xblig.pngIt's been a pretty darn interesting year for the Xbox Live Indie Games service. Back in July Xbox Live Community Games took its new 'Indie Games' title, and a whole new pricing and rating system was banged into place. Since then, a number of indie developers working on XBLIG titles have reported seeing rises in sales and the whole service has definitely picked up a bit more steam.

Of course, with the new rating system in place - in which Xbox gamers can rate any game out of 5 stars - it means we now have a pretty picture of which games are actually higher quality right now (as opposed to the Top 20 most-downloaded, which often has much stranger stuff in it.).

With that said, here's the top 20 best rated games on Xbox Live Indie Games in the US and UK. Please note that the list is changing daily, with some titles moving into the top 20 one week and then disappearing again the next, but since it's ranked from lifetime ratings, it's a decent indication of what's quality out there.

[EDIT: It's just been brought to our attention that these charts are region-specific, so we've added a US chart in addition to the original UK chart posted!]

U.S. Top 20

imadeagame.jpg(1) I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES!!!1
(2) Inside Lacrosse's CL2010
(3) Arkedo Series - 03 PIXEL!
(4) Miner Dig Deep
(5) Beat Hazard
(6) ezmuze+ Hamst3r edition
(7) ZP2K9
(8) Groov
(9) Kodu Game Lab
(10) Arkedo Series - 01 JUMP!
(11) CarneyVale Showtime
(12) Platypus
(13) The Impossible Game
(14) Solar
(15) Avatar Wave: Snowball Fight
(16) Square Off
(17) Gerbil Physics
(18) Johnny Platform Saves Xmas!
(19) Avatar Drop
(20) Twin Blades

UK Top 20

plat.jpg(1) I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES!!!1 - Indie Games Review
(2) Miner Dig Deep
(3) Arkedo Series - 03 PIXEL!
(4) Avatar Wave: Snowball Fight
(5) SFG Soccer
(6) ezmuse + Hamst3r edition
(7) Platypus - Indie Games Review
(8) Beat Hazard
(9) Johnny Platform Saves Christmas - Indie Games Review
(10) ZP2K9
(11) Arkedo Series - 01 JUMP!
(12) Kodu Game Lab
(13) Leave Home
(14) Avatar Drop
(15) The Impossible Game
(16) Johnny Platform's Biscuit Romp
(17) CarneyVale Showtime
(18) Junkyard Battle
(19) Inside Lacrosse's CL2010
(20) Gerbil Physics