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: 518

Total Approved Games: 233

Percentage Approved: 44.98%

Latest Game: Downwell (#50)

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. Rocket League (Steam, PS4)

  5. Escape Goat 2 (Steam, PS4)

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

  7. Sportsfriends (PS4, PS3, PC)

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

  9. Kerbal Space Program (PC)

  10. Shutshimi (PS4)

  11. Magicians & Looters (XBLIG, PC)

  12. Vintage Hero (XBLIG, PC)

  13. Escape Goat (XBLIG, PC)

  14. Infectonator (iOS, Android, PC)

  15. Gateways! (XBLIG, PC)

  16. We Are Cubes (XBLIG)

  17. Dungeon Defenders (XBLA, PS3, PC)

  18. Pix the Cat (Vita)

  19. Dead Pixels (XBLIG, PC)

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

  21. Chompy Chomp Chomp (XBLIG, PC)

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

  23. Chester (XBLIG, PC)

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

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

  26. Arcadecraft (XBLIG, PC)
  27. Antipole (XBLIG, DSi, PC)
  28. LaserCat (XBLIG, PC)
  29. Bleed (XBLIG, PC)
  30. Terraria (PS3, PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  31. Thomas Was Alone (PS3, PS4, Vita, Xbox One, Wii U, PC)
  32. Papers, Please (PC)
  33. Hypership Out of Control / Hypership Still Out of Control (iOS)
  34. Smooth Operators (XBLIG, PC)
  35. Miner Dig Deep (XBLIG)
  36. Toki Tori 2+ (Wii U, PC)
  37. Cthulhu Saves the World (XBLIG, PC)
  38. Plague Inc. / Plague Inc.: Evolved (iOS, Android, Steam)
  39. Star Ninja (XBLIG, Windows Phone)
  40. Spelunky (Vita, PS3, PS4, Vita, XBLA)
  41. Little Racers STREET (PC, XBLIG)
  42. Penny Arcade’s On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3 (PC, XBLIG)
  43. Spyleaks (XBLIG, PC)
  44. Pixel Blocked! (XBLIG)
  45. Aesop’s Garden (XBLIG)
  46. DLC Quest & DLC Quest: Live Freemium or Die (PC, XBLIG)
  47. Super Amazing Wagon Adventure (PC, XBLIG)
  48. Blocks That Matter (PC, XBLIG)
  49. Orbitron: Revolution (PC, XBLIG)
  50. Downwell (PC)
  51. Minigame Marathon (XBLIG)
  52. Clicker Heroes (PC)
  53. Mount Your Friends (PC, XBLIG)
  54. Blocks and Tanks (XBLIG)
  55. Shark Attack Deathmatch (XBLIG)
  56. TIC Part 1 (XBLIG)
  57. Flight Adventure 2 (XBLIG)
  58. Cubixx (PlayStation Mobile)
  59. Ridiculous Fishing (iPhone)
  60. Toki Tori (Wii U, PC)
  61. Circix (Android, iPhone)
  62. Alien Jelly (XBLIG)
  63. Lexiv (XBLIG)
  64. Johnny Platform Saves Christmas (XBLIG)
  65. Wizorb (PC, XBLIG)
  66. Lair of the Evildoer (XBLIG)
  67. Crystal Hunters (XBLIG)
  68. Breath of Death VII (PC, XBLIG)
  69. Decimation X3 (XBLIG)
  70. Limbo (XBLA, PS3, Vita, PC)
  71. Magnetic By Nature (XBLIG)
  72. NOT A HERO (PC)
  73. You Have to Win the Game (PC)
  74. Marble Masters: The Pit (XBLIG)
  75. Avatar Grand Prix 2 (XBLIG)
  76. qrth-phyl (XBLIG)
  77. Take Arms (XBLIG)
  78. SEAL Team 12 (XBLIG, PC)
  79. Charlie Murder (XBLA)
  80. Hive (PC, XBLIG)
  81. Aqua Kitty (Vita, PC)
  82. The Last Tinker: City of Colors (PS4, PC)
  83. Adventures of Pip (PS4, Steam, Wii U, Xbox One)
  84. Final Flight of the Perseus (iPhone)
  85. Bit.Trip Presents Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (Wii U, PS3, Steam)
  86. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (PS4, PC)
  87. Space Crüesader (XBLIG)
  88. Diehard Dungeon
  89. Super Win: The Game
  90. Gunslugs (Vita)
  91. LightFish
  92. Video Wars
  93. Quell Memento
  94. Penny Arcade’s On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 4
  95. Wind-Up Knight
  96. Alien Siege
  97. Ninja360°
  98. Cosmochoria
  99. Cute Things Dying Violently
  100. Aban Hawkins & the 1000 Spikes
  101. Dark Delve
  102. Johnny Platform’s Biscuit Romp
  103. Super Ninja Warrior Extreme 
  104. Andromium
  105. Spermatozoon
  106. The Cannon
  107. Hidden in Plain Sight
  108. Mega Coin Squad
  109. Bug Ball
  110. Platformance: Temple Death
  111. Bird Assassin
  112. Ascent of Kings
  113. Spoids
  114. King Oddball (PlayStation 4, Vita, iPhone, Android, PC, Mac)
  115. Triviador
  116. March to the Moon
  117. Crosstown
  119. Platformance: Castle Pain
  120. Adventure in the Tower of Flight (Steam)
  121. Color Zen (Wii U)
  122. Asphalt Jungle 2
  123. Parasitus: Ninja Zero
  124. Doom & Destiny
  125. Super Dungeon Quest
  126. Parallax
  127. I Made a Game with Zombies in It! 
  128. Clear Vision
  129. Little Acorns Deluxe
  130. Sherbet Thieves: Moonshine Edition
  131. Pendulous
  132. Squadron Scramble
  133. Block the Laser
  134. Bluebones Curse 
  135. Obsessive Collecting Disorder
  136. Bad Caterpillar
  137. The Impossible Game
  138. Growing Pains
  139. Plug & Play
  140. Battle High 2
  141. Crystal Skies
  142. Pixelosity
  143. Dots
  144. Little Inferno
  145. The Old Tree
  146. Avatar Trivia Party 2
  147. Avatar Trivia Party
  148. Zomp 3: The Quest for Z’s
  149. Don’t Feed the Trolls
  150. Inferno!
  151. EvilQuest
  152. Quiet, Please!
  153. Life of Pixel
  154. Sunny Seeds
  155. Storage Warfare
  156. Cookie Clicker
  157. Sportsball (Wii U)
  158. Hop Til You Drop
  159. About To Blow Up Part 1
  160. Mr. Gravity
  161. Pingvinas
  162. Blok Drop U (Wii U)
  163. Motorbike Stunt Agent Julie
  164. Blocky
  165. Lots of Guns
  166. Random the Dungeon
  167. Puzzle Cubicle
  168. Who is God
  169. Sushi Castle
  170. Gon’ E-Choo
  171. Volley
  172. Retrocade: DataStream Y2K600
  173. 48 Chambers
  174. Grand Theft Froot
  175. Elfsquad7
  176. Default Dan
  177. Ocean Drive Challenge
  178. Ramen Ninja
  179. Starzzle
  180. Spectrangle360
  181. Produce Wars
  182. Demon House: FPS
  183. Zombie Compound
  184. Blow Me Up
  185. Human Subject
  186. Voxel Runner
  187. MotorHEAT
  188. Oozi: Earth Adventures – Ep 2, Ep 3, Ep 4.
  189. Ultimate Dodgeball
  190. Mirror
  191. Robot Platformer
  192. Trailer Park King Episode 2
  193. Katana Land
  194. Avatar Panic
  195. The Useful Dead
  196. 8BitBoy
  197. Washington’s Wig
  198. Warp Shooter
  199. Shoot 1UP
  200. Footboholics
  201. Defy Gravity
  202. Meep 2 – Jumping Evolved
  203. Trailer Park King 3DD
  204. Maze of Apes
  205. Doc Logic
  206. Trailer Park King
  207. MiG Madness
  208. Pester
  209. Dot Dash: episode 1
  210. Hack This Game
  211. Lucky
  212. Haunt the House: Terrortown
  213. Bungee Ferret Tossing
  214. High Gravity Wells
  215. Nessie
  216. Blockt
  217. Super Skull Smash GO!
  218. Uncraft Me !
  219. Droppin’ Ballz
  220. Flowrider
  221. Fatal Seduction
  222. Dark Matter
  223. Trivia or Die: Movie Edition
  224. E.Y.E.R.I.S.
  225. Super Brain Eat 3
  226. Puzzled Rabbit
  227. Bureau: Shattered Slipper
  228. Bad Bunny
  229. Kobold’s Quest
  230. Send in Jimmy
  231. Devil Blood
  232. Arcade of Neon
  233. 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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