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Best Indie Games That Challenged the Rules

Updated on January 1, 2018

Successful Independent Games

Independent gaming can successfully compete, as it has already been the case in the past.

There are various tools that allow for a lower cost game development, but where games are more provocative. Indie gaming also embraces now such new tools as virtual games.

Minecraft has been deemed one of the most successful games of all times, and yet it is an independent game. It owes its success to having little or no rules. Its surprising success depends on creating anything you want. It evolves around creating and destroying the world in a 3D environment. Anything can be made and built in Minecraft and it all depends on user's creativity. It encourages sharing, where multiple players participate in the same world. Its sales exceeded those of big budget computer games.

Free versions of Minecraft can be now played online as well as on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PS Vita, iOS, Android, PC, and Mac.

World of Warcraft's Immense Game World

Worlds of Warcraft has one of the biggest game worlds. It is also a role playing game that allows for playing various characters which can be customized when completing quests amidst impressive battlegrounds that can be endlessly explored. It is one of the most successful online multiplayer games. Exploring worlds and dungeons also involves engaging with other players.

Angry Birds and Other New Independent Games

Angry Birds became one of the most successful independent games, where birds fought pigs to retrieve their eggs. It involved destroying structures where pigs lived as well as solving puzzles. Since its release, all Angry Birds games became popular.

Angry Birds games were developed by Rovio Entertainment and are available on iPhone, Android, PS3, PC, Xbox 360, and Nintendo DS.

Flappy Birds - Free Indie Games

In 2014, Flappy Birds was the most downloadable gaming app. It has been developed by an independent game developer Dong Nguyen, who apparently never promoted this game. It is very simple, yet one of the most difficult and most addictive games.

Despite its success, the developer removed the game. Another game compared to Flappy Birds, 2048 is equally addictive although it is a puzzle game created by an Italian developer. This game is played with numbers with the goal to achieve the number 2048.

Chasing Pac-Man


Pac-Man's concept was inspired by food when it was developed in 1980 in Japan. It was the first game for female audiences with the first maze-chase theme as well as stealth game type. Due to its features it is considered one of the most influential indie games of all time that has even been used for teaching Artificial Intelligence.

Many indie games have been developed as a spinoff or based on Pac-Man games. These successful arcade games inspired through games such as Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions and Galaga Legions, as well as a television series Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures. There is a multitude of indie games and kids games based on this game.

Independent Cartoon Games

Some great cartoons games that were created as independent games include South Park.

South Park: The Stick of Truth based on South Park cartoon animated series was developed initially by Trey Parker and Matt Stone containing controversial jokes and issues.

A similar genre, where pop culture is mocked features Robot Chicken animation that inspired also Robot Chicken games.

Some indie games can be inspired by popular shows such as those shown on Cartoon Network that led to the creation of Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I Don't Know!

Most in demand cartoon games seem to involve animal themes such as Mickey Mouse or rabbits and toads in Bucky O'Hare game, monkeys in Chip and Dales, monsters in Tiny Tunes, ducks in Duck Tales, turtles in Turtles, and cat games.

Independent games on Steam

Steam games allow for greater engagement, game modifications, level creation or sharing. Originally released for PC, it is now also available for other platforms including OSX

An independent game available on Steam that is about breaking the rules, such as Hack 'n' Slash is about hacking that shares some affinity with Watchdogs.


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