7 Xbox Game Pass indie games you need to know

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Xbox Game Pass is a Microsoft subscription service that makes a catalog of games available via download or streaming. With over 100 games on the list, some of the names that stand out the most are AAA productions, or high-budget games like Doom Eternal, Forza Horizon 5, and Gears 5. However, Game Pass features plenty of indie titles like Hollow Knight, Hades, and Death's Door that might not grab as much attention as the big names, but provide hours of fun and often exciting content. With that in mind, Gamingbudha separated seven independent games from the Game Pass catalog that should be on the radar of those who subscribe to the service. Check out!

Hollow Knight

Hollow Knight was released in 2017 and became an instant classic of the Metroidvania genre, which unites Metroid and Castlevania. The story tells the adventures of a small knight who comes across a town that is suffering from a mysterious infection. The game brought novelties to the genre, which were used in great titles of the niche that came later.

In addition to being an excellent game, Team Cherry's game is still a great choice in terms of cost-effectiveness, as it features a gigantic map and can generate dozens of hours of gameplay. In addition, the game's difficulty is considered above average and can be quite punishing, especially for those who want to complete 114% of the game.

Art of rally

If a rally is an alternative form of motor racing, the game Art of Rally approaches the sport in a creative and innovative way. The game has a more intimate design and is less powerful than other racing games. However, the graphic choice matches the game's proposal, which allows a dispute of drifts in "terrain" tracks. The game is guaranteed fun for anyone who is a fan of racing games, mainly because it has an authentic feel that clashes with the most popular games, such as the Forza series itself or even Gran Turismo.


Making a change can be boring and tiring for many people, but Unpacking very cleverly shows that they, too, tell stories. In the Witch Beam game, the gameplay consists of adjusting the main character's changes. With several boxes scattered around, the player must choose the best way to place personal objects in the new locations.

The central idea of ​​the game is to follow the life of the main character through the different stages he has gone through and the stories he has lived. In addition, Unpacking is a short game, which can be finished in an afternoon and can be a good choice for those who want to follow a good story without having to dedicate hundreds of hours to a game.

Cris Tales

Cris Tale is a Japanese-style RPG (JRPG) developed by a Colombian team, which is curious enough in itself. But the game attracts attention for its innovations. With a captivating story, and unprecedented tools, such as combat that can take place in three different timelines, the narrative mixes some clich├ęs of medieval stories with the famous hero's journey. These elements are even intelligently applied to the game's gameplay.

Death's Door

Death's Door competed for the best independent game of the year at The Game Awards 2021. Despite not having won, the game published by Devolver deserves all the accolades given. The story features a bird that transits between the world of the living and the dead, to harvest the souls of those who have expired their time.

With a creative approach to the story, Death's Door is still captivated by the gameplay with a well-defined progression. Also, the boss battles are memorable. Another highlight is the art direction: the game knows how to separate the world full of life and the world of soul reapers.

The Gunk

The Gunk's space narrative is about two space scrappers who end up on an unknown planet in search of objects that can provide sustenance. The detail is that the place is dominated by gunk, which limits the beauty of the place, as well as life. With an intimate story that develops the relationship of the two explorers, The Gunk also gets the design of the planet and the creatures that inhabit the region right. The game is not that long, but it manages to guarantee a good weekend of entertainment.


Hades, released in late 2018, was critically praised. The game follows the story of Zagreus, son of Hades, who tries to escape from hell, but must go through several challenges there before achieving his long-awaited freedom. The game is a rogue-lite, where the player returns to the starting point when dying in the raids, but keeps some of the items gained in the run. With a high degree of variety in terms of powers, monsters, and stage formats, Hades brings impeccable gameplay. Even with the player returning to the God of Death's house whenever they lose, each run feels unique.

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