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Indie of the Year

Back for an 8th time, welcome to the 2017 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 plenty of hard work pay off for RimWorld who won the players choice after exploding in popularity here and on Steam. It wasn't alone with SUPERHOT smashing its way into second place and Stardew Valley taking out third. If you want to see the full players choice and editor's choice from 2016, look no further.

A lot has changed since 2016 with Steam closing down greenlight and opening the floodgates for more indie games than ever before. With no outlet to vote on greenlight anymore, we expect you to smash the vote button for your favorite indies here (and if your favorite game isn't listed encourage the team to add it). There have been some huge releases this year, so show your support, make hard working game developers feel our love and soon we will announce the 2017 Indie of the Year. Good luck everyone!

Crytivo Games
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As an indie game studio, Crytivo understands the unique challenges faced by indie game developers every single day. We are honored to stand amongst fellow game developers as we celebrate another fantastic year of gaming - and we have even more exciting announcements coming. Sign up at www.crytivo.com to be among the first to hear our announcement and net yourself an exclusive reward.
RSS Editors Choice - Indie of the Year 2017

Welcome to the Editor's Choice awards for the 2017 Indie of the Year Awards, where we show recognition to the indie games from the past year that we've found to be personally deserving of attention.

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Welcome to the Editor's Choice awards for the 2017 Indie of the Year Awards, where we show recognition to the indie games from the past year that we've found to be personally deserving of attention.

Best Singleplayer

A Hat in Time

From: MekuCube

A Hat in Time is a 3D, Collect-a-Thon, Platformer being developed by Gears for Breakfast, an up and coming indie team consisting of various members from across the globe! Inspired by classic games like Mario Sunshine and Psychonauts, we hope to bring back the magic of a lost genre that was adored by gamers!

Travel through a beautiful, fictional rendition of the 16th century of Feudal Japan. Choose between four types of warriors as you learn to master intuitive, directionally-driven swordplay while also choosing unique abilities to ensure victory over your foes.

Best Visuals


From: StudioMDHR

Cuphead is a classic run and gun action game heavily focused on boss battles. Inspired by cartoons of the 1930s, the visuals and audio are painstakingly created with the same techniques of the era, i.e. traditional hand drawn cel animation, watercolor backgrounds, and original jazz recordings.

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.

Experience intense close-quarters battles in iconic WWII settings. Day of Infamy is a teamwork-oriented shooter which aims to be a continuation and evolution of the original Day of Defeat mod released in 2001 - brought to you by the creators of Insurgency.

What would you do if your fears were hacked? >observer_ is a cyberpunk horror game from Bloober Team, the creators of Layers of Fear. Discover a dark cyberpunk world beset by plagues, war and squalor. Play as the new front line of neural police as you hack into the jagged minds of the insane.

Feel like the star of a martial arts film in Overgrowth, as you jump, kick, throw, and slash your way to victory. Free the rabbits from their evil overlords in the main story, then play through the prequel story, and finally, try out nine years of mods developed by the community, or create your own!

Night in the Woods is an adventure game focused on exploration, story, and character, featuring dozens of characters to meet and lots to do across a lush, vibrant world.

Most Anticipated


From: Twirlbound

Pine is an action adventure simulation game. Set on the island of Albamare, where Humans never reached the top of the food chain, an intricate ecology reacts, evolves and adapts to you specifically. It's up to Hue to find a new home for a near-extinct leftover tribe.

Best in Show

Special award presented by Crytivo Games.

Empires of the Undergrowth

By: SlugDisco

Your queen has set up home beneath a rotting log. She is fat, and vulnerable. Her first brood will need to move quickly if the colony is to survive. Their priority now is to find food, and there is plenty around; but there are other hungry creatures in the undergrowth. The workers will need to be vigilant.

ioty editors choice

Alex626 - - 642 comments

Congratulations everyone!

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Bigzur - - 3 comments

Great games! Cuphead inspires me.

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NuclearPhoenixx - - 94 comments

Congratulations, guys! Really nice work!

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SilverSpook - - 331 comments

Congrats everyone! And thanks everyone who voted for Neofeud. :)

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SlugDisco - - 153 comments

Well done everyone! There are a few games on this list I need to quickly put on my Christmas list!

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RoKabiumGames - - 7 comments

Congrats all!

Will add these to my list of games that I need to play.

And will be watching out for Pine also!

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Dimaleth-ACETeam - - 16 comments

Congratulations everyone!

Thank you for choosing the Rock, we're honored. :)

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TKAzA - - 3,154 comments

Amazing list of games, Congratulations to all!

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Disqualified - - 31 comments

Congrats to the winners! Much deserved for sure!

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MattCan36 - - 72 comments

Thank you guys! We're only five bucks right now on steam! HANAKO that is.

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Dune_Jumper - - 1,586 comments

A lot of good games this year. Glad to see Day of Infamy on here.

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Guest - - 698,756 comments

cuphead IP is majority owned and funded by Microsoft. Not sure what its doing here or why they pretend to be indie.

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Snuffeldjuret - - 98 comments

Congrats Day of Infamy :)

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Jetcutter - - 758 comments

Congrats to all!

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yawayawa - - 33 comments


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