List of indie game developers

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This is a partial list of independent video game developers that are not owned by a publisher. Independent developers retain operational control over their companies, pipelines, and organizations and often may work with proprietary engines or other proprietary software. These teams may range in size from single individuals to major companies with hundreds of employees.

Independent developers may choose to work with one or more game publishers or to self-publish their titles.


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Active
Defunct and no longer active
Undetermined status

This list is not complete. Only notable developers or developers with notable games are listed here, and only some of their games are listed. There are hundreds, perhaps thousands of independent game development studios which either self-publish their titles, or enter into licensing or co-development agreements with publishers.


Company City Autonomous area Country Notable games
2.0 Studios Frankston Victoria Australia Craftworld
2D Boy[1] San Francisco California United States World of Goo
3G Studios Reno Nevada United States The Dating Game
Brave Arms
Skate or Die
Jillian Michaels' Fitness Ultimatum 2009
Rock Band (w/Harmonix)
4D Rulers Beatrice Nebraska United States Gore: Ultimate Soldier
Secret Service 2
Patriots: A Nation Under Fire
4Kids Games Slovakia Ancient Trader
5Ants Barcelona Spain Tiny Thief
About Fun Prague Czech Republic Mega Dead Pixel
ACE Team Santiago Santiago Chile Zeno Clash
Rock of Ages
Aldorlea Games France Laxius Force
Alec Holowka Winnipeg Manitoba Canada Crayon Physics Deluxe
I'm O.K – A Murder Simulator

Aquaria (video game)
Alientrap Saskatoon Saskatchewan Canada Capsized
Almost Human Espoo Finland Legend of Grimrock
Amanita Design[1] Brno Czech Republic Botanicula
Machinarium
Samorost 2
Samorost
Amaranth Games Aveyond
Aveyond 2
Ambrosia Software Rochester New York United States Escape Velocity series
AmnesiaGames Santiago de Chile Chile Ninja Joe
Ammonite Design Studios United Kingdom Block Ops
Ankama Games Roubaix France Dofus
Artix Entertainment Land O' Lakes Florida United States AdventureQuest
DragonFable
MechQuest
AdventureQuest Worlds
WarpForce
EpicDuel
HeroSmash
Atomic Motion Budapest Hungary Raven Squad: Operation Hidden Dagger
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
BeerDeer Games Prague Czech Republic Nyrthos
The Behemoth[1] San Diego California United States Alien Hominid
Castle Crashers
BattleBlock Theater
Benjamin Rivers Toronto Ontario Canada Drunken Rampage
The Ascent
SNOW
Big Finish Games Salt Lake City Utah United States Three Cards to Midnight
Bit Blot Canada Aquaria
Black Market Games Derry City Northern Ireland United Kingdom Dead Hungry Diner
Blitz Games Studios Warwickshire United Kingdom Powerup Forever
Droplitz
Invincible Tiger: The Legend of Han Tao
Encleverment Experiment
Blossomsoft Quebec City Quebec Canada Eternal Eden
Blue Fang Games Waltham Massachusetts United States Zoo Tycoon series
BlueGiant Interactive Hyderabad India APOX
Bohemia Interactive Studio Prague Czech Republic Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis
ArmA: Armed Assault
Boomzap Entertainment Singapore Singapore Awakening: The Dreamless Castle
Jewels of Cleopatra
Bplus Austria Plättchen Twist 'n' Paint
Brace Yourself Games Vancouver British Columbia Canada Crypt of the Necrodancer
Brawsomes[1] United States Jolly Rover
Broken Rules Vienna Austria And Yet It Moves
Bubble Gum Interactive Sydney Australia Little Space Heroes
Capybara Games[1][2] Toronto Ontario Canada Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP
Critter Crunch
Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes
Super Time Force
Caravel Games United States Deadly Rooms of Death
Castle Thorn Software LLC Hamilton Montana United States StarQuest Online
CBE Software Brno Czech Republic J.U.L.I.A.
CCP Games Reykjavík Iceland Eve Online
Chedburn Networks Limited Bristol England United Kingdom Torn
The Chinese Room[2] Brighton England United Kingdom 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
Hell Rising

I'm O.K – A Murder Simulator
Chronic Logic Santa Cruz California United States Bridge Builder
Gish
Cinemax Prague Czech Republic Numen: Contest of Heroes
Gumboy: Crazy Adventures
Inquisitor
Cing Fukuoka Japan Another Code: Two Memories
Hotel Dusk: Room 215
Another Code: R - A Journey into Lost Memories
Little King's Story
Citérémis Sherbrooke Québec Canada Aztaka
ClockStone Software Innsbruck Austria Avencast: Rise of the Mage
cly5m United States Seiklus
Coffee Stain Studios Skövde Sweden I Love Strawberries
Sanctum
ColdWood Interactive Umeå Sweden The Fight: Lights Out
Craneballs Studio Ostrava Czech Republic Fish Heroes
Crocodile Entertainment Spain Zack Zero
Croteam Zagreb Croatia Football Glory
Serious Sam
Serious Sam 2
Serious Sam 3
Crytek Black Sea (formerly Black Sea Studios) Sofia Bulgaria Knights of Honor
WorldShift
Dark Water Studios Derry City Northern Ireland United Kingdom Dogfighter
Datcroft Games London UK Fragoria
Deceased Pixel Super Mega Worm
Snake HD
Recess Riot
Daniel Benmergui[2] Buenos Aires Argentina Today I Die
I Wish I Were The Moon
Storyteller
Dean Dodrill[2] United States Dust: An Elysian Tail
Dejobaan Games[1] Boston Massachusetts United States AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! – A Reckless Disregard for Gravity
The Wonderful End of the World
Dennaton Games Sweden Hotline Miami
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
Hallway Raid
Disco Pixel Boston Massachusetts United States Jungle Rumble
Donsoft Entertainment Brazil Capoeira Legends
Double Fine Productions[3] San Francisco California United States Broken Age
Brütal Legend
Costume Quest
Double Fine Happy Action Theater
Psychonauts
Stacking
Dovogame United States Business Tycoon Online
Dreadlocks Ltd Prague Czech Republic Rune Legend
Dex
DrinkBox Studios Toronto Ontario Canada Guacamelee!
Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack
Tales From Space: About a Blob
Edmund McMillen[2] Santa Cruz California United States Gish
Super Meat Boy
Aether
Spewer
The Binding of Isaac
Egor Rezenov Russia Fibrillation
eeGon Games Prague Czech Republic TurtleStrike
Elite Gudz New York New York United States Techno Kitten Adventure
Elixir Studios London United Kingdom Republic: The Revolution
Evil Genius
Epic Banana Riverside California United States A Day at Work
Yogurt Commercial
DataJack[4]
Erik Svedäng Sweden Blueberry Garden
Ethereal Darkness Interactive Northampton Massachusetts United States Morning's Wrath
The Lost City of Malathedra
STATIC - Investigator Training
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 (2010 video game)
Evony, LLC Guangzhou China Evony: Age I
Exotypos Russia X Motor Racing
Extend Studio Bangkok Thailand A.R.E.S.: Extinction Agenda
Eyebrow Interactive United States Closure
Facepalm Games Helsinki Finland The Swapper
Facepunch Studios Walsall United Kingdom Garry's Mod
Rust
Ferry Halim Fresno California United States Orisinal Games
Firefly Studios London United Kingdom Stronghold
Stronghold 2
Space Colony
Stronghold 3
Dungeon Hero
Civ City: Rome
Stronghold Kingdoms
Fishcow Studios Košice Košice Region Slovakia Gomo
Flashbang Studios Tempe Arizona United States Off-Road Velociraptor Safari
Floating Minds Bratislava Bratislava Region Slovakia Tunnelers
Flying Lab Software Seattle Washington United States Rails Across America
Pirates of the Burning Sea
 
Freebird Games Markham Ontario Canada To the Moon 
Frictional Games Helsingborg Sweden Penumbra series
Amnesia: The Dark Descent
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
GameLab United States Diner Dash
Games Distillery Bratislava Bratislava Region Slovakia Aqua
Gaijin Games Santa Cruz California United States Bit.Trip Beat
Bit.Trip Core
Bit.Trip Void
Bit.Trip Runner
GarageGames Eugene Oregon United States Marble Blast Ultra
Zap!
GEARS Studio Hanoi Vietnam Flappy Bird
Gogii Games Moncton New Brunswick Canada Princess Isabella: A Witch's Curse
Escape the Museum
Grasshopper Manufacture Tokyo Japan Flower, Sun, and Rain
killer7
Contact
No More Heroes
Grey Alien Games Vancouver British Columbia Canada Fairway Solitaire
Grip Games Prague Czech Republic Atomic Ninjas
Guild Software Milwaukee Wisconsin United States Vendetta Online
Haemimont Games Sofia Bulgaria Tropico 3
Tzar: Burden of the Crown
Hanako Games United Kingdom Cute Knight
Fatal Hearts
Hello Games[1] Guildford England United Kingdom Joe Danger
Hemisphere Games[1] United States Osmos
Hexage Mníšek pod Brdy Czech Republic Reaper: Tale of a Pale Swordsman
Radiant Defense
Himalaya Studios Chandler Arizona United States Al Emmo and the Lost Dutchman's Mine
Hyperbolic Magnetism Prague Czech Republic Lums: The Game of Light and Shadows
IguanaBee Santiago de Chile Chile Chocapic 3D
Rebuild Chile
Image & Form Gothenburg Sweden SteamWorld Dig
Anthill
InDev Brain Czech Republic Dead Effect
Indomitus Games Italy In Verbis Virtus
Insomniac Games Burbank California United States Ratchet & Clank series
Resistance series
Spyro series (1998–2000)
Introversion Software United Kingdom Uplink
Darwinia
DEFCON
Subversion (Development has stopped temporarily)
Multiwinia
Prison Architect
Invictus Games Debrecen Hungary Project Torque
Iron Tower Studio Toronto Canada Age of Decadence
Irrgheist Germany H-Craft Championship
Jagex Cambridge England United Kingdom RuneScape
Ace of Spades (video game)
Jason Rohrer[1] Potsdam New York United States Passage
Gravitation
Between
Jonas Kyratzes Wiesbaden Germany The Museum of Broken Memories
The Strange and Somewhat Sinister Tale of the House at Desert Bridge
Jonatan "Cactus" Söderström[1] Gothenburg Sweden Clean Asia!
Jph Wacheski Ottawa Ontario Canada LockOn
Valence
Quiescence
KatGames Zaragoza Spain Mortimer and the Enchanted Castle
Zulu Gems
Keen Software House Prague Czech Republic Miner Wars 2081
Space Engineers
KenamicK Entertainment Dobrich Bulgaria DesktopDefender2
Klei Entertainment[1] Vancouver British Columbia Canada Eets
Shank
Don't Starve
Mark of the Ninja
Kloonigames[1] Finland Crayon Physics Deluxe
Krillbite Norway Among the Sleep
Kunos Simulazioni Vallelunga Circuit Latium Italy Assetto Corsa
Ferrari Virtual Academy
Trofeo Abarth 500
Marangoni Hillclimb Simulator
netKar Pro
Kyle Pulver[2] Arizona United States Snapshot
Laminar Research Columbia South Carolina United States X-Plane
Lazy 8 Studios San Francisco California United States Cogs
BioShock Infinite: Industrial Revolution
League of Geeks Melbourne Victoria Australia Armello
Level-5 Fukuoka Japan Professor Layton series
Jeanne d'Arc
White Knight Chronicles
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
Ni no Kuni
Lexaloffle Wellington New Zealand Chocolate Castle
Voxatron
Little Green Men Games Zagreb Croatia Starpoint Gemini
Starpoint Gemini 2
Llamasoft United Kingdom Space Giraffe
Gridrunner Revolution
Longbow Digital Arts Toronto Ontario Canada DX-Ball 2, Rival Ball and other action games.
Tread Marks
Lumodokate Studios Netherlands Soul Survivor
M-Inverse Hong Kong China Project Solid
Landlord 2008
Mad Genius Software Vancouver British Columbia Canada Gunmetal
Madfinger Games Brno Czech Republic Shadowgun
Dead Trigger
Mangled Eye Studios Cleveland Ohio United States Dark Salvation
Metanet Software[1] Toronto Ontario Canada N
N+
Robotology
Office Yeti
Michael Todd Games Toronto Ontario Canada Electronic super joy
mif2000 Russia Hamlet (video game)
Mind Control Software United States Oasis
Mindstorm Studios Lahore Pakistan Cricket Revolution
Mingle Games Prague Prague Czech Republic Dark Lands
Mode 7 United Kingdom Frozen Synapse
Mojang Stockholm Sweden Minecraft
Molleindustria Turin Italy Social commentary and Culture jam games:
Faith Fighter
Phone Story
The Best Amendment
Mommy's Best Games[1] United States Weapon of Choice
Moonpod Sheffield South Yorkshire United Kingdom Starscape
Mr. Robot
Mousechief United States The Witch's Yarn
Dangerous High School Girls in Trouble!
7 Grand Steps
Ndemic Creations London United Kingdom Plague Inc.
Nerlaska Studio Vall de Uxó Valencian Community Spain Cosmic Tiles
New Star Games United Kingdom New Star Soccer
Super Laser Racer
New Star GP
Nicalis Santa Ana California United States Cave Story
NightSky
Nifflas Umeå Sweden Knytt
Knytt Stories
Within a Deep Forest
Nival Interactive Moscow Russia Blitzkrieg
Silent Storm
Number None, Inc. California United States Braid
The Witness
The Odd Gentlemen[1] California United States The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom
OmniSystems Kent United Kingdom Eufloria
On Japan The GROW series
OTS Software Missouri United States AlienXcape
Boat (video game)
Owlchemy Labs Boston Massachusetts United States Snuggle Truck
Jack Lumber
AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! for the Awesome
Paladin Studios The Hague Netherlands Jimmy Pataya
Momonga Pinball Adventures
Parallax Studio Nixa Missouri United States Darkstar: The Interactive Movie
Pieces Interactive Skövde Sweden Puzzlegeddon
PixelJAM Games United States Dino Run
Playdead[1] Copenhagen Denmark Limbo
Playtechtonics, Inc Austin Texas United States Starport: Galactic Empires
Pocketwatch Games[1][2] San Diego California United States Wildlife Tycoon: Venture Africa
Venture Arctic
Monaco
Polytron Corporation[1] Montreal Canada Fez
Positech Games United Kingdom Democracy
Gratuitous Space Battles
Private Moon Studios Hungary AGON series
Yoomurjak's Ring
Pronto Games Emeryville California United States The Destiny of Zorro
Prorattafactor New Jersey United States The Adventures of El Ballo
Provox Games Zagreb Croatia Space Force: Rogue Universe
Spaceforce: Captains
PST Team Surabaya East Java Indonesia Sentou Gakuen
Samurai Taisen
Psyonix Studios San Diego California United States Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars
ARC Squadron
Punch Entertainment Palo Alto California United States Reign of Swords
EGO City
Music Tycoon
Q-Games Kyoto Japan Star Fox Command
PixelJunk Monsters
PixelJunk Eden
PixelJunk Shooter
QCF Design Cape Town South Africa Desktop Dungeons
Queasy Games[1] Toronto Ontario Canada Gate 88
Everyday Shooter
Rake In Grass Prague Czech Republic Jets 'n' Guns
Larva Mortus
RareSloth Kansas City Missouri United States Yukon Warrior
Re-logic United States Terraria
realtech VR Montreal Quebec Canada No Gravity: The Plague of Mind
Iron Fist Boxing
Red Asteroid Games Vancouver Canada Battle Mines
Red Thread Games Oslo Norway Dreamfall Chapters
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
RocketOwl Ottawa Ontario Canada GreenSpace
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
Scientifically Proven Detroit Michigan United States Man vs. Wild (video game)
Trashers
Real Heroes: Firefighter
Rock of the Dead
Secret Exit Finland Zen Bound
Seed Studios Porto Portugal Under Siege
Semi Secret Software[1] Austin Texas United States Canabalt
Gravity Hook
SteamBirds
Seed Studios Porto Portugal Under Siege
Toy Shop
Aquatic Tales
Sudoku for Kids
Sigma Team Russia Alien Shooter
Silicon Jelly Prague Prague Czech Republic Mimpi
Silver Creek Entertainment Grants Pass Oregon United States Soltrio Solitaire
Ska Studios Marcy New York United States Zombie Smashers Series
Survival Crisis Z
Yuki's Vacation
The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai
Snowrunner Cambridge Massachusetts United States Soda Drinker Pro
Soldak Entertainment Dallas Texas United States Depths of Peril
Kivi's Underworld
Din's Curse
Source Studio St. John's Newfoundland and Labrador Canada ProtoGalaxy
Spiderweb Software Seattle Washington United States Exile series
Avernum series
Geneforge series
Nethergate
SpikySnail Games Israel The Splatters
Splash Damage London United Kingdom Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars
Stardock Plymouth Michigan United States Galactic Civilizations series
Elemental series
The Political Machine series
Stoic Austin Texas United States The Banner Saga
Star Vault Malmö Sweden Mortal Online
Storm Impact Glenview Illinois United States TaskMaker
MacSki
Tomb of TaskMaker
Studio Pixel Japan Cave Story
Ikachan
Subatomic Studios Boston Massachusetts United States Fieldrunners
Subset Games Shanghai China Faster Than Light
Supergiant Games San Jose California United States Bastion
SuperVillain Studios Santa Ana California United States Dungeon Siege: Throne of Agony
Order Up!
Swedish Game Development Malmö Sweden Alice Greenfingers
Bricks of Atlantis
Bricks of Egypt
Swing Swing Submarine Montpellier France Blocks That Matter
Tale of Tales Ghent Belgium The Endless Forest
The Graveyard
The Path
Fatale
TaleWorlds Ankara Turkey Mount&Blade
Mount&Blade: Warband
Mount&Blade: With Fire & Sword
Team Shanghai Alice Japan Touhou Project
Immaterial and Missing Power
TeamTNT Reclamation
Daedalus: Alien Defense
Telltale Games San Rafael California United States The Walking Dead
thatgamecompany[1] Los Angeles California United States flOw
Cloud
Flower
Journey
TheorySpark United States President Forever 2008 + Primaries
Three Rings Design San Francisco California United States Yohoho! Puzzle Pirates
Bang! Howdy
Whirled
Tiger Style[2] United States Waking Mars
Torpex Games Bellevue Washington United States Schizoid
Tomorrow Corporation United States Little Inferno
Tommy Refenes Hendersonville North Carolina United States Super Meat Boy
Trade Games International Netherlands Miniconomy
Trendy Entertainment Gainesville Florida United States Dungeon Defenders
Tribetoy United States Chu's Dynasty
Trickster Arts Brno Czech Republic Hero of Many
Twisted Pixel[1] Austin Texas United States The Maw, 'Splosion Man, Ms. Splosion Man
Ty Taylor[2] United States The Bridge
Tyler Glaiel San Diego California United States Aether
Closure
Uber Entertainment Kirkland Washington United States Planetary Annihilation
Monday Night Combat
Super Monday Night Combat
uCool, Inc Boston Massachusetts United States Tynon
Underground Pixel Rochester New York United States Holiday Havoc
Pastry Panic
Mansion Run
Unreal Software Koblenz Germany Stranded
Stranded II
Ville Mönkkönen Finland Notrium
Wazzal II
Vlambeer[2] Utrecht Netherlands Super Crate Box, Serious Sam: The Random Encounter
WayForward Technologies, Inc. Valencia California United States Shantae
Contra 4
A Boy and His Blob
Thor: God of Thunder
Mighty Switch Force
Double Dragon Neon
DuckTales Remastered
We Use PowerUps Barcelona Spain Legends of DHA
PowerUp Engine
Wolfire Games Berkeley California United States Black Shades
Lugaru: The Rabbit's Foot
Overgrowth
XMG Studio Toronto Ontario Canada Drag Racer: Pro Tuner
Zachary Barth Seattle Washington United States Infiniminer
SpaceChem
Zoetrope Interactive Istanbul Turkey Darkness Within
Darkness Within: The Dark Lineage
Zoonami Cambridge England United Kingdom Zendoku
Bonsai Barber
ZootFly Ljubljana Slovenia First Battalion

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w 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 k l 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. ^ "DataJack Windows game | Desura". 

External links[edit]

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