In recent years, it’s been Indie Games that have surprised us, brought joy to our gaming systems, and has us eager for what the next studio will bring us. 2014 is shaping up to be a fantastic year for Indie Games, here’s a list of some of the games you should be keeping an eye on.

UPDATED APRIL 19, 2014 – EVERY QUARTER AS GAMES ARE RELEASED AND ANNOUNCED WE’LL UPDATE THIS LIST TO MAKE IT RELEVANT THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

BroForce

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BroForce is an 8-bit bro-operative run-n-gun “patriotism simulator” where players take on the role of 80′s and 90′s action stars set on a mission to rid the world of evil-doers. If that isn’t enough to get you excited for BroForce than maybe the high amounts of Michael Bay style explosions will wet your whistle. Read my hands-on preview from this years PAX East.

Chasm

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The developers described Chasm to me as a 2D Action-RPG that has taken inspirations from classic metroidvania, hack-n-slash, and dungeon crawler games and added procedurally-generated levels to give the player a unique experience every time they play. Read my hand-on preview of Chasm from this years PAX East.

Secret Ponchos

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The game stars multiple characters, each one boasting its own set of unique abilities and caters to a different playstyle. If players like to run-and-gun, choose the dual pistol slinging Kid Red. Enjoy characters that are quick on their feet and engage at close range, give the Phantom Pancho a try. The game does a good job at giving all the different playstyles a character, while achieving the perfect balance between them so that no single character feels broken or overpowered. Read more on Secret Ponchos.

 

Helldivers

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Helldivers is a game being developed by Arrowhead Game Studios. Working with up to four co-op players, this top-down shooter coming to the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PS Vita, sure looks like it’ll be an instant hit with Sony fans. As Helldivers, you’ll be the only thing standing between an alien threat and the future of Super Earth.

Hohokum

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Honeyslug’s Hohokum made an appearance in last years E3 and we haven’t really heard much out it since. However, what we do know is that it’s a beautiful game that’ll run at 1080p and 60fps. A flying snake with an elegant and colorful environment is all I need to know about Hohokum.

Walking Dead Season 2

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You’re going to see the name TellTale Games a lot on this list. As one of the premiere Indie Game studios it’s no surprise they’re going to be dishing out a bunch of titles. Their biggest one no doubt will be Walking Dead: Season 2. True, the first part of Season 2 will be releasing in December, but the majority of the content will be in 2014. TellTale has proven they know how to do this franchise right, which is why this game is first on the list.

WarMachine: Tactics

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A true example of Kickstarter success, WarMachine: Tactics blew past its goal in spades due to the loyal following of the WarMachine tabletop gamers. Tactics seeks to take the WarMachine franchise to new heights with fully 3D models and environments, story and multiplayer modes, and epic tactical turn-based gameplay.

Dysfunctional Systems: Episode 2

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The visual novel game from Dischan Media wowed us here at TDS with its gripping story and characters. Dysfunctional Systems: Episode 2 seeks to expand the universe created in Episode 1 and give us more info and insight into what that universe is. Multiple worlds will be visited, as said by Dischan, and the choices you make will matter.  Episode 1 is still on Steam if you wish to catch up.

Owlboy

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Easily one of the most anticipated Indie Games, Owlboy has been a long time coming. Part Kid Icarus, mixed with some Zelda, but with a few interesting twists of its own. Owlboy seeks to test players and push them to break the conceptions they’ve had about games like this.

Cosmic Star Heroine

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Cosmic Star Heroine is a turn-based RPG from the creators of Cithulhu Saves the World. It stars an agent who gets outed by her government after uncovering a conspiracy and now has to face almost the entire world. A true callback to 16-bit RPG era, Cosmic Star Heroine is definitely something to keep an eye on.

TellTales Game of Thrones

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The second game from TellTale is easily an anticipated game, but little is known about this episodic title aside from its place in the Game of Thrones universe. Whatever they decide though, it’s sure to be true to the franchise, all the while keeping that TellTale flair.

Transistor

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The team behind Bastion take their next game to the PS4 in Transistor. This sci-fi action-adventure game lets you wield a weapon of unknown origin, and has you traversing a massive world to piece together the memories of the Transistor. Supergiant Games promises responsive gameplay mixed with rich storytelling. And it’s not hard to believe that they’ll fulfill that promise.

Death Road to Canada

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A game that’ll give you a new experience every time. Death Road to Canada, has you traveling from Florida to Canada in order to escape the zombie apocalypse. Team up with a vast number of people and decide their fates as you traverse to the great white north.

No Man’s Sky

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No Man’s Sky has a procedurally generated universe for you to explore. If you can see a place in the distance, you can go there. Action, adventure, space battles, this game may just have it all. This is a game we have all dreamed about. Although this game doesn’t have a specific date of release just yet, we are going to be eagerly anticipating any news about this title. (We also hope it gets released in 2014)

Broken Age Part 2

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The famous/infamous game from Double Fine definitely deserves a place on our list. After the success of the first part of Broken Age we can’t wait to see what happens next in part 2.

Below

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This one is still burrowed in mystery, and that’s exactly how the developers like it. Below puts you in a giant mystery and doesn’t give you much answers – because they want you to find them on your own. The depths of this game is said to be huge, how much you find is up to you. Read our hands-on preview of Below from this years PAX East.

Karmaflow

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The first ever “Rock Opera Video Game” Karmaflow seeks to put music on the forefront in both story, and in some aspects, gameplay. Comprised of musicians from all walks of the Metal genre, Karmaflow wants to inspire you with music and make sure you never forget their songs.

Elegy For A Dead World

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From songs to poetry, Elergy For A Dead World puts a unique twist on video games by having you explore worlds, write your thoughts in poems and stories, and then having you share them with the Steam Workshop. The game dares to ask, “What will you see in these worlds, and how will you express that?”

Kentucky Route Zero Episode 3

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The third episode in the point-and-click adventure game, Kentucky Route Zero will continue your adventure as Conway and continue to put you in interesting situations.

Aztez

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A turn based game where you try to expand the Aztec Empire, Aztez also features real-time battles and promises that every playthrough will be different. Aztez is something you might want to try , especially if you’re very bloodthirsty.

Neverending Nightmares

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A game inspired by the developers battle with OCD and depression, Neverending Nightmares has you exploring and trying to avoid confrontations with quite literal never-ending nightmares. The game features an open narrative so the ending is very much dependent on you.

Lacuna Passage

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Part exploration game, part Pokémon Snap, Lacuna Passage has you on the surface of Mars exploring and picking up clues as to what happened on the red planet.

Starbound

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A game of universal potential, Starbound gives you the ability to do just about anything in its proceduraly generated worlds. Stay in one place and make yourself a home, or go out into the universe and have fun, Starbound gives you the options you need to have an infinite amount of experiences.

The Witness

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An uninhabited island full of puzzles? Why not? The Witness puts you on an island and sets you off to explore and solve whatever puzzle in whatever order. The more you solve though, the more the story begins to unfold.

Meridian: New World

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The RTS game , Meridian: New World seeks to take the genre to new levels. With units allowed to equip items, a leveling system for you the commander, and a new emphasis on storytelling, Meridian may just be the evolution of the RTS genre.

Tales from the Borderlands

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There ain’t no rest for the wicked, and for TellTale games that means taking us back to the vault world of Pandora. Saying it will feature characters from both Borderlands 1 & 2, and new characters, this episodic game series seems to be in line to strike it rich.

The Long Dark

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Without a doubt, one of the most anticipated Indie Games of 2014 is The Long Dark. Starring A-list voice actors and a team composed of industry veterans, The Long Dark puts you in the ultimate survival scenario and uses audio and visual cues to make you fully aware of your character’s status at all times. You are not alone in the wilderness of the north, but how you choose to interact with those you encounter is up to you. Just remember, there is always a consequence to every choice you make.

Dungeon Dashers

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A single player dungeon experience that has you controlling four completely different characters, Dungeon Dashers is an old-school game that tests your strategy, all the while giving you a fun, light-hearted experience.

Planetary Annihilation

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An RTS that promises to be something you’ve never seen before, Planetary Annihilation gives you planets, asteroid belts, and more to plan your strategy, build your economy, and take down others in single and multiplayer action.

Dungeon Defenders 2

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This sequel to the original game is made by a new team and seeks to make Dungeon Defenders even better. They wish to provide replayability, depth in the gameplay, a mixture and balance of multiple genres, easy accessibility to new gamers, and great rewards so you know you’re getting you moneys worth.

Lichdom

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This fast paced spell casting game will be the first title released by Xaviant studios, an indie studio based out of Cumming, GA. Xaviant was one of the first third-party studios to be granted a full license of CryEngine 3, and Lichdom intends to make full use of it. Lichdom is a beautiful game that has players casting, and crafting, insanely powerful spells, all in first person. Read more on what exactly Lichdom is.

Skara: The Blade Remains

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The team at 8-Bit Studios wants nothing more than to create a memorable game that defies genre branding. Part MOBA, part Versus game, Skara: The Blade Remains puts you in control of one of five races and gives you free rein on what you do.

Wolf Among Us: Episodes 4-5

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 The Wolf Among Us brought us into the world of fairy tales in a very interesting way. Episode 4-5 promises to be just as good, if not better than the previous thress, and with TellTale holding the reins, that’s definitely a possibility.

Hyper Light Drifter

This Hyper successful project was funded many times over via Kickstarter, with over 24,000 people donating to it. Hyper Light Drifter is 2D action RPG that pays homage to the 16-bit RPG classics. With an old-school look, but a new school feel; this game is both massive and deep, with plenty of areas to explore, multiple weapons to collect and upgrade, and ever-evolving enemies, this game is a true labor of love. Hyper Light Drifter promises fast-paced brutal gameplay that will be easy to pick up, but difficult to master. Every piece of the world is designed to fluent and beautiful. So don’t be fooled by the 8-bit style, this game is a work of art.

Xenonauts

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Xenonauts is a “spiritual successor” to the old-school X-Com games and puts you in charge of a multi-national military organization to defend the Earth from an alien invasion. You know, exactly what happened in the Cold War era. This turn-based tactical strategy game offers plenty of strategic elements from managing soldiers, exploring new technology via a research tree, and balancing offense and defense to save the world. It even utilizes randomized missions to bring a fresh experience every time you play

Wasteland 2

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A game that’s essentially 25 years in the making, Wasteland 2 is the true sequel to the incredible popular 1988 game Wasteland, which was the inspiration to the Fallout series. Promising to be bigger, and even grander than the original, all the while keep the grim undertone that drew people to the original. This tactical party based RPG will have players exploring, and fighting through, what is left of humanity in a post apocalyptic wasteland. The team behind Wasteland 2 features many familiar faces who helped create both Wasteland and Fallout.

Divinity: Original Sin

divinity The team at Larian Studios knew exactly what they wanted to make when they thought up Divinity: Original Sin, they wanted an isometric RPG, with a reactive world, plenty of choices and consequences, a deep combat system, rewarding the player for exploring their vast world, and much more. Whether you play it alone, or in a group, Divinity: Original Sin is a massive RPG, with multiple ways to play and complete the game. Go on a linear path, or travel the world, it’s up to you. Battle strategically, or just brutalize opponents, it’s your call. If you do play in a group, you all have a voice, and multiple people must agree for a decision to be made. Everyone’s opinion matters. Whether new to this universe, or an old pro, there is plenty to do, and little you need to know before hopping in and doing so. This is the RPG for everyone.

Star Citizen

A game so big it has to take place in a fully realized universe. Star Citizen makes players feel like they are a part of an intricate universe, and is designed to give you free rein among the stars. Star Citizen gives you a first person experience unlike any other. Roam around your ship, travel the universe, help save ships, or board them and make them your own, the game is built around the idea that you can do what you want. The universe functions like an real living ecosystem. It features, a real economy for you to take part in, multiple star systems to explore, alien races to find, and numerous ships to interact and do battle with. One more thing, this game shattered all the previous Kickstarter records and raised over $36 million dollars.

Shovel Knight

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Entering the land of 8-Bit games comes Shovel Knight. It’s about a knight, who wields a shovel blade. Inspired by games like Mega Man, Castlevania, and Dark Souls, Shovel Knight has you traversing wonderfully beautiful themed lands, all to defeat the evil Enchantress and rescue your beloved. Standing in his way though is the evil Order of No Quarter. Featuring rich, detailed, 8-Bit areas, intense action and platforming, the ability to upgrade your shovel and armor, addicting music, and humor, you have a game that everyone will have fun playing.

Pillars of Eternity

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Catering to the fans of classic RPG’s like Baldur’s Gate and Icewind DalePillars of Eternity aims to bring back all the best elements of the old-school RPG’s  to gamers. Pick one of six races and choose whichever class you think is best and begin exploring the world around you. Seek out adventure, or explore cities, the world is your playground to enjoy. Bringing modern marvels to classic gaming, Pillars of Eternity seeks to be a fun experience to any and all who loved the classic RPG experience.

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

The Binding of Isaac was one of the most successful indie games of 2011. It started out as a Flash game but was quickly released on Steam; however, despite seeing an actual released, it was still using Flash at its core. The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth looks to be a proper remake of the 2011 hit as it sets out improve the experience in almost every conceivable way. Rebirth features updated graphics, gameplay, and additional content that were left out of the original due to the limitations of working with Flash. It will also feature the expansion to the game Wrath of the Lamb. Rebirth also brings new items, co-op play, the ability to save and return to a session, and more features to the game. So if you were curious about The Binding of Isaac, this may be your chance to get a complete, and improved upon experience.

Mewgenics

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Team Meat’s next big project, Mew-Genics, is probably one of the strangest titles that will come out of the indie gaming scene in 2014. Best described as a cat hoarding meets Dr. Frankenstein sim, Mew Genics has players breeding cats, collecting furniture, and completing missions. Each cat in Mew-Genics can be influenced by furniture, other cats, their experiences, or even their genetics. Cats can also generate random mutations as the result of bad experiments and furniture placement in the house. All of this can lead to some pretty wild combinations that will breed new monstrosities cats as the game goes on.

The Forest

Where The Long Dark is a fight for survival against the elements, The Forest is a fight against things more sinister. In this open-world survival horror game you find yourself exploring the dense woods after you have crash landed your plane. You quickly discover that you are not alone. The Forest features day and night cycles where you try to get supplies in the day, and survive horrors in the night. The game features two distinct areas to explore, the forest above, or the network of caves below. Players will need to gather supplies, build shelter, and explore the area in order to survive. Be careful what you explore, you might not like what you find.

Reset

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A true come-from-behind story. Reset raised over 20,000 Euros in its final day, to reach its goal. Part mystery, part puzzle game. Reset allows you to go back in time to help yourself solve puzzles. With a massive island to explore, and a deep narrative that’ll be deepened as you explore the island, Reset will make you confront yourself. Both literally, and figuratively.

Among the Sleep

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Do you remember being scared a lot as a child? Seeing things that weren’t really there? Well the guys at Krillbite Studio seek to remind you of those fear with their horror title Among the Sleep. Putting you into the body of a 2-year-old, Among the Sleep, blends dreams and reality to deliver a unique take on fear and horror. Their use of camera angles, perspective, and actually seeing main protagonist only add to the effect that you are a child whose worst nightmare might be just around the corner. So as long as you don’t mind reliving some possible nightmares, you might want to check this game out.

The Maker’s Eden

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The Maker’s Eden is a point-and-click adventure game that is made in the style of a motion comic. The game utilizes techniques from both sides to further engross you in its world. Clues to the worlds past and present are scattered around you. The game focuses heavily on character and story as it mixes elements of noir in a futuristic world. So if you’re looking for something different, The Maker’s Eden might just be for you.

If you’ve made it to the end of this list you no doubt realize how many great Indie Games are coming in 2014. The funny thing is, there’s more than we’ve mentioned, so stayed tuned to TDS for all your Indie Game coverage.

Did me miss a game? Let us know in the comments below so next time we update the list we can consider adding it.

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  • datdude

    Wow, what a list!! There are more than a few of these titles I’m going to be picking up. So good to see smaller projects getting big attention, it is certainly well deserved.

  • jordan jones

    how does this not have super time force its my most anticipated indie

  • incendy

    Great list, but where is Super Time Force!

  • Ben

    Though after looking at it the expected release date is some time in 2015, I think you should definitely be keeping an eye on one of my most looked forward to games, Night in the Woods.

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1307515311/night-in-the-woods

  • Jessica-Lee Mayer

    You guys are missing the best game of 2014 to be…STASIS…wtf!

    • CrisJ

      WTF for real… how can I forget that game, but it is so many to remember though… sometimes games get lost in all the thought process…

  • David Bandel

    biggest missing title imo is paradise lost first contact

    • CrisJ

      We’ll definitely look into that one next time.

  • Mollythatha

    Nice write-up. Be sure to keep an eye on Counterplay Games’ DUELYST. It has been given the go ahead on Steam Greenlight and I can’t wait!

    • TDS Games

      You should check out our interview with them: http://twodashstash.com/2014/04/indie-stash-cast-duelyst-interview/

      • Mollythatha

        Oh man, that was such a well conducted interview. I’m definitely impressed with your work at TDS. I’ll have to bookmark and spread the word.

        • CrisJ

          Thank you so much! Really glad you enjoyed it.

        • Blane

          I’m glad you enjoyed that interview! I loved talking to Keith from Counterplay, happy to hear others enjoyed listening to it!

  • LC

    What’s with the other kickstarter game? Pillars of Eternity? Divinity Original Sin?

    • Todd Black

      Actually, we’re compiling a second list filled with reader requests and games we missed. And I can tell you both of those games are on the list.
      Stay tuned! We’ll post it soon.

    • Blane

      Those are on part 2. :-)

  • Eric Koffsky

    MEWGENICS!!!

  • Gizoku

    “Neverending Nightmares has you exploring and trying to avoid confrontations with quite literal never-ending nightmares. The game features an open narrative so the ending is very much dependent on you.”

    So they aren’t actually “never-ending”… ?

    • Blane

      I guess in the sense that the game does end. Doesn’t necessarily mean that the nightmares do.

  • Tarun Matteda

    Very much appreciated
    by the list
    its like a one stop shop
    I d ve to keep a watch on al these titles :)
    almost all games look amazing..atleast from the screenshots
    great work Cris

    • CrisJ

      Glad you like it man… it was a team effort though…

  • Kristi78968

    It’s nice to see a visual novel up there! :D If I can make a suggestion, play the Jisei series by Sakevisual. Mystery and stuff, yo.

    • Todd Black

      I played Dysfunctional Systems and fell for it pretty quickly. It was one of my favorite Indie Games of 2013, and I can’t wait for the next episodes.
      Jisei huh? We might just have to try that. Thanks for the suggestion!

      • Kristi78968

        No problem! I play visual novels a lot so I know what to suggest!