Let’s face it: 2015 was an epic year for gaming. We had massive titles like Fallout 4, The Witcher 3 and Rise of the Tomb Raider that kept us glued to our consoles for days on end. But what about the smaller titles?
Just because a game wasn’t released by a major studio and doesn’t take 874 hours to complete doesn’t mean it’s any less awesome. 2015 was a fantastic year for indie games too, and whilst it’s been hard to narrow down, here’s our top 10 indie games of 2015.
Putting you on the desktop of a stranger’s PC, Cibele is an experience like no other. Taking on the role of creator Nina Freeman, the game takes you on a short but poignant journey through her real experiences with MMOs and falling in love online.
A mix of investigation, basic gameplay and FMV, it’s certainly not a game for everyone but for those that can – or want to – empathise with the oh-so-real teenage emotions on show in Cibele, it’s an experience well worth your time. Nina Freeman has unashamedly shared a part of her life with us and it’s a beautiful reminder that we’re not alone.
There’s one word for Penarium – and that’s cruel. You play as Willy, a young, fat, pixellated kid who has been kidnapped by a despotic circus leader and forced to survive rounds of torturous obstacles and challenges. Poor Willy, but also poor you for having to be the one to control him. Despite Penarium‘s simple graphics and gameplay, it’s bloody difficult – but this only adds to the fun.
No doubt you’ll scream and shout as poor Willy dies again and again in humiliating and painful ways, but you’ll just be all the more determined to keep trying and come out victorious. Penarium is wonderfully addictive through all its frustration and is well-deserving of a spot on our top indie games of 2015.