6) Fran Bow
If you’re in the mood for a little horror but aren’t too fond of jump scares, we highly recommend giving Fran Bow a try. Fran Bow is buoyed not only by its fascinating narrative about a 10-year-old girl and her cat, Mr. Midnight, it’s also backed by approachable puzzles and unique mechanics.
For example, you can switch between the surface world and the world seen after Fran eats one of her pills. There’s almost an “Alice in Wonderland” quality to Fran Bow, and it’s truly a magical (albeit dark) experience. Best of all, it’s low impact and should run without issue on both Mac and Linux systems.
5) Don’t Starve
While many of the games on this list are linear, Don’t Starve and its randomly generated maps are great for Mac and Linux users looking for replayability. In Don’t Starve, you’ll find yourself lost in a hostile wilderness that challenges your survival skills and your sanity.
The game doesn’t hold your hand, and just about everything you encounter can kill you. What’s more, the game features a permanent death mechanic that’ll have you cursing every time you get mobbed by a gang of fuzzy black spiders.
Despite the game’s surface description, Don’t Starve is one of the most engaging indies we’ve ever played. No matter how many hours you put in, we guarantee you’ll never grow bored of Don’t Starve!