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Discover hidden gems in May’s PlayStation Plus games

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It’s that time of the month again! What? The time when people loudly applaud the selection of great games they’re given as part of their PlayStation Plus subscriptions? The time when everybody gathers around a campfire, singing songs of mild worship directed at Sony and the instant games collection? Nope, it’s the time of the month where people moan and whine about getting those damned indie games.

Gamers, I think, were spoiled by PlayStation Plus in its early days – where it offered up barely year-old AAA retail games. Since then, a month or two aside, it’s ben indie fare. For the most part, I’m okay with that – as it afford me the opportunity to play games I’d likely have never bought, discovering some genuine gems in the process. This month’s games are a lot like that. Weird, quirky indie titles that you’d probably never buy, but that you’ll likely end up loving.

Here are May’s PlayStation Plus games:

Ether One (PS4)

“First up this month on PS4 is yet another day one title for PS Plus. I’m extremely excited to present the mind-twisting adventure Ether One from the extremely talented team at White Paper Games.

There are two ways to approach Ether One. At its core is a story exploration path free from puzzles where you can unfold the game’s mysterious story at your own pace. But you can also take a deeper, more adventurous approach in which you’ll have to tackle complex puzzles. The choice is up to you.”

It’s a game I’ve not played, but it looks pretty good, and I could do with a puzzle game.

Hohokum (PS4, PS3 and PS Vita)

“Finally this month make sure you pick up Hohokum. Take on the role of a curious flying kite-like being. Along your travels through the vibrant world, you’ll uncover secrets by interacting with elements around you in different ways. At its heart, Hohokum is a playground — a place to wander about and get lost in. Expect a mesmerising, expressive creation that’s unlike anything you’ve ever played before.”

This is a strange one. It’s a game that I’d never have played had I not reviewed it, but it’s one I’m glad I did. While it does lose its charm after a while, the first few hours are a strange, hypnotic, mesmerising experience.

Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition (PS4)

“Next up, a supersized version of one our favourite PS3 and PS Vita titles. Guacamelee! More than just a port, the Super Turbo Championship Edition of Guacamelee! includes all the DLC and a whole chunk of brand new content, so even if you have previously played this on PS3 there’s plenty here to tempt you back in!”

It’s Guacamelee! With more stuff! Nothing wrong with more content for one of the finest action platforming games.

The Unfinished Swan (PS4, PS3 and PS Vita)

“Enter the surreal world of The Unfinished Swan and explore a mysterious, hidden kingdom. Your journey will be led by a runaway swan who guides you through strange levels filled with bizarre creatures. Each level offers new twists, challenges and puzzles, until you eventually come face-to-face with the eccentric king that built this realm.”

Here’s a game I’ve actually been waiting to hit the IGC. It’s a strange, decidedly abstract, mostly monochromatic game that has you filling in empty 3D space by chucking blobs of paint.

Race the Sun (PS4, PS3 and PS Vita)

“Next up, a title that will really test your gaming skills where speed is a vital element in your survival. In Race the Sun you play as a solar-powered craft that slows down in the shadows. Look out for speed boosts to help you complete objectives and unlock helpful power-ups.”

This is for me, probably the weakest of the bunch: a procedurally generated game that has you doing its namesake. It seems pretty dull – but could end p being one of those hidden gems.

Murasaki Baby (PS Vita)

“We’ve something truly unique for PS Vita owners this month. The stunning debut from Ovosonico tells the story of a little girl who wakes up in a weird world, populated by children’s fantasies and fears. Holding a purple, heart-shaped balloon in her hand, she feels lost, homesick and vulnerable. She wants her mommy…”

Yes, it’s another strange and beautiful indie game, but it’s one that offered a compelling emotive experience, according to Umar, who gave the game a staggering 9 in his review.

To recap, here’s what’s coming to PlayStation Plus in May:

Last Updated: April 30, 2015


  1. konfab

    April 30, 2015 at 07:56



  2. Hammersteyn

    April 30, 2015 at 08:09

    Haven’t played any of these. gonna buy Shovel Night as well and that should keep me nice and busy in between


    • Ir0nseraph

      April 30, 2015 at 08:27

      I might put some time in Guacamelee, and Ether one , but I doubt I will have time for ether one,


      • Hammersteyn

        April 30, 2015 at 08:45

        lol, ether one or either one?


    • Geoffrey Tim

      April 30, 2015 at 08:43

      Shovel Knight is AMAZING. for reals.


  3. Rock789

    April 30, 2015 at 08:53

    Looking forward to Ether One – kinda reminds me of Myst. And I LOVE the Myst series, but particularly the original and its sequel, Riven.


  4. Kikmi

    April 30, 2015 at 09:20

    🙁 Fuck it, it’s all pretty lame other than Marasaki Baby, and I don’t even have a vita


  5. HvR

    April 30, 2015 at 09:48

    At least throw in one old AAA game for people who bought the PS3 and the end of the cycle.

    Complete removal of mainstream games, move to region limitations and not giving the same value for non-US account holders and DEMANDING non-US to pay the same amount or more with no warning. Sony now trying as hard M$ at Xbone launch to alienate customers.

    Wish Lazygamer can try to get an answer from Playstation SA because they have no interest in giving their customers a straight answer.


  6. Jonah Cash

    April 30, 2015 at 10:08

    I almost bought Ether one on my PC over the weekend. Glad I didn’t now!! Phew


  7. Francois Knoetze

    April 30, 2015 at 11:20

    Yay!! been wanting to play unfinished swan since it came out on ps3! woot!!


  8. 40 Insane Frogs

    May 1, 2015 at 23:58

    Meh! (I know, I know… it’s not a terrible selection of indie games, but it’s not particularly fantastic either). I give May’s PS plus collection a 4/10.

    It could have been worse, it could have been a second month of pool nation.


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