Best PS5 Indie Games

What are the best indie games on PS5? Well, in this evolving list, it's down to the Push Square community to define the very best indie titles on the platform so far.

The term "indie" has a nebulous, ever-shifting meaning, but generally speaking, we're talking about smaller scale games from smaller scale studios. Coming 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 PlayStation Store, and that's led to hundreds of indies populating digital shelves.

The result is boundless variety; indies generally take more risks and offer more unique, imaginative experiences than triple-A 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 the 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 games accordingly.

Note: A game will need at least 15 ratings before it's 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.

Best PS5 Games

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.

20. Among Us (PS5)

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Publisher: Innersloth / Developer: Innersloth
Release Date: 14th Dec 2021 (USA) / 14th Dec 2021 (UK/EU)

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.

19. Art of Rally (PS5)

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Publisher: Funselektor / Developer: Funselektor
Release Date: 6th Oct 2021 (USA) / 6th Oct 2021 (UK/EU)

Surprisingly, we're rather spoiled for choice when it comes to rally games, but Art of Rally separates itself with style. This is a top-down take on the muddy motorsport, but no less thrilling or demanding than its more realistic peers. Getting from A to B as fast as possible is great fun thanks to a brilliantly slide-heavy handling model, and the low-poly visual gives the game a unique flair. It even expands beyond its tracks for some sandbox exploration, but it's the on-track action and climbing those leaderboards that'll keep you hooked.

18. Bugsnax (PS5)

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Publisher: Young Horses / Developer: Young Horses
Release Date: 12th Nov 2020 (USA) / 19th Nov 2020 (UK/EU)

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.

17. Deep Rock Galactic (PS5)

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Publisher: Coffee Stain Publishing / Developer: Ghost Ship Games
Release Date: 4th Jan 2022 (USA) / 4th Jan 2022 (UK/EU)

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.

16. Lost in Random (PS5)

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Publisher: EA Originals / Developer: Zoink! Games
Release Date: 10th Sep 2021 (USA) / 10th Sep 2021 (UK/EU)

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.

15. OlliOlli World (PS5)

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Publisher: Private Division / Developer: Roll7
Release Date: 8th Feb 2022 (USA) / 8th Feb 2022 (UK/EU)

OlliOlli World is the third entry in Roll7's side-scrolling skateboarding series, and it takes things in a brilliant new direction. The gameplay is about the same, tasking you with pulling off tricks with the left stick as you speed through each level. However, the addictive, score-chasing core that keeps you hooked is wrapped in new layers that make it far more appealing. A cel-shaded look is complemented by a chilled out soundtrack and an eclectic range of characters, making for far more pleasant presentation. Full customisation gives you much more control of your skater's look, and asynchronous multiplayer gives you a practically limitless supply of stages to master. A compulsive and fun-loving take on the extreme sport.

14. Haven (PS5)

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Publisher: The Game Bakers / Developer: The Game Bakers
Release Date: 3rd Dec 2020 (USA) / 3rd Dec 2020 (UK/EU)

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.

13. Overcooked: All You Can Eat (PS5)

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Publisher: Team 17 / Developer: Ghost Town Games
Release Date: 12th Nov 2020 (USA) / 19th Nov 2020 (UK/EU)

Overcooked: All You Can Eat serves up everything from Overcooked and Overcooked 2 in one delicious meal. All that content has been refreshed and remastered, with online play now spread across both games, and even more DLC added on top. The brilliance of this series is how it forces you to truly work together — if you don't, chaos can quickly take hold, and you'll never get those three-star ratings on each level. It's also extremely accessible, with easy-to-grasp controls and objectives. Looking better than ever on PS5, it's the ultimate way to enjoy one of the best co-op party games in recent memory.

12. Tormented Souls (PS5)

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Publisher: PQube / Developer: Dual Effect
Release Date: 27th Aug 2021 (USA) / 27th Aug 2021 (UK/EU)

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.

11. The Pedestrian (PS5)

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Publisher: Skookum Arts / Developer: Skookum Arts
Release Date: 29th Jan 2021 (USA) / 29th Jan 2021 (UK/EU)

There are a zillion platformers out there, but how many take place across various warning and traffic signs? Probably just one — namely The Pedestrian. This is a 2D puzzle platformer that tasks you with reaching the "exit" of each sign, which then connects to another in a 3D environment. That little man who appears on all sorts of signage and iconography we see every day needs your help to reach his goal, and you'll go through all kinds of inventive puzzles to do so. It's not particularly long, but while it lasts, this is an inventive and unique indie title worth checking out.