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: 567

Total Approved Games: 258

Percentage Approved: 45.5%

Latest Game: Minit (#82)

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

  4. Journey (PS3)

  5. Escape Goat 2 (Steam, PS4)

  6. Sportsfriends (PS4, PS3, PC)

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

  8. Kingdom (PC)

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

  10. Undertale (PC)

  11. Escape Goat (XBLIG, PC)

  12. Gunmetal Arcadia Zero (PC)

  13. Infectonator (iOS, Android, PC)

  14. Gateways! (XBLIG, PC)

  15. Terraria (PS3, PS4, Xbox One, PC)

  16. We Are Cubes (XBLIG)

  17. Shutshimi (PS4, Steam, Wii U)

  18. Dungeon Defenders (XBLA, PS3, PC)

  19. SteamWorld Dig (3DS, PS4, PC)

  20. Magicians & Looters (XBLIG, PC)

  21. Dead Pixels (XBLIG, PC)

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

  23. Yoku’s Island Adventure (PS4, XB1, Switch, PC)

  24. Pix the Cat (Vita)

  25. Chompy Chomp Chomp (XBLIG, PC)

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