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View 2009's best Indie Games, as picked by you the players.

Posted by Henley on Feb 5th, 2010

Despite our coverage of indie games increasing significantly in 2009, the number of mods (6000) on the site still dwarfs the number of indie games (800). Because of this only a handful made the top 100, which is why this list combines both released and unreleased indie games into the top 5. Next year we aim to run a separate Indie Game of the Year competition, so developers add your games and tell your favorite game developers that despite the name ModDB, we will welcome them with open arms. 16,000 players stamped their feet and voted for indies this year, and this is what they picked:

To qualify for the top 5, the indie game must place higher than it has in previous years and must have had a significant update in 2009. Otherwise an honorable mention is given, which these teams have received:

Deltan Cityscape Infinity: The Quest for Earth has been a favorite of the players for years, and have featured in the IGOTY a few times now. Cannot be easy creating an entire universe, but the work they have completed so far is stunning.

Pipeline Yet Again We have a strong C&C fanbase on ModDB, and bringing the world of Red Alert to life, in a first person shooter format is something they want. Red Alert A Path Beyond aims to do just that.

Terror Drone/Apocalypse Tank The same team bringing Red Alert to life, are also busy working on a Red Alert 2 edition. Red Alert 2 Apocalypse Rising will be bringing Tesla towers to first person shooters... how scary is that!

5ReleasedPlatinum Arts Sandbox
is a free open source 3D Game Maker, world creator and 3D Game Design program currently being used in many schools throughout the world that allows kids and adults to create their own video games, worlds, levels, adventures and quests, even cooperatively! The goal is to make it accessible to kids but also powerful enough for full game projects.

4ReleasedFOnline: 2238
brings you back to the world of Fallout once you knew it, only this time as a MMO-RPG hybrid. Cross the border where the unique game setting of the original Fallout & Fallout 2 games meets the unique MMO design.

3Upcoming0 A.D.
is a free, open-source, cross-platform real-time strategy (RTS) game of ancient warfare. It's a historically-based war/economy game that allows players to relive or rewrite the history of six ancient Western civilizations, from Iberia to Persia, each depicted at their peak of economic growth and military prowess.

takes place in the savage world of Lugaru where rabbits, wolves and other animals are forced to use paws, claws and medieval weaponry to engage each other in battle. Combining 3rd person adventure platforming with intricate melee combat, Overgrowth achieves a unique feel.

1UpcomingNatural Selection 2
Whether you play as one of the elite marine Frontiersmen or the vicious alien Kharaa, you must use unique strategies and your abilities to win. Marines buy weaponry and form persistent squads to find and destroy alien hives. Aliens can choose a wall-running Skulk, pudgy Gorge, flying Lerk, murderous Fade or gigantic Onos that can devour enemies whole.

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Awesome_ninja Feb 5 2010 says:

WOOT!!! Natural Selection 2 ROCKS! Congratz to all winners.
And finally some NS2 gameplay, it is a huge pleasure to see it in action! xD

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Svenare Feb 5 2010 replied:

In-game footage FTW!!

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calimer Feb 5 2010 says:

Awesome, we made it! Thanks everyone who voted for Platinum Arts Sandbox Free 3D Game Maker! Party time over at SandboxGameMaker.com soon, got some great updates coming out for you!! Take care!

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JohnnydeBris Feb 7 2010 replied:

You're welcome - you deserved it!

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Zemog Feb 5 2010 says:

I'm not surprised in all honesty.

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Milch Feb 5 2010 replied:


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Torabi Feb 5 2010 says:

Go Overgrowth & NS2, so glad I got the pack!

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Jashin Feb 5 2010 says:

Nice. NS2 as expected.

I'm gonna try FOnline right now.

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BigPapaSmurf Feb 5 2010 says:

Well done to everyone nominated, can't wait for Natural Selection 2 though! :D

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Reconite Feb 5 2010 says:

Go FOnline!

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dude101 Feb 5 2010 replied:

FOnline FTW.

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tyche Feb 5 2010 says:

CONGRATULATIONS! Platinum Arts Sandbox Gamemaker on making the top 5. I'm here to say that it's not just for kids. This old, retired CAD draftsman has a lot of fun building maps, too. And if you don't believe me, go to Sandboxgamemaker.com and click on the forums, then on the gallery and take a look at one I've been working on.

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angelcs Feb 5 2010 says:


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PierreOfTheFrench Feb 5 2010 says:

Nice, yeah that Overgrowth & NS2 pack was awesome. I love the in game footage for NS2! (Although the fps in the video looks a little low :P)

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phipe Feb 5 2010 replied:

I agree. The low framerate at the climax of the video was noticable to the point it almost feel unacceptable. But we cannot really complain, i mean - where alse is it possible to se that footage?

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PierreOfTheFrench Feb 5 2010 replied:

Yeah, I mean it is still in pre alpha stages. I am surprised to see that footage first only here, considering the hunger for footage on the UW forums :) That and I'm sure they haven't put in all the optimization codes for like rendering objects that are no where near in sight or stuff like that.

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█Black/Brunez█ Feb 5 2010 says:

All the games are awesome. The honorable mention games are awesome too.

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PierreOfTheFrench Feb 5 2010 says:

I don't think killing was put into that version of NS2, at 1:36 that is either some really pro shooting or intentional missing :)

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cortez666 Feb 5 2010 says:

it was obvious that NS2 or overgrowth will be the winner, bu my fa is 0 A.D.

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skarai Feb 5 2010 says:

Some sweet sound there for the AR

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Xular Feb 5 2010 says:

Woot, <3 Natural Selection 2 :D

And nice to see that 0 A.D. made it into the top5, thats the prettiest looking RTS Game I've seen yet - I really hope they release an alpha soon :)

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NullSoldier Feb 5 2010 says:

What the **** is FOnline doing here? Did they pay their users to come spam our site? They've hardly if at all advertised here and I have a hard time believing they have a following here.

When are we going to see that NS2 footage in HD?! Good job everyone! So many good indie games!

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lisac2k Dec 5 2010 replied:

Oh! Such a rude comment for the best released indie game in 2009 (players choice)!

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RKotern Feb 5 2010 says:

I love this game!

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BlueWolf72 Feb 5 2010 says:

Congratz to you all

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Stardog Feb 5 2010 says:

First time I've heard of FOnline.

Nice to see NS2 footage. Already messing with the editor.

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Underet Feb 5 2010 says:

I hope it will inspire unknow worlds ))))))

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INtense! Feb 5 2010 replied:

They don't need inspiring... they've already shown they can do it with NS1, so NS2 is pretty much going to be a sure thing.

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maxpayne05 Feb 5 2010 says:

FOnline FTW

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altercuca Feb 5 2010 says:

FOnline and Natural Selection 2 make my top 5!

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pone Feb 5 2010 replied:

so your top five is FOnline FOnline FOnline Natural Selection 2 Natural Selection 2? :D

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linfosoma Feb 5 2010 says:

Please, I really want to see the NS2 gameplay video, but it's blocked at work. Anyone knows if I can download it somehow?

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Versatyle Feb 5 2010 says:

Really looking forward to Overgrowth. Grats to NS2. Very deserving win.

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spellman23 Feb 5 2010 says:

Congrats to everyone!


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CitizenLand Feb 5 2010 says:

while I applaud all the participants, is it really fair to allow released and unreleased games to vie for "Players Choice" awards? What your doing to pitting relatively unknown games who haven't had a chance to build a fanbase against estblished and very popular mods. It comes down to a popularity contest of "most anticipated" rather than giving an award for hard work, imagination and creativity. To put it simply, its inherently unfair for all involved. Had this been an "editors Choice" where the editors could have gotten a glimpse of the code for the unreleased games then I'd have no issue.

MODDB really needs to rethink this category IMHO.

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Mularac Feb 5 2010 replied:

agreed. The unreleased had a category for themselves, and I think that the released should, too.
However: Congrats to the winners, all of them. They all seem great (I'm downloading FOnline now, btw. Thank you for placing it into my radar :P)

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Henley Feb 5 2010 replied:

The top 100 did not have enough Indie Game (released or unreleased) to warrant 2 separate videos.

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Mularac Feb 6 2010 replied:

fair enough. Let's hope this year that changes.

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Mkilbride Feb 5 2010 says:

No Zeno Clash?

I am disappoint. :P

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chris_sloany Feb 5 2010 says:

OG, and NS2 looked really bad ***, but so did 0A.D.

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shadowlag Feb 5 2010 says:

I cannot wait for this to come out.

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Craka_J Feb 5 2010 says:

I saw the win coming. Natural Selection 2 is too damn awesome to NOT get first place and deserves it! Great job guys and congrats!

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Frozencloud Feb 5 2010 says:


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Jesusfreak Feb 5 2010 says:

Great Indie game!

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Brightgalrs Feb 6 2010 says:

0 A.D! Up there with both Overgrowth and NS2, absolutely incredible! Best freeware indie of ModBd it seems. ;)

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TALON_UK Feb 6 2010 says:

Very cool, Natural Selection 2 does look very impressive, nice work guys, and well done.

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Mammutpanzer Feb 6 2010 says:

"Next year we aim to run a separate Indie Game of the Year competition[...]" (Henley) Does that mean Indie released and unreleased will be splitt up or is it a whole new kind of competition?

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bobsbarricades Feb 6 2010 says:

HOLY CRAP!! NS2 looks ridiculously good! Dang. I'm so excited for this game it's unreal.

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Cozmin95 Feb 8 2010 says:

All those game are amazing!
But im personally looking forward to play 0 A.D. and Natural Selection 2! :)

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Pat.Lithium Feb 8 2010 says:

He said FON-line for fallout online haha.

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