If you miss the games from the arcades of the 80s, or the classic Mac, Apple II or other systems, you can still play a lot of them on your Mac today. They are free and you don't even need to install anything.
Dwarf Fortress is a complex strategy game where you control a group of dwarves as they build an underground fortress and mine the area. You can play it on your Mac but it is tricky to install and get working in macOS Catalina. Then you are going to want to add a custom tileset to make it look decent. I go through these setup steps, and then show you how to get starting with playing the game.
Since OS X 10.2 Apple has included a Chess game by default on your Mac. The current version allows you to play against the computer with varying difficultly levels, play against another person, and even play online. You can change the look of the 3D board, hear moves and even speak to make a move. You can also save and resume games.
A quick look at eleven iPhone games, including Fieldrunners, Pac-Man, SinkSub, Touch Physics, Idle Hands, Ocarina and more.
Gary Rosenzweig takes a look at Spore, the new game from Will Wright and Electronic Arts. Spore is a game that takes you from a single-celled organism to galactic domination.
Gary Rosenzweig looks at three iPhone Game Apps available at the iTunes App Store. Scrabble is the official version of the classic board game. Galcon is a strategy game played like an arcade game. Aurora Feint is an interesting adventure and puzzle game. You can also play free iPhone games at MacMost.com.
Gary Rosenzweig takes a look at the Spore Creature Creator mini game you can download and play on your Mac. You can create a Spore creature, play with it and share it. However, some have been using it to create pornographic creatures.
Gary Rosenzweig looks at the new Shockwave plug-in for the Intel-based Mac. This is the first time Shockwave has been available for newer Macs. You can use Shockwave to play free online games like the ones at http://GameScene.com.
Gary Rosenzweig takes a look at Guitar Hero III, the first guitar simulation game for the Mac.
Eve Park takes a look at Piano Wizard, a program that teaches you how to play songs on the piano using a MIDI keyboard and game-like interface.
Gary Rosenzweig takes a look at some games being shown at MacWorld Expo. He looks at Freeverse's Neon Tango and Hordes of Orcs. He also takes a look at the iNo, a game that uses your iPod.
Gary Rosenzweig reports from MacWorld Expo about Spore, the long-anticipated game from Will Wright and Electronic Arts. Spore will be released for both Mac and PC. Part of the Mac version was demoed at the Expo.