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Indie RPGs Conquer Steam Sales Figures

The PC version of the Cthulhu Saves the World and Breath of Death VII double pack from independent developer Zeboyd Games launched yesterday alongside Gaslamp Games' charming roguelike Dungeons of Dredmor. All three are excellent games and well worth your time -- cheap, too.

But apparently you don't need me to tell you that, because the two packages have been leapfrogging each other for the top two slots on Steam's Top Sellers list since yesterday. The developers are, as you might expect, delighted.

"We're bouncing off the walls here," said Cthulhu/Breath of Death developer Robert Boyd via Twitter. "I was reading over the Steam contract and it looks like sales data is considered confidential, so I can't just share sales data whenever I feel like it like I used to. Given that [Cthulhu/Breath of Death has] been high up on the sales chart since it came out, you can probably make your own guesses on how it's selling!"

"We're ... a little overwhelmed, and also going about with large grins on our faces," added Nicholas Vining of Gaslamp Games. "Being #1 on Steam -- even if we have been cruelly deposed (for now!) by the Curse of Cthulhu Saving the World -- is quite the rush. We should ship games more often. Thank you all for your support and patronage; we?re looking forward to kicking it up to the next level."

To top the Steam sales charts is an impressive achievement, especially for indie titles. Boyd attributes this to the differing attitudes between PC and console owners towards independent games -- PC owners are more willing to take risks on low-cost games than console gamers, it seems.

"Gotta love the different reactions to our $3 price tag," Boyd continued on Twitter. "PC = '$3?! That's awesome! How do these guys make money?' XBLIG = '$3?! What a rip off!'"

Cthulhu Saves the World and Breath of Death VII were first released via Microsoft's Xbox Indie Games service and enjoyed some moderate success, with Breath of Death racking up about 50,000 sales at $1 since April 22 of last year, while Cthulhu Saves the World sold about 17,000 copies at $3 since December 30 of last year.

Speaking with Ars Technica yesterday, Boyd noted that he found the Xbox sales both good and bad.

"On the one hand, most games on the platform don't even break 1,000 sales so the fact that both of our games have sold well over 10,000 copies each is impressive," he said. "On the other hand, I think our games could sell a lot better than they did with a better platform and more visibility. The PC is the biggest platform out there... we'd like to make games for a living and make even more games than we've already made -- this isn't possible without more money than we've been making so far."

If you'd like to contribute to the impressive sales figures -- and get some great games for 10% off already extremely low prices -- you can grab Cthulhu and Breath of Death here, and Dungeons of Dredmor here.

This article originally appeared on GamePro.com as Indie RPGs Conquer Steam Sales Figures


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