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5 Best Indie Games on PlayStation Plus (April 2024)

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Battling enemies with magic in Bloodstained Ritual of the Night.

With April well underway, PlayStation Plus subscribers have plenty of fantastic indie games to choose from. Each of these games, in its own way, sheds light on the phenomenal quality present in indie game development. These games often have novel concepts that tend to take more risk than their AAA counterparts. This makes them great for players who wish to find unique experiences they won't find anywhere else. To bring you the best, here are the 5 Best Indie Games on PlayStation Plus.

5. Sea of Stars

Sea of Stars - Launch Trailer | PS5 & PS4 Games

For the first entry on our list of the best indie games on PlayStation Plus, here we have Sea of Stars. For players looking for a modern RPG that incorporates DNA from the past, this title certainly fits the bill. The game is drenched in a 16-bit inspired nostalgia, which is palpable from the game's opening moments. Additionally, the game uses an open-ended approach to exploration to its advantage. This means players can traverse the world in a way that feels free in many ways. Players are also rewarded greatly for exploring the world around them.

The game's party mechanics and turn-based combat are incredibly polished as well. The game also incorporates timed events to both boost the players' damage and keep them safe from enemy attacks. One of the game's most significant visual aspects is its lighting system. This lighting system allows the game's cozy nature to shine through beautifully. All in all, when coupled with the game's phenomenal narrative, Sea of Stars never fails to impress with its gameplay. For these reasons, we consider Sea of Stars one of the best indie games on PlayStation Plus.

4. Aragami

Aragami - Release Date Trailer | PS4

Our next entry is one that, despite being a bit older, still holds up remarkably well. Here, we have Aragami. This game features a third-person perspective with an emphasis on stealth mechanics. This makes it a title that would be right up the alley of fans of both the Assassin's Creed and Dishonored franchises. Players are able to maneuver through the shadows in a way that feels innovative and new, even years later. This, coupled with the game's exciting story, makes it a great title to pick up on PlayStation Plus for indie game fans.

One of the aspects that make Aragami so remarkable is its open-ended approach to the player's objectives. You are able to tackle these objectives in a number of ways, allowing players to express their creativity through the game's stealth mechanics. Visually, the game remains beautiful as well, as the art style of the game has aged quite fantastically. All around, if you are looking for one of the best indie games on PlayStation Plus, give Aragami a try.

3. Overcooked! 2

Overcooked 2 – Launch Trailer | PS4

Our next entry is one that players will undoubtedly be familiar with. Here, we have Overcooked 2. For fans of the culinary world of Overcooked!Overcooked! 2 improves upon its predecessor in a number of exciting ways. The gameplay is not only streamlined to be more responsive and immersive, but the game features more recipes for the player to learn. This, in turn, varies the gameplay, making for a better experience overall. The game can be played cooperatively or competitively, depending on the player's preference, which is fantastic.

There is also a career mode for players to enjoy as well. This can be played solo or cooperatively. There are a number of quirky chefs to choose from and several stunning levels to contend with. Each of these levels manages to present its own challenges through its design. If you enjoy couch co-op games or titles that have an emphasis on multiplayer gameplay, this is a must-have in your PlayStation Plus library. For these reasons, we consider Overcooked! 2 to be one of the best indie games on PlayStation Plus.

2. Bugsnax

Bugsnax - Launch Trailer | PS4, PS5

We are staying somewhat on theme with our next entry. Here, we have Bugsnax. This game not only features the titular Bugsnax, which are food-themed creatures the players can find, but also a fantastic story to enjoy. After being tasked with going to Snaktooth Island, players will soon become friends with its inhabitants. Along the way, you will also hunt for different creatures, which are all themed after foods. In doing so, you will have to learn the weaknesses and different quirks of these creatures. This not only rewards the player for learning this information but adds to the breadth of the game as well.

The game also does a phenomenal job of incorporating puzzle elements in order to keep the player on their toes. This will require the player to pay attention to their surroundings in order to progress. The various lands players will travel through also feel varied in their own way, with their own flora and fauna to discover. With a plethora of side content and charming characters all around, Bugsnax is one of the best indie games on PlayStation Plus.

1. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night – Release Date Trailer | PS4

Our final entry is quite the departure from many others on this list. Here, we have Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. For fans of the classic Metroidvania-style games, this game deserves to be on your radar. The game does a great job of rewarding the player for going off the beaten path, which is fantastic to see. Manuevering throughout the game's levels feels equal parts challenging and rewarding for the player. For fans who enjoy upgrade mechanics in their Metroidvania games, this title has you covered as well. This ensures that players are able to adapt according to their playstyle.

Visually, the game has been rendered wonderfully with a nostalgic art style that is sure to impress many players. The attention to detail and love that has been poured into this title is evident. Every nook and cranny of this game has been shown the proper care, and you can feel it as you move through the game. For fans of Boss Rush modes, this game has this as well, giving players many options on how they wish to play. To close, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is one of the best indie games on PlayStation Plus.

So, what's your take on our picks for the 5 Best Indie Games on PlayStation Plus? Let us know over on our socials here or down in the comments below.

Judson Holley is a writer that began his career as a ghostwriter. Returning to the mortal coil  to work among the living. With some of his favorite games being tactical FPS games such as Squad and the Arma series. Although this could not be further from the truth as he enjoys games with deep stories such as the Kingdom Hearts series as well as Jade Empire and The Knights of the Old Republic series. When not attending to his wife, Judson often tends to his cats. He also has a knack for music mainly composing for and playing piano.