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Welcome to the introductory version of the Indie Appreciation Thread!

Before to start, I'll briefly explain the criteria followed in these threads. Basically, a game has to meet at least one of these three conditions:

1) Being developed (not necessarily published) by an indie company, or a small or medium-sized one (whether it's properly independent or not).

2) Being relatively unknown, that is, not being a big and easily recognizable brand or belonging to an already established franchise.

3) Not having a big budget.

As you can see, the criteria is pretty simple, but also kind of subjective, so if you feel that a certain game shouldn't be here or notice that there's some other lacking (or there's something wrong), please tell me.

And here is the list with the meanings of the text formats and the abbreviations used, respectively, in the Platforms and Genre section of the tables.

The release platforms of any given game are displayed using the following structure:

Spoiler!

Bold/Regular/Italics (Parenthesis) [Square bracket],

where

Bold = platforms where the game is releasing.
Regular = platforms where the game is already released.
Italics = platforms where a different version of the same game is released.
(Parenthesis) = platforms where the game is releasing at a later date.
[Square bracket] = any other additional information.

While genres are abbreviated as follows:

Spoiler!
ARC = Arcade
SPRT = Sports
RAC = Racing
FGT = Fighting
ACT = Action
RTHM = Rhythm
FIT = Fitness
BT'M = Beat'em up
SHT'M = Shoot'em up
HNS = Hack'n'slash
SOUL = Souls-like
SHTR = Shooter
BR = Battle Royale
SUR = Survival
PLAT = Platformer
METR = Metroidvania
ADV = Adventure
GADV = Graphic Adventure
RPG = Rol-playing game
ROG = Roguelike/Roguelite
VN = Visual novel
NAR = Narrative
HOR = Horror
STR = Strategy
TB = Turn-based
RT = Real-time
TD = Tower Defense
BLD = Building
D-BLD = Desk-Building
CARD = Card
PUZ = Puzzle
STLH = Stealth
SIM = Simulation
MP = Multiplayer
PRTY = Party
COOP = Cooperative
MMO = Massively multiplayer online
MMORPG = Massively multiplayer online rol-playing game
MOBA = Multiplayer online battle arena

And that's all. Have fun!

2021 Indie Releases

January

(16 games)

Highlights

GAME GENRE METACRITIC PLATFORMS

Skul: The Hero Slayer

ROG PLAT 82 Steam (PS4/XBO/NSW)

Cyber Shadow

ACT PLAT 77-81 PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam

Project Winter

MP SUR 75 XBO*/Steam (PS4/NSW)

Olija

ACT ADV 77-79 PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam

The Pedestrian

PUZ PLAT 81 PS4/PS5 (XBO/NSW/XS)

Other games

GAME GENRE METACRITIC PLATFORMS
Everspace 2 SHTR - Steam/GOG (PS4/XBO/GOG) [Early Access]
ENDER LILIES: Quietus of the Knights 2D ACT RPG - Steam (PS4/XBO/NSW/XS/PS5) [Early Access]
Neoverse D-BLD ROG 63 NSW/XBO/Steam (PS4)
Temtem MMORPG - Steam [Early Access]
King Arthur: Knight's Tale TB STR RPG - Steam (XS/PS5) [Early Access]
Auto Chess STR - PS4/NSW/EGS/Android/iOS [F2P]
Curious Expedition 2 TB NAR ROG 68-75 Steam/PS4/XBO/NSW
Disjunction STLH ACT RPG 67-77 PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam/GOG
Journey to the Savage Planet ADV 65-78 Steam/PS4/XBO/NSW/EGS
TOHU PUZ ADV 66-77 PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam
Silver Chains TER 51 PS4/NSW/Steam

February

(42 games)

Highlights

GAME GENRE METACRITIC PLATFORMS

Haven

RPG 78 PS4/NSW/EGS/XBO/XS/PS5/Steam/GOG

Little Nightmares II

PUZ PLAT HOR ADV 81-83 PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam/GOG/Stadia (XS/PS5)

Anodyne 2: Return to Dust

ACT ADV 78 PS4/XBO/NSW/XS/PS5/Steam/GOG/EGS

Natsuki Chronicles

SHT'M 80-83 PS4/Steam [West release]

ALTDEUS: Beyond Chronos

VN 78 SteamVR (PSVR)

Thomas Was Alone

PUZ PLAT 77-88 NSW/PS4/XBO/Steam

Curse of the Dead Gods

ROG ACT 78-90 PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam/EGS

Rogue Heroes: Ruins of Tasos

ROG ADV 77-81 NSW/Steam

Other games

GAME GENRE METACRITIC PLATFORMS
Cresteaju RPG - NSW [West release]
Destruction AllStars ACT RAC 63 PS5
Blue Fire PLAT 71 NSW/Steam (PS4/XBO)
Conarium HOR ADV 65-71 NSW/PS4/XBO/Steam/GOG [North America release]
Elemental Knights Online R MMORPG - PS4/NSW/iOS/Android
Kowloon Highschool Chronicle RPG 71 NSW [West release]
NUTS ADV - NSW/Steam/Arcade
Arrog PUZ ADV 69 PS4/PS5/Steam/iOS/Android
Home Sweet Home: Survive HOR - Steam [Early Access]
We Were Here COOP ADV 63 PS4/XBO/Steam
Aground SUR RPG - PS4/XBO/NSW/EGS/Steam
Gunbarich SHT'M 66 Steam/NSW
#DRIVE ACT RAC 67 NSW/iOS/Android
Fallen Legion Revenants ACT RPG 54 NSW/PS4 [North America release. Feb 19 in Europe, Feb 27 in Oceania]
Moose Life SHT'M - PS4/PSVR/Steam
Speed Limit ARC ACT 68-71 PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam
30XX ROG SHTR PLAT - Steam [Early Access]
Shattered: Tale of the Forgotten King ACT RPG 67 Steam
Cathedral METR 71 NSW/Steam
Raspberry Mash ROG ACT - NSW/Steam
Steven Universe: Unleash the Light ACT ADV RPG - PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam/Arcade
The Sinking City ACT ADV HOR 61-76 PS5/PS4/XBO/NSW
Dry Drowning VN 68-80 NSW/Steam/GOG (PS4)
Horned Knight ACT PLAT - PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam
We Were Here Too COOP ADV 69-72 PS4/XBO/Steam
We Were Here Together COOP ADV 62-77 PS4/XBO/Steam
Pumpkin Jack ACT ADV 73-80 PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam/GOG/EGS
Code: Realize ~Wintertide Miracles~ ADV - NSW/PSV/PS4 [West release]
DOTORI ADV - NSW/Steam
Hellpoint ACT RPG 50-68 NSW/PS4/XBO/Steam (XS/PS5) [Physical release on Feb 26]
Legal Dungeon ADV - NSW/Steam
Mighty Fight Federation FGT - PS4/NSW/PS5/Steam [Only Europe on Switch, North America soon after]
Yupitergrad PUZ PLAT 67-75 PSVR/Vive/Rift/Index [Physical release on Mar 12]
Cardaclysm: Shards of the Four ACT D-BLD STR RPG - Steam

March

(54 games)

Highlights

GAME GENRE METACRITIC PLATFORMS

Everhood

ADV RPG 81-83 NSW/Steam

Gnosia

RPG VN 82 NSW/PSV

Loop Hero

D-BLD ROG 82 Steam

Two Point Hospital: JUMBO Edition

STR 83 PS4/XBO/NSW

Battle Brothers

TB STR RPG 77-80 NSW/Steam

Saviors of Sapphire Wings & Stranger of Sword City Revisited

RPG 83 NSW/Steam [North America release. March 19 in Europe, March 23 in Oceania]

Signs of the Sojourner

NAR CARD 77-82 PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam

Terraria

ACT ADV 82-84 Stadia/PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam/GOG

Overcooked! All You Can Eat

SIM STR 84 PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam/XS/PS5

Genesis Noir

ADV 81 XBO*/Steam

It Takes Two

ACT ADV 85-89 PS4/XBO/XS/PS5/Steam

Kaze and the Wild Masks

PLAT 77-83 PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam/Stadia

Disco Elysium: The Final Cut

RPG 91 PS4/PS5/Steam/GOG/EGS/Stadia (NSW/XS)

Narita Boy

ACT ADV 76-81 PS4/XBO*/NSW/Steam

Another Eden: The Cat Beyond Time and Space

RPG 90 Steam/NSW/iOS/Android [F2P]

Other games

GAME GENRE METACRITIC PLATFORMS
PixelJunk Raiders ROG 49 Stadia [Free for Stadia Pro members]
Enlisted MMOFPS - PS5/XBO/XS [Closed beta]
Maquette PUZ ADV 70 PS4/PS5/Steam
Bang-On Balls: Chronicles PLAT - Steam [Early Access]
Kill It With Fire ACT SIM 68-78 PS4/XBO/NSW/iOS/Android/Steam
Laid-Back Camp -Virtual- Lake Motosu ADV - PS4/NSW/Steam/iOS/Android
Neoverse D-BLD ROG 63 PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam
POSTAL Redux SHT'M 54 PS4/NSW/Steam
Crayta ACT ADV PRTY 71 EGS/Stadia [Starter version is F2P. Premium versions already on Stadia]
Smashing The Battle: Ghost Soul HNS ACT ADV - PS4 [North America release]
Pascal's Wager: Definitive Edition ACT ADV RPG 69-78 Steam/iOS/Android
Smash Legends MP ACT - Steam/iOS/Android [Early Access]
Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning ACT RPG 72-81 NSW/PS4/XBO/Steam
Mundaun ADC ADV HOR 72-76 PS4/XBO/XS/PS5/Steam/EGS
Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse ACT 51-75 PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam/GOG/Xbox
Dungeon Defenders: Awakened STR RPG 74 XBO/Steam (PS4/NSW)
DARQ: Complete Edition PUZ ADV - NSW/XS/PS5/PS4/XBO
Dogworld PLAT - Steam (NSW)
Minute of Islands NAR PUZ PLAT - PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam/GOG
QV ACT ADV 74 Steam/NSW
Can't Drive This RAC 65 PS4/XBO/NSW/XS/PS5/Steam
Root Film VN 67 PS4/NSW [West release]
Vaporum: Lockdown RPG 68 NSW/Steam/GOG/Humble (PS4/XBO)
Sanity of Morris HOR ADV - PS4/XBO/Steam
Paradise Lost NAR ADV 69-71 PS4/XBO/Steam/GOG
Black Legend TB STR RPG 56-57 PS4/XBO/NSW/XS/PS5/Steam
El Hijo: A Wild West Tale STLH 73 PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam/GOG/Stadia
Evil Inside HOR 43 PS4/XBO/NSW/XS/PS5/Steam
MazM: The Phantom of the Opera ADV - NSW/Steam
Paperball Deluxe PLAT - NSW
Cooking Mama: Cookstar SIM 46 PS4/NSW
Last Oasis SUR MMO - XBO/XS/Steam [Game Preview / Early Access]
Spacebase Startopia STR SIM 58-69 PS4/XBO/XS/PS5/Steam (NSW)
Record of Lodoss War: Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth METR 73 Steam
Auto Chess STR - PS5/PS4/NSW/EGS/iOS/Android [F2P]
UnderMine ACT ADV ROG 54-67 PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam
Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator SIM - PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam
Outbuddies DX METR 66-70 PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam/GOG
The Binding of Isaac: Repentance RPG ADV - Steam (PS4/NSW/PS5)

Death Crown, a real-time strategy game which is already in Steam, was supposed to launch in March for PS4/XBO/NSW, but it's nowhere to be seen on any of those stores and no new annoucement has been made, as far as I know. Totally lost in combat.

If you feel that a certain game shouldn't be here or notice that there's something lacking/wrong, please tell me.

Last edited by Verter - on 01 July 2021

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Also...

Please, feel free to correct my English.