The Best Card Games for Mac OS

Update : Jump Ball Quest added at rank #33.
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Slay the Spire (2019)

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

Slay the Spire is a rogue-like game in which you battle your way up a spire, choosing from multiple directions and facing random events, fights and resting spots. Combat is essentially a single-player card game where you use cards to damage enemies, buff yourself or protect against enemy damage. Each of the four characters have their own play style and unique gimmicks. You can also find relics that provide passive bonuses to help you progress further in your run.


What we like:
  • Easy to learn mechanics
  • Engaging decision making
  • Fun build variety
  • Gradual difficulty ramping
  • Meaningful choices throughout the run
What could be improved:
  • Some builds are locked out at higher ascensions
  • Max-level ascensions can take hours to complete

  • card
  • rogue-like
  • deckbuilder
  • rogue-like-deckbuilder

2

Inscryption (2021)

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92
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PC Windows Xbox Series X Xbox One Nintendo Switch Linux Mac OS Playstation 5 Playstation 4

Inscryption is a digital card game full of charm, humor, and mystery. You move a token on a board one step at a time, encountering different sets of cards, items and buffing your existing ones. Engage in simple turn-based battles against AI foes and take on boss battles for an extra challenge. Uncover hidden secrets in the form of items, cards and lore as you progress through each act.


What we like:
  • Simple gameplay dynamics
  • Addictive
  • Strategize for victory
  • Interesting story
  • Rough-like elements to help you progress
What could be improved:
  • Luck dependent
  • Potential for missed secrets in playthroughs

  • card
  • deckbuilder
  • rogue-like

3

Loop Hero (2021)

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PC Windows Mac OS Linux Nintendo Switch Xbox One Xbox Series X Android

Loop Hero is a rogue-like adventure RPG strategy card game featuring a top-down deck & dungeon-building auto-battler with resource and settlement management systems. The player must traverse an ever-looping route to defeat rivals and build the world around them while managing their resources, equipment and buffs.


What we like:
  • Easy to understand mechanics
  • Aesthetically minimalistic package
  • Procedurally generated path
  • On-the-fly item management
  • Resource management systems
  • 8 bit 80's goth flair soundtrack
What could be improved:
  • Dusty blue & orange colour palette may not be to everyone's taste
  • 40% resource tax when leaving the loop
  • 30% of resources lost when dying

  • card
  • rogue-like
  • tile
  • boss
  • rpg
  • deckbuilder
  • battle
  • pixel
  • strategy
  • endless
  • deck

4

Black Book (2021)

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PC Windows Mac OS Xbox One Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch

In Black Book, you take on the role of a witch named Vasilisa in her quest to revive her lost soulmate by finding the Black Book, an ancient, powerful text. The game features a unique, card-based combat system and a rich storyline inspired by Russian folklore. You'll face challenges, help townsfolk, and battle demons, all while navigating the cultural and historical elements of 1800s Russia.


What we like:
  • Immersive storyline
  • Unique card-based combat system
  • Rich cultural references
  • High-quality artwork
  • Engaging side quests
What could be improved:
  • Lack of tutorials
  • Tricky combat mechanics
  • Occasionally poor character designs
  • And some issues with auto-run feature

  • card
  • deckbuilder
  • turn-based
  • mythology
  • demons
  • rpg
  • rogue-like
  • fantasy
  • battle

5

Card Shark (2022)

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Nintendo Switch Mac OS PC Windows Android IOS iPhone

Step into the shoes of an 18th-century French card shark in Card Shark! Outsmart your opponents and cheat your way to the top with a variety of cunning tricks. Uncover a royal conspiracy while enjoying the game's stunning visuals and immersive score. Can you become the ultimate master of deception?


What we like:
  • Innovative gameplay mechanics
  • Engaging and varied storyline
  • Beautifully crafted artwork and animations
  • Realistic and fun cheating techniques
  • Immersive experience with a compelling presentation
What could be improved:
  • Controls can be unintuitive
  • Gameplay can feel like an extended tutorial
  • Some techniques may feel gimmicky
  • Repetitive sequences can waste time

  • card

6

I Was a Teenage Exocolonist (2022)

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Linux Nintendo Switch Playstation 5 Playstation 4 Mac OS PC Windows

Spend your teenage years on an alien planet in this narrative RPG with card-based battles. Explore, grow up, and fall in love. The choices you make and skills you master over ten years will determine the course of your life and the survival of your colony.


  • card
  • deckbuilder
  • choices
  • sportball
  • narrative

7

Brawl Stars (2018)

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Android IOS iPhone PC Windows Mac OS

December 2022 - February 2023. Brawl Boxes and drop chances are GONE. Collect Credits and unlock Brawlers you want on the Starr Road. New Brawl Pass Season featuring Mandy (Chromatic), the Candy Queen.

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  • card
  • japanese
  • rpg
  • moba
  • turn-based
  • multiplayer
  • strategy
  • shooter
  • jrpg
  • anime
  • hero
  • trading
  • battler
  • player-designed

8

Pirates Outlaws (2019)

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

Pirates Outlaws is a roguelike card game in which you navigate dangerous seas and challenge their masters. Your expedition will be full of ambushes and will not be easy. Build your deck and combos to become a reputed pirate.

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  • card
  • pirates
  • rogue-like
  • rogue-like-deckbuilder
  • deck
  • deckbuilder
  • turn-based
  • battle
  • boss

9

Clash Royale (2016)

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early access IOS iPhone Mac OS PC Windows Android

Various minor bug fixes and improvements are made to the game. The game has been updated to include the latest version of the Android mobile operating system. There are also a number of minor improvements and bug fixes.

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  • card
  • strategy
  • battle
  • real-time

10

Wingspan (2020)

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PC Windows Mac OS IOS iPhone Android Xbox One Nintendo Switch

Wingspan is a relaxing, award-winning strategy card game about birds for 1 to 5 players. Each bird you play extends a chain of powerful combinations in one of your three habitats. Your goal is to discover and attract the best birds to your network of wildlife preserves.


  • card
  • board-game
  • tabletop
  • strategy
  • engine-building
  • relaxing
  • wholesome
  • local
  • multiplayer
  • competitive
  • card-driven

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