Best Indie Games In September 2023 | Our Top Picks

Best Indie Games In September 2023
Best Indie Games In September 2023 - Our Top Picks

Don’t hold your breath, but the heat of the summer may have finally broken. That’s right, Autumn is no longer just around the corner, it is the corner. That means that we can look forward to cooler weather and all the colors that come with the changing season. You can also expect chills, wind, and the occasional storm. Yet, this is just another reason to make excuses to avoid the outdoors. Luckily, we’ve got so many lovely and hard-working indie developers who are launching plenty of great indie games to keep us entertained indoors. These are the ones we are closely waiting to play this September.

Tiny Witch

Tiny Witch Trailer

There are so many ideas about what it’s like being a witch and what they tend to concern themselves with while practicing magic. It appears that Creative Hand has had a hand in exploring a more business-oriented angle with Tiny Witch. As the titular witch of questionable smallness, your job is to run a successful business in which you rent out minions. Dungeon Masters need minions and you need to cook them up… literally! Gather the right ingredients and combine them into the various cauldrons around your store to create minions that are worth every bit that Dungeon Master will pay for them.

Tiny Witch will be available on September 1 for PC, PlayStation, and Xbox.

Chants of Sennaar

Chants of Sennaar

Although we are people scattered around the world with different cultures, backgrounds, languages, and more, there was a time when we were all one. The story about the Tower of Babel explores this idea, and Rundisc has taken a run at it with Chants of Sennaar. This Journey-like game has you playing as a robed researcher with a focus on linguistics. You’re living in a tower full of people, but none of them can understand each other. Use your skills and deduction to solve the mysteries of language in order to reunite all the people using the power of the word.

Chants of Sennaar will be available on September 5 for PC, Switch, PlayStation, and Xbox.

Land Above Sea Below

Land Above Sea Below Trailer

Climate change is not an easy topic to discuss. However, it’s one can’t deny, considering the world has been experiencing some very extreme and strange weather phenomena. Of the most prominent is the rising sea levels, which is addressed by Glasscannon Studio in Land Above Sea Below. The goal of the game is described right in the title: You need to keep the land above the sea. This puzzle-strategy game presents a world made up of hexagonal tiles. You need to use these tiles and arrange them in such a way that the land can grow and thrive while remaining above the sea, which is rising after you.

Land Above Sea Below will be available on September 13 for PC.

Thunder Ray

Thunder Ray Trailer

Boxing may be a sport that looks simple at the surface, but there is so much technique and thought behind it that it’s almost ridiculous. Some boxing games try to address this idea, and Thunder Ray will take it to a fantastical level thanks to the team at Purple Tree SRL. As the upcoming boxer hoping to earn the name Thunder Ray, you need to fight your way to the top in a series of boxing matches, Punch-Out style! However, you’re not fighting humans with tricky and sometimes otherworldly gimmicks. Instead, you’re fighting opponents who will freely use their weapons and powers. Use your skill to show them the true and pure power of the fist.

Thunder Ray will be available on September 14 for PC.


AK-xolotl Trailer

Some of us may have jumped on the axolotl bandwagon a bit late after seeing just how cute they are throughout across social media. We can still show our appreciation by saving up for AK-xolotl by 2Awesome Studio. This little aquatic lizard may look cute, but this game takes one and turns it into an action hero. With a top-down view and a colorful pixel art style, it’s easy to get a feel for the action to come. You must help our hero fight to the top of the animal kingdom by toppling the strongest animals in the various kingdoms with all the wild and destructive guns that you can get your little axolotl hands on.

AK-xolotl will be available on September 14 for PC, Switch, PlayStation, and Xbox.

Party Animals

Party Animals Trailer

As time goes on, it gets harder to party due to our hectic schedules and our bodies slowly deciding to quit on us. However, Recreate Games has given us a game that will still let us be Party Animals. It’s a party game with animals and they’re all round, adorable, and completely uncoordinated. That’s why they need your control, because that’s the only way that they can win — by throwing their weight and limbs around. Go around the world to different settings and situations as you try your hardest to be the top dog… cat, gator, rabbit, dinosaur, and whichever other animals are coming to the party.

Party Animals will be available on September 20 for PC and Xbox.

El Paso, Elsewhere

El Paso, Elsewhere Trailer

To those who may have not traveled there, El Paso is a widespread city in the middle of the desert part of Texas. It can be very hot, and provides enough for Strange Scaffold to make it the setting for their game El Paso, Elsewhere. The game takes place in the sun-blasted city, but is not tethered there as you take control of a hunter who enters a strange motel that keeps jumping to different worlds. Apparently, these worlds are filled with deadly supernatural creatures that are only focused on hunting you down. Take up arms and whatever sacred items you have to slay these cursed creatures in this supernatural third-person shooter.

El Paso, Elsewhere will be available on September 26 for PC, PlayStation, and Xbox.


Cocoon Trailer

Remember the movie Cocoon? The one where the old people become young thanks to aliens interfering? Well, the game Cocoon by Geometric Interactive has absolutely nothing to do with that. Instead, it seems that one of the leads from Limbo and Inside has led the charge on creating an all-new puzzle game with lots of exploration and platforming to boot. Rather than using a side-scrolling perspective, the hero this time around is seen from a top-down view in a 2D world. As they roam around, they’ll be jumping between different worlds to make progress. Through this, they will learn new things and hopefully gain some insight into the vastness of the cosmos.

Cocoon will be available on September 29 for PC, Switch, PlayStation, and Xbox.

Written by Andrew Smith