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Release Date: Sep 28, 2011

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

 

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"Awesome rogue like fun in this atmospheric, fast paced, dark humoured 2d challenge!"

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
Helpful customer reviews
265 of 303 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
416.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 17
Still haven't killed Mom once.

Edit: Still haven't killed Mom once.
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78 of 84 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
43.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
This is pretty much a roguelike dungeon crawler with quite a bit of influences taken from Zelda, and a ton of religious/Satanic overtones and pretty taboo themes, which was probably designed for masochists.
...And I mean this in the best way possible.

Pros
+ Fun and rewarding combat
+ The game is difficult, but also fair towards the player
+ Nice cutesy but brutal art style
+ Gameplay is random with its roguelike elements, making it very addictive
+ A lot of different items and powerups to mess around with
+ Multiple unlockable characters to suit multiple playstyles
+ Plot has a ton of social commentary that will hopefully leave you thinking even after you stop playing

Cons
- Can be glitchy at times
- Difficulty curve can be very brutal for newcomers

Questionable
? If you're a pretty religious person, you may be pretty offended by the game's style, plot, messages and humor, but you may be able to overlook these things.

Overall, I would totally recommend this game to other people.
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65 of 72 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
425.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
Don't play hardmode.
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82 of 101 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
169.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
I'm an atheist...
this game has made me read the bible...

11/10 .. would read the bible again
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22 of 23 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
16.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
Where do I start? This game is extremely frustrating to get the hang of. Unless you are a god, you probably can't beat it the first time you play. It took me 42 attempts to beat all six floors and Mom for the first time.
I guarantee you will lose your temper at this game at some point.
And you might have to do a bit of research on the Wiki or experimenting in-game to find out what every single trinket, activated item, passives and tarot card does and which ones are good or bad for every unlockable character.
You might have to take your chances with the pills, as each type is randomly paired with an ability during each run.

HOWEVER!

The Binding of Isaac is not, and I repeat, NOT, a bad game. As much as it is frustrating, it is really addictive. I thoroughly recommend this to fans of dungeon-styled and bullet hell games. Despite Isaac's innocent look (which he kinda is...look at those big crying eyes!), the style of enemies, rooms and pickups can be incredibly morbid and disturbing. The cries of Mulligans and the appearance of Hives are incredibly distressing, adding to the games overall atmosphere. Nonetheless this really adds charm to the game as a whole. Bear in mind this is coming from the creators of Super Meat Boy, so expect some blood along the way. But what's fun is you never know what to expect. All of the dungeon floor layouts are randomly generated everytime you start a game and aside from Mom being the last boss in the Depths, you never know what boss you will get upon entering its room. There are set bosses for every floor type and the game will randomly select one of these for you to battle. There is a sense of mystery about this game, mainly regarding the bosses, items you can find and what each pill does in every run.

Now stop reading this and go buy The Binding of Isaac!!
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