There are some well-known indie game makers who always make games that are fun and interesting.
During the HD age, indie games became popular. The Xbox 360, PS3, and, to a smaller extent, the Wii are all in this group. Before this, indie creators had been making games for decades, but they rarely came out, and when they did, it was only on PC. What really changed things was when consoles added digital shops.
It’s hard to imagine a world without indie games these days, because they bring new ideas to a market that AAA games don’t go to. There are many great developers out there, but these eight keep putting out events that change people’s lives. It’s always fun to find out what they are cooking next.
Cellar Door Games
Rogue Legacy, which Cellar Door Games put out in 2013, was a huge hit. It shaped modern indie roguelikes in many ways that will be felt for years to come. But that wasn’t their first game; they made a lot of flash games before that one.
I think one of their best-known games before Rogue Legacy was Don’t Sh*t Your Pants.What came next was Full Metal Furies. It didn’t do too well with players, but it got good reviews.They got back on track with Rogue Legacy 2, and now Cellar Door Games has an 85 on Metacritic as a creator. They haven’t said what they’ll work on next, but it’s likely going to be a third remake.
Digital Sun Games
Digital Sun Games isn’t as well known as some other small game makers, but their games are good. Moonlighter was their first big game. It was a roguelike, but it was also more than that. At night, players could go into random dungeons and during the day, they could sell loot in their shop.
The idea was new and worked. The Mageseeker: A League of Legends Story, their newest journey, came out this year. It was more of a straight-up action game. A video for their next game, Cataclismo, has been released. It looks like an RTS with an early PS1 look. In general, Metacritic gave Digital Sun Games an 80.
Image & Form
Some people didn’t like Image & Form’s games at first. One example is SteamWorld Tower Defense, which got a 71. But after SteamWorld Dig, the series’ scores and fame went through the roof. They made SteamWorld Heist, SteamWorld Dig 2, and SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech after that.
SteamWorld Build is the name of their next game, which is a city-building game. Since the beginning, the only mistake they’ve made is The Gunk in 2021, which got about 60s on average. Image & Form has a current score of 81 on Metacritic, which means that the company as a whole doesn’t have many problems.
Maddy Makes Games
Beginning with TowerFall, Maddy Makes Games has always done a great job as a business. It’s funny to remember that this game could only be played on the Ouya. Almost no one had that system, but word of mouth spread, and now it’s been ported. It’s one of the best-reviewed multiplayer indie games of all time.
Their next game, Celeste, was even better than their previous ones. It won them a lot of awards in 2018. It will be a Metroidvania, and it will be called Earthblade. It should come out in 2024. It was great, but will this be even better? Metacritic gives Maddy Makes Games an 89, but only time will tell.
To give away the finish, Moon Studios also has an 89 on Metacritic. Ori and the Blind Forest and its follow up, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, were both made by this small company. Metacritic says that these are two of the best Metroidvania games out there.
Even though there was a pandemic, their last game came out in 2020. It’s been a while since they put out a game. Moon Studios is working on an action game that has nothing to do with Ori’s adventures, but they haven’t shown off a video, a screenshot, or the name of the game yet.
Another indie company with a lot of scary games is Playdead. Their catalog has an 89 on Metacritic. It was around the time that their first game, Limbo, came out, when indie games were going crazy thanks to the Xbox 360.
Inside, a puzzle platformer with similar moods and gameplay features, came out after this unsettling puzzle platformer.Since Inside came out in 2016, nothing new has been shared. What game does Playdead plan to make next? Fans will definitely not be let down by these two games alone, whenever it happens.
In the early days of the Xbox 360, Supergiant Games also made a lot of money with the game Bastion. The action RPG that came after it was Transistor, then Pyre, and finally Hades. Snake Game is by far their most popular game. In fact, they’re making an update to it called Hades 2 as their next game.
Metacritic has never given Supergiant Games less than an 80, which makes sense since all of their games have had many sequels and ports. This gives them a total score of 88, which is good.
Yacht Club Games
And finally, Yacht Club Games, the very important company that made Shovel Knight. Beyond his own world, this character has shown up in a lot of other AAA and indie games, such as Brawlhalla and Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. The group worked on a lot of spinoffs with other writers, like Nitrome’s Shovel Knight Dig.
They mostly worked on adding DLC to the original game, though, and also started putting out other indie games like Cyber Shadow. On this list and in the indie music world, they are one of a kind. After almost ten years, Yacht Club Games is finally moving on from Shovel Knight to make Mina the Hollower, a new game. Metacritic gives the company an 83.