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

Oxenfree Night School Studio


If there was a Stranger Things of the games world in 2016, this was it. A nostalgic, creepy adventure that's ultimately about friendships, Oxenfree blew a lot of blockbuster games out of the water when it came to story and execution. As heroine Alex – troubled, relatable, awesome blue hair – you explore a strange island, talking dramas and dangers through with a bunch of friends and quietly grieving your brother. There are puzzles that make clever use of time travel and radio frequencies but the tougher decisions come in the conversations you have with your fellow adventurers. Why is Clarissa such a bitch? Should I have been nicer to my stepbrother? It's a game that manages to make possession relatable, for crying out loud. The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman is a big fan too, he's currently adapting it into a movie.