List of indie game developers

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This is a list of independent video game developers, individuals or teams which produce indie games but are not owned by or receive significant financial backing from a video game publisher. Independent developers, which can be single individuals, small groups, or large organizations, retain operational control over their organizations and processes. Some self-publish their own games while others work with publishers.

List of notable developers

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Defunct and no longer active
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There are thousands of independent game development studios which either self-publish their titles, or enter into licensing or co-development agreements with publishers. This list is not intended to be exhaustive with respect to developers or their games, and includes only notable developers and their most notable game examples.

Developer City Autonomous area Country Notable games Notes
2D Boy[1] San Francisco California United States World of Goo
3G Studios Reno Nevada United States Jillian Michaels' Fitness Ultimatum 2009
Rock Band (with Harmonix)
4D Rulers Beatrice Nebraska United States Gore: Ultimate Soldier
Secret Service 2
Patriots: A Nation Under Fire
11 bit studios Warsaw Poland Anomaly
ACE Team Santiago Santiago Chile Zeno Clash
Rock of Ages
Acid Nerve Manchester United Kingdom (England) Titan Souls
Alec Holowka Winnipeg Manitoba Canada Crayon Physics Deluxe
I'm O.K – A Murder Simulator
Aquaria
Night in the Woods
Alientrap Saskatoon Saskatchewan Canada Capsized
Apotheon
Amanita Design[1] Brno Czech Republic Samorost series
Machinarium
Botanicula
Amaranth Games Aveyond
Aveyond 2
Ambrosia Software Rochester New York United States Escape Velocity series
Amplitude Studios Paris Île-de-France France Endless Space
Endless Legend
Dungeon of the Endless
AmnesiaGames Santiago de Chile Chile
Ankama Games Roubaix France Dofus Denton Designs
Anna Anthropy Oakland California United States Dys4ia
Mighty Jill Off
Arrowhead Game Studios Stockholm Sweden Magicka

Helldivers

Artix Entertainment Land O' Lakes Florida United States AdventureQuest
DragonFable
MechQuest
AdventureQuest Worlds
WarpForce
EpicDuel
HeroSmash
Aventurine SA Athens Greece Darkfall Online
Babaroga Chicago Illinois United States Spore Origins
Zombies!!!
Basilisk Games Indianapolis Indiana United States Eschalon series
BeautiFun Games Sabadell Spain Nihilumbra
The Behemoth[1] San Diego California United States Alien Hominid
Castle Crashers
BattleBlock Theater
Pit People
Behold Studios Brasilia Brazil Chroma Squad
Benjamin Rivers Toronto Ontario Canada
Big Finish Games Salt Lake City Utah United States Three Cards to Midnight
Bit Blot Canada Aquaria
Black Shell Games San Francisco California United States SanctuaryRPG
Overture
Blitz Games Studios Warwickshire United Kingdom (England) Powerup Forever
Droplitz
Invincible Tiger: The Legend of Han Tao
Blue Fang Games Waltham Massachusetts United States Zoo Tycoon series
Bohemia Interactive Studio Prague Czech Republic Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis
ArmA: Armed Assault
Take On Mars
DayZ
Boomzap Entertainment Singapore Singapore
Brace Yourself Games Vancouver British Columbia Canada Crypt of the Necrodancer
Broken Rules Vienna Austria And Yet It Moves
Secrets of Rætikon
Bubble Gum Interactive Sydney Australia Little Space Heroes
Buddy Cops, LLC United States OmniBus
Capybara Games[1][2] Toronto Ontario Canada Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP
Critter Crunch
Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes
Super Time Force
Castle Thorn Software LLC Hamilton Montana United States StarQuest Online
Cellar Door Games Toronto Ontario Canada Rogue Legacy
CBE Software Brno Czech Republic J.U.L.I.A.
J.U.L.I.A. Among the Stars
CCP Games Reykjavík Iceland Eve Online
The Chinese Room[2] Brighton United Kingdom (England) Dear Esther
Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs
Christine Love Toronto Ontario Canada Digital: A Love Story
don't take it personally, babe, it just ain't your story
Analogue: A Hate Story
Christopher Howard Wolf Rocky Point North Carolina United States DragonSpires
I'm O.K – A Murder Simulator''
Camp Cadaver
Chronic Logic Santa Cruz California United States Bridge Builder
Gish
Cinemax Prague Czech Republic Numen: Contest of Heroes
Gumboy: Crazy Adventures
Inquisitor
ClockStone Software Innsbruck Tyrol Austria Avencast: Rise of the Mage
Cloud Imperium Games Los Angeles California United States Star Citizen
Coffee Powered Machine Uruguay Okhlos
Coffee Stain Studios Skövde Sweden Goat Simulator
Sanctum series
Comcept Tokyo and Osaka Japan Mighty No. 9 Founded by Keiji Inafune
Compulsion Games Montreal Quebec Canada Contrast

We Happy Few

Craneballs Studio Ostrava Czech Republic Planet Nomads
Overkill series
Splash Cars
Croteam Zagreb Croatia Football Glory
Serious Sam series

The Talos Principle

Crytek Black Sea (formerly Black Sea Studios) Sofia Bulgaria Knights of Honor
WorldShift
Curve Digital London United Kingdom (England) Fluidity series

Stealth Inc. series

Cypronia (formerly Cypron Studios) Michalovce Slovakia State of War
Daedalic Entertainment Hamburg Germany Edna & Harvey series

The Whispered World
Deponia series
The Dark Eye series
The Night of the Rabbit

Datcroft Games London England United Kingdom Fragoria
Daniel Benmergui[2] Buenos Aires Argentina Today I Die
I Wish I Were The Moon
Davilex Games[2] Houten Utrecht Netherlands A2 Racer
Dejobaan Games[1] Boston Massachusetts United States AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! – A Reckless Disregard for Gravity
The Wonderful End of the World
Dennaton Games Sweden Hotline Miami
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number
Derek Smart (3000AD.com) Fort Lauderdale Florida United States Battlecruiser 3000AD
Universal Combat
Derek Yu[2] Pasadena California United States I'm O.K – A Murder Simulator
Aquaria
Spelunky
Eternal Daughter
Digital Eel Seattle Washington United States Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space
Strange Adventures In Infinite Space
Digital Happiness Bandung West Java Indonesia Dreadout
Disco Pixel Boston Massachusetts United States Jungle Rumble
Dodge Roll Washington, DC United States Enter the Gungeon
Double Fine Productions[3] San Francisco California United States Broken Age
Brütal Legend
Costume Quest
Double Fine Happy Action Theater
Psychonauts
Stacking

Headlander

D-Pad Studio Bergen Norway Owlboy
Dreadlocks Ltd Prague Czech Republic Rune Legend
Dex
DrinkBox Studios Toronto Ontario Canada Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack
Guacamelee!
Severed
Edmund McMillen[2] Santa Cruz California United States Gish
Super Meat Boy
Aether
Spewer
The Binding of Isaac
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth
Elite Gudz New York New York United States Techno Kitten Adventure
Elixir Studios London England United Kingdom Republic: The Revolution
Evil Genius
Eurocom Derby United Kingdom Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy
Batman Begins
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
Vancouver 2010: The Official Videogame of the Winter Olympic Games
GoldenEye 007
Evony, LLC Guangzhou China Evony: Age I
Facepunch Studios Walsall United Kingdom (England) Garry's Mod
Rust
FarmerGnome Australia and New Zealand A Fistful of Gun
Ferry Halim Fresno California United States Orisinal Games
Firefly Studios London United Kingdom (England) Stronghold
Stronghold 2
Space Colony
Stronghold 3
Dungeon Hero
Civ City: Rome
Stronghold Kingdoms
Flying Wild Hog Warsaw Poland Hard Reset

Shadow Warrior series

Freebird Games Markham Ontario Canada To the Moon
Free Lives South Africa Broforce
Frictional Games Helsingborg Sweden Penumbra series
Amnesia: The Dark Descent
Frima Quebec City Quebec Canada Chariot
Zombie Tycoon
Frogwares Kiev Ukraine Journey to the Center of the Earth
Sherlock Holmes: Secret of the Silver Earring
Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened
Dracula: Origin
Frontier Developments Cambridge England United Kingdom Frontier: Elite II
LostWinds
LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias
The Fullbright Company[2] Portland Oregon United States Gone Home
Games Distillery Bratislava Bratislava Region Slovakia Aqua
Gaijin Games Santa Cruz California United States Bit.Trip series
GalaxyTrail Freedom Planet
GarageGames Eugene Oregon United States Marble Blast Ultra
Gogii Games Moncton New Brunswick Canada
Grip Digital Prague Czech Republic Atomic Ninjas
The Solus Project
Guild Software Milwaukee Wisconsin United States Vendetta Online
Haemimont Games Sofia Bulgaria Tropico 3
Tzar: Burden of the Crown
Halfbrick Studios Brisbane Queensland Australia Fruit Ninja

Jetpack Joyride

Hanako Games United Kingdom Cute Knight
Fatal Hearts
Hello Games[1] Guildford England United Kingdom Joe Danger series

No Man's Sky

Hexage Mníšek pod Brdy Czech Republic Reaper: Tale of a Pale Swordsman
Redcon
Hidden Path Entertainment Bellevue Washington United States Defense Grid: The Awakening

Defense Grid 2

Himalaya Studios Chandler Arizona United States Al Emmo and the Lost Dutchman's Mine
Honeyslug London United Kingdom (England) Hohokum

Frobisher Says

Hoplon Infotainment Florianópolis Florianópolis Brazil Heavy Metal Machines Developer and Publisher
Ice-Pick Lodge Moscow Russia Pathologic
The Void
Image & Form Gothenburg Sweden SteamWorld series
Inti Creates Ichikawa, Chiba Japan Mega Man Zero series
Mega Man ZX series
Gal Gun series
Azure Striker Gunvolt series
Blaster Master Zero
Developer/Publisher, formed by ex-Capcom staff
Introversion Software United Kingdom Uplink
Darwinia
DEFCON
Subversion (development has stopped temporarily)
Multiwinia
Prison Architect
Invictus Games Debrecen Hungary Project Torque
Jagex Cambridge England United Kingdom RuneScape
Ace of Spades
Jason Rohrer[1] Potsdam New York United States Passage
Gravitation
Between
A Jolly Corpse United States Dropsy
Jonas Kyratzes Wiesbaden Germany The Museum of Broken Memories
Jonatan "Cactus" Söderström[1] Gothenburg Sweden Clean Asia!
Jph Wacheski Ottawa Ontario Canada
KatGames Zaragoza Spain Mortimer and the Enchanted Castle
Zulu Gems
Keen Software House Prague Czech Republic Miner Wars 2081
Space Engineers
Klei Entertainment[1] Vancouver British Columbia Canada Eets
Shank
Shank 2
Mark of the Ninja
Don't Starve
Invisible, Inc.
Kloonigames[1] Finland Crayon Physics Deluxe
Kunos Simulazioni Vallelunga Circuit Latium Italy Assetto Corsa
Ferrari Virtual Academy
netKar Pro
Kiro'o Games Yaounde Cameroon Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan
Laminar Research Columbia South Carolina United States X-Plane
Lazy 8 Studios San Francisco California United States Cogs
BioShock Infinite: Industrial Revolution
Le Cartel Studio Paris France Mother Russia Bleeds
Lindsay Grace Washington, DC District of Columbia United States Big Huggin'
Little Green Men Games Zagreb Croatia Starpoint Gemini
Starpoint Gemini 2
Llamasoft United Kingdom Polybius
Space Giraffe
Gridrunner Revolution
Madfinger Games Brno Czech Republic Shadowgun
Dead Trigger
MagicalTimeBean Emeryville California United States Escape Goat
Escape Goat 2
Mateusz Skutnik Gdańsk Poland Submachine
Matt Thorson Vancouver British Columbia Canada TowerFall
TowerFall Ascension
Metanet Software[1] Toronto Ontario Canada N
N+
Robotology
Messhof Los Angeles California United States Nidhogg
MidBoss San Francisco California United States Read Only Memories
Mighty Rabbit Studios Cary North Carolina United States Saturday Morning RPG
Breach & Clear
Breach & Clear: Deadline
Mindstorm Studios Lahore Pakistan Cricket Revolution
Mojang Stockholm Sweden Minecraft
Cobalt
Scrolls
Molleindustria Turin Italy Faith Fighter
Phone Story
Mommy's Best Games[1] United States Weapon of Choice
Moon Studios Vienna Austria (with developers spread all over the world) Ori and the Blind Forest
Moppin Japan Downwell
Ndemic Creations London United Kingdom (England) Plague Inc.
NeocoreGames Budapest Hungary The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing
New Star Games United Kingdom New Star Soccer
Nicalis Santa Ana California United States NightSky
Cave Story
VVVVVV
1001 Spikes
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth
Nifflas Umeå Sweden Knytt
Knytt Stories
Within a Deep Forest
Nival Interactive Moscow Russia Blitzkrieg
Silent Storm
Number None California United States Braid
The Witness
The Odd Gentlemen[1] California United States The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom
Owlchemy Labs Boston Massachusetts United States Snuggle Truck
AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!!
Parallax Studio Nixa Missouri United States Darkstar: The Interactive Movie
PigeoNation Inc. Japan Hatoful Boyfriend
Hatoful Boyfriend: Holiday Star
Pinokl Games Ukraine Party Hard
PixelJAM Games United States Dino Run
Playdead[1] Copenhagen Denmark Limbo
Inside
Polytron Corporation[1] Montreal Canada Fez
Puppy Games Notting Hill United Kingdom (England) Revenge of the Titans
Droid Assault
Positech Games United Kingdom Democracy
Gratuitous Space Battles
Private Moon Studios Hungary AGON series
Yoomurjak's Ring
Provox Games Zagreb Croatia Space Force: Rogue Universe
Psyonix Studios San Diego California United States Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars
ARC Squadron
Punch Entertainment Palo Alto California United States
Q-Games Kyoto Japan Star Fox Command
PixelJunk series
Rake In Grass Prague Czech Republic Jets 'n' Guns
Larva Mortus
realtech VR Montreal Quebec Canada No Gravity: The Plague of Mind
Red Thread Games Oslo Norway Dreamfall Chapters
Renegade Kid Austin Texas United States Mutant Mudds
Daniel Remar Sweden Iji
Relentless Software Brighton United Kingdom Buzz!
Blue Toad Murder Files
Renegade Kid Austin Texas United States Dementium: The Ward
Moon
Dementium II
Reverge Labs Marina del Rey California United States Skullgirls
Roll7 London United Kingdom (England) OlliOlli

OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood

Not a Hero

Ronimo Games[1] Utrecht Netherlands de Blob
Swords & Soldiers
Awesomenauts
Rovio Entertainment Espoo Finland Angry Birds
S2 Games Rohnert Park California United States Savage: The Battle for Newerth
Savage 2: A Tortured Soul
Heroes of Newerth
Saber Interactive Millburn New Jersey United States Will Rock
TimeShift
Sandlot Games Bothell Washington United States Cake Mania
Santa Cruz Games Santa Cruz California United States Tomb Raider: Underworld
Godzilla Unleashed: Double Smash
Scott Cawthon Salado Texas United States Five Nights at Freddy's series
Semi Secret Software[1] Austin Texas United States Canabalt
Sidhe Wellington New Zealand GripShift
Shatter
Rugby Challenge series
Rugby League series (2003-2010)
Silver Creek Entertainment Grants Pass Oregon United States Soltrio Solitaire
Ska Studios Marcy New York United States Survival Crisis Z
The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai
I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES 1NIT!!!1
The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile
Charlie Murder

Salt and Sanctuary

Skygoblin Gothenburg Sweden The Journey Down
Soldak Entertainment Dallas Texas United States Depths of Peril
Kivi's Underworld
Din's Curse
Spiderweb Software Seattle Washington United States Exile series
Avernum series
Geneforge series
Nethergate
Splash Damage London United Kingdom (England) Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars
Squad Mexico City Mexico Kerbal Space Program
Stardock Plymouth Michigan United States Galactic Civilizations series
Elemental series
The Political Machine series
Stoic Austin Texas United States The Banner Saga Trilogy
Storm Impact Glenview Illinois United States TaskMaker
Studio Pixel Japan Cave Story
Ikachan
Kero Blaster
Subatomic Studios Boston Massachusetts United States Fieldrunners
Subset Games Shanghai China Faster Than Light
Supergiant Games San Jose California United States Bastion
Transistor
Pyre
Superhot Team Łódź Poland Superhot
SuperVillain Studios Santa Ana California United States Dungeon Siege: Throne of Agony
Order Up!
Tale of Tales Ghent Belgium The Endless Forest
The Graveyard
The Path
TaleWorlds Ankara Turkey Mount&Blade
Mount&Blade: Warband
Mount&Blade: With Fire & Sword
Team Shanghai Alice Ebina Kanagawa Japan Touhou Project
TeamTNT
Tendershoot United States Dropsy
Telltale Games San Rafael California United States Sam & Max episodic series

The Walking Dead series
Tales from the Borderlands
The Wolf Among Us
Game of Thrones

Minecraft: Story Mode

Terry Cavanagh London United Kingdom (England) VVVVV
Super Hexagon
Tomasz Wacławek Poland Ronin
thatgamecompany[1] Los Angeles California United States flOw
Cloud
Flower
Journey
Three Rings Design San Francisco California United States Yohoho! Puzzle Pirates
Bang! Howdy
Whirled
Tiger Style[2] Austin Texas United States Waking Mars
Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor
Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon
tinyBuild Bothell Washington United States No Time to Explain Active as only a publisher
Terri Vellmann Brazil Heavy Bullets
Toby Fox Boston Massachusetts United States Undertale
Torpex Games Bellevue Washington United States Schizoid
Tomorrow Corporation United States Little Inferno
Team Meat Hendersonville North Carolina United States Super Meat Boy
Trendy Entertainment Gainesville Florida United States Dungeon Defenders
Tribute Games Montreal Quebec Canada Wizorb
Mercenary Kings
Curses 'N Chaos
Trickster Arts Brno Czech Republic Hero of Many
Hackers
Twisted Pixel[1] Austin Texas United States The Maw
'Splosion Man
Ms. Splosion Man
Ty Taylor[2] United States The Bridge
Uber Entertainment Kirkland Washington United States Planetary Annihilation
Monday Night Combat
Super Monday Night Combat
Vectorpark Brooklyn New York United States Windosill
Metamorphabet
Vagabond Dog Toronto Ontario Canada Always Sometimes Monsters
Vlambeer[2] Utrecht Netherlands Super Crate Box
Serious Sam: The Random Encounter
Luftrausers
Nuclear Throne
VoxelStorm Manchester United Kingdom GolfXTRM
Fractyr
AdvertCity
Wadjet Eye Games New York City New York United States The Shivah
Blackwell series
Gemini Rue
Shardlight
WayForward Technologies, Inc. Valencia California United States Shantae series
Contra 4
A Boy and His Blob
Mighty Switch Force series
Double Dragon Neon
DuckTales Remastered
Wolfire Games Berkeley California United States Black Shades
Lugaru: The Rabbit's Foot
Overgrowth
Xona Games[4] Yarmouth Nova Scotia Canada Score Rush
XMG Studio Toronto Ontario Canada
Yacht Club Games Valencia, California California United States Shovel Knight Founded by former Wayforward director Sean Velasco
Young Horses Chicago Illinois United States Octodad

Octodad: Dadliest Catch

Zachary Barth Seattle Washington United States Infiniminer
SpaceChem
Zoë Quinn Boston Massachusetts United States Depression Quest
Zoetrope Interactive Istanbul Turkey Darkness Within
Darkness Within: The Dark Lineage
Zoink Gothenburg Sweden PlayStation All-Stars Island
The Kore Gang
Zoonami Cambridge England United Kingdom Zendoku
Bonsai Barber
ZootFly Ljubljana Slovenia First Battalion
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See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s Webster, Andrew (June 23, 2012). "26 indie game developers you need to follow". GamesRadar. Future plc. Retrieved August 8, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Campbell, Colin (December 18, 2012). "12 Top Indie Developers Talk Games". IGN. j2 Global. Retrieved August 8, 2013. 
  3. ^ Ligman, Kris (June 13, 2013). "Double Fine receives Indie Fund backing for two new titles". Gamasutra. UBM Tech. Retrieved November 14, 2013. 
  4. ^ Charla, Chris (February 27, 2014). "New Developers Sign On to [email protected]". Xbox Wire. Microsoft. Retrieved July 7, 2014. 

External links

  • Indie DB, a comprehensive database of indie developers and titles.
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