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The Best Indie Games Of 2019, Ranked  

Kyle Townsend
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List Rules Vote up the best 2019 releases.

The best new indie games of 2019, ranked by gamers everywhere. The notion that indie games aren’t as good as mainstream titles is totally outdated. In fact, more and more gamers are hopping on the indie bandwagon, as independent developers are often able to dive deeper to explore new possibilities, gameplay mechanics, and themes.

Sometimes goofy, sometimes gory, but always innovative, the best indie games of 2019 include awesome titles like My Friend Pedro, Baba Is You, and Heaven’s Vault. From RPGs to Hack 'n' Slash genres and more, this list of 2019 indie video games includes some of the coolest titles around.  Plus, most titles are available on Windows, MacOS, PS4, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, and more. How many of these indie games have you played?

Vote up the top indie games for 2019, and vote down all the games you played and didn’t like. Is your favorite new indie game missing? Add it to the list below! 

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Baba Is You is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Indie Games Of 2019, Ranked
PC, Nintendo Switch
Baba Is You is a puzzle video game created by Finnish indie developer Arvi Teikari (known professionally as Hempuli). It was released 13 March 2019 for PC and Nintendo Switch. The game centres ...more
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Untitled Goose Game is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Indie Games Of 2019, Ranked
Microsoft Windows, macOS, Nintendo Switch
Untitled Goose Game is a stealth game developed by House House. In the game, players control a goose and are tasked with a series of challenges to bother human characters. Published by Panic, ...more
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At the Gates is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Indie Games Of 2019, Ranked
Windows, OS X, Linux
At the Gates is a 4X strategy video game by Jon Shafer, the lead designer of Civilization V. Like Civilization V, the game is played on a hex map. Players control a barbarian tribe, and their ...more
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The Occupation is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Indie Games Of 2019, Ranked
The Occupation PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
The Occupation is a single-player video game developed by White Paper Games and released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows on 5 March 2019. The game takes place in a single ...more
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Blasphemous is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Indie Games Of 2019, Ranked
Blasphemous Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4
Blasphemous is a metroidvania action video game developed by Spanish studio The Game Kitchen and published by Team17. The game was released for Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on ...more
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My Friend Pedro is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Indie Games Of 2019, Ranked
Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch
My Friend Pedro is a shoot 'em up video game developed by DeadToast Entertainment and published by Devolver Digital. The game was released for Microsoft Windows and Nintendo Switch on 20 June ...more
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Katana Zero is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Indie Games Of 2019, Ranked
Microsoft Windows, macOS, Nintendo Switch
Katana Zero is a 2D action platform video game developed by Askiisoft and published by Devolver Digital for Microsoft Windows, macOS and Nintendo Switch in 2019. Katana Zero includes no health ...more
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Ape Out is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Indie Games Of 2019, Ranked
Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch
Ape Out is a beat 'em up game developed by Gabe Cuzzillo and published by Devolver Digital. The game was released for Microsoft Windows and Nintendo Switch on February 28, 2019. Ape Out is a ...more
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Outer Wilds is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Indie Games Of 2019, Ranked
Microsoft Windows, Xbox One
Outer Wilds is an open world exploration action-adventure indie video game. In the game, the player-character finds themselves on a planet with only 22 minutes before the local sun goes ...more
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Wargroove is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Indie Games Of 2019, Ranked
Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One
Wargroove is a turn-based tactics video game developed and published by Chucklefish. It was released for the Nintendo Switch, Windows and Xbox One on February 1, 2019, with a PlayStation 4 ...more
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Dangerous Driving is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Indie Games Of 2019, Ranked
Dangerous Driving Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Dangerous Driving is a racing video game by Three Fields Entertainment, released on 9 April 2019 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Dangerous Driving is a racing game and ...more
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My Time at Portia is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Indie Games Of 2019, Ranked
Windows, Mac OS, PlayStation 4
My Time at Portia is a video game developed by Chinese studio Pathea Games and published by Team17. It combines aspects of role-playing video games and simulation games. The player must gather ...more
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Pikuniku is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Indie Games Of 2019, Ranked
Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows
Pikuniku is a puzzle adventure video game developed by French-British indie collective Sectordub and published by Devolver Digital, that was released on January 24, 2019 for Linux, macOS, ...more
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UBOAT is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Indie Games Of 2019, Ranked
Microsoft Windows, macOS
UBOAT is submarine simulator video game released by Deep Water Studio and being published by PlayWay S.A. The game is inspired by the game mechanics of Fallout Shelter, XCOM, and also the movie ...more
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Islanders is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Indie Games Of 2019, Ranked
Islanders Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux
Islanders (stylized as ISLANDERS) is a casual city-building game developed and published by German independent game studio Grizzly Games for Microsoft Windows in April 2019. Support for macOS ...more
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Close to the Sun is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Indie Games Of 2019, Ranked
Close to the Sun Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Close to the Sun is a first-person horror adventure video game developed by the Italian video game producer Storm in a Teacup and published by the British company Wired Productions. Developed ...more
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Doughlings: Invasion is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Indie Games Of 2019, Ranked
Windows, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch
Doughlings: Invasion is a Space Invaders style fixed-shooter game developed and published by Hero Concept. A sequel to the previous summer's Doughlings: Arcade, it is being released on all major ...more
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YIIK: A Postmodern RPG is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Indie Games Of 2019, Ranked
Microsoft Windows, MacOS, PlayStation 4
YIIK: A Postmodern RPG is an indie role-playing video game by American developer Ackk Studios. The game is a colorful 3D Japanese-style RPG. It is set in the 1990s and is based around a mystery ...more
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Risk of Rain 2 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Indie Games Of 2019, Ranked
Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4
Risk of Rain 2 is an upcoming third-person shooter roguelike video game being developed by Hopoo Games. It is a sequel to Risk of Rain, and is being supported by Gearbox Publishing. Risk of Rain ...more
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Draugen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Indie Games Of 2019, Ranked
Windows, macOS, Linux
Draugen is a first-person mystery adventure video game developed by Red Thread Games. Set in the 1920s, the plot entails an American naturalist visiting a Norwegian fishing village to find that ...more
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Sky: Children of the Light is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Indie Games Of 2019, Ranked
iOS
Sky: Children of the Light is an indie adventure game developed and published by Thatgamecompany. It was released for iOS on July 18, 2019. Versions for other platforms are in development. In ...more
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Shakedown: Hawaii is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Indie Games Of 2019, Ranked
Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4
Shakedown: Hawaii is an open world action-adventure video game developed by Canadian studio Vblank Entertainment. Like its predecessor Retro City Rampage, it is a parody of multiple subjects, ...more
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Feudal Alloy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Indie Games Of 2019, Ranked
Windows, macOS, Android
Feudal Alloy is a 2019 platform role-playing video game by Czech studio Attu Games. Feudal Alloy belongs to genre called Metroidvania. The player controls a Robot in mechanized Medieval. The ...more
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Amid Evil is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Indie Games Of 2019, Ranked
Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch
Amid Evil is a first-person shooter video game developed by New Zealand[3] studio Indefatigable and published by New Blood Interactive. In the ancient past, a mysterious and powerful "Evil ...more
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Astroneer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Indie Games Of 2019, Ranked
Microsoft Windows Xbox One PlayStation 4
Astroneer is a sandbox adventure game developed by System Era Softworks. An early access version of the game was released on December 16, 2016, and a 1.0 version of the game was released on ...more