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Release Date: Sep 28, 2011

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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

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
3,107 of 3,774 people (82%) found this review helpful
44 people found this review funny
19.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2014
>stroll into my local GameStop
>looking to pick up a copy of The Binding of Isaac
>grab the game and take it to the charming maiden at the register
>"Pardon me, milady...but could you ring me up? A shame I don't have your number or I'd ring you up instead..."
>she giggles and takes the game, blushing as her fingers brush mine due to my fingerless gloves
>her eyes widen as she reads the game's title
>"Wow, I've never seen anyone buy this before! You must have special taste!"
>I smile and ready a witty response when suddenly a voice rings out from behind
>"Hahaha look at what this ♥♥♥♥♥♥ is buying! That's not Call of Duty Advanced Memefare! What a piece of ♥♥♥♥!"
>I quickly turn around, my cloak billowing behind me, to discern the source of the rude outburst
>generic dudebro caricature with a sports team cap and "the guy that beat you up that one time behind the school in early October" shirt is standing there guffawing
>"Excuse me may disparage my person if you wish, but it is untoward to swear in front of a lady."
>"♥♥♥♥ you ♥♥♥♥♥♥!"
>I smile quietly and tip my fedora low across my eyes, concealing them
>"As you wish..."
>I quickly swing my cane into his kneecap before he can react
>he bellows and charges forward
>I expertly sidestep him and the cashier screams as he crashes into the counter
>I draw my sword-cane and mutter a quiet oath as I drive it deep into his back
>"...requiescat in pace..."
>As I clean my blade the girl walks out from behind the counter, twirling her hair with her fingers
>"So...maybe you'd like to come over to my place to play that game sometime...?
>"No thanks, milady, it's single player only. Besides..."
>I sheath my sword
>"You're not my type."
>skate away on my Heelys
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233 of 255 people (91%) found this review helpful
204.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2014
A stream-lined rouge-like, filled with morbid imagery and religious overtones. Gratifying combat and a punishing yet fair system of bosses and enemies. The few glitches that it holds are more than made up or with a mind bending story, compelling social commentary and a wonderful community.

Pros- Consistent, skill based combat
- A multitude of bosses and enemies
- Hundreds of items (Each with their own individual effects)
- Different characters supporting multiple playstyles
- Complex metagame to master

Cons- Glitchy
- Learning curve like a brick wall
- Extremely punishing of mistakes and deaths
- Thick subtext (Overkill at time [Having to literally kill yourself as a boss])

A rewarding experience which captures the journey so perfectly, the destination is rendered irrelevent.
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480 of 588 people (82%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
92.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
I hate this game and it hates me, but dammit I can't stop playing it.
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1,967 of 2,557 people (77%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
game made me homophobic
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209 of 244 people (86%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
155.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
Turned into a flying, demonic, crying god that had shotgun tears. Got killed by a fly. 10/10
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173 of 205 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
Click for Gameplay Trailer - Review
Players control young protagonist Isaac, escaping his fanatically Christian mother. Upon hearing sacred words from the Lord, she attempts to play Abraham and sacrifice her son for the greater good. Escaping through his home's scary basement, Isaac has only his many tears to defend himself against not only his mother, but legions of creepy-crawlies and some other genuinely disturbing monsters.

Gross humor and questionable setting aside, The Binding of Isaac still has a certain graphical charm. You’ll notice the fluidity of animation more than anything else, though the actual environments are still well-done – a cut above the Super Nintendo Zelda era the game very consciously tries to spoof.

Speaking of audio, the game has very good music for setting the mood. The sound effects are passable, with some of the sounds of the tormented child-monsters being appropriately disturbing.

Each visit to The Binding of Isaac develops organically into a distinctive experience. The game possesses a huge array of weapons, power-ups, monsters, mini-bosses, treasures, and traps. Even if you conquer all of the dungeons on a given playthrough, you'll only see a fraction of the possibilities.
The power-ups that affect said tears come in many forms, want to cry faster? Pick up the Sad Onion. Want to cry harder? Pick up a dead puppy's head. Want to cry farther? Why, pick up Mom's Lipstick, her Underwear, or her Heels.
You have flies orbiting you and protect you from most projectiles and trusty meatboy running around the room and eating your enemies while you cower in fear in a corner, or you run around black as hell itself with your psychic powers guiding your hunka big ♥♥♥ tears right into your enemies with a poop on your head so all them unfriendly flies love you.

Isaac's only given three hearts-worth of life to begin with and once that's gone, it's game over; you lose all your progress and have to start over again without health upgrades, weapons or collectibles. Perma-death adds suspense and randomly-generated content provides a lot of replayability. On the other hand, the fact that your potential for beating the game is ultimately dependent on the luck of the draw can be more than a little frustrating. I beat the game only once in 4 hours. YES im very bad :)

This is one of those games which is easy to learn, yet hard to master!
The Binding of Isaa is so cleverly designed and so deliciously replayable that I cant stop to play. i love it!

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286 of 366 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
You are a naked child that walks on ♥♥♥♥, while crying and running from your mom that wants to kill you, because Jesus demands it.

Child Life Simulator: Biblical Version
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192 of 244 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
69.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 14, 2014
How to play:
1. Get good items
2. Pass half of the game
3. Died by random spider/fly
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208 of 269 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
74.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
Good until you lose and then you go into an intense mental breakdown.
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141 of 174 people (81%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
25.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 28, 2014
Found a cat head, and a paw, was super op, killed anything i fought, died to my own bomb.

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377 of 513 people (73%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
Got killed by a fly

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77 of 85 people (91%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
300.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2014
What can I say about The Binding of Isaac. This is by far the best indie games of 2011 I have played. Old school NES Fans, you will not be disappointed. This game has a somewhat resemblance to The Legend of Zelda's dungeons. Even newer gamers will appreciate this addicting, simple yet complex Rogue-Shooter. Coming from the makers of Super Meat Boy, this is a sad comedic gore fest full of surprises. Note that You will die a lot at first but as you keep playing, there are a lot of things to unlock and discover. This game's price value is also a must get for your steam game collection. At 4,99€ you can't go wrong no matter what. Dungeons filled with disgusting and gory, yet funny and sad enemies, will leave you wanting more and more. I found myself a lot of times putting other games aside to go play this game. I will end this review short and simple.

A little game with some really good working dark humor. It's very difficult but that's what makes it lasts for soo long. Very addictive game with a high replay rate.
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143 of 191 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2014
Play this game. Die. Play again. Die again. Repeat until satisfied.
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321 of 480 people (67%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
I don't know what to write as a review for this game so instead here is a recepie on how to make a pancake, enjoy c;

Basic pancakes recipe
A delicious and easy pancake recipe that is fast to get on the table and better tasting than any convenience pre- packaged mix.

Serving Size:

Basic recipes, Breakfast, Budget, Cakes & Baking, Dessert, Easy recipes, Kids cooking, Kids food, Lunch box, Pancake recipes, Snacks

Prep Time:
5 mins

Cook Time:
10 mins

1 cup (150g) self-raising flour
1 tbsp sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
3/4 cup (180ml) milk
50g butter, melted
In a bowl mix flour and sugar.

Beat in the egg and then milk at little at a time until batter is smooth and lump-free.

In a hot pan or flat grill, brush butter over cooking surface and pour 1/4 cup measures for each pancake.

When large bubbles form on the surface, flip over and cook until lightly golden on the other side.
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47 of 52 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
21.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 19
Isaac and his mother lived alone in a small house on a hill. Isaac kept to himself drawing pictures and playing with his toys as his mom watched Christian broadcasts on the television. Life was simple and they were both happy. That was until the day Isaac's mom heard a voice from above:

"Your son has become corrupted by sin. He needs to be saved."
"I will do my best to save him, my Lord," Isaac's mother replied, rushing into Isaac's room, removing all that was evil from his life.

Again the voice called to her:
"Isaac's soul is still corrupt. He needs to be cut off from all that is evil in this world and confess his sins."
"I will follow your instructions, Lord. I have faith in thee," Isaac's mother replied as she locked Isaac in his room away from the evils of the world.

One last time Isaac's mom heard the voice of God calling to her:
"You've done as I've asked, but I still question your devotion to me. To prove your faith, I will ask one more thing of you."
"Yes, Lord. Anything," Isaac's mother begged.
"To prove your love and devotion, I require a sacrifice. Your son, Isaac, will be this sacrifice. Go into his room and end his life as an offering to me, to prove you love me above all else."
"Yes, Lord," she replied, grabbing a butchers knife from the kitchen.

Isaac, watching through a crack in his door, trembled in fear. Scrambling around his room to find a hiding place, he noticed a trapdoor to the basement hidden under his rug. Without hesitation, he flung open the hatch just as his mother burst through his door and threw himself down into the unknown depths below...
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55 of 65 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
I love this game! This is one of the best games I've ever played. This game gets even more fun when you download the Community Remix mod to play this. I have most of my hours in the Community Remix mod.

This game is epic and nothing but flawless victory, but there are cons which is a minor part:

+Great design
+Unique art-style
+Epic combinations of items (gets better in Rebirth)
+Many endings
+Epic soundtracks by Danny Baranowski
+Gives great challenge
+Humorous sound effects, as well as epic ones

Is good and bad:
+/-Is extremely hard on the beginning, but gets easier overtime once you get used to stuff
+/-Some bosses are easy to abuse with some item combos

-Is extremely frustrating sometimes
-Overall a bit limited once you've played enough (but this is normal for any game)
-Wave of bullets is literally impossible to dodge from the gaps of them because of hitbox

Little breaks sometimes are highly recommended, because it makes it extremely frustrating if you play it alot and keep constantly failing, because failing is a part of games like this.

Would recommend to anyone who likes to have a challenge.

9.5/10 dying often makes you have a feel of banging your head to the keyboard and scream for help.
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27 of 27 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
+ Wonderful iteration of a classic top-down dungeon crawler
+ Fantastic and engaging soundtrack; really keeps you in the game and sets the mood
+ Boasts an art-style that strikes one as being both creepy and cute
+ Hilariously strange stage-to-stage intermissions
+ Wholly satisfying variety of enemies and boss creatures
+ Tons and tons of stat-altering item pickups
+ Controls are simple, intuitive and responsive
+ Contains an additional cast of unlockable characters, each with a differing playstyle
+ No matter where you are or what items you pick up, the gameplay is entirely skill-based; this, I think, is one of the game's biggest selling points
+ Gameplay is challenging in many ways, yet the lack of pandering to the player increases the sense of reward and accomplishment on completion
+ Between the unlockables and the randomly generated playthroughs, this game has quite a bit of replay value
+ Dungeon-map is easy to use and makes navigation easy; works well to help one backtrack to items that one might have passed over in other areas
+ Multiple endings

- Game is intensely unforgiving of mistakes; personally, I appreciate the challenge, but I recognize that many will be turned away as a result, and therefore this game is not for everyone
- Each boss creature has a static move-set, making them predictable over successive playthroughs

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35 of 42 people (83%) found this review helpful
57.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2014
The Binding Of Isaac is an flash indie game developed by Edmund McMillen and Florian Himsl. The game’s storyline and name are both a reference to the Biblical story known also as Binding of Isaac. In the game, the player controls Isaac, a child that seeks safety in the basement after his mother is given a message of God commanding her to sacrifice her own son in order to proof her faith. In the basement Isaac starts going through dungeons located in the basement having to face his nightmares in form of monsters, in order to escape.

The style and game’s gameplay are inspired by Legend of Zelda series and similar to roguelike, where the rooms of all dungeons are randomly generated, being different each time you play, and this is what makes it so special because every gameplay is totally different. On each floor of the basement, the player must kill monsters in order to proceed to the next room. Along the way, it will be possible to collect keys weapons and power-ups which will increase your chance of surviving because each item has a special effect and you can also pick up coins which are used to buy items in shops spread all over each floor, but need a key to be opened.
Each floor of the dungeon ends with a boss room, where a boss must be defeated in order to proceed to the next floor. Each time the bosses are different. At loading screens between floors, Isaac remembers scenarios, of his childhood while crying in fetal position, from rejection of his mother, unlucky moments and even bullying from his friends, some can even be Isaac’s own fears, but you’ll never know.
The gameplay is easy to master since does not require very buttons and the soundtrack is not diverse, but it does fit very well the atmosphere of the game.

One of the most awesome features of this game, in my opinion, and because due to flash limitation, it’s not possible to save, all your unlockables will stay unlocked and such, but you cannot save mid-game, so you will have to start over every time you go back to main menu, every time you lose and every time you close the game. And that is what makes it so hard and enjoyable since you will not get bored because every time all will be different and new!
A DLC to the game was also released, “Wrath of the Lambs”, also a religious reference, and it adds all new content including new items, new rooms, new enemies, new bosses and its totally worth it!

This game has me craving for more every time I play it, the creativity of it is amazing and it will make you spend some good long hours playing it. I totally recommend you to get it.

~ 9/10

P.s: Brace yourselfes, the remake is here!
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30 of 34 people (88%) found this review helpful
75.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 23, 2014
Given the upcoming release of Binding of Issac: Rebirth, I have decided to update my review of The Binding of Issac + The Wrath of Lamb. Having doubled my playtime in the past couple of weeks i have come to the conclusion that my initial response to the game was premature.

For those unfamiliar with Issac, the game is a Rougelike Dual Analogue Shooter. this means you controll Issac (or one of his unlocakble alternates) who fights randomly spawned monsters in a procedurely generated dungeon using his own tears as bullets. Issac is heavially inspired by retro titles, especially the original Legend of Zelda, as can be seen in the way each room is a seperate yet in many ways similar mirror of each other with some room s designated as treasure or boss rooms, and the heart based life meter.

The presentation of Issac is that of a Newgrounds flash game on steriods. To be fair that description is fairly apt. the game is built on the flash engine and if it hadn't had the time, creativity, and vision applied to it that is what it would likely have ended up as. That flash comment is not meant in the derrogative though, the game looks and sounds beautiful (Mostly thanks to Danny Baranowsky). Because it sticks to the limitations of the engine rather than attempt more realistic graphics the game looks perfect for what it is.

Gameplay is where Issac truly shines. The controls are simple and tight, keeping the already difficult gameplay from becoming frustrating. The best part of the gameplay though is the items. The randomly generated items ensure that no two runs are the same. These items are most awesome when they work together (Protip-Polyphimus+Technology =Awesome.). The enemies have unique attack and movement patterns that are easy to learn but will always be able to throw you for a loop.

The only problem I have with the game is the same as it was before. The random nature of the item drops and boss spawns can make some playthroughs almost instant throwaways. This is aliviated by the sortness of the game and the rapidity of the respawn but if a few games in a row with a bad start and even I get frustrated.

8/10. Worthy of a checkout before Rebirth comes out.
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34 of 44 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 5, 2014
This is a psychological tool that allows you to release all your inner stress and pent-up rage aimed at the common housefly.
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