In 2021, Apple unveiled the M1 iMac with a stunning new design, 7 vibrant colors, and a 24-inch 4.5K Retina display. Apple claims that the graphics in M1 iMac are 50% faster than the most powerful discrete graphics in the 21.5-inch Intel iMac which used the AMD Radeon Pro Vega 20 with 4GB of HBM2 memory to deliver an improved gaming experience.
Having said that, the M1 iMac lets you enjoy an entertaining gaming session as long as the titles you run are natively available for macOS. We have compiled a list of the best games to play on an iMac with an M1 chip.
Enjoy these games on your M1 iMac: Asphalt, World of Warcraft and others
YouTuber MrMacRight showed the best native Apple M1 Mac Games to enjoy on iMac powered by an M1 chip. The video contains 10 games but we will be showcasing the top best 5 games for the M1 iMac including, Asphalt 9, Asphalt 8, World of Warcraft, Gwent, and Disco Elysium.
Asphalt 9: Legends
Asphalt 9: Legends is a free racing video game developed by Gameloft Barcelona and published by Gameloft. The company had updated the game with native Apple silicon support. Asphalt 9 runs amazingly well on the M1 Apple chip since it is optimized for Apple M1-based Macs.
The game is able to maintain a high frame rate even at the highest graphics settings. The game also looks great on the M1 iMac, with sharp visuals and smooth animations.
Asphalt 8: Airborne
Asphalt 8: Airborne is a free racing video game developed by Gameloft Barcelona and published by Gameloft. The game features a variety of cars and motorcycles from real-world manufacturers, as well as a variety of tracks set in different locations around the world. Players can race against other players online or in offline mode.
Asphalt 8 performs very well on M1 Macs and it is one of the few games that can run at 4K resolution and 60 frames per second on the M1 chip. This is due to the fact that the M1 chip is very powerful and efficient, and it can easily handle the demands of a demanding game like Asphalt 8. It is a great game to play on an M1 Mac as it is fast, smooth, and looks great.
World of Warcraft
World of Warcraft (WoW) is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) developed by Blizzard Entertainment. World of Warcraft contains elements from fantasy, steampunk, and science fiction, including griffins, dragons, elves, steam-powered automata, zombies, werewolves, other horror monsters, time travel, spaceships, and alien worlds.
World of Warcraft runs extremely well on M1 iMac. In fact, it runs so well that at 1080p resolution with a consistent 60 frames per second with the graphics settings set to medium.
Gwent: The Witcher Card Game
Gwent: The Witcher Card Game is a digital collectible card game developed and published by CD Projekt Red. In Gwent players collect and play cards to defeat their opponents. Each player has a deck of 25 cards, which are divided into three rows: the melee row, the ranged row, and the siege row. Players can play cards from their hands to the rows, and each card has its own strength and ability. The goal of the game is to win two out of three rounds.
Gwent: The Witcher Card Game runs very well on M1 Macs because it is optimized for the M1 chip and takes advantage of its powerful architecture. This results in smooth gameplay with no lag or slowdown. The game also looks great on M1 iMac, with sharp graphics and smooth animations.
Disco Elysium is one of the biggest role-playing video games on Mac, the game is developed and published by ZA/UM. The game is set in a fictional city called Revachol, a dystopian metropolis in the aftermath of a long and bloody revolution. The player takes control of Harry Du Bois, a detective who suffers from alcohol and drug-induced amnesia, on a murder case. The player can move the detective about the current screen to interact with NPCs and highlighted objects or move onto other screens.
Disco Elysium runs smoothly on M1 iMac, with no noticeable lag or slowdown. It is one of the first triple-A games to support Apple’s M1 processors and was coded to run natively on M1 Macs. This means that it should offer the best performance possible. The game also looks great on M1 iMac, with sharp graphics and smooth framerates.
The M1 iMac performs well in gaming, especially for less demanding titles as it can run many popular games at 1080p resolution and medium to high settings, with framerates that are generally playable.
Have you tried any of these games on an iMac with an M1 chip? Let us know in the comments below.
You can check out the full list in the video by MrMacRight below.