Best Indie Games

The Top Ten

1 Undertale

I played this game late in 2019 but god is it amazing! Feels like a Nintendo game and deserves all the praise it has received! Thank you Toby Fox for making this fantastic rpg and looking forward to Deltarune and other games you may create in the future!

Creativity makes an indie game. That is the phrase Undertale has lived up to and will always live up to in the history of this genre. It's hard to make a game POPULAR, but it's legendary to make it so special, so UNIQUE, that nobody can ever successfully recreate it. Minecraft? Fun, but overrated (and bootlegged to the point where it's hard to call it "original"). Five Nights at Freddy's? A much-needed breath of fresh air of horror into the indie world, but then FNAF World came out. Why, Scott... With all these different indie developers trying to successfully imitate the most successful real-world gaming titles of the 80s and 90s (Axiom Verge-Metroid, Super Meat Boy-Mario, The Binding of Isaac-Half Zelda, Half generic dungeon crawler, etc.), it's refreshing to see one person create a title that took the beloved elements of an emotional RPG gem (Earthbound, for those who didn't know) and combine it with their own witty, creative style to make something... Beautiful.

If you didn't vote Undertale no. 1 you are going to have a bad time.

One of the best 2015 games in my opinion. Yeah, the fanbase is cancer with a small part of good, but the game is PERFECT. The soundtrack is amazing, the controls are fluid, there are a lot of secrets in-game, the battle system is GREAT and on top of it- The graphics make me think of a retro game, and it plays like one! It gets a 9.9 out of ten, the fanbase is cancer but the game with multiple endings stands strong.

2 Shovel Knight

An NES game on steroids, combining the glory of old game design with the fluidity that today's games are known to have.

The standard for what an indie game should be. Still going strong and getting new content after 3 years

Deserves number 1 but this is good, it reminds me of my child hood back in 2010, yes the nes was the only thing my dad had lool

Not even half a decade old, and it's one of the classics

3 Castle Crashers

Oooohhhh the nostalgia when seeing this. I remember deeming this my absolute favorite game when I was young. I don't know why, but something about it really appealed to my young self.

This is the most epically-stupid game I have ever played, which is what makes it so great. It's a most inspiring adventure with an awesome soundtrack and replay value, chock-full of poop jokes and silly moments. Castle Crashers does NOT take itself seriously in the slightest, and yet emerges as one of the greatest things ever produced by Newgrounds.

This game was my childhood, boys. I laughed my ass off playing Castle Crashers and it's definitely something worth checking out.

Honestly I Get Why Undertale And Shovel Knight Are Above Castle Crashers But In My Opinion Castle Crashers Is My Favorite Game Tied With Terraria. I Mean Come On Who Wouldn't Love This Game, There's 34 Playable Characters And Not To Mention This Will Keep You Hooked For Life, So Yeah Castle Crashers For Life

Loved this game as a kid

4 Guacamelee!
5 Cuphead

I haven't played the game myself, but MAN... I just love the 1930's-inspired art style of the game! The latest indie game's three years of development were well worth the wait. The game revolves around you controlling the titular character Cuphead as he and his brother must fight their way through stages and bosses in a hit-and-run spree in order to keep their souls after losing a bet to the Devil. Now the gameplay mechanic is simple: you have your character shoot enemies with their fingers in order to progress further in the game. However, what lies in store is having to traverse the expertly challenging bosses and stages that will truly test if you can keep all your HP in one piece and get an S rank, let alone actually defeat the bosses themselves. Aside from the gameplay, what really steals the show for me is the animation. Being that Cuphead's character is inspired by Mickey Mouse's (and to a lesser extent, Mugman might be inspired by Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. This game should ...more

Best here hands down

Cuphead<Undertale

Amazing

6 Shantae (Series)

The games feels for the most the same but varies at times in good ways and somewhat different from time to time and has some unique yet sort of but still predictable story lines. Although 10 out of 10 if you ask me.

I love the Shantae games! They're so underrated and need some more love!

This should be higher than undertale

I'd put these individually, but all three (soon-to-be-four) games in this series are just all so great, and it'd be tough to pick just one! Can't wait for Half-Genie Hero to come out soon! Wayforward, you've done it again!

7 Super Meat Boy

Super Meat Boy is personally one of my favorite games of all time with its perfect amounts of difficulty and humor all leading up to the fact that you can unlock and play with characters from other Indie games.

So many indie games try to implement a unique mechanic that you've never seen before that completely changes up gameplay. Super meat boy doesn't give you the ability to turn back time, or to jump to an intersecting 2d plane. It doesn't have a turn based combat system mixed with bullet hell. All you do is jump from platform to platform and try not to die. I would personally find this boring if it weren't for the incredible controls and hard as nails, yet fair, platforming. It's a total blast.

RAGE, RAGE and Constant Rage, the best masterpiece of rage platforms (and humor)

This was one of the first indie games to strike big

8 Hollow Knight

What is not to love about this game? The gameplay is fun, the art style is great, and the bosses are pretty amazing.

Hollow Knight was made by two people, basically.

It doesn't innovate or bring new astonishing things to the table, but everything it does, it touches perfection. Being as it is, I can assume that this is the best Metroidvania eve made without a doubt, and deserves to be on the top 5 list.

My top 5 would be:

1 - Minecraft
2 - Braid
3 - Limbo
4 - Hollow Knight
5 - Amnesia: the dark descent

Without a doubt the best indie game. It's an absolute masterpiece.

In a universe where many people idolized FNAF in 2014, I turned away from it. I see now that there are far better indie games out there. Like Hollow Knight.

9 Fez

Awesome. Pure awesome. Except all the negative Phil Fish buzz of course.

10 Cave Story

Literally the game that started the whole indie game craze we have today

Best indie game in my opinion

It's simply too great

I need to play it

The Newcomers

? Five Nights at Freddy's AR: Special Delivery
? Ultimate Custom Night

The Contenders

11 The Stanley Parable

It was played by Frank Underwood in House of Cards. You know it's something else when it's shown being played by a major character on a big hit show.

I love this game, it's so clever with its different endings, and hidden endings. It's my favourite indie game by far

Hilarious yet dark game... depending on which of the EIGHTEEN endings you get!

One of the best video games period.

12 Terraria

Way more content than Minecraft.

One of my all time favorite games. I have heard Minecraft players talk about how their game has RPG elements in it. Guess what? Terraria actually has classes in it!

If this is number 10, I would like to see a minecraft player or Sans kill the Moon Lord.

Gotta be honest, I didn't know it was an indie game

13 Minecraft

There is a reason why Minecraft is such a bestseller and the creator of the game has already accumulated millions of dollars in his net worth. This game is really something special. It shifts away from the norms of sandbox gaming and creates an entire new level of fun, raising the bar for other aspiring game-makers for years to come. When I played it, it was such an euphoric experience for me and it still is. While the single-player mode is pretty depressing after a while, it still lives up to that of a valuable sandbox single-player. The multi-player completely dominates the name of the game and overall, it's definitely an indie game deserving of its fame and attention.

Overrated but for a good reason, this game is awesome. Despite the fanbase being awful it's still a very fun game.

Technically not an indie game anymore now that Microsoft bought it.

Great game just with it's sales figures combined it is the second most selling game ever.

14 Limbo

This is an amazing game to experience. I wish that it was much more popular, so more people could experience what a deep and unique game this is.

Creepy, smart, and memorable with balanced difficulty. This game is just awesome!

One of the creepiest games and one of the only horror indie games to not rely on jump scares. An amazing experience

It's not only on top for it's gameplay but also for it's black and white art direction

15 Mark of the Ninja

Stealth, Stylish, Adventurous... A new era of sandbox starts from it.

I was going to vote for shovel night but I voted for this because it's the best 2d stealth games ever and one of the best stealth games ever.

16 The Binding of Isaac

I adore this game. It's all about trying harder every time no matter how cruel the world is. The art style is pure black humor and the gameplay fit it. What I really like about this game that is is a pure EVIL but really fair -the game get harder every time you earn an achievement but also in this way you will get more loot.

Jesus Christ. Like a horror game but, not. So many bosses and items

A Zelda ripoff, but a good one. It was originally made as an unsophisticated flash game for fun in not a lot of time

A sad game, a brutal game, a gory game, a naked game, a great game.

17 Amnesia: The Dark Descent

Here's a creepy one. I never played it, but it was so scary, I couldn't finish watching the YouTube video. Perfect one.

A chilling game, with corridors, monsters, and sanity, a new addition to the horror gaming industry. You have only 1 weapon, Stealth.

18 Trine 2

Simply amazing game. I never get tired of it.

19 To the Moon

Far better than I expected, made me shed a few tears.

Definitely should be number 1

This game is very emotional. But, I don't mean just sad. it deals with a mix of emotions, from happy, distressed, to sad, and satisfied.

At begining:

Yay, anime battles, this game is hilarious!

At middle-Beginning:

Ohh, that's sad... Well back to work eh?!

At End-of-middle:

Oh God, what's going on? '
Wait a minute, are they going to... No!

At a certain cutscene (with a song so beautiful I bought it - I listen to Metal):
*through sobs of complete destraughtness*, why?!
No! Huh huh huh huh... *cries for another half an hour*

End:

WOW! ONE OF MY FAVOzuRziztES ever!

I'm buying that song.

20 FTL: Faster Than Light

Challenging and keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Unlike one of the other games on this list.

*Cough* Undertale. *Cough*

Those achievements are a fun challenge

Fun and challenging every time you play. 145 hours and still playing.

21 Starbound
22 Bendy and the Ink Machine

Bendy is one of my favorite series mainly because of how unique it is I mean most any games are unique that's one of the features of why it's called an indie game but bendy is it game that's not colorful it only has three different color variations and that's it and it adds in a lots of other Easter eggs not from the series but from the fans what kind of indie game does that none and this game has some of my favorite characters like bendy and Boris and Henry and I really love the other bendy games that the kindly Beast made and they all have different variations one could be a runner game another can be Anon action Survival game and I just love the story and I love how the game started off as an indie game that wasn't that well known at first but then it went through so many different faces to get where it's at now because of that I love it and it's about cartoons

Awesome game!

This should be 10 or higher

Yeah this is much better than undertale

23 Another Metroid 2 Remake

Easily just as good of a Metroid game as Sonic Mania is of a Sonic game...and believe me, that right there is saying something.

Sadly it got taken down by nintendo.

An amazing Metroid game.

24 Dust: An Elysian Tail

Some of the best music I have heard, excellent story telling, excellent buildup! Best indie game!

My favorite indie game, and I've barely even made it far in the game

25 Five Nights at Freddy's 2

You haters have no life. How bout you leave us alone and do something useful apart from calling us cancer?

One of the best indie game series of all time in my opinion

NOPE. DON'T LIKE IT.

boo

26 Prey the Stars
27 Zenonia
28 Papers, Please

It's incredibly interesting and fast-paced. And realistic. Enjoyed.

Awesome storyline and fast-paced gameplay

Should be #1 (only had for 6 hours though! )

Choose betwenn do it right or do your job

29 The Long Dark
30 Go! Go! Kokopolo!
31 Axiom Verge
32 Defcon: Everybody Dies
33 Outlast
34 Postal 2
35 The Denpa Men 2: Beyond the Waves

Yes I love this game

36 Hotline Miami

This game.. Is just beautiful. The fake retro-style fits perfectly the game, the soundtrack and the '80 theme are just awesome in my opinion. It has a weird story, as well as a secret ending. One of the best thing is killing in this game: it make you feel satisfied, on every single kill. You have to plan your kills carefully, or you'll just have to restart the level every time. You can play with your own style; Rush in with a rifle, or be stealthy with a baseball bat. I spent around 6-7 just for the main story I think. After that, you can go searching for the puzzle pieces and masks that you're missing, as well as the achievements. Really an awesome game. Hotline Miami 2 is coming out soon! THE HYPE

Hotline Miami has amazing & beautiful pixel art, great storyline, interesting characters and requires strategy and tactical thinking. Yet Undertale is number 1? I'll admit Undertale does have interesting characters, and a cool story but it just falls flat everywhere else.

Button smashing masterpiece!

Stands out above the rest because it doesn't give you garbage to fight, it gives you a fair chance while also making sure that chance isn't earned easily. It's easy to learn, difficult to memorize, but ridiculous to master.

It's also a gory fast-paced mess of fun that requires both strategy and timing to make sure you get the best score possible. Great story and soundtrack to boot as well, it's pretty unique in the world of lighthearted indie games.

37 Super Smash Flash 2
38 Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

NOT. AN. INDIE. GAME
It's made by Starbreeze and they made Payday 2! WAKE. UP

39 A Kappa's Trail
40 Celeste

As much as I love undertale and minecraft I absolutely adore this hidden gem. And the funny thing is I've never played it, only watched it played. but the lines are great the music is phenomenal (scattered and lost is one of my favorite game osts of all time) the platforming is hard as nails and yet it's so underrated. People like to make their characters ambiguous but when they have personality (like in kid icarus) it's a real treat. I can relate to madeleine so much as I too have heightened anxiety. Oh and Theos feather trick, I tried it, it works like a charm.

Literally the most inspirational and revolutionary. I'm surprised how some of these made the list. FNAF, how?

One of the best 2D platformers I've played in a long time. A phenomenal game.

41 Stardew Valley

This is easily one of my favorite games ever. On the surface it seems like just a farming sim, which it kind of is, but it goes much deeper than that, and it's a time-sink that you don't HAVE to spend lots of time in, which is the best possible situation.

How this game is so low, I'll never understand. We both know you've heard of this beauty.

This game is so amazing

Plan plan plan!

42 Rogue Legacy

This game will swallow you up and slowly digest you in it's bloated stomach until you are reduced to a shriveled little goblin desperately battling the final boss. An' ya know ya love it.

Amazing and creative

43 Geometry Dash

EXTREMELY FUN! You should play this amazing indie game.

Fun and popular, can get irritating.

44 I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream
45 Kerbal Space Program

Agreed. Just agreed. I think this game is great, VERY underrated.

KSP is awesome. Minecraft does not deserve to be on this list.

I gone to Laythe with Jebidiah Kerman

46 This is the Only Level
47 The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

This game deserves number 1.

My all time favorites! Needso to be higher

48 Dumb Ways to Die

It has a catchy theme song, and funny mini games. Eh, why not? (But seriously I have the app, and it is so hillarious! )

49 Sanicball
50 The Journey

Naturally It's a desire of every indie gamer but you know... Its only Console game.

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