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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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Welcome all to the Best Upcoming Indies of 2016 as picked by you!

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Indie of the Year


Welcome all to the Best Upcoming Indies of 2016 as picked by you! Read on to see what 90,000 voters narrowed down to the 5 indies they anticipate the most. Also if you are interested in mods, apps or VR, we have a best upcoming for them for you to read also.

Honorable Mentions

Firstly some deserving honorable mentions, that either just missed out or have placed previously. We all still eagerly await their release.

2016 Countdown

5th | Rock of Ages 2: Bigger & Boulder

ACE Team | Atlus | Coming 2017

The greatest “giant rocks rolling through historical/artistic ages” tower defense game is back with Rock of Ages II: Bigger and Boulder. Just like the title says, Bigger and Boulder cranks up the surrealism and gameplay with to be, well… BIGGER AND BOULDER. With an emphasis on the chaotic new 2-vs-2 multiplayer, new time periods, and improved graphics, physics, and destructibility powered by Unreal Engine 4, players will need to be ready for some intense rocking and rolling.

4th |Exoplanet: First Contact

Alersteam | Early Access Dec 9, 2016

Welcome to the harsh and unforgiving world of a space western! Explore a wild and dangerous planet, become a mercenary for a soulless corporation or ally yourself with oppressed free colonists. Join the new Gold Rush and fight for your life.

A sci-fi sandbox game of creation and survival on procedurally generated planets. You've crash-landed on an unforgiving world with nothing but a few tools and your imagination.

2nd |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!
The first game mode planned is a "survival racing experience." Inspired by the likes of Happy Wheels, Turbo Dismount, Trials, Mario Kart, BeamNG, and even Super Meat Boy.

1st | Mordhau

Team Mordhau | TBD

Mordhau is a multiplayer first person slasher. Design your own weapons and armor, then battle it out with other players in various modes. It features a deep and fluid combat system that allows those that master it to turn into an unstoppable force on the battlefield.

Featuring deep combat and expansive customization, multiple combat roles and modes.

Well done to all winners and contestants, that wraps up the Top Upcoming, the Indie of the Year will be announced on the 28th of December.


Thank you for the honorable mention and congratulations to all of the winners! :)

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Wow! Thank you so much everyone who voted! This is a huge honor and I will continue to do my best to make Guts and Glory as epic as I possibly can :D

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Some of these are BS xD Bannerlord should have been in the top 3.

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Mordhau wen tho

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That's some crap. Bannerlord and War of Rights should have beat all of those

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We came in as a second last year I think - that might be why we're not placed this year. :)

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Yes. The game takes a honorable mention if it couldn't score higher than its previous position.

War of Rights was 2nd last year.
Bannerlord was 3rd in 2013.

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A big thanks from ACE Team to everyone who supported Rock of Ages 2! We're honored to make the list. Congrats to all the other winners.

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End your enemies rightly!

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Congratulations everyone :D
May God&Jesus; bless your projects in 2017 :)

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Great projects all together

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