Every month, Playstation Plus offers a selection of games to their subscribers for free, and February includes a respectable selection of indie games. Below, you’ll find the indie games available now for PS+ subscribers:
Transistor (PS4) was released by Supergiant Games in 2014. The team released their first project, Bastion, years before, which quickly became a hit on multiple platforms. Though Transistor bears a few similarities to its predecessor, the developers provided many more improvements to the gameplay experience, incorporating rich, atmospheric storytelling with combat that seamlessly transitions from careful tactical planning, to fast-paced action and mayhem. The game also features hand-painted artwork and a robust soundtrack for each level of the dark, science-fiction world.
Apotheon (PS4), developed by Alientrap, is a 2D action game where humanity in ancient Greece has been abandoned by the Gods of old. As the world starts to burn and fall apart, it’s up to Nikandreos, humanity’s last hero, to climb Mount Olympus, face the Gods and their monsters, and steal their powers to save mankind. The game uses the art style of ancient Greek murals to portray the open world of Mount Olympus, as well as the sanctuaries of such Gods as Artermis and Apollo. The bloody bronze-aged combat is fast-paced and fierce, requiring players to use swords, spears, arrows, and other ancient weaponry in order to defeat other soldiers, terrible beasts, and sluggish giants. Apotheon also features local one-on-one multiplayer combat for a unique challenge with friends.
Rogue Legacy (PS4/PS3/Vita) is a procedurally generated 2D Rogue-“LITE” game developed by Cellar Door Games, where each time the hero is killed in battle, their child succeeds them. Each child is unique, suffering from such afflictions as colorblindness, dyslexia, near-sightedness, or irritable bowel syndrome. Even with these strange traits, the lineage of the hero grows stronger, using the gold of the previous hero to upgrade and prepare the next hero for a foray into the dangerous castle. Gamers will be able to choose from 9 different classes, and will face off against 60 different enemies, with varying tactics and strengths. Rogue Legacy is not meant for the casual gamer, with even the developers promising that the hero will repeatedly die at the hands of the castle’s many powerful enemies.
Kick & Fennick (Vita) is a brand new platform adventure developed by Jaywalker Interactive, exclusive to the Playstation Vita. That’s right, a brand new game made available immediately for free through Playstation Plus. The game follows Kick as he wakes up in a desolate, colorful world and meets a small flying robot named Fennick. Equipped with a powerful BFG (big freaking gun) with a severe recoil, Kick can travel through the wild, fast-paced world by aiming the weapon carefully and using the strength of the blast to propel him over wide gaps and hazards. Kick & Fennick also features cinematic camera angles during gameplay, a story following two expressive characters, and detailed graphics and physics throughout. The game features 45 levels of ruined buildings, magnets, teleporters, and a big guard robot giving constant chase.
On the AAA side of things, Playstation 3 owners will be able to download SEGA’s Yakuza 4, and Eidos-Montreal’s recently rebooted Thief.
Playstation Plus is a subscription service offered by Sony that provides free games on a monthly basis, in addition to discounted games on PS4, PS3, and PS Vita. Gamers can purchase a subscription for $9.99 per month, $17.99 per three months, or $49.99 per year.