2017 was a strong year for indie games, and we’re highlighting 50 of the best games to come out this year. Here’s the definitive IND13 list for 2017.
2017 was the year indie games found a new home: the Nintendo Switch, the home console-portable hybrid that has broken all expectations. 2017 was also a year marked by many controversies in the video games industry, but indie games paddled forth past the exploding battleships. Some of the finest experiences this year came from the indie quarter, and we’re celebrating the diversity and ingenuity of indie games with this mega-list. Over this week, find out the 50 Best Indie Games that released this year.
We’ve ranked the games loosely according to their OpenCritic scores, which should give you a good idea of what critics thought of the game. We’ve also steered clear of re-releases and ports, focusing on original content.
Here’s the rest of the list:
#30 — Old Man’s Journey
Old Man’s Journey is a puzzle adventure in which you shape the very landscape that the titular old man will journey across. The game is a meditative story about the old man’s memories and explores themes of regret, broken dreams and precious moments. Critics praised it for its charming story and puzzles.
Get it if: You’re having trouble completing your boy or girl scout badge for assisting senior citizens.
#29 — Hand of Fate 2
Hand of Fate 2 builds upon its deckbuilding predecessor and marks the written of the shrewd antagonist, the Dealer. Once more, you find yourself locked in a card game where the stakes are life or death. The game blends action RPG gameplay with deckbuilding. Critics praised it for its improvements over the original and its emergent storytelling.
Get it if: You feel lucky, punk. Lucky with cards, that is.
#28 — A Normal Lost Phone
A Normal Lost Phone falls squarely in the emerging ‘lost and unlocked phone’ genre of games, and like other games in the genre, it’s layered with mystery abound. The phone’s previous owner, Sam, has gone missing upon turning 18 and by accessing the data on the lost phone, you might just find out why. Critics praised it for its handling of sensitive content and overall experience.
Get it if: You want all the voyeuristic pleasure of snooping on someone’s phone, without the displeasure of losing their friendship.
#27 — Splasher
Splasher isn’t quite Splatoon, but it offers similar colour-splashing madness. You play as a young worker of the company Inkcorp, and you must rise against your tyrant boss using your powerful paint cannon. The various colours give you a range of abilities to play with as you fight through challenging levels. It’s also speedrun-friendly. Critics praised it for its fluid platforming and its design.
Get it if: The gels in Portal 2 weren’t a cooky enough platformer idea for you.
#26 — Battle Chef Brigade
Battle Chef Brigade is set in a fantasy world where elite warriors kill dangerous monsters and then cook them for your dining pleasure. You must master both action-based combat and puzzle-based cooking in order to seize victory in a high-stakes competition. Critics praised it for its original blend of genres, its characters and its style.
Get it if: You were the one who roleplayed Gordon Ramsay in Monster Hunter.
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