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5 Best Indie Games on Xbox Game Pass (July 2022)

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There are a ton of indie games to be found in the world of gaming, and if they are on Game Pass, then you can try them for free. With all of the choices available for you to choose from, it can quickly get overwhelming. Not every game you download is going to be a winner, and you likely don't want to waste your time. To avoid this, we have searched through the catalog to find the best indie games on the platform. The games below are great choices for eating up hours of your time. Every game has been critically acclaimed and is free to play. All you need is the space available to download it.

 

5. Little Witch in the Woods

Little Witch in the Woods is a charming indie game that follows the story of a young witch. After getting off a train during an abrupt stop, you end up living in a small town. Lucky for you, a witch's house is set up and ready to go. Here you will be able to brew potions to help the local townsfolk. To get ingredients for your potions, you will need to search the surrounding area. The game is currently in early access, so not all of the features are implemented. Though you can play through the first chapter, it's a delightful experience.

You can easily sink a few hours into this game, and the world is simply charming. You get to meet and help the townsfolk, and you can even interact with cats. The game will be updated as more parts of it are completed and will remain free through Game Pass. It's the perfect title to come back to as its content expands.

 

4. Tunic

Tunic is a multiview Souls-like game that will feel familiar to Zelda fans. This indie game allows you to go through dungeons and solve puzzles. You play as a small fox that is armed with a sword and shield. In Tunic, you must skillfully make your way through tough enemies and learn their attack patterns. You will also need to contend with figuring out puzzles. These may be easy or hard, depending how good you are at making out clues.

In other words, Tunic is the perfect choice for Zelda fans who want a challenge. The game isn't forgiving, and it's a far cry from what Breath of The Wild changed about the series. This game has a classic feel and gives players a sense of accomplishment after each completed segment.

 

3. My Time at Portia

My Time at Portia is a unique sim. In the game, you aren't worried about farming. Instead, you are a builder. This means that you must scavenge for items to build machinery. The items you build can be as complex as a crane or as simple as a planter depending on the recipe. Buildable items will change as you progress through the story, becoming more complex. Likewise, the areas you can explore to gather these materials will increase, allowing for a larger open world.

Like many games in the sim genre, you can also get to know the people who live in the town of Portia. You can make friends to get special gifts or even find someone to romance. There is also the option to go into dungeons for combat or simply spend your day fishing. Many players will ignore the main story to do activities like house decorating or focus on trying to have a family.

 

2. Moonglow Bay

Moonglow Bay is a unique voxel-styled game where you play as a character who lost their partner. Previously, your partner ran a fishing business, and now it's your turn to take the reigns. The town around you is in disrepair, as well, and it's your job to fund it.  Moonglow Bay is a story-heavy, and to unlock new areas, you will need to progress through the game. To do this, you will set out to catch certain types of fish and even fight through boss battles. These are all done in unique ways that involve fishing but are rather challenging at times.

There are dozens of fish species to find and even an aquarium to donate them to. You will also need to worry about cooking to earn money, and there is a boat upgrade system. The game will take you around 20 hours to beat, making it a nice choice if you're looking for a unique experience. The story is excellent, the fish are comedic, and anyone who enjoys fishing in games like Animal Crossing will appreciate the controls and tools of the game.

 

1. Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley is a name that you've likely already heard, and for good reason. This is the pinnacle of both indie games and farming sims. There is everything from relationships to giant farming plots and enemy-filled mining. No matter what you like to do in farming games, Stardew Valley has it. Of course, relationships with the townsfolk is also a core feature. You will even find that the stories of the marriage candidates are all especially compelling. There is a lot of lore in the game, and it helps it to truly stand out among its competitors.

Most players will find themselves putting a hundred hours or more into this title. While the main goal is to restore the Community Center, a lot of content becomes available afterward. There's a whole island to explore and farm on, as well as a desert area. You will also be able to help fill the town museum with artifacts and gems, and there are tons of fish for you to catalog. Best of all, you can date and marry the whole town as there is a divorce feature. No matter how you choose to live your virtual life, Stardew Valley will accommodate you.

 

So, what’s your take on these indie games on Xbox Game Pass? Do you agree with our top five? Are there any games we should know about? Let us know over on our socials here or down in the comments below.

Jessica is a resident otaku and Genshin-obsessed writer. Jess is an industry veteran who takes pride in working with JRPG and indie developers. Along with gaming, you can find them collecting anime figures and having too much faith in Isekai anime.