The best indie games available for each gameplay genre

There are a lot of indie games being released every year. With many to choose from, here are a few best indie games available right now.

The indie gaming industry is a mix of great ones while some take a bizarre approach. It is hard to keep track of which games are the best indie games available among the hundreds available.

The best indie games are kind of subjective. Different gamers have varying preferences. But for every game genre available, there are some that stand out.

1. Dead Cells – Action

Dead Cells is an action role-playing game created and published by Motion Twin. It is often described as a “roguevania,” which makes it a combination of roguelike and Metroidvania games.

Inside the game, the player takes on the role of a slime-like creature that controls dead beings inside a dungeon. As the game progresses, the player can pick up weapons, skins, powerups, and abilities. There are boss enemies on various stages called Keepers.

Dead Cells is available on PC, PlayStation, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

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2. Celeste – Platform

Celeste is a platform video game developed by Matt Makes Games. The gameplay involves controlling the character, Madeline, as she works her way to the mountain top. Deadly enemies and obstacles await her on her journey.

This game garnered awards when it was first released. It took home the “Audience award” in the 2018 Independent Games Festival. It also won the “Best Independent Game” and “Game of Impact” award during the Game Awards 2018.

Celeste is available on multiple platforms. It is playable on PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, and Xbox One.

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3. Untitled Goose Game – Puzzles

The Untitled Goose Game is a unique take on the puzzle genre. The player takes the role of a goose living in a small village with a “to-do list.” This list involves scaring the villagers or taking their belongings.

This game involves puzzle mechanics when taking care of the “to-do list.” The player needs to complete the tasks through a series of puzzles that need to be solved.

For example, during the first levels fo the game, the player must steal some keys, distract ground keepers, in order to conduct a picnic.

The Untitled Goose Game is US$20 [AU$31] well-spent. It provides a good amount of laughter while exercising minds. It is currently available on PC and consoles.

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4. Disco Elysium – Role-playing game

Disco Elysium is notable one of the most decorated indie games this year. This isometric open-world role-playing game developed by ZA/UM won three awards in the recently concluded BAFTA 2020.

The game follows the story of a detective who is solving a murder case. Instead of the typical RPG action, the game revolves on creating a unique character.

For fans of excellent writing and great narrative, this game is for you. Just consider its stunning visuals a bonus. Its story is what makes it one of the best RPGs created to date.

When first encountering Disco Elysium, the amnesia plot might seem cliche. However, the implementation is excellent on this one. It will not win any awards if it is half-baked right?

Disco Elysium is available on PC and all gaming console available including the Nintendo Switch.

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5. Stardew Valley – Sandbox/Simulation

When it comes to simulation games, Stardew Valley ticks off all the great points. The player starts as a farmer from a small village and it is up to the player on how the farm grows.

Stardew Valley allows the players to plant crops, raise livestock, craft goods, mine some minerals, sell produce and socialize with the in-game characters. It also allows marriage and having children similar to The Sims game series.

The game is open-ended, which makes it better. It allows players to each have a different experience while playing the game.

For fans of Harvest Moon, this is a must buy. It is now available on all gaming platforms. Throughout the years, it has sold over 10 million copies.

This might be the best game to fulfill fantasies to live a rural life.

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6. Thumper – Rhythmn

The objective of Thumper is to guide a beetle through a single or dual track of different horrific worlds. The player then needs to hit the right notes while the beetle travels through these tracks. There are several obstacles included in the game that makes it difficult. As the player progresses, the game gets harder as well.

It is similar to Beat Saber, as the game allows support for most VR headsets. It is currently available on PC, PlayStation, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and VR consoles such as the Oculus Rift.

For music lovers, this is one of the best indie games for you.

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