The Best PS5 indie games ranked. From Bugsnax to The Pathless, there are plenty of great PS5 indie games that you can buy right now. In this constant updated guide we’ll let you know what the best PS5 indie games are on Sony‘s PlayStation 5 console. For further reading, you might want to check out our best PS5 horror games, best PS5 racing games and best PS5 platformer games features too.
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Best PS5 Indie Games Ranked
Best PS5 indie games ranked:
- Sea of Stars
- Road 96
- Neon White
- Death’s Door
- Paradise Killer
- The Artful Escape
- Cult of the Lamb
- Ghost Song
- The Binding Of Isaac: Repentance
- The Falconeer
- Chicory: A Colorful Tale
- The Forgotten City
- Bonfire Peaks
- The Pathless
- This War of Mine: The Final Cut
- OlliOlli World
- Kena: Bridge of Spirits
- Trek to Yomi
- We Are OFK
- Lost in Random
- Salt & Sacrifice
- Endling: Extinction Is Forever
An isometric dungeon crawler with roguelike design elements, Hades casts players as the son of Hades who yearns to escape from the Ancient Greek underworld. Together with help from Olympus and a cast of eccentric but hugely entertaining characters, players must hack, slash, shoot and die as they push their way upward towards Olympus, gaining new skills, abilities and powers along the way. Absolutely awash in color and with some of the most satisfying combat in years, Hades is the best indie game you can get on PS5 right now – and it’ll probably stay that way for a long, long time.
2. Sea Of Stars
Sea Of Stars is an excellent, retro-inspired RPG any fan of the JRPG genre should play. With feel-good characters, intricate and engaging combat, a stunning soundtrack, and beautiful world with a wonderful sense of adventure, friendship and love, there is so much to adore here.
While the story doesn’t break any new ground, its characters are all charming and endearing, to the point where you would feel like you would want to follow them to the ends of the world and beyond. Sea of Stars is essential for fans of JRPGs.
A point and click adventure that unfolds in a southern, neo-gothic Louisiana, NORCO is quite unlike any other game in this list, that much is for sure. With your brother Blake now missing after the passing of your mother, NORCO has you trailing a fugitive security droid through the dingy streets, refineries and more of a distinctly futuristic and dystopian take on New Orleans.
Described by our reviewer Neil Bolt as having “a grimly enchanting aura that reeks of stale cigarettes, spilled spirits, and the never-ending smell of burning oil. Few games in recent memory have managed to pull me so wholly into their world like Norco does. It’s a game that lingers in the memory like the buzz off a few drinks. A chemical high with an under taste of regret.”, NORCO is an astoundingly well written adventure that deftly elicits the likes of Disco Elysium all the while carving out an indelible niche of its own in the point and click genre.
Between the twee, yet stunning isometric visual presentation and the bushytailed, bouncy demeanour of its primary protagonist, it’s fair to say that’s somewhat impossible to not fall in love with Tunic. And like all the best games that initially hook you with that infectious warmth, Tunic’s excellence is far more than skin deep thanks in no small part how expertly it combines old fashioned Legend of Zelda and contemporary Dark Souls gameplay beats and mechanics to fashion one of the best PlayStation indie games money can buy.
The fashion in which Tunic begins is somewhat emblematic of how the game carries itself from the opening minutes all the way through to its final moments. Finding our bushy-tailed protagonist washed up on the shore of a mysterious island, Tunic provides no dramatic narration, scrolling wall of text or even a set of obvious UI indicators that gently nudge you in a direction to proceed. Instead, Finji’s latest has players picking up our charming hero and proceeding further inland where the mystery surrounding both his identity and unfortunate circumstances slowly come to light. Tunic is a game where discovery is everything and where every victory provides a palpable feeling of satisfaction that feels like rarefied air.
With its super crisp visuals that are characterised in turn by an overabundance of vibrant colour and some tremendously lively effects work, Tunic is simply gorgeous and handily illustrates what a successful synergy of tremendous art design and technical excellence can look like on a contemporary gaming platform. A beguilingly beautiful and practically pitch-perfect mixture of Legend of Zelda and Dark Souls mechanics together with unobtrusive UI design and clever visual bread-crumbing, Tunic is a boundlessly charming and highly challenging adventure that gets so much right that it borders on ridiculousness.
Described its creators as “an inky black card-based odyssey that blends the deckbuilding roguelike, escape-room style puzzles, and psychological horror into a blood-laced smoothie.” it’s certainly fair to say that while Inscryption might look like your everyday deckbuilding game, it is very much anything but.
Our reviewer, Seb Hawden, enjoyed Inscryption a great deal saying – “Inscryption is an amalgamation of deck-builder and escape room games, and is unlike anything I have ever played before. In an age of video games where uniqueness is at an all-time low, it was amazing to be so surprised at regular intervals. Inscryption will test what you think a card battling roguelite is and its constant twists and turns will keep you on your toes. It’s a game where I fully feel like I have sculpted my deck myself; it’s wild, it’s dark and it’s utterly brilliant.”
A devastatingly wholesome romp that has you taking photos of animals and other weird creatures in an isometric dreamscape that feels like it has been pulled out of a Wes Anderson movie, TOEM is one of the most essential indie games in years.
Awash with things to do, wonderfully wholesome characters to interact with and delightful quests to take on, TOEM feels every bit a true soul-cleansing experience across each second of its ten hour runtime. Want to play an awesomely inventive indie AND walk away grinning like an idiot, TOEM is your jam and make no mistake.
A recursive puzzle effort where everything can at once be tiny as well as absolutely huge, Maquette combines a heartstring tugging narrative with superb visuals and some of the most superbly satisfying puzzles that you’ll ever solve. A beautiful PS5 indie effort with buckets of charm and a substantial supply of conundrums for players to solve, Maquette is a sterling PS5 indie to say the least.
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Set in an endlessly grim world of clay and flesh beings, Moonscars has players rampaging on a dark odyssey as they attempt to uncover the origins of their existence.
With a bespoke focus on pixel-perfect platforming and combat, together with stellar but subtle worldbuilding, Moonscars isn’t just an easy recommendation to fans of Soulslike precise combat and punishing difficulty, but also for fans of the Salt & Sacrifice titles as well.
They say curiosity killed the cat – what they didn’t tell you is that curiosity may have also had the cat stumbling upon a neon-soaked underworld ravaged by a pandemic and replete with a wide array of skittish robots. But that’s exactly where curiosity has led the cat in Stray, French developer BlueTwelve Studio‘s maiden voyage into video game development. And what a voyage it’s turned out to be.
Stray has managed to meet the lofty expectations put upon it once it became known that you would take control of a lone cat within a dystopia punctuated by scores of neon lighting. While some may say that it’s hard to miss with a setup like that, what developer BlueTwelve Studio has managed to fashion from the composite parts is something truly special and has us yearning for more.
10. Road 96
Unfolding within the confines of Petria, an authoritarian regime on the brink of real political change, Road 96 casts you as a teenage drifter in the Summer of 1996, leaving the comfort of home in order to make it to the border and attempt to escape the stifling country that has suffocated your dreams for so long. A dynamic narrative driven adventure that is told from a first-person perspective, Road 96 isn’t prescriptive at all about how you should get to the border – only that you should take care of your wayward teenager and ensure that they don’t die or get captured along the way. A road trip is an immensely personal pilgrimage and Road 96 gets that.
Essentially, Road 96 has you travelling from point to point, encountering different situations and then based on the decisions that you make, your route to the border (and how you make your escape beyond it) changes accordingly. Each of these areas that you’ll stop at might be relatively small, but the sheer amount of freedom that you’re offered helps to make each situation feel impactful and compelling. Deeply emotive, intimately crafted and bursting with freedom, Road 96 takes interactive storytelling to a whole new frontier and provides players with a timely reminder that developer Digixart is one of the most underappreciated studios in the industry today.
11. Neon White
Representing a fresh spin on the traditional shooter, Neon White is a fast and furious speedrunning FPS that casts players as White, an assassin from Hell that must partake in a whole lot of sprinting, leaping and blasting your way through Heaven as you attempt to rid the holy realm of an army of invading demons.
Though games that place a premium on speedrunning are hardly new, Neon White ups the ante significantly by not only tasking players to kill every enemy and complete levels within a certain time limit, but also through the application of Soul Cards that provide unique weapons that can either be employed or discarded in return for superhuman leaps and other such acrobatics. With a gorgeous art style backed up by 120Hz support on PS5, Neon White is a must have indie effort.
12. Death’s Door
Reaping souls of the dead and punching a clock might get monotonous but it’s honest work for a Crow. Casting players as one such Crow in Death’s Door, things start to go south when your assigned soul has been whisked away to a realm that death cannot reach and where life grows (and mutates) far beyond its means.
In pursuit of the ethereal thief that has stolen your assigned soul, Death’s Door is a toweringly inventive, third-person action adventure that while it borrows elements from The Legend of Zelda and others, nonetheless forges its own path as a darkly funny offering that boasts some incredible boss fights, level design and secrets to discover.
In GRIS, players take control of the titular character, a young girl that finds herself lost in her own world while dealing with a painful loss. As she attempts to break free of this repressive world she has built for herself, Gris embarks on a transcendent journey through sorrow where her dress evolves according to her mood and grants Gris new abilities and powers in the process.
An absolutely stunning platforming adventure with no violence and with only simple control reminders that are illustrated by easily identifiable iconography and in turn is bolstered by its 4K resolution and 120 FPS upgrade on PS5, GRIS is an illuminating and serene odyssey that everybody from any background can fully enjoy.
14. Paradise Killer
A beautiful abomination that almost breaks under the weight of its thick but ultimately compelling worldbuilding, Paradise Killer is a stupendous, first-person perspective detective yarn that reimagines the genre in bright sun-kissed colours with a cast of truly bizarre characters all living in a world that feels like a microcosm of sci-fi storytelling for the last thirty years.
Exceptionally constructed, boundlessly enjoyable and fiendishly stylish, Paradise Killer is your new favourite detective game and one of the best PS5 indie games money can buy.
15. The Artful Escape
From our review by Tim Nunes – In the geographically undefined town of Calypso, Francis Vendetti lazes away the time before his concert the next day. His struggle with the concert comes with the expectation that he must sound exactly like his folk-singing uncle. Social pressure from the locals presses on Francis, squeezing out the start of resistance to it. That night, he receives an otherworldly visitor that takes him on the trip of his life.
The way that The Artful Escape handles its subject matter on both a technical and allegorical level make this complete package something special. Absolutely nothing, even its miniscule issues, gets in the way of the success this game creates. Francis’ ride through the cosmos entertains as much as it keeps you thinking. The Artful Escape is an indie adventure more than worthy of your time
16. Cult Of The Lamb
Part roguelike and part colony simulation, the fiendish Cult of the Lamb lets players become the one true cult leader in a world filled with false prophets as they build their community and spread the good (or should that be bad?) word.
A deceptively deep yet wholly engrossing tactical adventure yarn, Cult of the Lamb will have you establishing your loyal flock, smiting down non-believers and all the while attempting to summon world-swallowing entity into existence. It’s the stuff great PS5 indie games are made of.
17. Ghost Song
Unfolding on the desolate moon of Lorian, Ghost Song has players take control of a long dormant (yet combat ready) ‘Deadsuit’ which begins to stir from its multi-century deep slumber as it seeks the meaning behind its existence on what appears to be a world full of death.
A side-scrolling platforming adventure that combines themes of cosmic horror and introspective discovery, Ghost Song is a thickly atmospheric romp that combines a beautifully painterly aesthetic with Metroidvania design and cast of memorable characters to fashion one of the most compelling PS5 indie games money can buy.
18. The Binding Of Isaac: Repentance
The Binding of Isaac has Long considered the reference point for the dungeon-crawling, roguelike genre and its latest entry, The Binding of Isaac: Repentance only doubles down on its excellence.
A top down roguelike dungeon crawler that puts players in control of the titular Isaac (a distressed toddler that must escape the increasingly hellish realm of his basement, no less) The Binding of Isaac: Repentance is a furious take on the genre that has you blasting apart a range of demonic enemies as you press from one room to the next, improving your powers and getting new abilities as you take on some of the most fearsome (and grotesque) bosses every seen. With more than 500 hours of monster mashing built into its compelling progression mechanics, The Binding of Isaac: Repentance is an easy recommendation to say the least.
19. The Falconeer
A BAFTA nominated air combat extravaganza from developer Tomas Sala, The Falconeer thrusts players into an oceanic world riven by civil war and strife. Equipped with your trusty airborne steed and lightning caster, The Falconeer provides multiple campaigns that show the conflict from a number of different sides, fleshing out its protagonists and antagonists in ways that often prove to be quite unexpected.
With superbly compelling air combat the has you soaring through the clouds, taking part in furious dogfighting or diving to the depths of the ocean, The Falconeer is a roundly great PS5 indie title that not only helps to fill in the niche of great air combat games, but also provides a gorgeous next generation presentation to boot – including visuals that can run at 120 FPS.
20. Chicory: A Colorful Tale
Taking control of an affable little dog in a top down colouring book, Chicory: A Colorful Tale is all about using your painting powers to solve puzzles, uncover secrets, bring colour to a monochrome world and more importantly, make new friends. One of the best feel good games money can buy, Chicory: A Colorful Tale is quite simply essential for everybody.
21. The Forgotten City
An endlessly inventive indie effort, The Forgotten City has players awakening on the shores of an enclosed Ancient Roman city thousands of years ago. Much more than just a trip to the past, it soon becomes apparent that you’re trapped in a timeloop where a special ‘golden rule’ governs which results in the death of everyone if anybody in the city commits a sin.
Opulent to look at and absolutely drowning in depth and great writing, The Forgotten City is a true Russian Doll of videogame – with each delectable layer becoming stunningly apparent the longer you play.
22. Bonfire Peaks
A stunning indie that combines heart-rending melancholy with endlessly smart puzzle design, Bonfire Peaks has players climbing the titular peak and burning their possessions along the way in order to shed the skin of their current (previous?) life.
Tasking players to burn their belongings in a variety of different, diorama style isometric block puzzles, Bonfire Peaks is a beautiful little game that dutifully taxes the old grey matter as it does to pull on those heartstrings.
A whimsical adventure for the ages from developer Young Horses, Bugsnax whisks players off on an adventure to Snaktooth Island, a vast rural expanse that is home to the titular Bugsnax; creatures that are half bug, half snack and all delicious.
Oozing more charm out of its pixels than many games have across their entire duration, Bugsnax has you cutting across the island cataloguing all the different Bugsnax while you search for your missing host, the intrepid Elizabert Megafig. Bright, colorful, funny and with an unyielding sense of discover, Bugsnax is an essential indie title for PlayStation 5.
24. The Pathless
As a skilled archer drawn who finds themselves drawn to a mystical, sprawling forest with an eagle companion in tow, The Pathless is an opulent open world adventure that deftly melds the low key silent beauty of ABZÛ with the titan smashing delights of Shadow of the Colossus. You need to play The Pathless – it’s as simple as that.
25. This War of Mine: The Final Cut
Though more than six years have passed since This War of Mine: The Little Ones released on PlayStation 4, 11 bit Studios seminal anti-war survival simulator has never been more relevant. In my original review of This War of Mine: The Little Ones, I praised how the developers blended together grim tragedy, non-linear storytelling and sophisticated survival elements to create a genre effort like no other. Now, with This War of Mine: The Final Cut, 11 bit studios has arguably perfected its magnum opus with This War of Mine: The Final Cut – delivering a definitive This War of Mine experience that meaningfully builds upon the original in every single way.
An enduringly clever inversion of traditional survival genre tropes coupled with a palpably tragic and gut-wrenching experience, This War of Mine: Final Cut offers up 11 bit studios magnum opus in its perfect form. By packing in all of the DLC released to date in addition to the stellar Stories expansions and providing a pin-sharp 4K presentation, This War of Mine: Final Cut is an ageless, horrifying and inventive survival effort that everybody should play without delay. This is as essential as survival games get and its mediation on the desperate plight of civilians during a time of war has never been more resonant.
26. OlliOlli World
Roll7’s superb two dimensional arcade skater effort, OlliOlli, absolutely transcends its already heady calibre with OlliOlli World, a freewheeling skating platformer that is absolutely bursting with character, depth and challenge.
In OlliOlli World you have a literal world to grind and blaze your way through, unlocking new quests, rewards and learning over 100 moves into the bargain, while a sandbox mode provides potentially millions of different course combinations for players to create. Throw in a retina-searingly colourful presentation coupled with a foot-tapping soundtrack and it’s pretty clear that OlliOlli World is one of the best skateboarding titles ever made.
Imagine a delirious hybrid of 1980s cult action movie The Running Man and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater and you’re getting close to just how wacky and wild Rollerdrome, from the same talented folks that brought us OIliOlli World, really is.
A violent third-person, retro futuristic shooter which combines skating elements with high-octane action, Rollerdrome thrusts players in a kill-or-be-killed tournament where they must blast their way through the competition and uncover the dark conspiracy that lay behind its inception. Boasting a whole heap of creative latitude for players to execute mind-binding tricks with their kills, Rollerdrome is the Tony Hawk’s and Running Man marriage we never knew we wanted.
28. Kena: Bridge Of Spirits
A story-driven, action adventure that marries exploration with frenetic combat and AAA class visuals, Kena: Bridge of Spirits is easily one of the most impressive PS5 indie games ever made. Casting players as Kena, a young Spirit Guide who seeks out a sacred Mountain Shrine to purify her land, Kena must enlist the aid of the Rot, a group of powerful yet adorable spirit guardians as she attempts to drive the corruption from her home.
A stunningly beautiful fairy-tale action adventure, Kena: Bridge of Spirits combines Pixar quality visuals with classic platforming, puzzle solving and hack and slash mechanics to fashion a PS5 indie effort that is deserving of everybody’s attention.
Cast as Yaga, a masked young girl accused of witchcraft and driven from her medieval home after the disappearance of her twin sister Zora, Blacktail is a first-person archery RPG(!) tasks players with not only tracking down Yaga’s wayward sibling but also unravelling the mystery behind the evil spirits that seemingly plague her every step and every dream. Blacktail has players wandering around a forest teeming with magic and life as they use Yaga’s powerful bow to vanquish a range of supernatural enemies, all the while exploring the landscape and uncovering the secrets that are embedded within.
With its bewitching fairy-tale presentation, satisfying combat, enticing exploration of a beautiful world and a narrative that is lovingly inspired by dark Slavic fables, Blacktail is quite the unique curio. Though the various gameplay systems are very much inspired from what we’ve seen in similar games already and the platforming side of things isn’t quite as polished as one might like, Blacktail nonetheless is a thoroughly enjoyable action RPG that serves as a stellar debut effort for Polish developer The Parasight. We can’t wait to see what they come up with next.
30. Trek To Yomi
Draped in a monochrome veneer that harkens back to the heyday of classic Samurai Cinema, Trek to Yomi is a true love letter to those Japanese silver screen features of old.
As a young swordsman that makes a vow to his dying master to protect his town and people, Trek to Yomi tasks players with tearing through a black and white revenge story that mixes in sword-based combat, puzzle solving and a compelling story in one of the most stylish PS5 indie games available.
31. We Are OFK
We Are OFK is an intimate, narrative based episodic adventure on the real-life indie pop band of the same name, taking players on a whirlwind journey of personal discovery, tragedy and redemption through the contemporary Los Angeles music scene.
With its gorgeously framed art and animation – not to mention a stirringly uplifting soundtrack provided by the band itself, We Are OFK is the sort of laid back, emotional and entertaining narrative trip that provides a much needed break from the more frenetic indie efforts out there. This is one for the hearts and minds of folks who want to delve into both music and the human condition and on both counts We Are OFK roundly succeeds.
32. Lost In Random
Taking place in a kingdom ruled by a wicked Queen, Random is a world that is divided into six shadowy realms where a cursed black dice commands dominion over all things. Boasting a story from Swedish game studio Zoink and written by Eisner Award-winning Adventure Time and Marvel Comics The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl author Ryan North, Lost In Random casts players as Even, a destitute girl who’s down in a dark quest to save her beloved sister. Aided by her companion Dicey, a small and rather odd living dice, Even must learn to embrace the chaos of Random as she attempts to rescue her sister and discover things about herself in the process.
Playing out as a third-person action adventure, Lost In Random is a delightfully dark action RPG that combines real-time combat, card collection and the chaotic inclusion of random dice throws that can entirely change the course of a given battle. Throw in a veritable raft of quests, side quests and some of the most unexpectedly charming characters you’ll see in a video game for quite some time and it becomes clear that Lost in Random more than earns its place as one of the best PS5 indie games that money can buy.
33. Salt & Sacrifice
Described as “the best Soulslike to play after Elden Ring” Salt and Sacrifice is a stunningly put together, side-scrolling Soulslike that thrusts players into a dark world teeming with horrific monsters, dark mysteries and hidden secrets.
Salt And Sacrifice is every bit the sequel that anyone could have wanted for Salt And Sanctuary. Everything about the gameplay has been elevated a polished better than any previous title from Ska Studios. With excellent combat, and a flexible progression system that lets you alter your build and playstyle how you like, mixed with amazing art, creature design, and atmosphere, this is the latest must-buy indie title.
A unique curio to say the least, Soundfall combines traditional dungeon crawling beats with rhythm style mechanics to create something that is both compelling and refreshing to play.
Supporting up to four players in cooperative play, Soundfall lets players amplify their attacks and damage output by matching their strikes to the beat, creating one of the most unique dungeon crawlers available and arguably one that deserves your attention.
35. Endling: Extinction Is Forever
Endling: Extinction Is Forever is a proper emotional gut punch in every sense of the world. As the last mother fox on an Earth that it slowly collapsing under its corruption and pollution, players must care for their little cubs as they all attempt to avoid a variety of man-made hazards, natural predators and a wealth of other dangers.
A grim, eye-opening analogy to our own environmental woes, Endling: Extinction is Forever is a highly polished platforming adventure that will bring a tear to your eye when the credits complete their roll. Endling: Extinction is Forever might not be the longest game in the world, but it remains an essential, soul-affirming experience all the same.
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