Welcome to our final look at “Where to Buy Mac Games.” Today we are going to peek at digital stores, primarily those with a Mac focus (natch). There are a number of Mac-only outlets online and some sites that offer Mac along with everything else. Some of these places are better than others, either for functionality, design, checkout process and selection. Here is the list and our impressions of each.
Aspyr’s own GameAgent Store and client is a pretty good place to shop. My favorite part is definitely the on-site Mac Match feature to see if your computer is up to running a certain game. This requires you to allow it to run first, but a click and a few moments later it will have your profile loaded. When viewing the product grid it conveniently highlights games in green that your computer can run, and puts others in gray when one of the specifications is not met. Even better you can store multiple computer profiles in your account and switch between them as you like. Something I appreciated when wondering how my MacBookAir would stack up against certain titles.
Another handy feature is price comparison links. These show the best price for the desired game across the Mac App Store, Amazon and GameAgent itself when applicable. The best price isn’t always on GA, meaning it is slightly less interested in itself (unlike most other stores) and more interested in bringing you the best price and info about the game. This is pretty cool and speaks well to Aspyr’s goal of providing a place for the community to discover and find out about games, instead of being the sole provider of them.
You can also sign up for deal alerts which is useful as it works for any of the 3 stores it pulls from. User reviews are of course present, and it’s always good to read about other gamers experiences to help your buying decisions. And it is fun to make Collections (basically lists) of games you own. The checkout process is a one-page affair making it pretty easy to use. The store is technically still in beta, so we can expect to see more features or tweaks in the future.