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: 631

Total Approved Games: 300

Percentage Approved: 47.54%

Latest Game: Dawn of the Monsters (#28)

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

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

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

  9. Journey (PS3)

  10. Escape Goat 2 (Steam, PS4)

  11. Kerbal Space Program (PC, Xbox One)

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

  13. Baba is You (Switch, PC)

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

  15. Strikey Sisters (Switch, PC)

  16. Escape Simulator (PC)

  17. Sportsfriends (PS4, PS3, PC)

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

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

  20. Kingdom (PC)

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

  22. Undertale (PC)

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

  24. Escape Goat (XBLIG, PC)

  25. Gunmetal Arcadia Zero (PC)

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