Top 20 BEST Indie Games of the Decade You Should Own

With the decade wrapping up, it’s time to
take a look at some of the best indie games of the past 10 years. Welcome to Get Indie
Gaming and let’s get cracking into the top 20 indie games of the past 10 years Let’s begin at number 20 with Undertale.
First out in September 2015 with more recent launches onto consoles, Undertale is a JRPG
themed story of a boy having fallen into a world full of monsters whose king is after
the boy’s soul. The hook that had me then as it still does today comes from Undertale’s
combat system that enables you to complete the game without dealing out any physical
damage to any of the enemies you come across. Now this does take some real skill to pull
off and for me, getting a no kill completion by essentially solving the inter personal
puzzles at play in Undertale was a sheer joy. It still is and while many will play this
in a traditional style, going down the make friends not war route remains a hugely gratifying
experience. At number 19 we have Florence, an office worker
who spends her commute flicking thorough images on her phone while letting the evening pass
by while at home in front of the TV. The story unfolds as a collection of interactive
mini-games by way of a simple touch and swipe mechanics. These puzzles and the narrative
tell a touching tale similar to La La Land while
Florence is tough to discuss without spoilers as a view into romance and love it is for
better and worse, it is brutally honest and far closer to a real life depiction of romance
and relationships than we usually see within this medium. At number 18 The Witness came out on the PC
and PS4 in January 2016 with ports onto other platforms later on. With hundreds of intricate
puzzles to solve with the solution rules set out almost wordlessly, there’s a staggering
amount going on here. While mostly maze puzzle based, the witness is easy to spoil though
so I’ll not delve too deeply although in a field where most puzzle games guide you
with plenty hand holding, The witness delights in rewarding your knowhow, intuition and intelligence
where deductive reasoning opens the paths to success and accomplishment. From Matt Makes Games Towerfall Ascention
from 2014 is our number 17 best indie game of the decade. At launch I recall thinking
it looked every bit another retro nostalgia pixel art led romp and yet back then as it
remains today it’s still a superbly enthralling experience. I’ve stayed with towerfall ascention
over the years for the multiplayer and while each match is short, they are fast and frantic
where blinking is very much a no no and need for accurate spatial awareness is key to seeing
off the waves of enemies. This remains one of the most entertaining combat focussed local
co-op games ever made. Gris at number 16 launched late last year
onto the home PC, iOS and the Nintendo Switch and is one of the most beautiful looking games
of the past decade with its almost water color like visual quality surpassed anything previously
used as the yardstick when describing a game as having a painterly nature.
Grease earns its place in this countdown for many reasons – while mostly of an abstract
nature, its intricate gameplay, the spine tingling musical score, the masterful implementation
of the sound effects such as the rain and water, what it can show and teach us all about
the nature of fear, how it uses analogy in harmony with the visuals that all together
build on the work from such games as Electroplankton, Journey and Ori and the Blind Forest to further
elevate and push forward and legitimize the perception of video games as honest to goodness
pieces of interactive art by way of their visuals, narrative and empathy they can elicit
while playing – as the verge said back in late 2018 in their review, Gris is more like
an animate film which lets you play along with it and I’m in total agreement.
For what it does within the medium of indie gaming Gris sits at the very top . Next up at number 16 with a beta from the
summer of 2011 with a full launch in April 2015, Kerbal Space Program is literally all
about rocket science. I’d love to know how many people currently working in or contemplating
going into this field have done so with this game as inspiration. Sure it’s a mighty
complex game to get your head around and yet its been executed with such skill that it’s
nothing short of being truly and pleasantly addictive. The onus to just have another go
to make your crafts actually work is such a driving force to keep playing as are the
visuals and ever so cute cast of characters. With a follow up expected some point next
year, if you have yet to try this one out please go get this played. At number 14, and from the team at playdead
Limbo launched in 2010 today as it did back then, it remains the first indie game I suggest
people play if they are generally not into playing video games. As a platform based puzzler
and with its suggested narrative at launch, it did so many different things at odds with
what everyone else was mostly focusing on at the time. It’s also so very easy to play
with three controls and a difficulty level that grows so beautifully with never a spike
to unsettle or confuse. Sure, death here is frequent and always your fault and while good
players can complete limbo in say an hour, to play it even close to 10 years after it
launched remains a fine use of those 60 or so minutes. At number 13 and another puzzler from very
late December 2017, Gorogoa works equally as well within a portable mode as it does
on the screen of a TV. I remain smitten by this one in how Jason Roberts in his first
game makes you the player feel so darn clever as you work your way through the beautifully
hand drawn image manipulation based puzzles. While often surreal and melancholy, Gorogoa
is another game in this list that’s as satisfying to play as it is to look at with it rewarding
multiple play thoughs where things are as delightful for the 5th time as they were the
first. Up now at number 12 is Star Dew Valley. If
you don’t know, start the heading away from a corporate life and set off to the country
where you’re inherited a farm with with you having a view to live off the land.
The game can be played pretty much indefinitely and I often found myself passing comment during
the day about how my crops were doing and whether or not I would have time to harvest
some of them during our lunch break. It’s a magical and captivating experience and a
wonderful way to unwind over the evening or weekend of Harvest Moon and Animal Crossing
will feel right at home. All in while not the first of its kind, it is arguably the
definitive farming simulator of the decade. Up now at number 11, Shovel Knight came about
following a successful kickstarter campaign and launched onto home pc, the Wii U and 3DS
in June 2014. Since then it has seen numerous updates and additions with it more recently
coming to the Switch which is where I’ve recently gone back to play it again. Shovel
Knight remains an exquisite platformer and over the years it’s been steadily improved
in pretty much every way and the silky smooth nature of the combat is as it has always been
another key highlight. The story is also perhaps surprisingly well written for this type of
indie game and if you are new to it, make sure you pick up the Treasure Trove edition
which is my personal favorite of all of the Shovel Knight’s expansions. Into the breach our number 10 launched in
late February 2018 and comes from the team who brought us FTL and with it comes a familiar
roguelike system and finger nail biting tension and is the only turn based game to make it
into this best indie games of the decade showcase. My interest in turn based games over the years
has come and gone and then come back again and looking back, I’ve played many more
such games of late than I first thought. What puts Into the Breach ahead of all others
this past decade comes wholly down to the combat and associated gameplay loop. While
the games tend to be short, between 5 to 10 mins,
It’s exact in how it plays particularly on how a poor first couple of moves can really
set you back. At times this game had me feel genuine anger
upon setting up and actioning a duff choice to see the destruction unfold when in hindsight,
it’s perfectly obvious the move to have taken was right there staring me in the face
whole damn time. Into the breach is that wonderful kind of
game where you pick it up thinking 30 mins of play will be a fine way to round off an
evening and then before long you look up and it’s 3am – yes, it really is that kind
of a game. At number 9, Hollow Knight took me long, long
time to come around to its charms and let’s remember, everything here is purely subjective
so I understand how such a turn of phrase in not being grabbed by the lapels by this
one within 5 seconds could be difficult to understand.
Having put the effort in rather than walking away as I mighty have done, eventually Hollow
Knight revealed its charm firstly through the art style and subtle musical score and
then within the boss sections with the more I played the more it one me over as a overall
package. Combat is tough and precise and once you have
a feel for the fight ahead of you and your eye in the game, the challenge and play in
seeing off the adversaries becomes a delight. Aside from how Hollow Knight looks and plays,
considering it was made by only three people, there’s so much here to explore and as far
as cross overs go between the mechanics of a Super Metroid and the world creation of
the Dark Souls franchise, there’s nothing really quite like it. At number 8 , Celeste tells a story of a young
women making her way up the titular mountain with it coming out late January of last year.
Paired back to basics, Celeste is a survive the room type of game requiring at times pixel
point accuracy within its platforming a devilishly difficult leaning curve.
While the gameplay is compelling throughout, it also delivers an equally well constructed
narrative with an overriding sense of goodness and hope. Likewise the characters are likeable,
well written and easy to relate to while the colorful pixel art is as good as anything
else we’ve seen this past decade. While Celeste is hard, it’s one of the best
examples of games with accessibility options that can help remove difficulty related content
gatekeeping. The assist mode where players are able to
adjust a number of options to aid the overall access and opportunity should they want to
play for example at a slower speed or with say infinite stamina. Now I’ve benefited
from this having gone back to play it over the past month or so. An accident earlier
in the year which happened after I first played Celest has seen me loose much of the fine
motor control in my left thumb. Without the ability to tweak the settings I’d simply
have no chance of making any real decent progress here and I’m hugely grateful for it’s
inclusion. Sure, purists may take issue but that’s by the by.
Celeste is brilliant on many levels and the fact with the assist modes I’m able still
to play it with a left thumb well past its prime is a beautiful piece of empathy from
the developers. At number 7, return of the Obra Din from Lucus
Pope, the developer behind papers please is exceptionally classy and by far the biggest
surprise of the year. The Obra Din has drifted into port having
disappeared some six years ago and your role is to find out what happened to those on board
with assistance from a rather special pocket watch.
You see this time piece gives you a view into the last moments of the crew and passengers
and tell who they were, how they died and if necessary, who killed them. The cause of
death is usually fairly easy to work out, a tragic accident, being shot by a crew mate
or something way more sinister. The visuals while minimal are in places breathtaking.
The sound too from the musical ditties to the voice acting is magnificent throughout
and the story, well we can’t discuss that in detail as it so key to the experience and
yet its superbly written and wonderfully engaging – we just wanted to keep playing to see
and hear more of it. What’s more astounding in what the Obra
Din does is how it interacts with players – there’s no hand holding or guides with
it assuming you have the grey matter to figure it all out – now in these terms, the Orba
Din is a highly empowering experience and well deserving a place on this rundown. Next up at number 6 and while originally out
as freeware in 2008, Spelunky qualifies for this rundown with it getting a remake for
the xbox 360 in 2012. Now Spelunky was my first experience in knowingly playing a game
with procedural generation and back then, this was a hugely exciting thing for me with
it offering a different and dynamically produced game world with each and every play. Having
played it again recently on the PS4 I’d forgotten how challenging it is and yet like
all great games, the challenge is never unfair and keeps you coming back for more. While
of course there have been many others that followed what Spelunky did, none of them have
quite matched the sheer enjoyment I get from playing, or even thinking about Spelunky.
With a sequal out perhaps next year, it has a long way to go to match or better its first
iteration. At number 5 for the best indie Games out this
past decade, What remains of Edith Finch first came out in April of 2017. Edith Finch from
the team at Giant sparrow is a masterpiece of storytelling and even though the subject
matter drifts towards the melancholy with sum total of this gaming experience is quite
majestic. In Edith Finch we have a interactive journey
through the lives of a number of the Finch family, all of whom are destined to meet untimely
ends with the family suffering from tragedy after tragedy. You play as Edith having returned
to the family home after a period of absence where you make your way along the corridors
of the ramshackle Finch home as you piece together a family history by way of visualisations
of her family members on the day of their deaths. Looks and sounds wise Edith Finch is gorgeous
throughout offering some of the finest environmental immersion of any of these types of experiences.
It’s also hugely clever and unique in the way the stories combine and interleave with
each other and without spoilers, the twists when they come are beautifully screened. What Remains of Edith Finch was my game of
the year 2017 and like Gone Home and Firew watch, will remain a yardstick by which others
in this genre shall be measured. At number 4 and just missing out on a podium
position, Axiom Verge came out in 2015 on the playstation 4 and since then has been
ported onto many other platforms. I’ve recently gone back to Axiom Verge by way of the version
on the switch and to be honest, it feels right at home on this hand held portable as for
me it rewards shorter play meaning I can have play sessions say on the way to work although
it’s equally fun to play on a big screen while docked to a TV.
What’s also true across each variation and port is how it manages to create and build
such an unsettling atmosphere particularly as you edge towards and then begin one of
the memorable boss fights which even today, are some of the finest I can recall in anything
outside of this countdowns number 1 and those of the Souls franchise. The sheer amount of
exploration within Axiom Verge is another high point with repeated visits post weapon
upgrade to areas you’ve been before more often than not giving you access to a new
path to follow. While there have been hundreds of games like
Axiom verge there are very few that have stuck in my mind as much as this one has. That said,
this isn’t the last metriod vania game to feature in this rundown and so with that,
lets get down to the very pointy end of the countdown. At number 3, Sam Barlow’s Her Story was
by a country mile my game of the year when it launched in 2015 and while it has a simple
premise and takes only 4 our so hours to play, and while not a new concept, it’s unique
take on the full motion video format was a step change for the genre and paved the way
of it’s successor telling lies and the equally as enjoyable and hugely undervalued Eliza.
In her story, you play as an unnamed protagonist where you look at a police computer with it
having hundreds of video clips relating to a fictional murder from 1994.
The task ahead of you is to work out what happened by way of searching through the police
computers database with key words while you then use your mental ability to piece together
the story. While the writing is top notch, everything is brought together by the acting
skill of the character in the video. While interactive video games have come and
gone over the years, in 2015 I hadn’t played anything quite like this and I’m certain
her story will remain the central reference for these interactive games for years and
years to come. The runner up, Journey from that game company
came out in 2012 and until last year, was to my mind the best indie game of all time,
let alone this past decade. While all of the art and the music are very nicely done, my
admiration for Journey comes from how it delivers the online co-op element with everything being
taken back to the bear minimum and for my tastes, this is co-op perfection.
Its all so very subtle and I can see how people over the years have said they were not aware
of the game having a co-op side to it with some thinking the other characters were AI’s
rather than fellow players. While only 3 or so hours long, I’ve spent
many hundreds playing Journey and I come back to it once or so a month.
Recently I started a fresh game and played with my eldest son. Early on we were joined
by one of the so called white robed clad players meaning they had unlocked every secret and
challenge journey has to offer. Who ever they were they stuck with us thoughout
the 3 hours play time and helped guide us towards the secrets and other things we should
be looking out for. All this of course being done with little more than chirping sounds
and follow the leader exploration because after all there’s no direct communication
between players. Come the end which I’m not going to spoil
here we parted with a few more playful chirps and while we didn’t quite get our own white
robe this time around, I’m quite sure we will some time soon enough. Of the hundreds of indie games I’ve played
since the start of the decade, for me, Dead Cells is subjectively the best of the entire
bunch. What Motion Twin have done with Dead Cells
is to create an extraordinary and powerful piece of theater and having put hundreds of
hours into the game across three different platforms, each time I pick it up again Dead
Cells still feels as fresh as ever and as I’ve said before, it gives me the same feeling
as the best roller coaster rides but without the long slow drag to the top before the drop.
From the beginning combat is white-knuckle levels of fun, the weaponry’s substantial
and while a hard game, the difficulty is handled and implemented in a way that facilitates
accessibility to its content largely though the permanent nature of the player upgrades.
Dead Cells also benefits from how adaptive it can be to suit whatever style of play fits
you and your mood of the time. You can play this as a puzzler, as a platformer – you
want strategy and exploration well it does all of that so very well.
It’s not however faultless, the use and implementation of random generation does give
odd level layouts and the combat can be heavily weighted against you particuallry at the start.
Early doors you find many occasions with having zero chance of getting the better of your
assailants and even though this comes as a frustrating annoyance, it’s still an entertaining
annoyance which is after all why we play video games – to have fun and to be entertained.
Factoring in the artistry and sound design, Dead Cells is not only the best indie game
of the past decade, to my mind, it’s the best indie game ever made. So which indie games do you like the most.
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  1. Get Indie Gaming

    Welcome to my Top 20 indie games of the decade showcase and rundown. Now this took a few weeks to pull together and I had lots of fun checking out and replaying all of those in this list. Let me know your thoughts in the comments and don't forget to like the video and sub to the channel if you haven't yet done so.

  2. Eichro

    Actually, the next decade starts in 2021. We're still good for a year.

  3. SstrykerR

    What a wonderful list, I've played almost all of it except for undertale, the witness and shovel knight, guess this is my cue to get to them. Great video!

  4. maggot rag

    Rimworld,crosscode? 🙁

  5. Wolfie

    No ori? Is it because they now bought by MS..

  6. Rahul

    Hollow Knight should be alteast in the top 3.

  7. cenutrio351

    Awesome work like always, thank you very much for this and for every video that you make, because is

    obvious the love that you have for indie games, same like me.For me also Dead Cells is the best indie game that I ever played, and Im still playing, is unique.To add another game that make me love indie games and is not in your list is Risk of Rain, from Hopoo Games in 2013.The gameplay, the music, the worlds are all fantastic and one that games that Im always come back to play.

  8. Random Ideas

    Hey, great stuff!!

    Really hope there is a "Hidden Gens" version of the decade too…

  9. Ainah's field plower

    Blunderfail gets to be on the list.
    im triggered 🙁

  10. Internet_ User123

    where is Noita ??

  11. Vuk

    You put Into the breach, but not FTL ?
    Also No papers please?

  12. Ganjarelli

    1. Hollow Knight 2. Stardew Valley 3. Steamworld Dig 4. Celeste 5. Cuphead 6. Dead Cells 7. Super Meat Boy 8. Plants vs. Zombies 9. Ori & The Blind Forest 10. Journey
    11. Guacamelee 12. Minecraft 13. Inside 14. Fez 15. Axiom Verge 16. Sonic Mania 17. Limbo 18. Bastion 19. Crypt of the Necrodancer 20. Undertale H.M = Baba Is You

    I gave up trying to put this list in any exact order, other than Hollow Knight going in my #1 spot, but there's so many other good games out there that I know I forgot some more for sure!

  13. Sannidor

    Machinarium is around ten years old so close but no cigar, gotcha. Hyper Light Drifter deserves more credit, it attracted many players to pixel art and inspired plenty other games. My personal indy gem is Gorogoa, beautiful puzzle adventure with subtle replayability value – there's no 'new game plus' but I will probably relive this amazing experience once a year for the rest of my life.

  14. Akbar Murataliev

    Mark of the Ninja, The Long Dark, Firewatch, Broforce, Antichamber, Darkest Dungeon, Battle Brothers?

  15. Christopher Sell

    me during the video

    Dead Cells must be in this….

    Ok, Dead Cells must have made the top 10, nice….

    Hmm, top 5 now and still no Dead Cells??

    Top 3 now, where is it?!

    Still no Dead Cells, I can believe they've left it out!

    AHHHHH there it is! 😅

    What a game ❤️

    A great list though, I would argue this top 20 is stronger than some AAA game top 20's I've seen this week.

  16. Kyle Mccalip

    This is some underrated content. Put together very well in my opinion.

  17. Jezze

    The list shares about 10 games I own myself, and only 5 I would suggest as indies of the decade. But the two games I absolutely miss here are Fez and Abzu.

  18. Shatrunjay

    A good list but I felt like you focussed more on newer games. Some old gems I can think of that you could add in a list of top 40 –

    1. Braid
    2. Antichamber
    3. Stanley's Parable
    4. Papers Please
    5. Valiant Hearts – The Great War
    6. To the Moon
    7. Always Sometimes Monsters
    8. Gone Home
    9. Night in the Woods
    10. Distraint
    11. That Dragon Cancer
    12. Layers of Fear
    13. Fez
    14. Owlboy
    15. Ori and the Blind Forest
    16. Hellblade
    17. Hotline Miami
    18. Broken Age
    19. Machinarium
    20. World of Goo

    Some newer ones that are amazing as well
    1. Devotion
    2. Baba is You
    3. Subsurface Circular
    4. Binding of Isaac
    5. Darkest Dungeon
    6. FAR: Lone Sails

  19. Frigow

    Great selection, and it must have been really tough to chose between all the quality games that this decade had to offer.
    I think you could have added some Honorable Mentions ?
    And I definitely think some gems are missing here, like Cuphead, Wandersong, Night in the Woods, The Messenger, Firewatch, Hyper Light Drifter, Hotline Miami or Superhot, but again, there are way too much games to make a list everyone could agree on !

  20. Jacob Montenegro

    Aw man Enter the Gungeon didn't make it. But cool vid

  21. el Cheshire Ilustracion

    I appreciate the preemptive comment for those who think Hollow Knight is the best indie game… Like me, I would've put it in number one. But this is your list, and is an amazing list, too! I had no idea about the Witness. Looks… Interesting. And is one of the few on the list I've not played, and as always your recommendations are always sure to be good. I'll try to check it out. Not next week, tho. Grookey gang!

  22. Numa Schütz

    If I were to pull together a top 20 of my favourite indie games, a lot of the titles in your list would definitely be in there. Awesome video, awesome tastes. Keep up the good work, your channel is one of ma favourites. Love ye

  23. Minh Nguyễn

    My top 10 list:
    1. Hollow Knight
    2. Subnautica
    3. Dead Cells
    4. Blasphemous
    5. Celeste
    6. Rain World
    7. Salt and Sanctuary
    8. Roguelite collection: Isaac, Slay the Spire, Nuclear Throne, Risk of Rain, Dicey Dungeon, Enter the Gungeon, Spelunky, Octogeddon, …
    9. Rakuen/ To the Moon
    10. Guacamelee

  24. Shiny Bug

    My personal TOP 10:
    1) Stardew Valley
    2) Spelunky
    3) The Binding of Isaac Rebirth
    4) FTL
    5) Crypt of the Necrodancer
    6) Enter the Gungeon
    7) Minit
    8) Shovel Knight
    9) Terraria
    10) Cuphead

  25. Anas Rida

    Great list. But for me Florence was a surprise. Didn't enjoy the game one bit. Also, I'd definitely make room for Darkest Dungeon, which I find has unbelievable depth to its combat.

  26. Eldar Voe

    Great video as always. And since you're a big fan of rogue-likes, did you try Hades? and what's your opinion on it?

  27. WaniNoKo

    Undertale #20? Blasphemy.

  28. Rafael Molina

    I dislike only one single game from this list. And it is Dead Cells. Boring bosses, bland environments, repetititve enemies, confusing stats, uninteresting story, forgetful soundtrack… it is basically the bad game package

  29. Tim F.

    My top 3:
    Shovel knight
    The Messenger

  30. EKD Games

    Lo siento man pero no puedo tomarte en serio si pones en mejor lugar a Dead cellsque Hollow Knight has perdido completamente la seriedad ;), pero ya fuera de coña realmente muy buen video. Saludos y sigue así.


    Sad to see some of my favorites not in the list but nonetheless many of my other favs did make it in, is just gonna get better from here dude, looking forward to the next list in 10 years, my top three would be Cuphead, Mother Russia Bleeds and Enter the Gungeon.

  32. santiagovare

    Dead Cells really shouldn't even be on this list and Celeste and Hollow Knight should be higher but great list!

  33. BÆN

    If I had to pick a top 3 it would be:
    1. Oxen Free
    2. The Messenger
    3. Doki Doki Literature Club

  34. WaniNoKo

    Journey is my fav game but 100% not indie

  35. Mont Blanc

    2 errors in your (EDIT: awesome!) vid (and i don't know if you've been told already): 1 – Towerfall Ascension is not from Thekla .. and 2 – Dead Cells not from thatgamecompany 😉 yeah .. but i think everyone knows and hears you (and after all there are at least right titles ;), so it's not worth to upload again, i guess.

  36. Oto Bakashvili

    what about cuphead?

  37. Mont Blanc

    woooaahh! It's happening! It's happening! (that was my first reaction 😉

  38. PeterParker1984444

    Salt & Sanctuary, Hyper Light Drifter, Baba Is You, Enter The Gungeon, The End Is Nigh, Iconoclasts, Fran Bow and The Messenger deserve a place here. Maybe the new platform adventure Mo: Astray, too.

  39. Sahah Jahan

    How can thou not include Ori and the blind forest..

  40. scottm

    Brilliant list! Of course, an almost impossible task narrowing down to only 20 games from the last 10 years. Some games I have enjoyed:
    – One game I haven't seen on this channel is N++ . For me it is the best platformer ever made, a masterclass in movement and level design.
    – Slay the Spire is not normally the type of game I would look into, but after hearing so much positivity I picked it up for my Switch in preparation for a long commute… Some months later and I have only just put it down. And the game has left me interested in the genre as a whole.
    – Trials Evolution is the ultimate "just one more go" game. The superb track design with a bike that is truely hard to master in a game where you can constantly strive to improve your times, coupled with the extensive level editor and level sharing options – it's really no surprise that it fostered such a large community, with people still building and playing to this day.

  41. Richard Ratynski

    1. The Binding of Isaac Afterbirth+
    2. Pyre
    3. What Remains of Edith Finch
    4. Steamworld Heist
    5. Talos Principle
    6. Danger Zone
    7. Peggle 2
    8. Thomas was Alone
    9. Tharsis
    10. Submerged
    11. Hitman Go
    12. Roundabout
    13. Telltale's The Walking Dead Season 1
    14. Inside
    15. A Plague Tale: Innocence
    16. Little Nightmares
    17. Invisible Inc.
    18. Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
    19. The Witness
    20. Battlechasers: Nightwar

  42. LeftHandedGuitarist

    I knew your love of Dead Cells would make it top the list! My own list would probably be all point-&-click adventure games 😉

  43. Viedra Lavinova

    You should make another video with another top 10 or 20 top indie games. There have been a lot of great suggestions in the comments that haven't been showcased, yet deserve the recognition.

  44. SGustafsson

    1. Journey
    2. Celeste
    3. Little nightmares
    4. Hollow knight
    5. Subnautica
    6. Edith finch
    7. Inside
    8. Everything
    9. Detention
    10. Shape of the world

  45. eiennosenshi

    Surely I'm not the only one who watches these videos sitting cozily with hot cocoa in one hand and popcorn in the other?

  46. PostWar

    No Zachtronics games made it into the list but Gris did? Ok im bout to head out

  47. Liz Gosselin

    Thanks for a great list and video. I'm not big on combat, so my top 10, in no particular order would be: Journey, Edith Finch, Dear Esther, Everybody's Gone to the Rapture, Far: Lone Sails, Oxenfree, Virginia, Alone with You, No Man's Sky, Life is Strange. I also really enjoyed the recently released Concrete Genie.

  48. superking armaan

    Hyper light drifter and Furi?

  49. Rescz Gélic

    Where is Bubsy 3D?

  50. Prinnydad Nope

    I feel like Hades will join the list soon enought. Bastion was already great, and Transistor and Pyre were very good, but Hades just crank it up to eleven.

  51. I'm just a girl not a threat

    All of Super Giant's games. Surprised there isn't at least one in the list 🙁

  52. Judas McSwell

    Love that dead cells is number 1 but where is Hyper Light Drifter??

  53. Felipe Ferraz

    that top 1 was definitely surprising

  54. krisko612

    Some of my favorite indie games you didn’t include: CrossCode, Unavowed, The Blackwell Series( technically stared in 2000s, but finished in 2014), Hyper Light Drifter, Underrail, Bastion, Disco Elysium.

  55. miltosapozante

    Good list, its missing Cupdhead, The Beginners Guide and Superhot though..

  56. Nidstang

    Hollow Knight and Shovel Knight should have been 1 and 2. Also needs more Hotline Miami, Dusk, Cuphead, and Shantae.

  57. Cinderbloom

    Little sad not to see any Heaven's Vault. I have so much love for it's linguistics based puzzles and branching narrative, it's incredible painterly art, and the absolutely wonderful characters.

  58. Andres Vialpando

    I agree with your assessment of Dead Cells, hard but accessible. I've completed numerous full runs of it. I spent nearly 8 hours trying to play Hollow Knight before giving up because it was hard and unaccessible in my opinion. Same with Into the Breach. I wanted to like that game so much but couldn't get in to it due to high frustration to fun ratio. Limbo too, I played maybe 2/3rds of it and stopped because it was simply too boring for me.

  59. AE K

    Ori and the blind forest missing. Hollow knight too low. Journey too high. Dead Cells about right. Overall do not agree but enjoyed the video nonetheless.

  60. Lorenzo

    Oxenfree would be a recommendation from me, great list!

  61. Dave Schnee

    Lol I just came home with the switch version of dead cells . Nice to see it on the list. my personal No1 is stardew valley I love it. Anyway great list👌I always find new games I wanna play on this channel👍

  62. Kenneth Fegley

    I wish I could forget The Witness so I could do it all again fresh

  63. AJ-Matthew

    Where is Ori and The Blind forest and Inside ?

  64. Waffletigercat

    Man, this list shows a VERY different taste than mine would. I'm especially not a fan of the more "walking simulator" type games like Gris and Journey, where there isn't really any actual GAME in the game.

  65. ItsameaMario15

    This should have been a top 20 list. Too many good games that got left out.

  66. Atsu Nymphae

    What a wonderful way to celebrate the decade…
    Thank you! 💜

    …also, I love how this list fills me with peace and joy instead of fomo.
    While I love what our AAA titles bring to the table as well, this seems to be a hallmark of indies?
    That is, a labor of love first, and a product second?

  67. Phirestar

    I spent a majority of this decade playing competitive multiplayer games, and because of how they were vastly, VASTLY more addicting than single-player has ever been for me, they ate up all of my playtime for around half of the 2010s. Because of that, I decided to list the dates when I first began playing these games, to show just how so many were in such a short span of time. (And as a sidenote, only one of those 3-4 multiplayer games made it into this list.)

    1. Hollow Knight (October 2017)
    2. Stardew Valley (February 2016)
    3. Dead Cells (November 2017)
    4. Starbound (March 2017)
    5. Terraria (December 2011)
    6. A Hat in Time (September 2018)
    7. Rain World (June 2018)
    8. Wargroove (September 2019)
    9. Salt & Sanctuary (January 2018)
    10. Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove (January 2019)
    11. Enter the Gungeon (February 2019)
    12. Death’s Gambit (December 2018)
    13. Deponia: The Complete Journey (January 2019)
    14. Tangledeep (June 2019)
    15. Minecraft (September 2010)
    16. My Time at Portia (January 2019)
    17. Hyper Light Drifter (December 2017)
    18. Ghost 1.0 (August 2018)
    19. Banished (June 2017)
    20. Chivalry: Medieval Warfare (December 2012)

    Honorable mention: Rodina – a game with a fantastic premise that I’ve already invested 40 hours into, yet is a title I worry may never reach its completion, due to the level of ambitious goals the single developer has set out to accomplish. (He has continuously updated and added to the game for the last 5 or so years, but compared to what the final product is intended to be, it seems… a very long way off.)

  68. Elvin Atombender

    Personal top 10:

    10. Baba Is You
    9. The Talos Principle
    8. Thimbleweed Park
    7. Transistor
    6. Unavowed
    5. Celeste
    4. The Stanley Parable
    3. Life Is Strange
    2. Papers Please
    1. Shovel Knight

  69. Joel Parker

    Fantastic list as always, gutted Ape Out didn’t quite make the list- honestly my 2019 GOTY

  70. AE K

    Also hereby my top 25 (first four can change depending on the moment when you ask me) – :
    1. Hollow Knight
    2. Celeste
    3. Dead Cells
    4. Slay the Spire
    5. Ori & the blind forest
    6. Rimworld
    7. Hotline Miami
    8. Mark of the Ninja
    9. Into the Breach
    10. Disco Elysium
    11. Rocket League
    12. Katana Zero
    13. Guacamelee! 2
    14. Broforce
    15. Darkest Dungeon
    16. Prison Architect
    17. Minecraft (Released officially in 2011 and indie until 2014)
    18. FTL
    19. The Talos Principle
    20. Terraria
    21. Shovel Knight
    22. The Swapper
    23. Oxenfree
    24. What Remains of Edith Finch
    25. Her Story

    Overcooked, Undertale, Brothers, Binding of Isaac, "Papers, Please", Inside, Gris, the Witness, Limbo, Super Meat Boy and Journey just missed the cut.

    Stardew Valley, Cuphead, Baba is You, Subnautica would probably make it on the list. However I have not played them enough to fully judge them.

  71. Rax Igar

    Fun List. I won't give my top 20, but I can easily say that Hyper Light Drifter is far and away my number 1. The Messenger and Axiom Verge would probably come right after that.

  72. Indie-A-tom

    I totally disagree with this list. Not because the games are bad, but because I don’t know some, would change all the positions and replace some titles. And that’s what makes this kind of list fantastic. It has been a decade full of amazing games, so it would be impossible for my taste to match yours and the taste of others. I hope more decade lists comes from other sources, just because I want to see this divergence in tastes and meanwhile find what I may have missed. Fantastic video as always. o/

  73. גל וואי

    For a minute I thought you would not put dead cells in the list…

  74. AJ-Matthew

    "Little Nightmares" and "Cuphead" ?

  75. Iva N

    woow the decade is actually ending!!… damn time flies

  76. AJ-Matthew

    60% agree with the list. You miss Bigger ones for a Decade.

  77. AJ-Matthew

    And I Thing this is your personal. I understand now !

  78. Atsu Nymphae

    Florence is completely new to me!
    I feel my humanity will receive a +1 if I play it…

    I love everything you said about Journey.
    That experience with the AI mirrors almost exactly that of mine and my ex (one of our last good memories together) while playing through it…
    Maybe I'll return to it as well.

    Really surprised by your number 1 placement for Dead Cells, and that's awesome!
    I certainly hold the game in new regard now, and love that you stand by your favorite and explain why it is so ✨

    Thanks again!

  79. Chris Jags

    I'd agree with Dead Cells at #1.
    For the rest of my Top 10 I'd go with Terraria, Hollow Knight, Pyre, Indivisible, Binding of Isaac, Bloodstained, Sundered (not a lot of people like that one, but I loved it), and Contrast (likewise, not sure why that one grabbed me, but it did).

  80. Earthjolly

    Missing Mo: Astray

  81. dacolib

    I find it fascinating that while I disagree with a lot of your list, having some of my favourites (like Undertale and Celeste) be quite low and some others (like baba is you and to the moon) not eve show up at all, I still can totally get excited over your list. Having been watching your videos for a while, I can really see your personality shine through on your list.

    I love how diverse the indie gaming world is, both in terms of players and games. There are games that I see nowadays that, while I may not get terribly excited for playing, I get excited for how it will influence the games I will play, or how other people will react to it. There are even games I see and think "What will theu say about it in GetIndieGaming"

    All in all, this has been a wonderful decade for gaming, specially indie gaming. And here is to another decade full of new ideas, new takes on old ideas, new ways to play and a lovely man telling what's to come

    and for those intereseted, my list would look something like this (I'm quite impressionable, so my list always hs games I played recently, and the order past the top 5 is kind of meaningless):

    1 – Undertale
    2 – Celeste
    3 – VA-11 Hall-A
    4 – To the moon/ Finding Paradise
    5 – Baba is You
    6 – Terraria
    7 – Transistor
    8 – Wandersong
    9 – Ori and the Blind Forest
    10 – Shenzen I/O (and pretty much everything Zachtronics)
    11 – Overcooked
    12 – FAR: Lone Sails
    13 – Brothers: A tale of two sons
    14 – Factorio
    15 – A Short Hike
    16 – Rifter
    17 – Stardew Valley
    18 – Hollow Knight
    19 – Night in the Woods
    20 – Gorogoa

    honorable mentions:
    – Gris
    – Hat in Time
    – Journey
    – Papers Please
    – OneShot
    – The Witness
    – Florence
    – Donut County
    – Golf Story

  82. Rafael Tasselli

    I love indie games and my favorite is not even on this list: the talos principle.
    Also, there is Dust: an Elysian Tail, Ittle Dew (1&2), Rogue Legacy and Slay the Spire,

  83. Baba Is Esh.

    After reading all the comments, there are still many great indie games that haven’t been brought up:

    – Lucah: born of a dream
    – OneShot
    – Streets of Rogue
    – Stephen’s Sausage Roll
    – VA-11 Hall-A
    – Wuppo
    – The End is Nigh
    – A Hat In Time
    – Katana Zero
    – Just Shapes & Beats
    – Ruiner
    – My Friend Pedro
    – Gato Roboto
    – Titan Souls

  84. Orlando Scalzo

    You forgot goat simulator

  85. Aashiq Shaikh

    Very surprised you included Limbo but not Inside. While I like Limbo I thought Playdead perfected that style in Inside

  86. Caio Rhoden

    I totally agree with the first and second places, Dead Cells quickly became one of my favorites games of all time

  87. TheInspirationalMind

    Dang! I've played through half of your list! It looks like we've got very similar tastes!
    These are some of my favorite indie games from the past decade: FEZ, Journey, Celeste, Hyper Light Drifter, Hollow Knight, GRIS, Shovel Knight, Cuphead, and BELOW!

  88. Steve Eisler

    Surprised Axiom verge beat out a game like hollow knight. While I haven’t played all the games on this list Hollow Knight beats them all, including Dead Cells as well (which is also amazing fun).

  89. VirgateSpy

    Haven't watched it. Already know Dead Cells will be #1.

  90. AkulBIG

    happy to say i've played all of these excluding Gorogoa, gonna get it right away!

  91. RealMTL

    Glad Stardew valley made the list! Such an amazing game and it hasn't aged at all.

  92. Luca Invernizzi

    I have been waiting for something like this from this channel from day one!

  93. Ikatsu

    Man I cant wait to play Gorogoa

    on SP4

  94. noogets

    I would prefer to see a video with a more objective stance on the 20 best indies of the past decade and have them in no particular order. You could come up with a set of criteria to follow that will allow you to mostly remove bias and create a more objective list. I don’t care about a stranger’s personal top 20.

  95. dkPsycho

    ESPERA, esse canal é brasileiro? Sempre vi as informações em inglês, tem aluma chance da narração ser em PORTUGUÊS? COMO EU NUNCA SOUBE DISSO? Acompanho vocês há muito tempo e pra mim um é um dos melhores canais sobre indie games. Continue o excelente trabalho que vem fazendo. TAMO JUNTO!

  96. Nerd Zone

    I thought the comments and votes (like/dislike) will be full of hate as lists such as this one are bound to generate (and not only by Hollow Knight fans). I am plesantly surprised. Of course, my top 20 list is different than your but is not that the whole point in freedom of thought?

  97. Bas Sie

    The Long Dark is one of my favorites.

  98. David Jennings

    MY Top 10 would be:

    1. Darkest Dungeon

    2. Subnautica

    3. The Long Dark

    4. Oxygen Not Included

    5. Craft The World

    6. This War of Mine

    7. Reus

    8. What Remains of Edith Finch

    9. Frostpunk

    10. Dear Esther

    maybe you should do a top 10 of the decade for each genre, as there are so many brilliant indie games that have come out over the last decade.

  99. Alister Vieira

    Excelent video, but I disagree with the order, specially with Celeste and Hollow Knight, they should have be in top 5 (Celeste was even nominated for the best game of the year). But I add some of them on my wanted list due the video.

  100. Алексей Яненко

    My top 3 is:
    1. Darkest dungeon
    2. Faster than light
    3. Hollow knight

    Machinarium, Mark of the ninja, Invisible inc, Into the breach, Hotline Miami, Steamworld dig, Enter the gungeon

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