If you’re looking for the latest in the independent game scene then look no further than these 10 most successful coolest new indie games of 2016. In the past few years, indie games and developers have been getting a lot of exposure thanks to new accessible platforms such as Steam. Crowdfunding websites such as Kickstarter have also helped create several successful games that only lacked funding during development. This year, we see more independent games getting acclaim and establishing new possible franchises.
Even AAA publishers have gone out of their way to take notice of some independent game developments due to the success of recent indie games. Over the past decade, we’ve seen a lot of successful titles and a lot of the games we enjoy today were originally indie games trying to break through the market. If you want to look at a more comprehensive list outside this year, you can check out the 11 most successful indie games of all time.
What constitutes a successful game? While there are many possible factors to consider, two of the main aspects that people look into in terms of success are their commercial and critical acclaim. Since most independent games are available through the Steam platform, we can check out the statistics at Steam Spy to get a better idea of how many copies have been sold digitally. The more copies that have been sold, the more money the game company earns and sales equals to commercial success.
One other factor we look into is the reception from critics. While there are numerous critiques on the web today, we have websites such as Metacritic, which essentially compiles online reviews and gives the game an appropriate score based on various algorithms. Do take note that some of these games on the list have been released previously but now have newer versions or platforms giving them eligibility for this year. We can also ascertain that the more critical and commercial success a game receives, the more it bodes well for the general gaming audience, making the game subsequently “cooler” as compared to others. Without any more delay, let’s look into the 10 most successful coolest new indie games of 2016: