This is a guest post by Otto Oliver
There is something extra enjoyable about playing an indie video game. For some, it’s the excitement of knowing that they are playing a game that may not be as popular as some of the other options out there. But for others, its knowing that they are playing a game that was developed as the lifeline of someone who doesn’t have the support of big companies that put money into other games. The beautiful part of indie games is that sometimes they are so enjoyable, that you don’t even recognize that they are made with less investment and with less manpower than bigger-title games. Here is a look at the top 10 games you didn’t know were made by indie game developers.
Path Of Exile
If you are a fan of action-RPG games, then Path of Exile is an excellent game to check out. Not only is it a free-to-play game, but it also offers countless hours of entertainment as you find your way around beautiful levels that are highly interactive. The more that you play the game, the more attached you become with your character, as you can add your own customizations to it to make it truly one-of-a-kind.
Another free game worth checking out is Star Conflict, made by the small development company Star Gem. Star Gem put all of their efforts into Star Conflict, and it seems to have paid off. This great action packed free-for-all game lets you build your futuristic spaceship and battle it out with other models. If you enjoy space shooters and the open-world concept, then this game is certainly worth checking out.
Trine 2 is the sequel to the very popular original Trine game. Trine showed the world that there is room for small developers in the gaming industry, and Trine 2 just builds on that reputation. One of the best newly added features of the sequel is co-op play, making it perfect to play with friends or family.
Cannon Brawl is an award winning indie game that may remind some players of StarCraft. If you enjoy 2D maps where players line up against one another and have to strategically manage what they have in the game, then you’ll certainly enjoy Cannon Brawl. The fact that Cannon Brawl is just a bit less of a refined product than StarCraft, makes it more enjoyable to play when remembering that it is an indie game that is just as fun and entertaining as one of the bigger titles in computer gaming.
Colliding Forces is a beautiful game for mobile devices that will challenge you both mentally and strategically against friends. This game combines a variety of elements from other different games, and lets you use moves to challenge your opponents. Each move has its own set of repercussions, adding to the strategy of the game. Colliding Forces proves how popular and well done a mobile game can be, even with little financial backing from a large development company.
Dive Kick is not just a creative game, but it’s a heck of an entertaining one too. Fighting games have changed from their primitive days of button mashing and are, instead, all about memorizing combos and weaknesses in your opponent. Sure, those elements are fun. But Dive Kick reminds you of what it’s like to simply beat the snot out of your opponent. And with the old-school hip-hop graphics and outfits, you’re reminded of older games that pitted you against a mean bully, before games went all mainstream.
Braid gives us a likeable and loveable character to support as he attempts to reach and rescue his girlfriend from a castle (say what you like about it sounding like a famous pair of plumber brothers that made video games what it is today). The graphics are what really stand out in this game. They aren’t polished and refined, but they fit the game perfectly and add humor and entertainment to the bad guys as well.
Limbo is a beautiful game because it is done in classic black and white colors. With all of the beauty that is available with retina-displays and HD graphics, there is something surprisingly appreciative of a black and white game. Not only that, but Limbo has a great storyline that will draw you in and keep you on the edge of your seat while playing.
World Of Goo
The name of this game should already make you understand what a great indie game it is. World of Goo consists of players finding their way through a world of, well, goo, as you attempt to go onto the next level. There are plenty of solid pieces in the game that help you work your way around the goo, but everything quickly moves and shifts because of the gooey elements of the game. You have to think quick, while also enjoying your surroundings while playing World Of Goo.
Blast-A-Way is a fantastic puzzle game that people of all ages can enjoy on their mobile phones. It has beautiful graphics and a cute main character that you can’t help but love. Aside from all of that, the puzzles are easy enough to not be frustrating, but increasingly difficult enough to keep you entertained. There are a lot of puzzle games available for your mobile phone, but Blast-A-Way is a beautiful example of an indie game that keeps you entertained for hours on end.
Video games and entertainment has changed drastically in the last decade. With that said, there is still something refining and encouraging about seeing small indie companies build beautiful games that builds huge followings. You can expect that with any of the games on this list.
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