Gaming as a whole continues to evolve every year, and our standards for the best indie games evolves with it. One of the most interesting things about the best indie games is that unlike AAA game publishers, who feel the need to shove as many shady monetization methods into their games as possible – the best indie games are inexpensive and free of malevolent tactics. Free of corporate influence, the best indie games will give you a glimpse into the pure artistic vision of the developers, especially if you have one of the best gaming PCs.
That’s not to say the best indie games can’t keep up with the latest Assassin’s Creed or Call of Duty, though. In fact, the best indie games regularly surpass the latest AAA games in bot quality and scope, thanks to their less repetitive nature – they don’t need to rely on tired cliches and tropes to sell through millions of units.
With this list, we culled through the hundreds (maybe even thousands) of indie games we’ve played and ranked the 30 best indie games you can play today – only the best of the best have made it. We mixed in classics like Braid and Dwarf Fortress, with modern indie darlings like Hollow Knight and Dead Cells. To discover all the best indie games that made our list, read on!
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Bill Thomas, Joe Osborne, Kane Fulton and Gabe Carey have also contributed to this article