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.


Key Features:

  • 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

  • Multiple endings

  • Tons of unlockable items, enemies, bosses and more.

Customer reviews

77

Really good, but held back by technical limitations

uncleshelby | June 6, 2015 | See all uncleshelby's reviews »

The Binding of Isaac is a fantastic game with a lot of depth and hours upon hours of replayability. It's really an interesting game, but there is one thing that holds the entire game back: The game is a flash game, which limits the framerate to 30 FPS, which can easily drop below that, even on powerful computers. It also limits the amount of content and interesting things that can be done. Item synergies, min-maxing, etc. Fortunately, these are all solved in the sequel/reboot, The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth.

81

An indie gem.

MrAsterB | June 6, 2015 | See all MrAsterB's reviews »

A game the revitalised rogue-like (or -lite) genre. You go in, you walk around the basement, you explore the rooms, you kill monsters, fight bosses and collect different loot. You fail and start again having nothing from previous run but your own knowledge. Seems simple, but in the end it sucks you into playing and replaying for hours straight. The key is the amount of content and random generation. The amount of items is so big that at first every single run will feels completely different. Everything is random too - rooms, monsters, bosses, items. So the more you play, the more you learn about game. The more you learn - the deeper you go. And new challenges await there. And they will kill you and it will trigger the whole learning cycle once again. The art is quite quirky and controls don't feel right at start but after a while you'll get used to it and enjoy running "just one more time" again and again. Recommended. ps: No native gamepad support, so use Xpadder or JoyToKey.

86

What's could possibily be behind this do...OH GOD

Meistrikt | June 2, 2015 | See all Meistrikt's reviews »

A bit late to the Isaac hypetrain, but nevertheless I managed to pick this title up and achieve becoming a Golden God. Roguelikes have a special place in my heart, but this game surpassed my expectations. Creating a disturbing world where tears are the ultimate weapons of destruction, we follow Isaac around as he faces his inner demons. The setting is very nice, easily distinguishable from any other title, music and sound effects are top notch, but the key to this game is in it's gameplay. Fighting through levels, dealing with bosses and picking up items to become stronger and stronger to beat everyone and everything is what keeps this game going. It also offers commendable replay ability and variety, as there are 100(+1) different items to unlock and pick up. My problem with this game was twofold: first, a description for each an every item would've helped tremendously ( you'll have to rely on the wiki page without it), second some item combinations cancel out each other, which is very annoying (watch out for that!).

85

Very addictive

clayhj | June 2, 2015 | See all clayhj's reviews »

I'll start off by saying that this game is fun and addicting, but it can also be rage inducing as you will die, a lot. There are numerous items to collect and use to aid in your quest and many challenges to complete. The one problem I have is that some of the beginning monsters are a bit hard to survive against especially if you fight them room after room. With that said I still really love this game and I'll gladly bear through death after death because no one play through is the same.

96

Awfully addictive

KingTed | May 10, 2015 | See all KingTed's reviews »

The Binding of Isaac is a strange game in every aspect. You play as a young naked kid who was forced to escape through the basement of his own while his own zealous mother was trying to kill him. But the basement is not really safer than the house itself. It's filled with monsters of all kind. Your tears are your only weapon here. The Binding of Isaac is a rogue-like game. Therefore you will die. A lot. Also, there are tons of things to unlock and discover (For instance : new versions of Isaac to play as) and there are several different endings to watch. It's hard, it's filled with creatures made out of your worst nightmares and it's really fun. This game became instantly a cult classic!