The best indie games of 2011

Indie games are officially in style. Amidst all the bundles that have been offered for so very little money all year, it can sometimes be hard to take a step back and gather one’s thoughts about which of the indie games released in 2011 really stood out among the crowd. We have taken the time to rifle through dozens of these games to find the very best, and the following list, presented in no particular order of quality, are the ten we have chosen. Feel free to suggest your own favorites in the comments below, or yell at your monitor for any startling omissions from the list.

Indie game developers look to Steam on the PC — instead of Xbox Live — for commercial success

Independent video game developer Zeboyd Games recently announced sales of its Cthulhu Saves the World + Breath of Death VII combo pack sold over 100,000 copies on PC digital retailer Steam in less than four months. In contrast, Cthulhu Saves the World has sold merely 20,000 copies on Microsoft’s Xbox Live Indie Games (XBLIG) service since December 2010, while Breath of Death VII has sold 55,000 copies since April 2010. Although Zeboyd Games founder Robert Boyd says the press release was not meant to be an intentional jab at Microsoft, it seems to drive home a point indie developers have been trying to make for quite some time: Xbox Live Indie Games is a lousy way to make a living.