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Indie of the Year

Back for an 11th time, welcome to the 2020 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 saw a retro-remake Ion Fury take the throne for the players choice Indie of the Year, followed by the destructible masterpiece Noita and rounded out by the survival horror game Daymare: 1998 which came in 3rd. If you want to see the full players choice and editor's choice from 2019, look no further.

The time is now to start hitting the vote button for your favorite indies, so they may make it into coveted Top 100. Help hard working game developers feel the love and soon we will announce the 2020 Indie of the Year. Good luck everyone!

RSS Editors Choice - Indie of the Year 2020

Welcome to the Editor's Choice awards for the 2020 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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Indie of the Year Awards
Editors Choice

Welcome to the Editor's Choice awards for the 2020 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.

Best Singleplayer


From: Supergiant Games

Hades is a god-like rogue-like dungeon crawler that combines the best aspects of Supergiant's critically acclaimed titles, including the fast-paced action of Bastion, the rich atmosphere and depth of Transistor, and the character-driven storytelling of Pyre.

Holdfast: Nations At War is an online multiplayer first and third person shooter focusing on a combination of teamwork and individual skill. Take part in historic clashes on land and at sea waged by the most powerful nations during the great Napoleonic Era.

Most Creative

The Pedestrian is a 2.5D puzzle platformer that takes “puzzle platforming” literally. You play as The Pedestrian (aka the male bathroom symbol) who works at the restroom sign along with his beloved (the female symbol). When she disappears, you must escape your day job and embark on a perilous journey where you piece the “sign world” back together to make it through.

Best Art-Direction

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.

Community Award

Play with 4-10 player online or via local WiFi as you attempt to prepare your spaceship for departure, but beware as one or more random players among the Crew are Impostors bent on killing everyone!

Best VR Game

Into the Radius

From: CM Games

Into the Radius is a single-player survival shooter, developed exclusively for premium Virtual Reality headsets. Stalk through the surreal post-apocalyptic Pechorsk Radius Zone where physics-based interaction, realistic weapon handling, and moody atmosphere will get your adrenaline pumping as you struggle to survive in an unforgiving dystopian environment.

Best Co-op (Online or Local)


From: Digital Cybercherries

HyperCharge: Unboxed is a 4 player local and online cooperative First-Person Shooter in which you play as a team of Action Figures, building defenses to protect the Hypercore against waves of AI toys. Or fight against other players in PvP!

Best Gameplay

The year is 2089 and a giant disc has appeared in orbit of Jupiter. Explore the expansive orbiting disc ship, moving room to room surviving and completing increasingly complex goals set forth. Use unlocked abilities to outmaneuver dozens of different disc types while solving mysterious puzzles.

And remember: what kills you only makes you stronger.

Best Narrative

Coffee Talk

From: Toge Productions

Coffee Talk is a coffee brewing and heart-to-heart talking simulator about listening to fantasy-inspired modern peoples’ problems, and helping them by serving up a warm drink or two. It is a game that depicts lives as humanly as possible, while having a cast that is more than just humans.

Most Anticipated


From: EggNut

Backbone is a noir roleplaying detective adventure. Step into the shoes of anthropomorphic raccoon and private eye, Howard Lotor, and explore the beautifully rendered 2.5D pixel art environments of dystopian Vancouver.

Sponsored by Core Games

The 2020 awards are proudly supported by Manticore Games, creators of Core. Core is an endless universe of games to play and worlds to explore designed by a global community of creators. It's a radically accessible game construction kit and game-playing platform, all in one. Whether you're interested in playing unexpected takes on shooters, RPGs, and party games, exploring massive and spectacular words with friends, or unleashing your own insane game designs on the world, Core is your portal to the multiverse. Learn more about Core, and download it here.

Which games would you have picked? Let us know in the comments and get ready for the next announcement in a few days, the most anticipated Indies and then the big one soon after that, the Top 10 Indies of 2020.


Congratulations to all! And wow, we are so honoured that Hypercharge was picked! 😁

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Congratulations to everyone!

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Congratulations, fellow devs! It's great that two of the games picked by the editors are coffee-flavoured. ☕

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Congratulations to all the games got chosen by editors and the community!

And here is a BIG THANK YOU to IndieDB for providing a free platform to support indie games!

Have an awesome 2021 everyone! =)

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Our pleasure - thanks for sharing and allowing us to showcase and explore so many diverse and wonderful indie games

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Congratulations, everyone! Thank you for the award. :)

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