Nine of the best indie games of 2022 to enjoy Easter

Another long Easter weekend is approaching, and for countless gamers it represents a golden opportunity to invest some valuable extra time in a new game. It can be tempting to commit to a huge, sprawling AAA like Forbidden Horizon West or Ring of Eldenbut you’ll only scratch the surface – and there’s so much to get from those out of the spotlight.

Already, 2022 has delivered some absolutely spectacular indie games that are absolutely perfect for a three- to four-day Easter run, especially since the bar for indie GOTY has already been set ridiculously high.

For $30 or less – or even free with Game Pass – you could have the game you need to scratch that gaming itch, walking away from that glorious weekend with a much stronger sense of satisfaction, not just by finishing a game, but supporting those smaller developers who represent the true heart and backbone of the industry. Here are nine great titles that are worth your time.

nobody saves the world

Platforms: PC, Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S

Recommended retail price: $24.99 / Free (with Xbox Game Pass)

Between 20 and 30 hours to complete, action-RPG nobody saves the world is one of the best candidates for a long weekend, especially since it puts a whole new spin on a well-worn genre. Plus, it debuted on Xbox Game Pass, which means it’s just a quick download for subscribers – and as of yesterday (April 14), it’s finally available on Switch and PlayStation.

Created by Drinkbox Studios (Guacamelee, Cut), you play as the titular Nobody, who has the ability to shapeshift into a rat, ranger, horse, egg, zombie, and many other unique characters to solve puzzles, unlock upgrades, and ultimately try to defeat the calamity that has engulfed Earth. Its signature humor, combined with excellent mechanics, make for a superbly compulsive experience.

Check out my full review on nobody saves the world here.

Circuit Superstars

Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4

Recommended retail price: $19.99

While Circuit Superstars came to PC and Xbox in 2021, this wonderful little racing game from Original Fire Games hit PS4 this year, and its passionate Canadian development team of six has been steadily adding free expansions and upgrades since the new year, building on incredible foundations to create a masterful top-to-bottom runner.

It may look like a modern day Micro machinesbut that couldn’t be further from the truth. Circuit Superstars straddles the line between arcade and simulation, demanding skill and patience but delivering a deeply fulfilling experience, where every well-taken turn fills you with utter joy. This is a must for casuals and sim fans.

Read my full take on Circuit Superstars here.

Tunic

Platforms: PC, Mac, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S

Recommended retail price: $29.99 / Free (with Xbox Game Pass)

Tunic may command a $30 price tag, but few indie games are as polished – or capable of hitting such a high bar in an incredibly competitive genre – as this cute but punishing action-RPG, which would have pride of place in The Legend of Zelda universe, if the main character had not been a curious and silent fox.

Going into detail about Tunic would be doing it a disservice, as the whole game is built around learning everything as you go, in a simple but inventive way. Combining age-old tropes with an indecipherable language, a fascinating manual system and an utterly beautiful world, Tunic is a shoo-in for indie GOTY status. It’s also on Game Pass, so what have you got to lose?

wobbledogs

Platforms: computer

Recommended retail price: $19.99

The funniest game on this list – and, quite possibly, of 2022 –wobbledogs is also one of the most popular releases of the year among Steam users. Pet simulation games might not be many gamers’ cup of tea, but just watch the trailer and you’ll immediately fall in love with lone developer Tom Astle’s insane take on happy puppies. and staggering. Even felines will find its charms irresistible.

Grinders

Platforms: PC, Xbox Series XS

Recommended retail price: $29.99 / Free (with Xbox Game Pass)

After years of no pureplay snowboard games, FoamPunch’s Grinders channels the glory days of classics like 1080, SSX, Friendly boarders and more. While it’s not perfect, this labor of love – which was another day one addition to Game Pass – is simple, straightforward and self-aware, yet consistently empowering; it’s the perfect thing to dive in and get out of during a busier Easter weekend, and beyond.

Here is my opinion on Grinders.

Slipstream

Platforms: PC, Mac, Xbox One, PS4, Switch

Recommended retail price: $9.99

Right now, you only have to pay ten bucks for the best retro racing game in recent memory. Slipstreamthe brainchild of Brazilian solo developer Sandro Luiz “ansdor” de Paula, is a superb love letter to To go past and all things 90s Sega, managing to retain the appeal of the era while meeting the demands of modern racing fans.

Slipstream is easy to pick up but hard to master, with an often brutal difficulty that can put off casual players looking for the top spot, or even just the satisfaction of reaching the end of a grand five-stage round. However, it remains one of the most fascinating and rewarding games of its kind – a game well worth its meager RRP, especially with its many modes and split-screen multiplayer.

Take a look at my review on Slipstream here.

FixFox

Platforms: PC, Mac

Recommended retail price: $14.99

The canids are so inside, honey. As the second game on this list with a fox as the protagonist, FixFox share something else with Tunic: it has more than earned its place on the first list of finalists for indie game of the year. As another one-man creation from Czech developer Jaroslav Meloun, this “wholesome sci-fi adventure,” about an unlucky space mechanic stuck on a planet where tools are banned, is a moving delight.

Its quirky art style, quirky premise, and wonderful main character, Vix, all come together to create a captivating world you just want to get lost in. Perfect for long stays as well as for short stays, FixFox is a really nice, kind and heartwarming game that couldn’t have come at a better time.

Ultimate Racer Music

Platforms: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S

Recommended retail price: $6.99

For all the right reasons, a lot of people really don’t like Ultimate Racer Music– and for my first two games, I didn’t either – but hear me out. It’s not groundbreaking, user-friendly, polished, or close to the technical prowess of the spiritual predecessor. audio surfingbut under the right conditions, this relentless retro-neon fever dream makes you completely forget about its downsides.

Once you find the right piece of music, especially something a little slower and more trippy, the experience becomes more of a ride than a car crash. Play a bit of The Polyphonic Spree, Ratatat, Lemon Jelly or Saint Etienne and you’ll soon find that next level. Moreover, the game costs only $7, although you will have to invest some time to figure out how to play your own songs.

sun imp

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch

Recommended retail price: $14.99

Finally, if you only buy one Metroidvania-lite 2D platformer inspired by Peruvian folklore this Easter, sun imp is the one to get.

As one of the most overlooked indie games of 2022 so far, this Or I-like Affair combines non-linear exploration with big bosses, unlockable abilities, and a gorgeous art style, providing a truly grander challenge. It may lack the sharpness and attention to detail of its contemporaries, but its formula works and you’ll even learn a lot about a fascinating culture along the way.

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