Great Indie Games for Mac

In the mood for a great new indie game? Here's a list of some of the best indie games available on the Mac App Store. Each game on this list gets top marks for clever gameplay mechanics (control the flow of time itself in Braid!), beautiful visuals (check out LIMBO's unique style), and great music (relax with the calm soundtrack of Osmos).

I've played each of these games and recommend them all. If you have any favourites that I've missed, please leave a comment at the bottom.

Have fun!

(All games can be downloaded at the Mac App Store by clicking the 'Available on the Mac App Store' badges below. Click screenshots for larger images.)



BIT.TRIP RUNNER is an energetic rhythm platformer with a colorful retro style and fantastic chiptune-inspired music to match. Jump, kick, spring and slide to the beat as you race through each challenging level.

Get BIT.TRIP Runner at the Mac App Store

BIT.TRIP RUNNER - Gaijin Games


Braid Screenshot

Braid is a puzzle platformer with a novel game mechanic: manipulate the flow of time! Contemplative and at times philosophical, but above all… lots of fun!

Get Braid at the Mac App Store

Braid - Hothead Games Inc.


DeathSpank Screenshot

Full of humour and with lush cartoon graphics, DeathSpank is an action RPG that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Collect loot, conquer your foes, and complete quests! (If you like DeathSpank, there are two other games in the series also: DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue, and DeathSpank: The Baconing.)

Get DeathSpank at the Mac App Store

DeathSpank - Hothead Games Inc.


2012 Apple Design Award Winner!

LIMBO Screenshot

LIMBO is a puzzle platformer with an eerie, striking visual style. This indie gem follows the journey of a little boy seeking to discover his sister’s fate. (Don’t let the theme fool you: this game is probably too spooky for children to play!)

Get Limbo at the Mac App Store

LIMBO - Playdead


Machinarium Screenshot

Machinarium is an engaging and beautiful point-and-click adventure game. Solve puzzles to help a little robot save his city and his girlfriend. Take a look at the unique art style in the screenshot to the right!

Get Machinarium at the Mac App Store

Machinarium - Amanita Design


Osmos Screenshot

Guide your ‘mote’ to absorb smaller entities and grow… but avoid the larger ones! This is a game that somehow manages to be relaxing even when it is challenging. The serene soundtrack is best appreciated with headphones on. Also available for the iPad.

Get Osmos at the Mac App Store

Osmos - Hemisphere Games


Rochard Screenshot

Play with gravity in Rochard, a gorgeous sci-fi side-scroller with a rich storyline. Use a ‘G-Lifter’ to grab and throw objects to solve puzzles and eliminate your foes!

Get Rochard at the Mac App Store

Rochard - Recoil Games Ltd


Trine Screenshot

Trine is a physics platformer set in a world of medieval fantasy. Switch between three characters on-the-fly (the wizard, knight and thief), choosing the best character to face enemies and environmental puzzles. Gain experience and upgrade the characters’ skills. Also check out the sequel, Trine 2.

Get Trine at the Mac App Store

Trine - Frozenbyte

World of Goo

Wolrd of Goo Screenshot

Build bridges, towers, and other structures out of goo to help your goo-balls reach the exit pipe in this cute physics puzzle game.

Get World of Goo at the Mac App Store

World of Goo - 2D BOY

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  • RonTam Oct 09, 2012 @ 2:08 am
    Tried out limbo on your recommendation. Very unique & interesting visual style. Great Halloween game. Puzzles are cool but after a while, not enough reward or indication of forward progress to keep me going. Glad to have tried it though. I may try out your other recommendations.
  • laetusviator Oct 09, 2012 @ 2:20 pm
    Thanks for the comment! The second half of the game does suffer from a bit of a pacing problem. It becomes more puzzle-heavy with less story / scripted moments. This means that there is less pull on the player to find out what's going on, as you've observed, and it becomes more of a standard puzzle platformer.
  • nicole-young Jun 09, 2012 @ 4:04 pm
    I love Bit Trip Runner. I have it on my Wii- flashing lights and super fast paced. Nice lens!
  • Immature_Entrepreneur Jun 02, 2012 @ 10:48 am
    Great list of games!

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