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Best of 2014: "Indie" Videogames

Best of 2014: "Indie" Videogames

theartsdesk's videogames writers pick the independent, quirky plays of the year

'Minecraft: Pocket Edition': One of 2013 and 2014's most exciting videogames...

The best games of 2014 were often to be found not from the "AAA" videogame equivalents to Hollywood, but, of course, bedroom coders and small, independent teams. These are the best of the wild and weird "indie" games of the year…

Minecraft Pocket Edition

Minecraft Pocket EditionNot strictly a 2014 release but the updates that arrived in June/July finally turned an amusing diversion into a proper game, almost the equal of the fantastic desktop edition. For beginners – this is a collaborative and hugely powerful virtual Lego-a-like. Stuart Houghton

Jazzpunk

Jazzpunk - Hunter S Thomson weirdnessThe spirit of Hunter S Thomson haunted this surreal noir-on-acid adventure – it wasn't quite as clever as it thought it was, but it was superbly weird silly fun throughout. Simon Munk

Kentucky Route Zero Act III

Kentucky Route Zero Act IIIKentucky Route Zero's slow burning, unexpectedly sad story begins to heat up in this dark, funny and strange third episode. Helen K Parker

The Talos Principle

The Talos PrincipleIncredibly well-designed first-person puzzles and deep philosophical musings on the nature of God, self and consciousness. Simon Munk

Monument Valley

Monument ValleyA beautiful puzzle game that draws you in to its strange world of twisted perspectives and leaps of faith. Short but unforgettable. Stuart Houghton 

We missed out on…

This year we failed to review many games we wanted to. But probably the most upsetting misses were:

This War Of Mine – a simulation/resource management game set among survivors struggling during a war. Survive raiding scavengers, dodge snipers and deal with government soldiers.

The Wolf Among Us – Telltale Games' adventure series are amazing narrative games. This modern fantasy series sits alongside the new Game Of Thrones series and existing Walking Dead series as fine examples of emotional, taut, interactive storytelling.

Strange world of twisted perspectives and leaps of faith...

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