With 2016 coming in and 2015 having been such an awesome year for indie games, it seems apt to usher in the New Year with a round off of the best indie games released last year.
5. Akiba’s Trip: Undead and Undressed
Starting off the list with a title that isn’t exactly a new release, Akiba’s Trip was originally released for Playstation consoles way back in 2013. Since it’s gathered a brand new following since it’s PC release in 2015, it seemed appropriate to cheat a little and add this epic title to the list. Akiba’s Trip has so much going for it other than the nudity and double entendre in the title. An action/combat JRPG with hours of gameplay, Akiba’s Trip, surprisingly enough, has solid story elements that any fan of a good satire would enjoy. Developed by XSEED games, the indie developers that have created beautiful and unique titles such as Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon, this game is set in a digital version of Japan’s famous Akihabara district.
Akiba’s Trip is available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita and PC.
4. The Beginner’s Guide
A short narrative video game from the creator of The Stanley Parable, The Beginner’s Guide is a work of fiction like no other. It makes you think, takes you into the life and mind of the tortured narrator, and leaves you quite haunted. One can’t say much about the game without giving too much away, but considering it’s both short and cheap, it’s worth a shot just for the sake of it.
The Beginner’s Guide is available on PC.
3. Invisible Inc.
Probably one of the best turn-based strategy games to come out in years, Invisible Inc. has elements of stealth, puzzle games, and character customization. The game has hours of gameplay with several different game modes, characters and randomly generated settings. Not to mention it actually makes an effort with the story too, having fully voiced and animated cut-scenes.
Invisible Inc is available on Playstation 4 and PC.
2. Fran Bow
If you like gore, creepy art or story-centric games, Fran Bow is the game for you. Do not be fooled by its point and click exterior, the game happens to be filled with a variety of puzzles and tasks that range from as simple as tic tac toe to as complicated as I don’t even-. Filled with psychedelic elements, Fran Bow keeps changing the art style and atmosphere throughout, as the protagonist, Fran, goes through a journey of discovery and acceptance. Also, the game features an interactive talking cat.
Fran Bow is available on Android, iOS and PC.
1. Ori and the Blind Forest
Do you like games that give you all the feels? Ones that have have epic artwork? Ones with complex story and gameplay? On the off chance that you answered no to these questions, I’d still say that this game is for you. There isn’t much to say about Ori and the Blind Forest since pretty much everyone agreed that this game is brilliant even before it released.
Ori And The Blind Forest is available on Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.