The 2020 year reflects the huge role of the gaming platforms. Even endorsed by wired.com. 2020 will show the horror, trauma, and turbulence in real life. In the period of social distancing, the gaming industry plays a major role in overcoming the horror in life. In all this, Indie developers are certainly worthy of applause. They are truly amazing in giving the exceptional peaks of innovation and exploration in the gaming industry. Back in 2020, when we were in the worst phase of life, they drenched us in laughter, emotional intimacy, action, and adventure in minor grooves. Here are listed the best 2020 indie games.
1. Formula Retro Racing
Retro racing game, formula retro racing, is inspired by classic racing video games from the early time of the ’90s. It was designed and published by Repixel8 and launched on May 14, 2020, for the consoles Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows.
Hades is an action, shooting, and fighting video game created and published by Supergiant Games. It was launched on September 17, 2020, for Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch and macOS, and PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S on August 13, 2021. It also won the Game Award for Best Action Game 2020.
3. Final Fantasy VII Remake
Final Fantasy VII Remake is a 2020 action role-playing video game developed and published by Square Enix. It was first launched on April 10, 2020, for PlayStation 4, June 10, 2021, for PlayStation 5, and for Microsoft Windows on December 16, 2021. It is one of the best 2020 Indie games, which won the best indie game and action games award.
4. Summer’s End – Hong Kong 1986
Oracle and Bone developed and released the video game Summer’s End – Hong Kong 1986. It is an indie, adventure, and casual game, published on Microsoft Windows, Linux, and Macintosh operating systems on April 23, 2020.
Created and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a simulation game and adventure video game. The game was released on March 20, 2020, and got the British Academy Games Award for Multiplayer.
Ghost of Tsushima is an action-adventure, fighting, and shooter video game developed by Sucker Punch Productions and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. It was released on July 17, 2020. The Game Award awarded the 2020 Indie game for Best Art Direction 2020.
7. Doom Eternal
Developed by id Software and Bethesda Softworks, Doom Eternal is a single-player shooter video game. For PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, it was released on March 20, 2020. It also was listed for the best 2020 Indie games.
8. Wide Ocean Big Jacket
Wide ocean big jacket is an Indie action-adventure video game released on January 22, 2020. Designed by Turnfellow and developed by Tender Claws, it launched Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows, and Linux.
9. Signs of the Sojourner
Sign of the Sojourner is a casual role-playing video game developed and published by LLC, Echo Night Games. It was released on May 14, 2020, for Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, Xbox. This game consists of playing cards and reflects the relationships and connections between people.
10. Risk of Rain 2
Risk of Rain 2 is a third-person roguelike shooter video game by Hopoo Games and Gearbox Publishing. It was released on August 11, 2020, for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and Stadia on September 29, 2020. As one of the best 2020 indie games, it received many positive reviews.
11. Across the Grooves
Across the Grooves is a single-player indie adventure game by Nova-box. It was released for Microsoft Windows and Nintendo Switch on June 17, 2020. Across the Grooves got many positive reviews from critics and was nominated for various awards.
12. If Found
If Found, a visual novel video game by Dreamfeel and Annapurna Interactive and designed by LIaura McGee. It was released on May 19, 2020, for Microsoft Windows, macOS, iOS, and on October 22, 2020, for Nintendo Switch.
Evergate is a puzzle platform indie-adventure shooter video game by PQube and Stone Lantern Games LLC. On August 18, 2020, it was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and S.
14. One step from Eden
A multiplayer action video game, one step from Eden, was created by Thomas Moon Kang and published by Humble Bundle. It was released for the consoles, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows, Linux, macOS on March 26, 2020.
Developed and published by Glumberland, Ooblets is an adventure, life simulation, role-playing video game. It was launched on July 15, 2020, for Windows and Xbox One.
An indie action and adventure game, Spiritfarer is a single and multiplayer game. It was released on August 18, 2020. It was developed and published by Canadian studio Thunder Lotus Games and released for Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One. It was one of the best 2020 indie games nominated by Hugo Award for Best Video Game, The Game Awards – Games for Impact Award.
17. The Pathless
The Pathless is an action-adventure video game released by Giant Squid and published by Annapurna Interactive. The game was released on November 12, 2020, for Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, macOS, and iOS.
Phasmophobia is a virtual-reality indie-action puzzle horror video game by Kinertic Games. It was released on September 18, 2020, for PC and won the best 2020 indie games award.
19. Spelunky 2
Spelunky 2 is a multiplayer video platform video game by Mossmouth and BlitWorks. It was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch on September 15, 2020. A lot of positive responses were acclaimed by the critics.
20. Umurangi Generation
Umurangi Generation is a first-person single-player indie adventure-simulation video game by Origame Digital and Playism. In English, it was published by Ative Gaming Media Inc. It was released on May 19, 2020, for Microsoft Windows and Nintendo Switch.