We’re back with another weekend edition of Mac App Recap, a weekly column that highlights the best new, updated and discounted apps on the Mac App Store. This week’s selection of apps features over a half-dozen games for OS X that you don’t want to miss, alongside two other useful apps and more. Read ahead for a look at all 11 apps that cracked the list this week…
Oscura Second Shadow is a classic platformer game crossed with modern design. The Aurora stone has been stolen from the great Lighthouse, and without it the gothic and frightening Driftlands will be destroyed. Oscura is an unlikely hero tasked with restoring the Aurora stone before darkness befalls on the whole universe. Oscura Second Shadow is $4.99 on the Mac App Store.
xScope 4 is a new professional tool built for designers and developers, ideal for measuring, inspecting and testing on-screen graphics and layouts. The tool floats above your desktop windows and can be accessed via the toolbar, menu bar or hotkeys. We’ll be posting an in-depth review of the app in the near future. xScope 4 is $24.99 on the Mac App Store for a limited time.
Screen Replay is another option for recording your screen and microphone on Mac, including 4K resolution support. We previously told you how to record your Mac screen using QuickTime, but this app is an even more simplistic tool that sits in your top menu bar with one-click activation. Screen Replay is a free utility on the Mac App Store.
Battle Nations is an epic and addictive combat strategy game filled with exciting adventures and loveable characters. Train troops, battle friends, build your outpost, defeat villains and more as the commander of the Imperial Army. Complete missions across the great Frontier and keep the Empire safe from treachery. Battle Nations is free on the Mac App Store.
MacFamilyTree 7 was recently featured by Apple on the Mac App Store following a major update. The genealogy tool now features completely rewritten reports, improved interactive trees, improved FamilySearch integration, a redesigned user interface, new startup window, better scrolling and more. MacFamilyTree 7 is $24.99 on the Mac App Store while on sale.
Thomas Was Alone is an award-winning game for both iOS and OS X that was recently updated with brand new content, as part of the Benjamin’s Flight expansion pack. A young boy named Benjamin goes in search of the Fountain of Wisdom, aided by his father’s incredibly invention. Thomas Was Alone will set you back $8.99 on the Mac App Store.
Astraea: A Small World is an open-ended multiplayer sandbox game that involves saving the small town of Sleepy Pastures. The game was recently updated to version 1.2.1 on Mac with an all-new fishing feature and bug fixes. Simply head to the dock and cast your rod to fish, with more mechanics coming soon. Astraea: A Small World is $1.99 on the Mac App Store.
On Sale Apps
Real Boxing is one of the most realistic boxing games for Mac, delivering exhilarating, no-holds-barred fighting with ultra-realistic motion capture from real boxers and amazing graphics powered by the same Unreal Engine used in Infinity Blade. Real Boxing is available for free this weekend on the Mac App Store, so get downloading quick before the sale ends.
BioShock 2 has been discounted by 75% off for the past week, and you still have one day left to get the app for just $4.99. Deep within the ruined undersea city of Rapture, your beloved little sister Eleanor awaits your return. You must shield her from those who demand that everything be shared. BioShock 2 is $4.99 on the Mac App Store during the sale.
xLine is a useful app for mind mapping management and brainstorming, perfect for idea collection and thought structuring. The app allows you to visually organize your thoughts and ideas, and to carry out strategies in order to implement them with your team. xLine is free on the Mac App Store until the end of June, so you have less than two days to act on the deal.
Sudoku Epic rounds off this edition of Mac App Recap with a sale that brings it down from $9.99 to free for a limited time. The five-in-one sudoku game features thousands of puzzles with challenging goals, and is the perfect app for exercising your brain. Sudoku Epic has been free on the Mac App Store for the past four days, with no word on when the sale ends.
That wraps up another edition of Mac App Recap, setting you up with a nice selection of apps to test drive on your Mac throughout the week. If there are any apps you feel we should have mentioned above, feel free to share an iTunes link in the comments section down below. We’re also open to App Store developers contacting us by email or on our social platforms for coverage consideration. Check back at this time next week for another edition of Mac App Recap.