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: 618

Total Approved Games: 289

Percentage Approved: 46.76%

Latest Game: Save Me Mr. Tako: Definitive Edition (#98)

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. Astro Aqua Kitty (Switch, PS4, Vita, Steam)

  25. Venture Kid (Switch, Steam)

  26. Infectonator (iOS, Android, PC)
  27. Gateways! (XBLIG, PC)
  28. Terraria (PS3, PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  29. We Are Cubes (XBLIG)
  30. Shutshimi (PS4, Steam, Wii U)
  31. Dungeon Defenders (XBLA, PS3, PC)
  32. SteamWorld Dig (3DS, PS4, PC)
  33. Dead Pixels (XBLIG, PC)
  34. The Unfinished Swan (PS3, PS4, Vita)
  35. Yoku’s Island Express (PS4, XB1, Switch, PC)
  36. OMG-Zombies! / OMG-HD Zombies! (PC, Vita)
  37. Death Coming (Switch, PS4, PC, iOS, Android)
  38. Magicians & Looters (XBLIG, PC)
  39. Pix the Cat (Vita)
  40. Chompy Chomp Chomp (XBLIG, PC)
  41. CastleStorm (XBLA, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, Vita, PC)
  42. Doki Doki Universe (PS4, PS3, Vita)
  43. Bleed (XBLIG, PC)
  44. Thomas Was Alone (PS3, PS4, Vita, Xbox One, Wii U, PC)
  45. Papers, Please (PC)
  46. SteamWorld Heist (3DS)
  47. Q-Yo Blaster (Nintendo Switch)
  48. Arcadecraft (XBLIG, PC)
  49. Chester (XBLIG, PC)
  50. Hypership Out of Control / Hypership Still Out of Control (iOS, Steam)
  51. Slayaway Camp (Steam)
  52. Jack N’ Jill DX (Switch, Vita, Xbox One, PS4, Steam, Mobile)
  53. Antipole (XBLIG, DSi, PC)
  54. Miner Dig Deep (XBLIG)
  55. Toki Tori 2+ (Wii U, PC)
  56. Cthulhu Saves the World (XBLIG, PC)
  57. Vintage Hero (XBLIG, PC)
  58. Plague Inc. / Plague Inc.: Evolved (iOS, Android, Steam)
  59. Spelunky (Vita, PS3, PS4, Vita, XBLA)
  60. Penny Arcade’s On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3 (PC, XBLIG)
  61. Spyleaks (XBLIG, PC)
  62. Pixel Blocked! (XBLIG)
  63. Aesop’s Garden (XBLIG)
  64. Plug Me (PC)
  65. Cthulhu Saves Christmas (Nintendo Switch, Steam, PlayStation 5)
  66. Pushy and Pully in Blockland (Xbox One, PS4, Switch, Steam)
  67. Chime Sharp (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  68. DLC Quest & DLC Quest: Live Freemium or Die (PC, XBLIG)
  69. Super Amazing Wagon Adventure (PC, XBLIG)
  70. Gyro Boss DX (Nintendo Switch, Steam)
  71. Blocks That Matter (PC, XBLIG)
  72. Little Racers STREET (PC, XBLIG)
  73. TORIDAMA: Brave Challenge (Switch)
  74. Orbitron: Revolution (PC, XBLIG)
  75. Downwell (PC)
  76. The Adventures of Elena Temple (Nintendo Switch, PC)
  77. Smooth Operators (XBLIG, PC)
  78. Minigame Marathon (XBLIG)
  79. Mount Your Friends (PC, XBLIG)
  80. TIC Part 1 (XBLIG)
  81. Flight Adventure 2 (XBLIG)
  82. Cubixx (PlayStation Mobile)
  83. Ridiculous Fishing (iPhone)
  84. You Died but a Necromancer Revived You (Switch, PC)
  85. Toki Tori (Wii U, PC)
  86. Circix (Android, iPhone)
  87. Alien Jelly (XBLIG)
  88. Lexiv (XBLIG)
  89. Johnny Platform Saves Christmas (XBLIG)
  90. Wizorb (PC, XBLIG)
  91. Lair of the Evildoer (XBLIG)
  92. Crystal Hunters (XBLIG)
  93. LaserCat (XBLIG, PC)
  94. Breath of Death VII (PC, XBLIG)
  95. Decimation X3 (XBLIG)
  96. Limbo (XBLA, PS3, Vita, PC)
  97. Mystery Castle (PC, Xbox One, Ouya)
  98. Save Me Mr. Tako: Definitive Edition (Switch, PC)
  99. Star Ninja (XBLIG, Windows Phone)
  100. Shower With Your Dad Simulator 2015 (Steam)
  101. NOT A HERO (PC)
  102. You Have to Win the Game (PC)
  103. Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch)
  104. Treasure Stack (Switch, Xbox One, Steam)
  105. Minit (XB1, PS4, Steam)
  106. Safety First (Switch, Steam)
  107. Marble Masters: The Pit (XBLIG)
  108. Avatar Grand Prix 2 (XBLIG)
  109. qrth-phyl (XBLIG)
  110. Take Arms (XBLIG)
  111. SEAL Team 12 (XBLIG, PC)
  112. Charlie Murder (XBLA)
  113. Hive (PC, XBLIG)
  114. Aqua Kitty (Vita, PC)
  115. The Last Tinker: City of Colors (PS4, PC)
  116. Adventures of Pip (PS4, Steam, Wii U, Xbox One)
  117. Not Not – A Brain Buster (Switch, iOS, Android)
  118. Doodle World (NES, Evercade)
  119. Final Flight of the Perseus (iPhone)
  120. Bit.Trip Presents Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (Wii U, PS3, Steam)
  121. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (PS4, PC)
  122. Space Crüesader (XBLIG)
  123. Diehard Dungeon
  124. Super Win: The Game
  125. Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery
  126. Gunslugs (Vita)
  127. LightFish
  128. Video Wars
  129. Quell Memento
  130. Penny Arcade’s On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 4
  131. Square Heroes (PS4, Steam)
  132. Wind-Up Knight
  133. Alien Siege
  134. Ninja360°
  135. Shark Attack Deathmatch (XBLIG)
  136. Cosmochoria
  137. Cute Things Dying Violently
  138. Aban Hawkins & the 1000 Spikes
  139. Dark Delve
  140. Johnny Platform’s Biscuit Romp
  141. The Last Time (Steam)
  142. Super Ninja Warrior Extreme 
  143. Blocks and Tanks (XBLIG)
  144. Andromium
  145. Spermatozoon
  146. The Cannon
  147. Hidden in Plain Sight
  148. Hook (Steam)
  149. Mega Coin Squad
  150. Gon’ E-Choo
  151. Bug Ball
  152. Platformance: Temple Death
  153. Bird Assassin
  154. SpellKeeper (Nintendo Switch, Steam, Mobile)
  155. Ascent of Kings
  156. Spoids
  157. King Oddball (PlayStation 4, Vita, iPhone, Android, PC, Mac)
  158. March to the Moon
  159. Crosstown
  160. HACOTAMA
  161. Platformance: Castle Pain
  162. Adventure in the Tower of Flight (Steam)
  163. Color Zen (Wii U)
  164. Asphalt Jungle 2
  165. Parasitus: Ninja Zero
  166. Doom & Destiny
  167. Super Dungeon Quest
  168. Parallax
  169. I Made a Game with Zombies in It! 
  170. Clear Vision
  171. Gravity Quest (Steam)
  172. Little Acorns Deluxe
  173. Magnetic By Nature (XBLIG)
  174. Sherbet Thieves: Moonshine Edition
  175. Pendulous
  176. Squadron Scramble
  177. Block the Laser
  178. Obsessive Collecting Disorder
  179. Bad Caterpillar
  180. The Impossible Game
  181. Farm Together (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)
  182. Growing Pains
  183. Plug & Play
  184. Battle High 2
  185. Crystal Skies
  186. Pixelosity
  187. Dude, Stop (Steam)
  188. Dots
  189. Little Inferno
  190. The Old Tree
  191. Avatar Trivia Party 2
  192. Avatar Trivia Party
  193. Zomp 3: The Quest for Z’s
  194. Don’t Feed the Trolls
  195. Inferno!
  196. EvilQuest
  197. Quiet, Please!
  198. Life of Pixel
  199. Sunny Seeds
  200. Storage Warfare
  201. Sportsball (Wii U)
  202. Baezult (Steam)
  203. Hop Til You Drop
  204. About To Blow Up Part 1
  205. Mr. Gravity
  206. Pingvinas
  207. Blok Drop U (Wii U)
  208. Motorbike Stunt Agent Julie
  209. Blocky
  210. Lots of Guns
  211. Random the Dungeon
  212. Puzzle Cubicle
  213. Who is God
  214. Sushi Castle
  215. kubic
  216. Volley
  217. Retrocade: DataStream Y2K600
  218. 48 Chambers
  219. Grand Theft Froot
  220. Elfsquad7
  221. Default Dan
  222. Ocean Drive Challenge
  223. Ramen Ninja
  224. Multitasking
  225. Starzzle
  226. Spectrangle360
  227. Produce Wars
  228. Demon House: FPS
  229. Fly O’Clock (Nintendo Switch, Steam)
  230. Zombie Compound
  231. Blow Me Up
  232. Human Subject
  233. Voxel Runner
  234. MotorHEAT
  235. Mandagon (Steam)
  236. Oozi: Earth Adventures – Ep 2, Ep 3, Ep 4.
  237. Hiiro
  238. Ultimate Dodgeball
  239. Dead Horizon (Steam)
  240. Mirror
  241. Robot Platformer
  242. Trailer Park King Episode 2
  243. Katana Land
  244. Avatar Panic
  245. The Useful Dead
  246. 8BitBoy
  247. Triviador
  248. Washington’s Wig
  249. Warp Shooter
  250. Shoot 1UP
  251. Footboholics
  252. Defy Gravity
  253. Meep 2 – Jumping Evolved
  254. Trailer Park King 3DD
  255. Maze of Apes
  256. Doc Logic
  257. Trailer Park King
  258. MiG Madness
  259. Pester
  260. Dot Dash: episode 1
  261. Hack This Game
  262. Clicker Heroes (PC)
  263. Lucky
  264. Haunt the House: Terrortown
  265. Bungee Ferret Tossing
  266. High Gravity Wells
  267. Nessie
  268. Blockt
  269. Space Cat! (Creators Collection)
  270. Super Skull Smash GO!
  271. Uncraft Me !
  272. Droppin’ Ballz
  273. Flowrider
  274. Bluebones Curse 
  275. Fatal Seduction
  276. Dark Matter
  277. Trivia or Die: Movie Edition
  278. E.Y.E.R.I.S.
  279. Super Brain Eat 3
  280. ERMO (Xbox One Creators Collection)
  281. Puzzled Rabbit
  282. Bureau: Shattered Slipper
  283. Bad Bunny
  284. Kobold’s Quest
  285. Cookie Clicker
  286. Send in Jimmy
  287. Devil Blood
  288. Arcade of Neon
  289. 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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