indie games 2023

Here Are 23 Indie Games You Should Keep Your Eye On In 2023

It's going to be a huge year for independent games!

The year ahead is shaping up to be absolutely massive for gaming, not just because of the smorgasbord of high-profile releases coming (which we’ve got a separate list for right here) but also the sheer volume of fantastic-looking indie games set to launch in 2023.

Following our countdown of some of the best indie video games of 2022, we wanted to take the time to highlight some future titles that should absolutely be on your radar from a variety of studios, genres and platforms. This is obviously by no means an exhaustive list – if I didn’t cap myself at 23 games I could literally be here forever – but it hopefully represents a wide enough spread of experiences that you’ll find at least one new game to stick on your radar.

Storyteller

Platforms: Switch, PC

Release Date: March 23rd

Developer: Daniel Benmergui

Experience some of history’s greatest stories like never before. Storyteller is an award-winning reactive puzzle game that lets you build the story. Storyteller’s charming animations and comic-panel design allows for a unique puzzle mechanic. Use your wits to retell iconic tales — or experiment and find something new.

Wishlist it here.

Way to the Woods

Platforms: Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC

Release Date: TBA March

Developer: onepixel.dog

A Deer and Fawn must embark on a journey through an abandoned world of the unknown to get home. A third person adventure game solo developed by Anthony Tan, featuring music from Aivi & Surasshu, composers for the show Steven Universe. Unravel the mystery of Cat Town, evade a hounding pack of wolves, and find your light to explore a world filled with the relics of the old gods: humanity.

Wishlist it here.

Terra Nil

Platforms: PC

Release Date: TBA 2023

Developer: Free Lives

Terra Nil is a reverse city builder about ecosystem reconstruction. Turn a barren wasteland into an ecological paradise complete with different flora and fauna. Then clean up, leaving the environment pristine. Subverting the builder genre, Terra Nil is about the restoration of a ravaged environment.

Wishlist it here.

Dead Cells: Return to Castlevania

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

Release Date: TBA 2023

Developer: Motion Twin, Evil Empire

Battle through the ancient corridors of Dracula’s Castle in this upcoming expansion to the acclaimed fast-paced action roguelite Dead Cells. Team up with Richter Belmont & Alucard and wield iconic Castlevania weapons against hordes of monsters to reach the throne room of the Dark Lord himself…

Wishlist it here.

Tchia

Platforms: PS5, PS4, PC

Release Date: TBA 2023

Developer: Awaceb

A Tropical Open-World adventure. Climb, glide, swim, and sail your boat around a beautiful archipelago in this physics-driven sandbox. Use Tchia’s Soul Jumping ability to take control of any animal or object you can find, and Jam on your fully playable Ukulele. A game inspired by New Caledonia.

Wishlist it here.

Mail Time

Platforms: PS5, PS4, Switch, PC

Release Date: TBA April

Developer: Kela van der Deijl

Mail Time is a relaxing, cottagecore adventure set in a peaceful forest, far, far away. It’s your first day on the job as a newly minted Mail Scout. Equipped with a mushroom hat, a pack full of letters, and unbridled enthusiasm, it’s time to deliver letters and packages across the Grumblewood Grove.

Wishlist it here.

WrestleQuest

Platforms: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Switch, PC

Release Date: TBA May

Developer: Mega Cat Studios

Pro wrestling and RPG fantasy collide in the ultimate pixel powered adventure. “Macho Man” Randy Savage and tons of other icons offer guidance as you powerbomb your way to glory beyond the ring. This hero’s journey ain’t just an epic quest, it’s WRESTLEQUEST!

Wishlist it here.

Dordogne

Platforms: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Switch, PC

Release Date: TBA 2023

Developer: UMANIMATION

Dordogne is a narrative adventure game in which you play as Mimi, a 32-year-old woman visiting the house of her recently deceased grandmother. As a souvenir of the childhood summers Mimi spent with her in Dordogne, her grandmother left her letters and puzzles to solve, to remind her to make the most out of life.

Wishlist it here.

The Last Case of Benedict Fox

Platforms: Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC

Release Date: TBA 2023

Developer: Plot Twist

Descend into a limbo of decaying memories as Benedict Fox, a self-proclaimed detective bound to his demon companion. Use that bond to explore the minds of the recently deceased in search for clues as you uncover the mysteries of an old mansion where a couple was murdered and their child has gone missing.

Treat yourself to a dark intrigue full of secret organizations, forbidden rituals, and cold-blooded crimes in a hand-crafted adventure brought to life through a fascinating Burton-esque art style.

Wishlist it here.

Coffee Talk Episode 2: Hibiscus & Butterfly

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

Release Date: TBA 2023

Developer: Toge Productions

In a time where people are isolated from each other, Coffee Talk is a place where we can reconnect over a cup of warm drink.

It’s time to revisit your favourite late-night coffee shop and reconnect with your fantasy friends over a warm drink or two. You are a barista, and your customers aren’t always humans, listen to their stories and influence their hearts with a warm cup of coffee or two.

Wishlist it here.

Sea of Stars

Platforms: PS5, PS4, Switch, PC

Release Date: TBA 2023

Developer: Sabotage Studios

Sea of Stars is a turn-based RPG inspired by the classics. It tells the story of two Children of the Solstice who combine the powers of the sun and moon to perform Eclipse Magic, the only force capable of fending off the monstrous creations of the evil alchemist known as The Fleshmancer.

Wishlist it here.

The Garden Path

Platforms: Switch, PC

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Release Date: TBA 2023

Developer: carrotcake

The Garden Path explores the quiet moments of a life well lived, where your garden will grow to reflect both the passing of time and your own design. Time here runs in concert with the real world, and the passing of seasons heralds new encounters and a new story to weave.

Above all, The Garden Path is a life sim that celebrates the tranquil and the pensive, a tucked-away place to shape and grow as you like.

Wishlist it here.

Planet of Lana

Platforms: Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC

Release Date: TBA 2023

Developer: Wishfully

A young girl and her loyal friend embark on a rescue mission through a colorful world full of cold machines and unfamiliar creatures. Planet of Lana is a cinematic puzzle adventure framed by an epic sci-fi saga that stretches across centuries and galaxies.

Wishlist it here.

Venba

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

Release Date: TBA 2023

Developer: Visai Games

Play as an Indian mother, Venba, who immigrates to Canada with her family in the 1980s. Players will cook various dishes and decipher long lost family recipes. Through branching conversations, explore a story about family, love, and loss.

Wishlist it here.

Goodbye Volcano High

Platforms: PS5, PS4, PC

Release Date: TBA 2023

Developer: KO_OP

Goodbye Volcano High is a cinematic narrative adventure about love, change, and the end of an era. Guide Fang through their final year of high school as they try to make things right before time is up.

Wishlist it here.

Replaced

Platforms: Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC

Release Date: TBA 2023

Developer: Sad Cat Studios

REPLACED is a cinematic retro-futuristic action-thriller set in a dystopian alternative version the of the 80s’ USA. You are R.E.A.C.H. – an AI trapped in mortal human body against its will. Explore the world, push your body’s limits in intense combat and learn what it’s like to be a living being.

Wishlist it here.

Anger Foot

Platforms: PC

Release Date: TBA 2023

Developer: Free Lives

Anger Foot is a lightning fast hard bass blast of kicking doors and kicking ass. Crash through the caffeine-fuelled fever dream of Shit City, putting the boot to a menacing menagerie of merciless gangsters.

Unleash the world’s deadliest feet on a colourful cast of anthropomorphic enemies. Clearing out slums, sewers, and skyscrapers as you grab new weapons, unlock new sneakers, and upgrade your powers in absurd and wonderful ways. Kick and shoot your way to the exit as you leave behind a smouldering trail of shattered doors, broken bones, and crumpled energy drinks.

Wishlist it here.

The Plucky Squire

Platforms: PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Switch, PC

Release Date: TBA 2023

Developer: All Possible Futures

The Plucky Squire follows the magical adventures of Jot and his friends – storybook characters who discover a three-dimensional world outside the pages of their book. When the malevolent Humgrump realizes he’s the villain of the book – destined to lose his battle against the forces of good for all eternity – he kicks the heroic Jot out of its pages and changes the story forever.

Jump between 2D and 3D worlds in this charming action adventure – solving puzzles, boxing badgers, flying with a jetpack, and enjoying many more delightful and surprising mini challenges as you become the hero of a living storybook.

Wishlist it here.

Dredge

Platforms: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Switch, PC

Release Date: TBA 2023

Developer: Black Salt Games

Captain your fishing trawler to explore a collection of remote isles, and their surrounding depths, to see what lies below. Sell your catch to the locals and complete quests to learn more about each area’s troubled past. Outfit your boat with better equipment to trawl deep-sea trenches and navigate to far-off lands, but keep an eye on the time. You might not like what finds you in the dark…

Wishlist it here.

Cookie Cutter

Platforms: PC

Release Date: TBA 2023

Developer: Subcult Joint Ltd

Love turns to rage and chainsaws in Cookie Cutter, a techno-pop-punk 2D hand-drawn Metroidvania set to the backdrop of a bleak and beautiful dying world. Become Cherry, a rage-driven android on a quest to rescue her beloved creator, Doctor Shinji Fallon, from the clutches of a deranged mastermind.

Wishlist it here.

Thirsty Suitors

Platforms: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Switch, PC

Release Date: TBA 2023

Developer: Outerloop Games

Thirsty Suitors is a stylish, story-driven adventure that unfolds through turn-based battles, skateboarding, and cooking. Help Jala confront her mistakes, make up with her exes, reconcile cultural differences, and become the person she was meant to be. Easy, right?

Wishlist it here.

Skate Story

Platforms: PC

Release Date: TBA 2023

Developer: Sam Eng

You are a demon in the Underworld, made out of glass and pain. The Devil has given you a skateboard with a simple deal: Skate to the Moon and swallow it — and you shall be freed.

Ollie, kickflip, and grind your way through the ash and smoke of the Underworld as you take on a seemingly impossible quest. Skate fast to destroy demons and save other tortured souls on your journey from fragile beginner to hardened skater.

Wishlist it here.

The Last Worker

Platforms: PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Switch, PC

Release Date: TBA 2023

Developer: Oiffy, Wolf & Wood Interactive Ltd

The Last Worker is a first-person narrative adventure centered around our struggle in an increasingly automated world. Combining a hand-crafted art style with uniquely immersive gameplay mechanics in an epic setting, The Last Worker delivers an emotional, thought-provoking, and comedic story packaged with rich characters performed by an all-star cast.

Wishlist it here.