Here are some of the coolest recent games you’ve probably never heard of.
Dust: An Elysian Tail (XBLA) Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older. One of the most beautiful indie games made in the last year, this action role-playing game has you battle all kinds of monsters in a wonderful dream-like setting.
Dyad (PSN) This hypnotic racing game is both relaxing and hard to beat. It has great music, too. But the bright kaleidoscopic graphics might be a bit too much for some gamers.
FTL (PC and Mac) This intense spaceship flight simulator requires a lot of strategy as you move from planet to planet and take over powerful alien ships, But it’s worth the effort.
Madcoaster (iPad) Ride this crazy roller coaster through all kinds of strange environments, like Egypt and a jack-o’-lantern village. Lots of cool powerups, too.
Terraria (XBLA, PSN) Already a PC hit, this action/adventure RPG lets you play your way. Make your own weapons to fight baddies, dig deep in the ground to find cool stuff, and build forts and castles.