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The Stanley Parable 5 Indie Video Games You Need to Play

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The video games industry is developing at a fast pace, but most new titles don’t necessarily bring originality into the field. Most producers would rather take the beaten path and produce something like games that proven successful before. As a result, most new games share similarities, which makes it look like you’re playing the same video game, only with slight differences.

The good thing is that indie games are catching up. Since independent developers don’t have to worry about huge budgets, they can take risks and use their creativity to come up with exciting new scenarios. In fact, if you ignore indie games you may be missing out on some of the best games available right now.

And, to spike your curiosity, we made a list of top 5 fun games developed by independent developers to try.

#1: Cave Story


With a rather long history in the indie market, Cave Story is incredibly fun as it reminds of the best Super Nintendo games. The world players get to explore is incredibly vibrant, provides lots of interesting secrets, and tons of fun-to-use weapons.

Cave Story is an action-adventure game, with a character hit by amnesia and a completely new landscape filled with cute-looking bunnies. Your job is to save the bunnies’ fate from the destructive nature of a crazy scientist while also learning more about yourself and the wonders this new world has to offer.

Overall, Cave Story is a cool trip down memory lane (for those of you who still remember playing with a Nintendo console.

#2: Happy Room

Far from actually being a happy place (especially for the main character), this is a game where you have to inflict as much damage as possible to a doll. For this, you need to get creative and devise all sorts of strategies that will have the doll crumble to pieces in every new room you try.

Still, Happy Room is a fun game from the perspective of originality and blend between gore and entertainment. It’s not a game for psychopaths if that’s what you’re thinking, but it is a game that allows you to blow off some steam and get rid of some anger. So why not try it?

#3: The Stanley Parable

A genuinely funny and brain-teasing game, The Stanley Parable was designed to keep players entertained.

This is a first-person exploration game, where you follow the narrative of a British person, while the scene changes according to your decisions. The game is filled with contradictions and things seem to be one thing but aren’t.

The Stanley Parable may seem senseless at first, but you should stick with it until it starts to make sense. This is a world where you get to dance following an intriguing rhythm that will test your wit and sense of orientation.

Also, if you’re into this genre, we’d recommend trying 5 nights at Freddy’s; it’s a bit more on the horror side, but the humor is definitely worth every scare.

#4: Kerbal Space Program


If you’re looking for a game that will also teach you something, the Kerbal Space Program is a fantastic choice! A mixture of entertainment and education, this enticing game is designed for both kids and adults alike.

Your task is simple: design a spacecraft and then built it to take the Kerbals (the cute locals of the planet you’re currently on) to the Mun (and maybe further). While the premise is rather simple (for a game), you will have to deal with real physics, which means there is a lot to learn and discover.

The fun part is that you get to play spacecraft designer and engineer while learning a lot about this job in real life!

#5: Night in the Woods

The game is a story about the coming-of-age of a personified cat who decides to move in with his parents and drop out of college. The creators wanted to show the world how middle-class Americans deal with everyday life, but Night in the Woods is also entertaining and provides lots of fun time to players.

A classic side-scrolling adventure game, the lines, and mini-puzzles that make life interesting will definitely have you laugh out loud with every step you take!

Katie is an expressive video gamer. She loves to write about her video games adventures. Currently working at CrazyGames, one of the fastest growing browser game websites in the world.

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