The wildly popular multiplayer game League of Legends is now available for the Mac at the great price of free. Originally based on the Warcraft 3 map Defense of the Ancients, League Of Legends allows a player to control a single hero while battling in teams of up to 5 players each against an opposing team. Each hero has their own unique attributes and attacks, and there’s a ton of different hero characters (“champions”) to choose from, providing for a very large variety of gameplay styles.
- Download League of Legends game client
- Sign up for a free account
Technically in open beta, the free to play game plays quite well in Mac OS X on most new Macs, though since it is a beta there will be some quirks here and there.
Grab the game client first, it’s small but then distributes in a similar way to Starcraft and Blizzard titles, where you download the initial DMG and application which then retrieves the complete app from the League of Legends servers. The complete download takes a while and is fairly large (3GB or so), so you’ll have plenty of time to register the free account while waiting for it to download.
There’s a minor learning curve, but it’s really not too hard to pick up on. Follow a few tutorials like the one below, or use the in game tutorial and you’ll be on your way and having fun in no time.
If you do find yourself attached to a particular unit or champion, you can pay to unlock them for full time use, otherwise you’ll end up rotating between different characters and classes. And yes, that is how the game makes it’s money.
If you’ve been looking for a new great game to play in OS X, this very well could be it. Check it out, it’s hard to believe a game this fun is free.