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: 508

Total Approved Games: 230

Percentage Approved: 45.27%

Latest Game: Rocket League (#4)

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. Magicians & Looters (XBLIG, PC)

  11. Vintage Hero (XBLIG, PC)

  12. Escape Goat (XBLIG, PC)

  13. Infectonator (iOS, Android, PC)

  14. Gateways! (XBLIG, PC)

  15. Shutshimi (PC, XBLIG)

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