HG101 Presents: Retro Indie Games Vol. 1

Cover artwork by Kaibuzetta

With the introduction of Steam and other digital download services, the indie game development scene has greatly expanded, allowing the return of classic genres that were previously thought to be unviable. Thus, classic games like 2D platformers, Metroidvanias, point-and-click adventures, role-playing games, and shoot-em-ups have returned to the limelight. HG101 Presents: The Guide to Retro Indie Games Vol. 1 catalogs some our favorites of these types of games, including Shovel Knight, Freedom Planet, Undertale, Night in the Woods, Dust: An Elysian Tail, Assault Android Cactus, nearly all of Wadjet Eye’s library, and many others!

We’re using the term “retro indie” rather loosely, since we’d rather be inclusive than exclusive. It’s primarily to refer to games that would be inviting to fans of classic video games, rather than a specific style. For example, even though Night in the Woods doesn’t have a pixel look, it’s still recommended for adventure game aficionados.

To Purchase:


US Amazon – $25.00
US Amazon: Kindle – $7.99

UK Amazon – £19.00
UK Amazon: Kindle

Also available on all other Amazon Europe sites.

Everyone who contributes $5 or more to the site’s Patreon will receive PDF and Kindle MOBI files of this book, as well as digital copies of HG101 Digest Vol. 4: Star Fox and F-Zero, HG101 Digest Vol. 3: The Guide to Retro Horror, and NES Cult Classics. Make sure to check out this post for the download links.

Everyone who contributes $16 or more monthly to the site’s Patreon will receive free PDF and Kindle MOBI files for all HG101 published books (excluding the Japanese Video Game Obscurities book), including this one. Make sure to check out this post for the download links.

PDF Download

PDF Download at Itch.io – $4.99

Covered games include:

The Shivah
The Blackwell Series
Gemini Rue
Kathy Rain
Thimbleweed Park
Nelly Cootalot
Always Sometimes Monsters
Read Only Memories
Va-11 Halla
Night in the Woods
Pony Island
Mercenary Kings
Noitu Love
Rogue Legacy
Super Time Force
Volgarr the Viking
Freedom Planet
Shovel Knight
Super Meat Boy
Mystik Belle
Axiom Verge
Dust: An Elysian Tail
Hyper Light Drifter
Alwa’s Awakening
Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden
One Finger Death Punch
Not a Hero
Assault Android Cactus
Hotline Miami
Crimzon Clover
Blue Revolver
l’Abbaye des Morts
Maldita Castilla
The Curse of Issyos


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