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: 475

Total Approved Games: 210

Percentage Approved: 44.21%

Latest Game: Papers, Please (#35)

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