On September 23rd, approximately 5 months after release, the parody RPG, Breath of Death VII: The Beginning exceeded 30,000 sales. With an average user rating of 4.5 out of 5, one of the highest lifetime trial-to-purchase conversion rates in the industry (66.7%) and high praise from respected media sources, Breath of Death VII: The Beginning continues to be one of the most successful games on the XBox Live Indie Games service.
A recent post-mortem on the game's development&success can be found at http://zeboyd.com/2010/09/24/breath-of-death-vii-the-beginning-post-mortem
Media praise for Breath of Death VII:
"Breath of Death VII: The Beginning is a real surprise. It's an RPG that feels like it was a classic from back in the day, but it doesn't have any RPG hang-ups."
-Worth Playing review (9 out of 10)
"Breath of Death VII‘s biggest asset is that it’s a competent retro RPG infused with unique and brave ideas without anything to help it.
Then it heaps on the satire."
-Honest Gamers review (9 out of 10)
"For an RPG whose sheer fun factor is on par with a lot of the $30 to $60 games people shell out multiple bills for, it's an extreme bargain. Breath of Death VII is a flat-out steal."
-RPGFan review (85%)
"Breath of Death VII is a one of a kind gem."
-RPGamer review (3.5/5)
"Beneath all of the clever writing and winks and nods to previous games, there’s a very solid adventure here with some fresh ideas."
-Classic Game Room review
"It won’t win RPG of the Year at any year end awards show, but Breath of Death VII managed to do something no other 2010 release could which is to keep me entertained and glued to my seat throughout the journey."
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