Best Indie Video Games

An independent video game (commonly referred to as an indie game) is a video game that is created without the financial support of a publisher. Indie games often focus on innovation and rely on digital distribution. Indie gaming saw a rise in the latter half of the 2000s, primarily due to new online distribution methods and development tools. Some indie games have been very successful financially, such as Braid, World of Goo, Flow, and Minecraft.



Yooka-Laylee is a platform video game developed by Playtonic Games and published by Team17 for Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. It was originally also in development for Wii U, but was later cancelled in favor of the Switch version due to "unforeseen technical issues"



Overland is squad-based survival strategy game with procedurally generated levels set in post-apocalyptic North America. Every random level is full of close calls and hard choices, even though the interface is approachable and easy to learn. Manage fuel supplies, weapons, and other items by making the right choices on the procedural roadmaps. A road trip straight into the heart of the cataclysmic event that changed the Earth forever.


Hello, Neighbor

Hello Neighbor is an upcoming stealth survival horror video game developed by independent Russian studio Dynamic Pixels and published by tinyBuild Games. The object of the game is for the player to successfully sneak into the basement of their neighbor's house to uncover a "horrible secret".


Below (Indie Game)

Below is an adventure video game in development by Capybara Games. It will be published by Microsoft Studios for Microsoft Windows and Xbox One. The game was announced during Microsoft's E3 2013 press event, and was indefinitely delayed in mid-2016 when Capybara pivoted to finish its OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes video game for Cartoon Network.


Tacoma (Indie Game)

Tacoma is Fullbright's second game, following their successful narrative game Gone Home. The company announced Tacoma at The Game Awards in December 2014. The brief trailer featured a radio dialogue between a man and a woman, set in the Lunar Transfer Station Tacoma 200,000 miles from Earth. Polygon noted that its aesthetic was similar to Rapture, the underwater city of BioShock. The game was scheduled for release in 2016, but was delayed to Q1 2017, following feedback from playtesters in mid-2015, which led the developers to rethink parts of the game


Perception (Indie Game)

Perception is a first-person adventure video game developed by The Deep End Games and published by Feardemic. It was first released for Microsoft Windows on May 30, 2017, with future releases planned for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The story follows Cassie, a blind woman who perceives the world using echolocation. The player assumes the role of Cassie and must use her unique skill to explore a large mansion in Gloucester, Massachusetts and uncover its secrets.


Nidhogg 2

Nidhogg is a side-scrolling two-player fighting video game developed and published by Messhof. Players duel with swords in a pixelated environment. The game was commissioned for the New York University Game Center's annual multiplayer show, and was revised and demoed at private events over the next four years before its final release. It won Indiecade 2013's Game Design award and the 2011 Independent Games Festival's Nuovo award. It was released for Microsoft Windows on January 13, 2014, and later ported to OS X, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita. Critics praised the feel of the gameplay and its balance, but considered its single-player mode unsatisfying.


Rime (Indie Game)

Rime (stylized as RiME) is an adventure–puzzle video game developed by Tequila Works for Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The game was released for most platforms on May 26, 2017, except for the Switch, will be released at a later date.



Cuphead is a run and gun platform indie video game by Canadian brothers Chad and Jared Moldenhauer operating as StudioMDHR Entertainment, drawn in the style of 1930s cartoons. As Cuphead, the player fights a series of bosses to repay a debt to the devil. The game was inspired by the works of 1930s cartoonists such as Max Fleischer's Fleischer Studios and sought to keep the works' subversive and surrealist qualities. Cuphead is scheduled for release in September 2017 on Microsoft Windows and Xbox One.


Pyre (Indie Game)

Pyre is an upcoming action role-playing video game developed by Supergiant Games, to be released in July 2017 on Microsoft Windows and PlayStation 4.