Is this late? Yes. Is it way late? Yes. Is it so late that nobody will be able to buy these games anymore because I waited too long? No, which is why it's still cool to make this. Plus, of course, it's my blog and I like lists so I'm going to list whatever I want.
Those of you who have read the list I posted back in August of my favorite indie games will see a few repeats here. You'll also see a few games that I would add to that list if I were writing it today, and you'll see a few games that have risen or fallen in my estimation since that time.
Those of you who have not read that post will not notice those things, unless you elect now to go look for it and read it just so you can come back here and then recognize the things I just mentioned. I'm not sure if that's a worthwhile use of your time, but I'm certainly not going to tell people to avoid reading things I've written in my blog.
Also, before you read on, you should know that while Rogue Legacy, Gone Home, and Kentucky Route Zero do not appear on my list, they are by nearly universal critical consensus some of the year's very best releases.
Anyway, here is my belated list of the top 10 indie games released in 2013:
#10. Deeper Sleep
#8. Electronic Super Joy
here, so if you want more detail you can look at that. It's a bright, flashy, rave-y platformer that gives Super Meat Boy a run for its money in the crushing difficulty department. This is absolutely not a game for players who dislike a serious challenge, because if you're not some kind of super-human gaming prodigy it will push you to the brink of throwing your remote through the nearest window. The truly rewarding feeling you get when you actually succeed, though, is such a high that it makes it all worthwhile.
#6. Starseed Pilgrim
#5. The Swapper
#4. Don't Starve
#3. The Stanley Parable
#1. Papers, Please
here if you'd like to read more. It's certainly not for everybody, but in my mind Papers, Please was the best independent video game released in 2013.