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: 553

Total Approved Games: 253

Percentage Approved: 45.75%

Latest Game: Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap (#80)

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

  5. Journey (PS3)

  6. Escape Goat 2 (Steam, PS4)

  7. Sportsfriends (PS4, PS3, PC)

  8. Kerbal Space Program (PC)

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

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

  22. Magicians & Looters (XBLIG, PC)

  23. Dead Pixels (XBLIG, PC)

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

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