As we come to the end of yet another year here in the gaming community, we find ourselves buried in a sea of Top Ten lists, Game of the Year articles, and other rankings meant to honor the best and brightest that the industry has to offer. And while there have been plenty of lists doling out praise to various big name and AAA games, less prominent are those honoring the little guys, the up-and-comers, and all of the other indie publishers and developers that make up the often wondrous world of indie gaming. Thankfully, the guys at IndieDB.com have us covered with a top ten list of the year’s indie games, hand selected by the site’s visitors earlier this month. Here is the top ten straight from the horse’s mouth.
10. The Escapists
9. Risk of Rain
8. Planetary Annihilation
7. 7 Days To Die
6. This War of Mine
5. The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth
4. Renegade X
3. Five Nights at Freddy’s 1 & 2
Before we depart, a few words about the top three games on the list above: Five Nights at Freddy’s is a sort of survival horror game where the player takes on the role of a night shift security guard at a theme restaurant called Freddy’s, which in itself is a parody of Chuck E. Cheesies with its colorful animatronic mascots and related trappings. Players must unravel the mystery of the restaurant’s creepy mechanical mascots and why they sometimes attack people at night, all while trying to survive long enough to tell the tale. The game is known to be creepy and atmospheric making for a horror experience not often seen in video gaming.
Meanwhile, Insurgency is a total conversion for Valve’s popular Source Engine that moves the battlefield to a realistic depiction of the war torn corners of the Middle East. Insurgency‘s gameplay stresses realism through its multiplayer modes and features realistic weaponry, no crosshairs, and other touches meant to set it apart from other popular war games. Players can also make their own maps, take part in up to 32-man matches, and even play co-op with friends to take down wave after wave of enemies. All of this and more can be seen in the gameplay video below:
Finally we have Robocraft. In this MMO battle game, players construct unique robotic creations from a huge toy box of parts, and then unleash their creation on friend and foe alike in pitched multiplayer battles. By combining the fun of building things, ala popular games like Minecraft, with the joy of then blowing those same things to pieces, Robocraft blends two completely different gameplay experiences into one enjoyable package. For more, make sure to check out the trailer below: