Upcoming indie games for 2024 and beyond

Kind Words 2
(Image credit: Popcannibal)

There are plenty of exciting upcoming indie games coming our way in the future. With 2024 absolutely stacked with expected releases to bring us a host of new experiences. From detective puzzle games to story-driven adventures, and even a soulslike, there's a hearty helping of fresh indie games across a variety of genres to look forward to. 

2023 saw the release of a wealth of memorable new indie games. You just have to look at our Indie Spotlight series to see how many we've been enjoying this year. And if you want to catch up on some of the gems of 2023, be sure to check out our pick of the 10 indies that might have gone under your radar. With the likes of Jusant, Thirsty Suitors, and Cocoon, there have been so many standouts, and happily more are yet to come. With lots of reveals over the last 12 months, the recent Day of the Devs: The Game Awards Edition showcase treated us to even more announcements. 

So if you're looking to see what's on the horizon, get your wishlists at the ready as we take you through some of the most exciting upcoming indie games to watch out for. 

Recent updates

This list was updated on December 22 to remove indie games that have released in the last few months. More upcoming indie games have been added including Kind Words 2, Loose Leaf, and The Mermaid's Tongue. 

2024

The Gecko Gods  

The Gecko Gods

(Image credit: Super Rare Originals)

Release date: Spring 2024
Platform(s): PC, Switch

If you're looking for a relaxing puzzle-based experience, The Gecko Gods might just be one to add to your wishlist. Playing as a little gecko, you can explore a mysterious island and make the most of the lizard's agile movements to climb cliffs and yes, even eat bugs. Setting out on a quest to save their friend, The Gecko Gods sees you solve puzzles across crumbling ruins and discover the lore of the land as you explore. There's no way we can pass up the chance to play as a little gecko protagonist. 

TBC 2024

The Mermaid's Tongue

The Mermaids Tongue

(Image credit: SFB Games)

Release date: TBC 2024
Platform(s): PC, Xbox Series X/S, PS5

The Mermaid's Tongue is a follow-up to the excellent 2019 murder-mystery detective game, Tangle Tower from developer SFB Games. Bringing back main sleuths Detective Grimoire and Sally, you'll set out with the pair set to investigate the murder of Magnus Mortuga, who was the captain of the "world's strangest submarine". Strange things are evidently going on, with the mention of a possible curse. How intriguing. As you hunt for clues, you'll be able to once again interact with a variety of objects, which are all now in 3D, and try to complete puzzles as you try to get to the bottom of the case. With a free demo currently on Steam, the new detective adventure looks set to scratch our gumshoe itch. 

Hauntii  

Hauntii

(Image credit: Moonloop Games)

Release date: TBC 2024
Platform(s): PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS5, Switch

Hauntii is an eye-catching upcoming adventure from developer Moonloop Games that sees you take on the role of a ghost in search of answers. What makes Hauntii so unique, though, is that it's actually a twin-stick shooter that's designed to be taken at a slower pace. Using twin-stick controls to blast past foes and navigate through obstacles, you can also possess all manner of objects in the world to use or play around with as you puzzle your way through the mysterious setting known as Eternity. Stylistically, it looks hauntingly beautiful, and the concept makes this one adventure to watch out for. 

Little Kitty, Big City

Little Kitty, Big City

(Image credit: Double Dagger Studio)

Release date: TBC 2024
Platform(s): PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch 

Little Kitty, Big City sounds like the purrfect adventure to get lost in. As an adorable cat, you can make the city your playground and explore to your heart's content. While you have the goal of trying to find your way home again, you can take everything at your own pace. From making friends with other animals, to completing quests, and even taking a nap, developer Double Dagger Studio's delightful sandbox looks set to have plenty to offer us as we take on the role of a pawsome protagonist. Oh, and you put hats on the cat. That's very important to know. 

Ghost Bike

Ghost Bike

(Image credit: Annapurna Interactive)

Release date: TBC 2024
Platform(s): PC, Xbox Series X/S, PS5 

Ghost Bike is a new adventure from Nidhogg developer, Messhof. Playing as a streetwise kid from Freehub City, you set out to bring back Ghost Bikes, who are said to be magical couriers that rode between the world of the living and the world of the dead. With races along with a variety of different challenges to take on, you can explore what is described as a "semi open-world" and discover bike parts to customize your pair of wheels. It looks like one very stylized, intriguing action-adventure with a unique concept at its heart.  

Tracks of Thought

Tracks of Thought

(Image credit: Freedom Games)

Release date: TBC 2024
Platform(s):
PC

Tracks of Thought from developer Tidbits Play sees you take on the role of a lost ladybug aboard a train. Things take a strange turn when the train goes through a mysterious tunnel that causes everyone to forget their final destination. Now, it's up to you to find out just what is going on and where the train is headed. By talking to the passengers, make use of Tracks of Thought's "card-based battle-of-wits system" to resolve conflicts on board. The art style looks absolutely delightful, and it sounds as though we'll have a good mystery to delve into.  

Tiny Glade

Tiny Glade

(Image credit: Pounce Light)

Release date: TBC 2024
Platform(s):
PC 

Calling all building fans! If you enjoy creating your own homes or cities, then how about bringing together your very own little castles? Tiny Glade from developer Pounce Light is an upcoming sandbox builder is all about taking everything at your own pace and experimenting to bring to life your own cozy dioramas. Oh, and you can pet sheep - an added bonus. 

Afterlove EP 

Afterlove EP

(Image credit: Fellow Traveller)

Release date: TBC 2024
Platform(s): PC, PS4, PS5, Switch

Afterlove EP is described as a mixture of narrative adventure, dating sim, and rhythm game that will explore an emotional story. Taking place in Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia, After Love EP follows Rama, a young musician dealing with the loss of their girlfriend Cinta who recently passed away. With beautiful art that's brought to life by artist Soyatu and original music from Indonesian band L'alpahalpha, the upcoming adventure is said to feature multiple possible endings and story paths based on the choices you make. 

Pacific Drive

Pacific Drive

(Image credit: Ironwood Studios)

Release date: TBC 2024
Platform(s): PC, PS5

Pacific Drive is an upcoming run-based survival driving game, and after checking it earlier this year, we're already keen to get behind the wheel. Coming to us from developer Ironwood Studios, Pacific Drive takes place in a reimagining of the Pacific Northwest in the Olympic Exclusion Zone, which is full of hazards and strange anomalies. After finding yourself in this zone with a station wagon that serves as your only companion and means of survival, you set out to learn more about this mysterious place and try to navigate all of its dangers with every run you take. 

Another Crab's Treasure 

Another Crab's Treasure

(Image credit: Aggro Crab)

Release date: TBC 2024
Platform(s):  PC, Switch 

You know what they say, one crab's trash is another crab's treasure. Okay, maybe they don't say that about crabs per se, but it's definitely true in the case of Another Crab's Treasure. Developer Aggro Crab is bringing us a new souls-like experience under the sea as a crustacean called Krill who's on the hunt for treasure to buy back his repurposed shell. In the polluted underwater world, trash is considered to be a valuable resource that's used for just about everything, but it also brings with it an infection known as the Gunk which threatens the ocean. If you're on the lookout for a new souls-like experience – featuring a whole lot of crabs, no less – this is one adventure to watch out for. 

Paper Trail

Paper Trail

(Image credit: Newfangled Games)

Release date: TBC 2024
Platform(s): PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS5 

Paper Trail looks like a charming new puzzle adventure that takes place in a paper world. Since everything is made of paper, the world itself can fold, rotate, and spin around to allow you to create paths and puzzle your way through locations. Developed by Newfangled Games, Paper Trail is set to explore the story of Paige who's just about to leave home for the first time to pursue her studies as an up and coming academic. It certainly has a unique design and concept that has caught our attention, with the added bonus of secrets to uncover.

The Plucky Squire

The Plucky Squire

(Image credit: Devolver Digital)

Release date: TBC 2024
Platform(s): PC, Xbox Series X/S, PS5, Switch

The Plucky Squire from developer All Possible Futures looks absolutely magical. With its enchanting concept, The Plucky Squire will see us jump from 2D to 3D as the small but mighty hero Jot, who discovers the world that lies outside of the pages of his storybook home. The debut trailer certainly left a lasting impression, with Toy Story vibes and elements that bring to mind the nostalgic 2D platforming sections of Super Mario Odyssey. After leaving the storybook and emerging into the 3D world of the bedroom, we got to see how Jot can shift between dimensions by jumping onto the surfaces of different objects. It really does look like it has the makings for one creatively charming platforming adventure.

Closer the Distance

Closer the Distance

(Image credit: Skybound Games)

Release date: TBC 2024
Platform(s):
PC, PS5, Xbox Series X/S

Closer the Distance is a new game from Osmotic Studios that's described as a slice of life sim that looks set to us a unique power. As protagonist Angela in the town of Yesterby, you'll navigate a story that follows the events after a tragic car accident. With an "ethereal ability", Angela can influence the residents of the town, with choices that will be presented that can change the very fate of Yesterby. If you're looking for narrative experience with choices that matter, Closer the Distance looks set to be one to keep on eye on.

TBC

Kind Words 2 (lofi city pop) 

Kind Words 2

(Image credit: Popcannibal)

Release date: TBC
Platform(s):
PC

Kind Words 2 (lofi city pop) is a followup to 2019's Kind Words from developer Popcannibal. As a game that's all about being kind to real people, Kind Words saw you writing letters to and from other people, offering words of encouragement, or sharing fears or worries. Now, the second game will carry on the same spirit, with you still being able to write letters from your cozy bedroom, only now you can also venture outside and do a variety of activities - such as writing slam poetry in a cafe, to sharing your wishes from the top of a mountain. It's an experience that's intended to help you feel seen, heard, and less alone in this busy world of online connection. 

Loose Leaf

Loose Leaf

(Image credit: Kitfox Games)

Release date: TBC
Platform(s): PC

Loose Leafis an upcoming tea witch simulator from Boyfriend Dungeon developer Kitfox Games. As you manage a tea room, you'll get to grips with what promises to be the most "in-depth" tea simulator, which puts you in control of elements such as the temperature and timing of your brews. As you pick ingredients and place them in your chosen cup, you'll work to unlock more recipes as you go about trying to make just the right cup of tea for your guests. But all of your visitors have troubles of their own to share, and as a witch, you'll also be able to do tarot card readings as you try to help them with their worries. 

Loco Motive

Loco Motive

(Image credit: Chucklefish)

Release date: TBC
Platform(s): PC, Switch

Loco Motive is a pixelated murder mystery from developer Robust Games that takes place onboard an express train in the 1930s. Described as a slapstick comedy adventure with plenty of surprises in store, it sounds as though Loco Motive will take us on quite a ride with point-and-click puzzles, lots of characters to meet, and a crime to investigate as three different protagonists in an interlinking story.   

I Am A Caterpillar

I Am A Caterpillar

(Image credit: DevFatigued)

Release date: TBC
Platform(s): PC

During the Wholesome Direct 2023 we got to see I Am A Caterpillar, which is a new indie adventure coming to us from DevFatigued. You play (as you might have guessed) as a caterpillar, only this wriggly friend is quite content as they are, and doesn't want to become a butterfly. On the day your transformation is supposed to happen, you set out to do everything you can to stop it. Yes, you're going to be a bug who wants to shape their own destiny. It looks adorable, with the chance to climb across colorful environments and meet and befriend a whole host of forest inhabitants.  

Way to the Woods

Way to the Woods

(Image credit: onepixel.dog)

Release date: TBC
Platform(s): PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S (Xbox Game Pass) 

Way to the Woods is an upcoming adventure that follows the journey of two deer in an abandoned world that head out to find their way home. A trailer for the game back in 2019 quickly captured attention thanks to its beautiful, intriguing backdrop and the companionship of the deer and fawn protagonists at the heart of the experience. Said to draw inspiration from Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, and The Last of Us, Way to the Woods happily made an appearance towards the end of 2022 during the Wholesome Snack showcase to enchant us all over again. 

Henry Halfhead  

Henry Halfhead

(Image credit: Lululu Entertainment)

Release date: TBC
Platform(s): PC

Henry Halfhead is an upcoming sandbox adventure from Lululu Entertainment that sees you become a character with a rather peculiar ability. As Henry, you can possess and control any object from an apple to a toaster. In fact, you can even become the bread in the toaster or the plug that powers it. Essentially, you can become anything within your reach and experiment to find creative solutions to complete challenges. With over 150 objects to play around with and a variety of mini-games to try out, it looks like a lot of fun - and also supports local co-op as an added bonus. 

The Star Named EOS 

The Star Named EOS

(Image credit: Silver Lining Studio)

Release date: TBC
Platform(s): PC

The Star Named EOS is the next game from the delightful Behind the Frame developer Silver Linings Studio. The first-person narrative puzzle adventure sees you take on the role of Dei, a young photographer who's following the footsteps of his Mother's adventures through a series of photos and letters that were sent to him as a child. With a family mystery at the heart of the experience, The Star Named EOS will let us try to solve puzzles, recreate photos, and explore a hand-drawn world where we can capture snapshots. A relaxing adventure about family with mystery and photography? Yes please. 

Keep track of all of the releases on the horizon with our roundups of upcoming Switch games, upcoming PS5 games, upcoming Xbox Series X games, and upcoming PC games

Heather Wald
Senior staff writer

I started out writing for the games section of a student-run website as an undergrad, and continued to write about games in my free time during retail and temp jobs for a number of years. Eventually, I earned an MA in magazine journalism at Cardiff University, and soon after got my first official role in the industry as a content editor for Stuff magazine. After writing about all things tech and games-related, I then did a brief stint as a freelancer before I landed my role as a staff writer here at GamesRadar+. Now I get to write features, previews, and reviews, and when I'm not doing that, you can usually find me lost in any one of the Dragon Age or Mass Effect games, tucking into another delightful indie, or drinking far too much tea for my own good.