The 50 best indie games of all time!

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best indie games all time!

Indie games are produced by independent studios, with less budget. Meet now the 50 best ever made on all platforms! From the most recent, like Untitled Goose to the most classic and already established, like Journey you have a very high-quality library there!

1. Journey

journey indie game
The 50 best indie games of all time!
  • Released: 2012
  • Platforms: PS3, PS4 and PC

One of the most beautiful games ever made. Without a single word you can follow a journey of self-discovery, which can be shared with other unknown players or alone. With a low budget, Journey enchants for its simplicity, for its virtual wealth and for bringing an exciting narrative told between the lines.

2. Limbo

limbo
The 50 best indie games of all time!
  • Released: 2010
  • Platforms: Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, PC and Mobile

Limbo is one of the most challenging games on the list if you don’t understand mechanics right away. Everything is focused on solving puzzles that allow you to continue progress. As it is a platform game, you can expect a linear narrative, told in the details of the scenario.

3. Miami Hotline

Miami Hotline
The 50 best indie games of all time!
  • Released: 2012
  • Platforms: PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Nintendo Switch, PC and Mobile

Top-Down shooter, Hotline Miami puts players in the 90s, in super tight scenarios, in which they must punch, shoot and stab enemies to pass the level. With a soundtrack and mechanics reminiscent of the old arcades, Hotline Miami started a successful franchise that brings the best of its kind into the hands of an independent studio.

4. Braid

Braid
The 50 best indie games of all time!
  • Released: 2008
  • Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360 and PC

Braid is a platform game that brings all the charm of the beginning of the colorful games of the genre. There is nothing very innovative in the narrative, but it allows players a smooth gameplay, with great sound effects and lots of color. The old school graphics are a very cool tribute to several classics, including the king of platforms himself, Super Mario World.

5. Spelunky

Spelunky
The 50 best indie games of all time!
  • Released: 2008
  • Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PS4 and PC

Spelunky is too difficult, and perhaps his appeal lies there. The game is made to make you fall off the platforms or be touched by enemies, however at the same time the mechanics make it clear that it is always your fault. So take control of this Indiana Jones platform and try to reset the game without dying once!

6. Minecraft

Minecraft indie
The 50 best indie games of all time!
  • Released: 2011
  • Platforms: PC, Mobile, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Switch and Nintendo 3DS

Minecraft marked a generation of players with the genius and expansiveness of its open world. With hundreds of things to do and zones to explore, it quickly became a commercial success and among players on a variety of platforms.

7. DID

DID
  • Released: 2012
  • Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, PS Vita and PC

The goal in Fez is to collect colorful orbs that are floating in hard to reach places. Each stage requires a different approach, which may involve jumping, but also completely rotating the game world. If you use your head a lot you will be able to find the logic of each stage.

8. Papers Please

papers please
  • Released: 2013
  • Platforms: PC and PS Vita

Papers Please is a game about immigration. You are an immigration inspector and you must decide who goes into the country and who stays out. All your decisions have consequences for the lives of foreigners and yours. And tip: make choices with your family in mind, as they can be affected too!Advertisement

9. Dear Esther

Dear Esther
  • Released: 2012
  • Platforms: PC, Xbox One and PS4

A narrative game that is not for everyone, because it is complex and it is difficult to understand its genre. But we know that exploration is the main point, in a devastated, dark and secretive Scotland. There are no quests or objectives. You just walk around and discover the story.

10. Super Meat Boy

Super Meat Boy
  • Released: 2010
  • Platforms: PC, Xbox 360, PS4, PS Vita, Wii Ue Switch

You are literally a piece of meat in platform stages. Want something more fun than that? Not to mention that all your attempts and deaths in each stage are replayed at the end of the stage when you finish. And watching this is quite funny, since the animations and sound effects are a highlight of the game.

11. Cuphead

Cuphead
  • Released: 2017
  • Platforms: Xbox One, PC and Switch

Cuphead is charming for his visuals of the early 1930s drawings. Another platform game with puzzles and many enemies to defeat, including the Devil himself! Rivals with Dark Souls in terms of difficulty, so be careful not to break the anger joystick.

12. Elysium Disc

Disco Elysium
  • Released: 2019
  • Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4 and Switch

An RPG quite different from what you are used to. Take control of a detective and build your personality, customize your character on the most diverse levels while having endless choices to make. You can literally do whatever you want in the city of the game …

13. Firewatch

Firewatch
  • Released: 2016
  • Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4 and Switch

Firewatch is a walking simulator mixed with survival. You don’t know what awaits you after the next tree, which brings a strong element of surprise. And even with a linear narrative, it has several ways to end the game.

14. Kentucky Route Zero

Kentucky Route Zero
  • Released: 2013
  • Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4 and Switch

Kentucky Route Zero is a strange game, divided into 5 acts. It brings a magical realism in the stories it tells, with the presence of ghosts and residents of a city that comes to life whenever the sun goes down.

15. Night in the Woods

Night in the Woods
  • Released: 2017
  • Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4 and Switch

Night in the Woods talks about the lives of Millennials, presenting themes related to romantic relationships, family and career. It is one of the few that shows a homosexual couple, which is a revolution in the gamer world. All in all it makes players look at the world with critical eyes.

16. Oxenfree

Oxenfree indie
  • Released: 2016
  • Platforms: PC and Mobile

Oxenfree brings a narrative of exploration, with a supernatural theme and freedom of choice. The ending can always be different according to your choices, and paying attention to the dialogues is essential to not miss any point in the narrative.

17. Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley
  • Released: 2016
  • Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4, Switch and Mobile

Anyone who wants to play a farm has a great game in Stardew Valley. It pays homage to the genre pioneer, Harvest Moon, from the visual to the gameplay mechanics. With lots of options for activities, quests and customization, you can have a lifetime of fun with this game.

18. Shovel Knight

Shovel Knight
  • Released : 2014
  • Platforms: PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Xbox One, Switch and PC

Shovel Knight is yet another tribute to the 90s game crop, like Castlevania. Assuming the role of a warrior, your mission is to destroy the order of the dark knights. Simple, but nostalgic!

19. Slay The Spire

Slay The Spire
  • Released: 2017
  • Platforms: PC and Switch

Slay The Spire mixes card games, chess and fighting games in the same pot. It mixes and gives the player a fast, addictive experience that gives the strategy game genre an air of novelty that is not often seen

20. Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy

Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy
  • Released: 2017
  • Platforms: PC and Mobile

Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy is literally what the title says: overcome the game together with the creator, Bennett Foddy. In reality it is at least a funny experience, since the creator keeps commenting on his experience and encouraging him to continue. As impossible as the phases are.

21. Gone Home

Gone Home
  • Released: 2013
  • Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4 and Switch

In Gone Home you go back to your family’s home and discover that everyone has disappeared. Mother, father, sister, pet. Your mission is to explore the mansion and find out what happened. A really deep game, aimed at those who like “point and click” games.

22. What Remains of Edith Finch

What Remains of Edith Finch
  • Released: 2017
  • Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4 and Switch

In What Remains of Edith Finch you explore what happened to the Finch family. Everything happens and is explained while exploring the mansion and family property. The highlight of the game is the way the story is told in each touch and interaction with the scenario performed by the player.

23. Ori and the Blind Forest

ori
  • Released: 2015
  • Platforms: PC, Xbox One and Switch

Ori and the Blind Forest is made to make you cry while playing, because the story is cute and very beautiful. At the same time, it brings a high level of challenge for you to solve puzzles, collect items and save the world from darkness.

24. This War of Mine

This War of Mine
  • Released: 2014
  • Platforms: PC, Mobile, PS4 and Switch

This War of Mine always appears here because it is an incredible game. Very high level of challenge and unique theme make this survival an indispensable game for anyone interested in the subject of war.

25. Binding Of Isaac

Binding Of Isaac
  • Released: 2011
  • Platform: PC

The Binding of Isaac is a Top-Down, focusing on the exploration of dungeons. Its mechanics are inspired by The Legend of Zelda, and your mission is to explore 8 floors of a dungeon. You face several enemies, including very tense Bosses, in a narrative partially inspired by the Bible.

26. Her Story

Her story
  • Released: 2015
  • Platforms: PC and Mobile

You are investigating a crime. A man disappears, and the main suspect is his wife, Hanna. The objective is to analyze the videos of her testimonials and discover what is happening in the game. It’s an interactive movie, full of really cool twists and turns!

27. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
  • Released: 2019
  • Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4 and Switch

This is one of the best side-scrolling RPG games. It reminds Castlevania of the 90s theme and look, but it has its own charm and original narrative. Still, expect to find the classic demonic enemies, medieval settings and several references to other games of the genre.

28. Into The Breach

Into The Breach indie
  • Released: 2018
  • Platforms: PC and Switch

Game with turn system, which takes place on an 8 × 8 board. You face aliens who want to eliminate the human race. Remember a little Plants vs. Zombies in style, mainly because each unit is unique in its abilities.

29. Inside

inside indie
  • Released: 2016
  • Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4 and Switch

Game very similar to Limbo! In it you also control a boy who needs to progress in the scenario, solving puzzles. The world has few colors and is practically silent, which gives that horror game feel.

30. Little Nightmares

Little indie nightmares
  • Released: 2017
  • Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4, Stadia and Switch

A puzzle game in which the player controls Six, a girl who must escape from a boat full of enemies. You have no weapons, so your only way to get out alive is to be smarter to hide and solve the puzzles.

31. Child of Light

Child of Light
  • Released: 2014
  • Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, Wii U and PC

Child of Light deserves to be highlighted mainly for the visual issue. Characters and backgrounds were beautifully designed, looking like a work of art. Help Princess Aurora to return to her home and escape the magical kingdom of Lemuria!

32. Don’t Starve Together

Don't Starve Together
  • Released: 2016
  • Platforms: PS4, Xbox One and PC

In Don’t Starve Together you must try not to starve. It is a challenging survival, which can be played with friends or solo. The caricature and dark look brings personality to the game, and you can collect several fun characters!

33. Undertale

Undertale
  • Released: 2015
  • Platforms: Switch, PS4, PS Vita and PC

Undertale is an RPG of choices. You can kill, try to dialogue and even convert enemies into good allies. The mission is to leave the underworld and return to the Earth’s surface, facing demons and puzzles in the dungeons.

34. Overcooked

Overcooked
  • Released: 2018
  • Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4 and Switch

Overcooked is not just a culinary game, but a culinary game for those who like adrenaline. You have to cook and deliver all the dishes before time runs out, but in very strange situations. Whether in car traffic or on icebergs, your mission is to ensure customer satisfaction.

35. Path of Exile

Path of Exile
  • Released: 2013
  • Platforms: PS4, Xbox One and PC

Path of Exile is completely inspired by Diablo. Some players think he is what Diablo 3 should have been. In fact it is a super engaging game, with ample possibilities for customization and character evolution.

36. Amnesia: The Dark Descent

Amnesia: The Dark Descent
  • Released: 2010
  • Platforms: PC

Amnesia: The Dark Descent is a psychological horror. The player controls Daniel, who wakes up in a dark castle, without remembering why he is there. The only thing he knows is that there is a creature following him. And the mission, obviously, is to escape with life.

37. Subnautica

Subnautica
  • Released: 2014
  • Platforms: PS4, Xbox One and PC

Subnautica’s proposal is similar to that of Journey, in which you silently explore the scenarios. In this case, it is under the waters of the ocean, encountering rare and beautiful specimens, as well as deadly dangers. A visually very cool journey to do.

38. A Way Out

A Way Out
  • Released: 2018
  • Platforms: PS4, Xbox One and PC

Way Out was a small revolution, as it allows players to play the same campaign on different consoles. The story is the same, but the actions of each player will determine who does best in the end in this video game Prison Break.

39. Terraria

Terraria
  • Released: 2011
  • Platforms: PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, Switch, Nintendo 3DS, Mobile and PC

Terraria is a game similar to Minecraft. You can build worlds while exploring those worlds in search of resources. There is a line of quests, but it’s not that cool compared to the possibility of creating universes and characters freely!

40. September 12th

September 12th
  • Released: 2003
  • Platforms: Browser

Created by Uruguayan designer Gonzalo Frasca, September 12th is a major criticism of the United States’ fight against terrorism. Your mission is to blow up terrorists without killing civilians. When you kill civilians, more terrorists are born in your place. Can you win the game?

41. Observer

Indie Observer
  • Released: 2017
  • Platforms: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Switch and PC

In Observer you are a detective who can hack people’s minds. The terror is in the things you discover as you use this skill, so it is a very psychological game.

42. Mount and Blade

Mount and Blade
  • Released: 2008
  • Platforms: PC

Mount and Blade is a sandbox RPG with a lot of free content and a lot of customization options. In addition there is a lot for players to do, although it has graphics that are already out of date.

43. Unravel

Unravel
  • Released: 2016
  • Platforms: PS4, Xbox One and PC

Unravel is almost the same as Ori and Journey: it is wonderful for its quality and deep emotion narrative. It has very beautiful graphics, and the main character, Yarny, captivates with his woolen twins while exploring Scandinavia.

44. No Man’s Sky

No Man's Sky
  • Released: 2016
  • Platforms: PS4, Xbox One and PC

The controversial No Man’s Sky is today one of the best walking simulation games. Since he does not have a definite objective, his freedom to explore the universe is almost infinite. Build bases, giant robots and evolve your ship and weapons for frantic space battles!

45. Untitled Goose Game

Untitled Goose Game
  • Released: 2019
  • Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC

Untitled Goose Game won a BAFTA for the best game of the year precisely because it is different from everything out there. You control a very daring goose that roams the city and whose mission is to make the players’ lives hell!

46. ​​Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture

everybody's gone to the rapture
  • Released : 2015
  • Platforms: PS4

Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture won several awards for the narrative. The mechanics are truncated, and the game takes time in terms of progression, but it is very worthwhile to find out what happened to all the residents of this charming village where the game takes place.

47. The Stanley Parable

The Stanley Parable
  • Released: 2011
  • Platforms: PC

The Stanley Parable is super complex. It is a game about the act of playing, full of paradoxes, contradictions. Dying and failing is part of the game, but as you explore and understand the narrative, you become even more passionate about the game and about being a gamer.

48. Among Us

Among Us
  • Released: 2018
  • Platforms: PC and Mobile

Among Us is a modern “detective and thief”, in which you can be a spaceship crew member or the saboteur. The crew must make the ship take off. The saboteur must prevent this by killing all the crew. And, of course, without being discovered and expelled from the ship.

49. Granny

granny indie
  • Released: 2017
  • Platforms: Mobile and PC

Granny became a fever between 2018 and 2019 as a good horror game. In this survival your enemy is an old zombie who wants to prevent you from leaving your home. If you solve all the puzzles in the right order and you are not caught by the old woman, you can escape. Otherwise, a lot of scare and deaths.

50. SuperHot

SuperHot
  • Released: 2016
  • Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC

SuperHot is a critique of virtual reality and the way we deal with time. As you progress, the gameplay gets faster, faster and you can’t stop or understand what’s going on. Just eliminate and eliminate enemies. It’s almost game for game, with the intention of making you think about how you spend your life.

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