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: 502

Total Approved Games: 226

Percentage Approved: 45.01%

Latest Game: Clicker Heroes (#50)

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