4. Stardew Valley
With its simplistic two-dimensional graphics and focus on farming, it’s hard to believe that Stardew Valley was one of 2016’s top-rated indie games. But players will soon discover that there’s more to the game than tending to a farm in the titular Stardew Valley, as planting crops soon gives way to other activities like fishing and mining. Plus players can also fight and vanquish all sorts of creatures in the depths, even if the game’s combat sadly isn’t its strong suit.
It is also possible to craft better items from resources like one would do in a game like Minecraft, although it is clear Stardew Valley was inspired by the Harvest Moon games. But still, this was definitely one of the top indie games to hit the shelves in 2016, and a must-play title for anyone interested in this sort of multifaceted RPG game.