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Very Positive (266 reviews) - 87% of the 266 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (39,250 reviews) - 96% of the 39,250 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 28, 2011

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Includes 2 items: The Binding of Isaac, Binding of Isaac: Wrath of the Lamb

 

About This Game

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.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz
    • Memory: 1GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 50MB
    • Video Card: Direct X9.0c Compatible Card
    • DirectX®: DirectX® 9.0c
    • OS: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later.
    • Processor: Intel Mac 2.5 GHz
    • Memory: 1GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 50MB
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Very Positive (266 reviews)
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Overwhelmingly Positive (39,250 reviews)
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Tim Stryker
1.4 hrs
Posted: August 25
If youre a self-mutalating masochist, who somehow enjoys torturing yourself, with the idea, intent or prospect of playing a game, but instead, secretly or subconsciously, enjoys a game playing you into submission, then this game is for you.

Think Im joking? Really Im not. Its either that or too many kids/people these days dont know what the hell really makes a good game any more. This game has sooo many Pos reviews, it has to be one of the above reasons why this game has so many Pos reviews.

I usualy trust that a game with so many good reviews HAS to, just HAS to have some pretty good stuff to it to merrit such acclaim...but this game...is just a joke.

Random generated in a game can be a good thing. This game is just too random...so much so that skill has 99% nothing to do with it & really just comes down to pure, blind, dumb luck on what items & enemies youll find each & every play through.

I wanted to like this game. It can be fun for a little while...IF & BIG IF, youre lucky enough to get decent pre-gened levels & items. Even then your luck can run out half-way through & youre screwed & die for no good reason with all progress lost & nothing gained.

Im writing this review in pure disgust & anger atm, hence the tone if it. Theres a difference between a game being hard-core & difficult & requiring skill to get better at it...& then there is this game which has NONE of those qualities. Its for those reasons & the fact that so many people seem to enjoy being punished with no real rewards that Im venting as I am. That & a game should not leave you feeling plssed off & cheated after playing it. This game does just that.

Take some time to read some of the other negative reviews for more, less colorful & in-depth info on what Im talking bout. For now, Im done with this game. F*ck this game, Hulk Smash & rage quit.
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HalluxBruiser
97.3 hrs
Posted: August 24
One of my most played, most loved games ever. So much gameplay for such a little price. This game has endless replayability. This is honestly the best indie game there is.
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TheParvizalAI
227.8 hrs
Posted: August 24
Its Okay
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Jake⎝-{From State Farm}-⎠
29.8 hrs
Posted: August 24
A good game, but when there's the "remasterd version" It makes it a whole lot better to buy Rebirth. Still a good game to those who cannot purchase Rebirth, Just gives slightly less preformance because of the smoothed sprites for everything in comparison to the pixely effect of Rebirth.
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YoungGeezer
1.8 hrs
Posted: August 24
this great and fun 9/10
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SakHa
1.6 hrs
Posted: August 24
gg
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Privy
33.1 hrs
Posted: August 23
Insane game. All meanings.
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Angel of Death
23.6 hrs
Posted: August 23
awesome game, before you know you've played it for 10 hours straight
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DisastrousFilms
2.1 hrs
Posted: August 22
A really fun game, unfortunately I have still yet to beat it even once (I know, I'm bad). The gameplay is really basic but oh so addicting. I'm not sure what it is about it, but it really is enjoyable. Definitely worth a play, whether you play it when you need a break from Triple-A games, or while you're waiting for a game to finish downloading.

7.5/10
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Rouman
5.6 hrs
Posted: August 22
Good platformer for killing time.Interesting enemies,random levels,bunch of usefull and useless things...
Well one of the most visible minuses is deficiency of boses especially on first levels.
Having a coupon , i pay only 10 % of cost , so im enjoyed :)


9/10
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
26 of 41 people (63%) found this review helpful
34 people found this review funny
Recommended
43.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
>Buy the game.
>Launch it.
>Play and get killed.
>Laugh because you died on the 5th minute.
>Play again.
>Die.
>Rage.
>Try not to cry.
>cry.
>repeat.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
81.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
In the beginning you think that this game is just for fun you think that you need about 20 minutes to end it but this game is unpredictable and after 10 minutes later you crying like a child. You feel a bunch of emotions from despair to anger and that's why everybody (yes, everybody) should buy this game.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
In Short -


The Binding of Isaac is a fun game. The concept, the storyline, the effort put in, are all key to what makes this game actually pretty good. However, the game has a big giant problem; performance. It isn't only me that has this problem, it's not that I need a better PC, it's that the game is very poorly optimised. Even with my graphical settings on low, when battling enemies that don't just require one hit (anywhere from one fairly bulky enemy to a boss) will slow the game down, delaying inputs and sometimes even just ignoring them. I cannot play the game when I move up after pressing W literally 10 seconds ago. And so, even with eight hours, the furthest I've gotten is the third floor. You need to get really lucky and just hope that the boss isn't too hard or the items you find are really good, otherwise you physically cannot move on. Now, I know that there are people who don't have this issue, and ways to fix it exist, so I'm still going to recommend the game, but nothing seems to be fixing it for me.

More In Depth -

The Binding of Isaac is a difficult game, no doubt about it. The game gives zero checkpoints, so even if you get to the second floor of the basement, you die and you're back to the first. While this is never made easy in any game, usually you'd be able to simply memorize where to go and what to do. TBoI? Nope. You see, The Binding of Isaac's basement floors are randomized every time. So, your items, enemies, and even boss is completely different every time. This means every time you're going to just have to do your best rather than rely on previous knowledge. Of course, you can learn strategies, how to work with certain items, etc to make the game easier, but for the most part luck is a big aspect of it. This is what sets TBoI aside from other games, and one of the reasons it is such a popular game. Along with it's unique setting, story, music and characters, obviously. And, weirdly enough, despite the difficulty and fustration the game brings, somehow is keeps bringing you back for more. Hell, if it wasn't for the occasional terrible input delay, I probably would've finished the game by now with many more hours. The concept gets you so addicted, because you end up thinking 'Okay, so I failed terribly this time, but maybe next time I'll get some good items and do amazingly. Yeah, just one more round!', but then suddenly it is two hours later and you still haven't gotten anywhere.

PROs and CONs -

PROs -
  • A large array of items, bosses and enemies. You'll never get the same room or even game every time you play due to the matches you'll get.

  • A pretty good soundtrack, it is very atmospheric and sets the mood for the game well.

  • Achievements. 99 of 'em to be exact. That is a lot of gameplay just to 100% the game. Good luck ;3.

  • Steam trading cards. Yeah, a little of an obvious one, but it has trading cards and that is cool.

  • More than one playable character! Not only your model changes, but each character has a special ability (or multiple).

CONs -
  • As mentioned before, terrible optimisation, resulting in really bad input delay. Not something you can put up with, it is completely game-breaking. However, it doesn't always happen.

  • The game runs on flash. Although very similar to the previous statement, the point is that it runs on flash, which makes the game play terribly.

  • There is very little in settings, which is pretty annoying. Not really much to change.


    Finally -

    The Binding of Isaac is a fun game, assuming you have no problems with it. Of course, I purposely left out the idea of the remake, Rebirth, as it fixes a lot of problems. So, yeah, I'd recommend The Binding of Isaac. If you have the money, though, maybe pick up Rebirth instead.

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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
Babies Kill Things
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
play as a crying child killing monsters in his mom's basement while his mom tries to kill him, approve :D
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
52.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
Holy water is the best item an isaac could get in this game
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
21.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
Fun game and a cheap price, not much compared to the new one though. Still worth buying.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
Product received for free
My friend bought me this game for my birthday 2 years ago, I still play it. You should buy this game. It doesn't even cost that much.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
76.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
The Binding of Isaac is a punishing, deeply disturbing, and addictive rogue-like. Come for the challenge, stay for the mommy issues.

Would play this again as long as no one I loved was looking over my shoulder.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
I'll play this in short burts because it frustrates me to no end but I still love every second of it.
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