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: 595

Total Approved Games: 277

Percentage Approved: 46.55%

Latest Game: You Died but a Necromancer Revived You (#74)

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

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

  6. Journey (PS3)

  7. Escape Goat 2 (Steam, PS4)

  8. Kerbal Space Program (PC version only)

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

  10. Sportsfriends (PS4, PS3, PC)

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

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

  13. Kingdom (PC)

  14. kuso (Switch, Steam)

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

  16. Undertale (PC)

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

  18. Escape Goat (XBLIG, PC)

  19. Gunmetal Arcadia Zero (PC)

  20. Chasm (Xbox One, PS4, Switch, Vita, Steam)

  21. Infectonator (iOS, Android, PC)

  22. Gateways! (XBLIG, PC)

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

  24. We Are Cubes (XBLIG)

  25. Shutshimi (PS4, Steam, Wii U)

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

        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!

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