How to Play Steam Games for Mac with Your Mac Computer?

Nowadays, Steam has become the biggest success story in terms of gaming content delivery. It was launched on Windows in 2003 – arriving on the Mac in 2010 – and has since grown to a user base of over 150 million registered accounts.

Steam is a combination of a shop and launcher that provides a mass of games compatible with different platforms, including Windows, macOS, Linux, etc. Today we’re going to talk about how to play Steam games for Mac with your MacBook or iMac or other Mac models. And common macOS-supported games on Steam are also recommended here.

Ensure Steam games compatibility with your Mac

There are plenty of game titles available on Steam, so how to quickly find the Steam games for Mac to download and play? Actually Steam provides a filter option for it. Launch the Steam app on your Mac and at the top center of the Steam homepage window, you can see a menu bar. Select Categories > macOS from the menu bar, then a list of games for macOS appears.

If you want to narrow down those games that are shown to you, just click one of the tags shown on the right-hand side. And this shall bring you a more specified browsing results screen, you can further narrow your search using the checkboxes on the right-hand side, adding tags, game types, features, and other criteria. Or if you have a better idea of what you’re looking for, use the search the store field.

And you’ll notice that there is a little Apple logo next to every game, which means this game is compatible with macOS. However, an Apple logo doesn’t necessarily mean a game will work with your Mac. So further down on the game’s page to find the system requirements, and ensure your Mac’s specifications match with them.

Download Steam games for Mac

Downloading Steam games for Mac is easy to handle. On the game’s page, Select Play Game for free games or Add to Cart button for paid-for games. Then follow the on-screen instructions to finish the installment.

To install Steam games for Mac successfully, ensure your Mac has enough storage space for them. If your MacBook is short of storage space, you can backup all your extra-large files to a healthy external hard drive and then delete them on Mac to free up enough space on your MacBook or iMac for the upcoming Steam games.

If your external hard drive is NTFS formatted, you can use iBoysoft NTFS for Mac to solve the NTFS “read-only” issue on Mac and then backup files. But if you can’t mount an external hard drive on Mac, your external hard drive may suffer file system corruption. You’d better rescue your data first with iBoysoft Data Recovery and then give it a repair.

Play Steam games for Mac

The Library tab keeps your games together. To play a game, locate it in Library and then click the Play button. If you’ve got a big library, use the Search field to filter it. You can also click the button to the right of the Search field, and then make a selection to limit your games list to those that match major categories.

Once you click Play, Steam will open an independent app. Since games available on Steam have been made by many different developers, it means there’s no consistency in those games. Some games will show controls upfront; others will bury them in settings menus. Some may run in full-screen, but most will start windowed.

But no matter what Steam game for Mac you’re running, you can force quit it by pressing Option + Command +Escape key combinations when the game is frozen or not connected to the server.

Common Steam games for Mac recommended

This War of Mine

Release Date: 15 Nov, 2014

System Requirements: Mac OS X 10.6 and later; Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo 2.4, AMD Athlon(TM) X2 2.8 Ghz; 2 GB RAM

This War of Mine is a survival game which is developed by the Polish game development company 11 bit studios. In this game, the player will be trapped in an isolated city with extremely difficult living conditions. The main goal of the game is to stay alive during the war with the tools and materials that the player can gather. Every decision the player makes is a matter of life and death. The game provides an experience of war seen from an entirely new angle.

Disco Elysium – The Final Cut

Release Date: 16 Oct, 2019

System Requirements: MacOS 10.13.4 or 10.14.1 or 10.15.4 or newer, a 64-bit processor, 4 GB RAM , 20 GB available storage space

Disco Elysium – The Final Cut is a role-playing game without combat or action elements. It is developed by ZA/UM. In Elysium Disco, the player will act as a police inspector who has lost his memory. The player can choose to crack murders or take bribes. According to different choices, there will be varying degrees of divergence in character actions and stories. 


Release date: 17 May, 2011

System Requirements: Mac OS X 10.9.5 – 10.11.6, 2.0 Ghz Processor, 2.5GB Memory, 200MB Hard Disk Space

Terraria is an action-packed adventure game which is developed by Re-Logic. Players can create weapons to defeat enemies and communities; dig underground to find equipment accessories, money, and other useful things, or collect resources such as wood, stone, ores. In short, you can use everything in the world to create what you need. It is a typical Sandbox game to play solo or with friends.


Whether you’re a Mac user or a cross-platform game player, this post will guide you on playing macOS-supported Steam games with your Mac models. If you’ve found a macOS-compatible game you’re interested in, go ahead to download it and enjoy playing it now. Don’t forget to leave enough disk space and RAM for a smooth gaming process.