Everyone likes a good story about a person who doesn’t win. As long as there are a lot of people who are more experienced than you, you can make it big if you work hard enough. That may be why people love indie games so much: even though it’s hard to make it big in the video game industry, small-time developers often come up with a game that meets or even exceeds the standards set by big-name games
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It doesn’t matter if most indie games only have a small amount of success. Some indie games have made their way into the history of video games by becoming must-haves in every player’s library.
Platforms: PC, Mobile, Switch
December 14, 2021: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One
Among Us took a long time to become popular. It was released in 2018, but it didn’t get much attention at first. In 2020, it became one of the best indie games on the market. As if by accident, Among Us was all over YouTube and on Twitch.
When the map shows that the crew is stuck on a ship or in another place, the group has to work together to get things done. However, some players are Impostors who will try to sabotage the mission or just kill the other players on the team. They can then try to figure out who the fake players are. Among Us is a tense but fun social deduction game, and the game won’t be going away any time soon.
Platforms: PS4, PS Vita, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, PC, Mobile
Fez, which came out in 2012, is a good example of an indie game that made a big splash. The game’s reputation has been good ever since it came out. Fez is a puzzle platformer that plays with perspective by blending 2D gameplay with a 3D world. It’s not perfect, but it rarely has any truly disappointing moments.
Critics gave Fez a standing ovation and it was a big hit. It has also been made for modern consoles like the Switch.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DSi, Wii, Nintendo Switch, PC
A platforming action-adventure called Cave Story by one-man team Studio Pixel is the first game we’re going to talk about today. In 2004, the game was released for free on PC. It has been around for a while now, with its most recent release on the Nintendo Switch in 2017.
The game is about a robot named Quote who has no memory of who he is. He travels through a mysterious cave system and collects a variety of weapons to fight the monsters inside. Because Cave Story is so old, some people think it’s the game that started indie games. They also think its gameplay and story are very good.
Platforms: Ps4, PS Vita, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DSi, Game Boy Color, Wii U, Nintendo Switch, PC, Stadia
In 2002, the half-genie made her platforming debut on the Game Boy Color. Even though her first game didn’t sell very well, it was still praised by critics. Since then, the developers at WayForward have made four more games in the series that have sold more than 3 million copies. The most recent, Shantae and the Seven Sirens, came out on consoles in May 2020.
Fans hope to see more of this half-genie hero in the future because he has a lot of cute characters, interesting level design, great art, and a lot of unique animal transformations.
Five Nights At Freddy’s
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, Mobile
This survival-horror game was made by Scott Cawthon in 2014, and it puts the player against time as they try to keep four haunted animatronics at bay.
The game quickly became popular thanks to people on the internet and people who came up with theories about it. As a result of the mysterious lore and shocking jumpscare, there were six more games and a seventh on the way. There were also many spin-offs and fan games, book series, and even a movie version of the game made. For a while, this horror game set the standard for the genre and made a name for itself by being different from other horror games.
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC
People can be charmed by Cuphead, no matter how they play it or how old it looks. Over six million copies of this well-made movie were sold in just three years.
StudioMDHR, the developer behind this quirky homage to 1930s cartoons, continues to work hard on the game’s upcoming DLC. The title of the movie, “The Delicious Last Course,” doesn’t say much about when it’s supposed to come out in 2020. However, when the game comes out, fans can expect to have a lot of fun beating up their enemies.
The Binding Of Isaac
Platforms: PS4, Ps Vita, Xbox One, New Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, Nintendo Switch, PC, Mobile
Impending: PS5, Xbox Series X/S
Even the people who made The Binding of Isaac didn’t think it would be so big. On Steam, the game didn’t get a lot of attention at first, but word of mouth (like YouTube videos) led to a cult following that quickly grew too big to be called cult.
Since its release in 2011, The Binding of Isaac has been played on many different consoles, had a lot of good expansions, and even had its own card game.
Estimated Sales: 1,047,000 copies on XBLA, 3,207,480 owners on Steam
There are a lot of people who love Limbo, and it was one of the first big success stories for indie games. It was the best-selling arcade game on Xbox’s Summer of Arcade 2010 promotion sales event. It has also been a big hit on Steam, where it has sold well. Limbo was also the best-selling game in the Steam Summer Sale in 2016. It may have been because Limbo was made free as a promotion for Playdead’s new game, Inside.
Estimated Sales: 10.5 million copies across all platforms
Back in March 2017, the developers of Rocket League said that the game had sold more than 10 million copies on all platforms. There were a lot of people who bought it on the PlayStation Store in 2016. People who make Rocket League said on Twitter that on September 19, 2018, there were 50 million unique players of the game.