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: 519

Total Approved Games: 234

Percentage Approved: 45.08%

Latest Game: SteamWorld Heist (#33)

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. SteamWorld Heist (3DS)
  34. Hypership Out of Control / Hypership Still Out of Control (iOS)
  35. Smooth Operators (XBLIG, PC)
  36. Miner Dig Deep (XBLIG)
  37. Toki Tori 2+ (Wii U, PC)
  38. Cthulhu Saves the World (XBLIG, PC)
  39. Plague Inc. / Plague Inc.: Evolved (iOS, Android, Steam)
  40. Star Ninja (XBLIG, Windows Phone)
  41. Spelunky (Vita, PS3, PS4, Vita, XBLA)
  42. Little Racers STREET (PC, XBLIG)
  43. Penny Arcade’s On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3 (PC, XBLIG)
  44. Spyleaks (XBLIG, PC)
  45. Pixel Blocked! (XBLIG)
  46. Aesop’s Garden (XBLIG)
  47. DLC Quest & DLC Quest: Live Freemium or Die (PC, XBLIG)
  48. Super Amazing Wagon Adventure (PC, XBLIG)
  49. Blocks That Matter (PC, XBLIG)
  50. Orbitron: Revolution (PC, XBLIG)
  51. Downwell (PC)
  52. Minigame Marathon (XBLIG)
  53. Clicker Heroes (PC)
  54. Mount Your Friends (PC, XBLIG)
  55. Blocks and Tanks (XBLIG)
  56. Shark Attack Deathmatch (XBLIG)
  57. TIC Part 1 (XBLIG)
  58. Flight Adventure 2 (XBLIG)
  59. Cubixx (PlayStation Mobile)
  60. Ridiculous Fishing (iPhone)
  61. Toki Tori (Wii U, PC)
  62. Circix (Android, iPhone)
  63. Alien Jelly (XBLIG)
  64. Lexiv (XBLIG)
  65. Johnny Platform Saves Christmas (XBLIG)
  66. Wizorb (PC, XBLIG)
  67. Lair of the Evildoer (XBLIG)
  68. Crystal Hunters (XBLIG)
  69. Breath of Death VII (PC, XBLIG)
  70. Decimation X3 (XBLIG)
  71. Limbo (XBLA, PS3, Vita, PC)
  72. Magnetic By Nature (XBLIG)
  73. NOT A HERO (PC)
  74. You Have to Win the Game (PC)
  75. Marble Masters: The Pit (XBLIG)
  76. Avatar Grand Prix 2 (XBLIG)
  77. qrth-phyl (XBLIG)
  78. Take Arms (XBLIG)
  79. SEAL Team 12 (XBLIG, PC)
  80. Charlie Murder (XBLA)
  81. Hive (PC, XBLIG)
  82. Aqua Kitty (Vita, PC)
  83. The Last Tinker: City of Colors (PS4, PC)
  84. Adventures of Pip (PS4, Steam, Wii U, Xbox One)
  85. Final Flight of the Perseus (iPhone)
  86. Bit.Trip Presents Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (Wii U, PS3, Steam)
  87. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (PS4, PC)
  88. Space Crüesader (XBLIG)
  89. Diehard Dungeon
  90. Super Win: The Game
  91. Gunslugs (Vita)
  92. LightFish
  93. Video Wars
  94. Quell Memento
  95. Penny Arcade’s On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 4
  96. Wind-Up Knight
  97. Alien Siege
  98. Ninja360°
  99. Cosmochoria
  100. Cute Things Dying Violently
  101. Aban Hawkins & the 1000 Spikes
  102. Dark Delve
  103. Johnny Platform’s Biscuit Romp
  104. Super Ninja Warrior Extreme 
  105. Andromium
  106. Spermatozoon
  107. The Cannon
  108. Hidden in Plain Sight
  109. Mega Coin Squad
  110. Bug Ball
  111. Platformance: Temple Death
  112. Bird Assassin
  113. Ascent of Kings
  114. Spoids
  115. King Oddball (PlayStation 4, Vita, iPhone, Android, PC, Mac)
  116. Triviador
  117. March to the Moon
  118. Crosstown
  120. Platformance: Castle Pain
  121. Adventure in the Tower of Flight (Steam)
  122. Color Zen (Wii U)
  123. Asphalt Jungle 2
  124. Parasitus: Ninja Zero
  125. Doom & Destiny
  126. Super Dungeon Quest
  127. Parallax
  128. I Made a Game with Zombies in It! 
  129. Clear Vision
  130. Little Acorns Deluxe
  131. Sherbet Thieves: Moonshine Edition
  132. Pendulous
  133. Squadron Scramble
  134. Block the Laser
  135. Bluebones Curse 
  136. Obsessive Collecting Disorder
  137. Bad Caterpillar
  138. The Impossible Game
  139. Growing Pains
  140. Plug & Play
  141. Battle High 2
  142. Crystal Skies
  143. Pixelosity
  144. Dots
  145. Little Inferno
  146. The Old Tree
  147. Avatar Trivia Party 2
  148. Avatar Trivia Party
  149. Zomp 3: The Quest for Z’s
  150. Don’t Feed the Trolls
  151. Inferno!
  152. EvilQuest
  153. Quiet, Please!
  154. Life of Pixel
  155. Sunny Seeds
  156. Storage Warfare
  157. Cookie Clicker
  158. Sportsball (Wii U)
  159. Hop Til You Drop
  160. About To Blow Up Part 1
  161. Mr. Gravity
  162. Pingvinas
  163. Blok Drop U (Wii U)
  164. Motorbike Stunt Agent Julie
  165. Blocky
  166. Lots of Guns
  167. Random the Dungeon
  168. Puzzle Cubicle
  169. Who is God
  170. Sushi Castle
  171. Gon’ E-Choo
  172. Volley
  173. Retrocade: DataStream Y2K600
  174. 48 Chambers
  175. Grand Theft Froot
  176. Elfsquad7
  177. Default Dan
  178. Ocean Drive Challenge
  179. Ramen Ninja
  180. Starzzle
  181. Spectrangle360
  182. Produce Wars
  183. Demon House: FPS
  184. Zombie Compound
  185. Blow Me Up
  186. Human Subject
  187. Voxel Runner
  188. MotorHEAT
  189. Oozi: Earth Adventures – Ep 2, Ep 3, Ep 4.
  190. Ultimate Dodgeball
  191. Mirror
  192. Robot Platformer
  193. Trailer Park King Episode 2
  194. Katana Land
  195. Avatar Panic
  196. The Useful Dead
  197. 8BitBoy
  198. Washington’s Wig
  199. Warp Shooter
  200. Shoot 1UP
  201. Footboholics
  202. Defy Gravity
  203. Meep 2 – Jumping Evolved
  204. Trailer Park King 3DD
  205. Maze of Apes
  206. Doc Logic
  207. Trailer Park King
  208. MiG Madness
  209. Pester
  210. Dot Dash: episode 1
  211. Hack This Game
  212. Lucky
  213. Haunt the House: Terrortown
  214. Bungee Ferret Tossing
  215. High Gravity Wells
  216. Nessie
  217. Blockt
  218. Super Skull Smash GO!
  219. Uncraft Me !
  220. Droppin’ Ballz
  221. Flowrider
  222. Fatal Seduction
  223. Dark Matter
  224. Trivia or Die: Movie Edition
  225. E.Y.E.R.I.S.
  226. Super Brain Eat 3
  227. Puzzled Rabbit
  228. Bureau: Shattered Slipper
  229. Bad Bunny
  230. Kobold’s Quest
  231. Send in Jimmy
  232. Devil Blood
  233. Arcade of Neon
  234. 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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