author: Sebastian Kasparek
15 Indie Games With Best Storylines
We play games for many reasons, and one of them is the desire to learn fascinating stories. We've prepared a list of the most interesting indie games that bring the most original plots, deepest meta-critique of society and extraordinary narratives.
Indie games allow developers to be more creative. It is, after all, a segment perfectly suited to more personal stories. Without astronomical investments, game makers don't have suits looking over their shoulders, which introduces a more direct approach to criticizing reality, presenting a more personal point of view and simply taking bigger risks. That's how we got storylines that would be impossible in AAA games (with a few exceptions). In this list, we've gathered the indie games that we consider to have the best story. This should be particularly interesting for you if you value story and unconventional narrative above all.
The Stanley Parable
- Year of release: 2013
- Creators: Galactic Cafe
- The story in a nutshell: the employee of our dreams is looking for something to do
The Stanley Parable is a game depicting a story of a seemingly ordinary man in an office, but it takes the concept far out. The eponymous Stanley is an office worker who spent his working days obediently following orders. Until the narrator stopped giving him orders. Concerned by the unusual state of affairs, Stanley sets out into the depths of the building to see what had actually happened.
The game doesn't have multi-threaded script nor a typical story. Instead, you'll be dealing with an extremely brilliant meta-commentary that seems meaningless at first. Unwittingly, you will make choices that in practice define your character and the story you create. You are faced with an enormity of possibilities in a game in which you simply cannot win. What's the main takeaway? It is entirely up to you.