To phrase it differently: Over the years, Mac computers have come with various pieces of software not developed by Apple, many of which are games, such as Marble Blast Gold, Bugdom, and the Big Bang Board Games suite.

After much searching, I've been unable to find a comprehensive list anywhere. What non-Apple games have been preinstalled or bundled with computers running Mac OS, and when were they included?

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I believe this list covers all models from 2000–present, and most models from 1995–2000. However, this list is still incomplete. Please contribute if you know of anything wrong or missing!

In cases where software could either be considered a "game" or not (e.g. Kid Pix), I've generally erred on the side of inclusion.

indicates bundled software that was not preinstalled. indicates software which I have not yet determined whether was preinstalled or bundled.

Sources indicated by “mA” for madeApple links, ↗︎ arrows for other links, and “MT” for information available via Mactracker.

*madeApple disagrees, but I believe it's more likely that Mactracker is correct, given the years involved.

(Formatting note: models were combined if there were at least three computers from the same product line, and which did not differ in their included games. Games were combined if there was no difference in what models came with them.)

  • Cro-Mag Rally! Man, that brings back memories. There were a few settings in the physics of Cro-Mag which when configured the right way, would let your 'car' fly around and actually go into non-player parts of the game.
    – IconDaemon
    Oct 31, 2020 at 0:26
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    There was Kid’s Studio or KidPix which was a drawing program with animations and sounds. iMac G3 350Mhz had it. (Slot loader around 1999) Oct 31, 2020 at 3:16
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    I don't know what dates would apply or what other machines had it, but the Power Macintosh 6500 was bundled with Descent II and MechWarrior 2. I couldn't find a good citation to back up my memory but here's a random forum post that mentions it.
    – Kevin Reid
    Nov 4, 2020 at 18:56
  • what about chess Apr 4, 2021 at 20:13
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    @theonlygusti The Chess application is from Apple, i.e. first-party, not third-party.
    – Tuesday
    Apr 4, 2021 at 20:59

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