Even though they mostly fly under the radar, indie games constitute an important part of our gaming industry. In recent years their attainability for the average gamer has greatly increased by way of digital downloads and Steam. Thus, we saw it fit to mention our top 10 indie games that have recently been released.
These games don’t have AAA budgets, but some of them more than makes up for it with their unique gameplay, art style, and soundtracks. The best indie games are not bound by the factors that define the course for so many mainstream hits. Instead, they reflect the creative vision of their developers and surprise us with some of the most innovative concepts. We look back at the top 10 indie games released within the past year or two, as the indie scene continues to soar with persistent growth.
10. The Messenger
The Messenger reminds us of the good old days when Sega and Nintendo were at the top of their games. In a market flooded with nostalgia provoking Metroidvania, The Messenger proves there is still room for ingenuity. The game separates itself from the competition with its compelling story, catchy music, and brilliant art. It is available for both the Nintendo Switch and PC.
9. Beat Saber
Listen to some groovy music while butchering through a rush of cubes-Beat Saber took this simple idea and executed it to utmost perfection. The game mechanics and sound combined with surreal VR effects is guaranteed to inject an inexorable dose of fun into your soul. You can play it on both PSVR and PC.
8. Tetris Effect
Tetris Effect is an exquisite recreation of the simplest game ever made. The classic tile matching gameplay remains the same, but the use of stunning visuals, countless modes and of course, VR compatibility helps the game reach a height it never had been before. Grab it for PS4 now!
Unavowed is an RPG gem that sees you joining an ancient society to fight supernatural forces. The game has an intriguing story, interesting characters, and elaborate gameplay that demands you to make smart choices on a regular basis. It has its flaws, but it will be no exaggeration to claim that Unavowed is an adventure worth signing up for. Check it out for PC on Humble Bundle.
Subnautica is a game that offers a unique blend of survival and exploration. You’ll explore the marine world in an alien planet, with endless unknown threats lurking around. It’s packed with surprises, and there’s no way of knowing what waits for you every time you take a dip into the water. The visuals are stunning as is the gameplay. It’s available now on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
5. Guacamelee! 2
The original Guacamelee is highly rated for its reveling brawler gameplay style, and the sequel does well to live up to the standards set by its predecessor. It has humorous dialogues, great platforming and of course, marvelous Metroidvania logistics that will hook you up from the word go. It is on both PS4 and PC.
4. Return of the Obra Dinn
The monochromatic art style will make you fall in love with this game instantly. It’s a murder mystery with elements of horror that will take a stern test of your deduction and observation skills. Return of the Obra Dinn is a confident approach to puzzle based mystery games that captivates the players with its engaging atmosphere. Check out what Humble Bundle is offering on the game for PC players.
Take the role of a vampire and probe the streets of post Victorian-era London at night. Vampyr is a vampire story that wildly depends on individual taste, but the game has a rather absorbing gameplay and a well crafted story. Vampyr’s steadfast commitment to a sinister theme makes for quite an engaging narrative. That coupled with the game’s highlight on choice and consequence mechanics makes it worthwhile. Players can get the game for PC, PS4, or Xbox One.
2. Into the Breach
Into the Breach can be easily named as one of the best turn based strategy games to hit the market in the last few years. The bite-sized gameplay looks simple at first glance, but once you start playing, you’ll find it’s shrewdly difficult to get a hang of. Great music, fantastic art design and deep character development takes this game to a whole new level. Check it out for PC or Nintendo Switch.
Celeste feels like a rewarding experience as soon as you start playing it. The game’s astonishing art work and engrossing writing will make you believe you are accompanying Madeline’s adventure in real life. Celeste’s top notch layout and smooth controls will keep you engaged despite coming across ever-increasing difficulty as you progress. Celeste stands out for its drawing book like design and a heartfelt story, making it an ideal pick to sit atop my list of top 10 indie games released over the past couple of years. Our top pick is available for both PC and Nintendo Switch players.