Leading ladies: amazing indie games made by women

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Michelle Starr is the tiger force at the core of all things. She also writes about cool stuff and apps as CNET Australia's Crave editor. But mostly the tiger force thing.

If you want to find the most cutting-edge, artistic and conceptually interesting games, indie is where it's at — and it has a growing pool of talented women.

It's often said that the way forward to make gaming more inclusive for women is by having more women making games. Alas, jobs at the big studios aren't growing on trees, but the indie community provides an environment where anyone can have a go.

And there are some fabulous women starting to emerge. Whether they're working solo or as part of a team, they're making games that are beautiful, arty, hilarious and thought provoking.

We've compiled a list of games made by women (sometimes together with men) who are worth watching, but it's by no means exhaustive; if we've missed someone, please feel free to tell us in the comments below.

We'd also like to take this opportunity to give a shout out to Pixelles, a Montreal-based mentoring program for women who want to get into gaming dev. Earlier this year, it released its first showcase — 13 titles by women who, through the program, became first-time game makers. Pop by and check them out.

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KarlaZ posted a comment   

Hey, Gone Home is made by a four person team, half of which is ladies!


Michelle Starr posted a reply   

And I have only just played it this week! Amazing game, loved it :)

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