Leaderboard

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: 586

Total Approved Games: 270

Percentage Approved: 46.07%

Latest Game: The Adventures of Elena Temple (#67)

Note: If you need to verify that an indie’s ranking applies to platforms not listed, ask me on Twitter @IndieGamerChick

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

  2. Axiom Verge (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC)

  3. Gris: (Nintendo Switch, Steam)

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

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

  6. Journey (PS3)

  7. Escape Goat 2 (Steam, PS4)

  8. Kerbal Space Program (PC version only)

  9. Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon (XB1, PS4, Vita, Switch, Steam)

  10. Sportsfriends (PS4, PS3, PC)

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

  12. Kingdom (PC)

  13. kuso (Switch, Steam)

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

  15. Undertale (PC)

  16. Bleed 2 (Xbox One, Switch, PS4, Steam)

  17. Escape Goat (XBLIG, PC)

  18. Gunmetal Arcadia Zero (PC)

  19. Chasm (Xbox One, PS4, Switch, Vita, Steam)

  20. Infectonator (iOS, Android, PC)

  21. Gateways! (XBLIG, PC)

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

  23. We Are Cubes (XBLIG)

  24. Shutshimi (PS4, Steam, Wii U)

  25. Dungeon Defenders (XBLA, PS3, PC)

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

        http://www.vg247.com/2013/03/13/journey-cost-multiple-millions-of-dollars-no-royalties-for-a-year/

        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

        http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/xbla-is-a-slaughter-house-for-smaller-developers

        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.
        =D

        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.
            =D

  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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