Best PS5 Indie Games – Push Square
What are the best PS5 indie games? There are countless great indies to play, and it can be hard to narrow things down to a curated list. There are tonnes of indie games on PS5, covering a wide range of genres and tastes, meaning there’s something for pretty much everyone. If you’re partial to an indie or two, the PS5 will serve you well. In this list, we’re going to tell you our favourite indie titles on PS5. If you’re looking for what we think are the best PS5 games overall, follow the link.
While this list will focus on games made for PS5, it’s worth remembering that there are many excellent PS4 indie games that are backwards compatible on the new console. For our list of best PS4 indie games, click the link.
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Best PS5 Indie Games
Below is a list of the best PS5 indie games. Presented in no particular order, these are our favourite indies released so far, as chosen by our editorial team.
Publisher: Young Horses / Developer: Young Horses
Bugsnax went viral when it was announced as a PS5 launch game, but the truth is that it’s a fun and completely unique indie title. On Snaktooth Island, you’re a reporter looking to get the scoop on the titular creatures and the mystery surrounding a famed explorer’s disappearance. Catching each Bugsnak is a mini puzzle as you utilise various tools across a handful of different areas, and the story that unfolds around goes to some surprising places. Somehow silly, dark, and baffling all at once, this is a game you won’t forget in a hurry.
Another game about colouring in a black and white world? Chicory: A Colorful Tale might not have the most original premise, but it’s the way it gives you freedom to play how you want that makes it special. Able to colour the world however you want using a magical brush, there’s more to the game than you think, with quests to complete and bosses to take down. It also tells a meaningful story as you paint your way to victory.
Mighty Goose might present itself as a silly indie game not to be taken seriously, but it’s a surprisingly good run n’ gunner. Playing similarly to games like Metal Slug, you’re put in control of a bounty hunter goose on a mission to destroy the bad guys, with multiple weapons to use and vehicles to commandeer. Great visual feedback and fun gameplay will keep you engaged, and the action all looks and sounds good too with lovely presentation. It’s just a honkin’ good time.
Publisher: Something We Made / Developer: Something We Made
It might not look it, but Toem is a game all about photography. Presented like an adventure game with a top-down view, you’ll visit various picturesque locations on your journey to the mountain. Along the way you’ll need to help out a brilliant cast of characters with photo-based tasks, and it’s here where the camera zooms into first person so you can take some snaps. With simple but effective writing, engaging puzzles, and a wonderful aesthetic, Toem is a short but very sweet indie game.
Publisher: Yacht Club Games / Developer: Mechanical Head Games
If you’re looking for an old-school style challenge, look no further than Cyber Shadow. Evoking games like Ninja Gaiden, this is a no nonsense action platformer about a ninja attempting to save the city from a synthetic threat. As you progress, you’ll unlock cool new abilities and upgrades, giving you new tools throughout the adventure. It’s a tough one, though — boss fights and even some tricky levels will really test your skills.