Best Indie Games


The Top Ten

1 Undertale

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.

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. - PugLlama

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.

Oh, well it's here so yeah. - Dreamsthefox

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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

Shovel knight looks down at Mario because it is so good

Shovel knight is a great classic style
platform that is just...well AWESOME so good choice puting it at #1

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3 Castle Crashers Castle Crashers

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 - TundraTopTenners

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4 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. - ClicheUsername69

It's not the third best selling game of ALL time for no reason.

It isn't an indie game anymore because it was bought by Microsoft - XtremeNerdz12

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5 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.

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

This was one of the first indie games to strike big

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6 Guacamelee! Guacamelee!
7 Shantae (Series)

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

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!

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8 Fez

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

9 Cave Story

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

Look, I get it. CS is overrated like hell. But it is still the second best indie game ever (right behind Undertale) regardless. - xandermartin98

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10 Limbo

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

I nearly swore when I saw the spider I nearly swore. and I'm twelve.

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.

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The Contenders

11 Terraria

Way more content than Minecraft.

Forget Undertale, Terreria is king.

12 The Stanley Parable

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!


I love this game. It really feels like you're.. well, IN the game.Very interesting and funny - CutiePoops

13 Trine 2 Trine 2

Simply amazing game. I never get tired of it.

14 The Binding of Isaac 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.

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15 Mark of the Ninja

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

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 Amnesia: The Dark Descent

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

17 To the Moon To the Moon

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

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. - CutiePoops

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18 FTL: Faster Than Light 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

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19 Dust: An Elysian Tail

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

20 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. - xandermartin98

Sadly it got taken down by nintendo.

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