HG101 Presents: Retro Indie Games Vol. 1

Cover artwork by Kaibuzetta

With the introduction of Steam and other digital download services, the indie game development scene has greatly expanded, allowing the return of classic genres that were previously thought to be unviable. Thus, classic games like 2D platformers, Metroidvanias, point-and-click adventures, role-playing games, and shoot-em-ups have returned to the limelight. HG101 Presents: The Guide to Retro Indie Games Vol. 1 catalogs some our favorites of these types of games, including Shovel Knight, Freedom Plant, Undertale, Night in the Woods, Dust: An Elysian Tail, Assault Android Cactus, nearly all of Wadjet Eye’s library, and many others!

We’re using the term “retro indie” rather loosely, since we’d rather be inclusive than exclusive. It’s primarily to refer to games that would be inviting to fans of classic video games, rather than a specific style. For example, even though Night in the Woods doesn’t have a pixel look, it’s still recommended for adventure game aficiandos.

Coming Fall 2017!

Everyone who contributes $5 or more monthly to the site’s Patreon will receive free PDF and Kindle MOBI files of the Retro Indie Classics book, as well as digital copies of our four most recent books: The Complete Guide to the Famicom Disk System, Contra and other Konami Classics, The Guide to Shoot-em-Ups Vol. 1, Sega Arcade Classics Vol. 2, along with the The 200 Best Video Games of All Time book. Please check out this post for the download links.

Everyone who contributes $10 or more monthly to the site’s Patreon will receive free PDF and Kindle MOBI files for all of our books, including this one. Make sure to check out this post for the download links.

Covered games include:

The Shivah
The Blackwell Series
Gemini Rue
Resonance
Primordia
Technobabylon
Shardlight
Kathy Rain
Thimbleweed Park
Nelly Cootalot
Always Sometimes Monsters
Read Only Memories
Va11-Ha11a
Night in the Woods
Pony Island
Mercenary Kings
Flinthook
Odallus
Oniken
Noitu Love
Rogue Legacy
Super Time Force
Volgarr the Viking
Freedom Planet
Westerado
VVVVVV
Shovel Knight
Super Meat Boy
Ultinous
Mystik Belle
Guacamelee!
Axiom Verge
Owlboy
Dust: An Elysian Tail
Hyper Light Drifter
Alwa’s Awakening
Undertale
Lisa
Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden
Severed
One Finger Death Punch
Not a Hero
Assault Android Cactus
Hotline Miami
Crimzon Clover
Blue Revolver
Hydorah
l’Abbaye des Morts
Maldita Castilla
The Curse of Issyos
Garoudan