7 ingenious indie games to tide you through the AAA gaming drought

Valdis Story: Abyssal City (PC, US$14.99)

If you prefer your games with a lot more action and RPG stats progression, give Valdis Story: Abyssal City a shot.

It features an ancient fantasy city, filled with secret routes and rewards, and you get to pick between two characters with varying play styles and progression levels - a burly sword-wielder and a self-cloning, fast-moving monk.

Combat is the big draw, giving players access to light and heavy attacks, along with spellcasting and defensive manoeuvres like blocking and dodging.

You can also perform skill moves to get out of sticky situations and make the flow of combat go faster; the sort of thing you'll no-doubt have perfected in the likes of Devil May Cry, Bayonetta and Metal Gear Rising.

The story might not be the most original around, but the rewards are generous, the combat is solid and, well, it's just plain fun.

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Risk of Rain (PC, US$9.99)

This Sci-fi action offering serves up four-player co-op RPG action. That means plenty of fun times dying with your pals as you brave through high-piling obstacles and enemies.

The longer you stay alive, the harder things are going to get, which means more dangerous enemies swarming towards you. Bigger enemies equal bigger rewards. Simple eh?

Oh, and if you die, you start from scratch. So don't die.

As you progress, you can unlock up to ten classes with their own strengths and weaknesses. You’re randomly given a build at the start, so you need to tailor its strengths and flaws as you're thrust into the heat of battle.

Special mention goes to its old-school pixelated art style and brilliantly-composed soundtrack from the magical hands of Chris Christodoulou.

Starbound (PC, US$14.99, Paid Beta/Early Access)

Imagine Minecraft in 2D with a Star Trek theme. Congratulations, you've just summed up Starbound in a nutshell.

You control a lone explorer visiting an infinite number of planets with extraterrestrial dungeons. These range from heavenly-looking landscapes littered with pretty alien trees, to the insides of caves filled with hordes of giant brains. Some playthroughs also contain a medieval castle in the middle of nowhere with knights as bad guys. You know, for variety.

The game specialises in rewarding adventurous players with random collectibles that lets players build whatever they want to their heart’s content, and while still in early beta form, the game has earned a huge following, earning tasty mods from the growing community.

A patch is on the way to add in perma-death mode too, in case you want to spice things up a bit.

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