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Best Indie Games that Break the Rules

Updated on August 12, 2015

Successful Independent Games that Break the Rules

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.

Recently, independent games have been released for consoles such as Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii. Famous games developed independently feature one of the most successful games.

Minecraft, a Game that Changed Gaming

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 doesn't depend on, as many would expect, shooting but 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. You can hunt, farm, build blocks, but also have to fight monsters. Minecraft made pixel art popular. It encourages sharing, where multiple players participate in the same world, which makes it even more popular.

This game has been so successful that its sales exceeded computer games with big budgets.

Free versions of Minecraft can be now played online. The game will be available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PS Vita, iOS, Android, PC, and Mac.

Independent games are now also available on Xbox.

Ultima For Ever

Another game that was initially independent, but then gained a huge success is Ultima. There is freedom to choose character skills and traits. This choice also pertains to the ability to play in one of the largest world game created.

In Ultima, players combat evil. They solve problems and dilemmas as they interact with the changing world. Players choose priorities as well was the way the way they want to play. The manner in which players engage in a game determines their progress. They fight enemies through demonstrating certain traits to advance.

Different parts of Ultima have different settings and goals. In Ultima V, there are dungeons, secret doors, treasures with monsters of different abilities as well as the underworld. Players may experience this game differently.

Ultima is a fantasy role-playing game yet enhanced by patches. Its story is one of the best stories told while it changed the entire MMO playing experience.

In Ultima VII, you need to unravel the mystery of strange events, why magic is not working the way it should, and creatures that force people to execute their will.

In Lord of Ultima cities can be created, troops built, battles fought, and quests completed.

Ultima is published by Electronic Arts.

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 game. To play games such as Worlds of Warcraft, you will be able to engage with many other players needed to explore worlds and dungeons.

Angry Birds

Among many new games, Angry Birds became one of the most successful independent games, where birds fight pigs to retrieve their eggs. It involves destroying structures where pigs live as well as solving puzzles. Since its release, all Angry Birds games became popular.

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

Free downloads of Angry Birds

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, but there is already a follow up to this game called 2048, apparently equally addictive, and unlike any other puzzle games.

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.

Flash Games or Browser Games

The internet offers the ability to play with other players or as a single player using various technology. Many popular indie games are also browser games. One such game is Runescape with followers of more than ten years and Adventure Quest.

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.

Cartoon Games

Even though cartoon games seem to be most suitable for kids, some games also fulfill adult gaming habits. An indie game such as Jazzpunk is one of the few games that is also a comedy. This game offers a unique experience, also different in style and execution.

Cartoon games offer lots of humor. Games such as Ren and Stimpy and the Dutch Oven involve sarcasm to inspire a laugh.

South Park: The Stick of Truth based on South Park cartoon animated series developed initially by Trey Parker and Matt Stone is a new type of game with controversial jokes as well as 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!

Adult Swim features some of the most original indie games such as Five Minutes to Kill (Yoursefl) or Amateur Surgeon.

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.

Jazzpunk trailer

Steam Games

Steam games are distributed digitally, and players have the ability to download them into their own computers. Their popularity also stems from the fact that it allows for greater engagement with games, such as game modifications, level creation or sharing such levels. 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, cheating with Zelda game elements while also sharing some affinity with Watchdogs.

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