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. Remember, all rankings are based on my personal preferences and not anything else.

IGC_ApprovedSo how did I determine the order?  Once a game wins the Indie Gamer Chick Seal of Approval, I go to the Leaderboard and compare it to others on the list. I typically start in the center of the board and compare the new game to one of the other ranked games, asking myself if I would rather play the new game or the game already on the board. I keep doing this until I find a spot where I would rather play the game above it, but not the game below it. It’s pretty accurate. However, that opinion can shift based upon reflection or a game receiving its Second Chance with the Chick.

Total indie games reviewed by Indie Gamer Chick: 501

Total Approved Games: 225

Percentage Approved: 44.91%

Latest Game: Kerbal Space Program (#8)

Note: some games are approved on some platforms but not others. Only the platforms listed feature an IGC-Approved port of the game.

  1. Axiom Verge (PS4)

  2. Shovel Knight (Wii U, PC)

  3. Journey (PS3)

  4. Escape Goat 2 (Steam, PS4)

  5. Fez (Vita, PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, PC)

  6. Sportsfriends (PS4, PS3, PC)

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

  8. Kerbal Space Program (PC)

  9. Magicians & Looters (XBLIG, PC)

  10. Vintage Hero (XBLIG, PC)

  11. Escape Goat (XBLIG, PC)

  12. Infectonator (iOS, Android, PC)

  13. Gateways! (XBLIG, PC)

  14. Shutshimi (PC, XBLIG)

  15. We Are Cubes (XBLIG)

  16. Dungeon Defenders (XBLA, PS3, PC)

  17. Pix the Cat (Vita)

  18. Dead Pixels (XBLIG, PC)

  19. The Unfinished Swan (PS3, PS4, Vita)

  20. Chompy Chomp Chomp (XBLIG, PC)

  21. CastleStorm (XBLA, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, Vita, PC)

  22. Chester (XBLIG, PC)

  23. Doki Doki Universe (PS4, PS3, Vita)

  24. OMG-Zombies! / OMG-HD Zombies! (PC, Vita)

  25. Arcadecraft (XBLIG, PC)

  26. Antipole (XBLIG, DSi, PC)
  27. LaserCat (XBLIG, PC)
  28. Bleed (XBLIG, PC)
  29. Terraria (PS3, PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  30. Thomas Was Alone (PS3, PS4, Vita, Xbox One, Wii U, PC)
  31. Papers, Please (PC)
  32. Hypership Out of Control / Hypership Still Out of Control (iOS)
  33. Smooth Operators (XBLIG, PC)
  34. Miner Dig Deep (XBLIG)
  35. Toki Tori 2+ (Wii U, PC)
  36. Cthulhu Saves the World (XBLIG, PC)
  37. Plague Inc. (iOS, Android)
  38. Star Ninja (XBLIG, Windows Phone)
  39. Spelunky (Vita, PS3, PS4, Vita, XBLA)
  40. Little Racers STREET (PC, XBLIG)
  41. Penny Arcade’s On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3 (PC, XBLIG)
  42. Spyleaks (XBLIG, PC)
  43. Pixel Blocked! (XBLIG)
  44. Aesop’s Garden (XBLIG)
  45. DLC Quest & DLC Quest: Live Freemium or Die (PC, XBLIG)
  46. Super Amazing Wagon Adventure (PC, XBLIG)
  47. Blocks That Matter (PC, XBLIG)
  48. Orbitron: Revolution (PC, XBLIG)
  49. Minigame Marathon (XBLIG)
  50. Mount Your Friends (PC, XBLIG)
  51. Blocks and Tanks (XBLIG)
  52. Shark Attack Deathmatch (XBLIG)
  53. TIC Part 1 (XBLIG)
  54. Flight Adventure 2 (XBLIG)
  55. Cubixx (PlayStation Mobile)
  56. Ridiculous Fishing (iPhone)
  57. Toki Tori (Wii U, PC)
  58. Circix (Android, iPhone)
  59. Alien Jelly (XBLIG)
  60. Lexiv (XBLIG)
  61. Johnny Platform Saves Christmas (XBLIG)
  62. Wizorb (PC, XBLIG)
  63. Lair of the Evildoer (XBLIG)
  64. Crystal Hunters (XBLIG)
  65. Breath of Death VII (PC, XBLIG)
  66. Decimation X3 (XBLIG)
  67. Limbo (XBLA, PS3, Vita, PC)
  68. Magnetic By Nature (XBLIG)
  69. You Have to Win the Game (PC)
  70. Marble Masters: The Pit (XBLIG)
  71. Avatar Grand Prix 2 (XBLIG)
  72. qrth-phyl (XBLIG)
  73. Take Arms (XBLIG)
  74. SEAL Team 12 (XBLIG, PC)
  75. Charlie Murder (XBLA)
  76. Hive (PC, XBLIG)
  77. Aqua Kitty (Vita, PC)
  78. The Last Tinker: City of Colors (PS4, PC)
  79. Final Flight of the Perseus (iPhone)
  80. Bit.Trip Presents Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (Wii U, PS3, Steam)
  81. Space Crüesader (XBLIG)
  82. Diehard Dungeon
  83. Super Win: The Game
  84. Gunslugs (Vita)
  85. LightFish
  86. Video Wars
  87. Quell Memento
  88. Penny Arcade’s On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 4
  89. Wind-Up Knight
  90. Alien Siege
  91. Ninja360°
  92. Cosmochoria
  93. Cute Things Dying Violently
  94. Aban Hawkins & the 1000 Spikes
  95. Dark Delve
  96. Johnny Platform’s Biscuit Romp
  97. Super Ninja Warrior Extreme 
  98. Andromium
  99. Spermatozoon
  100. The Cannon
  101. Hidden in Plain Sight
  102. Mega Coin Squad
  103. Bug Ball
  104. Platformance: Temple Death
  105. Bird Assassin
  106. Ascent of Kings
  107. Spoids
  108. King Oddball (PlayStation 4, Vita, iPhone, Android, PC, Mac)
  109. Triviador
  110. March to the Moon
  111. Crosstown
  113. Platformance: Castle Pain
  114. Color Zen (Wii U)
  115. Asphalt Jungle 2
  116. Parasitus: Ninja Zero
  117. Doom & Destiny
  118. Super Dungeon Quest
  119. Parallax
  120. I Made a Game with Zombies in It! 
  121. Clear Vision
  122. Little Acorns Deluxe
  123. Sherbet Thieves: Moonshine Edition
  124. Pendulous
  125. Squadron Scramble
  126. Block the Laser
  127. Bluebones Curse 
  128. Obsessive Collecting Disorder
  129. Bad Caterpillar
  130. The Impossible Game
  131. Growing Pains
  132. Plug & Play
  133. Battle High 2
  134. Crystal Skies
  135. Pixelosity
  136. Dots
  137. Little Inferno
  138. The Old Tree
  139. Avatar Trivia Party 2
  140. Avatar Trivia Party
  141. Zomp 3: The Quest for Z’s
  142. Don’t Feed the Trolls
  143. Inferno!
  144. EvilQuest
  145. Quiet, Please!
  146. Life of Pixel
  147. Sunny Seeds
  148. Storage Warfare
  149. Cookie Clicker
  150. Sportsball (Wii U)
  151. Hop Til You Drop
  152. About To Blow Up Part 1
  153. Mr. Gravity
  154. Pingvinas
  155. Blok Drop U (Wii U)
  156. Motorbike Stunt Agent Julie
  157. Blocky
  158. Lots of Guns
  159. Random the Dungeon
  160. Puzzle Cubicle
  161. Who is God
  162. Sushi Castle
  163. Volley
  164. Retrocade: DataStream Y2K600
  165. 48 Chambers
  166. Grand Theft Froot
  167. Elfsquad7
  168. Default Dan
  169. Ocean Drive Challenge
  170. Ramen Ninja
  171. Starzzle
  172. Spectrangle360
  173. Produce Wars
  174. Demon House: FPS
  175. Zombie Compound
  176. Blow Me Up
  177. Human Subject
  178. Voxel Runner
  179. MotorHEAT
  180. Oozi: Earth Adventures – Ep 2, Ep 3, Ep 4.
  181. Ultimate Dodgeball
  182. Mirror
  183. Robot Platformer
  184. Trailer Park King Episode 2
  185. Katana Land
  186. Avatar Panic
  187. The Useful Dead
  188. 8BitBoy
  189. Washington’s Wig
  190. Warp Shooter
  191. Shoot 1UP
  192. Footboholics
  193. Defy Gravity
  194. Meep 2 – Jumping Evolved
  195. Trailer Park King 3DD
  196. Maze of Apes
  197. Doc Logic
  198. Trailer Park King
  199. MiG Madness
  200. Pester
  201. Dot Dash: episode 1
  202. Hack This Game
  203. Lucky
  204. Haunt the House: Terrortown
  205. Bungee Ferret Tossing
  206. High Gravity Wells
  207. Nessie
  208. Blockt
  209. Super Skull Smash GO!
  210. Uncraft Me !
  211. Droppin’ Ballz
  212. Flowrider
  213. Fatal Seduction
  214. Dark Matter
  215. Trivia or Die: Movie Edition
  216. E.Y.E.R.I.S.
  217. Super Brain Eat 3
  218. Puzzled Rabbit
  219. Bureau: Shattered Slipper
  220. Bad Bunny
  221. Kobold’s Quest
  222. Send in Jimmy
  223. Devil Blood
  224. Arcade of Neon
  225. Block Legend DX

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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