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: 615

Total Approved Games: 285

Percentage Approved: 46.34%

Latest Game: Pushy and Pully in Blockland (#64)

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. SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech (Switch, PC)

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

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

  7. Journey (PS3)

  8. Escape Goat 2 (Steam, PS4)

  9. Kerbal Space Program (PC, Xbox One)

  10. Baba is You (Switch, PC)

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

  12. Strikey Sisters (Switch, PC)

  13. Sportsfriends (PS4, PS3, PC)

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

  15. Iron Crypticle (Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC)

  16. Kingdom (PC)

  17. kuso (Switch, Steam)

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

  19. Undertale (PC)

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

  21. Escape Goat (XBLIG, PC)

  22. Gunmetal Arcadia Zero (PC)

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

  24. Venture Kid (Switch, Steam)

  25. Infectonator (iOS, Android, PC)

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

20 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!

  13. If you haven’t yet, check out Celeste, Super Meat Boy, Braid, Flower, and Enter the Gungeon. There are some great Nindies on 3DS too!

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