Updated (slightly) 2021.01.15

Free Independent Games

These are some free independent video games that I've been impressed with. These are Windows games but some might also be available on other platforms.

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Abuse Abuse  by Crack Dot Com

Abuse is a science fiction action/shooting platform game.

Abuse for Windows 2016 update
Alex Adventure Alex Adventure  by Alexandre Szybiak

Alex Adventure is a simple platform exploration game that's kind of surreal.

itch.io official site
And Yet It Moves And Yet It Moves  by the AYIM team

And Yet It Moves is a nice-looking platform game with Cameltry-style rotation. It's only two levels, but it's fun while it lasts.

andyetitmoves.net official site
itch.io official site

Update: This is now a full commercial game and the free version is the demo.
Blocksum Blocksum  by Circle Infotech

Blocksum is a unique and compelling puzzle game that resembles Panel de Pon (Tetris Attack). Don't let the numbers scare you--it requires only simple addition.

Infotech official site
Cave Story Cave Story  by Daisuke Amaya (Pixel)

Cave Story (Doukutsu Monogatari) is a deep retro-styled platform adventure game with a lot of charm.

Aeon Genesis download and English patch
Mirai Gamer a thorough tribute site
Studio Pixel creator's site (Japanese)
TIGSource interview (2005)
Gamasutra interview (2011)
Abuse Chalk  by Joakim Sandberg (Konjak)

Chalk is kind of like a scrolling shooter, but you draw with a piece of chalk instead of firing weapons. A unique and stylish game.

konjak.org official site
TIGSource review
The Game Chair interview (2007)
Independent Gaming interview (2007)
DROD Deadly Rooms of Death  by Caravel Games

DROD is a challenging turn-based puzzle game. It can be frustrating in places, but I think that's part of its appeal. Architects' Edition is the free version.

Caravel Games official site
Independent Gaming interview (2007)
Echoes Echoes  by Binary Zoo Studios

Echoes is a colorful and flashy arcade-style game that resembles Asteroids. You might like it even if you don't think a game similar to Asteroids sounds appealing.

itch.io official site
Planet Freeplay interview (2006)
Eternal Daughter Eternal Daughter  by Blackeye Software

Eternal Daughter is an attractive SNES-style platform adventure game. One that you may find difficult beyond reason.

derekyu.com official site
TIGSource interview (2004)

Related (though not free): Aquaria
DROD Eversion  by Guilherme Tows

Eversion appears at first to be a simple somewhat-lackluster platformer, but it's not exactly what it seems to be.

Zaratustra Productions official site
Fraxy Fraxy  by Mon

Fraxy is a boss rush game that's similar to Warning Forever (see below). It's simple but has a lot of variety and also includes an editor.

Fraxy official site
Fraxy Wiki custom bosses
Frozen Fruit Frenzy Frozen Fruit Frenzy  by Karl Hofer

Frozen Fruit Frenzy is a challenging puzzle action game. The second game consists of fan-made levels and a true sequel comes with Bound Around, the shareware incarnation of the series.

"Never hit a wooden skull."

Frozen Fruit Frenzy original 0.8MB
Frozen Fruits 2 fan-made sequel 0.7MB
Fruits Editor 1.5MB

Blueskied.com creator's site

One day, I drew some alternate graphics for Frozen Fruit Frenzy and replaced them using Resource Hacker.

Frozen Fruit Frenzy "fruitless remix" 0.3MB
Glum Buster Glum Buster  by Justin Leingang (CosMind)

Glum Buster is an atmospheric exploration game in a dreamlike world.

Itch.io official site
Dev.Mag interview (2009)
Quote Unquote another interview (2010) (Part 2)
Ikachan Ikachan  by Daisuke Amaya (Pixel)

Ikachan is an inspiring underwater platform game about a small cephalopod.

Studio Pixel creator's site (Japanese)
Total Insanity English version
SuperJoshua another English version
JelloCar JelloCar  by Walaber

JelloCar is a puzzle game in which you drive a very soft, flexible car that can grow and shrink at will.

walaber.com official site
Journey to the Center of the Earth Journey to the Center of the Earth  by Dot Zo Games

Journey to the Center of the Earth is short, charming platform puzzle game.

Famitsu download (Japanese--click the orange button)
Jump, Copy, Paste Jump, Copy, Paste  by Arvi Teikari

Jump, Copy, Paste is a clever puzzle game that seems inspired by Portal and I Wish I Were the Moon.

Hempuli's blog official site
Jumpman Jumpman  by Andrew McClure

Jumpman is a challenging platform game that combines old elements with new ones.

runhello.com official site
Knytt Stories Knytt Stories  by Nifflas

Knytt Stories is a simple and atmospheric exploration-based platform game that includes several worlds and allows you to create more of your own.

Nifflas' Games creator's site
Unofficial Nifflas GamePage
Gamekult interview (2006) (English below the French)
Planet Freeplay interview (2007)
Life of D. Duck II Life of D. Duck  by Bjørnar B. and Audun R.

Life of D. Duck and Life of D. Duck II are unusual and amusing point-and-click adventure games.

Best of Bjørnar B. creator's site
Passage Passage  by Jason Rohrer

Passage takes only about five minutes to play all the way though, and I think it's better without an explanation beforehand.

SourceForge official site
Perfect Cherry Blossom Perfect Cherry Blossom  by Zun

Perfect Cherry Blossom is a vertical scrolling shooter with nice presentation and impressive bullet formations. It's my favorite in a series that includes several similar games.

Team Shanghai Alice creator's site (Japanese)
MegaGames download
Meiji University interview (2004)
RoX RoX  by Dmitriy and Ilya Safro

RoX is a stylish Boulder Dash-style action/puzzle game.

See my RoX page.
rRootage rRootage  by Kenta Cho

rRootage is an abstract shooter that reminds me in some ways of Rez and Ikaruga. If you like this one, be sure to try Cho's other games, such as Noiz2sa and A7Xpg.

rRootage creator's site
Tomus Files interview (2005)
Strafing Run interview (2005)
Little Mathletics interview (2006)
Star Guard Star Guard  by Sparky

Star Guard is a short and simple action platformer with kind of a bleak story.

Vacuum Flowers official site
Tetra Blocks Tetra Blocks  by Nashua

Tetra Blocks is a well-crafted traditional Tetris game with nice Commodore 64-style music.

Herman's Home Page creator's site
Warning Forever Warning Forever  by Hikoza.T.Ohkubo

Warning Forever is an abstract shooter with nothing but bosses. Not quite as abstract as rRootage (see above) but similar in many ways and a lot of fun, even if it lacks music.

Hikoza'n-Chi X creator's site
Little Mathletics interview (2006)


Garden of Coloured Lights by Linley Henzell
GhostHouse by Olivier Behr
The Ur-Quan Masters by various

Other relevant sites:

Indie Games Web Log (formerly Independent Gaming)
The Independent Gaming Source