It’s been a whirlwind of a year for video games, and 2021 looks to be no different. From big-name releases like Cyberpunk 2077 to smaller, independently developed games, 2021 is set to be a year of great titles. Here are five must-play indie games of 2021 that you won’t want to miss.
1. Hades – Supergiant Games
Hades is a highly-acclaimed roguelike from the indie powerhouse Supergiant Games. You play as Zagreus, the rebellious son of the god Hades, and your goal is to escape the Underworld. Despite its small size, Hades has a ton of content, with a vast array of weapons, characters, and abilities to explore. Hell-bent on escaping the Underworld, Hades is a thrilling, highly replayable adventure that you won’t want to miss.
2. Stardew Valley – ConcernedApe
Inspired by games like Harvest Moon and Animal Crossing, Stardew Valley is a farm simulator that tasks you with building your own little farming village. You can explore, fish, mine, forage, and, of course, farm to your heart’s content. With a vibrant art style, a charming soundtrack, and incredibly deep gameplay, Stardew Valley is a must-play for anyone looking for a relaxing, therapeutic experience.
3. Celeste – Matt Makes Games
Celeste is a challenging and evocative platformer from Matt Makes Games. You play as Madeline, a young woman out to climb Celeste Mountain. With its simple mechanics, tight controls, and thoughtful level design, Celeste is an intense platformer that doesn’t skimp on challenge. Madeline’s story of overcoming her inner demons and conquering the mountain is a touching yet inspirational journey you won’t soon forget.
4. The Longing – Studio Seufz
The Longing is a unique indie game from Studio Seufz. You play as a lonely sprite who has been charged with waiting 400 days for King’s Awakening. This is a game unlike anything else, giving you the chance to explore your underground kingdom and its mysterious secrets. Played in real time, The Longing is a one-of-a-kind experience and a must-play for anyone looking for a deeply challenging but rewarding game.
5. Moon – Woods & Witch
Moon is an intriguing indie game from the two-person team of Woods & Witch. You play as a small cat looking for its lost mother under the watchful eye of the Moon. On your journey, you’ll explore a mystical world full of puzzles and enemies. With its charming aesthetic and unique gameplay mechanics, Moon is a delightful and deeply rewarding journey, and one you won’t want to miss.
These five indie games of 2021 are all must-plays. From Hades to Moon, each provides an experience that’s captivating in its own way. So don’t hesitate, these indie gems await. This is going to be a great year for video games, so don’t miss out on the best that indie development has to offer.