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: 474

Total Approved Games: 209

Percentage Approved: 44.09%

Latest Game: Shutshimi (#10)

  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. Dead Pixels (XBLIG, PC)

  14. The Unfinished Swan (PS3)

  15. Chompy Chomp Chomp (XBLIG, PC)

  16. CastleStorm (XBLA, PS3, PC)

  17. Sportsfriends (PS4, PS3)

  18. Chester (XBLIG, PC)

  19. Doki Doki Universe (PS4, PS3)

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

  21. Arcadecraft (XBLIG)

  22. Antipole (XBLIG, DSi, PC)

  23. LaserCat (XBLIG, PC)

  24. Bleed (XBLIG, PC)

  25. Thomas Was Alone (PlayStation 3, PC)

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