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.

Total indie games reviewed by Indie Gamer Chick: 531

Total Approved Games: 242

Percentage Approved: 45.57%

Latest Game: Baezult (#162) and Mandagon (#194)

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, PS4, Xbox One, PC)

  3. Rocket League (PC, PS4, Xbox One)

  4. Journey (PS3)

  5. Escape Goat 2 (Steam, PS4)

  6. Fez (Vita, PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, PC)

  7. Sportsfriends (PS4, PS3, PC)

  8. Kerbal Space Program (PC)

  9. Kingdom (PC)

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

  11. The Deadly Tower of Monsters (Steam, PS4)

  12. Shutshimi (PS4, Steam, Wii U)

  13. Magicians & Looters (XBLIG, PC)

  14. Vintage Hero (XBLIG, PC)

  15. Escape Goat (XBLIG, PC)

  16. Infectonator (iOS, Android, PC)

  17. Gateways! (XBLIG, PC)

  18. We Are Cubes (XBLIG)

  19. Dungeon Defenders (XBLA, PS3, PC)

  20. Pix the Cat (Vita)

  21. Dead Pixels (XBLIG, PC)

  22. The Unfinished Swan (PS3, PS4, Vita)

  23. Chompy Chomp Chomp (XBLIG, PC)

  24. CastleStorm (XBLA, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, Vita, PC)

  25. Chester (XBLIG, PC)

  26. Doki Doki Universe (PS4, PS3, Vita)
  27. OMG-Zombies! / OMG-HD Zombies! (PC, Vita)
  28. Arcadecraft (XBLIG, PC)
  29. Antipole (XBLIG, DSi, PC)
  30. LaserCat (XBLIG, PC)
  31. Bleed (XBLIG, PC)
  32. Terraria (PS3, PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  33. Thomas Was Alone (PS3, PS4, Vita, Xbox One, Wii U, PC)
  34. Papers, Please (PC)
  35. SteamWorld Heist (3DS)
  36. Hypership Out of Control / Hypership Still Out of Control (iOS)
  37. Smooth Operators (XBLIG, PC)
  38. Miner Dig Deep (XBLIG)
  39. Toki Tori 2+ (Wii U, PC)
  40. Cthulhu Saves the World (XBLIG, PC)
  41. Plague Inc. / Plague Inc.: Evolved (iOS, Android, Steam)
  42. Star Ninja (XBLIG, Windows Phone)
  43. Spelunky (Vita, PS3, PS4, Vita, XBLA)
  44. Little Racers STREET (PC, XBLIG)
  45. Penny Arcade’s On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3 (PC, XBLIG)
  46. Spyleaks (XBLIG, PC)
  47. Pixel Blocked! (XBLIG)
  48. Aesop’s Garden (XBLIG)
  49. DLC Quest & DLC Quest: Live Freemium or Die (PC, XBLIG)
  50. Super Amazing Wagon Adventure (PC, XBLIG)
  51. Blocks That Matter (PC, XBLIG)
  52. Orbitron: Revolution (PC, XBLIG)
  53. Downwell (PC)
  54. Minigame Marathon (XBLIG)
  55. Clicker Heroes (PC)
  56. Mount Your Friends (PC, XBLIG)
  57. Blocks and Tanks (XBLIG)
  58. Shark Attack Deathmatch (XBLIG)
  59. TIC Part 1 (XBLIG)
  60. Flight Adventure 2 (XBLIG)
  61. Cubixx (PlayStation Mobile)
  62. Ridiculous Fishing (iPhone)
  63. Toki Tori (Wii U, PC)
  64. Circix (Android, iPhone)
  65. Alien Jelly (XBLIG)
  66. Lexiv (XBLIG)
  67. Johnny Platform Saves Christmas (XBLIG)
  68. Wizorb (PC, XBLIG)
  69. Lair of the Evildoer (XBLIG)
  70. Crystal Hunters (XBLIG)
  71. Breath of Death VII (PC, XBLIG)
  72. Decimation X3 (XBLIG)
  73. Limbo (XBLA, PS3, Vita, PC)
  74. Mystery Castle (PC, Xbox One, Ouya)
  75. Magnetic By Nature (XBLIG)
  76. NOT A HERO (PC)
  77. You Have to Win the Game (PC)
  78. Marble Masters: The Pit (XBLIG)
  79. Avatar Grand Prix 2 (XBLIG)
  80. qrth-phyl (XBLIG)
  81. Take Arms (XBLIG)
  82. SEAL Team 12 (XBLIG, PC)
  83. Charlie Murder (XBLA)
  84. Hive (PC, XBLIG)
  85. Aqua Kitty (Vita, PC)
  86. The Last Tinker: City of Colors (PS4, PC)
  87. Adventures of Pip (PS4, Steam, Wii U, Xbox One)
  88. Final Flight of the Perseus (iPhone)
  89. Bit.Trip Presents Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (Wii U, PS3, Steam)
  90. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (PS4, PC)
  91. Space Crüesader (XBLIG)
  92. Diehard Dungeon
  93. Super Win: The Game
  94. Gunslugs (Vita)
  95. LightFish
  96. Video Wars
  97. Quell Memento
  98. Penny Arcade’s On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 4
  99. Square Heroes (PS4, Steam)
  100. Wind-Up Knight
  101. Alien Siege
  102. Ninja360°
  103. Cosmochoria
  104. Cute Things Dying Violently
  105. Aban Hawkins & the 1000 Spikes
  106. Dark Delve
  107. Johnny Platform’s Biscuit Romp
  108. Super Ninja Warrior Extreme 
  109. Andromium
  110. Spermatozoon
  111. The Cannon
  112. Hidden in Plain Sight
  113. Mega Coin Squad
  114. Bug Ball
  115. Platformance: Temple Death
  116. Bird Assassin
  117. Ascent of Kings
  118. Spoids
  119. King Oddball (PlayStation 4, Vita, iPhone, Android, PC, Mac)
  120. Triviador
  121. March to the Moon
  122. Crosstown
  124. Platformance: Castle Pain
  125. Adventure in the Tower of Flight (Steam)
  126. Color Zen (Wii U)
  127. Asphalt Jungle 2
  128. Parasitus: Ninja Zero
  129. Doom & Destiny
  130. Super Dungeon Quest
  131. Parallax
  132. I Made a Game with Zombies in It! 
  133. Clear Vision
  134. Little Acorns Deluxe
  135. Sherbet Thieves: Moonshine Edition
  136. Pendulous
  137. Squadron Scramble
  138. Block the Laser
  139. Obsessive Collecting Disorder
  140. Bad Caterpillar
  141. The Impossible Game
  142. Growing Pains
  143. Plug & Play
  144. Battle High 2
  145. Crystal Skies
  146. Pixelosity
  147. Dots
  148. Little Inferno
  149. The Old Tree
  150. Avatar Trivia Party 2
  151. Avatar Trivia Party
  152. Zomp 3: The Quest for Z’s
  153. Don’t Feed the Trolls
  154. Inferno!
  155. EvilQuest
  156. Quiet, Please!
  157. Life of Pixel
  158. Sunny Seeds
  159. Storage Warfare
  160. Cookie Clicker
  161. Sportsball (Wii U)
  162. Baezult (Steam)
  163. Hop Til You Drop
  164. About To Blow Up Part 1
  165. Mr. Gravity
  166. Pingvinas
  167. Blok Drop U (Wii U)
  168. Motorbike Stunt Agent Julie
  169. Blocky
  170. Lots of Guns
  171. Random the Dungeon
  172. Puzzle Cubicle
  173. Who is God
  174. Sushi Castle
  175. Gon’ E-Choo
  176. Volley
  177. Retrocade: DataStream Y2K600
  178. 48 Chambers
  179. Grand Theft Froot
  180. Elfsquad7
  181. Default Dan
  182. Ocean Drive Challenge
  183. Ramen Ninja
  184. Multitasking
  185. Starzzle
  186. Spectrangle360
  187. Produce Wars
  188. Demon House: FPS
  189. Zombie Compound
  190. Blow Me Up
  191. Human Subject
  192. Voxel Runner
  193. MotorHEAT
  194. Mandagon (Steam)
  195. Oozi: Earth Adventures – Ep 2, Ep 3, Ep 4.
  196. Hiiro
  197. Ultimate Dodgeball
  198. Mirror
  199. Robot Platformer
  200. Trailer Park King Episode 2
  201. Katana Land
  202. Avatar Panic
  203. The Useful Dead
  204. 8BitBoy
  205. Washington’s Wig
  206. Warp Shooter
  207. Shoot 1UP
  208. Footboholics
  209. Defy Gravity
  210. Meep 2 – Jumping Evolved
  211. Trailer Park King 3DD
  212. Maze of Apes
  213. Doc Logic
  214. Trailer Park King
  215. MiG Madness
  216. Pester
  217. Dot Dash: episode 1
  218. Hack This Game
  219. Lucky
  220. Haunt the House: Terrortown
  221. Bungee Ferret Tossing
  222. High Gravity Wells
  223. Nessie
  224. Blockt
  225. Super Skull Smash GO!
  226. Uncraft Me !
  227. Droppin’ Ballz
  228. Flowrider
  229. Bluebones Curse 
  230. Fatal Seduction
  231. Dark Matter
  232. Trivia or Die: Movie Edition
  233. E.Y.E.R.I.S.
  234. Super Brain Eat 3
  235. Puzzled Rabbit
  236. Bureau: Shattered Slipper
  237. Bad Bunny
  238. Kobold’s Quest
  239. Send in Jimmy
  240. Devil Blood
  241. Arcade of Neon
  242. 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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