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5 Best Indie Games on iOS & Android (May 2024)

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Standing outside a cave in indie puzzle adventure game Dungeons of Dreadrock.

The indie gaming space thrives on mobile devices. Both AndroidiOS devices have a plethora of great titles to choose from. Each of these indie titles, in their own way, manages to shed light on the quality present within the industry. Additionally, these games often have concepts that are a bit more freeing and abstract, which is terrific. This makes them unique in several ways, including how they present their narrative and gameplay. Here are the 5 Best Indie Games on iOS & Android.

5. Underground Blossom

Underground Blossom - Official Release Trailer

Underground Blossom has you covered for players looking for an inquisitive adventure title to sink their teeth into. This game not only does a phenomenal job of slowly ramping up the tension throughout its runtime but also effectively fills the player in on the world around them. Despite being a point-and-click title, the world of Underground Blossom feels very interactive, with players able to pick apart their surroundings in search of answers. Added to this, the game features puzzles that manage to vary the gameplay loop of this title in their own way.

Delving into the secrets of the world around you is one of this game's best aspects. As players progress through the game, they will be able to search for clues and hidden achievements along the way. This not only rewards players who pay attention to their surroundings but is also a great way to tell more bits of the story in a way that feels fun and interactive. All in all, aiding the game's main character in their search for answers throughout various timelines is wonderful. For these reasons, Underground Blossom is one of the best indie games on iOS & Android.

4. Dicey Dungeons

Dicey Dungeons Launch Trailer

We are continuing with our list of the best indie games on iOS Android with Dicey Dungeons. For players who are fans of dungeon-crawling games, this title should be right up your alley. In Dicey Dungeons, players are cast in the role of sentient dice as they progress through many different dungeons. The game does a great job of incorporating many roguelike elements that certainly add to the game's replay value as well. This makes it an excellent title for mobile, as you can pick it up and play whenever you wish.

In addition to this, the game, from a mechanical standpoint, is incredibly solid. There are six different characters to choose from, each of which has its own effect on the overall playing experience. Learning the intricacies of each class is part of what makes this game so fantastic to begin with. This, coupled with the game's charming aesthetic style and novel concept, makes Dicey Dungeons one of the best indie games available on iOS Android.

3. Bird Alone

Bird Alone - Trailer

We are moving right along with our next entry. Here, we have Bird Alone. For players looking for a heavier gaming experience that is sure to stick with you far after completing it, this title certainly fits the bill. Bird Alone is a touching tale in which players befriend a bird that has become increasingly lonely. In doing so, players are able to create songs with the bird, ask the bird all kinds of questions & find their own answers along the way. While the game does deal with some heavy topics, this game takes an artful approach to these topics, which is great to see.

Visually, the game beautifully matches its narrative. Each of the game's characters and landscapes feels well-realized and rendered in a way that feels almost solemn. In addition to this, the game does a great job of reinforcing the relationship between the player and the bird, making the player care very much about what the bird has to say. While it is certainly a more niche title, this is a title that deserves more love and attention. To close, Bird Alone is one of the best indie games on iOS Android.

2. Dungeons of Dreadrock

Dungeons of Dreadrock - Google IGF 2022 Winner

We are changing things up quite a bit for our next entry. Here, we have Dungeons of Dreadrock. For puzzle-adventure fans out there, this title should be your cup of tea. Dungeons of Dreadrock is a puzzle game in which players delve within the caverns of Dreadrock Mountain, which has a hundred levels through which to progress. At the heart of what makes this game so great is a touching narrative that players will discover for themselves upon playing the game. The game follows a classic hero's journey as they go to defeat a great evil.

In order to accomplish this, however, players must maneuver through the game's many challenging puzzles. The puzzles manage to strike a nice balance between difficult and rewarding, however, making it great for players both familiar and unfamiliar with puzzle games. The game features a high fantasy backdrop, which can be seen all throughout as well. This not only grounds the events of the game but invokes a sense of adventure. In closing, Dungeons of Dreadrock is one of the best indie games on iOS Android.

1. Usagi Shima

Usagi Shima Launch Trailer

Now comes the time for our final entry: Usagi Shima. This charming title takes the familiar premise of running your own island and adds tons of adorable bunnies. Players must tend to each of their island's residents by feeding them, giving them shelter, and much more. For more creative-minded players, you can customize the world around you and your home. This allows players to put their own personal touches on their island, which is great.

Everything from landscaping to interior design is at the player's fingertips within this title. Players can also aid in the recreation of their bunny brethren by giving them toys. Each of the toys is designed fantastically and stylized to fit the game's aesthetic. For players who wish to gather the rarest of visitors, this game has you covered in that regard as well. No matter what you are looking for in a cozy indie game, Usagi Shima has you covered. Altogether, it is one of the best indie games on iOS Android.

So, what's your take on our picks for the 5 Best Indie Games on iOS & Android? Let us know over on our socials here or down in the comments below.

Judson Holley is a writer that began his career as a ghostwriter. Returning to the mortal coil  to work among the living. With some of his favorite games being tactical FPS games such as Squad and the Arma series. Although this could not be further from the truth as he enjoys games with deep stories such as the Kingdom Hearts series as well as Jade Empire and The Knights of the Old Republic series. When not attending to his wife, Judson often tends to his cats. He also has a knack for music mainly composing for and playing piano.