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The Best Indie Games Of 2019, Ranked

Updated February 14, 2020 376 votes 46 voters32 items

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Check out the most anticipated indie games of 2020

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 The notion that indie games aren’t as good as mainstream titles is totally outdated.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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  • 1
    Boiling Steel
    30
    2

    Boiling Steel

    PC VR

    ReleaseDecember, 5, 2019

    DeveloperMiroWin

    Genres (Video game)sci-fi, shooter

  • 2
    Untitled Goose Game
    15
    9

    Untitled Goose Game

    macOS, Microsoft Windows

    Release2019

    DeveloperHouse House

    Genres (Video game)Puzzle, stealth

    Untitled Goose Game is a stealth game developed by House House. In the game, players control a... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    At the Gates
    15
    10

    At the Gates

    Windows, OS X

    Release2019

    DeveloperConifer Games

    Genres (Video game)Strategy

    At the Gates is a 4X strategy video game by Jon Shafer, the lead designer of Civilization V.... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Blasphemous
    12
    7

    Blasphemous

    Nintendo Switch, PC

    Release2019

    DeveloperThe Game Kitchen

    Genres (Video game)Metroidvania

    Blasphemous is a metroidvania action video game developed by Spanish studio The Game Kitchen... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Wargroove
    14
    9

    Wargroove

    Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch

    Release2019

    DeveloperChucklefish

    Genres (Video game)Turn-based tactics

    Wargroove is a turn-based tactics video game developed and published by Chucklefish. It was... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    My Friend Pedro
    12
    8

    My Friend Pedro

    Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch

    Release2019

    DeveloperDeadToast Entertainment

    Genres (Video game)Shoot 'em up

    My Friend Pedro is a shoot 'em up video game developed by DeadToast Entertainment and... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Outer Wilds
    12
    8

    Outer Wilds

    Microsoft Windows, Xbox One

    Release2019

    DeveloperMobius Digital

    Genres (Video game)Open world exploration

    Outer Wilds is an open world exploration action-adventure indie video game. In the game, the... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Baba Is You
    15
    12

    Baba Is You

    PC, Nintendo Switch

    Release2019

    DeveloperHempuli

    Genres (Video game)Puzzle

    Baba Is You is a puzzle video game created by Finnish indie developer Arvi Teikari (known... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Katana Zero
    13
    11

    Katana Zero

    Microsoft Windows, macOS

    Release2019

    DeveloperAskiisoft

    Genres (Video game)Action, platform

    Katana Zero is a 2D action platform video game developed by Askiisoft and published by... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    The Occupation
    9
    5

    The Occupation

    PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    Release2019

    DeveloperWhite Paper Games

    Genres (Video game)Stealth

    The Occupation is a single-player video game developed by White Paper Games and released on... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Ape Out
    8
    5

    Ape Out

    Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch

    Release2019

    DeveloperGabe Cuzzillo

    Genres (Video game)Beat 'em up

    Ape Out is a beat 'em up game developed by Gabe Cuzzillo and published by Devolver Digital.... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Doughlings: Invasion
    6
    4

    Doughlings: Invasion

    Windows, PlayStation 4

    Release2019

    DeveloperHero Concept

    Genres (Video game)Space Invaders

    Doughlings: Invasion is a Space Invaders style fixed-shooter game developed and published by... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Dangerous Driving
    9
    8

    Dangerous Driving

    Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4

    Release2019

    DeveloperThree Fields Entertainment

    Genres (Video game)Racing

    Dangerous Driving is a racing video game by Three Fields Entertainment, released on 9 April... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    UBOAT
    7
    5

    UBOAT

    Microsoft Windows, macOS

    Release2019

    DeveloperDeep Water Studio

    Genres (Video game)Simulator

    UBOAT is submarine simulator video game released by Deep Water Studio and being published by... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    YIIK: A Postmodern RPG
    4
    2

    YIIK: A Postmodern RPG

    Microsoft Windows, MacOS

    Release2019

    DeveloperAckk Studios

    Genres (Video game)Role-playing

    YIIK: A Postmodern RPG is an indie role-playing video game by American developer Ackk Studios.... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    My Time at Portia
    7
    5

    My Time at Portia

    Windows, Mac OS

    Release2019

    DeveloperPathea Games

    Genres (Video game)Action role-playing, simulation

    My Time at Portia is a video game developed by Chinese studio Pathea Games and published by... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Pikuniku
    7
    5

    Pikuniku

    Linux, macOS

    Release2019

    DeveloperSectordub

    Genres (Video game)Puzzle, adventure

    Pikuniku is a puzzle adventure video game developed by French-British indie collective... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Risk of Rain 2
    4
    2

    Risk of Rain 2

    Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch

    Release2019

    DeveloperHopoo Games

    Genres (Video game)Roguelike, Third-person shooter

    Risk of Rain 2 is an upcoming third-person shooter roguelike video game being developed by... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Close to the Sun
    5
    4

    Close to the Sun

    Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4

    Release2019

    DeveloperStorm in a Teacup

    Genres (Video game)Horror, Adventure

    Close to the Sun is a first-person horror adventure video game developed by the Italian video... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Draugen
    4
    2

    Draugen

    Windows, macOS

    Release2019

    DeveloperRed Thread Games

    Genres (Video game)Mystery, Adventure

    Draugen is a first-person mystery adventure video game developed by Red Thread Games. Set in... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Mordhau
    2
    1

    Mordhau

    Windows

    Release2019

    DeveloperTriternion

    Genres (Video game)Fighting, Hack 'n' slash

    Mordhau is a multiplayer medieval hack 'n slash video game developed by Slovenian independent... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Sky: Children of the Light

    Release2019

    DeveloperThatgamecompany

    Genres (Video game)Adventure, art game

    Sky: Children of the Light is an indie adventure game developed and published by... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Forager
    2
    2

    Forager

    Microsoft Windows, Linux

    Release2019

    DeveloperHopFrog

    Genres (Video game)Open-world, Adventure Game, Survival game

    Forager is an open-world adventure game developed by American studio HopFrog[1] and published... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Amid Evil
    1
    4

    Amid Evil

    Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch

    Release2019

    DeveloperIndefatigable

    Genres (Video game)First-person shooter

    Amid Evil is a first-person shooter video game developed by New Zealand[3] studio... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Hypnospace Outlaw
    0
    2

    Hypnospace Outlaw

    Microsoft Windows

    Release2019

    DeveloperTendershoot

    Genres (Video game)Adventure

    Hypnospace Outlaw is a 2019 adventure game developed by Tendershoot and published by No More... more on Wikipedia