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: 497

Total Approved Games: 223

Percentage Approved: 44.86%

Latest Game: Haunt the House: Terrortown (#202)

Note: some games are approved on some platforms but not others. Only the platforms listed feature an IGC-Approved port of the game.

  1. Shovel Knight (Wii U, PC)

  2. Journey (PS3)

  3. Escape Goat 2 (Steam, PS4)

  4. Fez (Vita, PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, PC)

  5. Sportsfriends (PS4, PS3, PC)

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

  7. Magicians & Looters (XBLIG, PC)

  8. Vintage Hero (XBLIG, PC)

  9. Escape Goat (XBLIG, PC)

  10. Infectonator (iOS, Android, PC)

  11. Gateways! (XBLIG, PC)

  12. Shutshimi (PC, XBLIG)

  13. We Are Cubes (XBLIG)

  14. Dungeon Defenders (XBLA, PS3, PC)

  15. Pix the Cat (Vita)

  16. Dead Pixels (XBLIG, PC)

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

  18. Chompy Chomp Chomp (XBLIG, PC)

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

  20. Chester (XBLIG, PC)

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

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

  23. Arcadecraft (XBLIG, PC)

  24. Antipole (XBLIG, DSi, PC)

  25. LaserCat (XBLIG, PC)

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