Best Difficult Games on Steam (for Mac OS)

Steam currently has 6,664 Difficult games, but not all of them are able to be played on Mac. Explore our list of the best picks ranked by Player Score. Our Player Score rankings are calculated directly from reviews left on the Steam store and will be updated in real-time as more players leave their feedback. Difficult game rankings were last updated on 5/29/2024.

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1. Hades

Defy the god of the dead as you hack and slash out of the Underworld in this rogue-like dungeon crawler from the creators of Bastion, Transistor, and Pyre.

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Hades holds the #1 spot for "best Mac OS Difficult game on Steam" with a Player Score of 97. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 259,112 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 254,887 positive reviews and 4,225 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $24.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $24.99
Release Date 9/17/2020
Franchise Supergiant Games
Developer Supergiant Games
Publisher Supergiant Games
Steam App Id 1145360

2. Slay the Spire

We fused card games and roguelikes together to make the best single player deckbuilder we could. Craft a unique deck, encounter bizarre creatures, discover relics of immense power, and Slay the Spire!

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Slay the Spire has achieved a Player Score of 97, placing it in the #2 spot for the best Mac OS Difficult games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 156,306 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 152,951 positive reviews and 3,355 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $24.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $24.99
Release Date 1/23/2019
Developers
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Steam App Id 646570

3. Aseprite

Aseprite is a pixel-art tool to create 2D animations, sprites, and any kind of graphics for games.

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Aseprite has achieved a Player Score of 97, placing it in the #3 spot for the best Mac OS Difficult games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 17,610 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 17,456 positive reviews and 154 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $19.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is not possible to play or run Aseprite on the Steam Deck.

Steam Price $19.99
Release Date 2/22/2016
Developer David Capello
Publisher Igara Studio
Steam App Id 431730

4. The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is a randomly generated action RPG shooter with heavy Rogue-like elements. Following Isaac on his journey players will find bizarre treasures that change Isaac’s form giving him super human abilities and enabling him to fight off droves of mysterious creatures, discover secrets and fight his way to safety.

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The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #4 spot for the best Mac OS Difficult games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 287,992 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 280,884 positive reviews and 7,108 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $14.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $14.99
Release Date 11/4/2014
Developers
Publisher Nicalis, Inc.
Steam App Id 250900

5. Helltaker

Helltaker is a short game about sharply dressed demon girls.

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Helltaker has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #5 spot for the best Mac OS Difficult games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 118,345 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 115,740 positive reviews and 2,605 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is completely free to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Helltaker on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Release Date 5/11/2020
Developer vanripper
Publisher vanripper
Steam App Id 1289310

6. Katana ZERO

Katana ZERO is a stylish neo-noir, action-platformer featuring breakneck action and instant-death combat. Slash, dash, and manipulate time to unravel your past in a beautifully brutal acrobatic display.

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Katana ZERO has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #6 spot for the best Mac OS Difficult games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 65,089 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 63,828 positive reviews and 1,261 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $14.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $14.99
Release Date 4/18/2019
Developer Askiisoft
Publisher Devolver Digital
Steam App Id 460950

7. Bloons TD 6

The Bloons are back and better than ever! Get ready for a massive 3D tower defense game designed to give you hours and hours of the best strategy gaming available.

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Bloons TD 6 has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #7 spot for the best Mac OS Difficult games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 309,013 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 300,851 positive reviews and 8,162 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $13.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Bloons TD 6 on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $13.99
Release Date 12/18/2018
Franchise Ninja Kiwi Games
Developer Ninja Kiwi
Publisher Ninja Kiwi
Steam App Id 960090

8. Hollow Knight

Forge your own path in Hollow Knight! An epic action adventure through a vast ruined kingdom of insects and heroes. Explore twisting caverns, battle tainted creatures and befriend bizarre bugs, all in a classic, hand-drawn 2D style.

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Hollow Knight has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #8 spot for the best Mac OS Difficult games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 350,527 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 340,492 positive reviews and 10,035 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $14.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $14.99
Release Date 2/24/2017
Developer Team Cherry
Publisher Team Cherry
Steam App Id 367520

9. Celeste

Help Madeline survive her inner demons on her journey to the top of Celeste Mountain, in this super-tight platformer from the creators of TowerFall. Brave hundreds of hand-crafted challenges, uncover devious secrets, and piece together the mystery of the mountain.

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Celeste has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #9 spot for the best Mac OS Difficult games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 93,475 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 91,262 positive reviews and 2,213 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $19.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $19.99
Release Date 1/25/2018
Franchise EXOK Games
Developers
Publisher Maddy Makes Games Inc.
Steam App Id 504230

10. Rhythm Doctor

Save patients with your rhythm mastery! Rhythm Doctor is a rhythm game where you heal patients by defibrillating in time to their heartbeats. Learn each patient's unique heartbeat and defeat boss viruses trying to sabotage your rhythm, all set to heart-pumping, soul-soothing music.

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Rhythm Doctor has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #10 spot for the best Mac OS Difficult games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 19,575 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 19,276 positive reviews and 299 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $15.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $15.99
Release Date 2/26/2021
Franchise 7th Beat Games
Developer 7th Beat Games
Publishers
Steam App Id 774181

More Difficult Mac Games on Steam

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Hades steam charts
10,447
9/17/2020
97
$24.99
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Slay the Spire steam charts
9,230
1/23/2019
97
$24.99
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Aseprite steam charts
4,295
2/22/2016
97
$19.99
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The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth steam charts
12,087
11/4/2014
96
$14.99
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Helltaker steam charts
76
5/11/2020
96
Free
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Katana ZERO steam charts
136
4/18/2019
96
$14.99
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Bloons TD 6 steam charts
13,753
12/18/2018
96
$13.99
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Hollow Knight steam charts
4,223
2/24/2017
96
$14.99
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Celeste steam charts
1,178
1/25/2018
96
$19.99
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Rhythm Doctor steam charts
45
2/26/2021
96
$15.99
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  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 29). Slay the Spire on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 21). Aseprite on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 29). The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 1). Helltaker on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 23). Katana ZERO on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 29). Bloons TD 6 on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 29). Hollow Knight on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 24). Celeste on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 29). Rhythm Doctor on Steam. Steam Store.

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