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: 288

Percentage Approved: 46.6%

Latest Game: Astro Aqua Kitty (#24)

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. Star Ninja (XBLIG, Windows Phone)
  99. Shower With Your Dad Simulator 2015 (Steam)
  100. NOT A HERO (PC)
  101. You Have to Win the Game (PC)
  102. Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch)
  103. Treasure Stack (Switch, Xbox One, Steam)
  104. Minit (XB1, PS4, Steam)
  105. Safety First (Switch, Steam)
  106. Marble Masters: The Pit (XBLIG)
  107. Avatar Grand Prix 2 (XBLIG)
  108. qrth-phyl (XBLIG)
  109. Take Arms (XBLIG)
  110. SEAL Team 12 (XBLIG, PC)
  111. Charlie Murder (XBLA)
  112. Hive (PC, XBLIG)
  113. Aqua Kitty (Vita, PC)
  114. The Last Tinker: City of Colors (PS4, PC)
  115. Adventures of Pip (PS4, Steam, Wii U, Xbox One)
  116. Not Not – A Brain Buster (Switch, iOS, Android)
  117. Doodle World (NES, Evercade)
  118. Final Flight of the Perseus (iPhone)
  119. Bit.Trip Presents Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (Wii U, PS3, Steam)
  120. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (PS4, PC)
  121. Space Crüesader (XBLIG)
  122. Diehard Dungeon
  123. Super Win: The Game
  124. Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery
  125. Gunslugs (Vita)
  126. LightFish
  127. Video Wars
  128. Quell Memento
  129. Penny Arcade’s On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 4
  130. Square Heroes (PS4, Steam)
  131. Wind-Up Knight
  132. Alien Siege
  133. Ninja360°
  134. Shark Attack Deathmatch (XBLIG)
  135. Cosmochoria
  136. Cute Things Dying Violently
  137. Aban Hawkins & the 1000 Spikes
  138. Dark Delve
  139. Johnny Platform’s Biscuit Romp
  140. The Last Time (Steam)
  141. Super Ninja Warrior Extreme 
  142. Blocks and Tanks (XBLIG)
  143. Andromium
  144. Spermatozoon
  145. The Cannon
  146. Hidden in Plain Sight
  147. Hook (Steam)
  148. Mega Coin Squad
  149. Gon’ E-Choo
  150. Bug Ball
  151. Platformance: Temple Death
  152. Bird Assassin
  153. SpellKeeper (Nintendo Switch, Steam, Mobile)
  154. Ascent of Kings
  155. Spoids
  156. King Oddball (PlayStation 4, Vita, iPhone, Android, PC, Mac)
  157. March to the Moon
  158. Crosstown
  160. Platformance: Castle Pain
  161. Adventure in the Tower of Flight (Steam)
  162. Color Zen (Wii U)
  163. Asphalt Jungle 2
  164. Parasitus: Ninja Zero
  165. Doom & Destiny
  166. Super Dungeon Quest
  167. Parallax
  168. I Made a Game with Zombies in It! 
  169. Clear Vision
  170. Gravity Quest (Steam)
  171. Little Acorns Deluxe
  172. Magnetic By Nature (XBLIG)
  173. Sherbet Thieves: Moonshine Edition
  174. Pendulous
  175. Squadron Scramble
  176. Block the Laser
  177. Obsessive Collecting Disorder
  178. Bad Caterpillar
  179. The Impossible Game
  180. Farm Together (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)
  181. Growing Pains
  182. Plug & Play
  183. Battle High 2
  184. Crystal Skies
  185. Pixelosity
  186. Dude, Stop (Steam)
  187. Dots
  188. Little Inferno
  189. The Old Tree
  190. Avatar Trivia Party 2
  191. Avatar Trivia Party
  192. Zomp 3: The Quest for Z’s
  193. Don’t Feed the Trolls
  194. Inferno!
  195. EvilQuest
  196. Quiet, Please!
  197. Life of Pixel
  198. Sunny Seeds
  199. Storage Warfare
  200. Sportsball (Wii U)
  201. Baezult (Steam)
  202. Hop Til You Drop
  203. About To Blow Up Part 1
  204. Mr. Gravity
  205. Pingvinas
  206. Blok Drop U (Wii U)
  207. Motorbike Stunt Agent Julie
  208. Blocky
  209. Lots of Guns
  210. Random the Dungeon
  211. Puzzle Cubicle
  212. Who is God
  213. Sushi Castle
  214. kubic
  215. Volley
  216. Retrocade: DataStream Y2K600
  217. 48 Chambers
  218. Grand Theft Froot
  219. Elfsquad7
  220. Default Dan
  221. Ocean Drive Challenge
  222. Ramen Ninja
  223. Multitasking
  224. Starzzle
  225. Spectrangle360
  226. Produce Wars
  227. Demon House: FPS
  228. Fly O’Clock (Nintendo Switch, Steam)
  229. Zombie Compound
  230. Blow Me Up
  231. Human Subject
  232. Voxel Runner
  233. MotorHEAT
  234. Mandagon (Steam)
  235. Oozi: Earth Adventures – Ep 2, Ep 3, Ep 4.
  236. Hiiro
  237. Ultimate Dodgeball
  238. Dead Horizon (Steam)
  239. Mirror
  240. Robot Platformer
  241. Trailer Park King Episode 2
  242. Katana Land
  243. Avatar Panic
  244. The Useful Dead
  245. 8BitBoy
  246. Triviador
  247. Washington’s Wig
  248. Warp Shooter
  249. Shoot 1UP
  250. Footboholics
  251. Defy Gravity
  252. Meep 2 – Jumping Evolved
  253. Trailer Park King 3DD
  254. Maze of Apes
  255. Doc Logic
  256. Trailer Park King
  257. MiG Madness
  258. Pester
  259. Dot Dash: episode 1
  260. Hack This Game
  261. Clicker Heroes (PC)
  262. Lucky
  263. Haunt the House: Terrortown
  264. Bungee Ferret Tossing
  265. High Gravity Wells
  266. Nessie
  267. Blockt
  268. Space Cat! (Creators Collection)
  269. Super Skull Smash GO!
  270. Uncraft Me !
  271. Droppin’ Ballz
  272. Flowrider
  273. Bluebones Curse 
  274. Fatal Seduction
  275. Dark Matter
  276. Trivia or Die: Movie Edition
  277. E.Y.E.R.I.S.
  278. Super Brain Eat 3
  279. ERMO (Xbox One Creators Collection)
  280. Puzzled Rabbit
  281. Bureau: Shattered Slipper
  282. Bad Bunny
  283. Kobold’s Quest
  284. Cookie Clicker
  285. Send in Jimmy
  286. Devil Blood
  287. Arcade of Neon
  288. 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.


        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!

  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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