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Top 10 Indie Games That You Need To Play

Top 10 Indie Games That You Need To Play-Custom Controllers UK

What is the point of indie games?

Indie Game is short for an independent video game. And are typically made by individual creators and small development teams without the support of a major publisher. So we are here to help push these video games by showing you our list of the top 10 best indie video games you need to play.

It is impressive to see what these teams can come up with, so let’s get started with some of the best video games of all time.

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Outer Wilds

First up is the action-adventure game Outer Wilds. And what a game to start with. No doubt one of the best indie games I have played. Originally developed by Mobius Digital and Annapurna Interactive, Outer Wilds takes you on a journey through a solar system stuck in a time loop. 

You are out to discover why the time loop is happening and uncover secrets of an extinct race. All while the events and locations you experience continue to change during the time loop.

 Pros: Cons:
  • Great mysterious aesthetic
  • Beautiful graphics
  • Some puzzles aren't as good


Disco Elysium

In Disco Elysium, you play a detective suffering from slight amnesia trying to solve a winding murder mystery. You will spend the duration of the game recalling your character's past and uncovering the mystery you have delved into.

What makes Disco Elysium unique though is its lack of combat. Most role-playing games feature a form of combat, but Disco Elysium has none. Taking a focus on dialogue trees and numerous skill checks.

Disco Elysium is a terrific option and is very deserving of its high acclaim. The story is very deep and very enjoyable, and its focus on dialogue and skills makes a truly unique gameplay experience in the role-playing genre. And with Disco Elysium Final Cut now being fully available, this game is only made better.

 Pros: Cons:
  • The story is detailed and engaging
  • Great RPG
  • Time limits within the game can become stressful



Firewatch is a game many of you have heard of. This adventure game developed by Campo Santo was a huge success. Even winning the BAFTA Games Award for debut game and the award for performer.

Firewatch tells a fascinating tale that has a strong and realistic look into some very serious issues. You play as a fire lookout known as Henry one year after the Yellowstone fires of 1988. Exploring the wilderness of Shoshone National Forest, you experience a deep narrative involving Henry and his supervisor Delilah.

 Pros: Cons:
  • The story is compelling and interesting
  • Great plot line
  • Options players can make arent relevant to the story



Subnautica is a game that I hold very close to my heart. This open-world deep-sea survival game, developed and published by Unknown Worlds Entertainment, is outstanding. And for several reasons.

Crafting and exploration are one thing, but this game excels in its wildlife. The sheer number of creatures you encounter is amazing, and the designs and actions are outstanding. Learning about the world, its past and wildlife is very enjoyable. But where this game truly rocks is its use of terror.

As you can expect, some of the wildlife is not friendly. And the leviathans are a true example of this. When you hear the roar of a reaper leviathan, or see the glow of a ghost leviathan you know to head in the exact opposite direction. The use of terror is extremely effective throughout.

 Pros: Cons:
  • World is massive
  • Lots of adventure within the game
  • Feels like the game is slightly rushed


What Remains of Edith Finch

Many of you may not be aware of this game. But What Remains of Edith Finch is a great and dramatic game that is worth playing. The duration is a bit short, but that’s not a bad thing here. The story here is simply fantastic. Giant Sparrow did an incredible job of developing this game.

What Remains of Edith Finch centres around the character Edith (obviously). The Finch family is afflicted by a curse that has caused every member of the family over the years to die in strange ways.

As Edith, you return to your family home and learn about your family and their deaths through each of their unique rooms. It is in these rooms where you get to learn about the characters and see the retelling of their unusual deaths.

 Pros: Cons:
  • Perfect visuals
  • The story is unique and entertaining
  • Game feels short



Inscryption is a game I am particularly fond of. And one of my favourite releases of 2021. This roguelike deck-building game, developed by Daniel Mullins Games, expands upon card game and escape room elements, and works very successfully in both.

As mentioned, this is a roguelike deck-building game. But what makes it so special is the nature of the game. The game is broken into three acts, and with each act, you will find that the nature of the game changes. Helping this game to feel constantly fresh.

There are so many aspects that play into this game, the cards, layout, types and stages all create an intense gameplay loop. What makes it all even better is your main opponent, Leshy. Leshy will use a variety of masks to set the tone and act out each encounter, and it only adds to what is already a dark atmosphere.

 Pros: Cons:
  • Very strong aesthetic
  • Addictive gameplay
  • Sometimes too dark



Undertale is a game that has been ingrained into the game culture over several years, becoming a massive deal online. And it is fair to see why. This 2D role-playing game made by Toby Fox delivers an incredibly enjoyable experience (and intense soundtrack but that’s not why we are here).

You control a child who has accidentally fallen into a massive and isolated region under the Earth’s surface. Named the Underground. In your quest to return to the surface, you encounter countless monsters and creatures, many of whom will challenge you and others whom you can befriend.

The game is played from a top-down perspective, and the encounters you experience are very similar to bullet hell shooters. In these encounters, you will take control of a small heart and avoid countless attacks from the opponent.

 Pros: Cons:
  • Great battle system
  • Stunning soundtrack
  • Ending is satisfying
  • Pacing in the game can drag slightly



Taking the number three spot is the incredibly successful game Cuphead. With a new Netflix series based around it and a DLC set to release this year, this game has certainly become a hit. It’s clear to see why.

The gameplay delivered with Cuphead is truly unforgettable. And frustrating for many. The numerous boss fights and run and gun levels all feel unique. The bosses push you to the limits and feature some cool abilities and attacks. A lot of praise goes to the encounters here, they are just so good.

Pros:  Cons:
  • Soundtrack is addictive
  • Boss fights are engaging
  • Visuals can be too extreme


Hollow Knight

Making it to second on our list is the 2D Metroidvania action-adventure game, Hollow Knight. And wow what a game it is. Team Cherry’s 2017 release received much praise from players. And for good reason.

You play as a knight exploring an ancient, underground world. Armed with your trusty nail, you make your way through some spectacular locations and face some truly dangerous enemies. The bosses and enemies alike are so well done that it's hard to describe how impressive it is. Every boss feels unique and serves a challenging fight.

 Pros: Cons:
  • Locations are stunning
  • Plenty of different characters and bosses
  • Sometimes can be too difficult


Return Of The Obra Dinn

Here we are. Number one. It was certainly a tough choice picking out ten games for this list. There are so many great indie games that are just exceptional. And the Return of The Obra Dinn is well-deserving of the first spot.

Onboard this now ghost ship, you reconstruct the events that occurred onboard. Determining the fates of all sixty passengers and what happened exactly.
The progress of investigating the events, and learning what happened are all truly phenomenal. The puzzles and logic that surround this game are immense and are truly worth playing.

 Pros: Cons:
  • The art style is different
  • Great puzzles
  • Some parts of the story can be easily missed
  • Requires concentration

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Have we missed a game? Then why not drop a comment below on your favourite Indie game? As mentioned, there are so many games that are worth experiencing.

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