Indie games used to mean games that aren’t popular outside of niche groups. But nowadays, there are plenty of indie games out there that are just as popular as their big-name blockbuster cousins; all thanks to the success of indie favorites such as The Walking Dead, Bastion, and Braid, just to name a few.

You may have already heard about the major titles, but there are a lot more hidden gems out there that don’t get the same level of attention. Here are 5 up-and-coming games that we’re pretty sure you’ve never heard of – yet.

Enjoy!

White Night

White Night

Wounded in a car accident in the middle of nowhere, a man limps into a shady abandoned house with a dark secret. That’s the premise of White Night, a promising puzzle and survival horror game developed by Paris-based OSome Studios. Its French title, “Nuite Blanche”, is an idiom for “sleepless night”. It’s perfectly suited for the game’s unique art style, as most of it is colored only in starkly contrasted black and white. It’s never too easy to be both scary and beautiful at the same time, but this game looks like it’s succeeding at both. The game is set to be released this year. The final price is yet to be confirmed.

The Museum of Simulation Technology

The Museum of Simulation Technology

For fans of the popular game, Portal, who are more than just into the “Cake is a lie” jokes, you’ll surely adore this 3D puzzle game of “forced perspective”. But what does that mean? In the real world, things appear much bigger when you’re close to them, and smaller when you’re farther away. In this indie game, however, things actually get smaller when you move them closer to you, and get bigger when you move them away. This is one of those interesting cerebral games that you have to see to understand.

Engare

Engare

This indie game was developed by Iranian video game developer Mahdi Bahrami who is just 21 years old. The game was featured in the 2014 Independent Games Festival, which is amazing enough as it is. The game was inspired by Persian geometric art, and is all about paths of motion, where players are shown a line, and then asked to recreate the shape of that particular line by selecting a point on a moving design whose trajectory will recreate that line.

Treachery in Beatdown City

Treachery in Beatdown City

A huge fan of old-school rowdy, beat-em-up games?  Then you’ll surely love Treachery in Beatdown City, a tactical brawler with a unique combination of RPG-like turn-based combat and action-driven 2D combat. In this game, players will move through a diverse 16-bit New York City, switching from 3 different characters with 3 different play styles.

At present, game developers of Treachery in Beatdown City have set up a Kickstarter project, where it’s still shy of its $49,000 goal. If you like what you see, go check it out now!

Storium

Storium

For those who are into text-based simulators and RPGs, this one’s for you. Storium is an intricate framework for creating, hosting, and playing story-driven games. Groups of players can take part in a “world” where they can create their own characters and take turns guiding the developing story. The game is currently on a fund-raising campaign on Kickstarter, although it’s already achieved its goal. The beta version is currently available for its Kickstarter supporters.