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: 487

Total Approved Games: 218

Percentage Approved: 44.76%

Latest Game: 8BitBoy (#181)

  1. Shovel Knight (Wii U, Steam)

  2. Journey (PS3)

  3. Escape Goat 2 (PC)

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

  5. Sportsfriends (PS4, PS3)

  6. Magicians & Looters (XBLIG, PC)

  7. Vintage Hero (XBLIG, PC)

  8. Escape Goat (XBLIG, PC)

  9. Infectonator (iOS, Android)

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

  11. Gateways! (XBLIG, PC)

  12. Shutshimi (PC, XBLIG)

  13. We Are Cubes (XBLIG)

  14. Dungeon Defenders (XBLA, PS3, PC)

  15. Pix the Cat (PlayStation Vita)

  16. Dead Pixels (XBLIG, PC)

  17. The Unfinished Swan (PS3)

  18. Chompy Chomp Chomp (XBLIG, PC)

  19. CastleStorm (XBLA, PS3, PC)

  20. Chester (XBLIG, PC)

  21. Doki Doki Universe (PS4, PS3)

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

  23. Arcadecraft (XBLIG)

  24. Antipole (XBLIG, DSi, PC)

  25. LaserCat (XBLIG, PC)

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