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Indie of the Year

Welcome to the 7th Annual Indie of the Year Awards, a celebration of the years finest indie games chosen by you and us. For the next 4 weeks it is up to you to vote for your favorite indie games so that they may make the top 100 which will be announced on the 11th of December.

Last year we saw galaxy-traversing sandbox Space Engineers take out first place, followed with the tactical shooter Squad as runner up with the 90's nostalgia inducing Black Mesa finishing third on the podium. Read our players choice or editor's choice for the full results and start voting to help award the prestigious title of the 2016 Indie of the Year. Good luck everyone!

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RSS Editors Choice - Indie of the Year 2016

Welcome to the 2016 Award Presentation, while the old computer crunches the votes, we highlight our favourites from the year.

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Welcome to the 2016 Award Presentation, whilst the old computer crunches through your votes, we highlight our favourites (also Mods & Apps) from the year.

Interaction Award


D-Pad Studio | Released Nov 1, 2016

Owlboy is a 'high-bit' adventure game, where you can fly and explore a brand new world in the clouds! Pick up your friends, and bring them with you as you explore the open skies. Overcome obstacles and greater enemies, in one of the most detailed adventures of this era.

Creativity Award

Her Majesty's SPIFFING is a quaint graphic adventure game following the exploits of Captain Frank Lee English and his trusted regional accented colleague, Aled, as they travel through the cosmos in search of planets to claim for a new Galactic British Empire!

Community Award

Guts and Glory

hakjakgames | Released Jul 22, 2016

Guts and Glory is a game about ordinary people competing in extraordinary challenges of life and death!

Worldly Award


League of Geeks | Released Jan 22, 2015

Armello is a swashbuckling adventure that combines the strategic play of card and board games with RPG elements. As a hero from one of the clans of Armello, you'll quest, scheme, explore, vanquish monsters, and face off against other players, with one ultimate end goal in mind — storming the palace and becoming King or Queen of Armello. Armello is League of Geeks’ attempt to revolutionise digital board and card games, whilst providing players a rich world within which they can craft their own stories of epic adventure.

Visuality Award


Stellar Jockeys | Released Oct 16, 2015

Brigador is an isometric vehicular action game. Choose from many vehicles and weapons to suit your play style, and face off against the occupying factions. Discover tactics and unlock new options as you clear the city or die trying... Then do it all over again.

Innovation Award

Darkest Dungeon

Red Hook Studios | Early Access Feb 3, 2015

Darkest Dungeon is a challenging gothic roguelike turn-based RPG about the psychological stresses of adventuring. Recruit, train, and lead a team of flawed heroes through twisted forests, forgotten warrens, ruined crypts, and beyond. You'll battle not only unimaginable foes, but stress, famine, disease, and the ever-encroaching dark. Uncover strange mysteries, and pit the heroes against an array of fearsome monsters with an innovative strategic turn-based combat system.

Musicality Award


Tinimations | Released Sep 22, 2016

is an innovative take on traditional rhythm games that pushes the genre beyond pressing buttons to tempo into a world of fast-paced exploration, platforming and combat.

Best Upcoming


Team Mordhau | TBD

Mordhau is a multiplayer first person slasher, with deep character and equipment customization and a focus on fluid melee combat.

Best Early Access

Epistory - Typing Chronicles

Fishing Cactus | Released Mar 30, 2016

Epistory immerses you in an atmospheric action / adventure game where you play a girl riding a red giant fox who clears out an insectile corruption from a beautiful origami world. As you progress and explore the fantasy world, the story literally unfolds and the mysteries of the magic power of the words are revealed. Available on PC, Mac, Linux + Free Demo!

Best Multiplayer

Hyper Light Drifter

Heart Machine | Released Mar 31, 2016

Explore a beautiful, vast and ruined world riddled with unknown dangers and lost technologies. Inspired by nightmares and dreams alike.

Hyper Light Drifter is a 2D Action RPG in the vein of the best 8-bit and 16-bit classics, with modernized mechanics and designs on a much grander scale.

Best Singleplayer

Enter the Gungeon

Dodge Roll Games | Devolver Digital | Released Apr 5, 2016

Enter the Gungeon is a gunfight dungeon crawler following a band of misfits seeking to shoot, loot, dodge roll and table-flip their way to personal absolution by reaching the legendary Gungeon’s ultimate treasure: the gun that can kill the past.

Select a hero and battle your way to the bot­tom of the Gungeon by surviving a challenging and evolving series of floors filled with the dangerously adorable Gundead and fearsome Gungeon bosses armed to the teeth.

Gather precious loot, discover hidden secrets, and chat with opportunistic merchants and shopkeepers to purchase powerful items to gain an edge.

Best Overall

3rd Slime Rancher

Monomi Park | Released Dec 1, 2016

Slime Rancher is the tale of Beatrix LeBeau, a plucky, young rancher who sets out for a life a thousand light years away from Earth on the 'Far, Far Range' where she tries her hand at making a living wrangling slimes. With a can-do attitude, plenty of grit, and her trusty vacpack, Beatrix attempts to stake a claim, amass a fortune, and avoid the continual peril that looms from the rolling, jiggling avalanche of slimes around every corner.

2nd Factorio

slpwnd | Released Feb 25, 2016

Ever felt like building a factory? Factorio is a 2D creative game about mining resources, using robotic arms to move stuff, transporting things on transport belts, automating production with assembling machines, researching technologies, exploring your environment and defending from hostile creatures.

1st RimWorld

Tynan | Early Access 2013

A sci-fi colony sim driven by an intelligent AI storyteller. Inspired by Dwarf Fortress and Firefly.

RimWorld follows three survivors from a crashed space liner as they build a colony on a frontier world at the rim of known space. Inspired by the space western vibe of Firefly, the deep simulation of Dwarf Fortress, and the epic scale of Dune and Warhammer 40,000.

Manage colonists' moods, needs, individual wounds, and illnesses. Engage in small-team tactical gunplay. Fashion structures, weapons, and apparel from metal, wood, stone, cloth, or futuristic materials. Fight pirate raiders, hostile tribes, rampaging animals, giant tunnelling insects and ancient killing machines. Tame and train cute pets, productive farm animals, and deadly attack beasts. Watch colonists develop relationships with family members, lovers, and spouses. Discover a new generated world each time you play. Build colonies in the desert, jungle, tundra, and more. Manage quirky colonists with unique backstories, traits, and skills. Learn to play easily with the help of an intelligent and unobtrusive AI tutor.

Mechanoid fight

That wraps up our editor's choice, Be sure to have your game on site for consideration for the 2017 awards. The Players Choice Upcoming Announcement will be on December 27th. Happy holidays, see you then!

viedt-el - - 17 comments

Congrats everyone!

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diedir - - 2 comments

well done people
great devs and games
indie is expanding very brightly
congratulations to all

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INtense! - - 4,102 comments

Congrats all, aewsome lineup - looks like there are a few games I need to play over the break

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sirkidd2003 - - 11 comments

Do we know when the SlideDB Editor's Choice will be out?

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freerangegames - - 15 comments

Congratulations! All great picks.

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LunarCoreGames - - 9 comments

Congrats to the winners!

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colenator - - 1 comments

Rimworld is pretty amazing. Congrats to the winners!

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qreeves - - 10 comments

I notice IndieDB doesn't archive posts of projects the editors like. I don't think people would appreciate the favouritism shown to big projects if they actually knew how rigged this was.

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otisurdoden - - 8 comments

Gratz to all winners!

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hakjakgames - - 174 comments

Woo hoo! This is an awesome line-up! Congrats everyone :D

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BeyonderGod - - 3 comments

I like a few lol.

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HenryT77 - - 501 comments

Her Majesty's SPIFFING - I remember this title good from Kickstarter's time. I am happy it's done and good! FACTORIO - game in progress... from years ;) One day I'll try. Grats to all winners!

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VisualPath - - 10 comments

Congrats to all. Hopefully Gray Destiny will win the Adventure category in the upcoming Adventure game. *Fingers crossed*.

Good luck to everyone.

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