The 11 Best Indie Games of 2016

10. Hyper Light Drifter

This game is truly demanding, throwing continual road blocks at players where progress is only rewarded via practice, practice, practice -- not cheap strategies and exploits.

In this game, the drifter protagonist has access to technology long forgotten by the game’s world. The developers do seem to wanted to create a SNES style gaming experience as the battles are almost poetic in their nature and punctuate the exploration phase, both characteristics of classic Nintendo action-adventure games from years past.

Emphasis in Hyper Light Drifter is very much placed upon learning how to interpret everything that happens in the game, what it demands and how to wield weapons. It is a game with no dialogue but instead employs a protagonist who has survived an apocalyptic attack and is being chased by a shadowy monster -- using the environment to tell the story.

A beautiful pixelated game, Hyper Light Drifter places importance on player interpretation as there are few hints to help players along their way -- but that’s the fun! The game is available on PC, Xbox One, PS4 and Steam and was released in March 2016.

Published Dec. 2nd 2016

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