While 2021 saw a lighter-than-usual release schedule for flagship games from triple-A publishers, thanks in large part to the ongoing global pandemic, it meant that independent-developed games had more time to shine. For every exceptional indie game–from Inscryption and Solar Ash, to The Artful Escape and Sable–there were many more that didn’t get time in the spotlight.
So, to ensure we give some love to as many indie games as we can before the year ends, here are 11 of the best independent games of 2021. Needless to say, all of them are very much worthy of your consideration. For more, check out our picks for the 10 best games of 2021.