As a creator of a backlog/checklist web site for video games myself, of course I need to keep track of what the competition looks like. It’s only natural to check out whether your own stuff can hold its own. Sure, I have a ton of my own ideas, but maybe a site supports something I hadn’t thought of.
Besides, I can see in my activity log they are also checking out my site. What goes around.
But what really is a shame is how unknown these kinds of sites are. Apart from the two usual suspects, Backloggery and HowLongToBeat, it truly is a niche. Whenever someone talks about the concept in forum threads, you can be sure that at least one of those two sites will be mentioned. Anyone else among truly nice sites are practically never linked to, unless a lonesome cowboy fan happens to stop by.
So I’ve decided to list what I have found during these years, no matter how it may affect visitor retention on my own site. I’ll try to keep the listing of sites relatively objective since I’m a player too.
The Backloggery was created in 2007 and is one of the oldest sites of this kind and is extremely popular. It doesn’t use a database per se – you just add a game title and a format along with your progress. There are also no import options, although there are GitHub projects to import from e.g. Steam and Xbox Live.
It features statistics, progress, wishlist, filter search, messages, comments, randomizer, game tags, badges, and more. You can change the look and feel of your “home page” with different colors and a banner.
Completionator was created in 2013 and has a cornucopia of view modes and options for tracking games. Like HowLongToBeat, it also manages multiple types of game lengths and has a basic game database of its own to support this. You can import from Steam, GOG or bulk, and you can export to Excel.
Apart from the usual stuff like statistics and filter search, it offers a ton of features such as a wishlist with priorities, profile page, starred reviews, articles, site achievements, difficulty assessments, tags, etc.
Darkadia first appeared in 2010 and uses the Giant Bomb database. It has an uncluttered interface and games you own are shown on wooden shelves by default, although this can be changed to a list instead if you want to view your personal details. No importing but you can export to a CSV file.
You can add a badge to forum posts and it also has tags, wishlist, starred ratings, personal dates and game lengths, notes, review text, and even a page with deals and offers.
GameDeed is my own site and was launched in 2013. It uses its own database and is strictly a table where extra information can be “opened up” to show Wikipedia articles and screenshot galleries. It also shows game lengths, multi-player modes and aggregator ratings. It can sync with Steam and export to CSV.
Catalog items are called deeds and can show status, dates, difficulty assessment, cheat severity, rating and ownership. You can bulk edit several game rows at once if you want to give them the same data.
Gamedex also uses the Giant Bomb database and started in 2012. You can import from Steam, PSN and Xbox Live. To be honest, I couldn’t make the standard search and Steam import features work for me (I tried in both Firefox and Chrome) and I also couldn’t figure out how to add single games manually.
It has starred ratings, ownership status, filters, multiple view modes, Metacritic ratings look-up, Amazon prices, etc. Most actions are smoothly animated or crossfaded.
Yep, good old GameFAQs actually also have a backlog/checklist section. The site dates back as far as 1996 but has been overhauled several times since then. You can add your own collections in “My Games” in the top menu, and they make use of their own big database when searching for more. No importing.
You can find a play queue, wishlist, hot list, create new lists, etc. For any one game you can add ownership, rating, difficulty assessment, game length, and the status. There are tons of info sections all around.
Gaming with Lemons
Gaming with Lemons started in 2012 and also makes use of the popular Giant Bomb database. It has a simple interface where tags and statuses for each game are contextually interconnected. These are then used in sort of an activity feed where you can add comments below. You can export to a CSV file.
There’s also a profile page with total statistics, filtering and sorting options, and there’s a blog with game news and trailers. If you want K.I.S.S. then this site might be what you’re looking for.
Gauge Powered only works with your Steam library and its primary function is actually as a cost analyzer, but it also have rudimentary checklist features such as a rating and a check box for completed. It’s not really the purpose of this web site but it’s there if that’s all you need. You can export to a CSV file.
There are animated statistics about how many hours you have spent compared to the cost. In a playlist you can run your Steam game with a button. You can also see what is currently on sale in Steam.
Grouvee is a popular site from 2010 that also uses the Giant Bomb database. There’s a list of all users so you can see their collections, and there’s a forum. You can import from Steam and you can also export to a CSV file. Lists are called shelves, and you can copy code snippets to show these on your own site.
It has reviews, a randomizer, sort and filter options, personal game lengths (with types) and dates, starred ratings, default shelves such as backlog and wishlist, friends list, status updates, and much more.
HowLongToBeat quickly became the number one site for measuring game lengths, but it also has backlog and checklist features. It was created in 2011 and uses a basic game database with emphasis on game lengths for main story, extras, everything, speedrun, etc. It’s possible to import from Steam.
Apart from adding game lengths for various types, it also has statistics, user reviews, filter search, friends list, backlog, message system, global statistic lists, and more. And it has its own proprietary forum.
IGDB is a very promising video games database with a little bit of checklist marking on the side. It has a very professional look and a ton of database information. Just as with GameFAQs (and UVL further down) it focuses mostly on the database part with only the most bare bones of checklist options.
For a game you can set it as want to play, playing or played, and you can give it a large starred rating. You can make lists with tags (optionally private) and edit a public profile with checklist statuses.
Keep Track of My Games
Keep Track of My Games was launched in 2011 and then later overhauled. It uses the Giant Bomb database as foundation, but it doesn’t manage game lengths. It’s also a very personal site; you can’t click other users and check out their catalogs. You can sync with your Steam library.
Noteworthy features are a fancy profile page with animated statistics, custom lists, game tags, bulk select, multiple view modes, wishlist, catalog filtering, and nifty fireworks when setting a game as completed.
Living File is actually more like a life activity feed where you log anything like having watched a movie, read a book, listened to music, etc. Some of its activity options are for video games and there you can add most of the usual details, but it’s not supported by an actual game database – it’s all manual typing.
Details that can be added are platform, developer, release year, difficulty level, playing time, rating as a percentage, activity date, etc. You can also add comments and set the privacy.
Steam Backlog arrived in 2017 and works for your Steam library only. It has a look that resembles Steam, only darker, and it also brings over user ratings, tags, wishlist, etc. However, it doesn’t have actual status fields like other sites do. Instead, you create collections and add the pertinent games to them.
You can filter by tags, player modes, genres, controllers, achievements, cards, and you can sort by name, scores, dates, etc. You can also inspect the collections created by other users.
SteamChecklist launched in 2012 but seems to have new owners since 2015. It works for your Steam library only and you set a game as finished or how interested you are in playing it (i.e. priorities). It detects what you have already played through the Steam API.
You can add notes, star games (favorites), use a randomizer, and you can view the wide Steam thumbnails or just a plain list. The site allows you to add non-Steam games manually. No search options.
SteamCompletionist also only works for your Steam library. It’s a responsive widescreen site where clicking a wide Steam thumbnail slides down options for beating, playing, achievement progress, etc. You can drag-and-drop a thumbnail into status placeholders in the top bar.
Apart from statuses, achievement progress, playing times (acquired through the Steam API) and blacklist, you can also see status statistics that can help filter the list. And there’s a page with global statistics.
Universal Videogames List
Universal Videogames List is one of the oldest sites on this list but has been overhauled recently with a nice modern look. It’s a big database first with a bit of backlog/checklist stuff on the side. It’s like GameFAQs and IGDB; there’s a ton of media and information while the checklist features are rudimentary.
You can add personal reviews, starred ratings, statuses, add links, tags, and more. Your profile page can show status pages, but here you have to click back to a game page to actually see your details.
If you know of a genuine backlog/checklist web site not on this list, please let me know and I will update it!
NOTE: DPADD, Player.me, Playfire (now Green Man Gaming), Raptr and unikGamer have not been included as they’re for the most part social network sites, and AStats and MetaGamerScore.com have not been included as they are primarily designed to track achievements.
June 12, 2017: Added Steam Backlog.