The Best Adventure text Games for Mac OS

Update : Loco Motive added at rank #35.
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Ord. (2019)

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Ord is a captivating text-based adventure game with five unique stories to choose from. Choose your own adventure as you become a god and create your world or take on an evil warlock in a thrilling quest. With fast-paced narratives, your choices matter, and you'll be engaged in no time. Plus, create and share your own stories with Steam Workshop support. Available in multiple languages.

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What we like:
  • Cleverly conveys changes in atmosphere and mood with minimalistic visuals and sound effects
  • Multiple scenarios with vastly different outcomes provide high replayability
  • A fun and creative take on the text adventure genre
  • Multiple languages supported
  • Workshop support allows for user-generated content and experimentation with storytelling
What could be improved:
  • No save-states or continues, with every death resetting the player to the beginning
  • Poor controls and other quirks make the game feel more like an art project than a polished video game experience

  • text
  • minimalist
  • adventure
  • experience
  • story
  • narrative
  • perma-death
  • rpg
  • experimental
  • innovative
  • casual
  • book
  • fast-paced

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Roadwarden (2022)

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Linux PC Windows Mac OS

Roadwarden is a text-adventure set in a downbeat fantasy world of magic, monsters, and grinding poverty. As a newly minted roadwarden, you are tasked with patrolling the highways and byways of a peninsula while also exploring its commercial possibilities for your mysterious paymasters. You have to manage your time carefully to get everything done in the 40 days before autumn sets in.


What we like:
  • Unique take on text adventuring
  • Choices that really matter and an organic sense of muddling through that feels lifelike
  • Nuanced and low-key atmosphere
What could be improved:
  • Depending on choices things can feel relentlessly downbeat
  • Lack of quest tracker can seem perverse
  • Very text heavy and not suitable for those who aren't into reading or plot

  • text
  • rpg
  • fantasy
  • adventure
  • visual-novel
  • choices
  • pixel
  • fiction
  • interactive

3

Lifeline: Beside You in Time (2022)

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Android IOS iPhone PC Windows Mac OS

Lifeline is a text-based adventure mobile game where you guide the main character through a texting conversation to survive an unknown moon after their spaceship crashes. The engaging storyline and real-time mechanics make it a great game for those who enjoy a challenging text-based adventure.

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What we like:
  • Entertaining and engaging story with a likable protagonist
  • Pacing adds scope and suspense to the narrative
  • Real-time notification mechanic adds to immersion
  • Unique storytelling approach
  • Forgiving gameplay
What could be improved:
  • Waiting between interactions may be an annoyance for some players
  • Lack of text speed option
  • Invariably binary decision prompts limit player choice

  • fiction
  • text
  • adventure
  • interactive
  • sci-fi
  • waiting
  • real-time
  • choices
  • survival
  • narrative
  • dos
  • well-written
  • story

4

Quarantine Circular (2018)

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Nintendo Switch Mac OS PC Windows

Dive into Quarantine Circular, a riveting, dialogue-driven adventure that puts humanity under the microscope. You'll navigate complex social dynamics and ethical dilemmas as you uncover an alien's intentions amidst a global plague. Be captivated by the well-crafted story, sharp writing, and stunning visuals, as your choices shape multiple endings. A game that will leave you pondering about human nature and our place in the universe.

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What we like:
  • Engaging and thought-provoking story
  • Well-written dialogue
  • Multiple endings based on your choices
  • Stunning visuals
  • Interesting exploration of human nature and ethics
What could be improved:
  • Abrupt and unsatisfying endings
  • Lack of replayability due to linear gameplay
  • Inconsistent character development

  • text
  • casual
  • adventure
  • visual-novel
  • narrative
  • sci-fi

5

The Wild Case (2021)

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PC Windows Nintendo Switch Android IOS iPhone Mac OS Linux

Embark on a journey to an eerie village shrouded in mystery in The Wild Case. Solve puzzles, negotiate with inhabitants, and uncover supernatural occurrences in this atmospheric adventure. With stunning hand-drawn graphics and haunting sound effects, immerse yourself in an open world that will keep you on edge. Unravel the secrets of the forgotten village if you dare.


What we like:
  • Short but well-rounded gameplay
  • Intriguing mystery with satisfying ending
  • Beautiful hand-drawn artwork
  • Atmospheric music and sound effects
  • Adequate price point
What could be improved:
  • Lack of motivation for replayability
  • Rough English translation
  • Story not frightening for adults

  • detective
  • point-and-click
  • story
  • puzzle
  • hand-drawn
  • atmospheric
  • 2d
  • adventure
  • text
  • supernatural
  • exploration
  • first-person
  • investigation
  • linear
  • narration

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Guns of Infinity (2016)

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PC Windows Mac OS Linux Android IOS iPhone

Step into the role of a commander of a squadron of cavalry in Guns of Infinity. This 440,000 word interactive novel allows you to make choices that control the story. Will you befriend, betray, or romance the nobles, rogues, and spies? Will you fight for power, riches, love, or glory? Strategize to fight the Antari forces and support your family financially in this epic world. Combat, intrigue, and romance await in Guns of Infinity!


What we like:
  • Well-written and intricately designed CYOA game with several interesting paths and endings
  • Great character developments and story arcs
  • Game accounts for a whole lot of different choices, providing material for RP-ing your character through multiple playthroughs
  • Complex characters and decisions in moral grey-areas
What could be improved:
  • Romantic relationships are vague and unclear
  • Some choices seem confusing and less meaningful than the first game
  • Lack of decisions regarding your command may disappoint some players
  • Too much exposition by the end of some playthroughs

  • text
  • novel
  • romance
  • choices
  • interactive
  • adventure
  • century
  • rpg
  • low-fantasy
  • war
  • war-time
  • fiction
  • book

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Wayhaven Chronicles: Book One (2018)

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Step into the shoes of a detective and experience a world beyond your imagination in Wayhaven Chronicles: Book One. The interactive fantasy novel by Mishka Jenkins offers 440,000 thrilling words that will take you through moments of romance, friendship, drama, and more. With options to play as female, male, or non-binary, and to be straight, gay, or bisexual, you'll be able to define relationships and start lasting romances with vampires. Fulfill your job of detective in a playstyle that suits your personality. Open yourself up to the unknown and uncover the truth of what awaits in Wayhaven.

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What we like:
  • Fantastic story with well-developed characters
  • Enjoyable read with good humor
  • Authentic relationships and slow-burn romances
  • Enthralling writing and vivid, distinct characters
  • Highly addictive and immersive experience
What could be improved:
  • Fairly linear with limited branching except for romance options
  • Detective aspect not prominent

  • rpg
  • text
  • adventure
  • choices
  • book
  • romance

8

I doesn't exist - a modern text adventure (2023)

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Linux Mac OS PC Windows

Classic Zork meets Existential Crisis. A modern text adventure that explores themes of control, isolation and mental health while levelling up the genre with beautiful pixel art.

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  • text
  • short
  • artificial
  • intelligence
  • text-adventure
  • interactive
  • pixel
  • fiction
  • conversation
  • psychological
  • modern
  • old-school
  • horror
  • atmospheric
  • adventure

9

Sabres of Infinity (2016)

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Wage a war of gunpowder and magic! As a gentleman-officer of the Royal Dragoons, will you sacrifice your fortune? Your honour? Your men? Your own life?


  • choices
  • text
  • adventure
  • rpg
  • war
  • book
  • rich
  • interactive
  • fiction
  • military

10

Cannonfire Concerto (2016)

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Android PC Windows Mac OS Linux

In an 18th century symphony of intrigue, your supernatural virtuoso performance begins an overture to war! Spies, lovers, generals…who holds the strings?


  • text
  • instrument
  • romance
  • novel
  • supernatural
  • choices
  • interactive
  • adventure
  • rpg
  • war
  • book
  • fantasy-historical

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