Top 15 Most Successful Indie Games Ever MadeFrom surviving the night in hostile environments to piloting intergalactic spaceships we countdown the 15 most successful indie games ever created.
15. We start off with Spelunky
An action adventure game where the user explores procedurally generated tunnel systems. Collect treasure , avoid traps and battle hostile snakes, spiders and bats. Originally launched as freeware in 2008 for Windows, the creator of the game Derek Yu remade the game for XBox and Playstation. Spelunky received high ratings and was named PC Gamer’s 2013 Game of the Year.
14. Castle Crashers
A 2d Side scrolling beat em up set in a medieval universe. Play as one of four knights, rescue the princess and bring the evil wizard to justice. Castle Crashers was xBox Live’s best selling title of 2008, and went on to sell over 3 million copies.
13. Don’t Starve
An action adventure game with randomly generated worlds, you try to survive for as long as possible. With a day and night cycle you spend your days collecting resources to craft weapons and shelter. At night avoid dangerous monsters and an invisible creature that attacks you if your light source goes out. Even though the game has a high level of difficulty, it has received positive reviews and went on to sell over 1 million copies.
12. The Binding Of Isaac
Take control of Isaac, a child sacrificed by his mother in this top down 2d shooter. A favorite among speed runners, The binding of isaac has received several very positive reviews. IT has an average score of 84 out of 100 among critics and has sold over 2 million copies.
11. FTL Faster Than Light
A space based Real time strategy game. Fly a spaceship belonging to the galactic federation and fight off the rebels to ensure the critical information you’re carrying arrives safely. FTL had a wildly successful kickstarter campaign and raised $200,000 on a $10000 goal. It has won excellence in design awards and named Best debut title of 2013.
10. Five Night’s
At Freddy’s Playing as a night time security guard at a pizza place, you must survive your shift without being attacked by the resident animatronic robots. This simplistic point and click survival game became wildly popular among several Top YouTubers and an overnight sensation.
An open ended sandbox game, terraria’s success lies in its classic exploration adventure style of gameplay. Procedurally generated, there are several types of biomes to explore. Collect resources, craft weapons and fight mobs of increasing difficulty. Terreria has been praised by several notable gaming review sites, and has sold over 2.5 million copies
8. Hotline Miami
Inspired by the 2011 Movie Drive, Hotline Miami is a 1980’s styled 2d top down action game. You take control of an unknown character thats plagued by visions, violently butchering people as the missions progress. Hotline Miami received several awards including Best PC game of the year and Best Soundtrack of 2012.
In This Puzzle Platformer Braid’s main defining feature is ability to manipulate the flow of time to your advantage. Game designer Jonathan blow developed the game over 3 years and funded it using his own money. Braid has been considered a masterpiece by some critics, is rated #1 in XBox Live Arcade, and 10th XboX 360 game overall.
Released in 2012 spelun Limbo is a 2d Sidescroller.Guiding your unnamed character through hazardous environments in search of your sister , you try to avoid a gruesome death. Limbo won several awards after it’s release and has generated over 7.5 million dollars in revenue.
Playing as the Kid, a Catastrophic event called the Calamity takes place. You need to search for shards which are used to improve the bastion, the last refuge for civilization. The game is widely praised, and has sold over 3 million copies. Bastion has won several awards from best role playing game of the year to to best xbox live arcade game of 2011.
4. World of Goo
In this awesome Puzzle game, you use balls of goo to create structures to get over objects and difficult terrain. Released in 2008, World of Goo only cost around $10,000 to make. Nintendo Life has stated that World of goo is one of the best WiiWare releases to date, and others claiming the game to be virtually flawless.
A unique 2d puzzle game set in a 3d world, take control of gomez, and collect cube fragments to restore order to the universe. Fez’s main feature is the ability to rotate between 2d and 3d world views, which reveals different paths to take.Fez had a high profile 5 year development, due in part outspoken designer Phil Fish. Fez has been highly acclaimed, with some critics naming it the 2012 game of the year.
2. Super Meat Boy
Featured in the documentary Indie Game The movie, play as Meat boy and save your girlfriend Bandage girl from the evil Dr Fetus. Super meat Boy is another favorite among gaming critics and players alike. It’s been named most challenging game of 2010 and nominated for best soundtrack and best retro design. As of January 2012, Super meat boy has sold over 1 million copies.
At the Top of our List we have an open world sandbox with no specific goals it gives you the freedom to do pretty much whatever you like. Minecraft was originally created by Markus Persson and released in may of 2009. News of the game quickly spread, and even though there was no formal advertising done, websites like Reddit and YouTube helped boost it’s popularity. Minecraft is one of the best selling games of all time, selling over 60 million copies as Oct 2014 It’s won numerous awards and has been praised by critics for it’s creative freedom. The game eventually ended being sold to Microsoft for an astounding 2.5 billion dollars.
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