Top 25 Indie PS4 Games of 2016, 2017 & 2018

Jul 25, 2018

25. The Escapists 2

Taking its humble beginnings as a crowdfunded effort, The Escapists comes back bigger than ever before. In this sequel, Team17 adds fresh new features to the mix to improve your stay in Maximum Security. Devise your daring escape by planning on your own, or you know what, bring a friend to make it easier. It has a PlayScore of 8.50

24. Minit

Live your fullest lives in sixty seconds in one of the most inspired indie releases. Get out of the comforts of your home and go on peculiar minute-long adventures in the pixel land of monochrome. Make the most of your time and try out this retro RPG with a PlayScore of 8.50

23. Oxenfree

Olly olly and away we go. Join the gang of adventurers in Night School Studio's supernatural thriller and make like ghostbusters in their paranormal settings. Changing stories and relationships with each choice of their intelligent conversation system, it's one unique take on classic teen films that you won't want to miss. It has a PlayScore of 8.52

22. SteamWorld Dig 2

A sequel to their 2013 platform hit, Image and Form ramps up the spelunking adventures with their new star, Dorothy. Take on her steam-powered shoes and dig down under in their vast underground mines to find our old friend Rusty. Unearth fancy treasures amid the dust and smoke, and find yourself lost in the steampunk excitement. It has a PlayScore of 8.53

21. Little Nightmares

The Maw is no place for children, but that's exactly where you'll find the raincoat-wearing wonderkid in Tarsier Studio's thrilling puzzle platformer. Step inside the kitchens of an ogrish race and help Six find her way to freedom. Equal parts charming and traumatizing, it has a PlayScore of 8.59

20. A Hat in Time

Taking pages off of Nintendo's charm playbook, this kickstarter funded 3D platformer is one giant playground of sprinkly, childish cuteness. But, don't be fooled. Paired with the game's impeccable platforming activities, it's a game that people of all ages can enjoy. Sharpen your hatmaking abilities with a PlayScore of 8.59

19. Owlboy

Developed over the course of eight long years, it's safe to say that Owlboy is one of the best-looking indie games out there. With its hi-bit visuals that's teeming with careful details, D-Pad's platform adventure will take you to the skies. It has a PlayScore of 8.6

18. Overcooked

Capitalizing on the messy and frenzied fun of familial foodmaking, Overcooked lets you gather round your bestest friends to conquer the challenges that come with their mobile kitchen. Brave the icy waters of the arctic or take the heat of volcanoes and impatient patrons in this culinary couch party game. It has a PlayScore of 8.61

17. Crypt of the NecroDancer

A lot like musical chairs...except you're fighting for your life. Dive into the Necrodancer's ancient crypts, and navigate through the halls as you move to the beat of your heart. A unique mix of rhythm and punishing roguelike, it's one innovative indie title. It has a PlayScore of 8.63

16. Hyper Light Drifter

Look towards a pixel future in Heart Machine's action-packed indie title. Despite being set in a ruined world, every square inch of their neon-dipped canvas is a sight to behold. Uncover memories in the handcrafted world and fight against vicious villains with with easy to pick up combat system. It has a PlayScore of 8.67

15. Enter the Gungeon

Devolver Digital’s unique bullet hell slash dungeon crawler takes you to an adventure of epic proportions. Follow a group of misfits as they vindicate themselves with their personal struggles by finding the gun that can kill the past. Go on a procedurally generated quest with your friends filled with lightning-fast bullets that require your lightning-fast reflexes. It receives a PlayScore of 8.69

14. Darkest Dungeon

Red Hook Studio's indie action RPG is a gruelling adventure dipped in the red and blacks of the gothic period. Dive into their grim and gritty tale set in the rocky catacombs and fight for your life with perilous consequences of their affliction system. It has a PlayScore of 8.7

13. Salt and Sanctuary

A cleverly crafted 2D action RPG that will challenge amateur players with the brutal difficulty of its metroidvania action. Go on a voyage in their gray, forgotten sixties and take part in punishing battles against its nightmarish creatures. A combination of complex combat and seamless animations, it has a PlayScore of 8.77

12. Thumper

Visceral in its portrayal of rhythm violence, Drool's rendition of the rhythm game formula is a complete sensory experience. Guide the shiny space beetle through a gauntlet of musical obstacles and bring down towering bosses with seismic percussion beats. Smooth, sleek, and sensational, it has a PlayScore of 8.78

11. Pyre

Pyre takes you to a high-fantasy setting where an event called “Rites” changes the way you think of video games. It is a fine mix of sports and role-playing. Lead your team of 3 exiles set to redeem their ways by performing these so-called rights and defeating others. A slick indie title from an acclaimed studio, it has a PlayScore of 8.84

10. Stardew Valley

There's nothing quite like the quaint countrylife. Filling in for that Harvest Moon-sized life in our hearts, Stardew Valley captures everything we loved about the iconic SNES game. Wrapped in captivating pixel visuals and oozing with narrative charm, the tranquility and comforts of farmlife is at your fingertips. It has a PlayScore of 8.85

9. The Witness

A mix of creativity, mystery, and adventure, The Witness invites you to unravel mysteries of an abandoned island. Filled with perplexing structures and cryptic messages, it's a vast paradise of puzzles that range from easy to complex. Solve over 500 puzzles and unlock your memories, with a PlayScore of 8.86

8. Celeste

Succeeding not just in visuals but also in unique and challenging platforming, Matt Thorston's newest title will lprobably be the cutest thing to physically hurt you. Prepare your fingers for hell, and bask in the heavenly atmosphere of Madeline's soul-searching climb. It has a PlayScore of 8.87

7. Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice

A triple A RPG experience from an independent? SENUA MORE. In this RPG, help their protagnist fulfill a personal journey through the underworld amid her bouts of psychosis and the pains of her necrotic arm. Portrayed perfectly by their binaural audio and exquisite visual design, Hellblade is a landmark in videogame design with a PlayScore of 8.89

6. Moss

Following on the tiny footsteps of Tale of Despereaux is another storybook adventure from the eyes of a mouse. Put on your headsets and control the brave Quill as she explores the evergreens of her vast magical forest. Offering rich tales of myth and magic with a lot of puzzles in between, it has a PlayScore of 8.91

5. Nex Machina

From the creators of Resogun, make way through a world filled with monsters to shoot and enemies to vaporize. All in fancy bullet-hell fashion.The game’s appealing art design and energetic soundtrack make it a a highly recommended game for the twin-stick shooter fans. It has a PlayScore of 8.95


PlayDead shows their mastery of minimalist Dystopia in this artful puzzle platformer. INSIDE lets you dive into yet another one of their signature dark tale. It's a thrilling, atmospheric experience that's rife with smart puzzles, tense moments, and emotional narratives. Surpassing their own standards of excellence, it has a PlayScore of 9

3. Night in the Woods

Driven by a fantastic story and thoughtful exploration, this product of a successful startup campaign has rocked charts left and right. It follows the story of Mae whose homecoming is marred by an eerie chill. Venture into the woods and solve the mystery with their cast of adorable anthropomorphic creatures. Topped with a soothing soundtrack, it has a 9

2. What Remains of Edith Finch

While it has its fair share of spine-tingling moments, Annapurna Interactive's indie title is at its core a brilliantly weaved mystery adventure. Discover the history of the Finches in their ancestral home and find yourself unveiling more than what you bargained for. Elevating the methods of storytelling using visuals and interactions, it has a PlayScore of 9.01

1. And the best PS4 Indie Game is Undertale

A newcomer to the PlayStation but no less an indie masterpiece: Toby Fox's charming, jazz-infused adventure has touched hearts far and wide. Turning the usually violent genre on its head, this gives you the choice of diplomacy. Meet their loveable cast amid the pixel underground dimensions, and immerse yourself in their world of magic, music, and humour. The best indie game on the PS4, it has a PlayScore of 9.21


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