IndieBox and GameStop – Keeping the Physical Release Scene Alive

A partnership was recently announced that will provide collectors the opportunity to own some terrific indie games in steelbook editions.  IndieBox has been doing fantastic work selling exclusive collector’s editions of some of the most popular indie games of the past several years, while blending in the convenience of a subscription box.

However, the recently announced partnership with GameStop will see a downright terrific collection of indie games, as IndieBox will be producing steelbook editions complete with full-color instruction manuals, DRM-free game discs, a soundtrack CD, and a Steam key. All for $20 a piece.

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I couldn’t believe it when I saw it, frankly. $20 for all that sounds crazy. These games are usally $10-15 full price on Steam, for a digital copy. And I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned it here, but I’ve been just aching to play Axiom Verge for what feels like eons, especially after finishing AM2R and learning that it had a very similar playstyle. I missed out on the physical copies for Vita, and the original IndieBox offering, so I was feeling like I’d never get a chance at it. Yet here we are!

IndieBox is dubbing the game list the GameTrust Collection, and it will consist of the following games:

  • Nuclear Throne
  • Rogue Legacy
  • Axiom Verge
  • Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition
  • Punch Club
  • Jotun: Valhalla Edition
  • Awesomenauts
  • Chariot
  • Stories: The Path of Destinies
  • Thomas Was Alone

Of course, if you have $200 to throw around on this great collection of games, you could just buy the whole damn lot.

While I’m not admittedly a fan of all of the games included in the GameTrust Collection, I impulsively purchased Axiom Verge, Guacamelee, and, upon reading a brief synopsis, Stories: The Path of Destinies, for the sole reason that it’s an action-RPG and looks fun as hell. Recently I’ve been a little put-off by turn-based RPGs and have gone back to my action roots, so I’m really looking forward to that.

The games ship November 18th, and while I’ll be deep into Pokemon-land at that point, these will undoubtedly be a nice distraction when I need a break from catching and battling monsters.

Between my physical Vita copy of Shovel Knight on the way, and these two games, November is certainly going to be the month of indie games. After the mania of Dark Cloud 2 and the frantic 30 hours of Ys: Memories of Celceta, I’ve been craving 8-12 hour games moreso than epics. My attention span these days is too poor to focus on much!

Like LimitedRunGames, I think IndieBox is doing a tremendous service to fans of gaming. Hopefully this is not the last time they partner up and offer a wide range of great physical releases at affordable prices! Bravo, IndieBox.

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