Well worthy of inclusion in just about any gaming list, Don't Starve finally saw its full release towards the end of April, and it's as fine an example of a top notch indie title in quite some time, and throughout its open beta phase, development studio Klei (located in Vancouver) worked hard to push out regular feature and game mechanics updates, improving the game on an almost weekly basis. It's a testament to the skills of Klei that Don't Starve managed to bypass the company's other titles, including the epic Mark of the Ninja, Shank, Eets and Shank 2, as our undoubted favourite - and it's coming soon to PS4!
02: Terraria // PSN, XBLA & PC
Originally debuting on PC back in 2011, Terraria from developer Andrew Spinks' Re-Logic studio, is nothing short of a masterpiece. Despite some similarities to the incredibly successful Minecraft, Terraria has established itself as its own unique proposition, tasking players with exploring, building, crafting and fighting in a beautifully realized side-scrolling 2D world. The fact that it had sold in excess of 2 million copies on PC alone before hitting PSN and Xbox Live back in March is just about as strong a recommendation as anyone could need to pick this addictive gem up!
03: Spelunky // PSN, XBLA, Vita & PC
While Spelunky's visuals will certainly resonate more with older gamers than the new generation, it's a title that deserves the attention of just about everyone. Originally released as far back as 2009 on PC, it's a game that has proven to be something of a slow burner, rather than racking up the immediate success of some other titles on this list. Centred on the exploration of randomly generated underground tunnels and environments, players must collect as much treasure as possible without dying. It can be cruel to see your time investment disappear as you walk carelessly into an instant kill trap, but in the end it's definitely worth it!
04: Slender: The Eight Pages // PC
If you're into scaring the holy bejesus out of yourself, then indie games are probably your best bet. Slender: The Eight Pages is as intense and atmospheric an experience as you're likely to find anywhere, thanks to its incredibly intuitive gameplay design and dark, mysterious setting. Players are tasked with locating eight pages scattered around a forest, while avoiding the Slender Man at all costs. With each page you collect, the Slender Man becomes increasingly adept at following your trail, leading up to an epic race for the final pages before you're located. If you haven't screamed in terror at a videogame before, that's likely to change here!
05: Super Meat Boy // XBLA, PC
Another oldie, but one that absolutely everyone needs to play, Super Meat Boy is the creation of Team Meat, comprising of just Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes. Taking pretty much everything that we loved so much about platform games back in the day and distilling it into a single, epic experience comprising of an abundance of short levels (most of which can be completed in a matter of seconds, if you know what you're doing), Super Meat Boy excels for two reasons. The first is because the level design is so incredibly brilliant that you're constantly battling to beat your previous times, knowing that you can definitely tear another tenth of a second from your personal best. The second is because it's hard as nails. It's not for the fainthearted, but it's one of the most addictive games we've ever played.