Games you can't lose (For Mac)
November 16, 2014 11:40 AM   Subscribe

I'm looking for fun, easy, casual games I can play on my Mac. I've read this question, and while my requirements are similar, I really just want to play on my laptop not my phone.

Ultimately I want a casual game that I can't really lose at. For example, I love, LOVE Monument Valley. I think puzzlers, simulations, role playing. Nothing I need any actual skill to play is pretty much the key.

Any suggestions?
posted by aclevername to Computers & Internet (11 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
Have you browsed through Jayisgames? There are all sorts of low-stress, fun games. I'm partial to the room-escape games, myself.
posted by Thorzdad at 12:22 PM on November 16, 2014 [1 favorite]

Flower video game

It's like a Buddhist monks video game. You are the breeze, and you flow through the field awakening flowers as you go. Beautiful and hypnotic and relaxing.
posted by St. Peepsburg at 12:31 PM on November 16, 2014

Monument Valley? I just discovered it a few days ago as a result of the "OMG, they made more game for me to play but they want more money for more game, how dare they!" nonsense. My first reaction was that it is very Fez-like. I play it on my Mac via Steam.
posted by Brian Puccio at 12:31 PM on November 16, 2014

Sorry I just realized that link above might not be as stimulating as you were hoping for... But fun nonetheless!
posted by St. Peepsburg at 12:33 PM on November 16, 2014

If you like architecture, planning and exploration, Minecraft.

You can play it on Safe Mode or God Mode if you like (and of course, non-ironman).

Other sandbox/sim games (SimCity, for example) may also be appropriate.
posted by tychotesla at 12:36 PM on November 16, 2014

You can't really lose at the Sims.
posted by Toddles at 12:43 PM on November 16, 2014

Seconding Thorzdad's entire comment. Jayisgames does really great reviews and was my introduction to the Room Escape genre. They have new games every Wednesday with their "Weekday Escape."
posted by spelunkingplato at 1:35 PM on November 16, 2014

Any Sim game. i.e. SimCity on the easiest settings. I wouldn't recommend the new version of SimCity because it's frustrating for other reasons, but try SimCity 4. If you use the money cheat code, you literally can just build your city and have fun with urban planning without ever feeling like you're losing.

You may also like a turn-based game that let's you control the pace of the game and is very casual/can easily be played on and off. For that I'd recommend Civilization IV on the easiest setting. You can lose, but on the easiest setting, it's very unlikely.

I've never played Monument Valley, but from the looks of it, maybe you'd like Minecraft. I don't get the appeal of Minecraft at all, but it's very popular. You just kind of build a world from blocks, I guess.
posted by AppleTurnover at 2:24 PM on November 16, 2014

Farming Simulator. Grow crops and drive around in a tractor.
posted by jontyjago at 5:03 AM on November 17, 2014

posted by neckro23 at 5:57 AM on November 17, 2014

Portal 1 and 2 is the answer to all 'what games should i play' questions.

There is a small amount of hand-eye coordination required, but it's pretty low pressure, for the most part.
posted by empath at 9:16 AM on November 17, 2014

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