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: 535

Total Approved Games: 246

Percentage Approved: 45.98%

Latest Game: Slayaway Camp (#39)

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