5 Upcoming Indie Games To Play

Saulo Velez


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Are you a passionate gamer? While most players are busy completing or waiting for triple-A projects, some games stay unnoticed undeservedly. Many factors can be the reason for this. For example, unknown developers who don’t get trust from the audience, lack of loud advertising, or a small budget.

Yes, the work of independent studios is often very specific or even extraordinary. But some games can easily outshine high-budget games with a successful release, deep meaning, and tricky gameplay. Passing by a similar project, you can miss the opportunity to have great fun from the completion and new unique gaming experience. To prevent you from this, we made up a list of top 5 cool indie games that you couldn’t miss.

The Last Night

The Last Night gameplay

While we look forward to the release of Cyberpunk 2077, developers from Odd Tales are polishing their unusual post-cyberpunk-style indie project with cinematic gameplay and pixel graphics. It’s amazing how they managed to produce a strikingly beautiful picture and a unique combination of two-dimensional and three-dimensional graphics. Remember how the developers of Cyberpunk 2077 boasted that dialogs in the game would be inseparable from the gameplay? It turns out that they are not alone in their ideas because in The Last Night, the character will also be able to grab a weapon during communication with the NPC, or simply leave in the middle of a conversation, and so on. Also, pay attention to the camera work because it allows you to take a fresh look at the genre of an action platformer, demonstrating spectacular angles while moving around the city, shootings, and dialogs. Despite the pixelated style, the simulation of reality will surprise you.

12 Minutes

12 Minutes gameplay

What about an interesting script based on the events that were taking place during twelve minutes in one single room? However, a game based on this script provides more than six hours to complete it. A thriller with elements of survival called 12 Minutes will tell you about a man and his wife who, during a romantic dinner, find themselves in a death trap.

Police officers break into the room, accuse the woman of murder, and within the next twelve minutes, the couple dies. Thanks to supernatural intervention, the protagonist has the opportunity to return exactly twelve minutes each time and look for ways out of this situation. Surprisingly, at first glance, the simplest room contains a lot of hidden opportunities that will open after each movement in time.

To recreate the claustrophobic atmosphere of a closed room and convey the realism of what is happening, the developers even built a room layout directly in the studio and constantly experimented with the plot and arrangement of objects.

Cris Tales

Cris Tales gameplay

Cris Tales is a two-dimensional role-playing game that pays tribute to classic JRPGs like Final Fantasy VI and Chrono Tiger. However, the project differs from its predecessors by the mysterious mechanics of time management. Your character can see the past, make decisions in the present, and feel their consequences in the future. In addition, during the battle, you can send your enemies back and forth in time, thereby unbalancing them and getting the opportunity to perform deadly attacks. As for the setting, this is a true JRPG with slightly gothic medieval notes.

Star Renegades

Star Renegades gameplay

Star Renegades is a tactical RPG plaything in a sci-fi setting with pixel graphics. In the story, the rebels are fighting against the oppression of the empire, arranging interplanetary riots. It sounds like a plot for Star Wars, but the game has nothing to do with the George Lucas universe. Here you will find dynamic battles, a generated campaign with a mass of random quests, and dozens of characters with different combos and skills. The combat system here is very interesting due to the fact that enemies can be outwitted using unexpected counterattacks and breaks.


Carrion gameplay

What to do in a situation where you are a victim, and there is no other way out than violence? All these questions will be answered by one of the most unusual platformers of 2020, where you take control of an amorphous creature trying to escape from an underground research complex. This creature kills people who did experiments, develops, and gains new abilities and incredible strength.

The Bottom Line

Why do we like indie games so much? They can’t boast of ultra-modern graphics, large-scale single-player campaigns, and multiplayer games with hundreds of thousands of gamers. The thing is that independent developers try to compensate for the lack of budget by the soul invested in their projects.

Additionally, they implement ideas aimed at a wide audience that major publishers would never dare to undertake. So it turns out that the indie games are cool, interesting, very emotional, sometimes funny, and provide unusual gameplay. If you tried any of the listed, share your experience in the comments section below!