Indie

The 15 Best Games You Probably Missed in 2019

From flight sim to train sim, these are the best games that probably slipped past your radar this year.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps Gets Delayed by One Month

You'll have to wait a teensy bit longer this spring to play the new Ori.

The Absurdly Difficult La-Mulana Games are Finally Coming to Current-Gen Console in Early 2020

Hope you're ready to get lost in some ruins, and then smushed.

The CEO of Japanese Indie Publisher Dangen Entertainment Resigns As Allegations of Harassment Mount [Update]

Ben Judd is stepping back from the publisher he helped found, as well as his "other industry endeavors."

For Axiom Verge's Creator, the Switch Was a "Natural Platform" For the Sequel

Thomas Happ answers our most pressing questions about today's announcement.

After Four Years of Development, Here's the First Glimpse of Axiom Verge 2

Tom Happ's been working on a follow-up to his Metroidvania for 4 years.

Nintendo's Streaming One More Indie Showcase Before the Year's End: Watch It Here

The Switch gets one last shot of indie news for 2019.

The Choose Your Own Adventure Publisher is Going After Indie Developers Who Use Its Trademark Phrase

Takedown notices going out to small-scale devs on Itch.io.

Starting Screen | Tyrants, Dollhouses, and Rude Geese: Looking Back on 2019's Great Gaming Moments

There were some great moments in video games this year. Let's look back on some of our favorites.

Shovel Knight: King of Cards Review: This Crown Belongs to Another

King of Cards is the most ambitious Shovel Knight game to date, but it's not quite the best.

Shovel Knight Showdown Review: A Sneaky Contender for 2019's Best Party Game

An excellent arena battler that transcends Shovel Knight's boundaries in unexpected ways.

The Making of Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment, Part 5: Fin

Yacht Club Games concludes their deep dive into Specter of Torment's design!

In Japan, a Dispute Filled With Accusations of Sexual Harassment and Bad Business Practices Boils Over

Allegations against Dangen Entertainment and its CEO are coming to light after a falling out between the company and some of its dev partners.

Wargroove Developers Respond to Criticisms of Whitewashed Voice Cast

"We want to be honest about what happened."

The Making of Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment, Part 4: The Subtle Art of Backgrounds

In the penultimate entry, Yacht Club Games talks about the small but important details that can make the difference in a level.

The Making of Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment, Part 3: Our Favorite Secrets and More

Yacht Club shares their favorite secret areas; the art of positioning health pickups, and more.

The Making of Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment, Part 2: Froggy Foreshadowing

Yacht Club Games explains the art of spacing, enemy placement, and more as it delves still further into the making of Specter of Torment.

The Making of Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment, Part 1: The Plan

In the first part of this Shovel Knight deep dive, Yacht Club Games explains the planning process behind Specter of Torment.

How Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove Went From Minor DLC to a Collection Built to Last

Yacht Club Games recounts the evolution of Shovel Knight's ambitious collection.

Here's 7 Great Video Game Family Reunions Just in Time for Thanksgiving

From Dragon Quest 5 to Death Stranding, chew over these family-centered games while you eat turkey this year.

How Guildlings Went From a Satellite-Level Management Sim to Social RPG

"We had no idea we were making a JRPG until we were almost at full JRPG."

Indie Devs: Apple Arcade is Healing a Wound in Mobile Gaming

The developers of Guildlings and Threes say the model is fixing the player-dev relationship.

Fans Are Comparing Wattam With Death Stranding, and Now Keita Takahashi Is Weighing in

Is Wattam a strand game? Maybe Takahashi or Kojima will tell us one day.

Katamari Dev’s Wattam Finally Has a Release Date

It'll debut on PS4 and PC a little over five years after it was announced.

The Making of Afterparty, the Indie From Hell

We talk with one of Night School's co-founders about life, drinking, and whether the devil has Wi-Fi.

Suda and Swery Host Strange Reveal Event for New Horror Game Collaboration

Welcome to the Hotel Barcelona.

Manifold Garden Launches This Friday After Seven Years of Development

The mind-warping puzzler is finally finished.

John Wick Hex Review: Excommunicado

An amazing action series yields a one-dimensional tactics game.

Time-Looping Mystery Outer Wilds is Coming to PlayStation 4 Next Week

Solve space mysteries and try not to wake the space fish.

The 25 Best Nintendo Switch Games

Our rotating list of the best games on Switch, now updated for the Nintendo Switch Lite release!

Following Bombshell Report, More Indies Share Horror Stories of Working With Nicalis

Sources allege that Nicalis routinely stonewalls its prospective and established business partners.

Overland Review: Where Not Even Knife-Wielding Dogs Can Save You

Overland is finally out, and it's more brutal than we imagined.

Apple Arcade Brings Game Pricing Concerns Back to the Forefront

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Will successful subscription services turn into their own walled gardens?

Apple Arcade Springs Soft Launch on Developers, Some Games May Not Be Final Versions

Some iOS 13 beta participants can play games that don't even have official release dates yet.

Haven is an RPG Where You Control Two Star-Crossed Lovers at the Same Time

It's a wonderfully fresh take on video game romance.

New Celeste DLC Includes an Affecting Revelation About Madeline That Casts Her Story in a New Light

Madeline's battle with depression and anxiety take on a new meaning in Farewell DLC.

Celeste's Final Free Chapter Is A Brutal, But Fond Farewell

Celeste gets a beefy new chapter for its last update that's just as intense in difficulty as The Core.

Game Devs Speak Out on Gaming's Discoverability Problem

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Developers and publishers dance around the question of how to get games noticed in an increasingly crowded marketplace.

River City Girls Review

There's substance in this stylish new game in the River City Ransom universe.

Wilmot's Warehouse Is the Chill Organization Game That Shouldn't Slip You By This Busy Season

Wilmot's Warehouse is the medicine you need right now.

Sayonara Wild Hearts Scratches My Ever-Present Rhythm Heaven Itch

At PAX West 2019, we played Simogo's latest colorful adventure.

In the Pokemon-Style Combat of Bravery Network Online, Words Hurt Just as Much as a Claymore

The Gloam Collective is changing up turn-based team combat.

Untitled Goose Game Will Sound Its Release Honk This September

Less than a month 'til goose-ageddon.

Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey Review

Ancestors has flashes of brilliance amidst lots and lots of tedium.

Telling Lies Review

The spiritual successor to Her Story is a shady investigation into the lives of four liars.

"Stop Asking 'Is It Political?' and Start Asking Instead About the Actual Politics of Each Game"

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Also, the things studios of all sizes do to survive, and what happens when that's not enough.

Eliza Review

Zachtronics, the developers of puzzle games such as Opus Magnum and Infinifactory, have a new... visual novel?

Zachtronics' New Visual Novel Eliza Reckons With an Industry and Generation in Burnout Crisis

We talk to developer Matthew Seiji Burns about his prescient upcoming visual novel, a surprising departure for a studio known for puzzle games.

Epic Responds To "Disturbing Trend" of Misinformation and Harassment of Epic-Exclusive Developers

The publisher is supporting its partners in the wake of a harassment campaign.

Ooblets Devs Flooded With Hateful Messages Following Epic Deal

The anti-Epic vitriol train went to Ooblets this time.

Blacksad: Under the Skin Stars a Feline as a Detective, But It's No Kid-Friendly Zootopia

Blacksad: Under the Skin is like volume 2.5 in terms of when it takes place in the comic book series.

The Wii U And 3DS Both Have The Same Number Of Upcoming Games... One

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Nintendo sticks to its traditions of focusing on families and pretending its older hardware is still viable.

There's a New Turok Game, and It's... Absolutely Adorable

He's a dinos-aww hunter.

"G2A Do Not Care About the People Who Make Games"

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | It's all about indies this week as small developers have it out with G2A, discuss marketing strategies, fumble through PR gaffs, and move to the Epic Games Store.

Sea of Solitude Review

I'll send an SOS to the world.

Valve Clarifies the Rules of the Summer Sale Grand Prix as Indie Devs Face Mass Wishlist Deletions

Indie devs say Steam's new summer sale contest is hurting their games.

Outer Wilds Steam: Is Outer Wilds Releasing on Steam?

The Outer Wilds is slowly becoming the sleeper hit of 2019, but is it on its way to Steam? Let’s find out.

The E3 2019 Awards: The Best Games We Saw at This Year's Show

Here are all the best games we saw at E3 2019, including our Game of the Show!

After Six Years In Development, The Indie Timeloop Thriller 12 Minutes Is Finally Nearing Completion

A long time ago, I played a demo of 12 Minutes. At E3 2019, it surprisingly reemerged with a new publisher, Annapurna, backing it.

Xbox E3 2019 Press Conference Recap: The Next-Generation Xbox is Revealed (Sort Of), But Keanu Reeves Steals the Show

Cyberpunk 2077 and Gears 5 get release dates, Project Scarlett gets details, and Keanu Reeves drops in instead of Shigeru Miyamoto.

Slay the Spire Review

One of the best indie games on PC makes its way to Switch. Our full review.

Alt-Frequencies Review

'Unlock our frequency, find the truth.'

Vambrace: Cold Soul Review

The ice has melted, but what's underneath is still dead.

Emotive Adventure Game Sea of Solitude Is Coming Out In July

Get lost in your feelings in a flooded city this summer.

The 25 Best Steam Games: Now Updated for 2019

A rotating list of the best games on Steam may seem impossible on the surface, but against all odds, we've done it!

Observation Review

An eerie space station adventure that's derailed by some questionable design decisions.

Necrobarista is an Introspective Game About a Supernatural Coffee Shop Coming to PC This August

Spend your last day in a quaint coffee shop at the edge of mortality.

Outer Wilds Will Launch As Timed Epic Exclusive, And Backers Don't Seem Happy

The Fig-funded space exploration sim won't be coming to Steam right away.

The 25 Best PS4 Games: Now Updated for 2019

Our rotating list of the best PS4 games, now updated again for May 2019!

The 25 Best Xbox One Games

Our always rotating list of the best games on Microsoft's console, and its premium partner the Xbox One X.

Dig Dog Is A Cute Roguelike About Digging For Bones. It Was Also Developed Without Hands

How Rusty Moyher developed an entire game without using his hands.

Earthworm Jim Surprise Sequel Announced For Intellivision Console You've Never Heard Of

The original Earthworm Jim team is back for a new project.

Wargroove Essential Tips - Beginner's Guide, How to Skip Battle Animations

This is our Wargroove beginner's guide, including all the essential Wargroove tips you need, as well as how to skip battle animations.

Developer "Deeply Regret" Easter Egg That Resulted in Their Switch Game Getting Pulled

An easter egg meant to encourage creativity has backfired.

Igarashi Explains Bloodstained Switch Demo's Poor Performance at PAX

We also get confirmation Bloodstained Switch will launch with a 30 FPS frame rate.

Dreams Wants to Make Game Developers of Us All, And I'm Convinced It's Working

Dreams has scope unlike any other creation-focused game before it.

Respawn Co-Founder Now Working for Epic Games

Jason West is working on unknown projects within Epic.

How Sokpop Collective Found a Way to Make Small Games for a Living With Patreon

Meeting the "Game Dev Boy Band" who have rewritten the rules of sustainable indie game development.

Why the Epic Games Store Gets a Lot of Hate and Whether It's Deserved

People are really angry about Epic Games' foray into digital storefronts.

The Devs Heard You: You Can Now Pet the Dog In Enter the Gungeon

Enter the Gungeon is finally feature complete with its final update.

The 10 Best Indie Games of PAX East 2019

Indies are where the ideas are, so here are some of the best and most unique titles of PAX East 2019.

In No Man's Sky VR, No One Can Hear You Puke From Spinning Your Ship Out on Accident

We get hands-on time with No Man's Sky's upcoming VR update.

"Apple Arcade Games Will Be Great for Families, Respect User Privacy and Will Not Have Ads or Require Any Additional Purchases"

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | EA lays off 350, Sony CEO Kaz Hirai fully retires, and a number of developers reflect on various GDC announcements and events.

Her Story Creator's New Game, Telling Lies, Has a Teaser Trailer

Find the first details for Sam Barlow's Telling Lies here.

What We Like and Don't Like About Apple Arcade

Our thoughts on Apple's new gaming subscription service.

Overland Feels Right at Home on Switch, and Nine Other Indie Games We Loved at GDC 2019

Another GDC, another year of great indies.

Xbox Will Begin Showcasing Indie Games on Nindies-Style ID@Xbox Game Pass

Microsoft wants to show off its indie catalog.

Spring 2019 Nindies Showcase is Full of Surprises and Cool Games

A showcase bookended with two unique reveals. See all the trailers here.

Watch the Nintendo Spring 2019 Nindies Showcase Right Here [Done!]

There are more indies coming to the Switch!

Nintendo Will Be Showing More Nintendo Switch Indies Via Stream on Wednesday

The new home for indies gets a bit bigger this week.

"BadLand has Literally Stolen Money From a Disabled Toddler"

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Investors ponder an exclusive Grand Theft Auto, BadLand Publishing is accused of stealing from a disabled toddler, and EA has an up-and-down week with influencers.

Stardew Valley Celebrates Anniversary With Release Date on Android

All that's missing at this point is a version for your microwave.

Former Uncharted Director Amy Hennig Talks About Life After Star Wars, Decries Gaming Elitism

During an on-stage talk with Tim Schafer at DICE Summit 2019, Amy Hennig divulged what's been interesting her as of late.

Nintendo's Indie Showcase Reveals Multiple 2019 Games, and Goat Simulator is Out Now

The Switch looks like it will continue being a great place for indie games in 2019.

SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech is Coming First to Nintendo Switch in 2019

A deckbuilding, monster slaying, fantasy RPG.

A Nintendo Indie Games Video Showcase is Coming Tomorrow

It's not a Direct, but there's sure to be some cool Switch games.

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