Welcome to the small town of Stardew Valley. You’ve just left your purgatory desk job and decided to inherit the house and land your grandfather left you. Striking a good mix between Harvest Moon and Animal Crossing, this title brings players into an extremely tranquil and diverse little town that can easily have you logging hundreds of hours of playtime.
This beautiful 2D side-scrolling adventure introduces players to wonderfully complex time-bending puzzles. Your mission? Why, of course, you must save the princess from a monster. As the story unfolds through the game, it becomes deep and compelling, drawing gamers in with artfully crafted text passages.
Kerbal Space Program
Are you ready for one of the most realistic adventures into space? If you can even make it into space. Kerbal Space Program gives players the simple mission of getting into space and advancing through the solar system. With hyper realistic physics, the mere act of getting into space can take upwards of 80+ hours. It’s an absolute joy to play and will teach you a thing or two about patience.
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth
One of the only games you will find that uses the characters tears as a weapon. You play as a young boy on a mission to kill his mother, siblings, and even the devil. The game takes place in a darker setting filled with various monsters that appear to be crafted from organs. Where this title really shines is in its replayability and an endless number of procedurally generated levels.
While the game is still only in Alpha, it’s already sporting qualities of seriously addicting gameplay. As the name would suggest, you have to build, staff, and manage a maximum security prison. The prisoners make your job a living hell, and it will be hard to keep everything in order between riots, escapees, and of course needing to be profitable.
This wordless narrative takes on a lot of similarities of the game Limbo. You play as a young boy running from a group of men that want to kill you. With answers scarce, curiosity will keep you fueled as you progress through the gorgeously simplistic visuals. The gameplay is fun and needs no further depth to justify its placement on this list.
Few games have the extreme level of detail that Dwarf Fortress does. The procedurally generated geography, history, and mythology of the dwarfs that you must protect track just about everything you could imagine. As they dig deeper and deeper into the Earth to build their fortress, you will be faced with various ailments, monsters, disasters and more.
The long famous Mojang title, Minecraft inevitably appears on this list. Dropping players into an endless number of generated words, your one mission is to survive and thrive. Armed with nothing more than a map to start with, players will uncover ways to use the environment to craft useful items and eventually build an empire. Mine, explore, build and watch out for creepers.
Hyper Light Drifter
Hyper Light Drifter started on Kickstarter and has become a huge success. Showing off pixel art beauty and amazing combat, this game takes place in the dark and mysterious world of Buried Time. Your character is sick with some fatal disease of which the cure can only be found in this nightmare inspired landscape. Battle your way through fast-paced combat exchanges as enjoy the ride.
The game takes place in the stunningly beautiful wilderness of Wyoming in 1989. Your character, Henry, is a fire lookout but finds something strange in the distance that strikes a chord with his natural curiosity. With your only point of contact being Delilah over the walkie talkie, you’ll be faced with tough decisions that bring you closer to the mystery and strain your relationship.
Unique visuals will captivate players immediately in this one of a kind title. Playing as a young girl by the name of Six, you must traverse this puzzle-laden world that is filled with monsters whose sole goal is to eat her. While it seems shallow on the surface, the gameplay will have you on the edge of your seat and yearning for more.
Swords of Ditto
Wake up on a beach – start battling monsters and exploring dungeons. The colorful and exciting world of Ditto has your adventurer progressing until ready to take on Mormo. Once your hero dies, you will have to start over with a new one. The world changes each time you start with a new hero, but actions from your past lives will have lasting effects on the world and the way you continue to progress.
From the creators of the Witcher games comes Ruiner – a dual-stick shooting game that takes place in a futuristic setting. Featuring glorious anime-style graphics, you’ll have to blast your way through the different levels of this fast paced experience.
The Earth has been covered with never ending snow and it’s your job, Jacob Soloman, to help the group survive in this post-apocalyptic world until help arrives. Players will be faced with decisions and need strategy to survive the 30 days. There is a great replayability factor here so you can try out different strategies and challenge yourself in new ways.
Solely based around the combat system, this PvP based game boasts gorgeous visuals and great controls. You start off with a very limited set of moves, but learn more as they are used against you in fights. The hand to hand combat is extremely strategic and makes for some intense fights. The flow of combat is smooth and natural, so get ready for some up close and personal battles.