The Best Indie Games of 2019


with a cast that includes dancing
Reapers to mutant soap operas pathological Apes and one very unruly
goose welcome to get in the gaming and our rundown of our most loved indie
games of 2019 let’s begin at number 20 with a struggle asta which came out in
May via Steam an on iOS set in the late 16th century London you play as Foreman
a cat of a man loosely based on the case notes and studies of a chap called Simon
Forman a serial villain of sorts who died in 1611
here he offered to help give hints and advise a magnificently diverse cast of
characters who’ve arrived on a Foreman’s doorstep hoping to find guidance and
counsel it’s caustic wit and delicious characterizations on our collective
hearts within moments of its beginning highlights of the interactions include a
lady of society who really isn’t very good at hosting the parties she wants
people to so enjoy the discussions with the Archbishop of Whitgift and a lady
called Alice who rather likes her booze and bedroom gymnastics
although beneath such chaos you find a gentle soul looking for closure
and a peaceful life if you’re after something that’s just that little bit
different and don’t mind a few subtle and not so subtle digs on the usual
deferential role of the church and other historical Grandy’s of the time then
this is something well worth taking a look at at number 19 and from late February ape
out as a hyper violent arcade shooter brawler which also happens to look
incredible the soundtrack is also one of the best and most recognizable of the
year with its jazz led procedural generation and the drums cymbals and
other associated instruments of the genre the urban flows with the
characters and antics of your character ape out is certainly tough in places and
given the levels are generated on the fly there’s no chance of you being able
to memorize where and when the human enemies will attack I’ve been back to
ape out numerous times over the year and each time well it’s been a delight to
once again take control of this rampaging animal ape out is available to
play on home PC via Steam and on the Nintendo switch coming up now at number
18 Felix the Reaper is a puzzle game with a back story of love where you play
as Felix who works for the Ministry of death it’s up to you to make sure
certain individuals meet their maker by manipulating the environment to ensure
they die in a predefined way many of which would be right at home within the
final destination series of films with a delicious voiceover from Sir Patrick
Stewart the use of professional dancers to model how Felix struts and dances his
way around the levels altogether with the use of a dark and light puzzle
mechanic Felix the Reaper is one puzzler from the year that feels decidedly
unloved up now at Number 17 kind words is quite
unlike anything we’ve ever played essentially a super casual multiplayer
with almost none of the traditional mechanics usually associated with video
games it’s just you’re at home in a small issue room with you writing and
receiving letters from other people while accompanied by laid-back lo-fi
beats and while on paper it shouldn’t really work it’s absolutely delightful
it’s all anonymous which you might think would be a recipe for troll City and yet
so far I’ve seen almost none of this type of disruption within the growing
community in terms of offering players such an enriching anonymous and
uplifting experience we’ve compared it both to journey and sky from that game
company it’s honestly something worth getting hold of kind words came out in
mid-september for home PCs if you want to know what the web was kind of like
around the turn of the century then Hypnospace outlaw manages to
create an almost flawless visual and aural representation of the web from way
back when while it delivers a mountain of nostalgia it’s really a modern-day
piece of satire that plays in a similar way to say those games of papers please
and all well while also providing a testing puzzler that’s frankly tough as
nails in places you’re tasked with acting as a moderator or enforcer on an
online hub called Hypnospace it’s your job to take down trolls hackers viruses
and other dodgy things such as copyright violation while things begin at a gentle
pace the difficulty ramps up soon enough and you’ll need to use deductive
reasoning and every now and again some guesswork to figure out what’s going on
while clearly a work of fiction there’s many a metaphor in here on the
goings-on with an arc online existence it’s a game to save and
enjoy while also looking hard into its underlying themes coming up at number 15
what the golf is the most fun I’ve ever had playing a game that’s loosely
associated to a sport in which I can genuinely find almost nothing enjoyable
or fun about it aside from being outside on a decent walk it’s a physics based
sports game with environmental puzzle elements that while it might look silly
it’s hugely entertaining with plenty more going under the hood that you might
expect our number 14 and while out this past
year it’s sadly no longer available with it having been pulled from steam in late
February only a few days after its release following the discovery of
assets within the game that were allegedly derogatory to certain Chinese
officials while relatively short this remains our favorite psychological
horror of the year its use of the first-person while similar to that of
say gone home or Edith Finch the atmosphere and devotion creates anything
but for the most part you control a screenwriter through an apartment block
in which the rooms represent different years of the writers family within the
1980s as a horror game the freights when they come are at times rather delicate
although still have the power to unsettle and also recommend playing this
if you’re able to with headphones as the intensity of the audio really does
magnify what devotion is able to do as you should expect the version is
suitably dark and while some sections are stronger than others and it’s also
easy to miss out on some of the collectibles needed to fully understand
some of the backstory the game still has the power to make us feel unsettled when
thinking about it all these months later at number 13 a place in this countdown
that no doubt for some will be a travesty
disco Elysium is a modern take on dice rolling games of old where you play as a
broken former detective who’s clearly seen better days the hand-drawn art
style is painterly in its nature and reminds us of oil and canvas with it
being an assault on the senses visually it’s nothing short of stunning while
there’s also no denying it’s all very cleverly written we can’t ever recall
having the depth of conversations we’ve had with NPCs in any RPG over the past
couple of years or perhaps ever however not all of the conversations flow so
well some of the pacing is off tempo with plenty of uneven sections and
rhythm breaks where signposting of what to do next fall somewhat flat we also
struggle to gel with the characters and the type of story and associated themes
and we agreed that as wishy-washy as this sounds because it is there’s a lot
in the game we don’t enjoy particularly to place it any higher in our
end-of-year indie game run down now at number 12 tangle Tower came out in late
October and is all about a murder mystery which is elements of Ace
Attorney games and Professor Layton you go about interrogating the folks who
lived within a tower with the view of finding out who killed the victim and in
doing so you can picture a strange and yet totally convincing tale of discovery
and intrigue what sets this one apart from other visual type novels well it
isn’t just the story and interactions you have with the NPC’s but how the
characters animations and voice acting have risen the bar for those that follow
to such an extent well this one really feels like it’s taken these sort of
games from an artistic perspective upwards to a new level of sophistication
playing tangle Tower feels like jumping into an animated film that you’re able
to direct and control which is what it ultimately is and there were times where
we forgot we were playing a game at all which if you think about it well that’s
one heck of a fine achievement at number 11 and one of the games
alongside what the golf we’ve had most fun playing with on Apple arcade is the
adorable but sparse looking bleak sword while hardly revolutionary bleak sword
with it being a retro looking classic hack and slash brawler what it does
offer though is a brutal mix of action with the most challenging and fun boss
battles we’ve ever played on a mobile platform sure it doesn’t look overly
pretty but that doesn’t matter the 9 level was where you can build your
character’s abilities as you progress all feel measured and there’s a fine
difficulty progression from start to finish the controls are so simple you
attack dodge and use your shield by way of swiping or tapping the screen there
are easy comparisons to be made here with other tough fighter based games
although we think it’s best to hold off doing so we will however call out this
is possibly more fun to be had here than could really be expected on a mobile
platform and yes you do die over and over again but once you recognize the
enemy movement patterns you can get working on taking care of business for
fighty games on mobiles there’s nothing to rival it at the halfway point in this
year’s countdown untitled goofs game has been a delight to watch over the course
of its development and the finished product doesn’t disappoint as many of
you will already know you play as a moody goose and a tasked with completing
a to-do list which comprises of generally annoying the inhabitants of
what seems to be a rather sleepy English village you go about upsetting a
gardener stealing a boy’s toy before making him buy it back again from a
shopkeeper and plenty more with a simple piano led audio that features variation
of de Busey’s preludes together with pared back sounds which are totally in
keeping with the village environment has plenty add joy here to be had amongst
the chaos untitled goose game is available on home PC and the switch with
ports expected soon onto the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox next up at number eight neo cab is a
visual novel in which we explore how the expanding gig economy might look and
shape our lives within the near distant future it also peers into a view of a
time where big technology firms have more power and gravitas over people’s
daily lives than they do today neo cab tells a story of Lina who works
as one of the last human drivers for hire where nearly everyone else has been
replaced by driverless alternatives over the course of an in-game week you
collect a number of passengers each night and it’s up to you to chat with
them by way of the dialogue choices offered as the journey goes along as a
visual novel neo cap succeeds in the narrative and where it directs the
player to cast a more careful eye and where we as society are headed and if
not were almost there already up next at number 9 and the only couch co-op
focused game to make the rundown Eve ho sees you and up to three others having
the simple task of getting from point A to point B without dying it’s that good
that for much of the Year heave-ho replaced the overcooked series as our
number one party game it’s just so very silly and fun from the moment you start
playing like overcooked it’s really easy for it to cause the odd argument here
and there when players make mistakes or a careless causing other players to fall
to their doom hey it’s not perfect some levels are perhaps are just a little bit
too tricky although if you take too long the game does give you an easy option to
finishing things off which you can take or leave heave-ho came out in August on
home PC and the Nintendo switch coming at number seven Gatto Roboto with
it black on white coloring is striking within its overall visual simplicity
it’s short and can be completed in an evening more perhaps over a weekend if
you are looking to go on and finish everything it has to offer the boss
battles can be particularly fiddly Affairs in places lowers pattern based
encounters you can learn what’s going on and counter accordingly one brief note
of caution there’s not much going on from a story perspective
aside from the crazy scientist kind of thing and if you’re not already a
paid-up member of the Metroid fan club and this one’s unlikely to change your
mind that being said we loved it and have no issues placing it within the
best of our year account now from March our number six Baba is you is
certainly different while most puzzle games have you playing
with things in the environment which help guide you to and ultimately solve
the problem at hand Barbara is you does something that hasn’t been done before
not only can you manipulate things you find within the levels you are also able
to alter and change the rules the game follows these rules present themselves
as blocks of text and pushing them around say to change lava is melt to
lava is float the previously unpassable fiery impasse that was blocking your
progression is now hovering over your head therefore allowing you to pass with
over 200 different puzzles this is all about taking a methodical approach with
a good dose of lateral thinking up now and beginning the top 5 indie
games of 2019 loot at Sione came out in the third quarter of the year on to
steam and the PlayStation 4 pitched as a mutant soap opera with it looking over a
number of themes ranging from manage decay healing processors the impact of
socialization within small communities and amongst other things a story about
personal growth into adulthood it offers so much within its five or six hour play
time you play a Skye who takes a trip from the mainland to meet at Sione
to visit her grandfather who’s gravely ill over the course of a week and having
initially helped him back to health you begin to learn more about your
grandfather the other folks on the island and their individual and
collective stories one of the defining storylines comes from the overall
process and associated steps we take during grief and loss which is handled
with more nuanced subtlety and subject mastery than I can ever recall seeing
outside of an academic environment this became abundantly clear in the section
of this storyline where you use your skills to regrow the characters long
abandoned garden to help a find solace and to an extent an element of closure
you grow a number of these gardens during your time on the island and the
planting aspects are in themselves a rewarding experience where you’re free
to have a play to see what work and what doesn’t the soundtrack of these sections
and the overall sedate nature of these scenes is so very calming and peaceful
unlike nearly everything at play here is so cleverly and deftly put together at number four sayonara Wildheart is a
game that’s honestly best thought of in terms of being part interactive music
installation and part videogame the tunes are expressive catchy pop with
techno chip tune elements that work hand-in-hand with the overall artistic
aesthetic while you are on Rails the whole time as almost always a feeling of
speed and graceful movement it effortlessly leaps from genre to genre
with one moment you’re playing a rhythm based dance fight off the next a side
scroller to a semi first-person shooter and loads more the levels are brief and
intense and offer a great sense of accomplishment when Queen Latifah
hollers gold rank at the end of the level it’s art style with the animations
and accompanying soundtrack make this what it is and also like journey I’ll be
playing this from time to time for as long as I’m playing video games welcome
to all what’s warehouse a game for people who love to organize things at
number three and out late August on PC and Nintendo switch Wilmots warehouse
comes from developers Ricky hagit and Richard Hogg with it published by the
wonderful folks at Finn G described as a puzzle game for people who really like
to organize stuff you of course play as Wilmot the employee at a5 logistics
who’s responsible for organizing storing and stacking all of the products within
the firm’s warehouse how you go about organizing the products is up to you be
this by their color product type or any other format you choose to use it’s of
course totally up to you but be warned in what feels eerily similar to reports
of the workings of Amazon’s behemoth storage areas if you are too slow in
locating items when they are requested at the service hatch you won’t receive
the coveted performance stars you need to secure various upgrades with which to
improve the warehouse overall there’s something quite therapeutic when you
nail a set of delivery instructions through you knowing where everything is
and vice versa when things go all a little bit blank the end when it comes
spoiler ahead with Wilma getting fired to be replaced by a fully automated
picking system well it does feel harsh and unexpected although in hindsight
what a wonderful way to bring about closure in this year’s runners-up
position we have slay the spire while this one came out early in the year it
passed us by until a month or so before we sat down to pull together a short
list for this video a viewer had asked why we haven’t
covered this one before so we decided to pick it up and as a small collective
were so very glad we did in this game you go about moving up a tower while
killing off various monsters in what has to be one of the best card deck building
games of the current generation having chosen your base character from a number
of different classes you begin with a small deck you build on and expand as
you win in which turn makes you more powerful should you lose a battle
however well it’s down to the bottom of the tower you go it’s hugely addictive
with each playthrough offering something different and affording you the chance
to adapt and work on your battle strategies in a single word slay the
spire is a triumph and there’s only one game out all here we like playing just
that little bit more listen I need you do me a favor okay so here we
go the number one indie game we play this 2019 is telling lies from Sam
Barlow and is to date the quintessential full-motion video game this brief
overview is spoiler free although it concerns the contents of a hard drive
that has a collection of videos phone calls and hidden camera captures the
video clips are all between 45 seconds and up to 9 minutes in duration it’s all
about going through the footage and calls to join the dots together piece by
piece to figure things out we played this together as a small team and also
individually each of us noting down page after page of notes and character
observations it largely comes down to collecting words and phrases and it can
be easy to miss things here and there so playing this without concentrating fully
isn’t advisable when you do make a connection each one comes with that
little AHA sort of moment as necessary within these video motion games the
acting needs to be spot-on and yep that’s the case here each of the actors
deliver a top-notch performance that feel well I feel wonderfully real and
true to life the only issue we all agreed upon comes from the inability to
drag a video timeline to a specific point although that really is looking
for the cracks it’s brilliant and having played through it on numerous occasions
the small team that makes get indie gaming well we’re proud to say telling
lies is our most loved indie game we played in all of 2019 so which were your
favorite indie games you’ve played this year let us know down below and please
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92 comments

  1. Welcome to the Get Indie Gaming Indie GOTY Award rundown. ALSO: A HUGE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO WATCHED ANYTHING WE MADE IN 2019. We love you all!

  2. Logan Marshall Green was fantastic in the film The Invitation

    I was silently pulling for Wargroove and Killer Queen Black

  3. My top 5 of this year are all indie games but none from this year (big backlog, like everyone) :p

    Subnautica
    Celeste
    The Turing Test
    Lonely Mountain: Downhill
    Thimbleweed Park

  4. This list is so sad to me. Nothing against the stuff you've picked. I just feel like there was nothing this year that really interested me at all. I liked Kind Words as a little social experiment, but that's about it.

    Everything feels so samey, for example: I put quite a few hours into Noita, but ultimately I've realised that it's literally just Spelunky but not as good.

    And that got me thinking about how the golden age of indie games really was like the period between 2012-2013. That's when we got: Thomas Was Alone, Hotline Miami, FTL, Spelunky, The Stanley Parable, Papers Please, Journey. These were games that really put the triple A industry to shame. They were original and revolutionary. Some of these told such emotional stories through game mechanics that nobody had ever thought of before.

    I don't know what the problem is now. I feel like every game now "feels like a game" or something I've previously played. It doesn't feel like a new experience. There's nothing I can delve deep into. Everything feels superficial.

    Maybe I'm just being nostalgic and need to give some of these games another shot.

  5. I downloaded Ape Out based on your review earlier in the year and I absolutely loved it. It was so much fun yet so simple. I couldn't beat the post game "break in" level which was too hard. Did you beat it?

    Gato Robato was another game I loved. I love the look of it and that it is a metroidvania. This game might end up on my GOTY list to be honest.

  6. I like that thumbnail, man ๐Ÿ™‚ Slay the Spire is one of the top games of the dacade for me (if not top) thought.

  7. That was a pretty good year for indies! Less smash hits as 2018, I feel, but just as many amazing games to appreciate.
    Thank you for putting Hypnospace Outlaw, my personal game of the year, on the list: this game really deserves all the dithyrambic reviews it's gotten since its release. It managed to make me feel nostalgic about a time I'd barely even known and longing for a timeline that will never exist, all while having actual characters to empathize with, fantastic writing and giving the player freedom to explore (and agency, and consequences to their actions). Every part of this game, from characterization to sound design to puzzles, is ingenious and efficient, and it really gave me a renewed appreciation for the process of creating games, and just how impactful a great game can be for the player, as opposed to any other piece of media. Can't wait for Jay Tholen's next outing.

    And speaking of beloved developers (and nostalgia), thank you for putting Tangle Tower on my radar! I didn't know SFB Games was behind it, and now I'm pretty excited, as I've been a fan of their work since Detective Grimoire was a flash game more than a decade ago. Their games really ooze charm, and I remember having a fun time getting family members who weren't into video games invested in them. I couldn't be happier that they released something new. <3
    As always, you deliver! I hope 2020 will be as surprising and packed with interesting titles as 2019 (it's already shaping up to be…) and a great year for this channel as well!
    PS: as for titles I enjoyed playing not already mentioned in this list, Sheaksperean-time travelling-investigative mystery Elsinore comes to mind, but I'm sure I've talked about it already. ^^

  8. Gods it's wild that I played like over 30 games that came out this year and I still haven't played half this list. Major props though for sticking with Devotion and some press on it even if most of us can't.

    A Short Hike is still probably my personal game of the year at this point, not likely I'll get to anything else. A little surprised you didn't keep your lesson from Gris of last year and wait until the end to keep from posting your list though, although at the same time I'm also not seeing much else between now and the close of the decade.

  9. Only enjoyed Felix the reaper and slay the sypre. but there were a lot of amazing games this year:

    Blasphemous, Wargroove, Katana Zero, My firend Pedro, Risk of Rain 2, Candance of Hyrule, Sparkite, Bloodstained Ritual of the Night, Touhou Luna Nights, FUCKING INDIVISIBLE!

    OK I get it. This list was of PERSONAL favorite since it is full of hipster like experiences that you try once or that are kinda cool but thats it. I guess that our tastes don't match anymore.

  10. Supraland? Hot Lava? Katana Zero? My Friend Pedro? Yooka Laylee and the Impossible Lair? Oxygen not Included? One Finger Death Punch 2? Trine 4? Steamworld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech? Maybe not all of the games that I mentioned here deserved to be on this list but most of them did. Fairly disappointed in this list.

  11. Wow… this list is definitely not my taste. I only played Gato Roboto and would have played Bleak Sword if I had an iPhone.

    My top 5 in no particular order:
    Lonely Mountains: Downhill
    MO: Astray (an absolute gem, almost missed it)
    The Textocist
    Supraland (was in early access before, to be honest)
    Yuppie Psycho

  12. Holy fuck! 90s FMV games are back ! ๐Ÿคฏ๐Ÿคฏ๐Ÿคฏ๐Ÿคฏ๐Ÿคฏ๐Ÿคก๐Ÿคก๐Ÿคก๐Ÿคก๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ

  13. I am glad Gato Roboto made it into the list, as you said, I was able to finish it in a day, it was pretty good for what it wanted to be, although I have to say I am glad I was able to unlock other color scheme for it, the bright white one you have at the beginning really hurt my eyes. Disco Elysium and Slay the Spire I haven't played yet but I am planning to, the year hasn't ended yet so for now I consider Blasphemous to be at least in my personal top 5.

  14. An excellent list – and the fact that so many good ones didn't even fit the Top 20 is kind of telling how many great indies there are.
    My pick is Ion Fury – though Valfaris is right on Bombshell's heels.

  15. My list is largely comprised of older titles, because most of the time I play stuff 1 year minimum after its release. (Iโ€™ve still got several things from 2017 & 2018 to buy and/or play.)

    1. Enter the Gungeon
    2. Wargroove
    3. Tangledeep
    4. CrossCode
    5. Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove
    6. Deponia: The Complete Journey
    7. My Time at Portia
    8. Graveyard Keeper
    9. Children of Morta
    10. Risk of Rain (both games)

    CrossCode is the most recent one Iโ€™ve been playing (quite a lot), and I am intrigued by it. Itโ€™s a game that manages to appear both highly successful and completely unheard of at the same time. On the Steam page there are nearly 7,000 reviews for it, and yet virtually nobody has talked about it? There is one video with a ton of views when you search โ€œcrosscodeโ€ on YouTube (other than the Switch announcement trailer), and pretty much everything else is a couple thousand views max.

    And itโ€™s a big game too; Iโ€™ve seen people throw out numbers of 30 to 90 hours worth of content. Iโ€™m 20 hours in and have only completed about 40% of the main quest. How is a game of that size is something I have to come across in my own browsing… is beyond me.

  16. Speaking of viewers recommendations…I would like to point out a game called Recursed because it is the best puzzle platformer in recent years and it would be very nice of you to include this game in the hidden gems series(BTW Im not in any way related to the developer,I just want to point out the fact that this masterpiece is unfairly overlooked.

  17. Really? really? really?

    Come on, what about, The Touryst, Valfaris, Outer Wilds, Risk of Rain 2, Blasphemous, Cadence of Hyrule, Creature in the Well, My Friend Pedro, Katana Zero, Totally Accurate Battle Simulator.

    So many amazing games are not on the list.

  18. Half of the games are "press a to continue" kind of games. "Games".

    That's ok that's your taste, whatever, but not even including Katana zero? You dropped the ball here.

  19. Your videos are actually stupid good man. Thank you so much for doing these. You've exposed me to so many cool games, and I've actually made some great connections discussing them with people. ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Disco Elysium is the best game of this year. You just cant beat dancing to the music of dying universe.
    Mate, i respect ur opinion. Just, cannot agree with number one.
    Still, good work and good channel. Keep it up.

  21. Missed MO: Astray (superb), The Outer Worlds (maybe not an indie game, I guess) or Katana Zero. A very nice list in any case and a good opportunity to have a look at some games I missed through the year. Thank you and keep up the great work!

  22. Well it's a matter of taste but excluding Outer Wilds and Katana Zero was disappointing
    . And Valfaris and Bloodstained were surprising ommissions too. But then I value gameplay and game systems over everything else.
    edit: and even A Plague Tale, Blair Witch, Concrete Genie, My friend Pedro and Blasphemous would have made the cut on my top 20

  23. Funny, this is a list of games that didn't appeal to me, yet I tried a couple of them and HATED them. However, I like hearing your opinions, and I catch every one of your videos. Keep it up.

  24. Almost all of these are in my wishlist and now I've added Kind Words as well! It's redundant to say it's a good list since you've never made a bad one, so instead I'll thank you for featuring Devotion. I hope you will be impartial with Ooblets too when it comes out and assess the game as a product and experience rather than based on what the devs did or said. It's been a great year with Get Indie Gaming and I'm looking forward to 2020! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŽ„โ˜ƒ๏ธ

  25. No Rock Simulator love? ๐Ÿ˜› thanks for introducing me to so many different games that I would have passed by otherwise.

  26. -Disco Elysium's aesthetic quality is astonishing ~ Wow…
    -Sayonara Wild Hearts commitment to stylistic flow has me hooked! and greatly missing Satoshi Kon's work ๐Ÿ˜Œ
    -Mutazione looks achingly precious… I really appreciate its balance of whimsy and muted colors. Beauty and sadness.
    -Baba is You seems like the perfect game to play under a blanket on a rainy day with one's favorite snack close at hand…
    It's simplicity, profoundness, and loneliness (of the protagonist) all feel reminiscent of childhood to me for some reason.
    -I'm so happy knowing a game (and developers) like Kind Words is out there! As well as the fact that it's intention and good energy has been honored and reflected by the community ^^
    -Feeling deeply pained that Devotion was removed from online stores due to Chinese government intervention… (Those corrupt f*ckers…)
    To have crafted such a deeply beautiful game, only to have it snatched away the moment it's shared with the world…
    well, it's like kidnapping a mother's baby the day after she gives birth…
    I hope with all my being that Devotion returns to the developers and the community,
    and that the creators will receive all the monetary compensation they deserve for their hours of labor and love.

  27. Great and diverse selection of games! My personal Top 3 that I played this year is probably DARQ, Katana Zero, and Arise: A Simple Story (with GRIS and Little Misfortune being VERY close contenders)

  28. Outer Wilds is one of the best games of the decade, hands down. But I guess it's not for everyone.

    Baba is You made me feel stupid in the best of ways.

    Void Bastards is great fun.

    And I haven't yet but really want to check out Close To The Sun and Mutazione…or however it's spelled.

  29. It wasn't unflawed, but I liked Indivisible best this year. Reused levels were a bit of a drag, but the characters were so charming that I didn't care. I didn't think a team-based platformer/RPG could work, but it was great. Looked beautiful, too.

  30. Don't know if you're going for a specific theme outside of them being indie games but man there are so many better games then the one ones on this list.. arise a simple story, outer wilds, lost ember, spirit of the north, valfaris, fight n rage are just a few I can think of off the top of my head.. guess everyone's opinion to their own but not even one of these on the list?

  31. Aw, dude! I just want to play almost all of these!
    I just played through "Her Story" this last weekend and it totally blew my mind, so I'm all aboard for "Telling Lies"!

    If I have to pick one, "Untitled Goose Game" has been one of my most enjoyed games of the year. It's pretty short, but every time I plug it in, it's an assured chuckle.

  32. Ape Out isn't out on PS4. Trust me, it's been killing me that I can't play it! I really hope it makes it's way over soon.

    Congrats on making it passed 60K! You deserve it.

  33. If you like card driven games, you should really give Steamworld Quest a try. Enjoyed that a lot and need to get onto Slay the Spire now. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the list!

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