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The Most Popular Indie Video Games Right Now

Updated January 7, 2020 926 votes 138 voters 3.4k views20 items

We’re ranking the best current indie video games available. These games have developed a solid fanbase, which is especially impressive when you consider the fact that a bunch of them came out of nowhere. What indie games are popular right now in 2020? Help us answer that question by voting for your favorites!

Unlike big-name publishers, these indie games rarely - if ever - come with needless or bloated add-ons. The developers also tend to have more artistic freedom when it comes to the story and background, which often results in a more unique and well-rounded experience. Which current indie game is your favorite? Note that these games can cover any and all current consoles, including Xbox, PS4, and the Nintendo Switch.

Vote up your favorite indie games that people are playing right now and downvote the ones you played and didn’t like.

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  • 1
    Stardew Valley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Popular Indie Video Games Right Now

    DeveloperConcerned Ape

    Genres (Video game)Simulation, role-playing

    Stardew Valley is an indie farming simulation role-playing video game developed by Eric... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Subnautica is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Popular Indie Video Games Right Now
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    DeveloperUnknown Worlds Entertainment

    Genres (Video game)Action-adventure, survival

    Subnautica is an open world survival adventure game developed and published by Unknown Worlds... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Hollow Knight is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Popular Indie Video Games Right Now

    DeveloperTeam Cherry

    Genres (Video game)Metroidvania

    Hollow Knight is a Metroidvania video game developed and published by Australian studio Team... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Terraria is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Popular Indie Video Games Right Now
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    DeveloperRe-Logic

    Genres (Video game)Action-adventure game, Action game, Sandbox, Role-playing video game, Side-scrolling

    Terraria is an action-adventure sandbox indie video game series, developed by game studio... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Celeste is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Popular Indie Video Games Right Now
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    DeveloperMatt Makes Games

    Genres (Video game)Platform

    Celeste is a platforming video game by Canadian video game developers Matt Thorson and Noel... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Don't Starve Together is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Popular Indie Video Games Right Now

    DeveloperKlei Entertainment

    Genres (Video game)Action

    Don't Starve Together is a spin-off game of Don't Starve, and features the requested... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Forest is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Popular Indie Video Games Right Now
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    DeveloperEndnight Games

    Genres (Video game)Survival

    The Forest is a survival video game developed and published by Endnight Games. The game takes place on a remote, heavily forested peninsula where the player character Eric Leblanc and his son Timmy are survivors of a plane crash.

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    Dawn Of Man is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Popular Indie Video Games Right Now

    Dawn of Man is a survival and city-building video game which was developed by Madruga Works. The closed beta started the week of October 17, 2018 and the game was released on March 1, 2019.

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    Space Engineers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Popular Indie Video Games Right Now

    DeveloperKeen Software House

    Space Engineers is a voxel-based sandbox game set in space, developed and published by Keen... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Baba Is You is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Popular Indie Video Games Right Now

    DeveloperHempuli

    Genres (Video game)Puzzle

    Baba Is You is a puzzle video game created by Finnish indie developer Arvi Teikari (known... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 11
    The Messenger is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Popular Indie Video Games Right Now
    The Messenger is a side-scrolling action-platformer, inspired by the classic Ninja Gaiden... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 12
    Yoku's Island Express is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Popular Indie Video Games Right Now
    Yoku's Island Express is a platforming pinball adventure video game developed by Swedish... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Fe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Popular Indie Video Games Right Now
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    Fe is an action-adventure video game developed by Zoink and published by Electronic Arts under... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Kenshi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Popular Indie Video Games Right Now
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    Kenshi is a role-playing video game developed and published by Lo-Fi Games for Windows. The game focuses on providing sandbox gameplay features that give the player freedom to do what they want in its world instead of focusing on a linear story.

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    Rust is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Popular Indie Video Games Right Now
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    Rust

    2013

    DeveloperFacepunch Studios LTD.

    Genres (Video game)Adventure, Role-playing video game, Survival

    Rust is a survival video game developed and published by Facepunch Studios in February 2018... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Into the Breach is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Popular Indie Video Games Right Now

    DeveloperSubset Games

    Into the Breach is a turn-based strategy video game developed and published by Subset Games,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    No Man's Sky is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Popular Indie Video Games Right Now
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    DeveloperHello Games

    Genres (Video game)Action-adventure, survival

    No Man's Sky is an action-adventure survival video game developed and published by the indie... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Donut County is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Popular Indie Video Games Right Now
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    DeveloperBen Esposito

    Genres (Video game)Puzzle

    Donut County is an indie video game developed by Ben Esposito and published by Annapurna... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Gardens Between is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Popular Indie Video Games Right Now
    The Gardens Between is a puzzle video game developed by Australian studio The Voxel Agents,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    FAR: Lone Sails is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Popular Indie Video Games Right Now

    DeveloperOkomotive

    Genres (Video game)Vehicle Adventure

    FAR: Lone Sails is an exploration adventure video game. In FAR, the player controls the driver... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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