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Very Positive (261 reviews) - 87% of the 261 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (39,246 reviews) - 96% of the 39,246 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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Privy
24.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Insane game. All meanings.
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Angel of Death
21.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
awesome game, before you know you've played it for 10 hours straight
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DisastrousFilms
1.8 hrs on record
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 on record
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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MohnJayer
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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KingkidxD
16.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Я полагаю, что человеческое сознание — огромная ошибка эволюции. Мы стали копаться в себе, и часть природы оказалась от неё изолирована. Мы — создания, которых, по законам природы, быть не должно... Мы — существа, поглощенные иллюзией индивидуальности, этим придатком сенсорного опыта и чувств. Мы запрограммированы, что каждый человек — это личность. Но на самом деле мы никто... Лучшее, что мы можем сделать, как биологический вид, — противостоять программированию. Отказаться от размножения. Взяться за руки и вымереть. Однажды, в полночь, дружно, по-братски отказаться жить.
(с)- Джейсон Стэтхэм
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_VoN_
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
this game is gory, dark and just plain disgusting... but this is still one of the best indie titles however i dont relly like the reboots such as 'afterbirth' but this game is so rage indusing it makes my nipples turn.

Fantasic classic game even better with the 'wrath of the lamb' dlc its oe of the best games of this generation
please get this game
8/10
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trey_rules2001
87.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
This game is interesting. The story is both dark and well written, with many endings to unlock. The gameplay is simple to learn and hard to master. Very similar to twin shooters, you move with one set of keys and shoot with the other, unlocking items and enhancements for Isaac to use against a multitude of bosses, including a large amount of hidden bosses and mini bosses. The sound quality is excellent and the music fits into the rooms very well.

All in all, this is one of my favorite games and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoy's a fun, yet difficult game. 5/5
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The Great Papyrus
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
this is a fun and cool game but i would prefer afterbirth for the more storyline and characters and rage
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felicale
339.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
This game is a masterpiece. You play as a baby that kills everything, crawls up his moms vijayjay, and cries at his unborn brother. It has great replay value with tons of items that give the player many quirky abilities and trying to complete the collection is an addictive objective. The mission is to find the most broken combo. It has the perfect balance of luck and skill with the need to ajust your play style with the random items that you find. The challenges are the random trash items, persistent enemies that will just throw themselves at you in enormous groups, some of the outragous and seemingly unfair bosses, and the limited one use items. You beat all these incredibly hard enemies and survive in very difficult situations just to get killed by a fly/spider/your own bomb. Sometimes it will make you want to throw your computer out a window and cry for hours but then it will fill you with determination and the power needed to surpass your past achievements. Perfect for people that want to learn about Christianity but are too lazy to read the bible. I r8 8/8.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
25 of 40 people (63%) found this review helpful
32 people found this review funny
Recommended
41.6 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
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
Babies Kill Things
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5 of 6 people (83%) 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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5 of 6 people (83%) 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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 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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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 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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