Best Indie Games of 2018 So Far
Celeste led the charge in what has been a sublime year for indie gaming. So good, in fact, that we had trouble keeping this list to just five Of course, in December we’ll give out our annual Best Indie Game of the Year award, but for now let’s dig into the best of the best so far in 2018.
What makes Celeste so special is the way it combines hardcore platforming action with a simple yet extraordinary narrative centered around mental health. The main character, Madeline, is constantly at odds with her own thoughts as she climbs Celeste Mountain, a place where negative thoughts are actually physically manifested. Her journey is brutal, and the punishing difficulty of the game does well to translate her mental condition.
You’ll not only need to guide Madeline through her own personal problems, but also, through eight increasingly challenging levels that will push your platforming skills to the absolute limit. There’s no big secret here. Celeste is just a really good platformer with an extremely well-written, and touching story to boot.
In the end, Celeste is not only is a big contender for the best indie game of 2018, it’s likely going to be an overall Game of the Year contender for many players and critics as well.