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PS Plus Essential Games

Playstation Plus Essential subscription provides a range of features and game that extend your PlayStation options:

  • Monthly downloadable games
  • Exclusive discounts
  • Cloud storage for saved games
  • Online multiplayer access

PlayStation Plus Essential can be extended to add more games and features. Each of the following includes the previous tiers:
  • PlayStation Plus Essential (£6.99/$9.99/Month £49.99/$59.99/Year) Play Online
  • PlayStation Plus Extra (£10.99/$14.99/Month £83.99/$99.99/Year) 400 PS4/PS5 games to download.
  • PlayStation Plus Premium (£13.49/$17.99/Month £99.99/$119.99/Year) - 1000s PS1, PS2, PS3 and PSP games to play via streaming. You also get some game trials.

More Ways To Play Together

With PlayStation Plus Essential you can also share your games in more ways with friends and family:
  • Screen Share – Let's someone in another place watch your game on their PlayStation. PS Plus Essential is not required for either party.
  • Pass the Controller – Let's someone in another place take turns on a game you own, without owning the game themselves. PS Plus is required for the host, but not for the guest.
  • Playing Together – Let's you play local co-op or split screen games with someone in another place who has a PlayStation. PS Plus is required for both players.

If you own a PlayStation 5, subscribing to PlayStation Plus also grants access to more free games via the PlayStation Plus Collection.

Share PlayStation Plus Essential with Family

You can share your PlayStation Plus subscription with other family members. This enables them to access games from your PlayStation Plus account. Go to Settings | Users and Accounts | Other | Console Sharing and Offline Play and select Enable. Then go to Settings | Account Management | Activate as Your Primary PlayStation and select Activate.

You can also share access to your game library on other PlayStation consoles not designated as your Primary machine provided you are logged in. This does, however, log you out of any other PlayStation consoles as you can only be logged into one at a time.

DetailsPS Plus Essential Games

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3 to PEGI 18
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB MATURE 17+
Australian Ratings: G to MA 15+
Genres: Action, Adventure, Brain Game, Creative, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Physically Active, Platform, Point-and-Click, Puzzle, Race, Rhythm, Role-Play, Shooting, Simulation, Stealth, Strategy and Traversal
Release dates: 2000 - 2022
Platforms: PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5
Total Likes: 467
Free Games: 1
Discounted Games: 41
 

 

Don't Starve

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 23/04/2013, updated in 2017

Price: 60% off

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Klei (@Klei)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room or as a 6-player online game

This is an open-world survival game. Here it’s the environment and enemies, rather than other players, that you work with. You need to find and develop food, weapons and shelter to survive. It’s enjoyable because it’s hard, so repeat-plays to...

Inscryption

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 19/10/2021

Price: 10% off

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and PS5

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 25 features

Pieces: Cards

Developer: D Mullins Games (@DMullinsGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Inscryption starts as a card-based adventure where you build a deck of cards to take on adventures and battles. To this, it adds escape-room style puzzles, both in the card game and in the room in which you are playing. The result is a psychological...

Unravel (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 09/02/2016, updated in 2018

Price: 80% off

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Coldwood Game (@ColdwoodGame)

Players: This is a single-player game

Unravel and the two-player Unravel Two are a pair of jumping and swinging platform games where you control a character made out of wool. As well as making him look super cute, the wool is used to swing around and interact with objects.

God of War

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 20/04/2018

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Role-Play and Shooting

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Sony Santa Monica (@SonySantaMonica)

Players: This is a single-player game

You play super-strong Norse fantasy hero Kratos as he takes his son Atreus on a brutal quest in the wake of his mother’s death. The exploration, puzzle solving, climbing and fighting gameplay intertwines with a mythological family drama played out in...

Goat Simulator

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 23/05/2014, updated in 2015

Price: 80% off

Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World and Simulation

Developer: Coffee Stain (@Coffee_Stain)

Players: This is a single-player game

Goat Simulator takes the animal avatar in a cloven-hoofed direction. It’s an open-world third-person action game where you steer your goat to do as much damage as possible. What started as a joke prototype turned into this extremely silly game with a...

Lair Of The Clockwork God

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Release Date: 21/02/2020

Price: 85% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Point-and-Click

Accessibility: 10 features

Developer: Danthat (@Danthat)

Players: This is a single-player game

Lair Of The Clockwork God is an adventure played with two characters from different game genres. Ben is a die-hard, old-school LucasArts Adventure fan, one foot stuck in the 90s. Dan is younger, running and jumping platform character, he's hip, he's...

Feather

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 05/04/2019

Price: 65% off

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Open World and Simulation

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Samurai Punk (@SamuraiPunk)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 4-player online game

This game brings you, as a bird, to a beautiful island. You can explore freely, collecting items and soaring on the breeze. Often, other players will join you to create a flock of birds to fly together, making music on the wind. Communication is kept to...

Islanders

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 04/04/2019, updated in 2021

Price: 30% off

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Creative, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: Grizzly Games (@_GrizzlyGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Islanders is city-building game where you carefully place structures to earn points from their geographic location and relation to other features and buildings on your islands. Earn enough points and you unlock new buildings and eventually the chance to...

Buildings Have Feelings Too

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 22/04/2021

Price: 80% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Open World, Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 5 features

Developer: Blackstaff Games (@BlackstaffGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Buildings Have Feelings Too is set in a city where buildings can walk and talk. Not only that, but each has aspirations, hopes and fears. Your job is to create a city that works for all the buildings, a task that will see your city planning pulled in...

Burly Men at Sea

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 29/09/2016, updated in 2018

Price: 60% off

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: Brain and Brain (@Brain_And_Brain)

Players: This is a single-player game

Burly Men at Sea is an adventure where you play three seafaring brothers who explore the Scandinavian seas. It's novel because it requires multiple playthroughs to discover the full narrative. It has a unique cyclical gameplay loop that remembers your...

Pushy and Pully

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 05/05/2020

Price: 60% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Brain Game and Puzzle

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: Resistance Stdio (@ResistanceStdio)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room or as a 2-player online game

Pushy and Pully is a puzzle game where you push blocks into enemies to kill them, or into each other to gain special attacks. The action takes place on a single screen with up to two players. After 10 levels there is a large enemy to defeat before...

Thumper

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 10/10/2016, updated in 2019

Price: 80% off

Platforms: Android, PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting and Rhythm

Developer: Marc A Flury (@MarcAFlury)

Players: This is a single-player game

Thumper is a rhythm game where you guide a beetle-like creature through music track by pressing buttons in time. Unlike other music games, the focus is on impact and combat rather than soaring tunes. It's described by the developer as a rhythm-violence...

Mortal Shell

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 18/08/2020

Price: 70% off

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Role-Play

Developer: Mortal Shell Game (@MortalShellGame)

Players: This is a single-player game

Mortal Shell is a fighting role-playing video with difficult battles. It invites you to explore and fight your way through a shattered world where the remains of humanity wither and rot.

When The Past Was Around

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 22/09/2020, updated in 2020

Price: 50% off

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Accessibility: 9 features

Developer: Mojiken Studio (@MojikenStudio)

Players: This is a single-player game

When The Past Was Around is a short adventure puzzle game, where you point and click on items to gather clues, unlock doors and unraveling the secrets of its silent narrative. Without any words it tells the tale of a young woman, Eda, and her love, the...

Tacoma

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 24/04/2018

Price: 75% off

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Role-Play

Developer: Fullbright Games (@FullbrightGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Tacoma is set aboard a space station in the year 2088. As you explore you can discover how the station’s crew lived and worked, using an AR device that lets you review past actions and conversations, you discover clues that unravel a plot of trust,...

Spitlings

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 04/08/2020

Price: 60% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Accessibility: 4 features

Developer: Massive Miniteam (@MassiveMiniteam)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 4-player online game

Spitlings is a chaotic jumping and shooting game for up to four players. You each play a Spitlings, who need to get rid of all the bubbles on each level by spitting at them or jumping on them. The twist is that players need to look after each other...

The Gardener and the Wild Vines

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 09/09/2021

Price: 30% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Platform and Traversal

Players: This is a single-player game

The Gardener and the Wild Vines is a running, jumping and climbing game where you use flowers growing and vines to propel yourself to the top of a tower. It's a tough game with a focus on skill, but keeps things visually light and breezy. A game that...

Tharsis

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 12/01/2016, updated in 2020

Price: 60% off

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Switch

Genres: Puzzle, Simulation, Strategy and Traversal

Accessibility: 20 features

Pieces: Dice

Developer: Totally Choice (@TotallyChoice)

Players: This is a single-player game

Tharsis is a strategy-simulation game where you must survive a doomed mission to Mars. You roll dice whose outcome can either help repair the ship or make things worse by injuring crew mates or causing further damage. The dice foreground the constant...

Biped

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/07/2020

Price: 55% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Next Studios (@NextStudios)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room

Biped is an adventure game where two players closely collaboration to walk through levels, solve problems. It has unusual controls and friendly cute characters that make it great to share in the family.

Coffee Talk

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 29/01/2020

Price: 50% off

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Creative, Narrative and Role-Play

Accessibility: 29 features

Developer: Toge Productions (@TogeProductions)

Players: This is a single-player game

Coffee Talk is an interactive story about a barista working in a coffee shop in Seattle. You listen to customer's concerns about life and love, in a retro pixilated world backed with lo-fi chilled hip-hop music.

Through the Darkest of Times

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 27/05/2020, updated in 2020

Price: 50% off

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Role-Play and Simulation

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: Paintbucket de (@Paintbucket_de)

Players: This is a single-player game

Through the Darkest of Times is a strategy game that conveys the sombre mood of the dark period of history between January 1933 and May 1945. With interactive drama, it tells the story and the struggles of average people living in the 3rd Reich.

Time Loader

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 03/11/2021, updated in 2022

Price: 50% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: Flazm Games (@FlazmGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Time Loader is a rolling, climbing, jumping robot puzzle game where you have travelled back in time to prevent a tragic accident. With a Back To The Future 90s vibe, you control a rover-style robot and use various tools and features to navigate the...

Unturned

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 08/07/2014, updated in 2020

Price: 70% off

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: Sdgnelson (@Sdgnelson)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room or as a 24-player online game

Unturned is a strategy survival game where you are in a Minecraft and Roblox-style world filled with zombies. You have to carefully explore the world, gather resources and craft weapons. You might go in guns blazing, sneak around making use of...

Cloudpunk

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 23/04/2020, updated in 2020

Price: 65% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Developer: Ionlands (@Ionlands)

Players: This is a single-player game

Cloudpunk is a cyberpunk adventure where you play Rania, a delivery driver for the illegal company Cloudpunk. You navigate the city in a flying car to get to your destination in time. Sometimes you are transporting people and sometimes it's a package....

Super Sami Roll

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 21/07/2021

Price: 30% off

Platforms: PC, PS5 and Switch

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: Sonzai Games (@SonzaiGames)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 4-player online game

Super Sami Roll is a rolling and jumping game where you explore a 3D world made of platforms. You play Sami, a green dinosaur on a mission to save his friend. Like Super Monkey Ball you steer and roll around, but you can also use your tongue as a...

Pode

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 21/06/2018, updated in 2020

Price: 60% off

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Switch

Genres: Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Hench Mangoon (@HenchMangoon)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room

Pode is a co-operative puzzle game, where two players on the same system can use different abilities to help each other unlock new areas of a beautiful world and advance a cute little story. It's a good game if you like combining abilities in clever...

Unspottable

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 22/10/2020

Price: 50% off

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Puzzle, Rhythm and Simulation

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Gros Chevaux (@GrosChevaux)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room

Unspottable is a puzzle game where you try and work out which of the identical characters are controlled by other players and which are computers. It's a race to punch your friends before they punch you, but the more times you get it wrong the more...

Pile Up

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 18/03/2021

Price: 30% off

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Handy Games (@Handy_Games)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room

Pile Up is a running and jumping game where up to four of your play as boxes. You run (slide?) and jump around the level and need to jump gaps, open doors and solve puzzles to progress. You need to coordinate with each other to progress through the...

Treasures of the Aegean

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 11/11/2021

Price: 55% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Undercoders (@Undercoders)

Players: This is a single-player game

Treasures of the Aegean is a Tin Tin-style tomb raiding adventure game. You are Marie Taylor and unveil the secrets of a forgotten kingdom trapped in an endless time loop. To do this, in 15 minute runs you explore a hand-drawn world to recover valuable...

Frogun

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 02/08/2022

Price: 20% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Molegato (@Molegato)

Players: This is a single-player game

Frogun is a traversal game where you use a frog-shaped gun to interact with the world and navigate the levels. You play Renata, who comes from a family of explorers, archeologists and inventors but finds herself alone in the jungle. It's classic...

Future Unfolding

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 15/03/2017

Price: 40% off

Platforms: Mac, PC and PS4

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Puzzle

Developer: Spaces Of Play (@SpacesOfPlay)

Players: This is a single-player game

Future Unfolding is an exploration adventure where you travel into beautiful landscapes to unfold the mysteries hidden around you. Viewed from above, you have a bird's eye view as you encounter different types of wild animals, some helpful and some...

Heavenly Bodies

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 07/12/2021

Price: 40% off

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and PS5

Genres: Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: 2 pt Studio (@2ptStudio)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room

Heavenly Bodies is a puzzle exploration game about cosmonauts working in space. You use one controller stick for each arm and a button for each leg. In this way, you navigate around the space station and complete tasks that would be relatively simple if...

Wreckfest

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 14/06/2018, updated in 2019

Price: 55% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Race

Developer: Bug Bear Games (@BugBearGames)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 16-player online game

Wreckfest is a racing game where you aim to destroy other people's cars. It focuses on demolition modes with classic American muscle cars and other unusual vehicles. Rather than racing, this is a physical challenge with cars crammed onto a small track,...

The Gardens Between

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 20/09/2018

Price: 25% off

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Adventure and Puzzle

Accessibility: 3 features

Developer: The Voxel Agents (@TheVoxelAgents)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Gardens Between is a puzzle game set in dreamlike island gardens where you play as best friends Arina and Frendt. You work around the island levels collecting balls of light in your lantern, manipulating time to solve puzzles and removing obstacles....

Phogs

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/06/2020

Price: 30% off

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 3 features

Developer: Coatsink (@Coatsink)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room or as a 2-player online game

Phogs is a game where you control a stretchy dog that has a head at both ends of its body. It sounds a little strange, but is actually an endearing adventure where, on your own or with another person, you control each end of the dog separately to...

Marsupilami: Hoobadventure

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 5-8 year-olds

Release Date: 16/11/2021

Price: 50% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Platform

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: Ocellus Art (@OcellusArt)

Players: This is a single-player game

Marsupilami: Hoobadventure is a comic book inspired running and jumping game with some puzzles.
You jump on and over platforms, avoid spikes and other hazards while you collect special items to unlock extra areas and secret levels. It's unusual...

The Smurfs Mission Vileaf

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6-11 year-olds

Release Date: 26/10/2021

Price: 50% off

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World and Platform

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Osome Studio (@OsomeStudio)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room

The Smurfs Mission Vileaf is an exploration running, jumping and shooting game. You battle the wizard Gargamel to free imprisoned Smurfs and return the sarsaparilla fields to health. to do this you must track down the ingredients for the antidote.

Roguebook

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 06/06/2019

Price: 35% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Fighting and Strategy

Accessibility: 34 features

Pieces: Cards

Developer: Play Roguebook (@PlayRoguebook)

Players: This is a single-player game

Roguebook is a fighting game where you build a deck of heroes to go on an adventure. Drawing on Slay The Spire style battles, but with a world to explore and discover shops, relics, new cards and power-ups.

Planet Coaster

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 17/11/2016

Price: 70% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: Frontier Dev (@FrontierDev)

Players: This is a single-player game

Planet Coaster Console Edition is a pleasure park construction and management game. It draws on games like Theme Park and RollerCoaster Tycoon. You build different theme park rides and roller-coasters in considerable detail, to score design points and...

Super Monkey Ball (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 23/06/2001, updated in 2021

Price: 50% off

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, DS, PS Vita, PS4, PS5, Switch, Wii, Xbox, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Genres: Physically Active, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Super Monkey Ball (@SuperMonkeyBall)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room

Super Monkey Ball is a rolling and balancing game where you tilt platforms to control the path of a hamster ball containing a monkey. The peculiar premise is matched with accurate challenging gameplay and some great multiplayer modes (like Monkey...

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