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Although you can find the best indie games on nearly any platform nowadays, most of them began on PC. With platforms like allowing anyone to send their magnum opus — or tech demo — to the masses, PC games are still the go-to spot for creative and innovative indies. Here are our best indie games on PC, from fan-favorite hits like Cupheadto the lesser-known That Dragon, Cancer.

If you’re looking for games on a console, we’ve also found the best indie games on Nintendo Switch and indie games on PS4.

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Return of the Obra Dinn

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PlatformsPC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

GenrePuzzle, Adventure, Indie

DeveloperLucas Pope, 3909

PublisherLucas Pope, 3909

ReleaseOctober 18, 2018

Lucas Pope’s follow-up to the magnificent Papers, Please! (hint for later) is one of the best puzzle games we’ve ever played. Return of the Obra Dinn places you into the shoes of an insurance adjuster circa 1807. Your task is to board the mysterious Obra Dinn, a merchant ship that was previously declared lost at sea, and identify the bodies of the 60 crew members. All you have at your disposal is a notebook with the ship manifest, a couple supporting documents, and a magical pocket watch that transports you to the moments before a crew member’s unfortunate death. Return of the Obra Dinn forces you to play the long game, as identifying even a single person takes careful observation. It’s basically an elaborate logic puzzle and a ridiculously brilliant one at that. Rendered in classic Macintosh 1-bit graphics, Return of the Obra Dinn has a unique aesthetic that will stick with you long after you’ve put 60 names to 60 very dead bodies.

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Into the Breach

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PlatformsLinux, PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia

GenrePuzzle, Role-playing (RPG), Simulator, Strategy, Turn-based strategy (TBS), Indie, Card & Board Game

DeveloperSubset Games

PublisherSubset Games

ReleaseFebruary 27, 2018

Developed by Subset Games, the studio behind FTL: Faster Than Light, Into the Breachis a bite-sized tactics game with a deceptive amount of depth. Each level in Into the Breach occurs on a small grid-based map. Unlike other turn-based strategy games, you only control a few units and face off against several others. Your main goal, however, is protecting the buildings from nefarious insect-aliens called the Vek. The name of the game is staving the Vek off for a small number of turns in order to move onto the next mission. If all of your units are eliminated, however, you have to start the whole game over again, rogue-like style. Brilliantly designed, invigoratingly challenging, and relentlessly charming, Into the Breach is a tactics masterpiece.

Read our full Into the Breach review

Into the Breach - Launch Trailer

That Dragon, Cancer

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75 %

PlatformsLinux, PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, Android, iOS, Ouya

GenreAdventure, Indie

DeveloperNuminous Games

PublisherNuminous Games

ReleaseJanuary 11, 2016

A beautiful, heartbreaking, and ultimately inspiring game from Numinous Games, That Dragon, Cancer takes players through the Green family’s experience with childhood cancer. Ryan and Amy Green’s 1-year-old son Joel was diagnosed with terminal cancer but far outlived his prognosis by surviving for four more years. That Dragon, Cancer lets you see snippets of what the Green family went through during Joel’s battle with cancer through a point-and-click adventure game. Though the subject matter grapples with some serious themes, Numinous Games created That Dragon, Cancer as an ode to Joel’s brave and inspiring battle. It will make you cry, but it will also instill you with hope.

That Dragon, Cancer - Official Release Trailer

Quadrilateral Cowboy

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88 %

PlatformsLinux, PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac

GenrePuzzle, Adventure, Indie

DeveloperBlendo Games

PublisherBlendo Games

ReleaseJuly 25, 2016

Quadrilateral Cowboy puts you in the role of a hacker in the 1980s. You work alongside multiple other agents to gain access to buildings to steal important documents and other items. As the hacker, though, you don’t actually go inside to complete the job. Instead, you assist via a computer terminal, entering commands to help open doors, turn off cameras, and manipulate other objects. Because heist jobs are time-sensitive, you have to be quick-witted to succeed. The commands (hacking inputs) aren’t always clear either. Before each mission, you have the chance to do a mock version of the ensuing events in “virtual reality,” which lets you devise strategies and figure out what each agent will do and how they will do it. Quadrilateral Cowboy is an all-around impressive feat and a truly novel experience.

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Her Story

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78 %

PlatformsLinux, PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, Android, iOS

GenrePoint-and-click, Puzzle, Simulator, Adventure, Indie

DeveloperSam Barlow

PublisherSam Barlow

ReleaseJune 24, 2015

Her Story‘s Steam page calls it: “A video game about a woman talking to the police.” And that’s technically true, but you have to play it to truly understand its greatness. A FMV (full motion video) game, Her Story contains video clips of police interviews with Viva Seifert, an actress and musician, whose husband has disappeared. You sit down at a desk and type in phrases to view footage of Viva discussing those pieces of information with police. Why are you watching these clips? What happened to her husband? Her Story tells a tantalizing story in an unconventional manner. If you’re at all interested in storytelling in games, you should absolutely check out Her Story.

Her Story Trailer

Papers, Please

Back to Papers, Please, please. Much like Return of the Obra Dinn, Lucas Pope’s other renowned game let players step into the role of a relatively ordinary person. Set at a border crossing inspired by East and West Berlin, you check papers of those who pass through to make sure everything is in order and that they pose no threat during this tumultuous period of history. Playing as an immigration officer may sound boring, but you’d be surprised how much depth Pope was able to jam into this odd “puzzle” game. There’s a much deeper meaning to be found in Papers, Pleasethan just its quirky premise. It’s a wondrous experience that makes you think about the people and world around you differently.

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PlatformsPC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

GenreShooter, Platform, Adventure, Indie, Arcade

DeveloperStudio MDHR

PublisherStudio MDHR

ReleaseSeptember 29, 2017

Studio MDHR’s Cupheadhas it all. At first glance, you’re captivated by its visuals, which are inspired by 1940s cartoons. Once you start playing, though, you realize it’s far more than just a great looking game. Designed mainly as a boss rush, Cuphead features a wide array of interesting and pretty darn tough Cuphead bosses leading up to an eventual fight with the Devil himself. Each of the three worlds contains five well-designed boss fights with multiple phases. But wait, there’s more. Cuphead also has two run-and-gun side-scrolling levels per world, each of which requires great platforming skills and a keen awareness of your surroundings. Cuphead is by no means an easy game, but it’s well worth the struggle.

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PlatformsLinux, PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia

GenrePlatform, Adventure, Indie

DeveloperExtremely OK Games

PublisherExtremely OK Games

ReleaseJanuary 25, 2018

One of the best games of 2018, Celeste is a precision platformer with a surprising amount of emotional depth. You play as Madeline, a young woman determined to scale Celeste Mountain to overcome her own demons. Over the course of a handful of chapters, you have to jump, climb, and think your way across each screen. With expert platforming design, a moving story about mental illness, a brilliant soundtrack, and charming retro visuals, Celeste doesn’t have a low point. We awarded it a rare 10/10 in our review. It’s one of the best platformers we’ve played in a long, long time.

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Spelunky 2

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89 %

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PlatformsPC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X|S

GenrePlatform, Adventure, Indie

DeveloperBlitWorks, Mossmouth


ReleaseSeptember 15, 2020

Spelunky had humble beginnings as an open-source game that creator Derek Yu shared on forums. The original version was officially released in 2008, but it only gained widespread popularity with the enhanced version in 2012. In our estimation, Spelunky 2 is not only one of the best indie games of all time, but one of the greatest games ever made. A rogue-like sidescroller, you play as an adventurer who works their way down procedurally generated rooms, avoiding baddies and acquiring gold and useful items along the way. Once you die — and death comes often — you have to start from the beginning. Spelunky 2 has a handful of biomes you can branch to on a run, but it’s littered with secret areas. Add on the fact that each playthrough is different, and Spelunky 2 has some serious legs. It’s a truly remarkable game that should be played by anyone with a remote interest in 2D platformers.

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Hollow Knight

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PlatformsLinux, PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

GenrePlatform, Hack and slash/Beat 'em up, Adventure, Indie

DeveloperTeam Cherry

PublisherTeam Cherry

ReleaseFebruary 24, 2017

Before making waves as a Nintendo Switch game, Hollow Knight began its life on PC. Starring an insect knight holding a needle sword, this 2D Metroidvania game is one of the very best around. With an absolutely massive map and a progression system that compels you to explore, Hollow Knight has a feeling of wonder that few games in the genre have been able to replicate. The dodge-centric combat is reminiscent of Dark Souls — tough but fair. Over the course of the 30-plus hour adventure, Hollow Knight offers some of the most rewarding combat and platforming sequences seen in a Metroidvania.

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Dead Cells

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PlatformsLinux, PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, Android, iOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

GenrePlatform, Adventure, Indie

DeveloperMotion Twin, Evil Empire

PublisherMotion Twin

ReleaseAugust 06, 2018

Like Hollow Knight, Dead Cellsstarted on PC before migrating to consoles much later down the road. And also like Hollow Knight, it’s not comfortable being cast as a single genre. At face value, it’s a Metroidvania with a spacious map that opens up the more you play. But it’s also a rogue-lite, in that you lose your progress — save for stored upgrades, weapons, and blueprints — with each death. Dead Cells is all about chipping away at a challenging task over time. Deaths are teaching lessons for what to do differently. The combat is comparable to Dark Souls but in 2D; though the real reason to stick around is the alluring art style, captivating world, and rewarding loot system.

Read our full Dead Cells review

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PlatformsLinux, PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

GenrePlatform, Puzzle, Adventure, Indie

DeveloperD-Pad Studio

PublisherSOEDESCO Publishing, D-Pad Studio

ReleaseNovember 01, 2016

Owlboy is now available on all major consoles, but it’s vibrant, brilliant life began on PC. D-Pad Studio worked on Owlboy for nearly a decade before its launch, and that dedication shows. You play as Otus, a young owl whose hometown has been invaded by sky pirates. Now it’s up to Otus and the friends he meets along the way to save the day. Owlboy has a gorgeous 16-bit art style that harks back to SNES platformers. The world slowly opens up as Otus and his companions solve smart puzzles and fight off baddies. The puzzles are every bit as good as the ones seen in The Legend of Zelda series and the exploration is on par with that of the best Metroidvania titles. Endlessly charming and joy in motion, Owlboy will keep you grinning to its awesome conclusion.

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PlatformsLinux, PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

GenreRole-playing (RPG), Turn-based strategy (TBS), Adventure, Indie


Publishertobyfox, 8-4

ReleaseSeptember 15, 2015

Undertale captures a rare sort of magic not seen since Earthbound. Starring a nameless child thrust into an underbelly filled with monsters, this JRPG is all about subverting your expectations. Undertale shines in its writing and characterization. It’s supremely funny, heartbreaking, and wondrously written. Without spoiling anything, Undertale has one of the most poignant messages we’ve seen in a game. And if you enjoy Toby Fox’s exquisite creation, you can play its follow-up, Deltarune, completely free. It’s also, unsurprisingly, amazing.

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Stardew Valley

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87 %

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PlatformsLinux, PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, Android, iOS, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

GenreRole-playing (RPG), Simulator, Indie


PublisherConcernedApe, Chucklefish Games

ReleaseFebruary 26, 2016

Eric Barone designed Stardew Valley as somewhat of an ode to Harvest Moon, but for PC. The influence is clear, with many Minecraft-like mechanicsshowing through. In Stardew Valley, you leave the city to start a quiet life on the plot of land owned by your grandfather. From there, you harvest crops, fish, explore less savory places at night, and develop relationships with the AI in town. Stardew Valley can very easily eat up hundreds of hours of your life. The 16-bit visuals, great dialogue, and engaging progression system make Pelican Town a tantalizing place to spend your time in each day. If you want a relaxing and rewarding simulation game experience, look no further than Stardew Valley.

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Where the Water Tastes Like Wine

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67 %

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PlatformsLinux, PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

GenrePuzzle, Role-playing (RPG), Adventure, Indie

DeveloperDim Bulb Games, Serenity Forge

PublisherGood Shepherd Entertainment, Serenity Forge

ReleaseFebruary 28, 2018

Where the Water Tastes Like Wine was, sadly, a commercial failure, according to the developers. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t play it, though. In fact, if you want a bold narrative-focused adventure, Where the Water Tastes Like Wine is one of the best in recent memory. Set during the Great Depression, you simply walk around and listen to people tell you their life stories. While that may sound boring, it winds up becoming a fascinating snapshot into the minds of people across America during this tumultuous period in history. Some gameplay elements do exist other than talking, though. You can earn money to buy food and to travel. It’s very much an experimental game in that there isn’t much game here. If you want something a bit different that’s words will stick with you after the credits, you should give it a shot

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FTL: Faster Than Light

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85 %

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PlatformsLinux, PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, iOS

GenreSimulator, Strategy, Indie

DeveloperSubset Games

PublisherSubset Games

ReleaseSeptember 14, 2012

FTL: Faster Than Light from Subset Games is one of the greatest real-time strategy games of all time. Seriously, it’s that good. In this top-down experience with rudimentary but pretty graphics, you control a spacecraft that needs to bring info across space to your allies. The trouble is that enemies are chasing you down. When in combat, it plays like a standard RTS, but you can pause combat to think through your next moves. Meanwhile, you also need to worry about upgrades and bringing new crew members aboard. FTL, like Subset’s Into the Breach, has a rogue-like element to it. If your ship is destroyed or everyone is killed, the game starts over again. Thankfully, each area in FTL is randomly generated, so each voyage feels like a brand new game.

FTL: Faster Than Light Trailer


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PlatformsPC (Microsoft Windows), Mac

GenreSimulator, Strategy, Indie

Developer11 bit studios

Publisher11 bit studios

ReleaseApril 24, 2018

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Frostpunk, a hybrid management sim/survival game, is extremely grim. But that’s not all too surprising considering the studio behind it was responsible for This War of Mine. Set in an alternate 1886, a volcanic winter has led to the deaths of millions and decimated food sources. You play as a leader of a city tasked with keeping the people alive. Frostpunk has four different scenarios, each of which presents new challenges. What’s interesting about Frostpunk is it goes beyond the standard “management sim” territory. The AI that you reign supreme over can grow disappointed if you make poor decisions. Each time you play through a scenario, you’ll face new challenges, such as vastly varying weather and political strife that makes your task an uphill battle at all times.

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The Stanley Parable

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83 %

PlatformsLinux, PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac

GenreAdventure, Indie

DeveloperGalactic Cafe

PublisherGalactic Cafe

ReleaseOctober 17, 2013

The Stanley Parable is a clever, bizarre game. A walking simulator, you play as Stanley, who works in an office building as basically a cog in a machine. He looks at a computer screen and presses buttons when told to. That’s it. What a life. But when the screen goes dark, Stanley realizes his office building is rather empty. All throughout The Stanley Parable, the narrator breaks the fourth wall and talks to you, the player. Where Stanley’s tale winds up is largely up to you, with six different endings depending on your choices. By the time you finish The Stanley Parable, however, you’ll start to question how much choice you truly had. The Stanley Parable does a marvelous job commenting on free will, but it’s also just a wonderfully unique experience that we thoroughly recommend.

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The Beginner's Guide

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82 %

PlatformsPC (Microsoft Windows), Mac

GenreAdventure, Indie

DeveloperEverything Unlimited Ltd.

PublisherEverything Unlimited Ltd.

ReleaseOctober 01, 2015

Developed by Davey Wreden, the developer responsible for The Stanley Parable, The Beginner’s Guide is even more peculiar. In The Beginner’s Guide, Wreden wants to show you fragments of games created by someone he calls Coda. We recommend playing The Stanley Parable first, but The Beginner’s Guide is arguably even more discussion worthy. Admittedly, it’s a short experience. But Wreden takes you on a stirring journey through a friendship that fell apart. Nothing is what it seems, though: There are multiple theories as to what The Beginner’s Guide is trying to say. And it does have the same eerie hint as The Stanely Parable. But we’ll let you interpret it for yourself, no spoilers.

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PlatformsPC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, Nintendo Switch

GenrePoint-and-click, Puzzle, Role-playing (RPG), Adventure, Indie

DeveloperWadjet Eye Games, Wadjet Eye Games

PublisherWadjet Eye Games, Wadjet Eye Games

ReleaseAugust 08, 2018

An old school point-and-click adventure, Unavowed is set in a fictional New York City. The crazy backstory is an innovative concept, though. It starts with your character, who has been possessed by a demon for the previous year. The game begins when this demon leaves your character. Once the demon is gone, you join the eponymous group. Its goal: Finding explanations for paranormal activities. When you pick your character, you choose between a male or a female before deciding on one of three careers: Bartender, cop, or actor. Each career option has its unique backstory and leads to different choices throughout the game. The graphics created for Unavowed are reminiscent of classic adventure games, but the game also contains little touches that make it feel new at the same time. A choice-based system comes into play throughout each investigation, letting you control the storyline. Unavowed’s clever writing and well-rounded character lineup prove that point-and-click adventure games can still provide enthralling experiences.

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Tribeca Festival 2023 will feature seven games and a Hideo Kojima documentary

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No matter your console of choice, we've got a lot of gaming deals for you. While the attention is now on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, there are still some highly anticipated titles in the pipeline for the PlayStation 4and Xbox One, in addition to the Nintendo Switch. For those who have already upgraded to the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, you should take advantage of video game deals to build your collection, while those on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch should be on the lookout for offers that will tap into their established libraries. We've rounded up some of the best bargains across the different consoles right here -- hurry and avail them as we're not sure when the discounts will end.

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The best indie games on PC | Digital Trends? ›

Although you can find the best indie games on nearly any platform nowadays, most of them began on PC. With platforms like allowing anyone to send their magnum opus — or tech demo — to the masses, PC games are still the go-to spot for creative and innovative indies.

Which PC game is trending? ›

What PC Games Are People Playing Right Now?
Game titlePublisher
1.MinecraftMojang Studios
2.FortniteEpic Games
3.ROBLOXRoblox Corporation
4.The Sims 4Electronic Arts
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What was the most popular indie game? ›

Concurrent Steam Users
2.Project Zomboid27,950
3.Garry's Mod20,209
4.Plants vs. Zombies: Game of the Year4,205
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Is indie games on PC? ›

Although you can find the best indie games on nearly any platform nowadays, most of them began on PC. With platforms like allowing anyone to send their magnum opus — or tech demo — to the masses, PC games are still the go-to spot for creative and innovative indies.

Which game is No 1 in the world? ›

1. PUBG. PUBG is the most popular online game in 2022, with a huge fan following. Inspired by armor and H1Z1, PUBG has swept the internet and now has more than 100 million players.

What is the top 1 gaming PC? ›

Best gaming PC overall

The Alienware Aurora R14 Ryzen Edition is the best gaming PC you can buy right now. It's built with an AMD Ryzen 9 5900 CPU and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card for all the power you need to play the hottest triple-A titles and most graphically demanding games.

What is the first indie game? ›

Before that, they were termed as amateur, enthusiast, or hobbyist games. One of the first known examples of an indie game is Spacewar! which was released in 1963 but there is still some debate as to which is the first indie video game.

Are indie games getting popular? ›

Indie games are games created by independent developers, often with limited resources and funding, and distributed through digital storefronts like Steam,, or the Epic Games Store. Indie games have become increasingly popular among players and have had a significant impact on the industry.

What are indie style games? ›

Indie games are computer games created by independent developers. A single person or a small team of 2 to 10 people can build such games from scratch. Sometimes indie games are referred to as “free” because game resources are either created by the developers themselves or taken from free sources.

What game is shutting down in 2023? ›

Knockout City, the team-based 'dodgebrawler' from Velan Studios and EA, will be shut down on 6 June 2023. It becomes the latest in a long line of live service games being sunsetted, following in the footsteps of EA's own Apex Legends Mobile and Battlefield Mobile, as well as Rumbleverse, and Fuser.

Do indie games make money? ›

According to ALCOR, the average junior indie game developer in the US in 2022 earned $40,500, with mid-levels earning $55,500, and seniors earning $69,000.

What game is coming out in 2025? ›

Judas, the next game from BioShock creator Ken Levine, is set to be released by March 2025. From developer Ghost Story Games, the game was first shown at The Game Awards last December and looks to include many familiar features to BioShock fans. It's set for PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S.

Are indie games hard to make? ›

Creating your own indie game is a challenging and rewarding process. This is your chance to create the game you want and share your ideas with the world. Whether you're working by yourself or with a small team, there are some very important things you should keep in mind when creating a successful indie game.

How do I find good indie games? ›

Where Do You Discover New Indie Games? There are 3 main places you can find and buy indie games:, Steam (using the indie game tag), and Game Jolt. Additionally, sites like Global Game Jam and Reddit's Indie Gaming section is a great alternative to find new indie games and developers to follow.

How many gamers play indie games? ›

Indie video games are on the rise in the U.S., according to a study by market research and data analytics firm YouGov, with 17 percent of PC and console gamers playing indie labels in March 2022 compared to only 13 percent in March 2021.

Which is the least popular game? ›

  • 3.1 Mortal Kombat: Special Forces (2000)
  • 3.2 The Simpsons Wrestling (2001)
  • 3.3 Mortal Kombat Advance (2001)
  • 3.4 Batman: Dark Tomorrow (2003)
  • 3.5 Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness (2003)
  • 3.6 Drake of the 99 Dragons (2003)
  • 3.7 Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing (2003)
  • 3.8 Lula 3D (2005)

What is the best of five game? ›

Best of five means out of 5 sets, the player who wins 3 sets out of 5, wins the match. If the player wins first 3 sets, it is said that he/she has won in straight sets and the remaining 2 sets will not be played at all.

What game has the biggest player base 2023? ›

Top 10 Most Popular Online Games In 2023
RankGameActive Player
1PUBG100 Million+
2Minecraft95 Million+
3Apex Legends50 Million
4Fortnite Battle Royale45 Million
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Is $1000 good for a PC? ›

Building a $1000 gaming PC is ideal when you want premium performance and a foundation for the future of PC gaming. At this budget range, you can opt for a higher-end motherboard to increase the build's “quality of life” as you continue to use it for years to come.

Is it cheaper to build a gaming PC? ›

By building the PC yourself, you also save on the premium cost of labor that comes with buying a pre-built system. If you're really budget conscious, you can even buy used parts and build a budget powerhouse!

How much is a perfect gaming PC? ›

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How many indie games are there? ›

Steam has over 40,000 'indie' games, and this is fine | VentureBeat.

Why are indie games so short? ›

Typically, indie games are smaller than mainstream titles. Indie game developers are generally not financially backed by video game publishers, who are risk-averse and prefer "big-budget games". Instead, indie game developers usually have smaller budgets, usually sourcing from personal funds or via crowdfunding.

What is indie vs AAA games? ›

A majority of Indie games are in a pixel art style, while AAA have more realistic graphics or semi-realistic, because of the high budgets that the companies like Rockstar Games (that made GTA and Activision) have, while Indie games are made by a small group of people like the game Undertale and One Shot.

What does AAA stand for in gaming? ›

The term "AAA Games" is a classification used within the video gaming industry to signify high-budget, high-profile games that are typically produced and distributed by large, well-known publishers. These games often rank as “blockbusters” due to their extreme popularity.

Why are indie games so much better than AAA games? ›

Indie game studios are usually much smaller than AAA studios, with everyone working more closely together, often leading to a more democratic environment that encourages wider creative input from the whole team.

What are most indie games written in? ›

Java. The indie game industry owes a lot to Java. Because of its open-source material and beginner-friendly syntax, Java is one of the go-to's for game developers in need of a solid coding language.

What is the opposite of indie game? ›

Indie games are usually made by companies with less than 30 people, and some are even made by less than five people. On the other hand, AAA games are made by much bigger companies, usually with hundreds of employees.

Why do people play indie games? ›

We don't all have to play the same games, we don't all have to like the same things. Being individual is what indie games is all about. “People that like indie games are looking for the innovation and creativity that only a small team can bring. Indies are unafraid, experimental and honest.

Why is it called indie games? ›

We could say that if there's no publisher involved, the developers keep their independence. And that's where the term “indie game” originally comes from. The first way to use the term indie game, then, is this: when the developer also takes care of publishing and marketing their own game, also keeping their IP.

How will games be in 2030? ›

In the year 2030, virtual reality and augmented reality will dominate the gaming industry. In addition to this, numerous gamers will significantly use this technology to introduce new genres to the audience.

Why a game is closing by itself? ›

Games run on your PC primarily with graphics capabilities besides CPU and RAM. This means the GPU decides how smoothly a game can run on the PC. If the graphics card driver is outdated or corrupted, PC games crashing could happen unexpectedly. Therefore, it is necessary to update your graphics card driver.

Where will the World Games be in 2026? ›

The 2026 World Cup will take place in three North American countries: the United States, Mexico, and Canada. This will be the first time that the tournament is hosted by three different nations and it will be the very first time that the event will be contested in Canada.

Can I sell my indie game? ›

Yes, of course, you can. There are actually a few ways to make money selling indie games. One is to build a game that is designed for mobile devices, as these games tend to have lower development costs and can be marketed through app stores at a lower price point.

How much can a solo game developer earn? ›

While ZipRecruiter is seeing annual salaries as high as $180,000 and as low as $50,500, the majority of Indie Game Developer salaries currently range between $89,000 (25th percentile) to $148,000 (75th percentile) with top earners (90th percentile) making $171,500 annually across the United States.

How much do indie game programmers make? ›

While ZipRecruiter is seeing annual salaries as high as $180,000 and as low as $50,500, the majority of Remote Indie Game Developer salaries currently range between $89,000 (25th percentile) to $148,000 (75th percentile) with top earners (90th percentile) making $171,500 annually across the United States.

What games will take place in 2024? ›

The Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be the biggest event ever organised in France. The Olympic Games will take place from 26 July to 11 August 2024.

Will gaming be the future? ›

The future of gaming looks bright, with the emergence of new technologies such as virtual reality and the increased prevalence of mobile gaming. Virtual reality (VR) has the potential to revolutionize the gaming industry by immersing players in a fully interactive and realistic digital world.

How much money do I need to make an indie game? ›

The average cost to make an indie game is about $250,000, but some small projects can cost as low as nothing + time you spend on development. The lower numbers assume you're working alone and don't have any other developers on board yet; however, the costs stack up quickly once multiple people are involved.

Can I make an indie game by myself? ›

Indie may be short for independent, but it doesn't mean you have to work alone to consider yourself an indie dev. An indie development studio might hire an entire team of designers, programmers, artists, and sound engineers to help spread the load, whereas a solo dev will have to become a jack of all trades.

How long do small indie games take to make? ›

Creating an indie game can take anywhere between a matter of days and a number of years. With indie games, coding experience and budget will be the biggest influences on a game's development cycle. Here's a few examples of quality indie games all made within vastly different timeframes: Cuphead.

What is the most profitable indie game of all time? ›

1 Minecraft

What is this? Minecraft was originally developed by Marcus "Notch" Persson until he had enough money to be able to hire more people to help him develop it. He created the company Mojang which is probably the largest indie game success story.

What is the best time of year to release indie game? ›

June is very good. October, November, December are less good, but not by that much. In another blog post, Simon Carless found that big AAA releases do not affect sales.

Where can I find small indie games? › is a simple way to find and share indie games online for free.

What is the average indie game size? ›

Indie games tend to be smaller, but they're still bulky—there's no guarantee that an indie game will be any smaller than a AAA game. For example, Rogue Legacy only needs 550 MB to install while Guacamelee needs about 1 GB and Tabletop Simulator needs about 3 GB.

Can anyone make an indie game? ›

Whatever your game development skills may be, start using them to create a game either by yourself or with a team of other developers. Anyone from students in college to people with full-time professional jobs can be considered an indie dev as long as they're working on a game project.

How big is an indie game studio? ›

Typically, indie studios are made up of just a few people. Most often, their number does not exceed 10 experts. There are also indie developers who make games alone.

Are computer games still popular? ›

It's mainly because of the large audience that plays PC games. There were almost 1.3 billion PC gamers in 2020, according to this report. And this indicates nothing but the bright future of the PC gaming industry. So, yes, computer games will remain popular in the years to come.

Is Ghost of Tsushima on PC? ›

Ghost of Tsushima for PC is available for purchase on Instant Gaming for a fraction of its retail price. You will receive an official key and be able to play the game in seconds. Play smart.

Is Elden Ring hard? ›

Compared to games like that, Elden Ring just isn't very mechanically difficult. Most enemies telegraph their attacks with massive, seconds-long animations that give players plenty of time to react with a well-timed dodge, block, or parry.

Is PC gaming dying out? ›

The quick answer is no. Objectively speaking, it will never die out. Even with the age of cryptocurrency affecting the PC gaming hardware supply, it is still alive more than ever. PC gaming is at the helm of streaming, esports events, and free-to-play multiplayer games.

How long do gaming PC last? ›

Without replacing or upgrading parts, some gamers may be able to expect their gaming desktop to last for around 5-7 years while others could potentially get more than 10-12 years out of theirs.

Is Last of Us 1 on PC? ›

The Last of Us™ Part I for PC

Endure and survive. Experience the emotional storytelling and unforgettable characters in The Last of Us™, winner of over 200 Game of the Year awards, now available for PC.

Can you play Horizon Zero Dawn on PC? ›

Horizon Zero Dawn™ is a multi-award-winning action role-playing game – and this Complete Edition for PC includes the huge expansion The Frozen Wilds, featuring new lands, skills, weapons and Machines.

What games are available for PC? ›

Can a noob play Elden Ring? ›

Elden Ring is an absolute behemoth that can feel impenetrable for new players. If you're new to Elden Ring, or FromSoftware games as a whole, and are jumping into the Lands Between, you might want a few tips and tricks to help you get started.

Is Dark Souls 3 harder than Elden Ring? ›

Elden Ring is potentially easier than Dark Souls 3 and Bloodborne, but it isn't a surefire thing anymore. What remains is the various other Soulslikes, most of which are designed to be more forgiving.

What game sold the least copies? ›

Okami currently holds the record for "least commercially successful award for a game of the year." Despite its critical acclaim, Okami only managed to get 600,000 copies out.

Which game is so much popular? ›

Fortnite Battle Royale

Fortnite is the most popular online game. This game is a hybrid of Minecraft, PUBG, and Call of Duty, and it's a lot of fun! This game is great if you enjoy being creative. In this survival game, you must defend yourself against zombies, construct structures, and battle other players.

What is the oldest popular game in the world? ›

The Royal Game of Ur

The Royal Game of Ur is the oldest playable boardgame in the world, originating around 4,600 years ago in ancient Mesopotamia. The game's rules were written on a cuneiform tablet by a Babylonian astronomer in 177 BC.


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