Welcome to the Editor's Choice awards for the 2019 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. Ranging from best singleplayer, to best multiplayer and several other specific categories, these games have gone above and beyond to create a unique and engaging experience for players this year.
From: Mobius Digital
An exploration game about curiosity, roasting marshmallows, and unraveling the mysteries of the cosmos. Explore an alien world of campfire tunes and celestial wonders as it evolves over time. Investigate tales of quantum phenomena and launch probes into the depths of space. The answers are there for those who seek them. Fasten your hiking boots, check your oxygen levels, and venture into the unknown.
From: Blackmill Games
Experience authentic First World War action with 64 player battles of maneuver on the Eastern Front. Warfare between the Russian Empire and the Central Powers is a tense battle for dominance – stay close to your squad to survive!
Best Free To Play
Legend of Keeper: Career of a Dungeon Master
From: Goblinz Studio
In this original mix of a Dungeon Defender and a Rogue-lite designed by Goblinz Studio (author of Dungeon Rushers), you will manage your career as a Dungeon Master! Join the Dungeons Company and try to climb the ladder, try to stop heroes and protect the treasures of the company, hire monsters, manage your employees and your stock of traps and deal with employees strikes and other fun events.
It's a lovely morning in the village and you are a horrible goose.
Untitled Goose Game is a slapstick-stealth-sandbox, where you are a goose let loose on an unsuspecting village. Make your way around town, from peoples' back gardens to the high street shops to the village green, setting up pranks, stealing hats, honking a lot, and generally ruining everyone’s day.
From: Blue Manchu
Forget everything you know about first-person shooters: Void Bastards asks you to take charge, not just point your gun and fire. Your task is to lead the rag-tag Void Bastards out of the Sargasso Nebula. You make the decisions: where to go, what to do and who to fight. And then you must carry out that strategy in the face of strange and terrible enemies.
From: Butterscotch Shenanigans
Levelhead is a level building platformer with a challenging campaign for 1-4 players. Run, jump, and power-up through tons of levels in the handcrafted campaign, then build and publish levels for the world to play!
We Were Here Together
From: Total Mayhem Games
We Were Here Together is a standalone online cooperative adventure, the third entry in the We Were Here series. It continues the communication-centered adventure in which you and a partner must solve puzzles on an urgent mission to save the expedition... and yourself! This time, expect even more puzzles and discover the story behind the Antarctic expedition.
From: Juicy Cupcake
May your butt reign supreme in Brief Battles! Use your underpants to fight your friends in this fast-paced, underwear-fueled party game. Gather up to three friends, cheek-to-cheek on your couch to dominate in classic or ridiculous underpants-themed game modes. Train up and test your skills in solo challenges or battle cute beasties with a friend to take back the arenas from hordes of foes!
Katana ZERO is a stylish neo-noir, action-platformer featuring breakneck action and instant-death combat. Slash, dash, and manipulate time to unravel your past in a beautifully brutal acrobatic display.
A groundbreaking blend of hard-boiled cop show and isometric RPG. Solve a massive, open ended case in a unique urban fantasy setting. Chase down leads, interrogate suspects, or just get lost exploring the gorgeously rendered city of Revachol. What kind of cop you are — is up to you.
From: Route 59
This is a story about death and coffee. Inspired equally by film and anime, Necrobarista is a unique take on the visual novel medium. Follow a dynamic and diverse cast of characters as they navigate Melbourne's hipstery coffee culture, the questionable ethics of necromancy, and the process of letting go.
Special award presented by mod.io, for a game we love with mod support coming.
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Good job everyone!
Congratulations to all the fine indie games! GameRealmMadness wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year :)