LIMBO, Guacamelee! and Hotline Miami are some of the picks of the indie games line-up on PlayStation Vita.
Sometimes video games developers have great ideas and decide to strike out on their own, releasing their titles without the help of well-known publishers. It often means quirky, original titles bursting with clever ideas and memorable charm. Indie games have found a natural home on PS Vita; here are ten of the finest.
Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack
After escaping from its laboratory prison, a hungry blob sets out into the world with one simple aim: to consume everything it rolls over. Use the dual analog sticks, touchscreen and motion controls of your PS Vita to ingest everything from pathetic humans to tanks to skyscrapers.
Download it if... you prefer your thrill rides more roller bloater than roller coaster.
Black and white this may be, yet LIMBO is anything but dull. When a young boy enters a murky parallel world in search of his sister, he discovers shadowy monsters, deadly traps and physical puzzles constructed from the rusting remains of the society that once lived there.
Download it if... nightmares are the perfect playgrounds for you.
If the squeak of too-tight spandex is music to your ears, Guacamelee! is the undead-thumping, luchador-bashing, dimension-hopping extravaganza you need to play without delay. A side-scrolling beat 'em up stuffed with wrestling combos and hidden secrets, it shares its sense of humour with Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack, also from DrinkBox Studios.
Download it if... building giant tacos is as important to you as rescuing El Presidente's beautiful daughter.
Retro City Rampage
Lock and load for this loving throwback to 80s, 8-bit action games. Borrow more than 50 different types of vehicle and outrun the law in over 60 story missions and 40 arcade-style challenges.
Download it if... you fancy a bit of high comedy over High Definition gaming.
Thomas Was Alone
Help a small block of not-so-artificial intelligence break free from the confines of a computer in this tale of friendship, platforming and wry humour. Round up the skills of 12 similarly self-aware shapes and work together to find freedom.
Download it if... a stripped down quest to separate the virtual from reality boots up your synapses.
Minimalist yet strikingly original, Sound Shapes is a game in which music sets the scene. As you bounce and roll through organic levels, you help to generate a soundtrack that includes tunes from the likes of Beck, Deadmau5 and I Am Robot, creating a compelling rhythmic experience.
Download it if... you'd rather collect musical notes as you play instead of ammunition.
Stealth Inc: A Clone in the Dark
Armed only with a pair of high-tech Stealthing Goggles, sneak your way through a top secret facility built solely to snuff you out of existence. The only way to survive is to stay out of view as you run the gauntlet of lasers, security drones and walls closing in around you.
Download it if... skulking in the shadows appeals more than battling it out in the spotlight.
Murderous voicemail messages are the driving force behind this dark, fast-paced crime thriller. As you launch an all-out assault on the Miami underworld, you'll struggle to get a grip on how a chaotic chain of events got so out of control in an experience as surreal as it is hard-boiled.
Download it if... you want to redecorate Miami's famed pastel buildings a peculiar shade of red.
As a little robot named Josef, travel to the big city to confront the Black Cap Brotherhood and discover why they consigned you to the scrapyard. Save your robot girlfriend by solving intricate brain-teasers set in a world of hand-drawn wonder.
Download it if... you like a little thoughtful breathing space in your adventures.
And look out for... Spelunky
Forget memorising every last detail of a level. In Spelunky, the indie hit coming soon to PS Vita, you'll play through thousands of randomly generated levels to uncover well hidden treasures and secrets. It promises to be a richly rewarding platformer.
Be sure to download it if... you never want to play the same level twice.
There's a section on our online store dedicated to indie games. Explore the full line-up here.
Spelunky, Dust an Elysian Tale and more, available now