Best Indie Games of 2016 - Page 3

Find out which indie games stole the spotlight this year.
January 1, 2016 10:33 AM by Morgan Shaver


Campo Santo's Firewatch is one of the best “walking simulator” games to come out in quite some time. Where Abzu whisks you deep under the sea, Firewatch transports you to a place that feels altogether too familiar. Firewatch contains immense depth, and broaches difficult subjects like grief with a skillful hand. 

Firewatch excels in its maturity, and method of approaching topics without ever blatantly throwing them in your face. Because of this, the emotions you experience in Firewatch seem to hit you harder than you initially expected. It’s easy to get lost in Firewatch, and easier still to connect with the game’s protagonist, Henry, on a personal level. Firewatch is one of the most intriguing, metaphorical indie games of 2016.

Hyper Light Drifter

Extremely complex and challenging, Hyper Light Drifter is a game that’s hard to explain. After playing it, you’ll find that you're left with just as many questions as answers. Calling upon classic 8-bit and 16-bit action titles for inspiration, Hyper Light Drifter is a grand and epic adventure. 

The game is artistic, and while it's certainly a joy to look at, it's even more fun to play. Despite its lack of instruction, it isn't too difficult to jump in and begin your journey. Punctured by its memorable opening cutscene, Hyper Light Drifter’s tight controls and contemplative nature make it one of the best indie adventure games of 2016.

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