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Very Positive (273 reviews) - 88% of the 273 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (39,283 reviews) - 96% of the 39,283 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 (273 reviews)
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Overwhelmingly Positive (39,283 reviews)
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kylesevy
22.6 hrs
Posted: August 29
PLAY THIS GAME DRUNK! IT IS SO FUN
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insert_bomb_here
79.2 hrs
Posted: August 29
Great game, the new one is visually different but they are both so much fun.
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Gumball
2.8 hrs
Posted: August 28
GOOD GAME,highly enjoyable. Would reinstall again. But you will get bored sometimes. Very luck dependent. But you still need skill :))
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Blake_
127.6 hrs
Posted: August 28
Just absolutely amazing, i dont really know what else to say, its a great game
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Discreet Noob
8.2 hrs
Posted: August 28
Fantastic atmosphere and setting with solid gameplay
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handeggfan 1 <Keke9>
29.1 hrs
Posted: August 28
Lot's of replayability and definetly a must have in your library for whenever you want to have some arcady fun and let the time pass.
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PunasaurusRex
3.9 hrs
Posted: August 28
*My hours on steam do not appropriately reflect play time without wifi on trains, planes, etc

The Binding of Isaac is took up a lot of free time waiting for transportation on my laptop or waiting for flights without wifi. Due to flash like nature, was able to run it on my old crummy laptop.

This game seems simple - help isaac get further and further away and defeat monsters and obtain power ups. But the randomizer, and random level generator - makes each and every playthrough different from your previous. Of course, you earn items that you have earned before, but this time you face a different boss or small bosses.

The game is also quite addictive and frustrating especially if you die quickly. You just want to get back in after yelling at the controller first.

I would give this a 9/10.

Bias: I am a dinosaur. I like to make things cry.
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Destin Grin
7.4 hrs
Posted: August 28
——— 7/10 ———

+ Score
+ Gameplay Diversity
+ Replayability
+ Lore

+/- Kinaesthetics
+/- McMillen's Aesthetics ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

- RNG-Dependant Balance

Feels hard to tolerate harsh difficulty of a game, when it is so random and not responsive. But it's incredibly complex game nonetheless.
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marlborored24
13.0 hrs
Posted: August 28
I beat this game in my first playthrough of my first try for this Isaac. This game is for baby for sure.
(sarcasm).

But, everyone listen, this game should be appreciated. Why ?
1. Flash game like this is never i found that so great.
2. Besides of the uniqueness of gore-EW-spooky-cartoony art style that will be sensitively triggered some people, this game design is so good. (I play this after finishing "Enter the Gungeon".) You must sure try this one if you need challange in your life.
3. You could make a pact with the devil in this game. It's good !


Summary : It is great fun and worthed. This still good to play for game that released for a years.


*Remember, your low-spec computer is the best perks you ever had. Why? Because everything is will be slow down (especially when a lot of bullets on the screen), and this will be help a lot.
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Noct
37.8 hrs
Posted: August 27
Great rogue like game. If you like kinda twisted games it is perfect for you.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
82.0 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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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 28
*My hours on steam do not appropriately reflect play time without wifi on trains, planes, etc

The Binding of Isaac is took up a lot of free time waiting for transportation on my laptop or waiting for flights without wifi. Due to flash like nature, was able to run it on my old crummy laptop.

This game seems simple - help isaac get further and further away and defeat monsters and obtain power ups. But the randomizer, and random level generator - makes each and every playthrough different from your previous. Of course, you earn items that you have earned before, but this time you face a different boss or small bosses.

The game is also quite addictive and frustrating especially if you die quickly. You just want to get back in after yelling at the controller first.

I would give this a 9/10.

Bias: I am a dinosaur. I like to make things cry.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
Babies Kill Things
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
4 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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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
5 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
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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people 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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
225.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
YOUR MOM IS GOING TO KILL YOU. YOU ONLY HAVE YOUR TEARS TO CRY. WHAT IF YOUR TEARS CAN MEND YOUR SOUL AND ELIMINATE YOUR ENEMIES? ARE YOU GOING TO CRY? ARE YOU?!

Meh. Just my everyday life. Except I pee on them. Great life simulator. 9/11
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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