9 Indie Games to Play While Staying In
Whether you’re looking for a puzzle platformer, a creative vehicle sim, or a genre-blending co-op FPS, the nine titles we’ve collected below represent the range of indie games that most excite us at the moment.
Stormworks: Build and Rescue
Building a functional vehicle in Stormworks could be the closest a person can get to replicating the joy of the Wright brothers’ first flight. Every successful build represents a feat of engineering; in addition to designing a chassis, players must also manage its logic inputs and ensure that the vehicle is mechanically equipped for the rescue mission ahead.
Deep Rock Galactic
One of the most impressive elements of Deep Rock Galactic is its environmental lighting. As your team of four makes your way through the game’s procedurally generated caverns, directing the flow of light by chiseling through the game’s fully destructible environment becomes an art. Deep Rock Galactic, a four-person co-op FPS, has a way of making even familiar mechanics newly rewarding.
Colt Canyon’s world is rendered in sepia, evoking a landscape of dust punished by sun and littered with tumbleweed. It’s a pixelated, roguelite twin-stick shooter that captures the spirit of the western: quiet, lonely expanses of land punctuated by moments of sudden and extreme violence.
Puzzle platformers are often about working against the terrain, finding clever ways to cross gaps or scale walls. Georifters, however, is all about manipulating it — twisting it, flipping it, pushing it back and forth — to traverse the level and defeat enemies. It’s an ingenious use of the “2.5D” perspective, asking players to use 3D spatial reasoning to navigate 2D situations.
Battle Planet - Judgement Day
Battle Planet - Judgement Day is a top-down roguelite twin-stick shooter in which every level is a small-scale planet. As a result, most of the curvature of the globe is always within view, and situations can get claustrophobic quickly as foes attempt to swarm the players on all sides.
Commandos 2 - HD Remaster
Though Commandos 2 is a military-themed, squad-based RTS, it encourages the player to consider their tactical maneuvers economically, only making use of weapons during the most opportune moments. That’s what drew players to its brutal, WWII-based missions back in 2001, and now it’s back with improved graphics, a reworked UI, and a redesigned tutorial.
The Coma 2: Vicious Sisters
A sinister darkness pervades the outskirts of Sehwa High — a lesson that student Mina Park learns the hard way as she evades the grasp of a demon who suspiciously resembles her teacher. The Coma 2: Vicious Sisters is a Korean survival-horror adventure that tells its story across cinematic sequences that feature starkly drawn comic book panels.
Cat Quest II
The title says it all. Cat Quest II is an adorable action-adventure game that opens in the middle of a raging war between the cats of Felingard and the canine Lupus Empire. Cat Quest II’s cute character design and pun-laden silliness (the merchant “Kit Cat,” for instance, is located near “the Catpital”) is a large part of its appeal.
Asterix & Obelix XXL3: The Crystal Menhir
Asterix & Obelix XXL3: The Crystal Menhir manifests one of the most desirable power fantasies: the ability to wail on ancient Romans with an enormous crystal slab. The game puts players in control of Asterix and Obelix, Gauls from the beloved French comic series Asterix, as they make their way across the Roman Empire to help save the people of Thule from an unknown threat.