Best Indie Games

The Top Ten
1 Undertale Undertale Product Image

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.

This game is a masterpiece. The story is amazing, the gameplay and the characters are great, it's full of creativity and the soundtrack is awesome. One of the things I should mentioned that in some cases, you don't play the game, it's the game playing with you, and in a good and effective way... I cannot really say any flaws aside from the purposeful ones in the genocide route and a tiny part of the fandom. (khm, fanon shipping) Overall, great game and it deserves to be #1.

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!

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 Shovel Knight Product Image

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

Shovel knight looks down at Mario because it is so good

Loved this game. All time favorite, especially the DLC

3 Castle Crashers Castle Crashers Product Image

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

Funny, original, and a great artstyle and gameplay.

4 Guacamelee! Guacamelee! Product Image
5 Cuphead Cuphead Product Image

I bought this game and I'm most certainly not dissapointed. There's not ONE thing I can complain about the game, unlike fnaf, undertale, or even Minecraft. The bosses are creative and fun, the animation is fantastic, the gameplay is fluid and polished, and the the game itself is challenging but fair.

Also, why is Undertale number 1? Sure, the story and characters are great, but everything else is mediocre and the fanbase is so toxic that even the creator hates it. Cuphead is better than Undertale.

I haven't played the game myself, but MAN... I just love the 1930s-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

Not only are Undertale and Minecraft indie games I like, but also this too.

Best here hands down

6 Shantae (Series) Shantae (Series) Product Image

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'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!

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

This should be higher than undertale

7 Hollow Knight Hollow Knight Product Image

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

In what universe does Guacamelee make the top 5, while Hollow Knight doesn't even make the top 30? Apparently this one. This game encompasses everything there is to love about a Metroidvania, from the intense bosses to the greatly rewarding sense of exploration.

This game makes Cuphead look like a joke. Plus, the fanbase for this game is a thousand times less rabid than Cuphead's fanbase.

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.

8 Super Meat Boy Super Meat Boy Product Image

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.

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.

Even an Atheist will start with the name of god and and thank God after finishing each stage, Light, Catchy, Extrm hard and Awesome Environment.

This was one of the first indie games to strike big

9 Fez

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

10 Cave Story Cave Story Product Image

Look, I get it. CS is overrated like hell. But it is still probably my fifth favorite indie game (right behind Undertale, Hollow Knight, Shovel Knight and Super Meat Boy) regardless.

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

Stupid kids will just say it's a ripoff of undertale. Sad, cave story is one of my favorite games!

Best indie game in my opinion

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The Contenders
11 Terraria Terraria Product Image

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

Should be number 2, right behind cave story

12 The Stanley Parable The Stanley Parable Product Image

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.

13 Minecraft Minecraft Product Image

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.

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

Simply, amazingly, and unbelievably, the best sandbox/construction INDIE game.

14 Limbo Limbo Product Image

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.

Love this game. The art style is so beautiful... It has a chilling atmosphere at some times, and a calming one at others. That and the puzzle sections are well thought out and engaging, without being hair-pulling-ly rage quit difficult.
Love it, should be in... Well, at LEAST the top 5.

Limbo, created by Playdead is a true masterpiece. The art style is fantastic, very disturbing yet beautiful. One of the best indie games of all time.

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

15 The Binding of Isaac The Binding of Isaac Product Image

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.

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

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

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

16 Mark of the Ninja

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.

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

17 Amnesia: The Dark Descent Amnesia: The Dark Descent Product Image

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

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

18 Bendy and the Ink Machine Bendy and the Ink Machine Product Image

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

Yeah this is much better than undertale

This should be 10 or higher

Awesome game!

19 Trine 2 Trine 2 Product Image

Simply amazing game. I never get tired of it.

20 To the Moon To the Moon Product Image

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*


WOW! ONE OF MY FAVOzuRziztES ever!

I'm buying that song.

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.

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

Definitely should be number 1

21 FTL: Faster Than Light FTL: Faster Than Light Product Image

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.

22 Starbound
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 Dust: An Elysian Tail Product Image

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 Five Nights at Freddy's 2 Product Image

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

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