The best indie games on PS5 — 16 must-have games for March 2024

The best indie games on PlayStation offer unique and creative experiences you won't find anywhere else in the PS5 and PS4 game catalog.

The best indie games on PS5 — 16 must-have games for March 2024
Lee Brady

Lee Brady

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Whereas indie gaming was once considered something of a niche among PlayStation gamers, today we handily say that many of the very best PS5 games in the console's library are indie games. Whether you're playing on PS5 or PS4, we've compiled plenty of the best indie games on PlayStation for you to check out when the big AAA games aren't speaking to you. This month, we've also added Chants of Sennaar to the list!

16 PS5 indie games available on the PS Store right now

For this list, the TrueTrophies team has pooled some of our favorite indie games playable on PS5. With indie games usually requiring a little less hardware than your regular AAA releases, you can expect most titles on this list to be available on the PS4 as well — not to mention PS Plus Extra.

However, you might be wondering "what exactly is an indie game?" Well, you'll find there's no one easy answer to that question — some look to teams who are (or at least were) mostly unowned by major publishers, while also roll out the courage that we see called indie spirit. Our answer is likely even more nebulous than that, but let's just say "small teams, big visions" and leave thing there.

Here are the 16 best indie games on PS5.

Lee

16. Teardown

  • Release Date: November 15, 2023
  • Developer: Tuxedo Labs
  • Is it on PS Plus? Yes; PS Plus Extra
As Kes succinctly put it in his impressions of Teardown on PS Plus — "first and foremost, it's pure fun." When I booted this one up, I guess I expected a game like Scribblenauts: a fun and loose game that gives you so much freedom that it feels kind of meaningless when you do something genuinely creative. That's not the case at all with Teardown — it's still fun and gives you plenty of room for creativity, but it's nowhere near as loose as it looks.

You can stumble your way through the first few missions, but if you want to master Teardown's campaign, you're going to need to take your time, get a little methodical in how you approach each mission, and then pull it all off with pin-point accuracy. Otherwise, you're never going to unlock all those Teardown trophies. A really great indie game that deserves your attention on PS5.

Lee

15. Tchia

  • Release Date: March 21, 2023
  • Developer: Awaceb
  • Is it on PS Plus? Yes; PS Plus Extra
Having finally dived into this one myself, I can now confirm that everything Sean said in his Tchia review is absolutely true. Charming, inventive, and perhaps just a little bit overwhelming when it comes to the collectibles, it's still maddening to think of what Awaceb accomplished with this day-one PS Plus Extra indie. Tchia trophies are an easy recommendation for players who just want to feel constant progress as they play, and your memories of this one are sure to stick with you long after you've composed your last ukulele jam.

Lee

14. Sea of Stars

  • Release Date: August 29, 2023
  • Developer: Sabotage Studios
  • Is it on PS Plus? Yes; PS Plus Extra
Sea of Stars wears its Chrono Trigger love all over its sleeve, yet there's an evident desire here not be seen merely as a product of influence. The game's designers wanted to tell their own tale and invent their own world, and, incredibly, Sea of Stars does successfully distance itself enough to present us something new. Collecting those Sea of Stars trophies is a perfect fit for those in the mood for a classic RPG throwback.

Lee

13. Rogue Legacy 2

  • Release Date: June 20, 2023
  • Developer: Cellar Door Games
  • Is it on PS Plus? Yes; PS Plus Extra
Much like the game's perpetual line of burdened heroes, Rogue Legacy 2 has arrived on PS5 and PS4 with a bit more experience, a touch more nuance, and a few more quirks than its predecessor — though, for better or worse, the exact same bones are still here.

Having sunk countless hours into the original Rogue Legacy, I'm a firm believer in this one being for the better. While collecting those Rogue Legacy 2 trophies won't be a breeze due to the game's variety and depth, you'll hardly notice when the game's tricky action and intriguing exploration make it impossible to put down.

Lee

12. Hollow Knight

  • Release Date: September 25, 2018
  • Developer: Team Cherry
  • Is it on PS Plus? Yes; PS Plus Extra
As you hunt those Hollow Knight trophies, you might notice the game borrows more than a handful of mechanics from Dark Souls. However, really the game's heart lies in what it admires from the past — Super Metroid's world design, Symphony of the Night's simple swordplay, and Mega Man X's character movement. Blending these templates together with a sombre tone and a stunningly effective art style allows Hollow Knight to feel like a metroidvania that is wholly its own beast-bug-thing.

Lee

11. Chants of Sennaar

  • Release Date: September 5, 2023
  • Developer: Rundisc
  • Is it on PS Plus? No
If you love games that require some deductive reasoning on your part, then you'll love collecting those Chants of Sennaar trophies on PS5 and PS4. This beautiful game has you attempting to unravel the different languages of several tribes as you attempt to climb what basically amounts to the Tower of Babel.

In this game, the tribes communicate through pictographs. Using context clues and little connections, you slowly start to piece together the mechanics and vocabulary necessary to progress up the Tower and bring the tribes together. You'll need to use all of your powers of deductive reasoning to get the job done, but it's one of those games that make you feel like a galaxy-brained genius for getting anything right.

Kes

10. Return of the Obra Dinn

  • Release Date: October 18, 2019
  • Developer: Lucas Pope
  • Is it on PS Plus? No
A mystery is afoot! You are off to explore an 18th-century ship full of dead bodies, and you'll be collecting Return of the Obra Dinn trophies the entire time. Don't let the unique art style put you off — this is a taught thriller that will get your mind going as you try to work out which skewered and defiled body belongs to which member of the once handsome crew. This game knows it's simple, but uses environmental and sound design to tell one of the best tales in gaming in recent years. Utterly fantastic, this.

Lee

9. Celeste

  • Release Date: January 25, 2018
  • Developer: Maddy Makes Games
  • Is it on PS Plus? Yes; PS Plus Extra
If there were a standard form for the indie game, it would probably be ‘2D pixel art platformer’ — ideally with an emotional thru-line on the theme of identity. In which case, with those Celeste trophies in tow, this game would be an ideal candidate for the indie game. And yet, there’s so much more here. While Madeline’s crisis of self is relayed neatly through dialogue, the pixel-perfect zip-dashing trial-and-error platformer gameplay is what really conveys that process to the player. Getting to know one’s self is an ordeal — one that takes patience, persistence, and buckets full of hidden strawberries.

Lee

8. Spelunky 2

  • Release Date: September 15, 2020
  • Developer: Mossmouth
  • Is it on PS Plus? No
I would love to tell you that alongside those Spelunky 2 trophies, this game has a rich narrative that rewards the player deeply right to the very end. However, we are more likely to see the heat death of the universe as a species before I see the end of this game. Easily one of the best co-op games on PlayStation and one of the best single-player experiences to boot, Spelunky 2 builds on the procedurally generated cruelty of its predecessor with more items, more worlds, cleaner graphics, and an even greater array of deadly obstacles.

SeanL

7. What Remains of Edith Finch

  • Release Date: July 29, 2022
  • Developer: Giant Sparrow
  • Is it on PS Plus? Yes; PS Plus Extra
What Remains of Edith Finch trophies accompany a collection of strange tales about a family in Washington state who have all died — except you. Take control of Edith as you explore the Finch household and relive the moments before their death. The game is an emotional rollercoaster that provides gut punch after gut punch with each harrowing death that comes to pass. It’s a game that is well worth checking out and experiencing at least once in your life — as What Remains of Edith Finch points out, this can come to an abrupt end.

Lee

6. Hotline Miami

  • Release Date: October 23, 2023
  • Developer: Dennaton Games
  • Is it on PS Plus? Yes; PS Plus Extra
Much has been made of this game’s cathartic violence, super-fast gameplay loop, and hazy acidic aesthetic. However, hardly enough has been written about those Hotline Miami trophies. Some games have trophies that run counter to the spirit of its design; not Hotline Miami. This one is an absolute blast to platinum, thanks largely to the 'Get a Life' trophy demanding you get an A+ on every stage. Before you know it, you're playing Hotline Miami like it's Pro Chess: John Wick Edition and you’re in love.

SeanL

5. Hades

  • Release Date: August 13, 2021
  • Developer: Supergiant Games
  • Is it on PS Plus? No
Players take on the role of Zagreus, prince of the Underworld, who is attempting to escape this hellish realm to meet his mother (Persephone) in the mortal realm. His reason for wanting to leave the Underworld behind is due to his father (Hades) whom he feels doesn’t love or care for him. What entails is an addictive hack-and-slash roguelite game filled to the brim with carnage, chaos, and even a little romance. If you need any more coaxing, those tricky Hades trophies will surely help get you sucked into this award-winning gem.

SeanL

4. Stardew Valley

  • Release Date: December 14, 2016
  • Developer: ConcernedApe
  • Is it on PS Plus? No
The name alone is one that many gamers out there will recognize, and the experience of collecting Stardew Valley trophies holds high regard among those who have lost themselves in this addictive farming venture. Stardew is about so much more than just taking care of your farm. You have friendships and romances to pursue with the many villagers that live in the town near your farm. You've got a mysterious cave that is overrun with monsters. Most importantly to me, you have fishing — lots and lots of fishing. Honestly, they could have cut the rest out, this fishing here is great. Play it for that alone.

Lee

3. Disco Elysium The Final Cut

  • Release Date: March 30, 2021
  • Developer: ZA/UM
  • Is it on PS Plus? Yes; PS Plus Extra
Those Disco Elysium The Final Cut trophies help entice you into a game where you can give your character a heart attack and game over just for trying to collect your tie in the game’s first minute. Disco Elysium is a game where a woman can infest your protagonist’s mind with such dreadful despair over the phone that they black out in the street.

Disco Elysium is a game that wants you to be naive and open to the world, to believe in mythical creatures and the trans-dimensional power of rave music, even as your protagonist becomes utterly embroiled in political and existential disaster. In short, Disco Elysium is not just perfect for PS Plus Extra — it's also very good.

Kes

2. Outer Wilds

  • Release Date: September 15, 2022
  • Developer: Mobius Digital
  • Is it on PS Plus? Yes; PS Plus Extra
If you're like me, you'll realize that as you collect Outer Wilds trophies that you're actually playing one of the best games of all time. You're an astronaut in a small solar system about to take off for your first mission. However, before you can get in your little rocket to find six missing colleagues, the sun explodes as an alien spaceship pulls into view above you. Time resets and you return to the campfire.

It's up to you to solve the mystery of the exploding sun. You will take your rocket into space and, with the help of some nifty physics systems, you'll land on some crazy planets. I don't want to spoil anything, but they are inventive and riddled with absorbing environmental storytelling, compelling puzzles, and god-tier creativity. Add in music made by some skilled angel and a somber, yet magnetic, tale that left me genuinely consulting the meaning of life, and this is the kind of game that will come once in a generation. Outer Wilds is outstanding.

Lee

1. Undertale

  • Release Date: August 15, 2017
  • Developer: Toby Fox
  • Is it on PS Plus? Yes; PS Plus Extra
To those who believe “indie” means “small,” “light,” or any other combination of words that amount to “less than” — Undertale is gaming’s retort. The game serves as a reminder that much of the medium's early landmark titles were made with small teams, and through those small teams, we were once able to detect the voice of an author. Undertale is a reminder that games can be made by identifiable human beings, and that it’s often these other beings that affect us the most.

Undertale trophies, like the game itself, remind us of this with its surreally dumb jokes and absurd sense of humor. It imparts its authored nature through its genre-shifting action-RPG gameplay and its adherence to player choice, though only three choices really matter: to not kill, to kill, or to not stop killing. By the end, whichever path you choose, you receive a coherent story and play an excellent video game that feels anything but less than.

That's our list for now, but there are always more indie games coming to PS5 in the future, so keep an eye on our upcoming games list to see more future contenders! Do you feel we missed any big names in indie gaming? Let us know down in the comments below!
Written by Lee Brady
Staff Writer Lee keeps one eye on the future (Final Fantasy VII Rebirth), one eye on the past (PS Plus Premium games), and his secret third eye on junk he really likes (Sonic games; Kingdom Hearts). Then he uses his big mouth to blurt out long-winded opinions about video games.
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