11 Indie Games of 2016 You Need to Play

From video games' answer to 'Stranger Things' to adventures in farming and a rethink of first person shooters, 2016 was an excellent year for indies

Among Thorns
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'Among Thorns' Matt Frith6/11

Among Thorns

Itch.io has become the best place on the internet for indie games that don’t quite hold the water to be listed on Steam. If you go to the marketplace, you'll find thousands of games, most of them free, uploaded by creators around the world. One of the best is Matt Frith's Among Thorns, a cyberpunk adventure game that will run you exactly 50 cents (although you can choose to pay more for it.) It’s a powerful mystery with a beautiful, melancholy soundtrack and a surprisingly well-realized world. If more people plunk down the half-dollar, we could see sequels. With the barriers of access on Steam Greenlight, it's nice to know that more inclusive platforms like Itch.io committed to lifting up everything.

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