It’s award season here at Twinfinite! Let’s look back at the best indie game releases of 2019. Voted on by our editors, these were the best and most memorable indie games that our team felt really stood out this year.
Let’s start with some honorable mentions, and then our top vote-getting runner-ups, and finally, of course, our overall winner!
Honorable Mention: Sayonara Wild Hearts
Features Editor Greysun Morales: There were so many interesting and unique indie titles this year and ever since I got my hands on Sayonara Wild Hearts earlier this year at PAX East, I knew that this playable electro pop album was going to be something special.
Narrated by the iconic celebrity, Queen Latifah, Sayonara Wild Hearts starts off with a bang with the first track in the game, or the first stage rather, Clair de lune, which introduces us to a young woman who has just experienced a heartbreak for what feels like the first time ever.
This game starts off a bit slow but once you get into the meat of potatoes of it all, the music opens up with tracks containing lyrics and some bomb beats that never fails to make my head bop and my toes tap.
The gameplay itself is mostly just moving your character left and right to collect gems and avoid enemy attacks but there are also some really cool QTE sections that feels ver satisfying to pull off.
Sayonara Wild Hearts is definitely an indie game this year that’s going to be overlooked by lots of people since it exists outside the norm of big-time AAA games, but I beg of you: If you’re a fan of electro/pop/synth music and a cute little story, this indie title should not be missed as it’s one of the best games that 2019 has to offer.