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:
#40 — Darkest Dungeon: The Crimson Court
Darkest Dungeon: The Crimson Court is an expansion to the stylish and psychological dungeon crawler Darkest Dungeon. It features a brand new parallel campaign that can be played alongside the main campaign, and also many new features such as a new hero class, new enemies, new bosses and new buildings. Critics praised it for its new additions over the base game.
Get it if: Tormenting the heroes from the original game wasn’t enough for you, you up-and-coming George R R Martin.
#39 — Tooth and Tail
Tooth and Tail is a real-time strategy game from the creators of indie heist game Monaco. Set in a civil war between animal factions, the game weaves together dark humour with briskly-paced strategic gameplay. Features include procedurally generated maps, short matches, split-screen multiplayer and support for gamepads. Critics praised it for its minimalistic and fast-paced design, as well as its accessibility and dark humour.
Get it if: You thought George Orwell’s Animal Farm needed a little more action to make things exciting.
#38 — Children of Zodiarcs
Children of the Zodiarcs is a tactical RPG with a strong focus on storytelling that hearkens back to such classics as Final Fantasy Tactics. A tale of outcasts battling both the corrupt system and criminals alike, the game has a fresh new battle system based on card decks and symbol dice. Critics praised it for its combat system, which blends different systems together.
Get it if: You enjoy playing with cards and dice and have a lot of free time now that gambling has taken away everything that ever mattered oh god where is my vodka.
#37 — Stories Untold
Stories Untold is an anthology of four short stories told through text adventures blended with point-and-click adventures. Features lots of 80s nostalgia and shifting genres from horror to mystery to sci-fi. Critics praised it for its tense storytelling and retro nostalgia.
Get it if: You weren’t alive in the 1980s and think it was a terrifying time to be alive. Or, if you were alive in the 1980s and know it was a terrifying time to be alive.
#36 — Torment: Tides of Numenera
Torment: Tides of Numenera is the spiritual sequel to Planescape: Torment, which is one of the best-written games in existence. Set in the role-playing world of Numenera, the new Torment game is an RPG with a heavy focus on wordy storytelling as opposed to combat. In a fantastical world set in the very far future, you control a character hunting down a mysterious person known as The Changing God. Critics praised it for its story, writing and player choice.
Get it if: You’d rather play a game with more words to read than there are bullets fired in a Call of Duty campaign.
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