Ten Best PC Indie Games

Published: June 17, 2014

In recent years, independent developers have made games that rival and even surpass the quality of games developed by large studios.  Without the pressure of a big publisher, indie developers are given the freedom to make the games that they want to make, which often times makes the games more emotional, beautiful, or just more fun than a game developed by a big company.

This is a list of 10 of the best indie games for the PC.

  1. Braid

    Developer: Number None

    Genre: Platformer

    Not only is Braid a beautiful game and a great platformer, but it also introduces a mechanic that sets it apart from the rest of the platformers out there.  In Braid, you can rewind time whenever you want to.  Not only can this ability be used after you have died to go back to a point when you were still alive, but it also serves as a puzzle mechanic in the game.

     Use your ability to rewind time to solve puzzles, time jumping off a falling enemies head perfectly, or bring yourself back from the dead.  Braid is a great platformer that will test your reflexes and your brain.

  2. Bastion

    Developer: Supergiant Games

    Genre: Action

    Bastion is Supergiant Game's first entry into the gaming world, and it is an incredible experience.  Bastion doesn't stop at being a great action game, but moves the genre a step forward by combining it with beautiful graphics and worlds, incredible voice acting and story telling, and one of the best soundtracks ever in a video game.

    As you play through the game, the story is narrated while the world builds around you, giving Bastion a new and refreshing way to tell a story that will be loved by anyone who plays the game.

     

  3. Don't Starve

    Developer:  Klei Entertainment

    Genre: Adventure, Survival

    In Don't Starve you have one goal: don't starve.  Gather food and materials from your surroundings to keep yourself fed.  Build a science machine to learn how to build new items to help you survive.  Explore the randomly generated world to find new creatures to kill, new food sources, and new enviroments.  Make sure you are back to your campfire by dark though, or you'll be eaten by the creature who roams the night.

    With huge randomly generated worlds for each playthrough, tons of items to craft, and several playable characters to unlock, you won't get bored of Don't Starve any time soon, but if you do, dont worry, Klei Entertainment is constanly updating the game for free.

  4. Fez

    Developer: Polytron Corporation

    Genre: Platformer

    Fez creator Phil Fish has caused quite a commotion in the world of video games, but love or hate him, it is hard to deny that his work with Fez is nothing short of a masterpiece.

    Fez is not your typical 2D platformer, which you will quickly find out when you discover you are not a 2D creature in a 2D world, and you have the ability to rotate the 3D world to look at the 2D from a new persepective.

    You'll have to think hard to solve platforming puzzles in this game, thinking of things in new perspectives is not as easy as it may seem.

  5. Gunpoint

    Developer: Suspicious Developments

    Genre: Stealth, Puzzle, Action

    Another game that lets you manipulate the world to complete your objectives is Gunpoint.  In Gunpoint you have the ability to rewire the level to fool your enemies and take them out or sneak past them.

    Use your Crosslink gadget to let you look at how the building is wired, and use this information to rewire the level to work exactly how you want it to.  There is never only one way to solve a puzzle, and you can play however you want.  Kill everyone in the building by throwing them through windows, or sneak by without harming anyone. It's up to you.

  6. Limbo

    Developer: Playdead

    Genre: Platformer, Puzzle

    Limbo is not a genre redefining platformer.  What it is though, is a genre perfecting platformer.  Limbo is one of the greatest pure platforming games ever created.  The platforming is fun, the puzzle solving is fun, and the game is gorgeous.

    From the moment you start the game, you will be in awe of the visuals and settings.  From forests filled with giant spiders, to climbing the signs of a grand hotel, this game is filled with incredible art and atmosphere.

    The puzzles are challenging as well, and by the end you will need to think carefully about each action to solve them.

  7. Minecraft

    Developer: Mojang

    Genre: Sandbox, Creation

    Quite possibly the most popular and successful indie game, Minecraft lets players not only explore the world, but build it as well.  Minecraft was launched as a game that was far from finished, but has been added to consistently to build the game that it is today.

    Explore a randomly generated world by yourself, or online with your friends, and gather materials to craft anything you can imagine.  Anything is possible in Minecraft, and it is up to you to decide what you will do.  This is an example of an open world sandbox game where the player is truly in control.

  8. Spelunky

    Developer: Mossmouth

    Genre: Platformer, Roguelike

    Spelunky is a roguelike platformer, where if you die once you are done.  No lives, no saves, nothing.  You get one shot to make it to the end, and if you don't make it you will have to try again.

    The excitement in Spelunky comes from learning from your mistakes.  Remember what you did wrong on your last playthrough, and use knowledge gained to make it further on your next try.

    If that doesn't sound exciting enough for you, Spelunky has a daily challenge, where new levels are generated.  Every player plays the same levels, so nobody has any advantage or disadvantage, and you can see how you measure up with the rest of the world on the leaderboards. 

  9. Super Meat Boy

    Developer: Team Meat

    Genre: Platformer

    Don't expect to sit down and relax while playing Super Meat Boy.  This game is hard.  Really hard.  Extremely hard.  But while you might want to throw your controller across the room after playing Super Meat Boy, you're still going to have fun.

    After you die, and you will die (a lot), you restart instantly, no waiting around for a game over screen or a load; you're right back into the action.  And every time you die you know it was your fault.  The games mechanics are as good as it gets, and the controls feel perfect.  The fun in this game lies in perfecting what seems to be impossible, and you will feel like a god after completing a leve.

  10. World of Goo

    Developer: 2D BOY

    Genre: Puzzle

    World of Goo is a phyics based puzzle game.  You will have to use your building skills to connect pieces of goo together and build a structure that will reach your goal.  The large variety of levels and puzzles keep the game interesting, and by the end you will feel smarter than when you started.

    World of Goo is the perfect game to sit back and relax with.  Build some structures from goo and see what happens.  Figure out how each material behaves and try something new.  Building new structures is satisfying even when you don't reach your goal, but try again to use your new knowledge to complete the puzzle and move on the the next one.

Indie games can bring some of the greatest enjoyment in gaming.  With such a huge variety of games and genres you are sure to find something that appeals to you.  Check out some of the games on this list and see what you think.  I know you will have fun! And be sure to check out other games by the game developers listed here, there are tons of great games waiting to be played, so go play one now!