Posted January 11, 2017 by Paul Roux in SA Gamer Awards 2016

SA Gamer Awards 2016: Best Indie Game


Ah Indies, the only ‘good’ games that come out. We’ve become quite well acquainted with indie games and very different experiences they’re able to offer compared to those of AAA gaming. From the weird and wonderful to the downright depressing, indie games are able to expose gamers to more unconventional scenarios that leave us with lasting memories long after we may have finished them. This year, like those before it, many indie developers have unleashed their creations for the world to enjoy with some incredibly memorable titles being released for our enjoyment. We’ve laughed, we’ve cried and maybe in some way become better people because of some of these titles, but which indie game from the year past stands out the most?

Stardew Valley

Let’s be real for a moment, most of us live pretty stressful lives and sometimes all we want to do is run off and concern ourselves with far simpler things. This is essentially the experience that Stardew Valley provides without one having to get their hands dirty. From starting with nothing, players are able to build up their farms while interacting and building relationships with the local townspeople. While it seems to be a far simpler game tonally than some other indie titles we received this year, it did offer some unparalleled escapism that we haven’t seen from indies in a while. Stardew Valley is all about leaving the hustle and bustle of your busy everyday life to take up something simpler and this experience is something that has given us a lot of joy and fulfillment this year and is something we’ll probably find ourselves still coming back to from time-to-time when we want a taste of the simpler life.

Runner-up: Firewatch
Honourable Mentions: Devil Daggers, Inside

Paul Roux