The best new indie games on Steam

Ignore these gems at your own risk [updated for August 2016]

Great news! There's never been a better crop of indie games available for a pittance of the price of a premium title.

But bad news! The selection is so large, it can be a tough job working out which of the many new wonders is actually worth your time.

Fortunately, we've spared you hours of agonising labour and scoured Steam for the latest and greatest indie games on offer. We'll be adding the cream of the crop from the world's largest game delivery platform each month, ensuring you never have to endure going outside into the glaring sunlight again.

Prepare yourselves for long-term vitamin D deficiency as we keep you locked to your screens for the rest of time.


Brigador’s vibe rests somewhere between Hotline MiamiDesert Strike and the Batmobile sections from Arkham Knight. 21 missions of top-down isometric mech destruction are accompanied by a smoother-than-thou electro soundtrack. Sharp synth beats and fast-paced action are tempered by the clever, less in-your-face design of its levels, allowing players to take a more considered approach.

Or you can just enter the fray gung-ho. After all, who dons a giant mech to be inconspicuous.

Platforms: Windows, Mac

Buy Brigador


Hacking and high-tech don’t necessarily go hand in hand. Quadrilateral Cowboy takes players back to the days of CRTs and cassette decks to conduct jobs that no one else will take. Imagine Deus Ex-Lite with a series of hacking mini-games which are, in fact, the centre of the action rather than the side salad.

It only lasts a few hours, but they’re a short, sweet few hours, after which you’ll be dying to try it all over again.

Platform: PC

Buy Quadrilateral Cowboy


DOOM was a surprise smash hit this year, but the FPS genre is unlikely to drift back to the halcyon days of when shooting was simpler. Of course, there are exceptions; Ratz Instagib is a tongue-in-cheek take on Quake III with two easy to understand rules: only rodents, only railguns. The result is a fast-paced fight to the first hit (the game is exclusively one-shot K.O.) where rodents explode left right and centre.

Its simplicity is its greatest strength, as it forces players to grow ever more creative in their strategies for success. These Ratz got brainz.

Platforms: PC, Mac

Buy Ratz Instagib


Games need more silliness. Not the kind of zany, annoying attempts at slapstick that come from badly scripted sequences, but the kind of silliness which arises from systems that go kerspllurrrt.

Human Fall Flat’s wibbly avatars are governed by the same ridiculous bonelessness that makes Gang Beasts and Octodadsuch a scream, but this game asks players to solve a series of physics-based puzzles. Fling yourself in a catapult over a wall, fling yourself on a mattress down a stream, fling the thing at the other thing to make the other thing fall over. As you might have guessed, flinging is this game’s raison d'être - and it’s jolly good fun.

Platforms: PC, Mac

Buy Human Fall Flat


Polarity is a 3D puzzler about carting cubes between lasers, across platforms and through a variety of logical challenges, but not, as far as we’re aware, through portals. Portal… portal… why does that word ring a bell? I’m sure we’ll remember at some point.

The game is named after one of the mechanical changes that separates it from Unnamed Valve Puzzle Games 1 & 2. Players can switch between red and blue polarity, allowing them to access certain platforms or gates. If this is your sort of thing, we’d also recommend brain-teaser, Qube. And Portal 1 and 2.

Platform: PC

Buy Polarity


Rimworld might as well be called ‘Emergent Storyteller Deluxe’. The game’s premise is simple: you command a handful of colonists in their mission to create a home on a new world. The game’s mechanics, on the other hand, are a complex web of numbers, statistics and autonomy, balanced with direct management.

Incredible narratives emerge from the game’s interlocking system, most of which unfurl like a lovechild of Lord of the Flies and The Empire Strikes Back. Insurrection, starvation, cannibalism: it all can and will happen.

Platforms: PC, Mac 

Buy Rimworld

KLOCKI (₹58)

Puzzles are one of the purest forms of gaming abstraction - why do they need any of the contextual frills like storytelling or avatars? Klocki is puzzle-solving at its simplest (and cheapest) that lets you gently work your brain in a series of one-screen puzzles. At a measly ₹58, you have no excuse for saying no.

Platforms: PC, Mac

Buy Klocki


Bridge building doesn’t rank highly on the list of gaming fantasies, but somehow Poly Bridge manages to make the affair of getting from A to B exciting.

Plan your structures from the base upward, ensuring that they can support their load. Keep playing the 100+ level campaign and things start getting a bit crazier, with catapults and mechanised see-saws that must must be used to solve increasingly complex challenges. It’s a good time to build a bridge over troubled waters.

Platforms: PC, Mac

Buy Poly Bridge

House of the Dying Sun (₹565, early access)

No Man’s Sky wasn’t necessarily the game that many were hoping for, with a greater focus on resource harvesting and gentle galaxy plodding than starship pew-pews. Enter House of the Dying Sun to fill the void.

This title is a much more traditional space sim, where you're tasked with avenging a fallen emperor in the most direct way possible: lasers, lasers and more lasers. This is no Freelancer or Elite Dangerous: linearity is the order of the day, but the crafted (chortle chortle) experience it offers is one hell of a space odyssey.

Platform: PC

Buy House of the Dying Sun