Top 6 Indie games to play in 2022

Deciding on the very best indie games on PC is a difficult task. The great indie boom triggered by digital distribution a decade ago turned out to be more of a Big Bang, firing small-team development into various digital markets. We have plenty of indie games to choose from when compiling our list of the best indie games. Perhaps too much.

We should appreciate everything publisher-less development has given us. Some of the games listed below were built in a weekend by first-time coders, while others were crafted by former triple-A creators who’ve instilled their independent work with the same technical standards. They barely have anything in common but they provide us a ton of fun and joy while playing indies on Steam or other platforms.

So what is our final shortlist of the finest indies around? It’s got everything, from puzzle games to narrative wonders, through pixelart games and the most gorgeous, graphically detailed gems.  You’re going to want to play each and every one.

Randy and Teddy Adventure Road

A puzzle 2.5D platformer where Randy, main character, and Teddy, his pup go on an amazing Adventure Road! Go with them and travel to 5 worlds where you’ll meet pesky robots that will make this journey hard. Solve challenging puzzles and earn stars and achievements in this Mario-like platformer.

Randy and Teddy Adventure Road

The softest Mario-like platformer that will keep you locked to the screen for days.

Randy and Teddy are heroes in this game. You control both characters to solve puzzles and challenges. You can play various colorful levels and cute adventures with this awesome duo where you can simultaneously switch between characters in order to pass the level. Kids will love this game. Game art is great, levels are colorful, and gameplay is great. It reminds of Super Mario games, especially when you must stomp the robots. You can control both Randy and Teddy simultaneously in order to find and push the switch, jump higher platforms or open the secret door. Good stress relief and relaxing game. Also, the music is fantastic, like a cartoon!

So Kids are you ready to enjoy this title?

  • 5 Amazingly Different Worlds
  • 25 Levels and a few Extras along the way
  • Play both Randy and Teddy
  • Adventure and Robots
  • Innovative gameplay!

Ready to test your skills? Then run and jump into this fun new platformer game along with Randy and Teddy.

Steam → https://store.steampowered.com/app/1650400/Randy_And_Teddy_Adventure_Road/

Papertris

Papertris is an interesting and fun arcade puzzle game in which colored cubes dissolve in all 6 possible directions and you decide where to place your cubes.
In addition, there are also power cubes and numerous possible combinations in a classic but modern and lovingly hand-painted game.

  • The Challenge mode is tricky with various tasks where the player has to solve suitable tasks in order to get to the next level, which are more difficult at each level
  • In the Endless mode, which gets faster and more difficult from level to level, you can score points as long as you can
  • The 2 player VS mode demands tactical skill in which players can use numerous combos to send each other blocking cubes to block the opponent’s options
  • Combinations of the cubes in all 6 directions
  • Atmospheric music
  • Icon option for color blind people
  • Dark mode
  • Full Controller support

Steam → https://store.steampowered.com/app/1633640/Papertris/

Isletopia

Isletopia is a relaxing strategy game of greenifying barren islands. Use plants as your building blocks and optimize their placement in different biomes to make them teeming with life once again!

Get away from everything, if even for a while, and land on the islands of Isletopia. Your journey of greenifying starts with islands in varying desolated biomes. It is up to you to find the best ways to recover the islands in lush green once again.

Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of Isletopia and marvel at your beautiful creations, as you explore an infinite amount of procedurally generated islands!

  • intuitive city building, but with plants as your building blocks
  • a relaxing and vibrant island atmosphere
  • Infinite amount of procedurally generated islands
  • perfect for short play sessions, and coming back to explore new islands and beat your high score

Each playthrough begins with a new barren island to greenify. You begin with a set of different plants to start greenifying the island. This gives you points based on how well you place them, as they are affected by terrain and other objects around them. Gain enough points to receive more plants to place, and unlock new types of not just plants, but also the ability to transform terrain and add beneficial structures.

Greenify enough of an island to unlock the option to begin biome restoration of a new procedurally generated island. The game ends once your inventory is emptied. Marvel at your beautiful creation and be compelled to start a new round and attempt to beat your high score. Each playthrough is unique – so how many islands can you restore in one?

Steam → https://store.steampowered.com/app/1861260/Isletopia/

The Vagabond Emperor

“The Vagabond Emperor” is a 2D RPG where you start as a simple vagabond and become an emperor. Smite enemies, build a town, create a family, suffer from the curse, do what you want.

You begin as a simple vagabond who decides to become an emperor in the fictional Middle Ages during a spreading curse. It’s up to you to decide what to do and where to go to achieve your goals.

  • Build relationships with other people, fight the enemies in arcade or turn-based combat
  • Create factories, towns and kingdoms. Travel and make decisions.
  • Hire warriors and buy titles.
  • Create a family, continue to play as an heir after your character dies.
  • Install artificial limbs, explore dungeons, find valuable artifacts and treasures.

Steam → https://store.steampowered.com/app/1546770/The_Vagabond_Emperor/

RAIN IN THE ABYSS

A SurvivalHorrror/Metroidvania game were the world has a constant rain, full of beauty, magic, horror and sadness. Discover an unique story that will touch each of your emotions.

Enter the beautiful and terrifying world of the abyss that protects a sacred ancestral object. Destroy every life form that is a threat, at long range with your crossbow or tearing your enemies with your bare hands. Search for minerals, food, and items to craft artifacts that give you an edge over your ruthless enemies and battle colossal bosses willing to annihilate you.

Explore a vast and beautiful world: Discover an incredible world full of dangerous enemies and poisonous plants that inhabit the abyss.

Combinable Combat: Destroy your enemies with the power of your crossbow, a sacred weapon created by your tribe. Create devastating new ammo for your weapon and unlock special moves for Nuez tail that will give you the agility and power to achieve your goal.

Executions: Release your anger by tearing your enemies apart in a bloody way with carefully animated executions.

Customize your game mode: Discover and equip yourself with amulets, which will completely change the way you play, acquiring skills that allow you to overcome areas without being seen or destroying everything in your path. Try different combinations to find one that fits your style of play.

Unforgettable battles against colossal bosses: Face impressive colossal bosses animated in pixel art.

Discover unimaginable areas of the abyss: A world of constant rain full of beauty, magic, horror and sadness. You will find really charming, disconcerting and mysterious characters that could help you, or maybe not. An epic unique and unforgettable adventure that will touch each of your emotions.

Steam → https://store.steampowered.com/app/1746980/RAIN_IN_THE_ABYSS/

Dragon Evo

A fantasy themed card game and deckbuilder with elements from RPGs and strategy games. Manage resources, utilize strategic placement and use additional building cards, event cards and action cards to win. Single player, online ranked or unranked – play with or without your friends.

Dragon Evo is a strategic card game inspired by RPGs, set in our own fantasy universe. Collect over 300 different cards and 9 different heroes. Enjoy full cross-platform matchups against unknown players or gather your friends and build your own clan!

Set up and equip your favorite deck combined with specialized building cards to support your tactics. Utilize the special abilities of your hero card playing to the strengths of one of three factions to turn the battle in your favor, but beware – the lands in the Dragon Evo fantasy universe may turn out surprise you with its game changing event cards!

Full cross-platform matchups

Play matches in ranked or unranked multiplayer modes – against your friends or random opponents across all supported platforms. Test your decks in single player modes or experience the exciting story of Dragon Evo in one of the two single player modes: campaign or adventure!

Steam → https://store.steampowered.com/app/1808620/Dragon_Evo/

Play Indie games and support developers

Thus ends our roundup of the top 6 indie games on PC. Take that indie vibe one step further and go full hipster. With that list of cultural highlights done and dusted you’re free to go and play outside, or return to your favorite AAA games whichever you prefer.