The 30 Best Indie Games of All Time

We have compiled a list of the best indie games of all time that revolutionized the industry. These indie video games are proof that you don't need a big studio to tell a great story.

The 30 Best Indie Games of All Time

Indie games are those games that are produced by independent studios, with varied budgets. This set has greater representation in the number of games, so it is not impossible to find something according to your tastes.

In the case of Indie Games, the gamer community values ​​creativity, good stories, and games that really have a good time before other aspects of you, such as hyper-realistic graphics.

Gradually, great Indie Games are trying to change their outlook or renew the meaning of the category in which they are included.

However, it is an independent game that in recent years has become a major center of innovation through new mechanics and alternative avenues for design and narration in video games.

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The 30 Best Indie Games of All Time

1. Journey

  • Release year: 2012
  • Platforms: PS3, PS4, and PC

Journey is one of the Best Indie games on this list. With a total absence of dialogue, the game takes you on a journey of discovery as you make your way to the top of a mountain. 

It is possible to advance alone or meet other players who are having the same experience as you. In short, Journey fascinates with its simplicity and visual richness.

2. Stardew Valley

  • Release year: 2016
  • Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, iOS and Android

Stardew Valley is an exciting Indie game to play a farmer alone or in the company. There are many types of activities to carry out, missions to complete and infinite possibilities to make one type of farm or another. 

It is possible to interact with quite a few NPCs and start a family or go into danger in search of treasures. Stardew Valley can be as long as you want!

3. Undertale

  • Release year: 2015
  • Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS Vita, and PC

Undertale is a decision-focused RPG. You can kill, try to dialogue, or even recruit enemies as good allies. Your mission is to get out of the underground world and return to the surface. 

And what prevents you? Monsters and puzzle-filled dungeons. Will you be a character of peace or will you destroy everything in your path? 

4. Disco Elysium

  • Release year: 2019
  • Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch

Disco Elysium is the best role-playing video game developed and published by ZA/UM. And focused on freedom of action, decision, and character construction.

You will take control of a detective, who must solve a crime. However, drunkenness causes him to suffer from amnesia, so he needs your help! 

Interact with the characters however you want, connect clues, and accuse those you think are guilty. Reflect well!

5. Ori and the Blind Forest

  • Release year: 2015
  • Platforms: PC, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch

Ori and the Blind Forest has an emotional story that is accompanied by a wonderful audiovisual section. 

It has a well-balanced difficulty, in a game that challenges you to solve puzzles, collect items, and save the world from darkness. 

If you were passionate about this game, there is also Ori and the Will of the Wisps!

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6. Minecraft

  • Release year: 2011
  • Platforms: PC, Android, iOS, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Nintendo 3DS

Minecraft has marked an entire generation of players for the genius and dimension of its open world. 

There are hundreds of things to do in the game and areas to explore, both offline and online. 

It's no surprise that it became a commercial success, as you can freely build, venture through a wide variety of environments, and battle dangerous enemies.

If you want something more action-focused, give Minecraft Dungeons a shot.

7. Divinity: Original Sin 2

  • Release year: 2017
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch

Divinity: Original Sin 2 is a role-playing video game developed and published by Larian Studios.

Among RPGs, Divinity: Original Sin 2 is one of the best you can play, not only in recent years but in all of history! 

You have great freedom in the creation and development of characters, the combat is tremendous and the consequences for your actions are well planned.

You can always choose to start with the first part, but the sequel improves in almost every aspect.

8. This War of Mine

  • Release year: 2014
  • Platforms: PC, iOS, Android, PS4, and Nintendo Switch

This War of Mine is a war survival video game and the most striking Indie game on this list. It is a game of strategy and management, with many elements of survival. 

The war has struck civilians and you must help them survive at all costs. Find food and other resources, and make decisions with a cool head or with your heart. 

It is not an easy game, nor is it fair, but that is the purpose of the game!

9. Celeste

  • Release year: 2018
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One

Celeste is a platforming video game developed by Canadian video game in the world of indie games. 

Like Journey, the main task is to get to the top of a mountain. Celeste boasts great gameplay, great level design, and artistic beauty that makes everything seem to come to life. It is a journey that you will not forget.

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10. What Remains of Edith Finch

  • Release year: 2017
  • Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch

What Remains of Edith Finch is an adventure game developed by Giant Sparrow. You will unearth the secrets as you explore the mansion and the family possessions. 

The most interesting thing about this game is that each story is told in a different way, with changed playable rules. 

The level of interaction is high and the setting catches you from start to finish.

11. Don't Starve Together

  • Release year: 2016
  • Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, and PC

Don't Starve Together is a very challenging survival game and an experience that you can share with friends. 

The graphics are super striking and well suited to the personality of the game. You will die many times, but you will learn from mistakes and you will surely appreciate the possibilities that this title brings.

12. Night in the Woods

  • Release year: 2017
  • Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch

Night in the Woods is a single-player adventure game that talks about the life of millennials, representing themes associated with love relationships, family, emotions, and social classes. 

The cat Mae returns to her homeland, only to find unexpected changes and mysteries to solve. 

Something hidden is hanging over their loved ones, and the game encourages us to unravel the mysteries little by little. An interesting and intense narrative game.

13. Cuphead

  • Release year: 2017
  • Platforms: Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch

Cuphead is a delight for its visual style, similar to the animations of the 1930s. It's a shooter platform game, with a lot of enemies to defeat and some puzzles to overcome. 

You will have to fight the Devil himself! The fame of this game lies in its difficulty, frustrating for some players but addictive for others. 

If you play it, practice taking deep breaths, or you'll end up breaking something!

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14. Subnautica

  • Release year: 2014
  • Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC

Subnautica literally plunges us into a deadly world in which almost everything will be against us. You must find a way to escape the planet, something that you will only achieve after hours of exploration and crafting. 

As a survival game, Subnautica is one of the highest quality and most immersive you will find on the market. 

As an extra plus point, the graphics are some of the most beautiful you'll see in an indie scene.

15. Katana ZERO

  • Release year: 2019
  • Platforms: PC and Nintendo Switch

Katana ZERO is one of the coolest action and platform games on this list. Even though you can spend hours appreciating the art of the game, no distractions are allowed! 

In Katana ZERO, one hit is enough to end your life. Fortunately, you can manipulate time, dodge, return shots, and use traps in the environments to your advantage. 

Of course, this game challenges your skill level after level.

16. Inside

  • Release year: 2016
  • Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch

Inside is a game that presents a dystopian society, in a story loaded with symbolism. You will play as a little boy who cannot stay still but must run, jump, swim, and escape while he solves puzzles. 

It is a game with touches of terror that easily captivates any player. For a similar experience, Limbo is another excellent game from the same company.

17. Terraria

  • Release year: 2011
  • Platforms: PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS, Android, iOS, and PC

Terraria is a game quite similar to Minecraft, with the difference being in 2D and not in 3D. 

It is really the only main difference because in it you can explore at your own pace, build whatever you want, meet different NPCs, and fight against many enemies. You have total freedom!

18. The Stanley Parable

  • Release year: 2011
  • Platforms: PC

The Stanley Parable is an extremely curious and complex adventure. Not complex in the sense of being difficult or using technical language, but because everything happens and in no apparent order! 

It is difficult to explain The Stanley Parable well in a few lines. However, we do tell you that it is a pleasant experience to play, it knows how to attract your attention minute after minute and it will not leave you indifferent.

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19. SUPERHOT

  • Release year: 2016
  • Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC

The SUPERHOT approach is simple: if you move, everything else moves quickly; if you stop, the rest will move very slowly. 

You will enter a virtual world full of red enemies that will use everything they have in hand to defeat you. 

The good thing is that, in this shooter, you too can use everything, but be careful! One tap ... and you lose the game!

20. Hotline Miami

  • Release year: 2012
  • Platforms: PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Nintendo Switch, PC, Android, and Xbox One

Hotline Miami is a completely wild shooting game set in the 90s, with a totally successful graphic style. 

The soundtrack is powerful and the playable mechanics are very reminiscent of old arcade games. 

This is the beginning of a good game franchise that does not forgive mistakes, so it pays to do your best!

Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number is a spectacular sequel, and we look forward to seeing more installments in the future.

21. No Man's Sky

  • Release year: 2016
  • Platforms: PC, Xbox One and PS4

No Man's Sky takes you on an endless space journey with millions of planets to explore. We are not exaggerating! 

The development of this game was a bit turbulent, with a release that did not convince. 

However, over the years it has been polished and turned into an excellent adventure, open world, and survival game, in which you have great freedom of action. A perfect game for space life dreamers!

22. Braid

  • Release year: 2008
  • Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, and PC

Braid is a platform game full of classic charisma and color. There is not much innovation in terms of narrative, but the playable mechanics are very good. 

Nor can we forget to applaud the nice sound effects and graphics, which are a very clear tribute to the classics of platforms such as Super Mario World.

23. The Witness

  • Release year: 2016
  • Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, iOS and Android

The Witness is a beautiful game to explore and it hides a great challenge: solving hundreds of puzzles. 

The game goes up a lot in difficulty, to the point that you can spend many hours until you overcome an area. As long as you don't cheat, of course! 

It is not necessary to complete all the puzzles to beat the game, but if you love this genre, it is best to face this challenge without the help of a guide.

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24. Baba Is You

  • Release year: 2019
  • Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Baba Is You presents one of the most original ideas that we can see in a game. It is a puzzle game, in which we have to exchange phrases and words that change the way the level works. 

That allows us to make our way, overcome obstacles, and reach that long-awaited goal. Feel free to take any opportunity to try Baba Is You.

25. Papers, Please

  • Release year: 2013
  • Platforms: PC, iOS, and PS Vita

Papers, Please is a simulation puzzle game about immigration. You will be an immigration and customs inspector who must decide who enters and who stays out.

All decisions have consequences in the lives of foreigners, but also yours! It is a game in which you have to think carefully about who you let in because terrorists hide among the migrants.

What's more, Papers, Please has 20 endings!

26. Super Meat Boy

  • Release year: 2010
  • Platforms: PC, Xbox 360, PS4, PS Vita, Wii U, and Nintendo Switch

You will literally be a piece of meat that runs through scenes full of traps. What does that sound funny? 

Well, if you dare with this game, prepare to die over and over again until you learn all the levels well. 

It is a game that focuses on trial and error, very fast, and with a masterful phase design. You have to work hard to save Bandage Girl!

27. Slay The Spire

  • Release year: 2017
  • Platforms: PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, iOS, and Android (in 2020)

Imagine for a moment that you mix card games, chess, and fighting in one product. The game brings us a new, fast, and addictive experience, with an original approach within the strategy and roguelike category. 

If you like to see new proposals in the world of video games, do not hesitate to play Slay The Spire.

28. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

  • Release year: 2019
  • Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch

In RPGs with a playable 2D approach, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is one of the best. It is reminiscent of the classic Castlevania due to the artistic section but is differentiated by an original charisma and plot. 

The game is excellent on its own merits, but you will find many references to other games in the genre, both in enemies and in the scenarios. 

29. Path of Exile

  • Release year: 2013
  • Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, and PC

Path of Exile is an Indie game completely inspired by Diablo. It is a great alternative to Diablo 3, as it is free on top. 

The game features very extensive customization options and rich character evolution. The game is not only long but can be enjoyed in the company. 

Also, with the possibilities you have, you can spend months experimenting with different characters!

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30. SOMA

  • Release year: 2015
  • Platforms: PC, Xbox One and PS4

SOMA is a great survival horror game that covers psychological and technological themes. The plot hides some surprises and forces you to explore each area well to obtain the necessary elements in order to progress. 

The graphics are very good, very dark yes, and from time to time dangers will arise from which you can only do one thing: run away!

Other amazing games from the same company are Frictional Games,  Amnesia: The Dark Descent, and Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs.

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