One of the newest features to come to Mac with Mountain Lion OS X is the Game Center. If you have an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad then the Game Center is not new to you – especially since it debuted two years ago on iOS 4.
However, if you’re not familiar with it, Game Center is known as “an online multiplayer social gaming network” (source). You can use it to connect with people and challenge them to multiplayer games that support Game Center. You can also unlock achievements through game-play, track your achievements and see what your friends have achieved.
Although the list of Game Center supported games is pretty short, it’s constantly growing. Many games also support Game Center leader boards so that you can see how you rank against your friends and anyone else playing that game.
Now that Apple has finally brought Game Center to the desktop Mac, users can now play against iOS users and vice versa, but just what are the best games to play? Today we present you with a list of the best Game Center games on Mac.
1. Conquist 2
Challenge your friends to this classic world domination strategy game and see if you can take over the world. With party mode, you can play with up to 6 players. There are 31 achievements to unlock, 8 maps to conquer, 4 game modes and 3 levels of difficulty.
I’ve had the pleasure of playing W.E.L.D.E.R. on my iPad and glad to see it on the Mac as well. It’s a unique word puzzle game that puts a little twist on the standard crossword puzzle. Basically, you have to weld letters together to make words; you can challenge a friend to see who can create the most words.
If you’re looking for another or different kind of word game, you may prefer SpellTower. It’s described as a “word game that goes beyond a simple Scrabble/Boggle/Jumble clone.” You have to use strategy along with bonus tiles to find words and get the highest score. There are 5 game modes plus multiplayer mode.
4. Railroad Story: 1820 – 1920
If you like trains and love city-building simulation games like SimCity, you’ll love Railroad Story; it’s all about building a railroad empire. In this game, you’re a railroad magnate and your task is to “establish an ideal process of sending convoys.” Can you build a better empire than your friends?
In this relaxing physics-based strategy game, you have to grow your mote by absorbing other motes. With a combination of ambient playgrounds and an electronic soundtrack, you’re sure to have a rather interesting experience. There are 11 achievements to unlock, along with 47 levels.
6. Mancala FS5
If you’re a fan of the popular Mancala board game type, try Mancala FS5 on Mac. This marble game follows the most popular set of rules called Kalah. Basically, the object is to have more marbles than your opponent at the end of the game.
7. Alien March
In this space-themed adventure game, you get to be an astronaut and travel to different planets. The game-play is much like Mario meets aliens because you have to jump from platform-to-platform and defeat the aliens before they default you.
It’s not clear if there is an actual multiplayer mode, but it does support Game Center so you can see how you rate against other players.
What is your favorite Game Center game on Mac?