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The Binding of Isaac





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The Binding of Isaac





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.

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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.

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Headup Games
Edmund McMillen
Shooter, RPGs
Headup Games
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Digital PC Download
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Minimum Requirements
  • OS: Windows Vista, 7
  • Processor: 2.5 GHz
  • Memory: 1 GB
  • HDD: 50 MB
  • Video card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
  • DirectX®: DirectX® 9.0c
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Please, Lord, why have you forgotten me?

I'm a fan of rogue-likes. What made me love'em was this and spelunky. This game is like a mean version of Mash TV and Zelda dungeon. After nearly 80 hours of gameplay I won't comment on music, because I ignore it - there is winamp running in the background with Slayer, Arsis or some other mean, bad band and it fits for some reason. This game is addicting. If you've though Civ is bad, wait for this game to suck you right in. Yes, it is hard. Yes, it can be short. Yes, it can be unfair. But when you will get perfect match of items, you will get addicted. At first, it can feel short, especially when you will get good at it, you will "beat it" in like an hour. But "shortness" of this game is what is its strength, because multiple playthroughs unlock new characters, items, bosses and new stages. And believe me, after beating it once, you will obviously have not enough of it, especially when you unlock new characters and items. This game is full of content and doesn't get boring, because of how short it is. Even if you have bad run, you don't feel horrible about it, because you don't loose much progress and get make further in no time. Some of the rogue likes are downright brutal with forcing you to grind/play/invest for example 40 hrs to get good gear, level up characters only to get wiped by cheap death, putting your progress to horrible halt that you might as well restart. Here it's not the case. Every time, after all those hours I spent with this game, I find something new and still find this game really, really fun. The only thing bad I can say about it are the graphics, or rather performance. It's written in flash and they packed so much into this game, this game on high/max settings can kill your cpu and you can expect major slowdowns. Rebirth fixed it to a degree, though. What I find funny is that it's kinda about God, but when you will burn all those hours of your life away with this game, you will feel like Lord have forgotten about you by giving you this game, because there will be no force on the earth to make you stop, especially when you will attempt to get to the REAL final boss of the game. Once you will turn this game on, you will not be the same human being and will have a problem to put this game down... or rather turn it off. Still, I really recommend this game. It's all about what game should be about - gameplay, and not shiny graphics or horrible hollywood reject storytelling.

Good game for a break

The graphics style of the game is unique and disturbing, the map (basement floor) is always different when you start a new game, with different enemies and different boss at the end, there are also items all around the map which give you more health, damage upgrades or other extras. You also have bombs to break rocks and take a lot of health from bosses, keep in mind that bombs are limited, and tears - not. The game doesn't have a save/load feature, so I just play it to see how long I can survive every now and then when I'm on a break,

Superb game, but the sequel is better

If you want to play Binding of Isaac, I suggest you just get the sequel, Rebirth. It contains a lot more content and is more optimized. That's not to say this isn't a good game, it just isn't as good [as the sequel]. The only reason I see for purchasing this game over Rebirth is the $10 price difference, but I'd say 100% that it's worth it if you enjoy these types of games.

Great but not better than the sequel

Extremely good game, very challenging but very addictive. There is so much content to keep you busy, and it's only 5 bucks! However, Rebirth is much more polished than this one. If you play Rebirth first, it becomes impossible to come back to this one. But for the time before I got Rebirth, this game was amazing. If you don't want to pay 15 dollars for Rebirth, get this one instead. either way, both are extremely good games that I whole hardheartedly recommend.

Awesome and hard

The binding of isaac is one of those games that generate a huge WTF sensation when you first start playing it. You start off as Isaac, a kid whose christian mom decides to sacrifice to Jesus because of reasons, so you run off to your basement to avoid the imminent slaughter. However you soon find out that it is not safe there either, and pave your way to salvation by shooting random monsters with your tears as you progress through the basement's labyrinthine array of rooms. Several power-ups and mom's items (and pills) help you in this battle, while you unlock more of them as well as several other characters with different abilities as you progress in the game. Of course, you have no idea what each item does when you pick it up and I personally found fun in discovering different items along the way. The binding of Isaac's unique dark humor and artwork have made it instantly recognisable and strangely lovable among other titles of its genre. However it is a difficult and unforgiving game that will send you to your death time an time again. + Twisted -wtf- humor + Loads of randomly generated items + Cool soundtrack + Great artwork - Can be really hard, especially with the wrath of lamb DLC

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