ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Indie Games You Really Should Play

Updated on December 18, 2012

Amazing, Beautiful, Weird, Wonderful and Just Plain Awesome Indie Games

A collection of amazing indie games that stand out from the crowd. Covering both upcoming games and older games, and focusing on only the most interesting, bizarre, beautiful and obscure. Check back often as I'll be updating and adding new games on a regular basis.

Ones to Watch - Games currently in Alpha/Beta/Funding

A list of games currently in development stages that look promising. Not all of them are currently playable, so I've included in the description whether they have playable releases, and also marked the prices if they're currently funding through early purchase or similiar.

Minecraft Creeper
Minecraft Creeper


The Godfather of 3D Block Games

If you're into indie games, and you haven't played Minecraft, well the only question is: Where have you been?

The game started development in 2009 and shot to fame rapidly. When it reached Beta in 2011 it sold 1,000,000 copies in less than a month, without ever spending a penny on marketing or advertising. Currently it's sitting on over 9,000,000 copies sold.

A 3D sandbox game, where everything (almost) is destructible and usable for building and crafting, the game encourages free-form play, exploration and creativity. You can mine for minerals in the earth, explore caves and fight monsters, stay at home and farm crops, or simply spend a leisurely afternoon building a medieval castle to plan your evil schemes in. Either way, you'll either be inspired by the variety of play, or, as a few are, turned off by the non-linear format, and seemingly goalless structure. Personally I'm firmly in the first camp, and have spent countless hours spelunking or building huge structures in the game.

If you're interested in checking it out, there are currently versions of the game for PC, Xbox 360, iOS and Android available.

Check it out here

Official Minecraft Trailer



The Original 2D Miner (well apart from Manic Miner)

Hailed by some as the 2D Minecraft, it would be a mistake to view Terraria as anything except it's own very unique brand of game. With more focus on RPG elements, and a more combat-driven gameplay model, Terraria manages to fit a little bit of everything into the mix. Platformer, RPG, sandbox survival, hack'n'slash combat and construction thrown in, make sure that you won't quickly get bored of the game. As well as this, there's a slightly more linear feel to the development, with higher-end items taking significantly longer to acquire, and tiers of bosses to challenge you.

The game completed development for good at the start of 2012, after receiving rave reviews and selling incredibly well throughout it's Beta run, so it can now be considered a finished product, and a great one at that.

Check it out

Official Terraria Trailer

Dwarf Fortress
Dwarf Fortress

Dwarf Fortress

For those who like it complex

Considered one of the most complex and involved video games ever created, Dwarf Fortress understandable has a pretty steep learning curve. However, if you have the patience and the will to look beyond the 8-bit ASCII graphics, and complicated GUI, to get to the heart of it, it's also one of the most fun gameplay experiences you can have.

Taking inspiration from the roguelike genre, and throwing in strategy, city-building, resource management and crafting, as well as a whole host of other features, the game puts you in control of a team of dwarves, unceremoniously dumped into a procedurally-generated world, and left to fend for themselves. Your task is to make sure they stay alive, and defend themselves against everything the hostile environment can throw at them.

The real thrill of Dwarf Fortress is in the depth of content and gameplay available. Even just generating a world takes a short while to do, as the game chugs through the entire history of the world, generating not just the map and terrain, but historical events, races and artifacts, that live and die. The attention to detail is astounding, with tons of things being simulated, from dwarves that take damage to specific organs or limbs of their bodies in combat, to entire other races living around you, who either want to help or hinder you.

The game has recently inspired quite a few similar indie titles, including Towns and Gnomoria. While both of these are turning out to be great games, the original still has the edge in terms of sheer scale and complexity.

Check it out here

Dwarf Fortress Tutorial



Atmospheric puzzle platformer

Calling Limbo a puzzle-platform game doesn't really do it much justice. There's a massive amount of puzzle platformers around, but none with the atmosphere, beauty and sheer polish that Limbo offers. From the dark storyline that develops organically as you move through the game, and the mesmerizing and creepy monotone artwork which reveals much more than it hides, the game is definitely a choice for those who like depth, atmosphere and a sense of mystery in their gaming. In other words, if your looking for a quick 'jump around and press the buttons' fix, then I would go elsewhere. Otherwise, you're missing out if you've never tried this one.

Limbo Trailer

Leave me a message and let me know what you think of the page.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • glynnemcreynolds profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @BlueDahlia33: I'll definitely be adding it over the next few days. I'll be adding to this a lot.. :) Thanks for reading. :D

    • BlueDahlia33 profile image


      5 years ago

      How can you have an image for Limbo and not even mention it in your lens? The image is what brought me here! Still a nice list of games. :)

    • profile image


      5 years ago

      thanks for sharing, I'll definitely play them

    • glynnemcreynolds profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @ImmatureEntrepr: Thanks. :)

    • ImmatureEntrepr profile image


      5 years ago

      Great list! Wow, I had forgotten about KoL. Good memories. :) Squid Angel blessings for your lens.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)