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6 Great Indie Games for PlayStation 5

From kaiju to cubes

A.J. Maciejewski

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There has been an avalanche of excellent indies for PS5 lately so here are 6 that I've had great fun with and you'll enjoy them, too.

A.J. has been obsessively gaming since the late '80s and is just as passionate about video games in 2022. 🐻

FAR: Changing Tides Review PlayStation 5 ★★★★☆

If you're in the mood for a laidback and atmospheric puzzle platforming journey then the cool FAR: Changing Tides will surely fit the bill. v1d30chumz 3-223-3-251

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Time for me to stoke the flames and motor on out of here

FAR: Changing Tides is actually a follow-up to 2018's FAR: Lone Sails and even though I didn't play that, I want to give it a go after trying this. You simply play as a fellow who's trying to find a new home in a flooded world so you set sail on a rickety ship and in between stretches, you explore ruins in order to progress and possibly upgrade your vessel. The gameplay alternates from relaxed sailing where all you do is hold a sail up and puzzle platforming that involves solving practical scenarios in order to gradually reveal the big picture. In addition to this simple and satisfying gameplay formula, you're treated to a spectacular visual feast as well as an ambient soundtrack that provides the perfect backdrop for your seafaring journey. In fact, the music even adapts to the onscreen action which is just awesome.

As someone who usually doesn't enjoy meditative gaming experiences, I must admit that FAR: Changing Tides completely captivated me.

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Dawn of the Monsters Review PlayStation 5 ★★★★☆

Giant monsters beating the tar out of each other is always fun and thankfully, Dawn of the Monsters is highly entertaining stuff.

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I'd rather watch this than Godzilla vs. Kong

Over the decades, there have been many attempts at translating the classic kaiju formula to a game formula yet not many have truly succeeded in doing so. With that in mind, the frantic beat 'em up fun within Dawn of the Monsters is handled masterfully complete with a variety of monsters that control very distinctly from one another and comic-like visuals that really pop as you tear through cities on your quest to take down the giant monster leaders that lurk within. Even though it's great fun to play either solo or co-op with a friend, what makes it even more special is the fact that you'll unlock upgrades and additional abilities that you can then unleash which provides a layer of rewarding character growth to the already gratifying action. I especially enjoyed summoning a minion to take out monsters for me.

When it comes to monstrous arcade action, few games are as fun as Dawn of the Monsters with its varied gameplay and tight controls.

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Gunborg: Dark Matters Review PlayStation 5 ★★★★☆

2D action games are incredibly common but I bet you haven't played anything quite like the challenging Gunborg: Dark Matters before.

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Taking down these bosses is a lot more difficult than it looks

Gunborg: Dark Matters is a 2D twin-stick action platformer where all of your commands are mapped to the shoulder buttons which makes moving and aiming intuitive as you shoot and jump your way to victory. Keep in mind; this is one tough indie game because enemies can quickly end your life if you don't react appropriately to their attacks. Your main defense is a shield that can reflect projectiles right back at opponents and your primary weapon is a sword. However, you can pick up any firearms that the enemies happen to drop along the way although they usually don't have much ammo. Meanwhile, the platforming gets super-tricky with hazards regularly lining tight corridors. It may sound difficult but once you master the core gameplay and skillfully tear through a level, it simply feels awesome. 😄

The brutal challenge of Gunborg: Dark Matters matches its tight and intuitive gameplay beautifully to thoroughly test anyone's mettle.

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Royal Frontier Review PlayStation 5 ★★★★☆

Sometimes, a simple roguelike is all you need to make time pass as your skills improve and with that in mind, here's Royal Frontier.

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Why do these fellows need to beat up a poor old bear?

Yes, Royal Frontier is indeed simple but it's one of those roguelikes that'll compel you to keep playing over and over again as you outdo your previous efforts. At its core, all you do is move your party across a node-based map while equipping better gear in between battles which are accomplished via standard turn-based combat. You essentially just attack and use skills and items in order to overcome your adversaries and the challenge relies on your ability to minimize taking damage as you topple enemy forces as efficiently as possible. This is trickier than it sounds because a solid strategy requires applying buffs and debuffs as well as using skills wisely. In between runs, you'll unlock additional character types and starting bonuses which can give you a huge boost, especially if you deploy a clever combination. 💡

I ended up having a ton of fun with Royal Frontier and I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a simple roguelike RPG to master.

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Splash Cars Review PlayStation 5 ★★★★☆

Silly arcade-style games make up some of my fondest gaming memories and Splash Cars is here to offer a unique fun-filled experience.

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What do the cops have against colourizing their town anyway?

The goal of Splash Cars is to paint rectangular portions of a city as much as you can before you run out of gas and there are many elements in play that come together very well. For example, your vehicle will slow down as you smack into things and take damage, police will relentlessly chase you, and there are oodles of power-ups to unlock and deploy. The colourful isometric visuals are spot-on for this kind of gameplay and I thoroughly enjoyed whipping through city streets as I added splashes of colour here and there. Plus, unlocking additional vehicles, paint jobs, and stages as you earn more stars is satisfying stuff, especially after you go back to master earlier stages with your newfound goodies and skills. There's a surprising amount of strategy required and it'll constantly keep you on your toes.

Unique arcade-style games always stand out to me and Splash Cars is one of the best with its rewarding and unconventional gameplay.

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The Last Cube Review PlayStation 5 ★★★★☆

Puzzle-filled adventures are a great way to test your critical thinking skills but have you ever played one as a cube? Here's The Last Cube.

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It may be just a cube but it's on one epic adventure

The final game in this collection of great PS5 indies is The Last Cube but it's certainly not the least. In this puzzle game, you control a cube by flipping it through large and intricate stages as you attempt to progress further and further. In order to do so, you'll have to paint the sides of your cube with symbols then match those symbols to certain tiles in order to activate them. However, things are far more complicated than they sound because certain symbols have skills that you can activate whenever they're on the top-facing side. For example, they may allow you to rotate in-place, dash a short distance, and even create an invisible bridge so you can descend to a nearby platform. It all comes together to form an incredible adventure and the environments are downright stunning to boot.

You wouldn't think a game where you flip a cube around would be fully-featured and beautiful but The Last Cube surely is and it's great.

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