Tian from Mobitrix

This is another Mac game that as a player, you will enjoy using over 100 buildings at your disposal to build a colony for all your people’s needs. You contend with over 20 alien species as you counter their interaction with humans. This game involves resource management as one must manage the credits from ore extraction and space chicken production to build what your colonists need.

Prince of Persia, 1992

This product was recommended by Brian Lee from Drill and Driver

Of all the original releases of the classic Prince of Persia, the Macintosh version always stood out to me as an exceptionally high quality game. This game was released for both black and white and color max. Both versions look and play great. Personally I’d say the color mac version was the best looking of all the original ports but these black and white graphics are not bad. You can tell the developers specifically crafted these black and white graphics and didn’t just convert the colored ones. The gameplay here is so classic.

Myst

This product was recommended by Cindy Corpis from SearchPeopleFree

Myst is one of the best masterpiece games released in 1993 for windows 98. The 90s game became so famous among gamers when it got its release. That is why it was updated and redeveloped by its composer in 2000 to make a compatible game for modern computers. It only used to be supported in Windows 98 & Windows Me, mac devices, but with the changing environment, its makers made so many changes and made it compatible with Windows 10.

Bugdom

This product was recommended by Cindy Corpis from SearchPeopleFree

The Bugdom was specially designed for mac as its operating system only supports the Mac hardware platform. The name Bugdom is displayed as a peaceful place where Lady Bug used to rule with her prince Rollie Pollie. Everything was going well unless the place was invaded & taken away by the group of fire ants. To get the city under control once again the Rollie Pollie has to move to Ant Hill and defeat the fire ants and King Thorax.

Star Wars Tie Fighter

This product was recommended by Andy Birks from Simply Aquarium

1994’s Tie Fighter from LucasArts has to be one of my all-time favorite 90’s Mac games. LucasArts always did use to produce great games across platforms, from Monkey Island to this shining gem! Tie Fighter on the mac is a fantastic combat sim, partially because of the excellent, smooth graphics. But also because of the in-depth story that goes along with it. Fighting on the side of the Empire always had its appeal, picking off the Rebellion one-by-one in intense, and adrenaline-fuelled dogfights. The gameplay is still as good now as it always was, with excellent controls. Just make sure you play it with a joystick for full effect!

Sid Meier’s Railroads!

This product was recommended by Jonathan Grøn from OwlRatings

In 1992, Railroad Tycoon ate up a lot of my time. In our school newspaper office at the time, we had a Mac SE/30 connected to a 21-inch monitor, and I was the editor. Railroad Tycoon was the first simulation game I ever played, and I have been hooked ever since. It is an engrossing business simulation game in which you may create ancient or contemporary railways all over the world, and there’s a lot of crossover between computer and railroad nerds.

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