Leaderboard

Leaderboard

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: 503

Total Approved Games: 227

Percentage Approved: 45.12%

Latest Game: NOT A HERO (#70)

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. Kerbal Space Program (PC)

  9. Magicians & Looters (XBLIG, PC)

  10. Vintage Hero (XBLIG, PC)

  11. Escape Goat (XBLIG, PC)

  12. Infectonator (iOS, Android, PC)

  13. Gateways! (XBLIG, PC)

  14. Shutshimi (PC, XBLIG)

  15. We Are Cubes (XBLIG)

  16. Dungeon Defenders (XBLA, PS3, PC)

  17. Pix the Cat (Vita)

  18. Dead Pixels (XBLIG, PC)

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

  20. Chompy Chomp Chomp (XBLIG, PC)

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

  22. Chester (XBLIG, PC)

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

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

  25. Arcadecraft (XBLIG, PC)

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

        http://www.vg247.com/2013/03/13/journey-cost-multiple-millions-of-dollars-no-royalties-for-a-year/

        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

        http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/xbla-is-a-slaughter-house-for-smaller-developers

        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.
        =D

        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.
            =D

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