If you love collecting games, whether they’re retro or new, you will need a game collection app eventually. They make managing your games much easier and help prevent you from buying duplicates. Here is my list of the best video game collection apps.
Best Video Game Collection Apps
- Retro Game Collector
- My Game Collection
- Google Sheets
- Microsoft Excel
- eXtreme Games Manager
Keep reading so you can see what each of these apps has to offer and why they rank where they do on my list.
- Easy to set up
- Easy to use
- Very popular
- Well maintained
- Active Discord Community
- Best looking UI
- Scan games with camera
- Missing some more obscure games
- No website, only app available
Gameye is definitely the most modern solution for managing your game collection. It has everything you could want in a game collection app (lots of games, ability to scan the game / barcode, price data, game info, etc.)
Looks aren’t everything, but I’ve used many collecting apps over the years for things like Manga, Movies, Pokémon Cards, etc., and it can be very frustrating using an app or website that is poorly designed.
Gameye looks fantastic, and everything in the app is very intuitive. You can scan your games’ barcodes or you can just point the camera at the game and the Gameye app will catalog the game for you (as long as it is in the database.)
This makes it very easy to quickly build your cataloged collection in the app and add new games to it when you buy them. Gameye also has a ton of data on every game.
The game information page shows the game’s box art, some screenshots, and pricing information including its most recent loose, complete-in-box, and New prices.
It also shows you the price of the game’s manual and box (useful for older games). All of this information is extremely easy to see and you’ll never find yourself having to dig around for something you need to know.
The database is Gameye’s weakest point though, but it is getting better every single day. The app still has all of the most popular games, but it may be missing some more obscure games in your collection.
2. Retro Game Collector
- Can be used offline
- Great data display (pie chart of games per console, for example)
- Extremely detailed price and value data
- Built-in budget tracker
- Can track games, consoles, Amiibos, etc.
- App slows down when you add a lot of games (300+)
- UI is a bit cluttered due to all of the features
Retro Game Collector is the most feature-rich game collecting app. However, all of these features make it a bit hard to use.
The UI is cluttered and getting your collection setup / adding to it takes a bit of time due to the learning curve. The app is also only really great when you get the premium version.
With all of that being said, if you do get the premium version of Retro Game Collector, then it is one of the best game collecting apps out there.
The charts and statistics it provides are unparalleled compared to other apps. It’s so cool seeing a nice chart of which consoles you have the most games for, your completion percentage, etc.
Retro Game Collector also has the best pricing information of any game collection app I’ve seen. If you want something simple and easy-to-use, go with Gameye.
If you want something a little less intuitive but jam-packed with awesome features, then Retro Game Collector is the way to go.
- Web based so can be accessed from anywhere
- Huge database
- Also tracks digital games (Break downs based on Steam, Epic Games, etc.)
- Extremely customizable
- Can also track completions
- Not the most intuitive design
- Not as “simple” as other apps / sites
- Poor price tracking
- Mostly aimed at US collectors
Completionator is another great website for tracking your game collection. It has an extensive database full of games (although they are mostly US games).
If you’re not very interested in pricing data and want something super customizable, then Completionator is the best option.
Gameye is very easy to use and extremely simple, so you can’t extensively manage your collection like you can with Completionator.
For example, if you have the game Sega Genesis Classics (a game with many other games), Completionator adds every game in the compilation to your collection, and marks them as belonging to Sega Genesis Classics.
Overall, Completionator isn’t as easy to use or as pretty as Gameye, but it adds a lot more details to your collection. I actually recommend using both apps if you are really into game collecting.
- Can import from other apps / sites
- Lets you add custom games for obscure entries
- Tracks games, hardware / consoles, amiibos, and more
- Barcode scanner
- Most complete database
- No iOS app
- Poor price / value information
- In-app purchases
- Not very user friendly
- No website
My Game Collection is another app on this list. It is very similar to Gameye, but Gameye looks a little better than My Game Collection and is a bit easier to use, with a more functional barcode scanner, etc.
However, there are some advantages to using My Game Collection over Gameye. My Game Collection has a huge database of games, and actually lets you add your own games.
If you have a lot of obscure games in your collection, then My Game Collection will be great since you can add everything in yourself.
My Game Collection also lets you track your consoles and accessories, which is something no other game collection app lets you do.
The main downside with My Game Collection is its user experience. Some things, like the barcode scanner, can be pretty buggy.
Sometimes games won’t save correctly, for example, and you’ll need to go back and change them. This is annoying if you have a ton of games.
My Game Collection also isn’t completely free, which is unfortunate. However, the premium version of the app has a ton of features and works pretty well.
Overall, My Game Collection has more features than Gameye, but you’ll also be paying for those features, so it comes down to personal preference and your needs.
- Can access data from any device (with internet)
- CSV export option for manual backups
- Completely free
- Full database of most, if not all games from every country
- Correct art
- Collection and wishlist are separate
- Games, consoles, accessories, etc.
- Active community
- Customizable collection
- No offline availability
- No Play / Apple store app
- Not pretty to look at.
VGCollect has one of the most complete databases of any game collecting app, no matter which country you’re in.
Of course, the actual website doesn’t look all that pretty, but never judge a book by its cover. The app has all of the features of the previous apps and then some.
You can view a sample collection from VGCollect here. As you can see, VGCollect lets you manage the games in your collection, your wish list, your sell list, and much more.
It’s really jam packed with features. The major downside with the site is just that it isn’t too easy on the eyes.
If that doesn’t bother you, though, then it’s one of the best options for managing a game collection on the market today.
- Easy to use
- Public profile that you can customize
- Really good at what it does
- Great for tracking backlog / beaten and unbeaten games
- Can access from any device
- Mostly focused on tracking beaten vs unbeaten games
- Just for games, not consoles, accessories, etc.
Backloggery is mostly for managing your backlog of unplayed games. The site adds a fun twist to game collecting because it also doubles as a social media of sorts. The site itself is very easy to use and setup.
You can customize your profile and your collection to your heart’s desire, and if your main goal is to manage a game collection and keep track of which games you have and haven’t beat, then Backloggery is for you.
Backloggery isn’t great for managing wishlists, tracking prices, or doing anything much more than basic collecting / tracking.
If you want price information, statistics, etc. then you may want to go with Retro Game Collector or Completionator.
If you want an actual phone app instead of a web app, then Gameye is going to be very close in functionality to Backloggery.
Overall, though, Backloggery is good at what it does and it doesn’t complicate things with 1,000 features. It’s a basic game / backlog managing site and it executes its vision perfectly.
- Constant updates and new features
- Free Trial available
- Huge database of games
- Detailed pricing information
- Edit / customize the games in your collection
- Completely customizable interface / folders
- Detailed filtering options
- Completion tracking and personal game information
- Subscription payment model
Collectorz is jam-packed with features and may be the best site, period, for managing your game and console collections. The only downside is the price of the app / software.
There’s a monthly cost of about $3 / month if you want to use the site and phone app together, but in all honesty this price is absolutely worth it if you take collecting seriously.
Collectorz allows you to edit every aspect of your collection. If you want to edit your specific copy of Mario Kart 64 to say that you have it on your Playstation 4 via an emulator, then go right ahead.
The amount of features that Collectorz offers is insane, and it’s being updated constantly, so it is well worth the small monthly price.
Collectorz also offers a 7 day free trial, so you can make sure it works for you before committing to a subscription.
You don’t have to worry about canceling your subscription either because you can export your Collectorz to CSV and many other formats.
- As customizable as possible
- Plenty of templates available (including this one)
- Exportable to many formats
- Can be extremely organized
- No bugs
- Can add as many custom fields / calculations as possible
- Free and ad free
- Can access from anywhere
- Not very mobile friendly (even the app)
- Requires a Google account
- More work than a game collecting-specific app
- All games need to be added manually
- Can’t really add extra features like price tracking
- When you add a game, you have to manually add it to multiple places if you want full tracking
- No master list or detailed filtering
You can copy a great Google Sheets game collecting Template and then modify it to your liking, or just use it to fill out your own personal collection.
To copy the Google Sheet, click the link above and then click File > Make A Copy. This will copy the sheet to your Google account where you can edit it to fit your collection and needs.
Alright now that the manual is out of the way we can talk about using Google Sheets for managing your game collection.
Google Sheets isn’t for everyone, especially when apps like Gameye make managing your collection much more simple. However, I personally love having the customization and simplicity that Google Sheets offers.
I use Google Sheets for a number of things that I can use apps for; tracking my budget, tracking my diet, tracking my lifts in the gym, etc.
In my experience, it always works great and never gives me any problems. The downside, of course, is that all of your data will be manual.
You can’t pull games from a database and add them to your collection in two clicks. So, it all comes down to how much work you want to do, but there’s nothing wrong with either choice.
- Plenty of tutorials, documentation, etc. on how to use
- As customizable as you want
- No Bugs
- Can export your collection to many different formats
- Takes a lot more work than a regular app
- Microsoft Excel isn’t free
Similarly to Google Sheets, there are already a few premade game collection Excel templates. Personally, I like to use Google Sheets over Microsoft Excel, but both tools behave very similarly.
Excel is great for managing anything, including your game collection. You can create new tables full of whatever data you want, including prices, consoles, backlogs, wish lists, etc.
Microsoft Excel is basically as diverse as making your own database with none of the technical requirements (although if you’re good with Excel, you can do some crazy things).
Using Excel or Google Sheets takes a lot more work than just using an app, but in the end it gives you much more control over your collection.
- Straight to the point software
- Very customizable
- Looks very old school
- Requires Downloading
- Unlikely to receive anymore updates
- Not many details on games (price, etc.)
- Only available on the computer
As you can see from the screenshots on the site (and the site itself), eXtreme Games Manager is a really retro game collection manager.
However, I included it on this list because that may be exactly what you are looking for! The software does what it was made to do very well.
You can create collections, edit the games, etc. so it can easily manage any collection with some work.
eXtreme Games Manager is missing the quality of life features offered by the other apps and sites on this list, but if you want to manage your collection with a cool blast-from-the-past, or if you just prefer to keep things simple, then eXtreme Games Manager will work for you!
Video game collection apps are worth it because they make managing, organizing, and viewing a collection very easy. Video game collection apps with a barcode / game scanning are especially worth it because they cut down on the amount of time it takes to add in your initial collection (if it is large.)
Game collection apps are great because they:
- Let you view all of your games organized by tags (genre, name, console, etc.)
- Make adding new games easy
- Allow you to track by games you’ve beaten / want to beat / want to collect / own / etc.
- Help prevent you from buying duplicate items
- Track price of games based on New, Complete-in-Box, Used, etc.
Not every app has every feature I listed above, so I recommend shopping around and looking for whichever app fits your needs the best.
Overall, a game collection app is going to make managing your collection much easier, whether you’re investing in games, tracking your backlog, or just like to see which games you have in your collection.
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