25. N++

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Publisher: Metanet Software / Developer: Metanet Software
Release Date: 28th Jul 2015 (USA) / 28th Jul 2015 (UK/EU)

If you're a big fan of 2D platformers, N++ is borderline essential. All you need to do is reach the exit of each single-screen level using the momentum-based abilities of your little ninja avatar. It's extremely simple, but expertly done; gameplay is smooth as butter, instant restarts make it hopelessly addictive, and the visuals are superbly minimalistic. With thousands of levels across single player, multiplayer, and user-submitted creations, N++ will last even the most hardcore platformer fan a very long time.

24. Pyre

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Publisher: Supergiant Games / Developer: Supergiant Games
Release Date: 25th Jul 2017 (USA) / 25th Jul 2017 (UK/EU)

Supergiant Games never rests on its laurels, creating unique and original games with every release. Pyre is no exception -- primarily a visual novel, you'll also take a trio of characters into various Rites, which play out like some fantastical sport. There's simply nothing like it, and what's more, it tells a great story with an interesting cast of characters. And, as you'd expect from the studio, it's absolutely gorgeous. If you're after something completely different, Pyre is fantastic.

23. Little Nightmares

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Publisher: Bandai Namco / Developer: Tarsier Studios
Release Date: 28th Apr 2017 (USA) / 28th Apr 2017 (UK/EU)

This creepy platformer plays on the idea of a child's nightmares, and it's just as twisted and surreal as that sounds. This 2.5D adventure sees you playing as Six, a youngster trapped in the Maw. As you make your brave escape, you'll encounter hideous monsters to avoid and environmental puzzles to solve. It's the heavy atmosphere that really makes Little Nightmares stand out; it's not the scariest game in the world, but there's something deeply unsettling about the adventure. Play this one with the lights on.

22. Rogue Legacy

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Publisher: Cellar Door Games / Developer: Cellar Door Games
Release Date: 29th Jul 2014 (USA) / 30th Jul 2014 (UK/EU)

Rogue-lites are ten a penny these days, but one of the best is Rogue Legacy. Each run starts with a new hero with randomly generated traits, and each time you enter the castle, you face a different layout. What makes it so fiendishly compelling is the slow trickle of persistent progress you make between runs, slowly but surely earning all manner of permanent upgrades. Simple to play but challenging to conquer, this will have you hooked to the screen.

21. Owlboy

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Publisher: D-Pad Studio / Developer: D-Pad Studio
Release Date: 10th Apr 2018 (USA) / 10th Apr 2018 (UK/EU)

Owlboy took a while to swoop onto PS4, but it remains a wonderful side-scroller. Otus' adventure takes him and his buddies all over the place, letting you explore the vertical world and its hidden depths. The cast of characters is brilliantly written, and the pixel art style is consistently beautiful. Its unique gameplay and memorable story set it apart from other 2D titles -- it's a real hoot (sorry).