The Best Adventure exploration Games for Mac OS

Update : Riven added at rank #11.
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A Short Hike (2019)

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PC Windows Mac OS Nintendo Switch Playstation 4 Xbox One Linux

Join Claire on her vacation and take a hike to the top of Hawk Peak in A Short Hike. Meet quirky characters, gather collectibles and uncover secrets across the charming island park. Enjoy the original soundtrack that perfectly captures the game's atmosphere. Don't let the game's title fool you, there's plenty of adventure waiting for you on this short hike.


What we like:
  • Immersive gameplay with a captivating story and charming characters
  • Beautiful pixel art and evocative soundtrack that complement the game's atmosphere perfectly
  • Rich and detailed world with lots of secrets to uncover
  • Short and concise game that provides an enjoyable and fulfilling experience
  • Great value for money
What could be improved:
  • Cumbersome inventory system
  • No map

  • park
  • relaxing
  • exploration
  • cute
  • adventure
  • flight
  • open-world
  • walking-simulator
  • inventory
  • parkour
  • funny
  • nature
  • platform
  • vertical
  • short

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Tomb Raider (2014)

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Xbox One Playstation 3 Linux Mac OS PC Windows Xbox 360 Android stadia Playstation 4

Tomb Raider explores the intense origin story of Lara Croft and her ascent from a young woman to a hardened survivor.


  • puzzle
  • stealth
  • adventure
  • exploration
  • action-adventure
  • cover
  • platform
  • combat
  • action
  • shooter
  • narrative
  • survival
  • underwater
  • third-person
  • multiplayer

3

TOEM (2021)

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90
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PC Windows Linux Mac OS Xbox Series X/s Playstation 5 Nintendo Switch Xbox One

Embark on a heartwarming journey in TOEM, a delightful photography game set in a magical black-and-white world. Help quirky characters, solve puzzles, and capture the beauty of your surroundings with your camera. Enjoy the relaxing landscape, chill beats, and the freedom to explore at your own pace. Despite its short length, TOEM's charming and pressure-free gameplay will leave you wanting more.


What we like:
  • Sweet art style
  • Cute music
  • Engaging and addictive gameplay
  • Freedom to complete quests at own pace
  • Dense and filled with opportunities for photography
What could be improved:
  • Relatively short game
  • Limited camera movement
  • Absence of a fast travel system
  • Almost entirely in black and white

  • editing
  • hand-drawn
  • photo
  • relaxing
  • cute
  • exploration
  • puzzle
  • adventure
  • soundtrack
  • photography
  • cozy
  • wholesome
  • music
  • funny
  • nature

4

Axiom Verge 2 (2021)

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83
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Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch wii u vita PC Windows Mac OS Linux

Dive into Axiom Verge 2, an epic adventure that takes you into a mysterious parallel universe. As Indra, unravel the secrets of this world, battling monsters, hacking machines, and exploring ancient ruins. With intriguing gameplay, unique combat mechanics, and a refreshing protagonist, this game offers an immersive, fast-paced, and thrilling experience.

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What we like:
  • Excellent game design with a lot to discover
  • Unique combat mechanics that encourage stealth and hacking
  • Refreshing protagonist that breaks stereotypes
  • Improved aesthetic with varied pixel art and haunting music
  • Gameplay is fast-paced and responsive with a diverse array of weapons
What could be improved:
  • Level tree imbalance and unclear progression at times
  • Combat feels optional and some weapons are underutilized
  • Occasional confusion in navigating the open world
  • Less emphasis on bosses and limited weapon options

  • boss
  • exploration
  • platform
  • metroid
  • retro
  • boss-fight
  • classic
  • sci-fi
  • alternate
  • pixel
  • combat
  • metroidvania
  • narrative
  • adventure
  • fight

5

Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018)

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PC Windows Xbox Series X stadia Linux Mac OS Xbox One Playstation 4

Experience the thrilling conclusion of Lara's origin story in Shadow of the Tomb Raider Definitive Edition. Master an unforgiving jungle, explore underwater tunnels, and unleash chaos on your enemies. Conquer terrifying tombs with advanced traversal skills and uncover a hidden city. With the base game and all DLC included, this is the ultimate way to become the Tomb Raider you're destined to be. Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime?


What we like:
  • Excellent graphics
  • Well-acted story
  • Fun combat
  • Precise controls
  • Cool optional challenge tombs
What could be improved:
  • Collecting materials for upgrades felt pointless
  • Frequent loss of weapons
  • Tedious climbing
  • Occasional bugs with jumping

  • stealth
  • puzzle
  • adventure
  • exploration
  • underwater
  • action-adventure
  • combat
  • narrative
  • action
  • platform
  • crafting
  • survival
  • cover
  • skill
  • shooter

6

The Wild at Heart (2021)

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Xbox One Xbox Series X Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch PC Windows Mac OS

The Wild at Heart is a beautiful and joyous tale of discovery, full of quirky characters, exploration and puzzles. You play as Wake, a young scallywag searching for excitement who stumbles upon an adventure to save the world and reunite the Greenshields. With its hand-drawn art style, mysterious creatures and day-night cycle adding tension to the gameplay, you'll be sure to have some exciting escapades!


What we like:
  • Quirky characters with unique traits
  • Beautiful artstyle
  • Light combat & puzzles that increase in difficulty
  • Day-night cycle adding tension to the gameplay
What could be improved:
  • The standard loop:go here - do that
  • Parts of the narrative are well-honed

  • puzzle
  • hand-drawn
  • crafting
  • story
  • action-adventure
  • fantasy
  • emotional
  • time-management
  • 2d
  • atmospheric
  • colourful
  • resource-management
  • survival
  • exploration
  • adventure

7

Mutazione (2019)

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90
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PC Windows Nintendo Switch Xbox One Linux Mac OS IOS iPhone Playstation 4

Get lost in the magical world of Mutazione, a narrative-driven adventure game where you explore an island filled with quirky mutant characters and their secrets. Grow musical gardens, attend BBQs, and embark on a spiritual journey to save the community from a looming darkness. With beautiful hand-illustrated art and unpredictable twists, Mutazione is a mutant soap opera that you won't want to miss.


What we like:
  • Unique and beautiful art style
  • Relaxing music
  • Story-focused gameplay
  • Quirky and interesting characters
  • Encourages the player to slow down and relax
What could be improved:
  • Repetitive gameplay, mostly a visual novel
  • No voice acting
  • Slow parts may be boring for some players
  • Contains adult themes that may not be suitable for younger children

  • drama
  • narrative
  • supernatural
  • relaxing
  • adventure
  • walking-simulator
  • point-and-click
  • nature
  • exploration
  • fiction
  • music
  • story
  • scroller
  • bird
  • procedural

8

Stray (2022)

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Xbox Series X (Nintendo Switch) Xbox One PC Windows Playstation 4 Playstation 5 Mac OS Android IOS iPhone

You play as a realistic-looking kitty that goes by the name Little Furball. As you explore the dystopian world you find yourself in, you make friends with robots and discover secrets that have been hidden away for many years. You must use your parkour skills to traverse the environment, evade monsters and help your robotic friends achieve their goals.


What we like:
  • Realistic kitty movements
  • Variety of meows when pressing the dedicated meow button
  • Interesting characters with great backstory
  • Rewarding exploration and puzzles to solve
  • Forgiving platforming mechanics
What could be improved:
  • Scary jumps that may require multiple attempts to perfect
  • Separated from other kitties at one point in the story
  • No humans at all in this futuristic world

  • robots
  • cyberpunk
  • puzzle
  • platform
  • stealth
  • dystopian
  • cat
  • exploration
  • adventure
  • cute
  • narrative
  • third-person

9

Tunic (2022)

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Xbox Series X PC Windows Mac OS Xbox One Playstation 4 Playstation 5 Nintendo Switch Android

Tunic is an adventure game in which you play as a cute little fox dressed up Link-style, who wakes up on a beach with no idea what's going on. You explore the world, deciphering foreign languages and solving puzzles with the help of an instruction manual. Combat involves using a sword and shield, consumable items, and magic. Discover secrets and join forces with the community to solve puzzles together!


What we like:
  • Bright vibrant colours
  • Cute protagonist
  • Interesting story
  • Environmental storytelling
  • Fun combat system
What could be improved:
  • Difficult to decipher language
  • Not all buffs explained clearly

  • isometric
  • zelda
  • souls
  • boss
  • exploration
  • combat
  • discovery
  • adventure
  • puzzle
  • dungeon
  • old-school
  • cute
  • mystery
  • boss-fight
  • classic

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DAVE THE DIVER (2023)

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PC Windows Playstation 5 Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch Mac OS

Dive into a captivating ocean adventure in DAVE THE DIVER! Explore the ocean's mysteries by day, run a bustling sushi restaurant at night, and laugh with quirky characters. With stunning graphics, diverse gameplay, and constant new content, you'll be hooked for hours. Prepare for a whirlwind of exploration, humor, and the transformative power of food!

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What we like:
  • Immersive and diverse adventure RPG
  • Constantly evolving content
  • Attention to detail and stunning pixel art
  • Comedic dialogue
  • Perfectly paced gameplay
What could be improved:
  • Long loading screens
  • Some game mechanics not fully explained

  • underwater
  • management
  • farming
  • simulation
  • pixel
  • exploration
  • rpg
  • adventure
  • crafting

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