Do you remember Starcraft, the science fiction real-time strategy game for Mac and PC? The original Starcraft debuted in the land of the digital dinosaurs of 1998, and it was widely loved and enjoyed by many for it’s single player campaign and multi-player matches set in a futuristic space world of wars and resource gathering. Now Blizzard has made the original Starcraft free for Mac OS and Windows, so anyone can download and play it on modern computers.
If you’re looking for a little retro gaming fun, Starcraft will deliver. Whether you used to play the original version or not, it’s a legitimately fun real-time strategy game where you will pick a species (Terran humans, Protoss, Zerg), build a sprawling base of structures, gather resources, create and man an army, and battle in a sci-fi world with mysterious aliens, futuristic technology, and robotics. Good fun!
How to Download & Play Starcraft Free on Mac or Windows PC
You can download Starcraft free for Mac and for Windows, just click the appropriate link on the Blizzard download site (Mac or PC), the rest is easy:
- Download Starcraft free from Starcraft.com and open the Starcraft Launcher app
- Choose where you want to install Starcraft and start the process of downloading and installing the full game
- Open Starcraft (from /Applications in Mac OS) and have fun
Here are a few screen shots of the game:
The original Starcraft is being made available for free to promote the release of an upcoming version of Starcraft Remastered, which is basically a redrawn version of the original in higher resolution. The video below from Blizzard shows the original in all its pixelated glory compared to the upcoming remastered version:
If playing Starcraft puts you on an old school Blizzard RTS game kick, then playing Warcraft 3 on the Mac is certainly worth your while as well, and Starcraft 2 is also great fun and has significantly better graphics if the original looks a little too dated for you. Perhaps a remastered version of Warcraft 3 will come out someday, or better yet, Warcraft 4? Someday, maybe…