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10 Best Indie Games on Steam (July 2024)

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If you want a great gaming experience but don't want to spend three figures on a new AAA title, you can always rely on indie games. For a fraction of the price, indie games tend to provide a more gripping narrative and immersive experience than the most refined AAA games. And where better to look for new indie games than on Steam? I mean, the store is practically a hotbed, with hundreds of new indie titles arriving every day. So, if you're not sure where to begin, take a look at our list of the best indie games on Steam this month to point you in the right direction.

10. Risk of Rain 2


Risk of Rain 2: Launch Trailer

Risk of Rain 2 is a thrilling third-person shooter where players, alone or with friends, must escape an alien planet. You can choose from eleven unique characters, each with different combat styles and skills. The game has over a dozen locations filled with tough monsters and big bosses. As you play, you collect and combine over 110 items, which creates powerful effects that make each run feel new and exciting. The game's scaling system makes both you and your enemies stronger over time, keeping the challenge alive. You can also unlock Artifacts that change gameplay, like friendly fire or random survivor spawns. With randomized stages, enemies, and items, every run is different.

9. Hades II

Hades II - Reveal Trailer

In Hades II, players become Melinoe, the immortal Princess of the Underworld, in an action-packed dungeon crawler filled with dark sorcery. This sequel offers a deeper mythic world based on Greek mythology and witchcraft. Players explore beyond the Underworld, battling Chronos, the Titan of Time, using legendary weapons and powerful Boons from gods like Apollo and Zeus. Each playthrough involves navigating new locations, facing fresh challenges, and using upgrade systems to enhance abilities. Players also meet a wide range of gods, ghosts, and monsters, experiencing unique story events based on their progress. Also every run is a new adventure with mysteries to uncover, familiars to tame, and reagents to gather.

8. A Short Hike

A Short Hike - Launch Trailer - Nintendo Switch

A Short Hike invites players to explore the serene landscapes of Hawk Peak Provincial Park, where the main goal is reaching the summit. However, there’s no rush; players can hike, climb, and soar through the park at their own pace. Additionally, the game offers freedom to follow marked trails or venture into the backcountry, leading to hidden treasures and unexpected discoveries. Along the journey, players can engage in various activities such as fishing along riverbanks, swimming in lakes, or diving off mountain peaks to glide above forests. Moreover, interaction with other hikers is a key element, where chatting and helping one another can uncover more secrets.

7. Skul: The Hero Slayer

Skul: The Hero Slayer - Official Launch Trailer

Next, we have Skul: The Hero Slayer, an action-platformer with rogue-like elements that keeps players engaged with its changing maps and tough gameplay. The story is about the human race, led by the Imperial Army and the Hero of Caerleon, attacking the Demon King's castle. They capture all demons except for one skeleton named Skul. Skul is special because he can switch between different skulls, each giving him new powers and attacks. This allows players to change their strategy during battles. Players will meet strong enemies called Adventurers who hunt demons for fun, adding more challenge. At the end of each chapter, players fight huge bosses corrupted by Dark Quartz, which makes them even stronger.

6. Emberward

Emberward Demo Trailer (v0.1.7)

Emberward is a compelling roguelite tower defense game where you construct intricate mazes using tetromino blocks and deploy a variety of unique towers to fend off enemies. The gameplay begins with players building a maze to direct the path of incoming monsters, using block cards strategically to either lengthen the route or optimize tower placement. During battles, players can enhance their defenses by adding runes to block cards, which can boost tower capabilities, imbue blocks with special powers, or even expand their size. The game features diverse tower types, from Poison Towers that directly afflict enemies to Drone Towers that actively track and attack, and even D20 Towers that deal variable damage based on luck.

5. Ravenswatch

Ravenswatch | Fall of Avalon Update Trailer

Ravenswatch is a top-down roguelike action game where players take on the roles of fallen heroes from old folk tales and legends. In this game, you must face the Nightmare, a corrupting force invading the world of Reverie. The gameplay involves honing your skills and using unique hero abilities inspired by famous tales, such as Norse mythology and One Thousand and One Nights. You can play solo or team up with up to four players in online co-op. The game offers intense real-time combat and dynamic gameplay, so players have to build strong characters and strategize to defeat the Nightmare's creatures and level bosses.

4. House Flipper 2

House Flipper 2 - Official Gameplay Trailer

If you ever wanted to try house flipping, House Flipper 2 is the game for you. In this game, you can buy and fix up old houses, or even build new ones. First, you start in the friendly town of Pinnacove, where you help the community by turning their run-down homes into beautiful places. Whether you're new or experienced, you'll quickly get the hang of it. You can use your hammer, paint roller, and mop to transform houses. Additionally, the game introduces new features, including Sandbox Mode, where you can build houses from scratch and let your creativity run wild. Although building from scratch is tough, it's rewarding to create your dream home.

3. Last Epoch

Last Epoch Patch 1.1 - Harbingers of Ruin | Official Trailer

Last Epoch is an exciting action RPG that mixes time travel with dungeon crawling. You start your adventure in the world of Eterra, picking from five classes that can grow into one of 15 powerful mastery classes. There are over 120 skill trees to customize your playstyle, such as turning skeletons into archers or changing a lightning blast into chain lightning. The game offers a rich loot system where you can find and craft rare, powerful items. Also, it's fair for everyone, with no pay-to-win mechanics, focusing instead on rewarding your skill and strategy.

2. Chrono Ark

Chrono Ark - Offical Release Trailer

Chrono Ark is a fun single-player game that mixes deck-building with party-based RPGs. You recruit and train a team of investigators to save the world from chaos. The goal is to collect Time Shades in the Twisted Land and restore order by running the Clock Tower. In battles, you use card-based skills and perks with up to four team members. When your party is defeated, you start over, but you find more options each time you play. The story follows Lucy, who wakes up in the Twisted Land and must gather Time Shades to fix the Clock Tower. The game features many skill cards, items, relics, and bosses, and offers a new adventure with each playthrough.

1. Anger Foot

Anger Foot Launch Trailer | Out Now on PC

Concluding our list of best indie games on Steam, Anger Foot delivers fast and intense first-person action. Players dive into the chaotic world of Shit City, filled with relentless gangsters. The main gameplay involves using powerful kicks to break through doors and defeat enemies. Along the way, players grab new weapons and unlock upgrades that make their abilities even more exciting. The game features various wild districts like slums, sewers, and skyscrapers, each with unique challenges. Additionally, with a kick to clear a path and a high-energy soundtrack, Anger Foot offers an adrenaline-fueled experience where your foot becomes the ultimate weapon.

So, what's your take? Do you agree with our top five? What do you think are the best indie games on Steam? Let us know in the comments below or over on our socials here!

Amar is a gaming aficionado and freelance content writer. As an experienced gaming content writer, he's always up-to-date with the latest gaming industry trends. When he's not busy crafting compelling gaming articles, you can find him dominating the virtual world as a seasoned gamer.