These 20 Amazing Indie Games Will Get You Through Your Workday

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You spend too much money on video games.Indie developers build their games out of a driving sense of passion. They don’t care if you like them or not — their games are free or cheap.

They’re also so much fun that you might just try to sneak some video game time into your workday.

Give the underdog’s games a try. We think you’ll be impressed.

Cave Story

Five years in the making, this platformer has a rampant and devoted following around the world.

Platform: Windows, Linux, Mac

Price: free

Dwarf Fortress

Get ready for some hardcore ASCII graphics -- what Dwarf Fortress lacks in flashy 3D it makes up for in high concept. Build a fortress and use your dwarves to mine gold while fighting off dragons and other dangers. The New York Times said Dwarf Fortress might be the most complex game ever made.

Platforms: Windows, Linux, Mac

Price: free

Minecraft

Described as a first-person building game, Minecraft is more of a virtual sandbox or playspace where you create almost anything you can imagine out of blocks.

Platform: Mac, Linux, Windows, Browser

Price: $28

Braid

Braid is a platforming game that lets you fast-forward and rewind time, even after you die, in order to solve puzzles and complete levels.

Platform: XBOX 360, Windows

Price: $15

World of Goo

You'll love this physics-based puzzle game that has you building structures out of a weird goo in an attempt to get through each level's exit.

Platform: Windows, Mac, Wii, Linux

Price: $20

ASCIIpOrtal

If you've played the famous game Portal, where you have a gun that fires portals into walls, try the 2D version that employs the same game mechanic with basic ASCII characters.

Platform: Windows, Mac, Linux

Price: free

Super Meat Boy

You're a boy made out of meat! Swing around each level to escape through the exit.

Platform: Windows, XBOX 360, Wii

Price: $15

Battle for Wesnoth

Fantasy and RPG fans take note -- this turn-based strategy game will hold your attention for a long time.

Platform: Windows, Mac, Linux

Price: free

Super Mario War

Here's a cool new take on Mario -- multiplayer capture the flag. This game is classic fun like you'd expect from Mario characters.

Platform: Windows, Mac, Linux

Price: free

NetHack

NetHack kicked off a movement of minimalist dungeon crawler games. Here's your chance to play one of the originals.

Platform: Windows, Mac, Linux, DOS

Price: free

N

N is simply one of the most complex and addicting platform games you'll ever play.

Platform: Windows, Mac, Linux

Price: free

Spelunky

Do your best Indiana Jones impression as you run around a cavern fighting giant snakes and collecting coins.

Platform: Windows

Price: free

Karoshi 2.0

The goal of Karoshi is a little counter-intuitive -- find a way to kill yourself to go on to the next level.

Platform: Windows

Price: free

Teeworlds

Fans of the old Worms games will be fast fans of Teeworlds. It's a 2D platformer with multiplayer deathmatch and capture-the-flag modes.

Platform: Mac, Windows, Linux

Price: free

Deadly Rooms of Death

This is a free, open-source remake of the original Deadly Rooms of Death from 1997. Fans of the original will absolutely want to check it out.

Platform: Windows, Linux

Price: free

endeavour

In this game you control a dwarf who attempts to uncover a deadly secret.

Platform: Browser

Price: free

Off-Road Velociraptor Safari

We'll just let the game's title speak for itself.

Platform: Browser

Price: free

Don't Look Back

This is a minimalist game with a little bit of a horror theme to it, but it's really fun.

Platform: Browser, Windows, Mac

Price: free

Gun Mute

You can't be a serious gamer until you've tried a text adventure game. Interact with an exciting world through text and typing. We promise it's more fun than you think it is. This particular game has you controlling a gunslinger-type in a post-apocalyptic world.

Platform: Windows, Mac, Linux

Price: free

Spider and Web

Another text adventure classic, this one pits you against an interrogator as you plot your escape.

Platform: Mac, Windows, Linux

Price: free

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