What are the best Xbox One indie games?

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    Cuphead is an indie run and gun platformer action video game heavily focused on boss battles and inspired by cartoons of the 1930s. It was developed and published by Studio MDHR for both Windows PC and Xbox One gaming console.


    Windows, Xbox One


    Alexander Weaver
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "Cuphead is a cool game that reminds me of earlier console generations. I think it's real special and a blast to play. I recommend it to people who like arcade style games."
  2. 43


    Superhot is a first person shooter where time moves only when you move. There is no life regenerating bars,  and no ammo drops during the walkthrough in the game. It's just you, as a character,  outnumbered and outgunned by your enemies and you must grab their falling weapons to make way through the game using bullet-time to dodge bullets and to attack your enemies. 

    Windows, Mac, Xbox One, PlayStation 4

    Free- $24.99

    Christian Munoz
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "This is a novel concept, we can admit that. But is it any good in practicality? Is anything made more challenging. hi is a pretty average game with a below average gimmick. Not much here, folks."
  3. 41

    #3This War of Mine

    This War of Mine
    This War of Mine is a survival game developed by 11-bit studios. This simulation game is where you have to manage the shelter, resources, and survivors through scavenging and crafting.

    Windows, Android, iOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One


    Craig Miller
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "i would love to play this game "
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    #4Don't Starve

    Don't Starve

    Don't Starve is a survival game developed by Klei Entertainment. It is full of strange creatures, dangers, and surprises. You'll need to gather resources, craft items, structures and, of course, don't starve. 


    PlayStation4, Xbox One, Linux, Windows, Mac, eBay


    Bobby Simmons
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "Gorgeous graphics bringing to mind Lasse Hoile's work with Steven Wilson. I found it interesting that the character you play is named Wilson! The random maps are created well and the "no instructions" mode of play is perfect for someone who wants to figure everything out without a lot of guidance. Dropped a star and a half because it's not available for the XBox... but otherwise very enjoyable."
  2. 39


    RiME is a single-player puzzle adventure game about a young boy shipwrecked on a mysterious island after a torrential storm.

    Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4


    Ángel Velázquez
    Written on March 19, 2018
    "This game is different, in a good way. It's a great little Indie pearl, hidden among all the other big games. It is not for everyone, that has to be said. But if you like beautiful which are pleasing to eye, and a mix of adventure and puzzles, you might just be the one this game was meant for. The story line rivals that of great established series, and will have you coming back for more even after you beat it. I simply love this game."
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    #6BattleBlock Theater

    BattleBlock Theater

    BattleBlock Theater is a comedy co-op multiplayer video game developed and published by The Behemoth and was first released on April 3, 2013. Through this game, players will control a prisoner to play through games. 


    Windows, Mac, Xbox 360, Linux


    Paridhi Sen
    Written on March 17, 2018
    "BattleBlock Theater is a great single or multi player game with great graphics. You have to battle your way through a Mario-like theater with robot cats!"
  4. 35

    #7Little Nightmares

    Little Nightmares

    Little Nightmares is an indie puzzle-platformer video game developed by Tarsier Studios and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc. This game is a dark journey to your childhood fantasies and fears.


    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One


    Louis Bradley
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "This is a really scary game. The design is beautiful and atmospheric, but the content was too unsettling for me. If you really like dark stuff, you would love this. "
  5. 35

    #8Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove

    Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove

    Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove is the full and complete edition of Shovel Knight, a sweeping classic 2D side-scrolling platform game series with awesome gameplay, memorable characters, and an 8-bit retro aesthetic.


    Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Nintendo 3DS, Xbox One


    Raymond Cole
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "I love indie games. I came on here seeing if there were any great indie games that I hadn't played yet for my Xbox One. I was given the suggestion to try Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove. I love shovel knight! I didn't know there was a sequel! This is great!"
  6. 32

    #9Stardew Valley

    Stardew Valley

    Stardew Valley is a role-playing simulation video game developed by ConcernedApe and published by Chucklefish. It is available for computers with Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems, and Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles.


    Windows, Xbox One, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch


    Lisa Russell
    Written on March 28, 2018
    "A decent game at best, really nothing to write home about. It's got good graphics and a okay story."
  7. 29



    Unravel is a physics-based puzzle platformer video game developed by the Swedish company, featuring Yarny, a character made from a single thread of yarn who must embark on a larger than life adventure.


    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One


    Magdalena Palacios
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "I heart Yarny! Unravel is too cute and too fun. It's one of the best indie games that you can find for xbox, I mean that! The puzzles are challenging and will keep you interested."
  8. 29


    Braid is a puzzle platformer game that uses time manipulation as a core mechanic. You can reverse time and get a do-over on previous mistakes, solve puzzles and overcome obstacles.

    Windows, Mac, Xbox One


    Joseph Washington
    Written on March 14, 2018
    "The original indie game, Braid is a refutation to anyone who says video games cannot be art. Braid is beautiful, funny and inspiring. Both intellectual and emotional, and these elements interlock rather than contradict each other."
  9. 25


    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. 

    Windows, Chrome, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360


    Vivaan Dutta
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "Spelunky is a Steam game for PC which can be used on an Xbox One. It is a unique platformer by Mossmouth - its not necessarily a great game, but it does help pass the time. "
  10. 23



    Outlast is a first-person horror action-adventure survival video game released in 2013. It was developed and published by Red Barrels and can be played on Windows, Mac, and Linux computers, and on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One gaming consoles.


    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Linux


    Brandon Myers
    Written on March 27, 2018
    "This game really creeped me and my friends out! I spent more time hiding in a closet than I care to admit. It was great fun on a weekend, late at night, with all the lights off. Better than watching a horror film!"
  11. 23


    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.

    Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4


    Jeffrey Hamilton
    Written on March 14, 2018
    "Deadlight is a surprisingly competent game from Microsoft. It's not unheard of (see the awesomeness of Age of Empires) but still a pleasant thing. At almost 7 years old now, the graphics aren't as awe inspiring as newer games, but I find myself still getting lost in the apocalypse within. It's dark and really scary. My neck skin crawls as I search for the lights after playing Deadlight."
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    #15Prison Architect

    Prison Architect

    Prison Architect is a simulation game by Introversion Software. The core gameplay mechanics revolve around building a "small scale" simulation of a prison with every aspect held within being manageable right down to each individual prisoner.


    Windows, Playstation 4, Xbox One, Mac, Linux


    Eric Richardson
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "I love these type of games"
  13. 19


    Inside is an Indie atmospheric puzzle-adventure video game developed and published by Playdead. Players take the role of a boy which finds himself drawn into the center of a dark project. It's available for the PS4, Xbox One, and PCs.

    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, iOS


    Julia King
    Written on March 14, 2018
    "I was looking for Xbox One indie games and somehow this was suggested to me. It's not even an xb1 game. I also didn't really care for it when I played it for a little bit on my pc."
  14. 17

    #17The Banner Saga

    The Banner Saga
    The Banner Saga is a viking-themed tactical RPG in which every choice matters. Start your journey in a beautiful 2D immersive animation with more than 25 playable characters with unique personalities.

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


    Mariana Ríos
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "I bought The Banner Saga because of the large amount of characters that were playable and a few friends had recommended it to me. I liked that it was a challenging game, the music was great and the way your decisions in game effect other parts of your adventure."
  15. 16

    #18Dear Esther

    Dear Esther
    Dear Esther is a first-person exploration game with a strange and quirky narrative

    Windows, Mac, Xbox One, PlayStation 4


    Amy Miller
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "This immersive and intriguing game is a captivating and emotional experience you'll never forget. It's a deep, moving, thought-provoking, and at times hopelessly lonely adventure that is sure to change your life. At least that's what everyone keeps telling me. I could never really get into it, personally."
  16. 15


    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.

    Windows, Mac, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 , Linux


    Henry Barnes
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "Meh, I wasnt impressed with this game. While the premise is there, it just isnt executed very well. The UI leaves some to be desired and the overall gameplay is sluggish. Good first attempt, but not worth your time."
  17. 11



    Crawl is a competitive multiplayer action game. Players alternate between controlling the enemies and the hero. Enemy players who successfully kill the hero instantly become the hero. It was developed and published by Powerhoof.


    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One


    Amanda James
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "Decent enough game and concept, shame it's on the Xbox One instead of an actually good console, though."
  18. 11

    #21What Remains of Edith Finch

    What Remains of Edith Finch

    What Remains of Edith Finch is an Indie adventure game developed by Giant Sparrow. In the role of Edith, you’ll explore the colossal Finch house, searching for stories as she explores her family history and tries to figure out why she's the last one in her family left alive.


    PlayStation 4, Xbox One , Windows


    Jessica Hamilton
    Written on March 17, 2018
    "Searching for a good Xbox One indie game can be exhausting and time consuming. What Remains of Edith Finch is a great solution. Rated T for Teen this game would interest many as well as the stories in the game."
  19. 11

    #22Super 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.

    Mac, Windows, Android, Xbox One


    Christine Sullivan
    Written on March 27, 2018
    "This is an indie game but its not on xbox one."
  20. 7

    #23A Hat in Time

    A Hat in Time

    A Hat in Time is an Indie 3D platformer video game developed and published by Gears for Breakfast. Players take the role of Hat Kid, an alien and space-traveling girl with a big top hat with many powers.


    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Mac


    Jason Gonzales
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "This was a cool game"
  21. 5



    Oxenfree is a game with a supernatural plot and multiple endings wherein the player will play as the rebellious teenager Alex. This will follow her and her stepbrother across an old military haunted island full of mysteries and creatures.  


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


    Raymond Cook
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "This looks just like a mandatory release. Something they needed to just meet the quota. I wouldn't think much of it."
  22. 5

    #25The Sexy Brutale

    The Sexy Brutale

    The Sexy Brutale is an Indie 3D puzzle adventure game developed by Cavalier Game Studios and published by Tequila Works. A never-ending masked ball featuring intrigue, murder and the quite possibly occult.


    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One


    Raquel Andrade
    Written on March 17, 2018
    "Good music, good graphics and lots of mysteries to solve make this game very entertaining. The game is challenging and I enjoyed trying to figure out all the puzzles. I spent a whole weekend learning the game and all the features and had a blast."
  23. 3



    Unepic is a role-playing game (RPG) metroidvania developed by @unepic_fran and was released in 30 September 2011. This game can be played on PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox One, Wii U, etc.


    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One


    Jason Stephens
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "In my opinion this description of the game is very basic and does not describe anything exciting about the game that catches the attention of a person who sees it for the first time. I do not think it is appropriate to consider it as one of the best indie games of the Xbox. On the other hand I see it as very common and unattractive to try it or buy it."
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    #27The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

    The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

    The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is a role-playing action shooter video game developed and published by Nicalis. In the game, player will find treasures that'll transform Isaac to fight enemies and unravel secrets.


    Windows, Mac, Playstation 4, iOS, Xbox One


    Rogelio Bravo
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "I found out about this game from a friend in college, and I found myself playing the game for a couple of days straight over christmas break. Game that is similar to many other ones, but is just hard to get away from."
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    #28Octodad: Dadliest Catch

    Octodad: Dadliest Catch

    Octodad: Dadliest Catch is a game about an Octopus disguised as a human who goes about his life. The gameplay consists of controlling the Octopus' arms while hiding his real identity. Missions become harder as the game progresses.


    Windows, Playstation 4, Android, iOS, Xbox One


    Kyle Shaw
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "I had heard about this game, but had so many games in my backlog I hadn't gotten around to it until just this week. Now I'm kicking myself for waiting. This game is fricking hilarious! You're an octopus that has to do dad stuff in a normal family and not raise suspicion. Really a fantastic and quirky indie game. And it gets bonus points for being at times surprisingly moving. Really!"
  26. 1

    #29Sea of Solitude

    Sea of Solitude

    Sea of Solitude is the second original indie title of EA and was developed by Cornelia Geppert at Jo-Mei, Berlin. It is an RPG-adventure game to be released in 2019 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC platforms. It follows the story of a post-apocalyptic world wherein loneliness turns people into monsters.


    PlayStation 4, Xbox One


    Jose Jordan
    Written on June 11, 2018
    "MY GOD this is the second title of EA from their own making! It makes me think this is something to look forward to. When I heard that they would make a new title under their original series it made me look for somewhere to buy it or pre-order it thankfully it was here!"
  27. 1



    Perception is an indie horror adventure game developed by The Deep End Games and published by Feardemic. Players take the role of Cassie a blind woman who must use all other senses to escape from terrible enemies.


    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One


    Susan Jackson
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "A horror adventure, that is a nonstop ride. It is so engaging and the graphics are great. "
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    #31Don't Starve Together

    Don't Starve Together
    Don't Starve Together is a multiplayer game that was designed for various gaming console platforms. It features co-op mode wherein you can play with your friends in this world where you cannot go hungry.

    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Linux


    Zachary Fox
    Written on March 28, 2018
    "This is a good example to bring up when you want to find an indie game. The graphics are very unique and have many elements that will make you and your team playing and leveling up for many hours. The developers actively make new series and best of all you can connect your xbox controller to play. "


Best What are the best Xbox One indie games
1CupheadGames 48 Paid
2SuperhotGames 43 Free
3This War of MineGames 41 Paid
4Don't StarveGames 40 Paid
5RiMEGames 39 Paid
6BattleBlock TheaterGames 35 Paid
7Little NightmaresGames 35 Paid
8Shovel Knight: Treasure TroveGames 35 Paid
9Stardew ValleyGames 32 Paid
10UnravelGames 29 Paid

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