IndieBox December 2014: Rogue Legacy

9.7 Overall Score
Gameplay: 9/10
Quality: 10/10
Value: 10/10

High quality box | Inventive USB game cartridge | Steam key | Old-school manual | Full CD soundtrack | 3D Keychain | Stickers | Card Game | Magnet Phrase Picture Frame | Difficult but creative gameplay

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IndieBox December 2014: Rogue Legacy

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Theme “Delivers collector’s edition versions of indie games to your door every month.”

Price $19.99 / month (with discounts for 3 or 6 month subscriptions)

Shipping $3 US

The Florida-based IndieBox is a subscription box meets a video game of the month club. Each month they offer a different and new game (always playable on PC, Linux & Mac). With a goal of “bringing back the box” you get a custom box, manual and other goodies like posters, keychains, stickers (varying monthly).

Each IndieBox is shipped in a plain white mailer that’s about the size of a small Priority Mail Flat Rate Box.

In September I reviewed the WWII air combat game Luftrausers which came with some neat collectibles like a replica war medal, foam airplane and embroidered patch.

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IMG_20150120_145036Game Box

The contents are enclosed in a high quality glossy cardboard box similar in size to the classic Nintendo boxes. In the future IndieBox plans to do some larger-size boxes closer to the older PC collector’s edition titles.

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IMG_20150120_145447USB Game Cartridge

As always with an IndieBox, this month’s game comes on a credit card-sized USB “cartridge”. I’m still not sure if anyone else uses this system but it’s pretty smart. The USB end unfolds from the card pretty easily.

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IMG_20150120_145102Steam Key

IndieBox usually includes a Steam Key but I was surprised to see it on a sticker on the outside of the box. Not sure why someone wouldn’t want to open this when there’s so much stuff included.

 

 

IMG_20150120_145908Instruction Manual

Old school instruction manual complete with a place for notes in the back.

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IMG_20150120_145952Soundtrack CD

The game’s full soundtrack on CD in a high quality glossy sleeve.

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IMG_20150120_145637Keychain

Pretty neat 3D plastic/rubber sword keychain.

 

 

 

 

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Two stickers included. The Rogue Legacy logo and a special Rogue Legacy version of the IndieBox logo.

 

 

 

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Probably my favorite item included was the Rogue Legacy card game. It’s pretty much a more complex version of rock paper scissor but it’s magic, defense & attack.

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IMG_20150120_150104Magnet Phrase Picture Frame

One of the main items of the box is the magnet phrase picture frame with various words from Rogue Legacy’s characters.

 

 

 

IMG_20150120_145726Newsletter

As always the IndieBox newsletter included. I like that they explained why the game of the month is no longer a secret. Before their Brutal Legend box, they were like most subscription boxes where the month’s choice was a complete surprise.

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2015-01-20_00001Gameplay

Rogue Legacy is a creative but difficult platformer. When I say difficult, I mean it’s pretty much a certainty that you’ll die. But dying if the part where it becomes creative. When your character dies you pick a new heir with entirely different traits to take up your legacy. You could become a near-sighted barbarian who prefers close combat or a long distance magic user with OCD that must clear everything. I’m not a video game expert but I’ve never played anything like Rogue Legacy before.

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Consider the fact that Rogue Legacy on Steam retails for $14.99. So including shipping costs, for an additional $8 you’re getting a high quality box, full CD soundtrack, instruction manual, USB cartridge, card game, keychain, stickers & magnet frame. As always, a pretty insane value for the price. Doesn’t hurt that it’s also a fun and inventive game.

Last months box was great but this went above and beyond. If you’re into video games and/or subscription boxes, I highly recommend Indiebox.

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Disclosure: A complimentary IndieBox was given for review purposes. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received.

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