It’s been a pretty good year for games, despite the whole pandemic mess lingering around. Indie games have gotten more and more recognition in the gaming community, which is a beautiful thing to see. Of course, this means that we would have to pick some of the best and throw them into a list for you to enjoy!
Most of these indie games can be found on Steam, so if you’re looking for some Steam Wallet Codes, we’ve got you covered!
Note that these games are in no particular order, and we probably have something of interest for everybody, so sit back and have a good read.
Rain On Your Parade
Ever want to ruin someone’s day for no good reason? Whether you’re frustrated at work or had a long day arguing with someone, Rain on Your Parade might be the cure to letting all your pent-up emotions go. You play as a cute cloud whose main purpose is to ruin people’s day and cause mayhem with your cloudlike powers.
These powers include rain, lightning, and freezing people, which could cause pain and disaster for those below you. However, it’s a simple game, the puzzles are fun to figure out, and with about 50 levels, you’ll have more than enough mischief managed in a day.
If you’ve ever thought about changing the pace of your life and move closer to the edge of life and death, Adios could be the game for you. You play as a pig farmer that has been taking care of the mob’s victims, but you’re tired of it and have decided that you’ve had enough. The problem is, there’s a hitman around you at all times as you both do chores around the farm, so you’ve got to get rid of him.
It is an interactive fiction game with a linear storyline, so the ending is predictable and made pretty clear. However, the part that makes up for all of this is the convincing voice acting and captivating dynamics between the characters. It’s like a movie, where you get to join in on the interaction.
Curse of the Dead Gods
A roguelike hack and slash comparable to Hades, Curse of The Dead Gods brings the chaotic dungeon-crawling violence to us all with gusto. The game has come out of Early Acces this year and is ready to blow us all away. Unfortunately, it’s a pretty large game to get through, and you would need a lot of skills or practice to challenge the final boss finally.
Most people have noted putting in more than 40 hours to get to the final boss, so be ready for many fun and challenges. It’s not all brawny combat either; you’ll be equipped with the use of curses and corruption alongside a fast-paced combat system.
Here’s a game that made it to virality! Valheim made its presence known early this year, with most people took part in attempting to survive the Viking world to reach Valhalla (Viking Heaven). It’s an open-world sandbox, and the best way to describe it would be a Viking version of Minecraft but cooler.
The concept is pretty cool, so there’s no surprise that it took off in the gaming world. Players can craft their own houses, weapons, and clothing and hunt and fight off monsters. It’s a survival game, after all, so that’s the main goal.
The game is exactly what the title makes it out to be. A noir retelling of how the world came to be, much like the Genesis chapter of the Bible, told from the perspective of a detective. This game is on the arthouse side of graphics and ropes you in with heady jazz music with a point, swipe, and click interactivity.
The arthouse style is enough to draw players in, but the storyline should bring in your interest. The detective is out to solve a murder mystery, and you’re coming along for the ride. Putting together elements of a game, art, and cinema, Genesis Noir should be on your must-play list right now.
Another game that struck gold in virality earlier this year, Loop Hero, you can’t really get tired of once you start playing. It’s an endless RPG where you get to control the environment surrounding your character through the use of cards. You don’t directly control the player but instead its environment.
The game sets place in an apocalyptic setting, and you are now on an expedition to defeat everything in your way to survive a desperate world. The game has pretty high replayability since you never know what cards you’ll have in hand when you start a playthrough.
Before Your Eyes
A game that unfolds as you blink. Before Your Eyes is a one-of-a-kind adventure where the gameplay proceeds every time you blink. As the story unfolds and the game progresses, you’ll find yourself unwilling to blink, to stay in the moment a little while longer. But it is inevitable, you will blink, and everything will be over before you know it.
You play the part of Benjamin Brynn on his way to the afterlife. To get there, he would need to relive some memories with no concept of time. Although the eye-tracking system has gathered controversy amongst players, it is arguably the best way to experience it fully. But if you don’t want to, you could opt for the click to proceed method and disable the eye-tracking system.
If you’re looking for a peaceful game, you might find it here in Dorfromantik. It is a city-building game that makes you strategize with its hexagonal tiles. The colors and music create a serene vibe as you place tiles of trees and rivers intermingling with houses. Of course, building a world according to the board’s patterns and strategizing is needed, but it doesn’t strain your brain to work through.
We’re excited to see it come out of early access sometime this year with more environments, creative mode, and perhaps a little more complexity. But for now, if you’re looking for a good and simple pastime, Dorfromantik is most definitely a good choice.
What’s Your Favorite 2021 Indie Game?
These are some of the best indie games we can think of so far! Honorable mentions include Dyson Sphere Program, Cyber Shadow, and Qomp. We couldn’t let the list get too long, so make sure to check out these amazing indie games as well if you haven’t.
So, what’s your favorite indie game this year? Do let us know in the comments below. We’d love to hear any of your lingering thoughts!