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: 480

Total Approved Games: 214

Percentage Approved: 44.58%

Latest Game: Shovel Knight (#1)

  1. Shovel Knight (Wii U, Steam)

  2. Journey (PS3)

  3. Escape Goat 2 (PC)

  4. Fez (Vita, PS4, PS3, XBLA, PC)

  5. Sportsfriends (PS4, PS3)

  6. Magicians & Looters (XBLIG, PC)

  7. Vintage Hero (XBLIG, PC)

  8. Escape Goat (XBLIG, PC)

  9. Infectonator (iOS, Android)

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

  11. Gateways! (XBLIG, PC)

  12. Shutshimi (PC, XBLIG)

  13. We Are Cubes (XBLIG)

  14. Dungeon Defenders (XBLA, PS3, PC)

  15. Pix the Cat (PlayStation Vita)

  16. Dead Pixels (XBLIG, PC)

  17. The Unfinished Swan (PS3)

  18. Chompy Chomp Chomp (XBLIG, PC)

  19. CastleStorm (XBLA, PS3, PC)

  20. Chester (XBLIG, PC)

  21. Doki Doki Universe (PS4, PS3)

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

  23. Arcadecraft (XBLIG)

  24. Antipole (XBLIG, DSi, PC)

  25. LaserCat (XBLIG, PC)

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