Best Indie games you can play on your Linux desktop right now – My 5 picks

There are lots of games out there available for Linux on Steam. Many AAA titles and also tons of non-AAA games. Today we are going to talk about some Indie games available on Steam for Linux. Indie games are games made by independent developers without the financial and technical support of a large game publisher. These developers are often small in team, or even based on a single developer.

While many Indie developers are around, there are fewer games that get to the spotlight. However, in today’s article, I have listed some fun Indie games ‌free to play. Before we start, let’s talk about the current state of Indie games and their developers out there. In this era of gaming, most gamers are into AAA titled games.

But Indie games are getting popular among many. It takes a lot of hard work and effort to make Indie games, but it is a matter of sorrow that most of them do not shine that bright. The current state of Indie games and its developers are not that good. Usually, they have a high dream of becoming successful at what they want to be or what they want to do. And they do not get enough courage they deserve.

Imagine creating a game by your best effort and getting bankrupt by the time for that game. And that game does not get enough attention! Yes, that will make a serious impact on anyone. I’m not saying to discourage them. Simple support to a person to do any good would be a lot to him. We should be careful about what he or they are going to do and what would be the outcome.

The current state of Indie gaming

The indie game development journey saw an enormous boost in visibility within the video game industry. And the rest of the world starting around 2005. Availability of online distribution on the internet allowed developers to sell the games directly to the players. Bypassing the limitation of retail distributions, and the need of a publisher. When some games caught the eyes of publishers and game engine developers, they offered them to use their products at a low cost. It had raised the interest of indie game developers, and they had time to use digital distribution with storefronts like Steam.

Till now there are about 40000 Indie games available on Steam and 6 to 7 thousand are for Linux. We can play many of the Indie games on Windows in Linux with Steam Play feature. It became a trendy spot on the game development segment in the world of gaming. These days I do not see them much. Once there was a time when Indie Developers meant a small group of developers or a developer himself. But now a sizable group of organizations are calling themselves “Indie”. Real Indie developers still have their potential to make something new “outside the box”. But their project wouldn’t stand a chance against these so called big new “indie” organizations.

Some outstanding Indie games

Let’s leave all these behind and check out the games I was talking about. Here is the list of five indie games you can play in your distro available on Steam.


“Awesomenauts” is an action-based 2D game where you have to fight the aliens. The game is about 3.3 GB in size and has a rating of 9 out of 10 on Steam. It is a story of the year 3587. Conflict spans the stars as they lock huge robot armies in an enduring stalemate.

To keep the supremacy of the galaxy, they call upon the most powerful mercenaries, Awesomenauts! The Awesomenauts fight against the Robo aliens for victory. Every Nauts has their special abilities. Awesomenauts game combines 2D platforming with team-based strategy. Players can play it online or offline up to 3 players in local split-screen. Though it is a 2D game, it has a unique graphic quality. It supports Gamepad Controller as any other game available on Steam. “Ronimo Games” developed and published the game. It is available for free on Steam. There is also a complete edition available on Steam which contains all Nauts packs. And it costs around 24.99 USD.


“Fantasy Strike” is an Indie fighting game available for Linux on steam for free. The developer and also the publisher of the game is the “Sirlin Games”. Size of this game is approximately 2.9GB, and its graphical view is just outstanding. It has a rating of 7 out of 10 on Steam, but I tell you it’s worth trying. It is a 3D animated game with a lot of fun. If you are not skilled enough to play this game or any of you haven’t played a fighting game before, don’t worry about it. Its controls are simple.

It is almost like all the other fighting games available out there. So, you don’t have to be very skilled or professional to play this game. You will learn all the basic moves and combos within a short ‌time. There are both Online and Offline mode for playing. Although it is an animated game, it has vibrant graphics and excellent online play. I would suggest you not to judge the game without trying it. Also, check out other games they published, which I didn’t mention here like Yomi, Puzzle strike. But they both cost 6.99 USD on Steam.


“Unsung Warrior – Prologue” is an action-adventure game developed and published by “Osarion and Mountaineer”. It has a rating of 10 out of 10 on Stream. This is a 2D animated game and about 132 MB in size.

Based on the time of “Iron Age”, there is a vast world with interesting locations. It is an online/offline single-player or coach The Co-op dual player game where you can team up with your friend and fight your enemies side by side. Equip a wide variety of weapons, spells, and other items to fight against your enemies. There you will meet many interesting characters, some of whom will be your friends. The controls are ‌simple. If you use a keyboard, you just have to use the arrow keys to control the character. They support gamepad and Joysticks in this game.


“Robocraft” is also a free indie game on Steam. What if you can create a robocar or flying machine that can shoot and also can fight against the other robots! Isn’t it interesting? Here you do all of that. Make your robot color it up and access it. The game is about 1 GB in size and it is a 3D animated game. Most interesting part of this game is that you can Build fully customizable robot battle vehicles that drive, hover, walk, and fly. The full DLC of this game will cost about 54.47 USD. The ratings are 7 out of 10 on Steam. The graphics of this game is ‌minimalistic. Freejam is the name of the dev team behind it. This is a fully online game and you can’t play it offline though. You have to login and connect to the internet ‌to play. Otherwise, it has a campaign option to play alone and also has a PVP multiplayer mode. I think this game is also great fun and also a way to pass time with friends.


“Simply Chess” is a normal chess game like any other chess game out there. As I mentioned earlier, these games are Indie games. And every simple indie game is a creation of a single or a small group of developers. This game is about 99 MB in size and comes with an online multiplayer option. It also has a rating of 7 out of 10 on Steam. BlueLine Game developed and published the game.

Now there is a deluxe edition available for this game, but we are talking about free games only. If anyone wishes to support the developers and buy the deluxe edition, you have an open invitation. There is not to say much about graphics. Everything looks fresh and fine to me. Although there is an option to change the board type in 2D or 3D. There is not much to say about controls‌. You can play the game with a mouse or keyboard. It depends on personal preferences.


So finally we are at the end of the list. The entire purpose of this article was to introduce you all to some ‌interesting games and the current state of Indie game development. They are not getting enough support and courage they deserve. Hope you guys will love the games we discussed and also let us know which one is your favorite.

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