Best Indie Games of 2016

Find out which indie games stole the spotlight this year.

We’ve played hundreds of indie games this year, and have enjoyed each and every one of them for various different reasons. There’s something inherently special about the indie genre, as no two games are the same, and all of them have a lot to offer. However, if you’ve been waiting patiently for word on this year's "best of the best" indie games, your wait is now over!

Below, we’ve compiled a list of our picks for the best indie games of 2016! 

Abzu

Abzu is a perfect example of an indie game that excels in its simplicity. While the story may be short, Abzu is nevertheless a beautiful underwater adventure that instantly pulls you in and refuses to let go. Despite having no vocal narration, Abzu's message and story are understandable and cohesive.

There's almost something Studio Ghibli-esque about Abzu's message and striking visuals. Abzu is a game that can be played in a single sitting, and can be played through multiple different times if you're looking for something to help you float away for a while. Scored by the award-winning Journey composer,

Abzu is a game that can be played in a single sitting, and can be played through multiple different times if you're looking for something to help you float away for a while. Scored by the award-winning Journey composer, Austin Wintory, Abzu has one of this year's most beautiful indie game soundtracks and succeeds in being one of the most graceful titles of 2016. 

That Dragon, Cancer

Cancer is a painful, difficult subject that is made infinitely more complex when it afflicts a child. The game That Dragon, Cancer is one of the most heart-wrenching games you’ll ever play, and for good reason. Created by the family of a young boy stricken with cancer, the game gives you a fly-on-the-wall perspective into the realm of childhood cancer. We respect the bravery and devotion behind this game’s

The family worked tirelessly to create this project, and it shows. At the end, you'll come away with a deeper understanding of life, death, and the overwhelming love and strength needed to push forward in the face of a dragon like cancer. We respect the bravery and devotion behind this game’s creation, and firmly recommend purchasing it if you haven’t already. That Dragon, Cancer is without a doubt 2016's best nonfiction narrative game... and perhaps, one of the best indie narrative games of all time.  

Morgan is a writer, indie game lover, and socially awkward coffee addict. Need something? Morgan can be reached at morgan.shaver@allgamers.com or if you like, you can say hello using GIFs on Twitter.

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