What are the best casual indie games on Steam?

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    #1World of Goo

    World of Goo
    World of Goo is a game where you have to create large structures using balls of goo. The main objective of the game is to get a number of balls to an exit, but to get there you'll have to build bridges, buildings and many other structures.
    Games

    Amazon, Android, Windows, Mac, iOS

    Check price

    Esteban Quezada
    Written on September 13, 2017
    "Sadly this game is getting a little long in the tooth. I wouldn't call it one of the best casual indie games on Steam, and in fact the link provided isn't even to Steam! But it is a fun game in a demented way and seems to have a lot of fans given the ratings and number of folks who took time to rate it. The price is reasonable, which I appreciate."
  2. 2

    #2Passpartout: The Starving Artist

    Passpartout: The Starving Artist
    In Passpartout: The Starving Artist you have to fight against subjectivity as you attempt to sell your art to customers in order to advance your art career. The only thing that holds you back is an expensive wine and baguette addiction. 
    Games

    Mac, Windows

    $9.99

    Denise Castillo
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "This is a great casual laid back Indie game if you are looking for one! I love the animation on it and it is fun to be an artist in the app and try to sell my art work. It has a very relaxing feel to it as well which helps with my stress. "
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    #3Ultimate Chicken Horse

    Ultimate Chicken Horse
    Ultimate Chicken Horse is a 2D platformer where you build the level as you play, placing traps and hazards to screw your friends over, but trying not to screw yourself.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, Android, Xbox One, Linux, PlayStation 4

    $14.99

    Jeffrey Gordon
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "Ok so just the name alone would have won me over I mean seriously Ultimate Chicken Horse, other than that its actually a pretty fun game and pretty challenging you should check it out and try it for yourself."
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    #4The Binding of Isaac

    The Binding of Isaac

    The Binding of Isaac is an action-adventure and RPG game where you have to escape your deranged mother who wants to sacrifice you. It was developed and published by Edmund McMillen.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4

    $4.99

    Judy Washington
    Written on January 3, 2017
    "This is a really good solution. The game is casual fun, it's indie and it's on steam so I consider this to be a really great solution to the issue."
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    #5Who's Your Daddy

    Who's Your Daddy
    Who's Your Daddy is a casual 1 on 1 video game featuring a clueless father attempting to prevent his infant son from certain death.
    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $4.99

    Walter Duncan
    Written on June 6, 2017
    "Not the most politically correct game, but one of the funniest. Prevent harm befalling your baby by protecting them from the everyday risks around them - as slow-paced or crazy as you want and addictive in its simplicity."
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    #6Our Love Will Grow

    Our Love Will Grow
    Our Love Will Grow is a farming game in the style of Harvest Moon with a different party to attend each week. Grow your farm, uncover secrets, and attract girls by presenting them with food and jewellery you make yourself.
    Games

    Windows

    $4.99

    Jose Obrien
    Written on November 3, 2017
    "Our Love Will Grow is simply too derivative of similar titles to be much of a groundbreaking game. It seems to just be a simpler version of games like Harvest Moon or Stardew, albeit with less to do. The more innovative games of this type are generally worth more of your time."
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    #7Ticket to Ride

    Ticket to Ride
    Ticket to Ride is a cross-country train adventure where players collect cards of various types of train cars that enable them to claim railway routes connecting cities in various countries around the world.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Linux, Xbox 360

    $9.99

    Stephen Wallace
    Written on September 15, 2017
    "If you have a family or a group of friends who regularly have a game night or are interested in starting one, Ticket to Ride is the game for you! My family and I play this game on almost a weekly basis, it is perfect for my family of 5. We love competing and seeing who can connect the most cities. I highly recommend Ticket to Ride!"
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    #8Deadlight

    Deadlight
    Deadlight is a scrolling platform and shooter game set at the end of the world. You are one of the few survivors left and must run and escape for your life from the million zombies that are out to get you.
    Games

    Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4

    $14.99

    Olivia Carter
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "If you like zombies and indie games then this one is worth a shot. It has good graphics and great overall ratings. It's not expensive so to me it is worth the money. I've definitely played worse games for more money. It also has full controller support which is helpful."
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    #9Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

    Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
    Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is a cross-platform fairytale themed adventure. Guide two brothers on an epic fairy tale journey from visionary Swedish film director, Josef Fares and top-tier developer Starbreeze Studios. 
    Games

    Windows, iOS, Android, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360

    $14.99

    Joyce Ramos
    Written on October 12, 2017
    "My coworker talks about indie games all of the time. I thought he was a nerd but I checked out this game, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons because he talked about it. This game is actually pretty cool. It has a fairytale them which I enjoy and it is well developed with great graphics. "
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    #10Clicker Heroes

    Clicker Heroes

    Clicker Heroes is a clicker game with RPG elements. Start out by clicking on the monster to kill them, and get their gold. Spend that gold on hiring new heroes and get more damage. The more damage you deal, the more gold you will get. 

    Games

    Web, Windows, Android, Xbox One, Mac

    Free

    Jesse Barrett
    Written on December 8, 2017
    "I don't feel like spending too much time on games - Clicker Heroes provides a grat game I can play while waiting a tthe doctor's office - without being boring or completely, utterly and endlessly addicting, Fun game without much committment."
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    #11Junk Jack

    Junk Jack
    Junk Jack is a multiplayer 2D sandbox exploration, mining, and crafting game. You can build and improve your home, tame and breed creatures, cook foods, collect animal companions, grow flowers and play with your friends.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

    $14.99

    Rodrigo Rocha
    Written on March 8, 2017
    "Junk Jack is not a bad game. It's competently constructed and seems to be enjoyed by a lot of people. However, the problem lies in the fact that it looks and feels like a Terraria fangame. It looks as though somebody tried their hardest to mimic Terraria, then take away everything that made Terraria charming. We're already at the tail end of the "collect and build things" craze in gaming, so that makes this game even less appealing to many of us that have played these types of games since Minecraft was still in beta. Again, I don't feel as though this game is bad. Its premise has just been overdone to the point where I have no interest in these types of games at all anymore, especially if it's basically the same as a game before it."
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    #12Limbo

    Limbo

    Limbo is an adventure and indie game developed and published by Playdead. It was released on Aug 3, 2011, and is available with different platforms including Android, iOS, and more. It centers around the adventures of a boy who entered limbo.

    Games

    Android, Windows, Mac, iOS, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Linux

    $4.99

    Michelle Butler
    Written on December 31, 2017
    "This game is so much fun! It is pretty scary though, so children probably shouldn't play it. In the game, you must save our sister from harm using your brain and skills to multitask through the world that is Limbo."
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    #13Cave Story+

    Cave Story+
    Cave Story a classic indie Metroidvania game where you must run, jump, shoot, fly, and explore your way through a massive action-adventure reminiscent of classic 8- and 16-bit games. 
    Games

    Windows, Nintendo Switch

    $14.99

    Crystal Shi
    Written on January 9, 2018
    "It really leaves alot to desire. I feel like this game is way past its era in time. It reminds me of a cheap knockoff of mario brothers. Even through the levels its like they stole the ideas from mario. That being said with all the games upgrading every year this one is sure to be left behind and the dust to collect on top of it. On steam or not I don't recommend it at all."
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    #14Nihilumbra

    Nihilumbra
    NIhilumbra is a game that mixes the classic platform games with a dark mood and an intelligent way of solving the puzzles you find during the gameplay. In the game you are Born, a creature that is born from the Void and comes into the world.
    Games

    Android, Windows, Mac, iOS, Linux

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Ana María Leal
    Written on September 18, 2017
    "The highlight of Nihilumbra is gameplay, a wonderful creation. Players will interact with the environment to solve puzzles on their adventure path. By the colors collected in each game, you can change surfaces with special effects by drawing directly on those surfaces.       For example, in the first game you will collect blue sea, which can freeze the ground to help you move faster, to jump further, in some cases can cause monsters to slip on foot. area. In each level you will collect more colors. There are all five colors with different properties and your task is to use them wisely to solve the challenges of the game."
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    #15Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale

    Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale

    Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is a Japanese indie game developed by EasyGameStation that combines RPG-style shopkeeping with dungeon-crawling. It was published by Carpe Fulgur LLC and was released on September 11, 2010.

    Games

    Windows

    $19.99

    Donald Rose
    Written on May 8, 2017
    "I have been looking for a vasual indie game, and my friends recommended recettear. At first I thought this was some kiddy weeb game, but I quickly realized how engrossing and interesting this game was. Recettear is casual enough that I can pick up and play anytime I want and quit with no repercussions. It fits my lifestyle perfectly. "
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    #16Spelunky

    Spelunky
    Spelunky is an open source platform video game independently created by Derek Yu and first released in 2008. It features randomized levels offering a challenging new experience for players. 
    Games

    Windows, Chrome, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360

    Free

    Peter Rose
    Written on January 8, 2018
    "This game is casual and fun totally great for playing when you just want to relax and unwind. It has a good amount of action without having you stressed out like harder core games can. "
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    #17The Stanley Parable

    The Stanley Parable
    The Stanley Parable is an interactive walking game where the player is narrated as they navigate the game. More a comment on the state of modern gaming than a full fledged game itself. An experience if you will, with fictional story elements and some small parts of interactivity.
    Games

    Windows, Mac

    Free- $11.99

    Kathryn Ellis
    Written on January 1, 2018
    "This is a weird game. You really have to play it for yourself to understand it, and even then you probably won't. That said, it is one of the best indie games out there. If you enjoy first person games or exploration in general, this is a game you will enjoy. It has a story to tell, but it doesn't shout it at you. It is entirely up to you to figure things out. Come for the intrigue, stay for the laughs."
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    #18ABZÛ

    ABZÛ

    Are you having a bad day or just need to get away from your stressful life? Play this game. You'll be relaxed in an aquatic environment with zen spots distributed along the adventure.

    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    $19.99

    Zachary Duncan
    Written on January 3, 2018
    "Independent video game lovers, rejoice! ABZU is here to take you away and go into a more positive world. This underwater game takes an extremely unique approach to how video games are going to be made in the near future. You have to try this game out today!"
  16. 0

    #19To the Moon

    To the Moon
    To the Moon is an independent adventure game developed and published by Freebird Games. The story, set in the future, follows two doctors who offer to fulfill a dying man's last wish using artificial memories.
    Games

    Android, iOS, Linux, Mac, Windows

    $4.99

    Amber Gordon
    Written on January 4, 2018
    "This game is really intense. It made me think a lot. Should a person die with the life they wished they had lived, or the one they really lived? Casual game wise, but intense emotionally."
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    #20Super Meat Boy

    Super Meat Boy
    Super Meat Boy is a fast-paced game on Steam that that lets the user play as an animated cube of meat who's trying to save his girlfriend from an evil fetus in a jar. It features epic boss fights and 33 legitimate Achievements.
    Games

    Mac, Windows, Android, Xbox One

    $14.99

    Debra Dixon
    Written on January 8, 2018
    "This game is definitely a casual indie game. It's really cute and quirky."
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    #21Yooka-Laylee

    Yooka-Laylee
    Yooka-Laylee is a platform game published by Team17 in 2017 and developed by Playtonic Games. Yooka-Laylee is a spiritual successor to their series Banjo-Kazooie released for the Nintendo 64 nearly 20 years prior.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 , Linux

    $39.99

    Yuan Li
    Written on February 9, 2017
    "I bought this game because of all the hype around it. It's a casual indie game and I love supporting developers who are indie. But after spending some time playing it I must say it is missing a few things that would make this game perfect. The level design is lacking and the characters aren't very relatable. If you're looking for a casual indie I would give this a chance though. It's hit or miss for most people."
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    #22Rymdkapsel

    Rymdkapsel
    In this minimalist real-time strategy game you will be in charge of a space station and its minions. Plan your expansion wisely and manage all your resources to explore the universe and all the planets it contains. 
    Games

    Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Windows

    $7.99

    Jason Harrison
    Written on May 30, 2017
    "Steam is known for it's great games, and rymdkaspel is another addition to that. The simplistic design and ease of play was quite intriguing, and all-encompassing. Leaves you not wanted to put down your phone. Very addicting, and more than solves this problem!"
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    #23Pit People

    Pit People

    Pit People is a strategy action role-playing video game by indie game developer The Behemoth. It was released on March 2, 2018, and can be played on Microsoft Windows PCs and Xbox One video game consoles.

    Games

    Windows, Xbox One

    $19.99

    Raymond Fowler
    Written on November 3, 2017
    "Pit People seemed like it was going to be a lot of fun. However, it kept crashing on me whenever I launched a new game."
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    #24Everything

    Everything
    Everything is an epic reality simulation game game where you can actually be the Universe. Discover thousands of playable characters, endless exploration, an extraordinary soundtrack and narration from Alan Watts.
    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $14.99

    Cathy Jiang
    Written on January 7, 2017
    "Everything seems like a pretty cool game, but it's not really what I think of when I think indie games, or casual. When I went looking for a casual indie game, I was expecting results more like dead pixels, so I was kind of disappointed by Everything. "
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    #25Castaway Paradise

    Castaway Paradise

    Castaway Paradise is a life simulation game developed by Dutch indie studio Stolen Couch Games wherein the player starts an adventure on a tropical island. This game is suggested for those who like Animal Crossing, and Harvest Moon.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

    Free

    Summer Jiang
    Written on January 4, 2017
    "The animation is wonky to say the least, but the game play itself is decent enough. It really is a lot like Animal Crossing, though perhaps without the nostalgia factor, and is a good way to occupy yourself (or your kids) for an hour."
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    #26Slayaway Camp

    Slayaway Camp

    Slayaway Camp is a killer puzzle game developed by Blue Wizard Digital and was released in 2016 for Windows and Mac. In it, you control Skullface, a psycho slasher bent on slaughtering camp counselors at the title campground.

    Games

    Android, iOS, Windows, Mac

    $2.99- With in-app purchases

    Rocío Soriano
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "This game is adorable. I was looking for something low-key and independent to play on Steam, and this isn't it, but I like it. It's available on Google Play (not what I wanted), and it is not and indie game. I'll keep looking."
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    #27Jackbox Party Pack

    Jackbox Party Pack

    Jackbox Party Pack is a multiplayer video game with different one-screen party mini-games which are controlled using your smartphone or your tablet. 

    Games

    PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows, Mac

    $24.99

    Kathryn Berry
    Written on March 21, 2018
    "I'm always on the look out for new games, indie games, different games, non popular games. I came across this party pack and honestly it's a lot of fun, for a short period but it gets boring quickly. "
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    #28World's Dawn

    World's Dawn
    World's Dawn is a colorful life and social sim set in a sleepy seaside village. Inspired by the Harvest Moon series, it features vibrant top-down graphics, a huge cast of quirky characters to meet and befriend, and 30+ hours of charming gameplay. 
    Games

    Windows

    $9.99

    Bryan Hopkins
    Written on April 3, 2017
    "Casual indie games aren't in short supply, it's often difficult to find one that feels right. World's Dawn plays into that a bit, with the retro graphics but the difference is World's Dawn is actually pretty enjoyable and isn't all that time consuming or challenging to play. I just wanted something to pick up and play on my way to work that wouldn't be a struggle and this definitely fit the bill. "
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    #29Papers, Please

    Papers, Please
    Papers Please is an indie puzzle game where you play an immigration inspector. Using only the documents provided by travelers and the Ministry of Admission's primitive inspect, you must decide who can enter, who will be turned away, and who will be arrested.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, iOS, Linux

    $8.99

    Melissa Baker
    Written on January 1, 2018
    "An excellent, entertaining game Papers, Please is everything you could want in a game. It has a fun, interesting plot which was unique upon release, and the face it has been copied by so many games is just testament to how good it is. The game truly makes you care and forces you to make difficult choices, putting you in the place of a real border agent as you tear families apart, or pay the price for leaving them intact. "

Summary

Best What are the best casual indie games on Steam
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1World of GooGames 5 Paid
2Passpartout: The Starving ArtistGames 2 Paid
3Ultimate Chicken HorseGames 1 Paid
4The Binding of IsaacGames 1 Paid
5Who's Your DaddyGames 0 Paid
6Our Love Will GrowGames 0 Paid
7Ticket to RideGames 0 Paid
8DeadlightGames 0 Paid
9Brothers: A Tale of Two SonsGames 0 Paid
10Clicker HeroesGames 0 Free
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