Indie games are taking over and making the top cut of most downloaded games on Steam.
An independent video game or indie game is a video game typically created by individuals or smaller development teams without the financial and technical support of a large game publisher, in contrast to most “AAA”(triple-A) Games. However, the “indie” term may apply to other scenarios where the development of the game has some measure of independence from a publisher even if a publisher helps fund and distribute a game, such as creative freedom. Because of their independence and freedom to develop, indie games often focus on innovation, experimental gameplay, and taking risks not usually afforded in AAA games, and may explore the medium to produce unique experiences in art games. Indie games tend to be sold through digital distribution channels rather than at retail due to a lack of publisher support. The term is synonymous with that of independent music or independent film in those respective mediums.
Over the last decade, indie games have grown in popularity and in number. Emerging as early as the 1970s, indie games were the precursor to the games we know and love today. Unlike AAA games which have higher marketing budgets and a larger team of developers, indie games are developed by game studios with a small, but dedicated team. They have taken 40% of the market share in recent years which started from just 0.72% of the market share way back in the 2000’s.
Here’s a list of the few top indie games of you could play right now
Undertale is a 2D role-playing video game created by indie developer Toby Fox. The player controls a child who has fallen into the Underground: a large, secluded region under the surface of the Earth, separated by a magic barrier. The player meets various monsters during the journey back to the surface. Some monsters might engage the player in a fight. The combat system involves the player navigating through mini-bullet hell attacks by the opponent. They can opt to pacify or subdue monsters in order to spare them instead of killing them. These choices affect the game, with the dialogue, characters, and story changing based on outcomes.
Help Madeline survive her inner demons on her journey to the top of Celeste Mountain, in this super-tight, hand-crafted platformer from the creators of multiplayer classic TowerFall.
• A narrative-driven, single-player adventure like mom used to make, with a charming cast of characters and a touching story of self-discovery • A massive mountain teeming with 700+ screens of hardcore platforming challenges and devious secrets • Brutal B-side chapters to unlock, built for only the bravest mountaineers • IGF “Excellence in Audio” finalist, with over 2 hours of original music led by dazzling live piano and catchy synth beats • Pie
The controls are simple and accessible – simply jump, air-dash, and climb – but with layers of expressive depth to master, where every death is a lesson. Lightning-fast respawns keep you climbing as you uncover the mysteries of the mountain and brave its many perils.
Dead Cells is a ferocious action-platformer where death comes swiftly, and often. It’s a curious concoction of different genres but ultimately settles on the description of roguevania, a mix of interconnected areas with unforgiving combat. It’s a neon-drenched and bloody brawler that has you explore dark dungeons and terrible towers where save points are non-existent and enemies are brutally punishing.