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Opinion Top 5 Indie Games

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  1. giraffeman210

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    I like making top lists and since a lot of us here are making and playing indie games I thought I would list my top 5 must play indie games I have discovered. I'm sure there are many more great ones than these but if I was to recommend some these would be the five I would recommend first.

    5. Shovel Knight
    A lot of indie games are side scrolling action games and this is just one of the best in the genre period.

    4. Stardew Valley
    It may be a Harvest Moon clone but it does everything so well. Even though Harvest Moon came out just over 20 years ago there still isn't much like it and Stardew Valley does everything great. Plus the world is a ton of fun to interact with.

    3. Spelunky
    A great rogue like game. It ozees charm, it's a ton of fun, and just doesn't seem to get old.

    2. To The Moon
    The best story I have seen in an indie game and a soundtrack to match. This would probably be my number one if the game itself was a little more fun to play. Still a must play just for the story alone!

    1. Undertale
    My personal favorite indie game! A great world, great characters, and a super fun battle mechanic. I'll be honest, it wasn't until I did the pacifist run that I was blown away by this game!

    What are your must play indie games? If you haven't played some of these I hope you have some new fun games to try! :)
     
  2. pixeltroid

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    I haven't played too many of them.

    I kinda liked Axiom Verge. I thought it was a well made metroidvania with some interesting features.
     
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  3. K12gamer

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    Which ones are made with GameMaker?

    What makes a game an "Indie" game?

    Are any of the games you listed free? If so any links to where to get them?
     
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  4. nacho_chicken

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    5. Celeste
    A precision platformer with a masterful difficulty ramp-up from simple to insanely difficult. Movement in this game is extremely satisfying and only gets moreso the deeper you dive into the momentum mechanics. It says a lot coming from me that I hated the story and characters and yet this game still ranks 5th on this list. The game's official website is here: http://www.celestegame.com/

    4. POWDER
    A great beginner-friendly roguelike that still has enough complexity for genre veterans. Available for tons of different systems, including PC, iOS, GameBoy Advance, and Nintendo DS. You can get it for FREE here: http://www.zincland.com/powder/index.php?pagename=about

    3. Dwarf Fortress
    You probably know what this is already. A simcity-esque, fortress-building, population-managing god game. Quite possibly the most complex game of all time. Not as complicated to get into as everyone would have you believe. The third-party tileset is not a requirement, either. Get it FREE here: http://www.bay12games.com/dwarves/

    2. Iji
    Made with Game Maker! Action/adventure platform shooter with excellent story and gameplay. The music also rocks hard. Tons of replayability with how upgrades work. I've been replaying this game for years since it came out and I'm still finding secrets. Get it for FREE here: http://www.remar.se/daniel/iji.php

    1. La-Mulana
    Not only my favorite indie game of all time, but also my second favorite game of all time. Extremely non-linear Metroidvania with a focus on puzzle-solving. Not just simple block-pushing or spatial recognition "puzzles" like typical Zelda puzzles. Legitimate riddles based on IRL mythological concepts, in-game mythological concepts, complex item interaction puzzles, and even some mathematics- and language-based riddles. La-Mulana's game world is extremely expansive. On my first playthrough, I kept finding new location after new location. Just when the game started slowing down, I discovered I only found about half the areas in the game. The soundtrack consists entirely of godlike Castlevania-tier tunes and you'll be surprised how often you'll find yourself humming along to them. Get it on Steam here: https://store.steampowered.com/app/230700/LaMulana/ or DRM-free on GOG.com here: https://www.gog.com/game/la_mulana
     
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  5. K12gamer

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    This game is cool...EAGLE Island: Youtube Video It's available for the PC and Switch.

    @nacho_chicken Hyper Princess Pitch (GameMaker 8) is my favorite Remar game... LINK
    Would like to see an enhanced GameMaker Studio or GM2 version that had even more rooms / creatures.
     
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  6. giraffeman210

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    Spelunky (original) was made in Gamemaker and so was Undertale. The only one that is free is the original version of spelunky which you can just search Spelunky original or free. The rest are on steam or other online download sites. Indie just means its self published usually. I believe all but Shovel Knight were made by a single person.
     
  7. giraffeman210

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    Celeste is one I have wanted to play as well as La-Mulana! I will have to check some of these out!
     
  8. nacho_chicken

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    Absolutely play Celeste ASAP. Based off your top 5, I can already tell it will take one of those other games off your list.
     
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  9. RichHopefulComposer

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    Undertale was more than one person, too.
     
  10. woodsmoke

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    Sorry can't do top5, here are my top10. In no paticular order. Once a certain level has been reached there is no better or worse, and most games are hardly comparable.

    Live for Speed
    Developed by three people this is my go-to sim racing game. Amazing physics and excellent netcode makes for really good online racing. The base game is free, played it for over a year before I bought the rest of the game.

    Nuclear Throne
    I'm a big Vlambeer fan. 77 hours played on Steam, nuff said. Made with Gamemaker.

    Downwell
    Also made with Gamemaker and the best mobile phone gamer ever in my opinion. Worth every cent. ($3)

    Hotline Miami
    Yup, a Gamemaker game again. The music and the fast paced action gets me pumped every time. What the hell did they put into this game?

    Hammerfight
    Such fun swinging weight around with the mouse. Does anyone know other games similar to this? Very cool atmosphere too, even if I hardly read the dialogues.

    Lunar Flight
    Top notch game, right down my alley. If there was a sequel to Lunar Lander this would be it. Also totally nailed the atmosphere, with its GFX, SFX, UI and music.

    Qvadriga
    Who knew turn-based racing games could be so addictive? Well it does have a crazy fighting system in it too, maybe that helps. Yeah lets whip that other racer! XD

    FTL
    Into the Breach

    What's there to say? Those dudes at Subset Games are demi-gods when it comes to indie games. What will they come up with next?

    MWLL
    Best multiplayer Mechwarrior/Battletech game hands down. Been playing since release years ago. Yeah I know this is a mod, but it's a full conversion mod where nothing is left from the base game. And it uses the demo version of Crysis, which makes it 100% free. Even has a installer now, no moddding required. Just donwload, install, play.
     
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  11. giraffeman210

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    FTL is another great one! Also fantastic soundtrack!
     
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    Space station 13: though its more of a community game than indie anymore. Choose your roll in 100 man servers, do your job, and try to make it off alive. Absolute chaos and endless laughs. Never have the same adventure twice. Hard to get into, but soooo rewarding. Pprobably spent close to 1000 hours in it. The amount of actions you can take and the details in this game are insane. Want to be a preacher that grows space weed? You can! Want to be a changeling that eats other players DNA, get caught doing something bad as said player, get murdered, then have your souls transfered to a security robot? You can. Want to incorrectly mix chemicals in the bio-labs and try to inject people with a virus all while accidentally blowing a hole in the hull, sucking out half the station. You can. Want to unrevit the walls to get parts you need to turn a mine mech into and unstopable death mech, and then tear through the shipping department because they refused to order the parts for you? You can. Want to beat the space station clown or janitor to death upon spawning in as per tradition while security turns a blind eye. You can do that too! This game is truly endless, and there is a reason people play it even being 15 years old and running like dog ****. I literally cry of laughter every day I play this POS.
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    Cube world beta: the release sucks balls, but its a voxel-like character building open ended RPG with random loot. Action based/ non-macro combat.
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    Delver: a first person action rouge-like looter dungeon crawler with character building.
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    Dusk: a quake-ish FPS clone. Back when FPS were simple and easy to play, but hard to master.
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    Rouge Legacy: a metroid vania rouge-like with random generation. Grind your way and be born as an heir to your family to conquer a cursed castle.
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  13. giraffeman210

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    Rouge Legacy is a good one! I never seem to be able to get into it enough though to get all the way through
     
  14. 11clock

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    I can't really think of a top 5, but my top 3 would be Yooka Laylee and the Impossible Lair, Freedom Planet, and Hollow Knight. An Untitled Story gets an honorable mention.
     
  15. giraffeman210

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    I need to play Hollow Knight! I got it for Christmas last year and never got to playing it. I love Metroid but Metroidvania is not my favorite genre right now. Looks like a great game though!
     
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    Actually Enter the Gungeon also gets an honorable mention so I guess that would be my 5.

    Edit: There is also Terraria. Argh so many good options...
     
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  17. Cloaked Games

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    I don't have a top 5 indie games really, but Hollow Knight made my top 3 favorite games list of all time. It literally bopped Secret of Mana for me, so that's saying something.

    Checking my games tier list for any indie games, one that hasn't been mentioned is World of Goo. It has an amazing aesthetic and Soundtrack, and the puzzles are cool.
     
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    That makes me want to check it out more because Secret of Mana is fantastic!
     
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  20. Cloaked Games

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    SoM is fantastic indeed. I think the primary reason it got beat though is that the mechanics don't hold up super well compared to modern games. Like, pausing the game constantly to cast magic, some of the game flow and progression balance is real janky in SoM. If it weren't for those flaws (mostly a product of the limitations of the time), SoM would still hold a top spot for me. (And I do really like it still).
     
  21. sitebender

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    Everyone has their own definition of "indie" even if it probably means independent, but most people lump it into a small game. Other times I've heard it's a game independent of influence, even if someone else funds it, publishes it, markets it, and distributes it.

    I used to see the "this is not an indie game" arguments a lot on Steam forums before Greenlight with several reasons why a game isn't an indie game:
    - Game X has a publisher (big or small) therefore not indie.
    - Game Y has crowdfunding, therefore not indie.
    - Game Z sub contracted all its work to a place in Korea, therefore not indie.
    - Game A is using an IP from a third party, therefore not indie.
    - Game B is made, published, and distributed by an entity too big to be indie
     

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