Labels are dumb. There, we said what your internal angsty teen has been trying to express for years now. That’s why, when we tried to make a list of the best indie games, we admit it was a challenge like no other. What even qualifies as an indie game in 2018? Lots of expensive games made now are done so independently of a publisher.
Look at Hellblade, for instance, a gorgeous action game from a developer with an impressive pedigree – including some of the best PC games. But Hellblade shouldn’t be perceived as the norm – it’s an anomaly. In fact, the best indie games often come from smaller teams with a lack of experience that just so happen to make their dream game a reality. For reference, take a look at Cuphead.
Then again, big or small, whatever kinds of games you enjoy, you can safely bet that something on this list will entice you. You might already be familiar with wildly popular titles like Undertale and The Stanley Parable, but have you played Abzu yet? What about Owlboy or Night In the Woods? Accounting for taste, here are the best indie games you can play.
Joe Osborne, Kane Fulton and Gabe Carey have also contributed to this article