10 best indie games on Xbox Game Pass to play on PC
This top 10 games on Xbox Game Pass for PC will prove you don’t need a huge budget to create special gaming experience.
The Xbox Game Pass library has over 200 titles. In addition to the well-known AAA titles, you can also find smaller indie games, which, unfortunately, very often stay unnoticed in the overflow of the AAA titles. So undeserved! Indie games may not be as universally appealing as their high-budget friends, but they distinguish themselves with unique, interesting gameplay and solutions that guarantee you long hours of fun.
That’s why we would like to suggest you 10 best games that are currently available on Xbox Game Pass subscription for PC. This list of indie games will once and for all prove that you don’t need a huge budget to create special gaming experience.
Battle Chasers: Nightwar
Release Date: 3 October 2017
Based on the comic books, Battle Chasers: Nightwar is an example of a classic JRPG as you’ll instantly recognise its mechanics from other big titles of the genre, like Final Fantasy. This indie game owes its high quality to a very successful Kickstarter campaign, which helped to create the best possible product.
In Battle Chasers: Nightwar players take the command of a team of three. The game itself is divided into two stages. The first one is free exploration of the map in real time, while the second one is turn-based combat with enemies. If you need a decent RPG dungeon crawl experience, wrapped in stunning comics-like graphics, don’t look any further.
Release Date: 20 September 2018
CrossCode is a two-dimensional indie RPG game with nice pixel graphics. The action takes place in the distant future, in which people spend every free moment on CrossWorlds - a game combining the virtual and real world. Lea also spends a lot of time in it, but for a completely different reason than the rest of the players. The main character's goal is to save her memories, which have been blurred by memory lapses.
The gameplay of CrossCode is based on battles against numerous opponents and particularly amusing puzzle solving. No trite solutions here, as you’ll encounter the type of puzzles that occupy your mind completely and make proud of yourself for solving them.
For the King
Release Date: 19 April 2018
Created by IronOak Games, For the King is a game that masterfully combines in itself many different genres. Here you can find mechanics known from JRPGs, strategy games, and some roguelikes. Both exploration and combat are turn-based and require the player to skillfully use the characteristics of the heroes.
The title does not impress with the plot originality, where the team of warriors is trying to face the danger that threatens the kingdom, but it is all compensated with a great gameplay. It’s engaging, rich and versatile. It’s like Darkest Dungeon, but more fast-paced and less punishing. For the King is a great addition to Xbox Game Pass subscription service as it’s a gateway strategic RPG and can be strongly recommended to the majority of gamers.
Lonely Mountains: Downhill
Release Date: 23 October 2019
Fans of extreme cycling can also rejoice as they’ll find something for themselves on the Xbox Game Pass. Lonely Mountains: Downhill is a nice arcade game which perfectly captures the spirit of downhill mountain biking. You can enjoy various environments, open maps which allow you to create almost any trail you want.
The main goal is to get to the finish line as quickly as possible. There are several different slopes waiting for players that can be traversed both during the day and at night, as well as changing weather conditions. It may seem straightforward minigame for 20 minutes, until you realise it’s been 2 hours and you still didn’t have enough. 😬
Release Date: 18 August 2020
Spiritfarer deals with quite unusual themes, even for indie games. The creators made the topic of death as their main ingredient and somehow managed to present a combination of an adventure game, economic strategy and platformer. As strange as it sounds, it works perfectly, as evidenced by the very high ratings among players and reviewers. Having this masterpiece indie game on Xbox Game Pass for PC is a steal!
The plot of Spiritfarer is truly mesmerizing as your main quest is transporting the dead to the afterlife by boat. Each character has its own story that they willingly share with the carrier - Stella. In addition, you also need to take care of the ship by expanding and improving it with the help of found resources or created tools. There are many possibilities - mining, gathering, cooking. Something for everyone. 😉
Release Date: 8 September 2020
As you can see, indie game developers love to incorporate roguelike elements into their creations very much. It is no different with the turn-based RPG Star Renegades. The title of Massive Damage studio allows you to play the role of the commander of a rebel unit, fighting against units of the evil empire.
Randomly generated missions and matching the enemy's army strategies make the gameplay highly unpredictable in a very good way. Multiple duels require unique tactics each time. As a result, changeable gameplay makes Star Renegades fun, satisfying and highly replayable.
Streets of Rage 4
Release Date: 30 April 2020
We had to wait a long time for the fourth part of the legendary beat 'em up series from Sega. The latest installment hit the PC and consoles 26 years after the premiere of the third part! Streets of Rage 4, like its predecessors, has a two-dimensional graphic design, distinguished by hand-drawn characters and landscapes.
The gameplay itself is also similar to what appeared in previous Streets of Rage series. Players take control of the selected hero, and then go to the selected location, where they have to face hordes of enemies and demanding bosses. It’s got all elements that bring 90s Arcade classic shenanigans back.
The Gardens Between
Release Date: 20 September 2020
This unusual single-player puzzle game tells the story of two friends who found themselves in a world built on the basis of their memories and everyday objects from their childhood. It’s one of those relaxing, cosy indie games that make you dive into its atmosphere.
The puzzles prepared by the creators of The Gardens Between deserve a special distinction. They used the mechanism of manipulating space-time, which is always mesmerizing and fun to play around with. Time only flies when the heroes are moving forward. The moment they start to move backwards, the clock goes back with them.
Touhou Luna Nights
Release Date: 26 February 2019
Touhou Luna Nights is a great-looking metroidvania, which is available in an Xbox Game Pass subscription. The main character of the game is a maid who, on the orders of her mistress (who is a vampire by the way) suddenly appears in a parallel universe. Now she needs to fight a bunch of youkai with magic, ability to stop time while an astounding soundtrack is being played in the background.
Fans of more difficult games will surely be pleased with this title. The combat system is dynamic and requires the player to skillfully use weapons and a variety of special abilities. Oh, and don’t forget about maintaining a good sense of rhythm and angelic patience, you’ll need them as well.
Yes, Your Grace
Release Date: 6 March 2020
This kingdom management RPG from Brave at Night is a true indie to the bone that possesses that X factor, which makes small indie games a huge success. Soon after appearing on Xbox Game Pass for PC, Yes, Your Grace made it to the top 5 most popular games of the subscription service. 👑 Thus, there’s no way we could miss it, and you most certainly shouldn’t.
The troublesome times are in the kingdom of Davern. The army of “wildlings” are coming for an attack, unrest in the royal family, desperate need for a male heir to the throne and numerous petitioners coming to shake off some gold and supplies. You have to get in the shoes of King Eryk and take control of the matters by rationing resources sensibly and completing the main quests. The kingdom simulator is watered down with charming family members of the main character, humour and a plot full of intrigues.