There are a lot of awesome indie games out there, but how do you know which ones are worth playing? I’m here to help. This time we’re talking strategy games!
You don’t see a lot of indie strategy games around, but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist. So I’ve dug through and found what I believe to be the best of them all. I will include both real-time and turn-based strategy games, so here goes!
FTL: Faster Than Light
by Subset Games
If you don’t already know FTL I’m going to assume you’ve actually been living in space for the last few years. It’s a really awesome sci-fi exploration game where you need to balance resource management against a time limit. Combat is a mix of real-time and turn-based and you can lose a great run with the smallest mistake. I really enjoyed FTL, despite being absolutely hopeless at it!
My 30 Second Review of FTL (the first video I ever uploaded!)
Kingdom (GMG affiliate link) was a unique take on managing a colony, as it was entirely on a 2D plane. Things start off simple, but the game has a few cool features that you discover over time. Create buildings, upgrade your defenses and wait for the inevitable attacks every 5 game days. Add to that a beautiful soundtrack and a gorgeous pixel art style and you’ve got a future classic on your hands. There’s now a DLC expansion called New Lands too.
by Ludeon Studios
RimWorld hates you. It’s a colony management simulation (in Early Access) with a crazy difficulty curve. Things always start off pretty simple, where you just need to grow crops and build housing. But there are so many dangers in the mid game that even just surviving becomes a major challenge. It’s great, but it’s hard!
Kingdoms and Castles
by Lion Shields
Kingdoms and Castles is a new town management simulation that’s maybe a bit more simple than the others on my list. It’s got that voxel Minecraft look, and the systems behind the scenes aren’t that complex. It might not be good for a 100-hour marathon gaming session, but it’s probably ideal for the younger gamer or someone looking for a lighter experience. It’s adorable!
This War Of Mine
by 11 Bit Studios
If you’ve ever wanted to feel the constant tension of a survivor in a war-torn city, This War of Mine (GMG affiliate link) has you covered. It’s all about just getting by as a small household, hunting for supplies while avoiding sniper fire. But there’s a large focus on stress and tough decision making, where a single wrong move early in the game can cause failure later on. It’s brutal and can get emotionally rough in places, but the game is really good. And it makes an important point about war. The mobile versions are associated with the charity War Child.
Guild of Dungeoneering
Cute in appearance and with a great rhyming couplet writing style, Guild of Dungeoneering (GMG affiliate link) is cute and fun. It’s a card game at heart, but with a layer of strategy underneath. It’s not perfect, and can get a bit repetitive at times. But worth checking out.
Oxygen Not Included
Oxygen Not Included is a futuristic colony management simulation where you’re looking after a small group of clones. It’s still in Early Access on Steam and development is ongoing, so I don’t want to push it too hard. It still needs some tidying up, but most of the mechanics are already there. I haven’t played enough to judge replayability yet, but I’m working on it!
Watch my Oxygen Not Included let’s play series here and get involved by leaving a comment!