While 2019 has been host to some pretty great AAA games over the course of the year so far, there have been plenty of indie darlings that have gotten our attention that we cannot stop talking about. Here are 9 indie games from this year that you need to play.
Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer
Cadence of Hyrule is a Legend of Zelda spin-off developed by Brace Yourself Games, a team known for the brutally difficult dungeon-crawler, Crypt of the Necrodancer.
The title throws together all of the familiar enemies and items from the Zelda universe, as well as the catchy tunes, and gives it a roguelike and rhythm makeover.
Every move you make has to be on rhythm with the music that’s playing and if you fail to hit the beats successfully, prepare to die… a lot.
It can be hard at first to get accustomed to this new type of gameplay that’s never been seen before in a Zelda game, but once you get the hang of it you might find that Cadence of Hyrule is one of the best indie games of the year, maybe even one of the best top-down Zelda games out there –and just wait until you hear rock versions of your favorite Zelda themes.
This may have been published by Nintendo, but Brace Yourself Games has managed to make the best indie Zelda game of all time, and while it’s the first one, that’s quite a feat.