The Binding of Isaac
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"I don't see myself putting it down until I hit that magical 100% completion mark, which is hours and hours away at this point. This is one trip that I recommend to everyone open-minded enough to give it a chance." - Destructoid.com
"One may play for an hour or two, but they're constantly tempted to go back in and uncover the scads of remaining secrets. It's a style of game that really intrigues me, and one I want to see more of" - Gamecritics.com
When Isaac’s mother starts hearing the voice of God demanding a sacrifice be made to prove her faith, Isaac escapes into the basement facing droves of deranged enemies, lost brothers and sisters, his fears, and eventually his mother.
The Binding of Isaac is a randomly generated action RPG shooter with heavy Rogue-like elements. Following Isaac on his journey players will find bizarre treasures that change Isaac’s form giving him super human abilities and enabling him to fight off droves of mysterious creatures, discover secrets and fight his way to safety.
Randomly generated dungeons, items enemies and bosses, you never play the same game twice.
Over 100 unique items that not only give you powers but visually change your character.
50+ enemy types each with the ability to become "special" making them extra deadly but they also drop better loot.
Over 20 bosses.
4 full chapters spanning 8 levels
3+ unlockable classes
Tons of unlockable items, enemies, bosses and more.
A neverending nightmare of funMadDemon64 | Jan. 8, 2015 | See all MadDemon64's reviews »
The Binding of Isaac is what you would get if you took The Legend of Zelda dungeons for the NES, only let you use ranged attacks and bombs, gave you some allies, made the dungeons randomized, and had only the most disturbing of monsters for enemies. And it works.
The story of The Binding of Isaac is nonexistent, but you don’t need one. You are in a basement, fighting off against all manner of mutated monsters and supernatural creature with only your tears as weapons. But you will find many items to help you. Steroids, dead cat heads, the Necronomicon, and a fetus are only a small sample of the items you will gain that will change the way you look and how your attacks work. You may even gain the power of flight if you are lucky. Or you might not be lucky. The best and worst part about this game is that everything is random, from the room layouts to the enemies in each room to the items you will receive. Some have excellent synergy and will make you feel overpowered, while others cancel each other out and make you struggle to beat the final boss. But no matter what happens, you will enjoy the game and come back for more. And more. And more. And more.
Don't expect to play The Binding of Isaac for long periods of time, but expect to come back to it every now and then. Maybe it will be something you play on a long train ride, or maybe it will be a palate cleanser in between games. But you will play it again.
One of the best rogue-likesVenhiem | Jan. 7, 2015 | See all Venhiem's reviews »
Binding of Isaac is a very addicting game in the rogue like genre. You can play as Isaac, or more characters as you unlock them. You move in all directions but shoot in four. You do some areas until you face a boss. Then you kill it and jump down to the next level. Oh, and you also collect stuff. Plus the graphics are fine.
Now, somehow, out of that, this game manages to be one of the best games ever. It is very addicting and you'll want to keep coming back to it. You can play it as a time passer, or you can pour hour after hour into this game.
One negative thing: no widescreen support. You can get it to full-screen on a widescreen monitor but you'll get tiled pictures in the extra space. Still, no big thing.
Definitely buy it. 10/10
Quite possibly one of the greatest games ever made.LautaroCompleX | Dec. 4, 2014 | See all LautaroCompleX's reviews »
What makes this game so great?
Well, it's simple, it's incredibly fun, it's randomly generated each time (thus providing an endless experience), and even if you beat it, you'll just be unlocking new stuff to move on.
Yeah, have fun trying to achieve true 100%.
Also, this game has one of the best gaming music composers: Danny Baranowsky. I love the dude. He also did the scores for Super Meatboy, you should know/love it already. Another amazing thing about this game is the story. (Yeah, it has a story). I don't want to spoil anything so I'll recommend you play the game endlessly and make your own conclusions. Afterwards you can just google or discuss the lore with people. Trust me, you'll be amazed.
The game also draws a lot of parallelisms with the Christian Bible (more precisely the "Binding of Isaac" story. You may or may not know it) If you see religion as an interesting and curious theme, regardless of your own beliefs, you will like this game a lot.
Have I already mentioned Danny Baranowsky did the music? Just buy it, dude. I don't know why you're still reading this, hovering on the "buy now" button. I am taking offense by that.
Awesome indie game!Riscas21 | Nov. 14, 2014 | See all Riscas21's reviews »
I never expected this game to be this good, I watched some gameplays and gave it a try, worth the money! The gameplay is very addictive and fun, there is a lot of things to discover on the single-player campaign, a lot of bosses, items, secrets, enemies, etc. It is quite challenging, so you may have some difficulty completing the levels. This is one the best indie games I've played on my life, seriously, you need to play this if you never played it before, and also, try the dlc too, it gives 50% more contents to the game, have fun!
One of the most addictive gaming experiences I've ever hadPure_Top_Gun | Nov. 11, 2014 | See all Pure_Top_Gun's reviews »
I would consider myself to be a pretty hard-core gamer, I spend a lot of time with them. This game I came across knowing nothing about it, a rogue-like perma death game where no two play through are the same, a game that results in the 'one more go' attitude you get from games like x-com and FTL.
The amount of items alone is enough to keep your playthrough attempts at trying to kill your mother fresh each time. I've been playing the game for at least 20 hours and still haven't seen half the items. There is no end to the amount of various combinations.
You're as probably likely to have the same exact playthrough as you did on a previous attempt, as you are to win the lottery.
Its the never ending game that just keeps on giving, is instantly satisfying and captures your attention for dangerous amounts of time. For the price of something like this in comparison to some of your triple AAA games, this is extreme value for money.
A must have for anyone who ever grew up playing games.