The best indie games

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Even the best indie games can get overlooked when big-hitting titles like Baldur’s Gate 3, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and Alan Wake 2 are being showered with high praise from fans and media alike. Which is why, I've written this feature, to shine a light on the best indie video games released in 2023.

I’ve reviewed and previewed all sorts of indie titles this year for outlets such as The Guardian, Edge and WhyNow Gaming, and I’ve been blown away by the quality of games we’ve received in 2023. It’s been a hard job to pick out my ten favourites, but these are the ones that really stood out in my eyes, whether it was for their innovation, polish or simply because they made me laugh. 

Lewis Packwood
Video games journalist

Lewis Packwood has been writing about video games professionally since 2013, and his work has appeared in The Guardian, Retro Gamer, EDGE, Eurogamer, Wireframe, Rock Paper Shotgun, Kotaku, PC Gamer and Time Extension, among others. He is also the author of Curious Video Game Machines: A Compendium of Rare and Unusual Consoles, Computers and Coin-Ops (White Owl, 2023).