Last week I did a quick post on what I thought were the top PS4 games this holiday season, but those didn’t cover indie games sold through the PSN Store. That was an oversight on my part because there are a lot of really good indie games out there that shouldn’t be overlooked. With that said, a reader requested a list of indie games I would recommend so here are my top 5 recommended indie games for 2015. These are all games that I had the pleasure of playing this year and were among my favorites.
Most platforming games come from indie developers now, with the exception of the stuff coming out of Nintendo and some others. That’s fine by me because many of these indie games introduce new or unique elements to their gameplay that you wouldn’t normally see with the big named games. Take for instance the Adventures of Pip by Tic Tock Games. The game features Pip, a 1-pixel being living in a multi-pixel world who is tasked with saving the kingdom. It follows a very familiar “Mario” like story but features gameplay that requires you to choose between 8, 16, and 32 bit forms in order to complete your goals. It’s a very classic style game with some refreshing new elements built in.
For those who have played the original Stealth Inc, you own it to yourself to play the followup, Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones. Stealth Inc 2 differs from the original game in a variety of ways. For starters, there seems to be an underlying story now where as the original just basically put you straight into testing levels. The story element adds a really nice layer to the game while still keeping all the challenging bits that made Stealth Inc such a hit. This is an environmental puzzle game that will require a lot of thought, skill, and a little bit of luck.
If you’re into horror games or mystery games, you might want to check out Osome Studio’s survival horror game, White Night. White Night is the tale of an ordinary man who’s caught in a supernatural chain of events that leads him to a creepy old house and weird sh*t happens. You’re basically tasked with solving a mystery surrounding this house. The main draw of White Night however was its distinct black and white art style which was a main part of the unique gameplay. While the game played much like “Resident Evil,” the use of light and shadows played a big part in it and certainly lent itself well to the creepy atmosphere.
If you’re looking for the best skateboarding game on the PS4, Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 is not it. Instead save your money and pick up Roll7’s excellent OlliOlli 2. OlliOlli 2 might not be what you would call “next gen” in terms of graphics but what it lacks in realism it makes up for in just how amazing the gameplay is. This isn’t a game that holds your hand. This is a tough, in your face, skateboarding game that requires a lot of practice, trial and error, and determination. You will wipe out a lot in this game, but I promise that you will keep coming back for more. As a bonus for PS4 owners, OlliOlli 2 features 4-player split screen mode.
For those who are interested in just goofing around, I highly suggest Goat Simulator. It’s a fun game with no real goal other than to cause as much havoc as you can with a goat. Don’t let the “simulator” part of the title fool you. This is far from a simulator and as unrealistic as you can get, but it’s the most brainless fun you’ll probably have in a long time. It’s even better if you can get a friend to join up with you either via online or split screen local multiplayer.