Indie games, or independent games, have become increasingly popular over the last couple of decades. This sudden rise in the number of such games can be attributed to the fact that access to development tools and distribution channels have become much easier with technological development. The internet has taken over the world at a rapid pace, and today, with the requisite knowledge and dedication, any small team of developers can create games suitable for different platforms.
Since these best Indie PC games do not have the massive financial support that the triple A titles enjoy, they cannot produce the breathtaking graphics, or the 30+ hours of intensive gameplay that have become so common nowadays. They make up for this shortcoming with their innovation and uniqueness, which attract the attention of those who are willing to experiment. Here are five of the best Indie Games for PC you can play right away
This 2D side-scrolling title from Playdead is a perfect example of how a relatively simple game can be turned into a massive success merely through good environment and artwork. In an age where we have excessively graphic zombies shoved down our throats in the name of “horror”, Limbo reminds us why simple games like Five Nights at Freddy’s had been so successful in creeping us out. The game makes use of minimalist designs to create a disturbing, dark setting, which is further accentuated by the eerie music and sound effects. The game places the player in the shoes of a young boy, who must travel through the edge of hell in search for his sister. One must find a way past different traps and enemies which can kill the boy, and solve puzzles as they gradually scroll through different scenes. The game won many plaudits for its concept and design, and is a must-play for anyone who is up for a creepy adventure. If you enjoy this, you can also try the game Inside from the same studio.
#2: The Banner Saga
Developed by Stoic, The Banner Saga is the first part of a series of role playing games, which has received phenomenal response on Steam. The events of the game takes place in a fictional world, inspired by Viking mythology, where the player can interact with people, form a party and fight. The combat is turn-based and strategic, and a lot of emphasis is put on decision making throughout the game. The player is placed in the roles of two separate characters, whose stories eventually merge into one. Depending on how one decides to go about this game, the story can vary a lot, meaning that two different playthroughs can reveal very different content. The artwork also deserves special mention – it is minimalistic, aesthetically pleasing, and easy on the eyes. The game has a sequel, The Banner Saga 2, and Stoic is currently looking to raise funds for a third title.
#3: Don’t Starve
Don’t Starve is an action-adventure game by Klei Entertainment, with strong survival elements. The game sets the player to explore randomly generated maps in search for resources and recipes, which allow them to survive. The artwork is cartoony and makes use of sketch figures, but this only adds to the game’s appeal. Combat takes place in a point-and-click manner, and death is permanent, unless the player uses certain special items. Despite the lack of a significant plot, the game manages to hold its own owing to its absolute lack of linearity. The primary protagonist is a mad scientist named Wilson, though other characters are unlockable as well. The player needs to balance three meters, health, sanity and hunger, in a realistic world, where food can spoil, where day and night cycles have their own impact on the gameplay, and where low levels of sanity can cause the player to be attacked by strange manifestations of his/her own conscience. The idea and the execution are both perfect, making this game one of the most popular of its kind in recent times.
When one thinks of sandbox action-adventure games focusing on free creation, Minecraft is undoubtedly the first name that comes to mind. So naturally, Terraria has frequently been compared to the king of sandbox crafting games. While the similarities are glaring, including the use tiled graphics, it will be rather unfair to call Terraria a Minecraft-ripoff. The player is given three basic instruments for mining, combat and woodcutting, and must explore through a procedurally generated world, which they can mould by exploring, finding new items, defeating bosses, and crafting new materials at workbenches. The games layout can strike one as smoother and less directionless in comparison to Minecraft, resulting in a much different experience. If you are a fan of this genre, Terraria is a must-try. The game’s designer, Andrew Spinks is currently working on a sequel, which is supposed to be much richer in content.
As a game, Spelunky has little to offer to new gamers in terms of innovation, especially since the mobile gaming market is full of games like these. However, Spelunky was one of the first games to introduce the rogue-like elements that have become a staple for indie developers of the current times. The player takes control of the spelunker, an underground adventurer, who explores tunnels, escapes traps, and saves people through a series of randomly generated stages. The game was originally created by Derek Wu and distributed as freeware in 2008, but it was revamped and re-released by Microsoft in 2012, in an effort to port it to other platforms. The gameplay is simple, involving traditional 2D controls, but it still remains one of the best in its genre.
So these were 5 awesome indie games that we would recommend for PC. If you can think of any more such amazing games that you would have wanted on this list, let us know in the comments below!