Best Deals on Indie Games for Black Friday 2019

Fill up your library with some must-play indies during Black Friday.
November 27, 2019 2:13 PM by Morgan Shaver

Black Friday is a shopping holiday with deals on everything from 4K TVs to game consoles. While I’m someone who loves to save money on tech as much as any other American, I also love when indies are available at discounted prices as it provides more incentive for people to give these games a try.

As much as I want to encourage gamers to purchase indies at full price and support the developers, I also understand that money is tight these days. Even with indie games priced lower than their AAA counterparts, it can still be a challenge to drop $30 on a game, especially with so many games releasing around the holidays. It’s like you blink and 5 more games are available, each one grasping for your attention.

It also makes sense that it wouldn’t seem “worth it” to spend full price on a game that may end up collecting virtual dust in your backlog. I think the oversaturation of content is part of why Steam sales and Humble Bundle deals are so popular. You can spend $20 and get several games, rather than just one. What’s not to love?

Of course, not everyone owns a gaming PC capable. If you have a Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, or PlayStation 4, the good news is there are plenty of indie games discounted for Black Friday and Cyber Monday… you just need to know where to look! To help, I thought it’d be worth taking the time to put together a buyer’s guide with all of the best indie game deals available during Black Friday 2019!

Keep in mind that prices are subject to change. Additionally, if there’s a particular game you’re looking for but aren’t interested in skimming through the full list, I recommend using CTRL + F to find a game in the page. You can also use the “find in page” function when browsing on mobile (usually in the expanded settings menu at the top right corner) to search.

Trust me, I won’t mind if you’re just here to see how cheap games like Celeste or Dead Cells are right now. With that out of the way, let’s dig into the deals!

Note: All of the games I’ve included are $20 and under. Additional Black Friday deals exist on all of the following sites at higher price tiers, but I wanted to limit this guide to the most affordable buys.

Best Deals on Indie Games for Black Friday 2019

Steam has deals on hundreds of indie games for Black Friday 2019, including Slay the Spire!
Steam has deals on hundreds of indie games for Black Friday 2019, including Slay the Spire!
© Mega Crit Games

Steam Deals

Steam is hosting an Autumn Sale from November 26 through December 3. During this sale, hundreds of indie games have been discounted, many up to 75% off.

Below, I’ve included some of the best ones. In addition to these deals, I also recommend looking at your Steam wishlist and the wishlists of your friends to see if there’s anything you feel like purchasing.

  • Oh...Sir! The Insult Simulator - $0.59
  • RunGunJumpGun - $0.79
  • Crush Your Enemies - $0.99
  • One Finger Death Punch - $1.24
  • Downwell - $1.49
  • Super Meat Boy - $1.49
  • Life is Strange 2 (Episode 1) - $1.99
  • Manual Samuel - $1.99
  • Genital Jousting - $2.16
  • Spelunky - $2.24
  • LIMBO - $2.29
  • Always Sometimes Monsters - $2.49
  • Don’t Starve - $2.49
  • FTL: Faster Than Light - $2.49
  • Hatoful Boyfriend - $2.49
  • Hotline Miami - $2.49
  • Orwell - $2.49
  • Stories Untold - $2.49
  • Amnesia: The Dark Descent - $2.99
  • BattleBlock Theater - $2.99
  • Crypt of the NecroDancer - $2.99
  • Diluvion - $2.99
  • Never Alone - $2.99
  • Pinstripe - $2.99
  • Skullgirls - $2.99
  • The Vanishing of Ethan Carter - $2.99
  • Cook Serve Delicious 2 - $3.24
  • Life is Strange: Before the Storm - $3.39
  • To the Moon - $3.39
  • Bastion - $3.74
  • Gone Home - $3.74
  • Bendy and the Ink Machine (Complete Edition) - $3.99
  • Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy - $3.99
  • KHOLAT - $3.99
  • Life is Strange (Ep. 1-5) - $3.99
  • Outlast - $3.99
  • Undertale - $3.99
  • Among the Sleep - $4.24
  • Overcooked - $4.24
  • Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes - $4.94
  • Little Nightmares - $4.99
  • Ori and the Blind Forest (Definitive Edition) - $4.99
  • Oxenfree - $4.99
  • Rakuen - $4.99
  • Party Hard - $4.99
  • Poi - $4.99
  • Tacoma - $4.99
  • Thumper - $4.99
  • Golf With Your Friends - $5.19
  • Clustertruck - $5.99
  • Everspace - $5.99
  • SOMA - $5.99
  • The Stanley Parable - $5.99
  • INSIDE - $6.79
  • Lethal League - $6.99
  • Cities Skylines - $7.49
  • Darkest Dungeon - $7.49
  • Fran Bow - $7.49
  • Into the Breach - $7.49
  • Move or Die - $7.49
  • Observer - $7.49
  • Outlast 2 - $7.49
  • Slime Rancher - $7.99
  • Gorogoa - $8.24
  • 7 Days to Die - $8.49
  • GRIS - $8.49
  • The Gardens Between - $8.99
  • The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth - $9.89
  • ABZU - $9.99
  • Battle Chef Brigade (Deluxe) - $9.99
  • Celeste - $9.99
  • Stellaris - $9.99
  • Dead by Daylight - $9.99
  • Kerbal Space Program - $9.99
  • Opus Magnum - $9.99
  • Rocket League - $9.99
  • Shadow Warrior 2 - $9.99
  • Wandersong - $9.99
  • What Remains of Edith Finch - $9.99
  • Yooka-Laylee - $9.99
  • Katana ZERO - $10.04
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice - $10.19
  • The Long Dark - $10.19
  • Baba is You - $11.99
  • The Messenger - $11.99
  • Felix the Reaper - $12.49
  • Frostpunk - $13.49
  • Stardew Valley - $13.49
  • Divinity: Original Sin (Enhanced Edition) - $13.99
  • My Friend Pedro - $13.99
  • Night in the Woods - $13.99
  • Streets of Rogue - $13.99
  • A Hat in Time - $14.99
  • Cuphead - $14.99
  • Hello Neighbor - $14.99
  • Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds - $14.99
  • RiME - $14.99
  • Return of the Obra Dinn - $15.99
  • Children of Morta - $16.49
  • Vampyr - $16.99
  • ARK: Survival Evolved - $17.49
  • Dead Cells - $17.49
  • Subnautica - $17.49
  • Slay the Spire - $18.74
  • The Witness - $19.99

Epic Game Store Deals

Save big on new indie games like Yaga on the Epic Games Store.
Save big on new indie games like Yaga on the Epic Games Store.
© Breadcrumbs Interactive

Joining Steam in offering deals and discounts on indie games for PC is the Epic Games Store. If you aren't opposed to shopping for indies on the Epic Games Store, there are quite a few noteworthy titles on sale, including a few exclusives!

Note that other indie game deals for PC can be found at alternative locations like the Humble Store and GOG.  

  • Alan Wake’s American Nightmare - $1.79
  • LIMBO - $2.29
  • Stories Untold - $2.49
  • Alan Wake - $2.99
  • Rebel Galaxy - $2.99
  • Costume Quest - $3.49
  • World of Goo - $3.74
  • Overcooked - $4.24
  • Little Inferno - $4.49
  • Torchlight - $4.49
  • GNOG - $4.99
  • Minit - $4.99
  • Oxenfree - $4.99
  • Layers of Fear - $5.74
  • Drawful 2 - $5.99
  • Human Resource Machine - $5.99
  • Conarium - $6.79
  • INSIDE - $6.79
  • 7 Billion Humans - $7.49
  • Enter the Gungeon - $7.49
  • Everything - $7.49
  • Kingdom New Lands - $7.49
  • Observer - $7.49
  • Slime Rancher - $7.99
  • RiME - $9.89
  • Axiom Verge - $9.99
  • Celeste - $9.99
  • RUINER - $9.99
  • Shakedown Hawaii - $9.99
  • Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter - $9.99
  • The Witness - $9.99
  • Genesis Alpha One - $10.19
  • Surviving Mars - $10.19
  • Atomicrops - $11.99
  • Hyper Light Drifter - $11.99
  • The Messenger - $11.99
  • Observation - $12.49
  • Falcon Age - $12.99
  • WHAT THE GOLF? - $12.99
  • Dangerous Driving - $14.99
  • Hello Neighbor Hide & Seek - $14.99
  • Operencia: The Stolen Sun - $14.99
  • Beyond: Two Souls - $15.99
  • Heavy Rain - $15.99
  • The Sojourn - $16.74
  • Afterparty - $16.99
  • John Wick Hex - $16.99
  • Cardpocalypse - $17.49
  • Close to the Sun - $17.99
  • Kine - $17.99
  • Ancestors the Humankind Odyssey - $19.99
  • Outward - $19.99
  • Yaga - $19.99

Nintendo eShop Deals

The Nintendo eShop has noteworthy discounts on indie games like Overland.
The Nintendo eShop has noteworthy discounts on indie games like Overland.
© Finji

Nintendo has discounted quite a few games for the Switch as part of their Cyber Deals sale. The sale will run from now until December 4, giving you plenty of time to pick up indies like Cuphead and Celeste at a discount.

To make shopping easier, I’ve included some of the best Nintendo eShop deals, though I also recommend browsing the full list if you’re planning to load up your Switch with indies games for the holidays.

  • Oh...Sir! The Insult Simulator - $1.00
  • Storm Boy - $1.19
  • Downwell - $1.49
  • Manual Samuel - $2.49
  • A Normal Lost Phone - $2.99
  • Bastion - $3.74
  • Broforce - $3.74
  • Mother Russia Bleeds - $3.74
  • Gato Roboto - $3.99
  • She Remembered Caterpillars - $3.99
  • Cat Quest - $4.54
  • Jotun: Valhalla Edition - $4.94
  • Thumper - $4.99
  • Transistor - $4.99
  • The Flame in the Flood (Complete Edition) - $5.24
  • EARTHLOCK - $5.98
  • Brawlout - $5.99
  • Don’t Starve (Nintendo Switch Edition) - $5.99
  • The Little Acre - $6.49
  • LIMBO - $6.99
  • Mulaka - $6.99
  • Snake Pass $6.99
  • Beat Cop - $7.49
  • Ape Out - $7.49
  • Gone Home - $7.49
  • Enter the Gungeon - $7.49
  • Gorogoa - $7.49
  • Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes - $7.49
  • Sundered: Eldritch Edition - $7.99
  • The Gardens Between - $7.99
  • GRIS - $8.49
  • Little Nightmares (Complete Edition) - $9.49
  • Katana ZERO - $9.74
  • RiME - $9.89
  • Shantae: Half-Genie Hero - $9.99
  • TowerFall - $9.99
  • CELESTE - $9.99
  • Songbringer - $9.99
  • Last Day of June - $9.99
  • Axiom Verge - $9.99
  • Rocket League - $9.99
  • Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons - $10.49
  • Darkwood - $10.49
  • FAR: Lone Sails - $11.24
  • Killer Queen Black - $11.99
  • Hyper Light Drifter (Special Edition) - $11.99
  • The Messenger - $11.99
  • Hotline Miami Collection - $12.49
  • Moonlighter - $12.49
  • Banner Saga 3 - $12.49
  • ABZU - $13.99
  • My Friend Pedro - $13.99
  • INSIDE - $13.99
  • Ori and the Blind Forest (Definitive Edition) - $13.99
  • Torchlight II - $13.99
  • Wargroove - $13.99
  • RAD - $13.99
  • Hob: The Definitive Edition - $13.99
  • Night in the Woods - $13.99
  • Cuphead - $14.99
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice - $14.99
  • Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes - $14.99
  • This War of Mine (Complete Edition) - $15.99
  • Where the Water Tastes Like Wine - $15.99
  • Dead Cells - $17.49
  • Northgard - $17.49
  • Darkest Dungeon - $17.49
  • Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles - $19.49
  • Slay the Spire - $19.99
  • Overland - $19.99
  • Skullgirls 2nd Encore - $19.99
  • Friday the 13th: The Game (Ultimate Slasher Edition) - $19.99

PS Store Deals

Catch up on indies you might have missed by grabbing games like Life is Strange 2 on the PS Store during Black Friday 2019.
Catch up on indies you might have missed by grabbing games like Life is Strange 2 on the PS Store during Black Friday 2019.
© Dontnod Entertainment

While most of Sony's Black Friday deals center around bigger titles like Borderlands 3, there are discounts availabe on several must-have indie games on sale, all of which are listed below.

  • Hatoful Boyfriend - $1.99
  • Life is Strange 2 (Episode 1) - $1.99
  • Downwell - $2.49
  • Hotline Miami - $2.49
  • Not a Hero - $2.59
  • Lichtspeer - $2.99
  • Volgarr the Viking - $2.99
  • Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number - $3.74
  • Mother Russia Bleeds - $3.74
  • STRAFE - $3.74
  • Thumper - $4.99
  • Vostok Inc. - $5.99
  • Enter the Gungeon - $7.49
  • Castle Crasher Remastered - $8.99
  • Super Dodgeball Beats - $9.09
  • Ruiner - $9.99
  • Shantae: Half-Genie Hero - $9.99
  • The Talos Principle (Deluxe Edition) - $9.99
  • Layers of Fear 2 - $14.99
  • Playerunknown's Battlegrounds - $14.99
  • Life is Strange (Episode 2-5 Bundle) - $19.79
  • Life is Strange 2 (Complete Season) - $19.99

Microsoft Store Deals

Try something new by grabbing an indie like Outward on sale as part of the Black Friday sale on the Microsoft Store.
Try something new by grabbing an indie like Outward on sale as part of the Black Friday sale on the Microsoft Store.
© Nine Dots Studio

If you want to get your indie game fix in on Xbox One, the Microsoft Store has digital deals on some iconic titles like Cuphead and Rocket League.

One thing to keep in mind when browsing the list of deals is that a number of indies like Astroneer and Ruiner are already included as part of Xbox Game Pass. For the best deal on indie games on Xbox One, we highly recommend picking up an Xbox Game Pass subscription!

  • Virginia - $1.99
  • Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons - $3.99
  • Life is Strange: Before the Storm - $3.39
  • Life is Strange (Complete Season) - $3.99
  • Little Nightmares (Complete Edition) - $4.49
  • Overcooked - $5.09
  • Battle Chasers: Nightwar - $7.49
  • Hollow Knight (Voidheart Edition) - $7.49
  • Human Fall Flat - $7.49
  • Forgotten Anne - $7.99
  • Ori and the Blind Forest (Definitive Edition) - $7.99
  • Sunset Overdrive - $7.99
  • A Way Out - $9.89
  • This is the Police 2 - $9.89
  • STEEP - $9.89
  • ABZU - $9.99
  • Kerbal Space Program - $9.99
  • Rocket League - $9.99
  • Quantum Break - $9.99
  • Shantae: Half-Genie Hero - $9.99
  • Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap - $9.99
  • Yooka-Laylee - $9.99
  • RAD - $11.99
  • Sea of Solitude - $11.99
  • Torchlight II - $13.99
  • Cuphead - $14.99
  • Dead by Daylight (Special Edition) - $14.99
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice - $14.99
  • The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan - $17.99
  • Kingdom Come: Deliverance - $17.99
  • My Time at Portia - $17.99
  • Life is Strange 2 (Complete Season) - $19.99
  • Outward - $19.99

Misc Deals - Fangamer

Save on indie game gifts at Fangamer!
You can grab one-of-a-kind indie game gifts at Fangamer!
© Fangamer

Let’s say you don’t want to buy an actual game for Black Friday, but you are looking for an indie-related gift. Well, retailers like Fangamer have discounts available on items like pins and plushies. Below, I’ve listed some of my favorite Fangamer items available at a discount!

  • Snow Dogs (Undertale Button Set) - $5.00
  • So Hyped (Untertale Shirt) - $5.00
  • Monster Temmie Keychain Plush (Undertale) - $10.00
  • Archers’ Attack (TowerFall Shirt) - $15.00
  • Bonetrousle (Undertale Shirt) - $15.00
  • Cast-a-Reno (Thimbleweed Park Shirt) - $15.00

And here are a few indie game gift ideas that aren't discounted – but are super affordable at $20 and under!

  • Ape Escape Specter Coin Pin - $10.00
  • Astroneer Expedition Lapel Pin - $10.00
  • Celeste Flying Strawberry Pin - $10.00
  • Hollow Knight Troupe Master Grimm Pin - $10.00
  • Hollow Knight Wanderer Lapel Pin - $10.00
  • Slime Rancher Keychain - $12.00
  • Journey Travelers Pin Set - $14.00
  • Stardew Valley Grandpa’s Socks - $14.00
  • Thimbleweed Park Trading Cards - $14.00
  • Undertale Annoying Dog Socks - $14.00
  • Myst Island Poster - $15.00
  • Risk of Rain Commando Shirt - $15.00
  • Super Meat Boy Figurine - $15.00
  • Undertale Sans Inaction Figure - $15.00
  • Undertale OST - $15.00
  • Celeste You Can Do This Mug - $16.00
  • Undertale Grillby’s Mug - $16.00
  • Afterparty I Love Hell Pint Glass - $17.00
  • Slay the Spire Pin Set - $17.00
  • Undertale Tarot Cards - $17.00
  • Celeste Mountain Poster - $18.00
  • Octodad Plush - $18.00
  • Dead Cells Snapback Cap - $19.00
  • OneShot Niko Mug - $19.00
  • Stardew Valley Pelican Town Hat - $19.00
  • Hyper Light Drifter Fallen Poster - $20.00

In summary, this Black Friday 2019 deals guide has been exclusively tailored to shine a spotlight on indie games. While it can be tempting to only spend your money on tech deals like a new console, I highly recommend adding an indie game or two to your holiday shopping list as well.

I can personally recommend just about every game on this list, and with everything coming in at $20 and under, you won’t have to spend too much to enjoy a game… or ten!