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The Best PC Indie Game titles of 2016

The Best PC Indie Game titles of 2016

by Jose Ricardo AspacioJanuary 7, 2017
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2016 sure was a great game for indies and mainstream alike.

Video games these years are becoming more and more like movies due to the advanced graphics and incredible sound that comes with big-time publishers stealing the spotlight with flashy trailers and huge promises for each game title.

But, aside from your usual lineup of AAAs that dominated 2016, game like Final Fantasy XV, Battlefield 1, Call of Duty Infinite Warfare and Watch Dogs 2, Indie games also took a good share of the limelight. These games are the ones that break the change and became unique on their own with some even proved to be worthy on current gen consoles just like the PS4 and the Xbox One.

As we start the early days of 2017, let’s take a look at some of our best picks for PC indie game titles from last year.

Enter the Gungeon
Genre: Action, Adventure
Developer: Dodge Roll
Publisher: Devolver Digital

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Indie games can range from pointless to hair reducing difficulties and Enter the Gungeon is one of them. Combining bullet hell and roguelike to create a very unforgiving video game experience, Enter the Gungeon makes you fight your way multiple floors of the “Gungeon”, finding all the weapons, dodge rolling all the bullets and table-flipping all the tables, which is relatively its own version of a “Duck and Cover”.  The game also uses an RNG (Random Number Generator) component which takes the difficulty level to another level, and adding random environments and rooms to each run makes sure that you will never encounter the same number of rooms and enemies with each run.

Don’t Starve Together
Genre: Adventure, Indie
Developer: Klei Entertainment
Publisher: Klei Entertainment

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The standalone multiplayer expansion helped everyone come together with science and magic! Bringing the already great indie title that is Don’t Starve, what does this standalone add? The power to bring another survivor to your world of course! There are no instructions and the game will not hold your hand, it is challenging and unforgiving, everything will come to kill you in this dark and twisted world, scavenge, build and defend yourself while you watch at your stomach and the weather change. Everything is randomly generated and each run will always be different from the last.

INSIDE
Genre: Action, Adventure, Indie
Developer: Playdead
Publisher: Playdead

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This is a type of game that cannot be put into words but rather, should be experienced by everyone who wants to know all about it. The game drops you right into the dark world of  INSIDE while controlling a nameless boy and challenges you with puzzles incorporated in the environment adding traps for you to avoid.  The dark, deep and twisted story is the crown jewel of this game, there are environmental hints for the player to comprehend and process as you traverse in the 2D world. You must run and find out why you were dropped into this disturbing place.

Nuclear Throne
Genre: Action, RPG
Developer: Vlambeer
Publisher: Vlambeer

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Nuclear Throne lets you control freaks of nature or mutants that gain abilities through each successful level. Aside from guns, melee weapons are also available for who are tired of being trigger happy. The game itself is very fast paced due to the fact that a lot of the things will come kill you and have different speeds running all over your screen, it’s perfect for skilled players that are looking for alternative insanely hard games to play.

Starbound
Genre: Action, Adventure, Casual, RPG
Developer: Chucklefish
Publisher: Chucklefish

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If you need an escape from No Man’s Sky, you can give Starbound a shot. You spawn inside a ship hovering above an unknown planet and you must explore the new planet that you will call your temporary home. After exploring your home planet you can then proceed to explore 10 quadrillion possible planets, defeat all the bosses complete your quests, collect resources and expand your ship. Ther is also a multiplayer mode so you can have your friends join you in your journey down the big universe. Lastly, the game supports mods from the Steam workshop, through which you can greatly change anything that you wish ranging from the graphics to the gameplay.

Firewatch
Genre: Adventure
Developer: Campo Santo
Publisher: Panic Inc., Campo Santo

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Set in the beautiful Wyoming wilderness, you play as Henry, a man who wanted a retreat from his messy life to work as a fire lookout in the woods. Stationed high up in the mountain, it is your job to look for smoke and keep the wilderness safe. Your supervisor Delilah is always available to interact to on your handheld radio and she is the only contact you have while you explore the wilderness. The choices and the decisions you make in the game are what shapes the story, everything is connected and there are secrets everywhere. Accompanying the great story is the art and music. There are a lot of collaborators with this game from the characters to the programming, which makes it a great game and a must play to anyone needing a break from the conventional titles.

The Witness
Genre: Adventure
Developer: Thekla, Inc.
Publisher: Thekla, Inc.

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The Witness sports a beautiful game world that is super fulfilling to explore while solving all the puzzles you encounter on the way. The puzzles are not too forgiving however you can always move on to the next puzzle set piece and just get back to the previous one once you got it all figured out. The environment offers such as stunning and immersive experience that one may want to just walk around and explore the world rather than spending time on those pesky puzzles.

Hyper Light Drifter
Genre: Action, Adventure, RPG
Developer: Heart Machine
Publisher: Heart Machine

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16bit pixel graphics, in my opinion, are really great to have in modern games for it feels like looking back at the rich history of gaming. In Hyper Light Drifter, you play as a Drifter, collectors of forgotten knowledge, lost tech and broken histories. The Drifter you play is haunted by an illness, you travel down into the lands of Buried Time to discover a way to cure yourself off the vicious disease. The controls are tight and easy to learn and the secrets and power-ups hidden in the game encourage you to explore the environment for you to get stronger, although the biggest pull that this title have is its gorgeous 16bit pixel beauty.

Stardew Valley
Genre: RPG, Simulation
Developer: ConernedApe
Publisher: Chucklefish

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The first words that came to mind when I first tried Stardew Valley was “Harvest Moon on the PC!” Both games are highly comparable that Stardew Valley almost looks like an updated version. The game offers many paths to choose from that will determine what will happen on your journey; mining, chopping, socializing, harvesting and a lot more can be done even having kids. It offers everything that you expect to be on a Simulation title but what’s truly satisfying about it are the numerous mods available that help expand the game’s universe. It might not be for everyone, but there’s always a first time for anyone to appreciate titles such as this.

Darkest Dungeon
Genre: RPG, Strategy
Developer: Red Hook Studios
Publisher: Red Hook Studios

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. A very unforgiving gothic roguelike RPG set in ye olde’ times, you must recruit, train and lead a team of heroes through the twisted forests, ruins and beyond, battling foes in turn-based combat. . The mechanic that defines this game is Stress, as you explore dungeons and face the foes within, the team will grow and develop stress with various neuroses that could be a problem within the team and, of course, for the player. The combat is a lot like classic JRPG’s having the team lined up on both sides, with each character having specific roles depending on where they’re placed.

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