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5 Best Indie Games on Xbox Game Pass (July 2024)

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Indie development in gaming often allows players to experience wholly new things. These games are not held back or restricted in their design. This allows the developers to have much more control over the products they create. Among these games are gems from every genre. This makes the indie space a virtual treasure trove of wonderful titles to discover or rediscover. To highlight some of the best, here are our picks for the 5 Best Indie Games on Xbox Game Pass

5. Monster Sanctuary

Monster Sanctuary | Launch Trailer

For the first entry on our list of the best indie games available on Xbox Game Pass, here we have Monster Sanctuary. For players who are fans of the creature-collecting genre, as well as Metroidvania titles, this combines the two in a magnificent blend. In Monster Sanctuary, players must scour a dark and imaginative world in order to find several different types of creatures. Players are able to not only collect these creatures but also evolve them in an involved process. By doing so, players will have access to a stronger roster of monsters than before.

This creates a rewarding gameplay loop that is satisfying from beginning to end. The blend of the two genres that the game presents also works wonders for its playability & general fun factor. There are skill trees in the game for players to familiarize themselves with as well, giving each character depth. For players who are fans of PvP or multiple game modes, this title also has you covered. All in all, Monster Sanctuary is one of the best indie games on Xbox Game Pass.

4. Dicey Dungeons

Dicey Dungeons Xbox Trailer

We are continuing with our list of Dicey Dungeons. This game takes the familiar formula of a dice-based adventure game and flips it on its head. In Dicey Dungeons, players will be able to choose from a collection of different classes for their dice. In doing so, players are able to explore dungeons and collect great rewards. This gives the game a sense of freedom and exploration that is palpable throughout. In addition to this, the moment-to-moment gameplay is fun and entertaining, full of in-jokes surrounding dice-based adventure games.

The game's class-based system also ensures that players will have no problem jumping into the game. These classes are built from classic archetypes, which makes them instantly recognizable and understandable. This is wonderful for both new players. Also, the game's artwork ensures that it visually stands out from many other titles on the market. So, if you are looking to play something quite different, check out Dicey Dungeons, one of the best indie games on Xbox Game Pass.

3. While the Iron's Hot

While the Iron’s Hot | Launch Trailer

For the next entry on our list, we have While the Iron's Hot. For players who enjoy crafting in their games, this title is an excellent recommendation. After being stranded from a shipwreck, players open up a blacksmith shop. In doing so, players are able to create weapons and armor for a cast of creative & funny characters. The game's world is vibrant and full of things to discover, and the game's core crafting mechanics are extremely fun & rewarding. Each of the creation mechanics in the game is supported by a minigame. These minigames do a great job of not only engaging the player but keeping the gameplay interesting.

As players make their way through the game, they will gain access to new abilities and things to craft. This makes up the core gameplay loop of the game. Along the way, players will learn more about the game's world and its characters, all while undertaking takes for the various townsfolk in the game. Simply put, if you are looking for one of the best indie games on Xbox Game Pass that is simply a good time, give While the Iron's Hot a try.

2. Still Wakes the Deep

Still Wakes The Deep - Launch Trailer

The next entry on our list is Still Wakes the Deep. This game takes quite a turn in regard to its psychological horror. After players find themselves on a stranded oil rig, they are met with an eldritch entity attacking the ship's crew. In order to survive, players will have to sneak and skulk about to avoid certain doom. The game features a grounded approach to its gameplay; you won't find any super-powered protagonists here. This gives the game a sense of tension that is palpable throughout the entire game.

The game not only commands a surreal sense of horror but manages to do so while remaining grounded. While at first, these two elements seem at odds with one another, it is in how Still Wakes the Deep addresses these elements that the game shines. In addition to this, the game's emphasis on narrative is fantastic, allowing players to become acquainted with the game's world and characters slowly. In short, Still Wakes the Deep is one of the best indie games on Xbox Game Pass.

1. Isonzo

Isonzo I Official Launch Trailer

For the final entry on our list of the best indie games on Xbox Game Pass, we have Isonzo. This game not only takes a rather unfamiliar setting, being set in World War I but manages to do the conflict justice in its realism and attention to detail. In this game, players are pitted against teams of other players with various roles that they have to accomplish. The game's maps and weapons are all lovingly and painstakingly recreated, giving the game a sense of reality that otherwise simply wouldn't be possible.

The game's maps play just as significant a role as its class-based system. This class-based system allows players to work alongside one another to achieve a common goal. The weapons in the game all require the player to become efficient and accurate as well, seeing as automatic weapons are somewhat sparse. The atmospheric nature of the game is also stunning, allowing the player to immerse themselves in the moment fully. In closing, if you are looking for one of the best indie games on Xbox Game Pass, check out Isonzo.

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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.