Top 5 Indie Games That Redefined Gaming in 2021
In 2021, the world of indie gaming has seen some of the greatest games ever created. From groundbreaking magical adventures to thought-provoking puzzle games, there are plenty of indie games released this year that have reshaped the landscape of gaming. And with the help of independent developers, gamers have had access to some truly unique experiences that they would never have known otherwise. In this article, we’ll take a look at five of the most influential indie games released this year that have redefined gaming and the possibilities that it can offer.
1. Journey to the Savage Planet (January 28th, 2021)
Released by 505 Games, Journey to the Savage Planet is an incredibly unique and fun alien exploration game that is full of charm and personality. Players take on the role of an explorer sent to survey an uncharted planet, known as the Savage Planet. As they explore, players find an array of strange creatures, ancient relics, and exciting challenges. This open-world game offers a unique blend of adventure, puzzle-solving, platforming, and light combat. With its vibrant art style and wacky sense of humor, Journey to the Savage Planet has quickly become one of the most well-loved indie games of 2021.
2. Cat Quest II (August 27th, 2020)
Cat Quest II is the sequel to the beloved indie open-world RPG Cat Quest. In this game, players find themselves in a customisable cat kingdom as they battle monsters and explore the land. With an impressive array of customisations, players have access to different weapon types, magic skills, and unlockable skills. This game also offers plenty of content for fans of RPG combat, as players can take on side-quests, upgrade their equipment, and take control of powerful summons. With its charming art style and intuitive combat system, Cat Quest II has become a must-play indie game for RPG fans.
3. Death lives! (January 11th, 2021)
Developed by Rockbite Games, Death Lives! has become one of the most critically acclaimed indie games of 2021. This adventure game follows an unlikely knight on his attempt to challenge and defeat Death itself. Armed with an arsenal of spells and traps, players must traverse dangerous environments and battle Death’s minions in order to reach the final confrontation. With a unique art style and tight puzzles, Death Lives! has been praised for its unique approach to the action-adventure genre and its immersive story.
4. Spelunky 2 (September 29th, 2020)
Mossmouth’s Spelunky 2 is the much-loved follow up to the original game. Players take on the role of an explorer as they delve into an underground network of mines and temples to uncover its hidden secrets. Explorers face a variety of different challenges and creatures in their attempt to reach the bottom of the vast network. With an incredible variety of levels, improved mechanics, and a upscaled tutorial system, Spelunky 2 has quickly become a favourite with gamers for its challenging platforming mechanics and procedural level design.
5. Hades (September 17th, 2020)
Hades is an intense, action-packed roguelike by Supergiant Games. Players take control of the immortal prince Zagreus, as he attempts to flee from the Underworld. Players must battle a variety of dangerous mythical creatures, while also traversing a wide range of environments and engaging in conversations with the denizens of the Underworld. With its unique art style, intense combat, and incredible writing, Hades has set a new bar for indie games, and has been praised for its immersive storytelling and challenging roguelike gameplay.
These five incredible indie games have completely revolutionised gaming in 2021. From adventure to strategy, 2021 has been an incredible year for game releases. As independent developers continue to push the boundaries of what’s possible, we can expect even more revolutionary games from these talented developers in the future.