GameSpew’s Top 10 Indie Games of 2017

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It’s December, and that can only mean one thing. Okay, two things. The first is Christmas, and the second is an endless wave of Game of the Year content.

We all love celebrating the successes of the gaming industry over the last 12 months, and that’s why GOTY awards are so popular. But it’s usually the same AAA contenders that you see pervading every award. What about the underdogs; the games that we absolutely adored, but their smaller budgets or less ambitious scope means that they’re often overlooked? Well, we’re here to celebrate them.

Put aside your thoughts of Assassin’s Creed or Super Mario Odyssey for a moment and let’s spend some time celebrating the indie games of 2017 that have really blown us away. With so much variety, imagination and passion put into so many hundreds of indie games – this year and every year – it’s always difficult to narrow down to a final list. But we’ve done our best, and here are GameSpew’s Top 10 Indie Games of 2017.


Related: GameSpew’s Top 10 Games of 2017 (the non-indie variety)

The Darkside Detective

Available on PC
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Taking inspiration from the likes of Twin Peaks, The X Files and Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, The Darkside Detective reminded us why we fell in love with point and click adventure games all those years ago. As Detective McQueen, The Darkside Detective challenges you to tackle six strange cases, each one being an absolute pleasure to solve.

What makes The Darkside Detective so wonderful is its writing. It’s funny and genuinely heartwarming, and you quickly grow a connection with Detective McQueen and his sidekick Officer Dooley despite there being no voice acting. Really, if you have fond memories of point and click games like Broken Sword you must give The Darkside Detective a go. You’d have to be dead inside for it to not even raise at list a bit of a smile.

Cat Quest

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Available on PS4, Switch and PC
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If you’re a fan of cats and of RPGS, then Cat Quest is the game for you. From The Gentlebros, it’s an adorable adventure that’ll throw more cat puns at you than you can shake a stick at, and it’ll have you chuckling from start to finish. It’s not the most in-depth RPG you’ll ever play, but that doesn’t matter; it’s beautifully presented in a cartoonish 2D art style and has a simple but addictive gameplay loop.

With a variety of enemies to battle, dungeons to explore and villages to discover, Cat Quest is nothing but a joy to play. It’ll only take around six hours to complete, but you’ll struggle to put it down in that time.