All-time Best Indie Games

Listing of the top indie games reviewed here on JIG, and rated by you, the JIG community (ordered by ranking):
Octodad: Dadliest CatchWhat started as a crazy student project has grown into a crazy indie game. Octodad: Dadliest Catch by Young Horses continues the mad premise first showcased in the 2010 tech demo, adding a storyline and loads of new environments to stumble around in. What should be a series of ordinary tasks end up being wacky hijinks in the world of Octodad. Think of it as QWOP in a 3D world and you've got a good idea for just how mad this game can be.

Among the SleepLate one night while your mother is sleeping, something wakes you up. Now, just two years old, and alone save for your intrepid teddy-bear, you'll need to take a surreal and terrifying journey where you can't always trust what you see, but everything is full of meaning, in this gorgeous indie horror adventure.

Her StoryA woman sits in front of a camera in a police station, interviewed seven different times about the disappearance of her husband. In front of you, you have access to the full archive of clips, searchable with keywords, and it's up to you to discover the whole truth in this inventive and engrossing indie interactive mystery narrative, also available on iOS!


Rating:

4.25

Categories: browser, demo, download, game, indie, joedev, linux, logic, mac, math, maze, puzzle, rating-g, windows

This game is rated :D for content, click through for an explanation
A Game of NumbersIf two apples and five pears cost 37 cents and five apples and three pears cost 45 cents, how come math problems are so boring? A Game of Numbers is a puzzle game that challenges the stereotype of boring math problems, by giving you a maze of numbers and operations to solve. Even if you're not a numbers buff, there's still a lot of fun to be had finding the right path to the exit, while keeping your numbers in check.

Slender: The ArrivalYou and Katie have been friends since you were little, sharing fun, adventure... and something dark and strange you both buried deep in your memories. Recently, she's been trying to sell her remote house, but when you arrive, you find the place empty except for signs of a struggle and disturbing scrawls on the walls. You're Katie's only hope as, armed with only a flashlight, you set off into the forest and a horror from your own childhood in this short but terrifyingly atmospheric indie action adventure.

BanishedLife is slow in Banished, the civilization-building simulation from one-man indie studio Shining Rock Software, but it's anything but easy. It's up to you to take your tiny settlement of cast-out villagers and slowly build up their home in the wilderness into a sprawling civilization. Just watch out for winter. And typhoons. And famine. And cholera. And your own impatience and lack of planning.

A Postcard from AfthoniaKyon and Katerina are expecting a baby, but in an uncertain world where there's a war going on and their union isn't always smiled upon, they've beseeched you to travel to the Oracle on your behalf on this short but gorgeous and uplifting point-and-click indie adventure from Jonas and Verena Kyratzes.

The Tiny Bang StoryWhen Amanita Design's Samorost or Machinarium meets a smart, non-formulatic hidden object game, The Tiny Bang Story is the beautiful result. A point-and-click puzzle game at heart, this charming release from Colibri Games will hook you from the start, keeping your eyes busy and your cursor mobile from the opening screen all the way to the very end. It's a stunning and very memorable game that will make you wish more games followed its careful design concepts.

Mermaid SwampA simple road trip becomes a nightmare when four friends are stranded in a strange mansion by a swamp, and things start going... wrong. Could it be the mermaid's curse? Mermaid Swamp, a free horror adventure by Uri, is disturbing in ways that many other games aren't, but handles the subject matter well and, in the end, provides a chilling and memorable horror experience.

10 Gnomes in Montaigut-le-BlancAlso free in HD download for PC and Mac, Mateusz Skutnik takes us on another lovely rustic stroll in this hidden-object game where ten little gnomes are cunningly hidden throughout the calm black-and white streets, with no timer to get in the way.

Five Nights at Freddy's 2Mere months after the release of the original beloved and terrifying game comes a bigger, meaner sequel, though it mostly feels like a more complete game than the first. With new animatronics, new mechanics, and a whole lot of jump scares and unsettling scenes, can you survive your new night shift?

The Cat LadySusan Ashworth has had enough of her lonely life and makes the decision to end it... but that choice leads her on a surreal journey that will have her questioning reality... and her sanity. Tasked with a strange spectre to eliminate the five psychopathic "Parasites" plaguing the city and "blessed" with immortality, she goes on a violent, dark journey that may be too much for some players to take in this visceral indie horror adventure.

SlayinSlayin isn't a game, it's a time machine rocketing from an 8-bit past. Pixel Licker's deliciously compulsive mashup of old school action RPG and contemporary endless runner-style progression is so infused with retro spirit that you might forget you're playing it on a device that lacks buttons.

Regency SolitaireHelp a young woman reclaim her family's wealth and reputation in this indie twist on the classic solitaire formula. With different card obstacles, unlockable power-ups, and more, Regency Solitaire doesn't invent the wheel, but it polishes it to a mirror sheen with 180 levels and a simply sweet storyline.

PaletteDr. Sianos B. Sian is an expert in memory, but his new patient, B.D., barely has any memories at all... only the color red. Can he help her put things together and discover her past? Palette, a free narrative blast from the past, is a sharp, twisty puzzle of a story and an unforgettable game.

Fate of the WorldThe world is in your hands in Red Redemption's sequel to 2007's Climate Challenge. Assume control of the newly formed GEO in this complex and challenging strategy simulation game that forces you to cope with the needs of not only the environment but the people who live in it in order to change the future, dealing with the issues afflicting each country throughout the world as you try to bring about change. Real science and research guides your decisions, and Fate of the World offers up a challenging, complex experience that might get you thinking in more ways than one.

Gone HomeGone Home is an unconventional story exploration adventure game created by The Fullbright Company. It's a game that's void of traditional puzzles, flashy cutscenes, and hidden rooms filled with guns and ammo. Somehow, though, it manages to capture your curiosity from the beginning and never, ever let go. Anyone who enjoys a good mystery or the feeling of uncovering a story piece by piece should check out Gone Home right away. Everyone else should read the rest of this article, then go play the game!

The Terrible Old ManThere's a frail and senile old man, they say, who lives alone on the edge of town and pays for his groceries with gold dubloons... the perfect mark for a trio of goons in this short but supremely creepy freeware indie point-and-click adventure based on the original tale by Lovecraft.

Once Upon A TimelineCan you imagine what your life would have been like if your Uncle was Doc Brown? All the crazy adventures you would have gone on? Well our protagonist in free indie point-and-click adventure Once Upon A Timeline can as his aunt is working on a time machine. He soon finds out it's not all fun and games, though there is a great deal less worrying about destroying the timeline. He and his Aunt are pretty lax about that.


Rating:

4.14

Categories: cipherprime, demo, download, game, indie, mac, puzzle, rating-g, windows

This game is rated :D for content, click through for an explanation
FractalIn Fractal, a puzzle game by the authors of Auditorium, your goal is to create "blooms" which are composed of six hexagons of the same color. On the surface it sounds like a simple matching puzzle, but the web-like nature of the gameplay and the gorgeous presentation makes it so very much more.

Five Nights at Freddy'sIt should be the easiest job in the world, watching the security cameras at night at a pizzeria with a group of animatronic critters. But with a limited power supply and a growing sense of unease, surviving til dawn will take nerves of steel and fast reflexes in this jump-scare-filled indie horror game.

The Static Speaks My NameThe Static Speaks My Name by Jesse Barksdale is a first-person exploration-based adventure that takes place in a lonely house with random documents scattered all over the place. And while jump scare won't be showing up, there's no shortage of atmospheric creepiness, as you step into the shoes and home of one messed-up individual. A short experience, but one most disturbing and darkly comedic.

Hero and DaughterTongue firmly planted in cheek and, um, assets spilling out all over the place, this dungeoncrawling RPG translated by vgperson and created by Tachi follows Ralph, a hero busted back down to level one, as he summons powerful female companions to help defeat the Dark Lord.

HomeYou wake in the middle of a night during a thunderstorm with your head and your body aching... but you're not in your bed. In fact, you're not even in your house. And when you discover the body on the floor, you begin to realise that you might just have woken up in a very personal nightmare. A short but engrossing horror adventure mystery packed with atmosphere, replayability, and chills galore.

Impressions: I Am Bread (Early Access)One lonely little slice of bread has a dream... to be perfectly toasted. Too bad getting there is way, way harder than it sounds in this ridiculous physics game from the creators of Surgeon Simulator 2013. Currently in Early Access, I Am Bread can be frustrating, but also charming, hilarious, and a lot of fun if you're patient.

Lethal RPG: War BeginsThe kingdom is in peril, and undead armies are rising all across the land! You are Lethal, the king's champion, and you and your band of trusty adventurers must put a stop to the skeleton legions! This browser-based RPG is a miniaturized prelude to the full Lethal RPG: War PC/mobile game, but it's still stuffed to the gills with enemies to fight, pets to collect, bosses to take down, and sidequests to venture on. Venture through the forest, desert, and mountains to take on lizardmen, bandits, evil mushroom-wielding sorcerers, and more!

RoommatesMax and Anne are two very different young people, but they've both found themselves at the same college in the same student housing. Your choices will determine their lives, grades, and even their love-life in this funny, light-hearted, and addictive visual novel simulation!

The Ceramic UncertaintyOf all the mysterious things that could suddenly appear in your apartment and be the cause of worry, a potted plant isn't that high up on the list. But that's because you've never seen a plant like this before in this Twine-based text adventure with multiple endings.

CantripSo, you were cursed by a witch to be a human magnet, and all for collecting cans. Figure out how to use your newfound powers to save your sister in the action adventure game Cantrip. In this twisted take on the Hansel and Gretel tale, wend your way through the scrapyard, fight off guard dogs and more as you cleverly use your magnet powers to find the witch and get your sister back.

Tiny ThiefGorgeous, funny, and packed with wickedly devious levels, this is one iOS/Android game you won't want to put down. Play as an itty-bitty thief and his ferret companion as you point-and-click your way through beautifully designed stages and chapters, each with their own unique story and setup, to rob from the buttheads and give to yourself... or those who need it more.

Goat SimulatorFinally, a game which answers the age-old question, "what would it be like to be a goat?" This is Goat Simulator, the action sandbox game which parodies infamously "realistic" simulation games. Headbutt cars, do flips on trampolines or bleat at unsuspecting pedestrians... you can do it all!

Mission in Snowdriftland: <br />Indie Games EditionMark your calendars and set your bookmarks, Mission in Snowdriftland is back to entertain us once again with its joy-inducing classic-style platforming gameplay set against the backdrop of a cheerful holiday advent calendar. Beginning today and continuing right up through Christmas Eve, a new level will be unlocked to play each day as we march closer to that most joyous of holidays filled with presents, friends and family gatherings.

WandermentAs a curious blind kitten in search of your friend, you must travel across town and use your senses and sound to reveal obstacles and make your way around, in this simple but gorgeous little experimental platformer made in just 72 hours.

FingerbonesYou find yourself all alone in this supremely disturbing horror story... just you, the dust motes, the sunlight... and the knives on the table. Follow the notes to search for clues to find out what's happened, but be warned, you might not want to know.


Rating:

3.89

Categories: adventure, download, game, indie, mac, pointandclick, puzzle, rating-g, stateofplay, windows

This game is rated :D for content, click through for an explanation
LumeLume is a new puzzle adventure game from State of Play, creators of a few browser games you might know, such as A Short History of the World and A Break in the Road. The visual style is by far the game's most standout feature, as everything you see was created out of paper and cardboard before getting filmed in high definition. The awesomeness doesn't end with the graphics, though. Lume features some solidly challenging point-and-click puzzles that will cause even seasoned room escape veterans to stop and think on more than one occasion.

Our Personal SpaceHave you ever imagined what it would be like to colonize a distant planet? Jump into the shoes of a space pioneer in this sci-fi interactive fiction. The decisions you make effect not just your relationship with your new husband, but potentially the whole planet. What will you choose?

MoonchildIt's comforting to contemplate that everyone has rough days, even if you're royalty. When the queen's daughter is abducted by a gargoyle, it's up to none other than her majesty herself to set out on a huge quest in this colourful indie RPG from Aldorlea.


Rating:

3.84

Categories: adventure, download, free, game, horror, indie, mystery, puzzle, rating-o, restlessgames, windows

This game is rated :S for content, click through for an explanation
WaitEvery night when you go to sleep in your apartment, things... change. It all started with the numbers on the wall that appeared one day. They can't be washed away, and one day they begin counting down... a short but wonderfully creepy free indie horror game made for the 2014 Indie Game Maker Contest

DungeonUpSharpen thy blade and gird up thy loins for there is a dungeon to be mastered! Strategically plan your way through the floors to reach the top and stop the unspeakable evil that awaits. Though just a demo, this dungeon crawler packs in hours of fun.

No more BulletsTypically when dealing with monsters, you've got to duke it out, but what happens when you literally can't? Created for the Procedural Death Jam and playable in beta, this dungeon-crawling roguelike drops you into deadly procedurally generated environments where you need to use your wits to bait, lure, and sneak by the things waiting to tear you limb from limb.

Hotline Miami 2: Wrong NumberMore levels, more story, more atrocities, Hotline Miami 2 expands on the original game with a variety of new characters to play as, many with their own abilities and restrictions, but though its neon-soaked aesthetic and appealingly discordant soundtrack remain, a clunky story and more restrictive gameplay deviate from the source in odd ways.

Dudefish Episode 1So you've become a fish. You have no idea how it happened, but you've found yourself under the sea with a few extra fins and scales than usually. You are now known as Dudefish, and you have to find out who did this to you and how you can get your legs back in a silly and lovable maritime point-and-click adventure.

It's Not About The AliensA fantastic art game with an arresting pixel-based art style, this physics-based platformer follows a rebel searching for their lost love in an alien-infested world. But it's not about the aliens. It's about survival, loneliness, and the sacrifices we make for those we love.

The PlanGot your box of tissues handy? Good, because you might need them after you finish The Plan. Explore a dark forest, avoid and escape obstacles, and see what lies beyond. It's a unique and introspective experimental game by Krillbite Studio that toys with the ideas of the meaning of life, purpose, and destiny all through the experiences of one little fly. That's pretty deep for a bug with a lifespan under a month.

Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and PunishmentsSherlock Holmes is perhaps the most legendary detective in all of literature, but in this gorgeous and immersive new mystery adventure from Frogwares, he's also judge and jury. You have six extremely different and strange cases to solve, and not only is it up to you to decide the guilty, but also what becomes of them.

The High RoadCraving your long forgotten days with your nose in your arithmetic book? Well, crave no further as Harrison Mansolf has created a delightfully weird action adventure game to take you back. Play as a lonely janitor who uses his quick-slinging math skills to get to the bottom of the disastrous happenings of his workplace building. It'll help you love math all over again!

Time ClickersProton Studios serves up a simple but addictive mash-up of shooter and incremental idle game, as you take up your pistol and purchase automated, upgradeable weaponry to shoot your way through stationary red cubes in levels packed with achievements, power-ups and more. Also free for iOS and Android, as well as Steam!

BarbariumBarbarium, created by Hypnohustler, is a retro action platformer set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. With your sword and lasergun combo (really, the best combo there is) you set off to rescue babes, drink beer and restore a little order to this crazy world.

Treasure of the Abandoned CityTreasure of the Abandoned City is an action adventure game from Alec Stamos with artwork by Todd Luke. It continues the Tales of the Renegade Sector episodes with a loot hunt through space, sending you on a quest to find Laserbeard's treasure hidden somewhere on the dusty dry planet of Seltan. Fortunately, you get to punch and shoot a bunch of bad guys along the way!

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