Real-time strategies, or RTS games for short, are games focused on battles with one or several opponents, in which each player commands their own troops by giving them orders in real time (hence the name). Furthermore, the players are required to maintain an economy, as recruiting troops costs resources and happens in specialized buildings. Crippling the opponents’ ability to gather resources is a sure way to victory, as it will render them helpless. For this reason, protecting your own base (or bases) while assaulting the others’ is the way these games are played – simply defeating your opponents’ units will not get you anywhere.
In this article, we will cover real-time strategy games available to play on Apple computers. Although Mac owners have a more limited choice of games, compared to Windows PC users, there are still several great real time strategies for Mac lovers to enjoy. Read the article below for the list.
When it comes to computers, emulation is a process of simulating a platform, such as a computer system or a gaming console, with the intent of running software on it. In simpler terms, what this means is that emulators allow you to play games and run programs that are not available on your Mac (or your PC, for that matter). However, this is done in a rather inefficient way, by making a virtual copy of the console inside your computer, and then running the game on that. Because of this, running a game on an emulator typically requires a device much more powerful than what it originally ran on, as this original device needs to be simulated. This is why emulators are generally only available for older systems. For example, you can emulate the original PlayStation and PS2 without much of an issue, but emulating PS3 – still a fairly old system – requires very powerful hardware, and emulating PS4 is currently borderline impossible. Certain tricks are used to make emulators faster, smoother, and less demanding, as not everything needs to be simulated perfectly, and corners can be cut here and there. But you also cannot simplify too much, because then things will stop working properly, the games will get buggy and start crashing. The best emulators for Mac do a very delicate job balancing all of this to provide you with the best experience possible. So what are they? Well, here’s a comprehensive list to get you started with emulation on Mac.
In tower defense games, the player is tasked with defending a structure, like a castle or a house, from enemies. To accomplish this task, the player needs to choose from a variety of purchasable units (generally referred to as “towers”) and put them in the path of the enemies to stave off their onslaught. The towers have different properties – they have different costs, attack ranges, attack power, they might attack just one enemy or all enemies near them, and so on. Some towers might not even attack enemies at all, instead, they provide some sort of advantage like slowing down the enemies near the tower, improving other towers’ power, or generating currency… you get the idea. Selecting which tower to place, and where and when to place it, is what you will be doing in these games 99% of the time. A simple idea made complex and strategic by the sheer amount of properties and effects that the towers – and the enemies – possess. We have selected several great games of this genre that are available to play on Mac, so that you, the reader, can see for yourself what this is all about, or perhaps find a new game to try out if you’re already an experienced tower defense player. Without further ado, let’s begin.