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: 548

Total Approved Games: 249

Percentage Approved: 45.43%

Latest Game: ERMO (#241)

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. Sportsfriends (PS4, PS3, PC)

  7. Kerbal Space Program (PC)

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

  9. Kingdom (PC)

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

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

  12. Undertale (PC)

  13. Escape Goat (XBLIG, PC)

  14. Gunmetal Arcadia Zero (PC)

  15. Infectonator (iOS, Android, PC)

  16. Gateways! (XBLIG, PC)

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

  18. We Are Cubes (XBLIG)

  19. Shutshimi (PS4, Steam, Wii U)

  20. Dungeon Defenders (XBLA, PS3, PC)

  21. Magicians & Looters (XBLIG, PC)

  22. Dead Pixels (XBLIG, PC)

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

  24. Pix the Cat (Vita)

  25. Chompy Chomp Chomp (XBLIG, PC)

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