14 Best Strategy Games for M1 Apple Silicon Mac 2021


My list of the 14 best strategy games you can currently play on the M1 Apple Silicon Mac. All footage is saved on my 2020 MacBook Air with 8GB RAM and 8 GPU cores. All games are compatible whether you’re using a MacBook Pro, Mac mini, or iMac with the M1 chip, and all have similar performance. Think a strategy game is missing from the list? Please leave a comment! Full playlist of all my Apple Silicon M1 gaming benchmarks: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFbqxkNlqrHNK0i4WN99Jc8g-qSbKoZEy Master M1 gaming compatibility list: https://www.applegamingwiki.com/wiki /M1_compatible_games_master_list Top M1 Mac game series: Top First-Person Shooters for M1: https://youtu.be/Y-bDgsJKTqc ► Talk to me! M1 game benchmark requests – please leave a comment below. Please join me on Discord here: https://discord.gg/28CAAr6SpB Check out AppleGamingWiki: https://applegamingwiki.com ► Get the NEW Mac M1s here (Amazon links): https://geni.us/applem1macbookair https: / /geni.us/applem1macbookpro https://geni.us/applem1macmini https://geni.us/applem1imac ==================== 1. Civilization VI M1 Video Reference: https://youtu.be/XsUANQs6h6Q AppleGamingWiki: https://www.applegamingwiki.com/wiki/Civilization_VI 2. Civilization V M1 Reference Video: https://youtu.be/PssgeIgyVHo AppleGamingWiki: https:/ / www.applegamingwiki.com/wiki/Civilization_V 3. StarCraft II M1 Benchmark video: https://youtu.be/MkfHTDU35jY AppleGamingWiki: https://www.applegamingwiki.com/wiki/StarCraft_II 4. XCOM 2 M1 Benchmark video: https://youtu.be/wJRWf8DqwII AppleGamingWiki: https://www.applegamingwiki.com/wiki/XCOM_2 5. Crusader Kings III M1 Benchmark video: https://youtu.be/A0JWaPpXuhA AppleGamingWiki: https://www. applegamingwiki /wiki/Crusader_Kings_III 6. Total War: Rome Remastered M1 Benchmark video: https://youtu.be/BDWTCqQwZjc AppleGamingWiki: https://www.applegamingwiki.com/wiki/Total_War:_Rome_Remastered 7. Desperados III M1 Benchmark video: https://youtu.be/18op9q1cFG8 AppleGamingWiki: https://www.applegamingwiki/wiki/Desperados_III wiki/The_Banner_Saga_2 9. Phoenix Point M1 Benchmark video: https://youtu.be/XMkwWtPfrZ4 AppleGamingWiki: https://www. applegamingwiki.com/wiki/Phoenix_Point 10. Company of Heroes 2 M1 Benchmark Video: https://youtu.be/w-MrgY5SGUw AppleGamingWiki: https://www.applegamingwiki.com/wiki/Company_of_Heroes_2 www.youtube.com/watch ?v=1_2uAMjKgf4 AppleGamingWiki: https://www.pcgamingwiki.com/wiki/Age_of_Empires_II:_Definitive_Edition 12. Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark M1 Benchmark video: https://youtu.be/MVPamF79KIo AppleGamingWiki: https://www.applegamingwiki .com/wiki/Fell_Seal:_Arbiter%27s_Mark 13. Command & Conquer Remastered Collection M1 Benchmark Video: https://youtu.be/ylf5sFL0MVU Parallels Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCwIN4Zqduc AppleGamingWiki: https://www.applegamingwiki.com/wiki/Command_%26_Conquer_Remastered_Collection 14. Frostpunk M1 Benchmark Video: https://youtu.be/28pvmh_Gxxc AppleGamingWiki: https://www.applegamingwiki.com/wiki/Frostpunk ► Timecodes: 00 :00 Intro 00:41 Civilization VI 01:23 Civilization V 01:30 StarCraft II 02:08 XCOM 2 02:40 Crusader Kings III 03:22 Total War Rome Remastered 04:05 Desperados III 04:32 The Banner Saga 2 05: 03 Phoenix Point 05:38 Company of Heroes 2 06:09 Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition 06:46 Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark 07:15 Command & Conquer Remastered Collection 07:55 Frostpunk 08:29 Conclusion and Disclosure of Affiliates of AppleGamingWiki: Andrew Tsai participates in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by connecting with Amazon.com and affiliate sites. Andrew also places links to other affiliate links that can earn commissions when viewers follow those links.



  1. Hey Andrew, I recently downloaded what I had to in order to Play StarCraft Remastered and I don’t know if it’s my computer or me but I have a 2019 MacBook Pro 16gb 2.6 ghz and my battery dies in less than two hours? Is this normal or do I need a better computer to play these type of games?

  2. I dont know about the rest, bur CK3 is unplayable on a Mac Air. Resolution is shit, the game is too laggy, and the perfomance showed in the video is simply a record from some other computer, other than a Mac Air M1.

    Knowing that, who can voych for the rest of them ?

  3. Hi!

    From the last list at the end of the video, it suggest that a new Mac with M1 can play Age of Mythology Extended version via crossover? Is this correct and could You make a video on how to install and play this (gem) game?

  4. I recomment 0 A.D. it's like age of empires but completely free(open source), and runs on mac without needing anything but the game installed(No, crossover/wine). Runs quite well on my m1 macbook air (2020).

  5. Hi there, how about lord of the rings battle for middle earth 2? This is my all time favourite game, I wish I knew how to get it on my M1 🙁

  6. last time I played, company of heroes 2 performance was great on my MBA, but it did this weird "flashing" screen thing that made it unbearable – has that been resolved? I played in late 2020, and your video is about 6 months later.


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