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Indie Games 2015 [December] Let's talk about anything Indie!


Let me show you through these halls, my friend, where treasures of indie gaming await...
| 1. Header Information |

GAF Indie Steam Group (We are currently looking for someone to handle the Steam Group announcements, any volunteers are welcome to contact me via PM):
IndieGAF Steam Curator Group (Game suggestions curated by me):

Older threads[ (which are by no means "outdated" and still contain awesome games to check out and/or look forward to):

IndieGAF recommends: The 50 Best Indie Games of 2013: http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=766928
IndieGAF recommends: The 50 Best Indie Games of 2014: http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=985103
As before, voting is going to happen in the last week of the month.

| 2. Overview |

Post 1:
1. Header Information
2. Overview
3. Introductory Blurb
4. Voting Results "Best of Last Month"
5. Indie Media Corner

Post 2:
6. Recently released Indies!

Post 3:
7. Upcoming Indies to look forward to!

| 3. Introductory Blurb |

We are always interested in getting to know more people with the same hobby. If you share our love for Indies, let us know! We talk about anything Indie, want to talk about the block design in Braid? The character design in FEZ? Need recommendations? This is the right spot to ask! We'd also love to read more impressions :)

| 3.5 Quick Note about Formatting |

If you want to suggest a game that has recently released or that looks interesting, but hasnt released yet, please follow the following formatting structure so the post is picked up by Toma-Bot:

Released games:


Not yet released games:

Copy the appropriate content and add the proper information for the black writing. Please only include 1 link and 1 image. I tried making it a bit failsafe, so it should be able to deal with 2 links or images as well, but 1 is safer.

If the game is free, then put "Free" as the price, otherwise please use $ or € for the price. You can also include more than one game per post (like the Screenshot saturday posts), but please stick to the above format for every entry.

If someone posts a non-proper formatted post, I'd appreciate if you could repost the game with the same info in the proper format.

| 4. Voting Results "Best of September"|

Hey! I assume you are new in this thread series and want to see what we were up to? Or you didnt have enough time to play through all of the games from the last month but still want to catch up with the best ones? Then this list is for YOU! These were the games we enjoyed the most in the previous thread, voted on by the community (More thorough descriptions and impressions in the previous thread, especially the last few pages with the voting):

1. Prison Architect - $29.99 (PC, Mac, Linux)


Inspired by Dungeon Keeper, Dwarf Fortress and Theme Hospital and with over 1 million players having spent time inside, Prison Architect is the world’s best lock-­em-­up.Build and manage a Maximum Security Prison. As the sun casts it’s early morning rays on a beautiful patch of countryside the clock starts ticking. You’ve got to crack on and build a holding cell to detain the job­ lot of maximum security prisoners that are trundling to your future prison on their yellow bus.

1. Mushroom 11 - $14.99 (PC, Mac, Linux)


Mold an amorphous organism into any shape by pruning its cells. New cells will immediately grow, allowing you to traverse a mysterious world across brain-twisting obstacles, overcome swarms of bizarre mutated creatures, and understand the true nature of the devastation from which you emerged.

2. Broforce - $14.99 (PC, Mac)


When evil threatens the world, the world calls on Broforce - an under-funded, over-powered paramilitary organization dealing exclusively in excessive force. Brace your loins with up to four players to run ‘n’ gun as dozens of different bros and eliminate the opposing terrorist forces that threaten our way of life. Unleash scores of unique weapons and set off incredible chain reactions of fire, napalm, and limbs in the name of freedom.

4. Downwell - $2.99 (IOS, PC)


Downwell is a curious game about a young boy venturing down a well in search of untold treasures with only his Gunboots to protect him. Make your way further and further down into the darkness filled with nasty creatures and mysterious secrets to collect the spectacular red gems scattered about the rocks. Step into precariously placed shops and buy some helpful items or level up between levels to battle well-dwelling monsters and uncover hidden caves filled with riches and relics. No two trips down the well are ever the same!

4. Pathologic HD - $12.99 (PC)


Pathologic Classic HD is the Definitive Edition of the original Cult Classic Psychological First-Person Survival game. In this unforgettable experience, players control one of three unique characters as they try to save a mysterious town from a deadly plague that cannot be stopped.

4. Human Ressource Machine - $9.99 (PC, Mac)


Program little office workers to solve puzzles. Be a good employee! The machines are coming... for your job. Human Resource Machine is a puzzle game for nerds. In each level, your boss gives you a job. Automate it by programming your little office worker. If you succeed, you'll be promoted up to the next level for another year of work in the vast office building. Congratulations!

7.-12. (Still great games here)
Spell Razor
Bulb Boy

| 5. Indie Media Corner & Other Links |

I noticed there are a few noteworthy, and relatively unknown, projects that deserve a shoutout here because I feel that they share a common interest with the people in this thread. I talked to the guy from Pixabyte and MetaVendetta and both are very enthusiastic about the things they love and figured you might appreciate the shoutout as well. If you enjoy anything here or want to give feedback, let these guys know via their websites or also here in this thread. If you appreciate something, let people know. A heads up can sometimes very valuable.


This is a monthly podcast series that presents notable Indie Game soundtracks. A likeable host and guests, a fantastic track selection, interesting discussions and a focus for Indies will make this one a mainstay in my monthly threads.

Episode 11: Episode 11: Summer Girls
[Wolfenstien | Elysian Shadows | Trials Fusion | Fract OSC | Out There | Parappa the Rapper]

GAF Thread: Freeware Games
So many free games are out there and so many are just really good games that a large majority of people will never play. From developers with large portfolios of freeware games, to free alphas and betas, to the hundreds and hundreds of entries for game jams such as Seven Day Roguelike, Seven Day FPS, Ludum Dare, and others, to the talented work of Digipen students, there's just an astounding amount of quality free games to play and enjoy that this thread tries to uncover.


Let me show you through these halls, my friend, where treasures of indie gaming await...
| 6. Recently released Indies! |

A Good Gardener - $5 (PC, Mac, Linux)


A Good Gardener is a game in which you are charged with growing plants for your nation's war-effort. as the days pass and your plants grow, remember to remember who you are.

Badblood - $7.99 (PC)


Find your unique style of murder in this intimate and visceral local multiplayer for two, and outwit your neighbor. Same bloody field, different bloody perspective. Hide, seek, kill.

Blacksea Odyssey - Free demo (PC)


Blacksea Odyssey is a top-down shoot 'em up about hunting giant space creaturesPlay as the cybernetic Old Man who has entered the deadliest competition in the galaxy – the Blacksea Odyssey! Four of the bravest huntsman compete in capturing bounties for the largest space creatures that exist! Only the sole champion of the competition is awarded the honor of encountering the Titan of the Stars! Legend says no one has ever lived to tell a tale about the Titan. Will the Old Man be the first?

Blood will be Spilled - Free demo (PC, Mac)


Blood will be Spilled - a spaghetti western-themed 2D action platformer set in a world inhabited by insects. A story full of blood, gunshots, revenge and chitin.

Conflicks - $14.99 (PC, Mac, Linux)


Spaceships, lasers, and… chickens! What more could you ask for? Conflicks: Revolutionary Space Battles is a creative new take on space-themed videogames that merges the deep, thoughtful gameplay of strategy games with the intuitive accessibility of physics-based games.

Descent: Underground - $29.99 (PC)


Fight through twisting tunnels & vast caverns where the concepts of up and down mean nothing and danger lurks around every corner.

Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist - Free (PC, Mac)


A 15 minute heist game by Crows Crows Crows & Directed by William Pugh (The Stanley Parable). Slip into the soft-soled shoes of the mastermind responsible for the greatest heist- oh god I can’t do this any more, i’m joining the strike. good luck writing the steam description.

Dragonpath - Free demo (PC, Mac, Linux)


Dragonpath is a Diablo-like action RPG. The game has 15 levels, each with an unique boss. You get all abilities directly from equipped gear, so go ahead and experiment with different combinations.

Dungeon Defenders 2 - Free (PC)


Dungeon Defenders II is a cooperative Action Tower Defense game, packed with roleplaying elements like loot, levelling, and pets.

Electric Highways - Free (PC)


Electric Highways is an experience/adventure game, inspired by early 3D games and 80's synth pop music. The setting takes place in a surreal, virtual world, made out of abstract graphics, where the player must explore ten levels, each with an individual theme.

Hard West - $19.99 (PC, Mac)


Fight and survive through 8 unique story-based scenarios, and try your hand at 40 individually designed turn-based combat missions. Journey deeper into the world of Hard West and meet a colorful cast of playable characters whose fates are intimately intertwined with yours. Together you will need to make divisive choices to uncover the ultimate plans of the ancient powers at play, as you unravel a deep narrative storyline featuring multiple endings depending on the choices you make during the game.

Hellmut - Free demo (PC, Mac)


An action game with pixel-art graphics and high difficultyHellmut is about a mad scientist whose experiment went terribly bad and he end up nearly dead (like only a skull and spine is left of him) in universe full of strange monsters which tries to kill him.

How to Survive 2 - $19.99 (PC)


Survive solo or with friends as you look to fulfill your basic needs of food, water and shelter, crafting your own tools and weapons while you secure your camp and face flesh hungry zombies.

Infinity Inc. - Free (PC)


Sci-fi puzzle-platformer game. Find a clone gun, create your own clones and overcome deathly traps by destroying them!

Kumoon - 7.99€ (PC, Mac)


Kumoon is a Ballistic Physics Puzzle game, where you are a little robot with important mission: Knock all the cubes over! Estimate your shots' trajectories and use ricochet shots to score enough points in each level. There's some challenge to be had, but overall Kumoon is a game that won't stress you out.

Last Horizon - $2.99 (IOS), $4.99 (PC, Mac)


A minimal, atmospheric space survival & exploration game, set to deep ambient music.Pilot the last vessel of a fallen civilization into the vast unknown in search of a new habitable world. Explore and gather enough terraforming resources to create a beautiful and harmonious new planet, but take too much and you might incur the wrath of sentient alien life...

Letter To A Friend - Free (PC)


Letter To A Friend is a short first person experience about the unspeakable horror that creeps up on you at a nightly train station.Its visual references come from expressionistic silent movies and old analog recordings.

Message Quest - $2.99 (PC)


Message Quest is a tiny stained-glass point-n-click adventure about laziness and her herald.

Nadia Was Here - Free demo (PC)


Nadia Was Here is an RPG about the worth of a life in a world that is about to forget you ever existed. Features an original battle system and puzzle-filled dungeons.

Oases - Free (PC, Mac)


A kaleidoscopic 'elegiac' ''flyscape''

öde - Free (Browser)


öde is a short infinite exploration game

Pavor Nocturnus - Free (Browser)


Pavor Nocturnus, is a short, sinister tale in which you try to figure out where your girlfriend and your dog have gone.

Pictures of a Reasonably Documented Year - Free (PC)

Poi - $14.99 (PC)


Poi is a 3D adventure platformer throwback to the 90s era of classic platforming games. Explore big worlds, compete in challenge levels, meet quirky characters and pull off classic platforming feats on a journey to become a Master Explorer.

Rejection - Free (PC, Mac, Linux)


An experimental memory-type game.Find a way out of the room. Prepare a piece of paper and a pen.

Spectral - Free alpha demo (PC, Mac)


Spectral: The Silicon Domain is a point and click stealth-puzzle game Play as a data-thief, and infiltrate the secure servers of a series of corrupt corporations, stealing important protected data. Evade the security systems by changing colour to mimic the type of data you are stealing, and use the data you steal in between missions to upgrade your avatar's abilities.

Subterfuge - Free (iOS, Android)


Subterfuge plays out in real-time over the course of a week or more. Players check in a few times each day to assess their situation, issue or modify orders, and engage their fellow players in diplomacy and subterfuge. You will need to master both strategy and diplomacy to earn your victory, so plan ahead, coordinate with others, and carefully consider the consequences of your actions!

Surveillant - Free (PC, Mac)


Play as a mechanic on a derilict space ship. Go about your tasks, until the Ship AI starts to change.

The Consuming Shadow - $9.99 (PC)


The Consuming Shadow is a procedural survival horror adventure in which you must explore the land, fight your way through randomly-generated dungeons and try to stay sane in your quest to save the world from the invading Ancients.

The Land Of Lamia - $4.99 (PC, Mac, Linux)


The Land Of Lamia story revolves around two characters (Lily and Thomas) who you'll be controlling simultaneously with a unique mechanic. Master the controls, look for clues, and unravel the mystery.

The Rivers of Alice - $7.99 (PC, Mac)


A surreal, point and click adventure game, The Rivers of Alice is a journey of self-discovery and enlightenment where the player will need to help Alice confront the fears of her everyday life like: sloth, envy, and dishonesty that manifest themselves in the form of mysterious characters and puzzles.

Tick Tock Isle - $2.99 (PC)


A puzzle platform game that relies heavily on story, character interaction, creative thinking, and poking.‬In the year 20XX a confident, young horologist by the name of Strike is inadvertently transported into the past while attempting to repair a mysterious, abandoned clock tower. Endeavoring to return to the future, Strike must fix both the time machine and the island's dysfunctional family who are responsible for much of the clock's disrepair.

Who Must Die - Free (PC)


You are replacing a doctor, charged to find who, among the three patients, is the one that is contaminated. To do this, you can use a whole range of experiments to be performed on the sick. You can also ask the guard to do the dirty work for you. You must choose just one patient to kill or ..Maybe this job is too hard for you and you will take the last option.. not to choose ...


Let me show you through these halls, my friend, where treasures of indie gaming await...
| 7. Upcoming Indies! (Not yet released) |


ACAB 2021 - ????


A surreal shooter where you shoot up futuristic police

Arakion - PC, Mac, Linux


Arakion takes everything that made classic role-playing games like Might & Magic great, then adds an expansive set of new features. Lead your heroes through the breathtaking, desolated world of Arakion. Explore every alcove for the resources you need to customize your characters, build your town, and more. Relive the glory days of role-playing games with this one-of-a-kind experience. Arakion aims to build a beautiful world where you'll get lost in the exploration.

Auto Age: Standoff - ????


An upcoming car combat game with multi-player and VR support.

Bombslinger - 2016 (PC, Mac)


Bombslinger is a Spaghetti Western single and (local) multiplayer player action game very much inspired by Bomberman.It's a classic quest to avenge your family's murder by the hand of your younger brother and former posse-companion, the Gunslinger.

Boss 101 - 2015 (PC)


Boss 101 is an action adventure game with you taking the role of Max, a teenager with a jetpack. Help your brother and save the world at the same time. Buy weapons, hats, upgrades while you battle millions of randomly generated bosses.

Bounty Battle - ????


"Bounty Battle" is a multiplayer 2D fighting game, inspired by games such as the Super Smash Bros series and Soulcalibur.The game allows up to 6 players to fight simultaneously in various arenas (open or closed). Players can choose from a selection of more than 30 characters, each with their own powers.

CURE - 2016 (PC)


CURE is a real time strategy game that puts the player into the shoes of a scientist creating new life forms in order to produce the world's most powerful medicine, or perhaps its worst disease.

Dark Train - Late 2016 (PC, Mac, Linux)


Dark Train is a strong narrative adventure with direct action gameplay. The art style of the game is based on paper and handmade papercuts. As a player you take the role of mechanical squid ANN 2.35f that controls the most important invention of the famous inventor D. W. Tagrezbung – DARK TRAIN.

Eastward - PC, consoles


An action adventure influenced by Zelda and EarthboundIn the world of Eastward, human societies are isolated and shrinking, due to some severe environmental problem. You will be playing a father with a following daughter, and go through this post-apocalyptic world

Element - PC, Mac, iOS, Android


You are escaping a decaying solar system. You must visit each planet, mine enough element, and defeat the enemy to progress to the outer planets and beyond.Generate energy, mine element, build attack and defense units, and destroy the enemy while maintaining a balance between earth, air, water, and fire.

FAR - PC, Mac, Linux


In FAR, the player controls an extraordinary vehicle across the endless desert of a dried out sea.The driver and the vehicle have to drive together through a desolated world, its dangerous weather and towards an unknown end.The game combines an atmospheric journey with intuitive but complex mechanics.



Gain is a FPS stealth game where you can rewind time

GoNNER - ????


A fast-paced run-n-gun shooter/platformer

Illusion of Beast - ????

INT - ????


A science-fiction/western themed roguelike RPG set in the year 2249 amidst an interstellar civil war between two rival factions of humanity.

Koruldia - 2016 (PC)


An indie RPG inspired by classic games such as Final Fantasy VI to IX, recent gems like Radiant Historia and even non-RPGs (Castlevania games on Nintendo DS and LoS1/2). In Koruldia, the players create their own path through a rich and mature narrative structure that we spice up using a variation of in-game camera angles - from the classic top view to the pre-rendered 3D perspectives.

Lintrix - ????


Test your skills in the world of Lintrix, the game that rethinks the action puzzle genre with its unique gamepla and amzing trixel graphics and exclusive soundtrack Play through a variety of exciting galaxies and dozens of levels with mind-bending puzzles. Create barriers to defend yourself, discover different tactics to spend less light and become stronger, uncover new powers and overcome new challanges!

Lost World Zero - ????


Lost World Zero is a futuristic open world survival game set in the world of Frei- an alien planet inhabited by various native creatures and rebellious humans

Luisa: The Sorceress Awakens - 2016


Luisa: The Sorceress Awakens is a pixelated, exploration platformer. The game is heavily inspired by NES action adventures

Mordhau - PC, Mac, Linux


Mordhau is an upcoming medieval first-person fighting game with a strong emphasis on skill-based competitive play.

Nova Voyager - PC, Mac, Linux


Travel among the stars, explore planets and starports, trade and combat in a procedurally generated 1:1 universe with seamless planetary flight.

Oxenfree - 2015 (PC)


Oxenfree is a single player game that’s equal parts coming-of-age tale and supernatural thriller. You play as Alex, a bright, rebellious teenaged girl who brings her new stepbrother Jonas to an overnight party on a decommissioned military island. The festivities are framed by a dangerous sneak to a forbidden beach, celebrating with friends and navigating prickly situations with enemies.But the night takes a horrifying turn when you unwittingly open a ghostly rift spawned from the island’s cryptic past. How you deal with these events, your peers, and the ominous creatures you’ve unleashed is up to you.

Power Hover - iOS


It's a hoverboarding game for iOS(3.99$/€) made by Oddrok, a small indie studio from Finland, game comes out 10th of December.

RoboCorps - PC, Linux


RoboCorps focuses on smashing together the quick, addictive action of Quake with the carnage and spirit of Worms, all fine-tuned with single-player and couch multi-player in mind.

Roggle - ????

Sky Town - ????

Slime Rancher - 2016 (PC, Mac, Linux)


Slime Rancher is the tale of Beatrix LeBeau, a plucky, young rancher who sets out for a life a thousand light years away from Earth on the 'Far, Far Range' where she tries her hand at making a living wrangling slimes. With a can-do attitude, plenty of grit, and her trusty vacpack, Beatrix attempts to stake a claim, amass a fortune, and avoid the continual peril that looms from the rolling, jiggling avalanche of slimes around every corner.

Spacewhale - PC, Mac, Linux, Android


Spacewhale is a retro-inspired 'shmup that provides rank progression, weapon upgrades, item drops, slow down time feature, a choice between player ships and online leaderboard score submission.



SPACR is an adventure game about time and space travel.Drive vehicles and ships, talk to people and bots, navigate, fix circuitry, fetch items.

Subscout - PC


You play as a failed explorer who always wanted to explore the depths of the ocean. In a world where no one is interested in the ocean you are the only one who thinks that there is more than just water and a few fish. You decide to scrape together your last money and to buy a boat. Where the ocean is deepest you decide to start your journey.

The Pedestrian - PC, Mac


The Pedestrian is a 2.5D puzzle platformer that takes “puzzle platforming” literally. You play as the male restroom symbol (aka The Pedestrian) who works at the restroom sign along with his beloved (The female symbol). When she disappears, you must escape your day job and embark on a perilous journey where you piece the “sign world” back together to make it through.

The Purring Quest - PC


Experience all the emotions as a cat: jump, hide, attack, climb, keep clean, ...

Timruk - ????


A storybook adventure from within Somewhere

Trashomancer - PC, Mac, Linux


Strange things are happening in a weird building that emerged from the ground... It's up to you, the trashomancer, to investigate what is happening in that place! But you never liked getting your hands dirty anyway so you decide to send your minions made out of the trash you find lying around everyday. Play with your friends as the true disposable and recyclable heroes!

Unnamed Game - ????


A non-horror exploration game inspired by legendary science fiction writers like Stanisław Lem and Arthur Clarke

Zenge - ????


A puzzle game, where odd distant worlds fell apart, and Eon - a lonely wanderer living beyond the universe - is trying to get them back together.


Let me show you through these halls, my friend, where treasures of indie gaming await...
4th, thread open.

Also, remember that we are gonna start the yearly Indie-GOTY voting in about 2 weeks.


Let me show you through these halls, my friend, where treasures of indie gaming await...
Yearly, yearly voting. Yearly, yearly voting!

I should probably throw up a quick list in 2 weeks to give some last minute recognition for some games that you guys should still play if you havent yet.

Also: Thread is filled. As usual, if you find any errors, please post them here in the thread and I'll correct them until tomorrow.
Is it kosher for me to mention my game?

Turnover - December 15, 2015 (Windows, Mac, Linux)
Sure, devs are always welcome here

I forget you were on GAF. I follow the devlog on TIG and I think I remember you posting over in the Kickstarter thread. Nice to see this is coming out soon


Sure, devs are always welcome here

I forget you were on GAF. I follow the devlog on TIG and I think I remember you posting over in the Kickstarter thread. Nice to see this is coming out soon

That's right, you had some very kind things to say when I reached my goal. I really appreciated that.


The guy that did Maldita Castilla is releasing another game this month. It's actually available now if you supported him in the past. It's called The Curse of Issyos and looks to be to Castlevania, what Maldita Castilla was to Ghosts 'n Goblins, though with a different style:

Matthew Brown (Hexcells, Sentinel) is releasing a new puzzle game this week. It's called SquareCells.

Ahh, champion news right there. Look forward to getting that day uno. The base game mechanics do look fairly similar to picross-like puzzles so I hope he leans away from that with some potentially interesting new mechanics.
No Trace - PC


A stylized top down stealth action game, with the mechanics and objectives inspired by the Hitman & Metal Gear Solid game's. Combat mechanics inspired by Hotline Miami & LA Cops. Art style inspired by Crookz & Hitman GO.

The Cycle - PC


The Cycle is a pretty isometric 3D arcade combat platformer about fighting your way up the tower over on fly generated destructible platforms.

Reditum - 2016 (PC, Mac, Linux)


Reditum is a surreal themed adventure-puzzle platformer game which has a deep story.

Fictorum - PC


Become a powerful mage
Launch your foes and topple structures from the realistic explosive impacts of your arcane might, without being crippled by low energy, resting to relearn spells, or a frail constitution.

Hunt - ????


Hunt is a dark, first person stealth-game, where the player is a wolf in a forest full of deadly hunters and has to find its stolen cub.

Arcadian Atlas - 2017 (PC, Mac, iOS)


Arcadian Atlas is a 2D isometric tactical RPG set in the richly detailed pixel art world of Arcadia. Watch your footing & mind the elevations as you traverse the maps -- A turned back or tumble on the battlefield could cost you a friend’s life. Let the moody jazz soundtrack carry you through a thought provoking & ruthless story of love, deceit, murder, companionship & war.

The Arcane Relics - PC, Mac


In The Arcane Relics, you are cast into the land of Terradim – a land full of wonder, mystery, & great danger.
The end goal of this project is to make a dynamic fantasy sandbox with hand-crafted environments and an emphasis on cooperative multiplayer.

Previously Mentioned



Wizard of Legend
Dead Knight - Free (PC)


Dead Knight is a Roguevania.
Your wife just killed you. Get all the way up to surface for some sweet revenge.

Militia - $5.99 (PC, Android)


Militia is a bite-sized turn-based strategy game that brings the thrill of victory to single-player. It's simple to pick up, and from the moment you start, you'll be learning and improving -- building your skills, learning new strategies, and ranking up on the single player ladder. And as you do, the game evolves with you, providing a worthy challenge every time. Militia also features procedurally generated levels so the challenge stays fresh.

SneakR - Free (PC)

Orchids to Dusk - Free (PC, Mac, Linux)


A short networked wandering experience about an astronaut stranded on an alien planet, with only a few minutes left to live.


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Already some favourites for your GOTY voting list?
First thing that comes to mind for me is Infinifactory.




Picked up RymdResa during the Black Friday Steam Sale and just finished going through the 3 chapters. I really enjoyed it's take on the roguelike. The poetry was a bit of a mixed bag, but I had a lot of fun flying around space seeing shit. Based on the achievements, there's a bunch of hidden stuff I haven't seen yet.


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Grow Home is probably going to be on my list - if it counts!

Eh, I'll stick with our rule: If we think it might be included, then it might as well be.
So far we didnt run into someone trying to classify Fifa or Call of Duty as "Indie", so it works out decently enough.

If our list ever contains mostly Ubisoft/EA/Sony/MS titles, thats going to be a problem of course, but currently I dont see any issue with including some of the small scale projects that are basically "independent" teams within big publishers.
A bit surprised about Ori, havent played it yet though. What made it "this" good?
Absolutely gorgeous art and animations; fluid and satisfying gameplay; a mix of fun combat, challenging platforming, and exploration

My favorite 2D platformer that I've played this year

Have you seen the comments about it around GAF? Many calling it one of most beautiful platformers ever made or the best platformer of 2015.
I hate thinking about GOTY stuff, my memory is so shot to hell I always fail to remember like fifteen games I loved during the year. Probably something like Axiom Verge, Infinifactory and RocketLeague would be on my list though, hmmm.



Absolutely gorgeous art and animations; fluid and satisfying gameplay; a mix of fun combat, challenging platforming, and exploration

My favorite 2D platformer that I've played this year

Have you seen the comments about it around GAF? Many calling it one of most beautiful platformers ever made or the best platformer of 2015.

I've had this for a while but I decided to hold off on a playthrough until the enhanced edition is released. Here's hoping current owners can get it for free or a substantial discount.
Already some favourites for your GOTY voting list?
First thing that comes to mind for me is Infinifactory.


Pillars of Eternity
Castle in the Darkness
Old Tales: Ceslestian North

And I think the list will go on, need to check what I played.


Let me show you through these halls, my friend, where treasures of indie gaming await...
I hate thinking about GOTY stuff, my memory is so shot to hell I always fail to remember like fifteen games I loved during the year. Probably something like Axiom Verge, Infinifactory and RocketLeague would be on my list though, hmmm.


Definitely wouldnt remember all of it, I basically go through all monthly lists again and then pick what I remembered to be good. and then work with those ~40-50 titles to reduce my list to 20.


Neo Member
Do you all consider RL to be indie? Small studio, scrappy for sure. My most frequently played game this year.
Also are we including games released in December 2014 (from the January thread)? That would be stuff like Talos Principle, LISA, and Starship Rubicon
Cut my list down to 33 games...going to be hard to reduce it more
So many good games this year

Edit: are we considering Elite: Dangerous an indie game?


Absolutely gorgeous art and animations; fluid and satisfying gameplay; a mix of fun combat, challenging platforming, and exploration

My favorite 2D platformer that I've played this year

Have you seen the comments about it around GAF? Many calling it one of most beautiful platformers ever made or the best platformer of 2015.

I'd second this as well actually. Ori I played through in 2/3 sittings - it's gorgeous, as those gifs show - but it also has excellent pacing in some situations. That gif of the water flooding in might be one of my standout moments in gaming of this year.

It has a few problems but, on the whole, I'd recommend it to anyone.

Rocket League makes the cut as well.


I haven't played as many games this year, but my list will probably include Ori at the top or near top. I also really loved Not a Hero, the game gets really good once you have a good understanding of the mechanics. Talos will be up there if we're able to vote on it. Really good game.


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What about Witcher 3? Developed and published by CDPR

I wouldnt include it considering the amount of buzz, advertising and production values. It just... seems weird to include tbh.
Elite Dangerous probably better fits the bill.
Do stuff like DLCs, games entering and leaving Early access and port jobs count towards GOTY lists? I would probably put Towerfall Dark World and Ravenmark on my lists if so but the first is DLC for a game that originally came out last year and the second is a pc port/remaster of a game that was originally on the iOS platform many years ago.


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Do stuff like DLCs, games entering and leaving Early access and port jobs count towards GOTY lists? I would probably put Towerfall Dark World and Ravenmark on my lists if so but the first is DLC for a game that originally came out last year and the second is a pc port/remaster of a game that was originally on the iOS platform many years ago.

DLCs not, but remasters (binding of isaac rebirth) and EA entering/leaving games are fair game.
RPS has a Wot I Think on SquareCells (new game from dev of HexCells)


Where the Water Tastes Like Wine - 2016 (PC, Mac)


Where the Water Tastes Like Wine is an upcoming game about traveling, sharing stories, and surviving manifest destiny. Featuring gorgeous illustration by Kellan Jett, Where the Water Tastes Like Wine combines 2D visuals with a 3D overworld US map. Players wander through the United States - and through a century of history - to meet a variety of people, each with their own stories to tell.


Slant Magazine just released their top 25 games of the year, and Shutshimi was #20! A bunch of other great indies are on there. It's awesome company to be in.


For reference, here's the whole list:
  1. Witcher III
  2. Until Dawn
  3. Batman Arkham Knight
  4. Bloodborne
  5. MGSV: The Phantom Pain
  6. The Talos Principle
  7. Fallout 4
  8. Her Story
  9. Splatoon
  10. Sunless Sea
  11. Off-Peak
  12. Super Mario Maker
  13. Tearaway Unfolded
  14. Everybody's Gone to the Rapture
  15. Tales from the Borderlands
  16. Soma
  17. Destiny: The Taken King
  18. Rocket League
  19. Life is Strange
  20. Shutshimi: Seriously Swole
  21. Westerado Double Barrel
  22. Assassin's Creed Syndicate
  23. Beeswing
  24. The Swindle
  25. Three Fourths Home: Extended Edition
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