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: 533

Total Approved Games: 244

Percentage Approved: 45.77%

Latest Game: The Last Time (#109)

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. Undertale (PC)

  14. Magicians & Looters (XBLIG, PC)

  15. Vintage Hero (XBLIG, PC)

  16. Escape Goat (XBLIG, PC)

  17. Infectonator (iOS, Android, PC)

  18. Gateways! (XBLIG, PC)

  19. We Are Cubes (XBLIG)

  20. Dungeon Defenders (XBLA, PS3, PC)

  21. Pix the Cat (Vita)

  22. Dead Pixels (XBLIG, PC)

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

  24. Chompy Chomp Chomp (XBLIG, PC)

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

  26. Chester (XBLIG, PC)
  27. Doki Doki Universe (PS4, PS3, Vita)
  28. OMG-Zombies! / OMG-HD Zombies! (PC, Vita)
  29. Arcadecraft (XBLIG, PC)
  30. Antipole (XBLIG, DSi, PC)
  31. LaserCat (XBLIG, PC)
  32. Bleed (XBLIG, PC)
  33. Terraria (PS3, PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  34. Thomas Was Alone (PS3, PS4, Vita, Xbox One, Wii U, PC)
  35. Papers, Please (PC)
  36. SteamWorld Heist (3DS)
  37. Hypership Out of Control / Hypership Still Out of Control (iOS, Steam)
  38. Smooth Operators (XBLIG, PC)
  39. Miner Dig Deep (XBLIG)
  40. Toki Tori 2+ (Wii U, PC)
  41. Cthulhu Saves the World (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. Orbitron: Revolution (PC, XBLIG)
  54. Downwell (PC)
  55. Minigame Marathon (XBLIG)
  56. Clicker Heroes (PC)
  57. Mount Your Friends (PC, XBLIG)
  58. Blocks and Tanks (XBLIG)
  59. Shark Attack Deathmatch (XBLIG)
  60. TIC Part 1 (XBLIG)
  61. Flight Adventure 2 (XBLIG)
  62. Cubixx (PlayStation Mobile)
  63. Ridiculous Fishing (iPhone)
  64. Toki Tori (Wii U, PC)
  65. Circix (Android, iPhone)
  66. Alien Jelly (XBLIG)
  67. Lexiv (XBLIG)
  68. Johnny Platform Saves Christmas (XBLIG)
  69. Wizorb (PC, XBLIG)
  70. Lair of the Evildoer (XBLIG)
  71. Crystal Hunters (XBLIG)
  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. Gunslugs (Vita)
  96. LightFish
  97. Video Wars
  98. Quell Memento
  99. Penny Arcade’s On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 4
  100. Square Heroes (PS4, Steam)
  101. Wind-Up Knight
  102. Alien Siege
  103. Ninja360°
  104. Cosmochoria
  105. Cute Things Dying Violently
  106. Aban Hawkins & the 1000 Spikes
  107. Dark Delve
  108. Johnny Platform’s Biscuit Romp
  109. The Last Time (Steam)
  110. Super Ninja Warrior Extreme 
  111. Andromium
  112. Spermatozoon
  113. The Cannon
  114. Hidden in Plain Sight
  115. Mega Coin Squad
  116. Bug Ball
  117. Platformance: Temple Death
  118. Bird Assassin
  119. Ascent of Kings
  120. Spoids
  121. King Oddball (PlayStation 4, Vita, iPhone, Android, PC, Mac)
  122. Triviador
  123. March to the Moon
  124. Crosstown
  126. Platformance: Castle Pain
  127. Adventure in the Tower of Flight (Steam)
  128. Color Zen (Wii U)
  129. Asphalt Jungle 2
  130. Parasitus: Ninja Zero
  131. Doom & Destiny
  132. Super Dungeon Quest
  133. Parallax
  134. I Made a Game with Zombies in It! 
  135. Clear Vision
  136. Little Acorns Deluxe
  137. Sherbet Thieves: Moonshine Edition
  138. Pendulous
  139. Squadron Scramble
  140. Block the Laser
  141. Obsessive Collecting Disorder
  142. Bad Caterpillar
  143. The Impossible Game
  144. Growing Pains
  145. Plug & Play
  146. Battle High 2
  147. Crystal Skies
  148. Pixelosity
  149. Dots
  150. Little Inferno
  151. The Old Tree
  152. Avatar Trivia Party 2
  153. Avatar Trivia Party
  154. Zomp 3: The Quest for Z’s
  155. Don’t Feed the Trolls
  156. Inferno!
  157. EvilQuest
  158. Quiet, Please!
  159. Life of Pixel
  160. Sunny Seeds
  161. Storage Warfare
  162. Cookie Clicker
  163. Sportsball (Wii U)
  164. Baezult (Steam)
  165. Hop Til You Drop
  166. About To Blow Up Part 1
  167. Mr. Gravity
  168. Pingvinas
  169. Blok Drop U (Wii U)
  170. Motorbike Stunt Agent Julie
  171. Blocky
  172. Lots of Guns
  173. Random the Dungeon
  174. Puzzle Cubicle
  175. Who is God
  176. Sushi Castle
  177. Gon’ E-Choo
  178. Volley
  179. Retrocade: DataStream Y2K600
  180. 48 Chambers
  181. Grand Theft Froot
  182. Elfsquad7
  183. Default Dan
  184. Ocean Drive Challenge
  185. Ramen Ninja
  186. Multitasking
  187. Starzzle
  188. Spectrangle360
  189. Produce Wars
  190. Demon House: FPS
  191. Zombie Compound
  192. Blow Me Up
  193. Human Subject
  194. Voxel Runner
  195. MotorHEAT
  196. Mandagon (Steam)
  197. Oozi: Earth Adventures – Ep 2, Ep 3, Ep 4.
  198. Hiiro
  199. Ultimate Dodgeball
  200. Mirror
  201. Robot Platformer
  202. Trailer Park King Episode 2
  203. Katana Land
  204. Avatar Panic
  205. The Useful Dead
  206. 8BitBoy
  207. Washington’s Wig
  208. Warp Shooter
  209. Shoot 1UP
  210. Footboholics
  211. Defy Gravity
  212. Meep 2 – Jumping Evolved
  213. Trailer Park King 3DD
  214. Maze of Apes
  215. Doc Logic
  216. Trailer Park King
  217. MiG Madness
  218. Pester
  219. Dot Dash: episode 1
  220. Hack This Game
  221. Lucky
  222. Haunt the House: Terrortown
  223. Bungee Ferret Tossing
  224. High Gravity Wells
  225. Nessie
  226. Blockt
  227. Super Skull Smash GO!
  228. Uncraft Me !
  229. Droppin’ Ballz
  230. Flowrider
  231. Bluebones Curse 
  232. Fatal Seduction
  233. Dark Matter
  234. Trivia or Die: Movie Edition
  235. E.Y.E.R.I.S.
  236. Super Brain Eat 3
  237. Puzzled Rabbit
  238. Bureau: Shattered Slipper
  239. Bad Bunny
  240. Kobold’s Quest
  241. Send in Jimmy
  242. Devil Blood
  243. Arcade of Neon
  244. 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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