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

'Stardew Valley' ConcernedApe

Stardew Valley

If there's one thing we can all say for sure about 2016, it's that pretty much everyone clearly underestimated the world's nostalgia for Natsume's 1996 Super Nintendo classic Harvest Moon. Stardew Valley is a gracious tribute to everyone’s favorite 16-bit farming simulation. There are no twists, no moral ambiguity, no sardonic middle chapters. You build a sunny farm, sell your wares to a small cadre of cheery villagers, and maybe get hitched along the way. Its unhurried pace is a palliative in uncertain times – sometimes life is easier when the only thing you have to worry about is setting the crab pots out every morning.

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