Welcome to the Indie Gamer Chick Leaderboard.  This is where you’ll find my up-to-date rankings of every indie game (by the criteria I define as indie) I’ve played that has received a “positive” review and thus earned the Indie Gamer Chick Seal of Approval.

IGC_ApprovedSo how did I determine the order?  It’s very simple: I took two games, and I asked myself “which game would I rather be stuck with?”  After many hours of this, I had ranked all indies that I enjoyed to some degree.  Every time a new game gets the Seal, it is immediately added to the board, using the same “what would I rather play” principle.  So am I saying that game #8 is better than game #9?  Yes.  Yes I am.  That’s sort of the point.  

Total indie games reviewed by Indie Gamer Chick: 477

Total Approved Games: 212

Percentage Approved: 44.44%

Latest Game: The Last Tinker: City of Colors (#175)

  1. Journey (PS3)

  2. Escape Goat 2 (PC)

  3. Fez (Vita, PS4, PS3, XBLA, PC)

  4. Magicians & Looters (XBLIG, PC)

  5. Vintage Hero (XBLIG, PC)

  6. Escape Goat (XBLIG, PC)

  7. Infectonator (iOS, Android)

  8. SteamWorld Dig (3DS, PS4, PC)

  9. Gateways! (XBLIG, PC)

  10. Shutshimi (PC, XBLIG)

  11. We Are Cubes (XBLIG)

  12. Dungeon Defenders (XBLA, PS3, PC)

  13. Dead Pixels (XBLIG, PC)

  14. The Unfinished Swan (PS3)

  15. Chompy Chomp Chomp (XBLIG, PC)

  16. CastleStorm (XBLA, PS3, PC)

  17. Sportsfriends (PS4, PS3)

  18. Chester (XBLIG, PC)

  19. Doki Doki Universe (PS4, PS3)

  20. OMG-Zombies! / OMG-HD Zombies! (Vita)

  21. Arcadecraft (XBLIG)

  22. Antipole (XBLIG, DSi, PC)

  23. LaserCat (XBLIG, PC)

  24. Bleed (XBLIG, PC)

  25. Thomas Was Alone (PlayStation 3, PC)

  26. Hypership Out of Control / Hypership Still Out of Control (iOS)
  27. Smooth Operators (XBLIG, PC)
  28. Miner Dig Deep (XBLIG)
  29. Toki Tori 2+ (Wii U)
  30. Cthulhu Saves the World (XBLIG, PC)
  31. Plague Inc. (iOS, Android)
  32. Star Ninja (XBLIG, Windows Phone)
  33. Terraria
  34. Spelunky (Vita version)
  35. Papers, Please (PC)
  36. Little Racers STREET
  37. Penny Arcade’s On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3
  38. Spyleaks
  39. Pixel Blocked!
  40. Aesop’s Garden
  41. DLC Quest & DLC Quest: Live Freemium or Die
  42. Super Amazing Wagon Adventure
  43. Blocks That Matter
  44. Orbitron: Revolution
  45. Minigame Marathon
  46. Mount Your Friends
  47. Blocks and Tanks
  48. Shark Attack Deathmatch
  49. TIC Part 1
  50. Flight Adventure 2
  51. Cubixx
  52. Ridiculous Fishing
  53. Toki Tori
  54. Circix
  55. Alien Jelly
  56. Lexiv
  57. Johnny Platform Saves Christmas
  58. Wizorb
  59. Lair of the Evildoer
  60. Crystal Hunters
  61. Breath of Death VII
  62. Decimation X3
  63. Limbo
  64. Magnetic By Nature
  65. Marble Masters: The Pit
  66. Avatar Grand Prix 2
  67. qrth-phyl
  68. Take Arms
  69. SEAL Team 12
  70. Charlie Murder
  71. Hive (PC, XBLIG)
  72. Aqua Kitty
  73. Final Flight of the Perseus
  74. Bit.Trip Presents Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien
  75. Space Crüesader
  76. Diehard Dungeon
  77. Gunslugs (Vita)
  78. LightFish
  79. Video Wars
  80. Quell Memento
  81. Penny Arcade’s On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 4
  82. Wind-Up Knight
  83. Alien Siege
  84. Ninja360°
  85. Cute Things Dying Violently
  86. Aban Hawkins & the 1000 Spikes
  87. Dark Delve
  88. Johnny Platform’s Biscuit Romp
  89. Super Ninja Warrior Extreme 
  90. Andromium
  91. Spermatozoon
  92. The Cannon
  93. Hidden in Plain Sight
  94. Mega Coin Squad
  95. Bug Ball
  96. Platformance: Temple Death
  97. Bird Assassin
  98. Ascent of Kings
  99. Spoids
  100. King Oddball (PlayStation 4, Vita, iPhone, Android, PC, Mac)
  101. Triviador
  102. March to the Moon
  103. Crosstown
  105. Platformance: Castle Pain
  106. Color Zen (Wii U)
  107. Asphalt Jungle 2
  108. Parasitus: Ninja Zero
  109. Doom & Destiny
  110. Super Dungeon Quest
  111. I Made a Game with Zombies in It! 
  112. Clear Vision
  113. Little Acorns Deluxe
  114. Sherbet Thieves: Moonshine Edition
  115. Pendulous
  116. Squadron Scramble
  117. Block the Laser
  118. Bluebones Curse 
  119. Obsessive Collecting Disorder
  120. Bad Caterpillar
  121. The Impossible Game
  122. Growing Pains
  123. Battle High 2
  124. Crystal Skies
  125. Pixelosity
  126. Dots
  127. Little Inferno
  128. Avatar Trivia Party 2
  129. Avatar Trivia Party
  130. Zomp 3: The Quest for Z’s
  131. Don’t Feed the Trolls
  132. Oozi: Earth Adventure Ep. 3
  133. Inferno!
  134. EvilQuest
  135. Quiet, Please!
  136. Life of Pixel
  137. Sunny Seeds
  138. Storage Warfare
  139. Cookie Clicker
  140. Hop Til You Drop
  141. About To Blow Up Part 1
  142. Mr. Gravity
  143. Pingvinas
  144. Blok Drop U (Wii U)
  145. Motorbike Stunt Agent Julie
  146. Blocky
  147. Lots of Guns
  148. Random the Dungeon
  149. Puzzle Cubicle
  150. Who is God
  151. Sushi Castle
  152. Volley
  153. Retrocade: DataStream Y2K600
  154. 48 Chambers
  155. Grand Theft Froot
  156. Elfsquad7
  157. Ocean Drive Challenge
  158. Ramen Ninja
  159. Starzzle
  160. Spectrangle360
  161. Produce Wars
  162. Demon House: FPS
  163. Zombie Compound
  164. Blow Me Up
  165. Human Subject
  166. Voxel Runner
  167. MotorHEAT
  168. Ultimate Dodgeball
  169. Mirror
  170. Robot Platformer
  171. Trailer Park King Episode 2
  172. Katana Land
  173. Avatar Panic
  174. The Useful Dead
  175. The Last Tinker: City of Colors
  176. Washington’s Wig
  177. Warp Shooter
  178. Shoot 1UP
  179. Footboholics
  180. Defy Gravity
  181. Meep 2 – Jumping Evolved
  182. Trailer Park King 3DD
  183. Maze of Apes
  184. Doc Logic
  185. Trailer Park King
  186. Oozi: Earth Adventure Ep. 2
  187. Oozi: Earth Adventure Ep. 4
  188. MiG Madness
  189. Pester
  190. Dot Dash: episode 1
  191. Hack This Game
  192. Lucky
  193. Bungee Ferret Tossing
  194. High Gravity Wells
  195. Nessie
  196. Blockt
  197. Super Skull Smash GO!
  198. Uncraft Me !
  199. Droppin’ Ballz
  200. Flowrider
  201. Fatal Seduction
  202. Dark Matter
  203. Trivia or Die: Movie Edition
  204. E.Y.E.R.I.S.
  205. Super Brain Eat 3
  206. Puzzled Rabbit
  207. Bureau: Shattered Slipper
  208. Bad Bunny
  209. Kobold’s Quest
  210. Send in Jimmy
  211. Devil Blood
  212. Arcade of Neon

16 Responses to Leaderboard

  1. No Mystic Forest, shame on you Kairi !

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  5. William says:

    No voxel games? That’s a shame, I love the concept of procedurally generated worlds and adventures. I hope that the genre isn’t becoming stale, it has a lot of potential.

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  9. Marcus Fant says:

    Wait … where’s MOAR FEZ?! JK, loving the leaderboard concept. I definitely want to try what you have approved here; builds confidence :)

  10. tradamtm says:

    How is Journey on Xbox Live?

  11. Im just curious as to where you are drawing the indie line? Journey being your top game really begs the question. It’s a hard line to draw these days but Journey is not thatgamecompany’s first game. It’s not self published seeings as it is a part of a three game contract with sony. And budget is debatable too because while I can’t comment on the numbers I don’t imagine it was an issue. Is it a development team size type deal?

    Just so were clear I am not trying to be rude. I am just curious of your opinion.

    • I tried to nail down the line and determined it was impossible. I base thatgamecompany as Indie because they created and executed Journey with a small house, small budget, and NO oversight from any other company. Sony had no input at all. I debate these issues to this day.

      • Well I think the points for thatgamecompany are debatable considering the budget was in the multimillions and went through two extensions with the help of Sony. In fact there was a little controversy from thatgamecompany for getting royalties when Journey released because Sony had to make back their investment first.


        Sony is great company or so I have heard for giving free reign on projects. But on top of that they dish out a lot of money and a lot of “free marketing” to their publisher funded projects. Hello Games (now widely recognized for No Man’s Sky) reported the reason they landed on Sony’s publisher fund to help was because the xbox market was just too damn scary.

        “”Why choose PSN? It was the only way we could self-publish, XBLA is kind of a slaughterhouse for smaller developers.” Sean Murray Hello Games


        But anyways the real point I am trying to make here is that the publisher fund gives matches whatever developers put into their game with the return of exclusivity of a title. Joe Danger was technically developed and sold by Hello Games. They owned the ip and rights to everything as they likely will with No Man’s Sky.

        With thatgamecompany their contract implied that Sony owns the rights to the Flow, Flower, and Journey ip’s which is one of the reasons thatgamecompany was excited to be leaving their contract after Journey. On top of that all three games are published by Sony and not thatgamecompany. So clearly not the same boat.

        I think I went on a tangent there but made my point somewhere. Journey is a big big money title, is not self published, and the intellectual properties are owned by an industry giant.

        More or less this is food for thought. I am not sure they qualify as an indie just for having a small team but there are those that would argue otherwise. Technically the line is supposed to fall on being self published. However if that was the only line then companies like Telltale, Larian, and even the mighty Bethesda, or Valve could be classified as indie.

        I don’t know I think my psychosis is showing but I really like this debate. Sorry if I come across as trolly just a late night I suppose.

        You are right debating this might be more headache then its worth.

        • I completely give up on trying to label indies. I had Castlestorm originally not rated because Zen Studios had worked with the Star Wars IP and was a fairly established studio. But then I got to know their studio heads and i realized these guys operate on a shoe-string budget, nightmare deadlines, etc. That a game like Castlestorm could come from such a studio with all the BS they go through is amazing. They’re indie. Some might disagree.

          If enough people complain about Journey, I’ll put it to a vote if they’re indie or not. If my readers say they’re not, I’ll take them off the Leaderboard and Escape Goat 2 will become #1. My reviews are NOT a democracy, but I suppose whether a game is an indie or not can be.

          • Don’t get me wrong Journey is one of might favourite games of all time. It just seems to have an unfair advantage over others. I haven’t played Escaped Goat 2 but if it’s even half as good as the first I think its deserving.

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