originals\ Dec 8, 2012 at 11:00 pm

Top 10 indie games the PS Vita needs


If there's one thing that titles such as Retro City Rampage and Sound Shapes have proven, it's that having portable indie games to take with you on the go (or play in the comfort of your bed) is awesome. The Vita may not exactly be bursting with content, but there are a handful of indie titles that are certainly worthwhile. That's why it would be great for Vita owners if more devs released their content on the platform, and that's exactly why Sony's handheld would be a good fit for some indie gems that are already quite popular. Here are 10 awesome indie titles that the Vita seriously needs.

10. Spelunky


Spelunky is heralded as one of the most impressive 2D rogeulikes to come along in recent memory, and rightfully so. The fact of the matter is that this game will cause you to lose a bit of your sanity, but at the same time, it’ll push you to continue trying for the sole purpose of getting just a little bit further with every subsequent play-through. The game originally exploded onto the scene as a freeware PC title, garnering massive critical acclaim and a widespread positive reaction among indie enthusiasts, retro game fans, and sadistic gamers, and it’s now available on Xbox Live Arcade with revamped visuals and new modes. A Vita version would be awesome, and if you saw someone on the bus cursing like a sailor as they played a game on their Sony handheld, you’d probably know they were playing Spelunky.

9. Defender’s Quest

Defender's Quest

The Vita's touchscreen interface is ideal for tower defense games, so why have we not been treated to more entries in this superb genre? More importantly, why isn't Defender's Quest on the Vita? Not only is that game easily one of the best entries in the genre of 2012 (if not the absolute best), but it would be a hell of a game on the handheld space. Playing Defender's Quest on PC is really entertaining, but given how quick each level can be, it would be an ideal choice for traveling Vita owners. And because it's so easy to get hooked to the fast-paced gameplay of this indie title, it can also satisfy the needs of individuals who are looking to play for long stretches of time.

8. La-Mulana


Extremely challenging, pleasantly old school, and incredibly entertaining, La-Mulana is a 2D action-adventure game that harks back to classics like Metroid. The game is rife with fun platforming and exploration gameplay, and it’s sure to appeal to indie gamers looking for some retro-style fun. Specifically, La-Mulana could easily be considered a NES fan’s dream, and it would be a great addition to the Vita alongside Retro City Rampage, a NES-inspired title in its own right.

7. Cthulhu Saves the World

Cthulhu Saves the World

The PSP is home to many RPGs. Hell, the system is still getting RPGs even now that the Vita is Sony’s primary focus in the handheld space. So it would only be fitting for the newer device to have some reputable RPGs of its own, and indie developer Zeboyd Games’ brand of witty and humorous titles would be perfect for that. Breath of Death VII: The Beginning and Penny Arcade’s On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3 are great candidates, but we think something like Cthulhu Saves the World, which is easily Zeboyd’s most hilarious RPG, would be the top choice. At about eight hours in length, it’s not the longest entry in the genre, but as a PlayStation Network download for the Vita, it would be a worthwhile purchase for any RPG aficionados looking for some handheld turn-based action.

6. FTL: Faster Than Light

FTL: Faster Than Light

While it's cool that the Vita can play games that are on par with PlayStation 3 software in terms of scope, a lot of folks dig portable gaming systems for their bite-sized offerings. FTL: Faster Than Light would be a truly incredible Vita game, and its spaceship simulation and management gameplay would shine if proper touchscreen integration was fully featured. Most people who play FTL never really know if they'll actually make it to the end, but that doesn't stop them from dumping countless hours into the game.

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