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.

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: 637

Total Approved Games: 303

Percentage Approved: 47.56%

Latest Game: Böbl (#26)

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

  1. Dead Cells (Xbox, Nintendo Switch, PSN, PC)

  2. Axiom Verge (PSN, Nintendo Switch, Xbox, PC)

  3. Cuphead (Nintendo Switch, Xbox, PSN, PC)

  4. Gris: (Nintendo Switch, Steam)

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

  6. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge (Switch, PSN, Xbox, PC)

  7. LOVE 3* (Nintendo Switch, Steam, *INCLUDES Kuso)

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

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

  10. Journey (PS3)

  11. Escape Goat 2 (Steam, PS4)

  12. Kerbal Space Program (PC, Xbox One)

  13. Angry Video Game Nerd I & II Deluxe (Switch, Xbox One, PS4, PC)

  14. Baba is You (Switch, PC)

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

  16. Strikey Sisters (Switch, PC)

  17. Escape Simulator (PC)

  18. Sportsfriends (PS4, PS3, PC)

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

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

  21. Kingdom (PC)

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

  23. Undertale (PC)

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

  25. Escape Goat (XBLIG, PC)

  26. Böbl (NES Indie, Evercade)
  27. Gunmetal Arcadia Zero (PC)
  28. Chasm (Xbox One, PS4, Switch, Vita, Steam)
  29. Astro Aqua Kitty (Switch, PS4, Vita, Steam)
  30. Dawn of the Monsters (Switch, PlayStation, Xbox, PC)
  31. Venture Kid (Switch, Steam)
  32. Infectonator (iOS, Android, PC)
  33. Gateways! (XBLIG, PC)
  34. Terraria (PS3, PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  35. We Are Cubes (XBLIG)
  36. Shutshimi (PS4, Steam, Wii U)
  37. Dungeon Defenders (XBLA, PS3, PC)
  38. SteamWorld Dig (3DS, PS4, PC)
  39. Dead Pixels (XBLIG, PC)
  40. The Unfinished Swan (PS3, PS4, Vita)
  41. Yoku’s Island Express (PS4, XB1, Switch, PC)
  42. OMG-Zombies! / OMG-HD Zombies! (PC, Vita)
  43. Death Coming (Switch, PS4, PC, iOS, Android)
  44. Magicians & Looters (XBLIG, PC)
  45. Pix the Cat (Vita)
  46. Chompy Chomp Chomp (XBLIG, PC)
  47. CastleStorm (XBLA, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, Vita, PC)
  48. Doki Doki Universe (PS4, PS3, Vita)
  49. Bleed (XBLIG, PC)
  50. Thomas Was Alone (PS3, PS4, Vita, Xbox One, Wii U, PC)
  51. Papers, Please (PC)
  52. Return of the Obra Dinn (PC, PlayStation Network, Xbox, Switch)
  53. SteamWorld Heist (3DS)
  54. Q-Yo Blaster (Nintendo Switch)
  55. Arcadecraft (XBLIG, PC)
  56. Chester (XBLIG, PC)
  57. Hypership Out of Control / Hypership Still Out of Control (iOS, Steam)
  58. Slayaway Camp (Steam)
  59. Jack N’ Jill DX (Switch, Vita, Xbox One, PS4, Steam, Mobile)
  60. Antipole (XBLIG, DSi, PC)
  61. Miner Dig Deep (XBLIG)
  62. Toki Tori 2+ (Wii U, PC)
  63. Cthulhu Saves the World (XBLIG, PC)
  64. Vintage Hero (XBLIG, PC)
  65. Plague Inc. / Plague Inc.: Evolved (iOS, Android, Steam)
  66. Spelunky (Vita, PS3, PS4, Vita, XBLA)
  67. Penny Arcade’s On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3 (PC, XBLIG)
  68. Spyleaks (XBLIG, PC)
  69. Pixel Blocked! (XBLIG)
  70. Aesop’s Garden (XBLIG)
  71. Praey for the Gods (PlayStation, Xbox, PC)
  72. Plug Me (PC)
  73. Cthulhu Saves Christmas (Nintendo Switch, Steam, PlayStation 5)
  74. Pushy and Pully in Blockland (Xbox One, PS4, Switch, Steam)
  75. Chime Sharp (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  76. Find Me (PS4, PC)
  77. DLC Quest & DLC Quest: Live Freemium or Die (PC, XBLIG)
  78. Super Amazing Wagon Adventure (PC, XBLIG)
  79. Gyro Boss DX (Nintendo Switch, Steam)
  80. Blocks That Matter (PC, XBLIG)
  81. Little Racers STREET (PC, XBLIG)
  82. TORIDAMA: Brave Challenge (Switch)
  83. Orbitron: Revolution (PC, XBLIG)
  84. Downwell (PC)
  85. There Is No Game: Lost Dimension (Nintendo Switch, PC)
  86. The Adventures of Elena Temple (Nintendo Switch, PC)
  87. Cape’s Escape Games (Nintendo Switch, iOS)
  88. Smooth Operators (XBLIG, PC)
  89. Minigame Marathon (XBLIG)
  90. Mount Your Friends (PC, XBLIG)
  91. From Below (NES Indie)
  92. TIC Part 1 (XBLIG)
  93. Flight Adventure 2 (XBLIG)
  94. Cubixx (PlayStation Mobile)
  95. Ridiculous Fishing (iPhone)
  96. You Died but a Necromancer Revived You (Switch, PC)
  97. Toki Tori (Wii U, PC)
  98. Circix (Android, iPhone)
  99. Alien Jelly (XBLIG)
  100. Lexiv (XBLIG)
  101. Johnny Platform Saves Christmas (XBLIG)
  102. Wizorb (PC, XBLIG)
  103. Lair of the Evildoer (XBLIG)
  104. Crystal Hunters (XBLIG)
  105. LaserCat (XBLIG, PC)
  106. Breath of Death VII (PC, XBLIG)
  107. Decimation X3 (XBLIG)
  108. Limbo (XBLA, PS3, Vita, PC)
  109. Mystery Castle (PC, Xbox One, Ouya)
  110. Save Me Mr. Tako: Definitive Edition (Switch, PC)
  111. Star Ninja (XBLIG, Windows Phone)
  112. Shower With Your Dad Simulator 2015 (Steam)
  113. NOT A HERO (PC)
  114. You Have to Win the Game (PC)
  115. Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch)
  116. Treasure Stack (Switch, Xbox One, Steam)
  117. Minit (XB1, PS4, Steam)
  118. Safety First (Switch, Steam)
  119. Marble Masters: The Pit (XBLIG)
  120. Avatar Grand Prix 2 (XBLIG)
  121. qrth-phyl (XBLIG)
  122. Take Arms (XBLIG)
  123. SEAL Team 12 (XBLIG, PC)
  124. Charlie Murder (XBLA)
  125. Hive (PC, XBLIG)
  126. Aqua Kitty (Vita, PC)
  127. The Last Tinker: City of Colors (PS4, PC)
  128. Adventures of Pip (PS4, Steam, Wii U, Xbox One)
  129. Not Not – A Brain Buster (Switch, iOS, Android)
  130. Doodle World (NES, Evercade)
  131. Final Flight of the Perseus (iPhone)
  132. Bit.Trip Presents Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (Wii U, PS3, Steam)
  133. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (PS4, PC)
  134. Space Crüesader (XBLIG)
  135. Diehard Dungeon
  136. Super Win: The Game
  137. Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery
  138. Gunslugs (Vita)
  139. LightFish
  140. Video Wars
  141. Quell Memento
  142. Penny Arcade’s On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 4
  143. Square Heroes (PS4, Steam)
  144. Wind-Up Knight
  145. Alien Siege
  146. Ninja360°
  147. Shark Attack Deathmatch (XBLIG)
  148. Cosmochoria
  149. Cute Things Dying Violently
  150. Aban Hawkins & the 1000 Spikes
  151. Bad Caterpillar (Steam)
  152. Dark Delve
  153. Johnny Platform’s Biscuit Romp
  154. The Last Time (Steam)
  155. Super Ninja Warrior Extreme 
  156. Blocks and Tanks (XBLIG)
  157. Andromium
  158. Spermatozoon
  159. The Cannon
  160. Hidden in Plain Sight
  161. Hook (Steam)
  162. Mega Coin Squad
  163. Gon’ E-Choo
  164. Bug Ball
  165. Platformance: Temple Death
  166. Bird Assassin
  167. SpellKeeper (Nintendo Switch, Steam, Mobile)
  168. Ascent of Kings
  169. Spoids
  170. King Oddball (PlayStation 4, Vita, iPhone, Android, PC, Mac)
  171. March to the Moon
  172. Crosstown
  173. HACOTAMA
  174. Platformance: Castle Pain
  175. Adventure in the Tower of Flight (Steam)
  176. Color Zen (Wii U)
  177. Asphalt Jungle 2
  178. Parasitus: Ninja Zero
  179. Doom & Destiny
  180. Super Dungeon Quest
  181. Parallax
  182. I Made a Game with Zombies in It! 
  183. Clear Vision
  184. Gravity Quest (Steam)
  185. Little Acorns Deluxe
  186. Magnetic By Nature (XBLIG)
  187. Sherbet Thieves: Moonshine Edition
  188. Pendulous
  189. Squadron Scramble
  190. Block the Laser
  191. Obsessive Collecting Disorder
  192. The Impossible Game
  193. Farm Together (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)
  194. Growing Pains
  195. Plug & Play
  196. Battle High 2
  197. Crystal Skies
  198. Pixelosity
  199. Dude, Stop (Steam)
  200. Dots
  201. Little Inferno
  202. Black Widow: Recharged (Switch, PlayStation, Xbox, PC)
  203. The Old Tree
  204. Centipede: Recharged (Switch, PlayStation, Xbox, PC)
  205. Avatar Trivia Party 2
  206. Avatar Trivia Party
  207. Zomp 3: The Quest for Z’s
  208. Don’t Feed the Trolls
  209. Inferno!
  210. EvilQuest
  211. Quiet, Please!
  212. Life of Pixel
  213. Sunny Seeds
  214. Storage Warfare
  215. Sportsball (Wii U)
  216. Baezult (Steam)
  217. Hop Til You Drop
  218. About To Blow Up Part 1
  219. Mr. Gravity
  220. Pingvinas
  221. Blok Drop U (Wii U)
  222. Motorbike Stunt Agent Julie
  223. Blocky
  224. Lots of Guns
  225. Random the Dungeon
  226. Puzzle Cubicle
  227. Who is God
  228. Sushi Castle
  229. kubic
  230. Volley
  231. Retrocade: DataStream Y2K600
  232. 48 Chambers
  233. Grand Theft Froot
  234. Elfsquad7
  235. Default Dan
  236. Ocean Drive Challenge
  237. Ramen Ninja
  238. Multitasking
  239. Starzzle
  240. Spectrangle360
  241. Produce Wars
  242. Demon House: FPS
  243. Fly O’Clock (Nintendo Switch, Steam)
  244. Zombie Compound
  245. Blow Me Up
  246. Human Subject
  247. Voxel Runner
  248. MotorHEAT
  249. Mandagon (Steam)
  250. Oozi: Earth Adventures – Ep 2, Ep 3, Ep 4.
  251. Hiiro
  252. Ultimate Dodgeball
  253. Dead Horizon (Steam)
  254. Mirror
  255. Robot Platformer
  256. Trailer Park King Episode 2
  257. Katana Land
  258. Avatar Panic
  259. The Useful Dead
  260. 8BitBoy
  261. Triviador
  262. Washington’s Wig
  263. Warp Shooter
  264. Shoot 1UP
  265. Footboholics
  266. Defy Gravity
  267. Meep 2 – Jumping Evolved
  268. Trailer Park King 3DD
  269. Maze of Apes
  270. Doc Logic
  271. Trailer Park King
  272. MiG Madness
  273. Pester
  274. Dot Dash: episode 1
  275. Hack This Game
  276. Clicker Heroes (PC)
  277. Lucky
  278. Haunt the House: Terrortown
  279. Bungee Ferret Tossing
  280. High Gravity Wells
  281. Nessie
  282. Blockt
  283. Space Cat! (Creators Collection)
  284. Super Skull Smash GO!
  285. Uncraft Me !
  286. Droppin’ Ballz
  287. Flowrider
  288. Bluebones Curse 
  289. Fatal Seduction
  290. Dark Matter
  291. Trivia or Die: Movie Edition
  292. E.Y.E.R.I.S.
  293. Super Brain Eat 3
  294. ERMO (Xbox One Creators Collection)
  295. Puzzled Rabbit
  296. Bureau: Shattered Slipper
  297. Bad Bunny
  298. Kobold’s Quest
  299. Cookie Clicker
  300. Send in Jimmy
  301. Devil Blood
  302. Arcade of Neon
  303. 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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