What are the best PS4 indie games? It's a tough question, as there are so many. The PlayStation 4 plays host to a huge number of indie titles that vary wildly from one to the next. From 2D pixel art platformers to gorgeous adventures with deep stories, the range of experiences available on PS4 is immense. In this list, we're going to do our best to present to you the best indies we think are most worthy of your time. For a full list of the best PS4 games, click through the link.
Best PS4 Indie Games
Below is a full list of the best PS4 indie games. Presented in no particular order, these are our favourite indie titles on the system, chosen by our editorial team.
PlayStation users had to wait a little while to play Hades, but it was certainly worth the patience. Supergiant Games' rogue-like dungeon crawler is every bit as good as you've heard. It effortlessly weaves an intriguing storyline into the looping structure, ingeniously building a character-driven plot that evolves as you delve deeper into the Underworld. Gameplay is responsive and fast, with each weapon and upgrade providing you with all kinds of fun opportunities. Rogue-like games aren't for everyone, but Hades is up there with the absolute best the genre has to offer.
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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.
Housemarque is a small studio known for its arcade games, and Resogun remains one of its best. Like a modern day Defender, you're tasked with blasting away screens full of baddies while rescuing the last of humanity. It's a gorgeous shoot-'em-up with responsive gameplay, endless replayability, and supremely satisfying visuals. If you like a good old fashioned score-chaser, get Resogun played.
Gone Home manages to pull off one heck of a switcheroo. Initially framed as a sort of horror experience, the hauntingly empty house you navigate slowly reveals a sad, touching narrative. It can be beaten in less than an hour, but soak in the details and the ending will hit you hard. An excellent example of less is more, Gone Home is an understated adventure you shouldn't ignore.
The world of Chicory: A Colorful Tale has been transformed into a monochrome landscape, and it's up to you to — you guessed it — restore colour with a magical paintbrush. This is a cute top-down adventure game that lets you paint everything however you like, but that's not to say there aren't objectives to meet. The game makes very clever use of its central mechanic to challenge you with puzzles, quests, and even boss fights, and it's all wrapped up in a meaningful story. A joy from start to finish.
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 (pun of course intended).
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.
There are plenty of multiplayer games on PS4 that have just one fun idea, but many of them grow old fairly quickly. Not so with TowerFall Ascension. It's a simple game about flinging arrows at each other in tricky arenas, but it's a constant delight. Shifting level layouts and different arrow types change things up, while the platforming controls make it instantly playable. The result is a fiercely competitive and relentlessly fast paced multiplayer title that will keep you and your mates glued to the telly.
Fez has been around longer than the PS4, but Phil Fish's puzzle platformer has stood the test of time. It remains a brilliantly unique game, with its dimension-twisting core mechanic leading to some astonishing twists and turns. As you run and jump through the (seemingly) 2D world, the game unfolds a grander mystery that's a joy to discover. It's a poster child for indie games for a reason.
Announced alongside the PlayStation 4 itself, Jonathan Blow's latest head-scratching puzzler is a modern classic. The Witness plops you down on a mysterious island dotted with hundreds of panels, each with a grid-based conundrum for you to solve. The non-linear design means you're free to tackle them in any order, but the real genius of the game is the way it subliminally teaches you its unique language. Masterfully designed, gorgeous, and totally original, this isn't just one of PS4's best indies, it's one of its best games full stop.