What are some of your favorite indie games?

Tiny Wings is a clever game. Colorful. Easy on the eyes and ears. Addictive. It’s my new favorite indie game, like World of Goo and Osmos were before it.

What about you? From a Nintendo fan’s perspective, what are the most memorable indie games in recent memory?

26 Responses to What are some of your favorite indie games?

  1. deepthought says:

    Flight Control on iphone!

  2. JDK says:

    What’s an “indie” game?

  3. Blake says:

    Usually made by one or two people and self-released without a publisher or distributor.

  4. Richard says:

    Tiny Wings is awesome, as is Bumpy Road. Both should be brought to 3DS as downloads.

    But, now that Harmonix is an indie, self-owned company again, my favorite indie game is definitely Rock Band 3!!!! 🙂

  5. nin says:

    minecraft, such an amazing game.

  6. NZA36 says:

    I just got cave story on WiiWare last night and I’m liking it.

  7. monkat says:

    Super Meat Boy (Wii R.I.P.)
    Cave Story
    Jamestown – a new top-down shooter on Steam
    …I hear Terraria was good?
    Pokémon Tower Defense (flash game) is fun.

    And…Minecraft. I guess that’s recent since…it’s not coming out for a while, but yeah.

  8. Sensai says:

    Wow. It’s so weird to see someone give some love to Osmos. I was convinced I was the only one who played that game.

    Indie games….hm. The ‘big’ indie games I enjoy would have to be Minecraft, World of Goo, Cave Story, Audiosurf, Braid, Super Meat Boy, Trine, and Amnesia. Especially that last one. My god. If you ever get in an argument about how videogames can conjure emotion much more rapidly and intimately than any other medium, tell them to play that game with headphones on and lights off. Christ.

    For lesser known indie games, I really, REALLY enjoyed VVVVVV, Spelunky, Beat Hazard, Ben There Dan That, Dwarf Fortress (don’t let the ASCII scare you away. You can do it), Eversion, The Path, Misadventures of PB Winterbottom, and a few more.

    I just realized I had typed a lot, so I’m going to cut my list off there and a give a

    TL;DR: Play VVVVVV, Spelunky, Eversion, Amnesia, Misadventures of PB Winterbottom, and Trine if you have not done so immediately. Each one of these games offers something incredibly endearing that you don’t see in any other game.

  9. Artefacto says:

    Nifflas’ games. Amazing indie games like Knytt, Knytt Stories, and Within a Deep Forest. Seriously, if you haven’t played these games, go right now to their site and get them for free. Amazing level design and atmosphere topped with excellent platforming gameplay. WaDF is pretty difficult, too, so it takes a while to get through.

  10. Kale says:

    Limbo still ranks way up there for me, personally. I enjoyed Osmos, although I found it to be perhaps a little too esoteric and somewhat boring after a while, and Minecraft has unfortunately become too much of a cliche for me to just let go and enjoy. Superbrothers EP: Sword & Sworcery is a fantastic sentimental journey, though, that pays a grand homage to games of yesteryear like The Legend of Zelda and Loom (it’s officially my favorite game of 2011). My wife and I both wholeheartedly endorse Battleheart, as well. It quite intelligently updates old-school JRPG combat for the 21st century with a wonderfully streamlined game design and interface and stylish art direction that just oozes charm. I’m also a big fan of Interstellar Marines, the best FPS nobody has ever played (check it out at http://www.interstellarmarines.com).

  11. ac says:

    multipong! on iOS.

  12. ac says:

    not sure if its considered indie or not, but i gotta repeat this again. maboshi’s arcade on wiiware. also:

    tower of heaven

  13. ac says:

    super smash land!

  14. ac says:

    super smash land

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  16. Mohan says:

    World of Goo, Trine, CaveStory to name a few.

  17. Gern says:

    Angry Birds Rio.

  18. sparklecoogs says:

    Ditto World of Goo when I’m using the Wii. On the PS3, I think I’ve put about 200-250 hours into Comet Crash…good enough to crack the global top 10 on a level or two, which is saying something considering my merely average skills.

  19. dek says:

    Minecraft. Hands down. Even though they’re going mainstream now on Mobile and XBOX360, I still count them as “indie”. That’s where the game was born.

    +1 for Osmos.

  20. David says:

    Do the Bit.Trip games count?

    I’m also looking forward to Glorkian Warrior at some point. The demo was pretty cool.

  21. Me says:

    Minecraft hands down. I could play that all day

  22. bananaoomarang says:

    Minecraft. MInecraft. Minecraft.

    Braid sticks out a lot, really loved that game.

    Osmos was relaxing.

    Oh, did I mention Minecraft?

  23. electricfuture says:

    well yeah Minecraft of course haha.

    But Machinarium is a great adventure game, with amazing art and music.

  24. WearyAmoeba says:

    Didn’t see many flash games mentioned, but I especially like the following on Kongregate: Upgrade Complete (fabulous shmup where you upgrade everything from the graphics to the ship to the enemies), Flagstaff (great easy fast RPG that has a sense of humor) the Shift series and of course the extra fabulous Bytejacker zombie shooter game. All great stuff when you don’t feel like making a double digit hour investment in a game.

    And Minecraft, World of Goo, Trine, Uplink!

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