5 indie games to watch in 2013

by Stephen Heller Featured 16 Comments 20 Votes 1949 Views 22/01/2013 Back to Articles

Each and every year the hype train calls for passengers as the latest AAA titles near their release. Subsequently, the higher profile indie titles are starting to get a cult following, with passionate fans willing them on towards their release dates.

Here are five indie titles that should be on your radars for 2013.

Monaco | Pocketwatch Games

Monaco has been in development for a little over three years, but that doesn't mean it hasn't garnered much attention in that time. In 2010 the game beat out Super Meat Boy and Fez in the IGF Awards and Andy Schatz has been working on it ever since.

A rather exclusive beta is available right now if you ask Andy on Twitter, super dooper nicely, but otherwise you can pre-order the game at 15 percent off until release in March, and gain instant access to the 2010 prototype that started all the buzz.

Did we mention that Grammy Award nominee Austin Wintory of Journey fame is composing the soundtrack? Yeah, it's kinda a big deal.

Mew-Genics | Team Meat


Super Meat Boy could be considered as one of the first "mainstream" indie platformers. To its credit, it is still one of the best years after it made its debut on the Xbox 360.

While Edmund McMillen has churned out another hit since then with The Binding of Isaac (Kero, we know you love it, you don't need to tell us again), Mew-Genics will be the first game that Team Meat has released since that boy of meat stole our hearts. It's got something to do with cats, it will feature a cast of insane characters, and the soundtrack is going to be stellar.

We're not exactly sure how the game will play out, but we're certain it is going to be a hit amongst indie aficionados.

SpyParty | Chris Hecker


SpyParty has been making waves for a few years now, but Chris Hecker seems determined to give fans a taste of his super sneaky, two-player multiplayer spy 'em up this year.

Two players compete - one plays as a Spy who has to complete a set number of objectives within a time limit, all while blending in with a room full of AI-controlled partygoers. The other fills the shoes of a sniper, viewing the guests of the party through binoculars in an attempt to find the spy and take them out without harming civilians before they complete their objectives or the timer runs out.

It's ridiculously fun, challenging and unlike anything else you will play this year. Check out our full preview here.

Don't Starve | Klei Entertainment


When the guys who made Shank and Mark of the Ninja release a new game, you pay attention. Don't Starve is a point-and-click survival adventure game where players must survive for as long as possible in a mystical forest. You will need to use crafting abilities and research in order to stay alive and defend yourself against the creatures of the night, and ensure you have enough food in your belly to stay alive.

It's not as easy as it seems, particularly because unlike most modern games, the developers don't hold you hand or explain much at all. A wonderful art style makes Don't Starve feel like a Tim Burton movie, and that's certainly not a bad thing. Those who pick up the game on Steam now at a discounted price get instant access to the beta, along with a second copy to share with a friend. Hot tip - go halvies with a mate and this will be the best $6 you spend this year.

The Witness | Jonathan Blow


Love him or hate him, you have to admit that Jonathan Blow knows how to make a compelling game. There is a reason why years after release, Braid is still one of the highest rated Xbox 360 games of all time!

The Witness is a game shrouded in mystery set on an island, but you don't need to know anything else - just get damn excited!

By Stephen Heller

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In the 2023 list we'll see Phil Fish's return [MOG]

Silence said: In the 2023 list we'll see Phil Fish's return



Heard it here first folks!
*throws money at Team Meat
Monaco is pretty awesome. Although, we had a resolution issue on a TV [Shifty]
The spy one looks like a decent idea

Check out our full preview (post link here).



Hmmmmmmmmmmm
(post link here)

** I was beaten to it :P
Hmmmmm :P
I can't really feel hype for an indie game until it hits the final stage, these deeply-in-development titles just don't do it for me.

Also, I really wanted to read that preview... without that link, I'm going to have to waste another 30 seconds (besides the seconds I wasted writing this comment). Think of the children! =_=

Pilkingbod said:

Check out our full preview (post link here).


Hmmmmmmmmmmm




stublu said: (post link here)



All fixed guys! Dammit Heller :P

JJake said:

Pilkingbod said:

Check out our full preview (post link here).


Hmmmmmmmmmmm


stublu said: (post link here)


All fixed guys! Dammit Heller



That was my bad, I forgot to put it in. [Facepalm]
Damn you @Ben making me look bad!
I'll tell you all I want how much I love Isaac. YOU'RE NOT THE BOSS OF ME! [MOG]

Mew-Genenics brings me great excite.
i aint even remotely a PC gamer, but SpyParty has sounded ace ever since i heard of it

would love to see more of these multiplayer modes which essentially become psychological battles with the opponent (i.e. assassins creed multiplayer, albeit to a lesser extent)
I'd be happy to shoot some terrible footage of me failing at SpyParty if you so desire.
The Spy and Dont Starve look decent.What about Feist which was about to be released in Feb.It looked a lot like Limbo as much as it could be considered a spin-off/sequel but its like totally disappeared now.

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