What a lot of people fail to realize about Kickstarter is that they aren't pre-ordering a game, they're providing the financial backing for a venture which may or may not succeed. While there have been plenty of Kickstarter failure stories, Valdis Story: Abyssal City is absolutely one of the tales of success. Several of our editors were floored by the quality gameplay of this adventure, and with gorgeous artwork, a dynamite soundtrack by Zack Parrish, and two (soon to be four, thanks to a free incoming update) completely different characters to play through, this little indie gem holds its own even amongst big-budget AAA titles. If you're into the Metroids, Castlevanias, and Dust: An Elysian Tails of the gaming universe, you simply must check out RPGFan's Indie RPG of the Year: Valdis Story.
It's hard to make a great game with a big team and the backing of a publisher, and it's even harder without. And to make an MMO that really brings people in... well, there's a reason you don't hear of very many true successes in that genre. But that's just what the folks at Grinding Gear Games seem to have managed in Path of Exile — a successful, fun indie MMO. It's free, it's fun, and you can play it with all of your friends! Not too shabby for a team of less than 20 developers.