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.

IGC_ApprovedSo how did I determine the order?  It’s very simple: I took two games, and I asked myself “which game would I rather be stuck with?”  After many hours of this, I had ranked all indies that I enjoyed to some degree.  Every time a new game gets the Seal, it is immediately added to the board, using the same “what would I rather play” principle.  So am I saying that game #8 is better than game #9?  Yes.  Yes I am.  That’s sort of the point.  

Total indie games reviewed by Indie Gamer Chick: 478

Total Approved Games: 213

Percentage Approved: 44.56%

Latest Game: Pix the Cat (#13)

  1. Journey (PS3)

  2. Escape Goat 2 (PC)

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

  4. Magicians & Looters (XBLIG, PC)

  5. Vintage Hero (XBLIG, PC)

  6. Escape Goat (XBLIG, PC)

  7. Infectonator (iOS, Android)

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

  9. Gateways! (XBLIG, PC)

  10. Shutshimi (PC, XBLIG)

  11. We Are Cubes (XBLIG)

  12. Dungeon Defenders (XBLA, PS3, PC)

  13. Pix the Cat (PlayStation Vita)

  14. Dead Pixels (XBLIG, PC)

  15. The Unfinished Swan (PS3)

  16. Chompy Chomp Chomp (XBLIG, PC)

  17. CastleStorm (XBLA, PS3, PC)

  18. Sportsfriends (PS4, PS3)

  19. Chester (XBLIG, PC)

  20. Doki Doki Universe (PS4, PS3)

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

  22. Arcadecraft (XBLIG)

  23. Antipole (XBLIG, DSi, PC)

  24. LaserCat (XBLIG, PC)

  25. Bleed (XBLIG, PC)

  26. Thomas Was Alone (PlayStation 3, PC)

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