The 11 Best Indie Games of 2016

6. Starbound

This is a great 2D procedurally generated platformer, and it is truly a gaming experience that shoots for the stars and lands amongst them. We rated this game a huge 9/10! 

Exploration of a diverse range of planets, biomes and subterranean nightmares is the highlight of the voyage, but the combat, scripted bosses and rich backstory ensure the game shines brightly. Players can craft, mine and refine -- and also team up with friends.

What elevates this open-ended crafting sandbox game above others like it is the sheer diversity. Each planet is unique and randomized -- its geography, landscape and weather conditions are all intriguing. When players drill downwards, there are some great and unexpected items, such as mini dungeons and bone temples. Enemies are diverse and the combat style focuses upon experimentation to prevent battles from becoming repetitive and to continually engage players.

The freedom to uncover the secrets of the galaxy and make worlds makes this game truly special. The game has been available since July and is playable on PS4, Xbox One and Steam.

Published Dec. 2nd 2016

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