Virtual reality can be a great escape from the vagaries of reality. Gaming was never so much fun as it is today. Internet itself is a gold mine of gaming, with many sites offering free games. There are many websites that offer exclusive games for Mac users. The aim of this article is to acquaint you with these online destinations.
Macintosh platform, developed by Apple, is unique in many ways. Mac OS is the only computer operating system platform with an exclusive hardware base, manufactured by the same company. Your Mac PC has built-in facilities that let you easily connect to the Internet and ride on the information superhighway. One of the prime attractions, of course, are the various games that you can play online. There is a wide variety among the kinds of games offered, including strategy, adventure, arcade, board, racing, casino, and action games.
Just having a browser like Safari or Mozilla Firefox is not enough, if you want to play them. You will need to get a special software installed as an add-on to your browser called 'Adobe Shockwave Player'. With the player installed, you can play a range of games through your browser.
Online Gaming Sites
If you are looking for entertainment and fun games, there is no dearth of it on the Internet. Here are some of the sites that offer great online games.
- Ultimate Arcade: This site has a rich variety of traditional, arcade, classic, and sports games.
- OnLive: This site is based on the concept of cloud gaming and offers most of the latest PC games.
- Yahoo Games: Yahoo offers a range of traditional board games, sports, and other fun games, and boasts one of the largest user communities.
Other than these sites, you can also use the official multiplayer gaming service for Mac users, which is 'GameRanger'. With 260,000 active users all over the world and 180 games to choose from, this service has some great titles to choose from. Here is a list of other top sites.
- Cosmic Encounter Online
- Yohoho! Puzzle Pirates
- MacGameStore: Free Webgames
- ESPN Arcade
- Realm Defender
- Homestar Runner
- Disney's Toontown Online
- Cartoon Network Universe: FusionFall
- Playhouse Disney Preschool Time Online
- Gaia Online
List of Games
You will find a lot of browser-based games on the above-mentioned sites. There are many games that cannot be played on a browser, but require you to connect via GameRanger. Here are some of the best games. Some of them are offered for free, while some require you to pay.
- Donkey Kong
- Fallen Empire: Legions
- NBA 2K10
- Batman: Arkham Asylum
- Assassin's Creed II
- Colin McRae: DiRT 2
- Need For Speed: Carbon
- Command & Conquer Red Alert 3
- Enemy Territory: Quake Wars
- Heroes of Might and Magic V
- Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
- Civilization IV
- 3D Bridge Deluxe
This is just a small sample of the hundreds of games offered online. Visit the Apple website for a more detailed listing.