The video game industry makes billions of dollars, and the companies have hundreds of employees. There are also small indie studios in this landscape that develop very good games with few resources.
In recent years, more and more indie games have begun to appear on the horizon due to cheap engines such as Unity or Unreal Engine. In the past, the development of a graphic engine was a titanic work that not all companies allowed themselves to do it. Now there are graphics engines for which you can buy a license and you can use them to create your own games.
Now, anyone can download and play with the Unity Graphics Engine for free. Developers have to pay a subscription once they reach a certain income threshold. Increased accessibility to such engines is also seen in the number of games each year. In 2017, Steam recorded almost 8,000 games, twice as many as in 2016.
Below are some of the most intriguing, experimental Indie games created with the help of the Unity graphics engine that have been launched in recent years:
1. Return of the Obra Dinn
The player must reveal the mystery surrounding Obra Dinn, a ghost ship on which all 60 crew members have died. You come into the role of a sort of security agent and you have to determine the identity and cause of death of each individual on that boat. You do this with the help of a clock that allows you to see the moment of the death of a character.
Cuphead is another game with a unique graphic style. It reminds you of the visual style of cartoons in the 1930s. The game tells the story of Cuphead and Mugman, two brothers who have lost their soul in a craps match. Players have to pay their debts through an adventure hard to forget.
You can buy the game on Steam for 20 euros.
Firewatch is a game close to my soul because it presents us with an emotional story in a way that we can get together: through a conversation. Henry becomes a kind of treasurer and his job is to make sure everything is fine in the area he’s keeping. Through talks with Delilah, you know little by little who Henry is and see how the relationship between them is getting stronger.
You can find the game on Steam for 20 euros.
In Oxenfree you have the impression that you are walking through a digital picture that tells a story. Oxenfree tells the story of a teenage girl and her brother going to a party on a mysterious island. There are supernatural events and the two of them remain on the island. Besides a special design, the game also boasts a moral system of complex character choices. You can find Oxenfree on Steam for 20 euros.
5. Her Story
Her Story is an atypical video game because it combines video game elements with live-action videos. This is a game that runs like a police series, and your role is to solve the mystery of the disappearance of Hannash Smith’s husband. If you’ve ever dreamed of being a detective or a police officer then you should throw an eye on the game that you can buy on Steam with 6 euros.
6. Monument Valley 1 and 2
This is a puzzle game that goes through many optical illusions and challenges you to manipulate the environment to solve the puzzle. It was originally published on iOS and then appeared on Android. In 2017 there was a sequel that is available on iOS and Android. The first game is 4 euros for Android, and Monument Valley 2 is 5.5 euros.