Best PS5 Indie Games

What are the best indie games on PS5? In this evolving list, it's up to the Push Square community to define the very best indie titles the platform has to offer.

The term "indie" has a nebulous, ever-shifting meaning, but generally speaking, we're talking about smaller scale games from smaller scale studios. Rising to prominence during the PS3 era, indie games have gone from strength to strength over the years. In this day and age, self-publishing is more than possible on platforms such as the PS Store, and that's led to thousands of indies populating digital shelves.

The result is boundless variety and creativity; indies generally take more risks, offering more unique, imaginative experiences than AAA titles. On PS5, there's already lots to choose from if you're looking for something different. Some are fairly well-known, like Kena: Bridge of Spirits or Bugsnax, but hopefully this list will include some indies that don't always get put in the spotlight.

We say "hopefully" because this list isn't decided by us — it's entirely down to you. By rating your favourite PS5 indie games, you'll have a direct impact on this page, with the order of titles shifting as the user scores move up and down. If you browse this list and decide something's amiss, you can do something about it by using the search bar below and rating indie games accordingly.

Note: A game will need at least 30 ratings before it can be included on this page. If you feel something's missing or in the wrong position, rate them via their respective pages by clicking the star icon and choosing a score.

With all that out the way, let's take a look at what you've come up with. Below, you'll find a list of the best indie games on PS5 — as voted for by you.

30. Among Us (PS5)

Among Us probably doesn't need much of an introduction. Exploding in popularity on PC when popular streamers played it together on Twitch, the game eventually made its way to PS5, and there's clearly a reason it resonated. You either play as a crew mate, peacefully completing maintenance tasks aboard large spaceships, or an impostor, who must get away with killing off as many other players as possible. Regular meetings are called to try and determine who might be guilty of the murders, making this a simple but compelling game of deception and deduction. Best played with a group of friends, this is an ingenious, endlessly replayable party game.

29. Bugsnax (PS5)

Bugsnax might have won people over with a catchy theme song, but it's far more than just that. It lures you in with its whimsical style and silly concept, and then quickly subverts expectations with surprisingly emotional story beats. Your main tasks in the game are to catch the titular creatures and find out what happened to the leader of an expedition to the island. Figuring out how to capture each Bugsnak is fun, collecting them is addictive, and learning more about the colourful cast will keep you engaged. It's a unique flavour combo, but it works.

28. Tchia (PS5)

While it takes inspiration from a multitude of other titles, there are no other games quite like Tchia. Set in a fictional version of New Caledonia, you play as a girl who must rescue her father from a mysterious group. Before you reach that point, though, you've a whole archipelago you can freely explore, and it's stuffed with things to see and do. By possessing various objects and animals, you can truly see the map from all angles, then chill out by playing Tchia's ukulele at any time. Full of unique charm, this is an ambitious sandbox that's just fun to toy with.

27. Haven (PS5)

A touching sci-fi love story, Haven is about a young couple who flee to an alien planet together. Portrayed through a vibrant art style and elevated by a stunning electronic soundtrack, this is a memorable adventure, and a sharp reminder that we need more tales of surprisingly mature romance in video games. Between its generally relaxing, floaty exploration and rhythm-based battle system, Haven does have a few slightly rough edges — but don't let that turn you away from the power of love.

26. Job Simulator (PS5)

One of virtual reality's first breakout hits, Job Simulator remains a real treat on PSVR2. It's a lighthearted, comical game about robots attempting to simulate human behaviour in the work place, putting you in the shoes of an office worker, sales clerk, mechanic, and more. Featuring support for the new PSVR2 Sense Controllers, the game's excellent amount of interactive options will feel better than ever.

25. Deep Rock Galactic (PS5)

Deep Rock Galactic is a real mish-mash of ideas, but everything works together in harmony to create a super fun co-op experience. A team of up to four dwarves are recruited to delve into a strange planet and mine its precious resources, but will come up against some resistance from the insect-like locals. Each player class has totally unique weapons and abilities that complement the others perfectly, making simple objectives a joy as you all puzzle it out — and blast aliens — together. Throw in procedurally generated stages, and you have the recipe for an endlessly replayable game you can really dig into.

24. Tormented Souls (PS5)

Tormented Souls is an indie horror game directly inspired by classic franchises like Resident Evil and Alone in the Dark. As such, it's a dark, grisly survival title full of dark corridors to creep through, hideous monsters to fend off, and nasty puzzles to solve. Playing as Caroline Walker, you explore a seemingly abandoned mansion in search of two girls who have gone missing. Those looking for some old-school style frights will be well served here — maybe play this one with the lights on.

23. Rollerdrome (PS5)

Bullets and death meet Tony Hawk's Pro Skater in Rollerdrome, one of the best-feeling PS5 games to date. All you need do is take down bad guys in skate parks of the future, but Roll7's latest is all about doing it in style. Chain tricks and grinds in-between shotgun shells to rack up a high score and win the tournament; along the way, you'll feel on top of the world. Rollerdrome is an addictive shooter all about speed and flow, and you'll quickly find yourself replaying stages just for another dose of its ecstasy.

22. Lost in Random (PS5)

Like a game straight out of Tim Burton's noggin, Lost in Random brings a somewhat creepy fantasy world to life. You play as a girl named Even, out to save her sister in the mysterious, chance-based land of Random. Accompanied by a sentient dice companion, you'll meet all kinds of quirky characters, engage in unique card-based combat, and unravel a wonderfully written story. If you're looking for something a little out there, this comes highly recommended.

21. Before Your Eyes (PS5)

Before Your Eyes makes the most of PSVR2 to deliver a real emotional gut punch. Using the tech's eye-tracking feature, this narrative-focused experience changes the scene whenever you physically blink. Through a mix of abstract environments, a well-written human tale, and a truly excellent spatial audio mix, this is a PSVR2 title that'll force you to take off the headset and wipe away some tears.