View Full Version : The Binding of Isaac

10-18-2011, 10:06 PM
Probably not a good recommendation for those that are sqeamish, or easily offended.

The game contains liberal amounts of bodily fluids of all types, demonic pacts, crazed religious fanaticism, cross-dressing, gambling, drug abuse and much more.

It's an action/shooter/RPG with heavy roguelike elements such as randomised levels, loot, mobs, and bosses - and it's an absolute blast. The player controls Isaac who is attempting to escape from his mother (God tells her to kill him as an act of obedience - thus the titular reference to the Christian bible story). He escapes into the basement to a world of distorted horror and torment, and journeys through in classic rouguelike style to the final encounter with his own demons in some of the most innovative and addictive gameplay that I've experienced in a long time. There are literally hundreds of pickups that can alter not only how Isaac plays, but also how he looks. Stacking even the first 2 or 3, the player will soon realise that this game has immense replay value, and a strategic element that is not at first apparent.

Not all is lost when Issac fails. Although the permadeath aspect of roguelikes is strictly adhered to, persistent unlocks ensure that the player feels that they have accomplished something to take forward into the next game. New items, bosses and playable alter-egos are all available in this way.

The cartoon style of the game does take the edge off a dark and horrifying concept for a game, and adds a lot of comic relief. In fact, the twisted humour is probably the game's strongest point. Pick up Moms Pad to wield and watch the eveil monsters recoil in panic! Chug a glass of Lemon Mishap...and well I'm sure you can guess how your next attack might pan out.

The irreverent approach that Edward McMillan (of Super Meat Boy fame) has taken is presented in a no-nonsense, take-it-or-leave it way. This is the also the guy that developed the game C***, where you fight off wave after wave of venerial disease using a giant phallis (by the way, that game was absolute rubbish in terms of gameplay value).

It's not going to be for everyone, but I've racked up over 50 hours on it in Steam so far. If you are old enough to remember the early Zelda games, enjoy a good roguelike, and can take McMillan's humor as it's been intended, then this is the best $5 you will spend on Steam.


11-01-2011, 03:26 PM
This is now available as part of the new Humble Indie Bundle if you pay above the average amount, which is currently less than $5. You get 2 other games (for now) and you don't need steam, which is always a plus.