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: 498

Total Approved Games: 224

Percentage Approved: 44.97%

Latest Game: Parallax (#118)

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. Magicians & Looters (XBLIG, PC)

  9. Vintage Hero (XBLIG, PC)

  10. Escape Goat (XBLIG, PC)

  11. Infectonator (iOS, Android, PC)

  12. Gateways! (XBLIG, PC)

  13. Shutshimi (PC, XBLIG)

  14. We Are Cubes (XBLIG)

  15. Dungeon Defenders (XBLA, PS3, PC)

  16. Pix the Cat (Vita)

  17. Dead Pixels (XBLIG, PC)

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

  19. Chompy Chomp Chomp (XBLIG, PC)

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

  21. Chester (XBLIG, PC)

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

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

  24. Arcadecraft (XBLIG, PC)

  25. Antipole (XBLIG, DSi, PC)

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