We all know the big box gaming companies out there and we love the games that they put out. But whenever you see one of them released you should know that there are hundreds of indie games that are put out at the same time. Indie games are making a big splash in the gaming world and finally receiving the recognition that they deserve. No matter what console you play on, you can find indie games for it. Oftentimes they actually end up becoming fairly mainstream. If you want to be ahead of the crowd you’ve got to check out these five indie games.
The Witness was first talked about at the PS4 announcement a couple of years ago and truthfully at the time it looked a little less than exciting. But from what we know about it’s creator Jonathan Blow there’s definitely more to it. When a more detailed version became available to try out it quickly became apparent that this was another layered game. As you play you get to explore the beautiful island and find out its secrets as you go. Besides that fun tidbit there’s also the main character’s backstory that slowly starts to reveal itself. All-in-all this one will be one to get your hands on.
Routine, for PC and Mac, will scare the crap out of you. This game takes all of the sci-fi horrors in space storylines and shoves them into one terrifying game. As you explore you often get the bone chilling goose bumps that tell you something is going to be just around the corner. Something is wrong on this ship, and it’s up to you to find out what it is. This space station is completely abandoned and no one has any idea what happened. That’s where you come in. As you explore you’ll find remnants of the crews daily life—tables, snacks, vending machines, etc.—still where they left them. The sounds are minimal, so you really feel like you’re the one walking around. When you encounter a big bad you have the option to fight it or run and won’t be penalized for your choice.
Broken Age is a fun point-and-click game for the computer that features two seemingly different teens. There’s a young girl, Vella, who is headstrong and wants to fight the monsters who take young girls from her village as sacrifice and Shay, a space dwelling teen who begins to question his comfy existence and mother-like computer. As each teenager’s story is documented it seems as though there’s something connecting them that you haven’t quite figured out yet. Unfortunately the game is being released in different episodes, so when you’re done with one you’ll have to wait for the next one to come out.
Cards Against Humanity
Not all indie games that come out are virtual. Granted, this card game has quickly gained a fan base and is making its way towards very main stream. It’s the same concept as Apples to Apples, but with the most horrible cards you can imagine. You’ll draw such delights as “What will always get you laid?” and “Pooping back and forth forever”. A self-proclaimed party game for horrible people, this is one that will leave you rolling on the floor laughing, seriously.
For those that still cling to their love of Katamari, we’ve got something for you. Donut County, a PC and mobile platform game, is still in the works but promises to be a ton of fun. You control a hole in the ground that grows each time you swallow something. Similar to the Katamari rolling things up, you’ll be addicted to this simple concept in no time at all once you get your hands on it.
These are five indie games that you have to check out, but that doesn’t mean that they’re the only ones out there. Do a simple search and you’ll find that you could entertain yourself endlessly just reading through the plethora of indie games that are available to you.