Every Indie is a Star

The long-awaited list of indie games is here. They are all eye-catching gems and they’re sure to brighten your day!

We’ve created two new categories with the Indie Games Plus team for two equally beloved genres, though you could also say they’re opposites — Humor and Horror. Whatever your preference may be, there are a total of twelve categories to choose from (so you can get picky, if you want to).

All these dazzling games will be on display and playable in the Expo in the Indie Playground. Plus, you can catch talks given by the devs themselves on the Indie Show & Tell Stage throughout the weekend. The times listed below each game are when you’ll see them on stage!


Best Action

Provides tough physical challenges requiring hand-eye coordination and quick reaction time
Black Salt Coreuption
1 jun, 1:45PM
Prodeus
1 jun, 3:00PM
Them’s Fightin’ Herds
1 jun, 3:50PM
Trap Labs
31 MAY, 2:10PM

Best Action Adventure

Combines the action and adventure experience, blending narrative with combat
Dreamscaper
31 MAY, 3:50PM
Freedom Planet 2
31 MAY, 5:05PM
Outpost Delta
2 jun, 1:20PM
The Ambassador:
Fractured Timelines
2 jun, 2:35PM

Best Adventure

The player is immersed in an interactive story driven by exploration and problem-solving
Depths of Sanity
31 MAY, 2:35PM

Best AR/VR Experience

The player experiences a simulated environment that immerses them in a constructed reality
XING: The Land Beyond
1 jun, 3:25PM

Best Arthouse

Provides a profound statement by emphasizing art as an experience with a strong narrative or concept
Blink
31 MAY, 5:30PM
Heartbound
1 jun, 2:35PM
Project Arrhythmia
31 MAY, 4:15PM

Best Casual

Simpler gameplay, mobile titles, and/or puzzle titles that are fun in short intervals or more accessible to a spectrum of age groups
Alluris
31 MAY, 3:25PM
Merchant
1 jun, 4:15PM
OOGA BOOGA: THE PREHISTORIC
SURVIVAL GAME
1 jun, 1:20PM
Roundguard
2 jun, 3:00PM

Best Early Access

Titles that are unreleased or still seeking funding with strong community endorsement (not limited to Early Access platform)
Super Animal Royale
1 jun, 4:40PM

Best Horror

Titles that use fear as an obstacle, often with unpredictable enemies and outcomes, excessive gore, or unsettling narratives
The Eternal Castle [REMASTERED]
2 jun, 3:25PM
Krumpet Town
2 jun, 1:45PM

Best Humor

Titles that make you laugh hard with comedy being the main focus of the experience
Shadow Fencer Theatre
31 MAY, 3:00PM
Wave Break
2 jun, 2:10PM

Best Multiplayer

Provides an exciting co-op gameplay experience and can be couch, online, or both
Balls Out
31 MAY, 1:20PM
Mini Wheels
31 MAY, 5:55PM
Project Winter
1 jun, 2:10PM
Protocore
1 jun, 5:05PM

Best RPG

The player is immersed in the role of a character in a narrative, able to upgrade, modify, or enhance their character over time
Bound By Blades
31 MAY, 1:45PM
Last Epoch
31 MAY, 6:20PM
Popup Dungeon
2 jun, 3:50PM
Rogue Empire: Dungeon Crawler RPG
2 jun, 4:15PM

Best Strat/Sim

Provides an experience involving situational awareness and decision-making wherein learning and planning play a large role
Fell Seal:
Arbiter’s Mark
31 MAY, 6:45PM
Summoners Fate
31 MAY, 4:40PM
Wildermyth
31 MAY, 7:10PM

IndieGamesPlus

IndieGamesPlus is a Patreon-funded look into the world of indie games and their development, continuing to provide coverage of unique games, interviews with the artists who created them, and reviews and editorials that delve into the nuances of many titles. Their goal is to find the games few are talking about and give them the spotlight they deserve, promoting the variety, inclusivity, and heart that is poured into these works.

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