Rounding off week five of this random idea of mine, Indie September, is a list of my most favourite indie games of all time. I feel like indie devs don’t get as much love as they deserve, so here’s me giving a lotta love to them!
Here are five of my most favourite indie games of all time, in no particular order:
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (Ninja Theory)
I know, I know – Ninja Theory is owned by Microsoft now so they’re currently considered to be a “Triple-A” studio. But they weren’t when they developed and released Hellblade so I’m considering it an indie game. Fight me.
To this day, I’m amazed at how Ninja Theory could create such an amazing piece of work with the little budget that they had. It’s beautifully crafted, its story runs deep and it teaches you something about a common mental illness – psychosis.
Stardew Valley (ConcernedApe)
I love, love, love this game to bits. It took something that I enjoyed as a child – Harvest Moon – and made it into its own little thing. Heck, maybe even better.
Yes, it’s a farming simulator at its core but it’s a lot more than that too. With all its little secrets and tasks, it’s really hard to get bored of it.
Untitled Goose Game (House, House)
Untitled Goose Game was such an unsuspecting thing. You play a little goose on a mission, causing mayhem in an unsuspecting English town. It’s a simple game, and now it forever has a special place in my heart.
This month, House House released an update to Untitled Goose Game where you can wreak havoc with a friend. Even better!
Frostpunk (11 bit studios)
From the creators of This War of Mine come another survival management game, Frostpunk. But this time, you manage an entire city and try to survive the frozen wastelands that Earth has become. I’ve been a big fan of RTSses since I was a kid and 11 bit studios managed to blend real-time strategy with survival so well. I highly recommend it.
I can only hope that Frostpunk gets ported to the Switch. I played it on PC when I used to work at a games media publication and since I’m now on #TeamMac (by forced circumstance), I can’t play it 😦
Telltale’s The Walking Dead
Possibly one of the most impactful games of my last 10 years of gaming. Telltale‘s The Walking Dead made scared, it made me laugh, and it made me cry. It gave me a taste of the “choices have consequences” genre and it gave me Clementine. The writers at Telltale did story-writing right and I hope that the ex-employees got new jobs thta they deserve.
RIP, Telltale Games. You were gone too soon.
And that’s my five most favourite games created by independent studios.
That’s the end of Indie September! I hope you’ve enjoyed this little series. If you’ve missed the last few posts, I reviewed the indie games Raji: An Ancient Epic, No Straight Roads, Fires At Midnight and Jenny LeClue: Detectivu.
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