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.

So 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: 571

Total Approved Games: 260

Percentage Approved: 45.53%

Latest Game: Jack N’ Jill DX (#38)

Note: some games are approved on some platforms but not others. Only the platforms listed feature an IGC-Approved port of the game.

  1. Dead Cells (XB1, Switch, PS4, PC)

  2. Axiom Verge (PS4)

  3. Shovel Knight (Wii U, PS4, Xbox One, PC)

  4. SteamWorld Dig 2 (Switch, PS4, Vita, PC)

  5. Journey (PS3)

  6. Escape Goat 2 (Steam, PS4)

  7. Sportsfriends (PS4, PS3, PC)

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

  9. Kingdom (PC)

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

  11. Undertale (PC)

  12. Escape Goat (XBLIG, PC)

  13. Gunmetal Arcadia Zero (PC)

  14. Infectonator (iOS, Android, PC)

  15. Gateways! (XBLIG, PC)

  16. Terraria (PS3, PS4, Xbox One, PC)

  17. We Are Cubes (XBLIG)

  18. Shutshimi (PS4, Steam, Wii U)

  19. Dungeon Defenders (XBLA, PS3, PC)

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

  21. Magicians & Looters (XBLIG, PC)

  22. Dead Pixels (XBLIG, PC)

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

  24. Yoku’s Island Adventure (PS4, XB1, Switch, PC)

  25. Pix the Cat (Vita)

  26. Chompy Chomp Chomp (XBLIG, PC)
  27. CastleStorm (XBLA, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, Vita, PC)
  28. Doki Doki Universe (PS4, PS3, Vita)
  29. OMG-Zombies! / OMG-HD Zombies! (PC, Vita)
  30. Bleed (XBLIG, PC)
  31. Thomas Was Alone (PS3, PS4, Vita, Xbox One, Wii U, PC)
  32. Papers, Please (PC)
  33. SteamWorld Heist (3DS)
  34. Arcadecraft (XBLIG, PC)
  35. Chester (XBLIG, PC)
  36. Hypership Out of Control / Hypership Still Out of Control (iOS, Steam)
  37. Slayaway Camp (Steam)
  38. Jack N’ Jill DX (Switch, Vita, Xbox One, PS4, Steam, Mobile)
  39. Antipole (XBLIG, DSi, PC)
  40. Miner Dig Deep (XBLIG)
  41. Toki Tori 2+ (Wii U, PC)
  42. Cthulhu Saves the World (XBLIG, PC)
  43. Vintage Hero (XBLIG, PC)
  44. Plague Inc. / Plague Inc.: Evolved (iOS, Android, Steam)
  45. Star Ninja (XBLIG, Windows Phone)
  46. Spelunky (Vita, PS3, PS4, Vita, XBLA)
  47. Penny Arcade’s On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3 (PC, XBLIG)
  48. Spyleaks (XBLIG, PC)
  49. Pixel Blocked! (XBLIG)
  50. Aesop’s Garden (XBLIG)
  51. Plug Me (PC)
  52. DLC Quest & DLC Quest: Live Freemium or Die (PC, XBLIG)
  53. Super Amazing Wagon Adventure (PC, XBLIG)
  54. Blocks That Matter (PC, XBLIG)
  55. Little Racers STREET (PC, XBLIG)
  56. Clicker Heroes (PC)
  57. Orbitron: Revolution (PC, XBLIG)
  58. Downwell (PC)
  59. Smooth Operators (XBLIG, PC)
  60. Minigame Marathon (XBLIG)
  61. Mount Your Friends (PC, XBLIG)
  62. TIC Part 1 (XBLIG)
  63. Flight Adventure 2 (XBLIG)
  64. Cubixx (PlayStation Mobile)
  65. Ridiculous Fishing (iPhone)
  66. Toki Tori (Wii U, PC)
  67. Circix (Android, iPhone)
  68. Alien Jelly (XBLIG)
  69. Lexiv (XBLIG)
  70. Johnny Platform Saves Christmas (XBLIG)
  71. Wizorb (PC, XBLIG)
  72. Lair of the Evildoer (XBLIG)
  73. Crystal Hunters (XBLIG)
  74. LaserCat (XBLIG, PC)
  75. Breath of Death VII (PC, XBLIG)
  76. Decimation X3 (XBLIG)
  77. Limbo (XBLA, PS3, Vita, PC)
  78. Mystery Castle (PC, Xbox One, Ouya)
  79. Shower With Your Dad Simulator 2015 (Steam)
  80. Magnetic By Nature (XBLIG)
  81. NOT A HERO (PC)
  82. You Have to Win the Game (PC)
  83. Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch)
  84. Minit (XB1, PS4, Steam)
  85. Marble Masters: The Pit (XBLIG)
  86. Avatar Grand Prix 2 (XBLIG)
  87. qrth-phyl (XBLIG)
  88. Take Arms (XBLIG)
  89. SEAL Team 12 (XBLIG, PC)
  90. Charlie Murder (XBLA)
  91. Hive (PC, XBLIG)
  92. Aqua Kitty (Vita, PC)
  93. The Last Tinker: City of Colors (PS4, PC)
  94. Adventures of Pip (PS4, Steam, Wii U, Xbox One)
  95. Final Flight of the Perseus (iPhone)
  96. Bit.Trip Presents Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (Wii U, PS3, Steam)
  97. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (PS4, PC)
  98. Space Crüesader (XBLIG)
  99. Diehard Dungeon
  100. Super Win: The Game
  101. Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery
  102. Gunslugs (Vita)
  103. LightFish
  104. Video Wars
  105. Quell Memento
  106. Penny Arcade’s On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 4
  107. Square Heroes (PS4, Steam)
  108. Wind-Up Knight
  109. Alien Siege
  110. Ninja360°
  111. Shark Attack Deathmatch (XBLIG)
  112. Cosmochoria
  113. Cute Things Dying Violently
  114. Aban Hawkins & the 1000 Spikes
  115. Dark Delve
  116. Johnny Platform’s Biscuit Romp
  117. The Last Time (Steam)
  118. Super Ninja Warrior Extreme 
  119. Blocks and Tanks (XBLIG)
  120. Andromium
  121. Spermatozoon
  122. The Cannon
  123. Hidden in Plain Sight
  124. Hook (Steam)
  125. Mega Coin Squad
  126. Bug Ball
  127. Platformance: Temple Death
  128. Bird Assassin
  129. Ascent of Kings
  130. Spoids
  131. King Oddball (PlayStation 4, Vita, iPhone, Android, PC, Mac)
  132. Triviador
  133. March to the Moon
  134. Crosstown
  136. Platformance: Castle Pain
  137. Adventure in the Tower of Flight (Steam)
  138. Color Zen (Wii U)
  139. Asphalt Jungle 2
  140. Parasitus: Ninja Zero
  141. Doom & Destiny
  142. Super Dungeon Quest
  143. Parallax
  144. I Made a Game with Zombies in It! 
  145. Clear Vision
  146. Gravity Quest (Steam)
  147. Little Acorns Deluxe
  148. Sherbet Thieves: Moonshine Edition
  149. Pendulous
  150. Squadron Scramble
  151. Block the Laser
  152. Obsessive Collecting Disorder
  153. Bad Caterpillar
  154. The Impossible Game
  155. Growing Pains
  156. Plug & Play
  157. Battle High 2
  158. Crystal Skies
  159. Pixelosity
  160. Dude, Stop (Steam)
  161. Dots
  162. Little Inferno
  163. The Old Tree
  164. Avatar Trivia Party 2
  165. Avatar Trivia Party
  166. Zomp 3: The Quest for Z’s
  167. Don’t Feed the Trolls
  168. Inferno!
  169. EvilQuest
  170. Quiet, Please!
  171. Life of Pixel
  172. Sunny Seeds
  173. Storage Warfare
  174. Cookie Clicker
  175. Sportsball (Wii U)
  176. Baezult (Steam)
  177. Hop Til You Drop
  178. About To Blow Up Part 1
  179. Mr. Gravity
  180. Pingvinas
  181. Blok Drop U (Wii U)
  182. Motorbike Stunt Agent Julie
  183. Blocky
  184. Lots of Guns
  185. Random the Dungeon
  186. Puzzle Cubicle
  187. Who is God
  188. Sushi Castle
  189. Gon’ E-Choo
  190. kubic
  191. Volley
  192. Retrocade: DataStream Y2K600
  193. 48 Chambers
  194. Grand Theft Froot
  195. Elfsquad7
  196. Default Dan
  197. Ocean Drive Challenge
  198. Ramen Ninja
  199. Multitasking
  200. Starzzle
  201. Spectrangle360
  202. Produce Wars
  203. Demon House: FPS
  204. Zombie Compound
  205. Blow Me Up
  206. Human Subject
  207. Voxel Runner
  208. MotorHEAT
  209. Mandagon (Steam)
  210. Oozi: Earth Adventures – Ep 2, Ep 3, Ep 4.
  211. Hiiro
  212. Ultimate Dodgeball
  213. Dead Horizon (Steam)
  214. Mirror
  215. Robot Platformer
  216. Trailer Park King Episode 2
  217. Katana Land
  218. Avatar Panic
  219. The Useful Dead
  220. 8BitBoy
  221. Washington’s Wig
  222. Warp Shooter
  223. Shoot 1UP
  224. Footboholics
  225. Defy Gravity
  226. Meep 2 – Jumping Evolved
  227. Trailer Park King 3DD
  228. Maze of Apes
  229. Doc Logic
  230. Trailer Park King
  231. MiG Madness
  232. Pester
  233. Dot Dash: episode 1
  234. Hack This Game
  235. Lucky
  236. Haunt the House: Terrortown
  237. Bungee Ferret Tossing
  238. High Gravity Wells
  239. Nessie
  240. Blockt
  241. Space Cat! (Creators Collection)
  242. Super Skull Smash GO!
  243. Uncraft Me !
  244. Droppin’ Ballz
  245. Flowrider
  246. Bluebones Curse 
  247. Fatal Seduction
  248. Dark Matter
  249. Trivia or Die: Movie Edition
  250. E.Y.E.R.I.S.
  251. Super Brain Eat 3
  252. ERMO (Xbox One Creators Collection)
  253. Puzzled Rabbit
  254. Bureau: Shattered Slipper
  255. Bad Bunny
  256. Kobold’s Quest
  257. Send in Jimmy
  258. Devil Blood
  259. Arcade of Neon
  260. Block Legend DX

18 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.

  12. Demonslate says:

    IGC I am so glad to have found you and your leaderboard. As you know this is the final day of XBLIG and between this page and Co-Optimus I am combing through and buying every decent party game I can. This is an invaluable resource! Both the knowledge that someone cares enough to make a site like this, and your humour in the posts have sweetened what would otherwise be a sad day in gaming. I look forward to playing all your recommendations in the very near future 😀 thank you!

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