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11 Indie Games That You Wont Want To Stop Playing

Get ready to lose all your free time.

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PS4 / PC

$19.99

Description:

"A first person adventure game where you play as a fire lookout in the Wyoming wilderness. When something strange brings you out of your lookout tower, a mystery unravels as you explore a wild and unknown environment."

Why it's in the list:

I don't have much time these days to dedicate 40 hours to a single game. Sometimes you'll get halfway through a long game and then just not finish it. It's nice to play through a great story that has a full arc you can complete in a few short sessions. Also it's extremely beautiful.

Most promising review:

"Firewatch’s strength lies in its simplicity and humanity. Its uncompromising narrative is often deeply frustrating, but in crafting a world so completely mundane and ordinary populated with messy problems without easy answer, it manages to tap into a specific segment of the human experience so rarely explored in games."

mrninjasquirrel

Get it on Steam or on the PlayStation Store.

PS4 / PC / iOS (soon)

$39.99

Description:

"You wake up, alone, on a strange island full of puzzles, and you must explore and solve them to find your way back home."

Why it's on the list:

I grew up playing puzzle-adventure games like Myst and Riven. I love searching through mysterious worlds, trying to make sense of it all. There are very few games that give me the same feeling of mystery and wonder that I get from The Witness.

Most promising review:

"That being said, this is the king of all puzzle games. If you want a game that will throw hundreds of incredibly varied, deep, surprising, challenging puzzles at you for dozens of hours on end, you must buy this. I'm 32 hours in and I'm still excited to unravel the next few mysteries of the island."

silverhammermba

Get it on Steam or on the PlayStation Store or The Humble Bundle.

PC / Mac

$9.99

Description:

"In this kooky RPG, you explore the fictional Underground: a large, secluded region underneath the surface of the Earth. Your character interacts with many monsters on your journey and your decision to kill or befriend them affect the outcome of the game."

Why it's on the list:

This game is inspired by one of my favorite games of all time, Earthbound, for the SNES. They are both incredibly well-written games, with unique combat systems, that are full of charming character.

Most promising review:

"Though it isn’t the most visually impressive game, and the stage design isn’t always the best, Undertale has left me feeling that I have just witnessed a work of art. It tried some new and ambitious things and isn’t ashamed of what it wanted to be. It's about 6 hours long; I’d recommend anyone to play it at least twice, just to be able to say that they've made their own choices and seen what the game has to offer."

CtrlAltDestroy

Get it on Steam or their official site.

PC

$14.99

Description:

"Stardew Valley is an open-ended country-life RPG! You've inherited your grandfather's old farm plot in Stardew Valley. Armed with hand-me-down tools and a few coins, you set out to begin your new life."

Why it's on the list:

One of the most captivating games I've played in awhile. Who doesn't like to unwind by playing a farming simulator? If you enjoyed Harvest Moon or the Animal Crossing series, you'll find a lot to like here. I find myself always saying, "I'll just play one more day and I'll go to bed." I never go to bed on time.

Most promising review:

"The freedom to do as you please is what makes this game, and Harvest Moon in general, so enjoyable. It's a chance to mellow out, play at your own pace and still enjoy everything the game has to offer. What Stardew Valley does, it does right. It's charming, cute and feels rewarding, even when all you're doing is cutting weeds. It doesn't pull any punches or try to be something its not; the developer had a goal in mind and Stardew Valley is a reflection of just that."

ErickaOnTheInternet

Get it on Steam or their official site.

PC / Mac / Linux

$24.99

Description:

"SUPERHOT is the FPS in which time moves only when you move. It's just you, outnumbered and outgunned, grabbing the weapons of fallen enemies to shoot, slice, and maneuver through a hurricane of slow-motion bullets."

Why it's on the list:

I love the design of this game. The nice red and white contrast, the fluid gameplay, and the satisfaction of smoothly clearing out a whole room of enemies.

Most promising review:

"In the end it's important to note that SUPERHOT is more of an arena game than a story-based one, and that means your enjoyment will hinge on how much you like shattering red dudes in different ways. However, even beyond the wealth of modes and challenges, the game is a visceral delight."

Audish

Get it on Steam or their official site.

PS4 / PC / Ouya

$12.99

Description:

"A crazy duck-based multiplayer twitch brawler. You play as a duck and kill other ducks, dead simple."

Why it's on the list:

Frantic, chaotic, and completely silly shooter concept that is executed well. If you like fighting games like Smash Bros., you'll enjoy destroying your friends in Duck Game.

Most promising review:

"It's like Smash Bro's on quack."

ZiTo_HiMSeLF

Get it on Steam.

PC / Mac

$14.99

Description:

"One player is trapped in a virtual room with a ticking Time Bomb they must defuse. The other players are the “Experts” who must give the instructions to defuse the bomb by deciphering the information found in the bomb defusal manual. But there’s a catch: the experts can’t see the bomb, so everyone will need to talk it out – fast!"

Why it's on the list:

A fun party game that's entertaining for others to watch or join in. It is extremely rewarding when you and your teammate communicate perfectly to defuse a particularly difficult bomb puzzle. It also goes the other way where sometimes the teammate you have isn't very good at describing things and you die repeatedly. ;D

Most promising review:

"Keep Talking and Nobody explodes is an accessible, inexpensive, tightly designed game. Even if you're never played a party game or don't care for them, this one is a glimmering example."

Savant

Get it on Steam or their official site.

PS4 / Vita / PC / Mac / Linux

$11.99

Description:

"Nuclear Throne is a roguelike-like top-down shooter. Fight your way through the wastelands with powerful weaponry, collecting radiation to mutate some new limbs and abilities."

Why it's on the list:

Satisfying weapons, interesting character abilities, and the drive to always do better on the next run. A solid roguelike that shooter fans will love.

Most promising review:

"Its not often a game becomes close to my heart, Its even less often that said game becomes something I crave to play while in the middle of other games. Nuclear Throne has this rare kind of spark that alot of games miss, I dont know if its the excellent score of music or the punchy gunplay, The odd and unique mutants each having their own separate playstyle or the Wildly exotic choice of weapons."

Doctor Bourbon

Get it on Steam or their official site.

PC / Mac / Linux

$20

NOTE: The game is in early access, so it is not complete. However you can still buy it.

Description:

"Factorio is a game in which you build and maintain factories. You will be mining resources, researching technologies, building infrastructure, fighting enemies and eventually automating all your production."

Why it's on the list:

I enjoy the feeling of always striving to be better in a game. Factorio is an efficiency freak's dream. It cuts out the human factor that city building games have and just goes for brute force regulation. There's a demo available on their site if you're interested in getting your feet wet.

Most promising review:

"This is seriously one of the most interesting games I’ve played on steam, I’ve already got well over my money’s worth and I have no intention of stopping. I can't recommend this game enough to anyone who likes management games."

Sans

Get it on Steam or their official site.

PC / PS4 / XB1

$19.99

Description:

"Soccer...but with cars that have rockets and boosters on them."

Why it's on the list:

Rocket League is a game where everyone can understand the concept very quickly. It's fun to watch, fun to play, and it's one of the most compelling games I've tried since its release in July last year.

Most promising review:

"It doesn’t matter if you are a racing/football fan or not. You’ll love it. This game appeals to both casual and competitive players. You will suck most of the time and sometimes score amazing goals and it would feel incredible! This is one of those games that is easy to learn and very hard to master. I am still horrible at it after 100 hours. The good thing is that it is still entertaining even if you are losing more often than winning. So is it a great game? Hell, yes! Do I recommend it? No, unless you want to get sucked in and get addicted to this devil’s child of a game."

dk

Get it on Steam or their official site.

PC / (PS4 / XB1 Planned)

$19.99

Description:

"ADR1FT is the story of an astronaut who wakes up floating silently in space amongst the debris of destroyed space station…the only survivor of a catastrophic event, left with no memory, a critically damaged EVA suit leaking oxygen and no way home."

Why it's on the list:

The premise of being adrift, alone in space makes my palms sweat. If you have ever seen the movie Gravity, you know how terrifying it can be. First person experience games that rely on telling their story through the environment are captivating. And with VR finally becoming a reality, they are going to become more common place.

Most promising review:

"The story is subtle, fragmented, revealed in perfectly bite-sized pieces. In the end it has a similar effect to the game mechanic--it leaves you feeling disoriented, perhaps a little upset, definitely transported into another person's life."

HeadlessRoland

Get it on Steam or their official site.

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