I, for one, continue to welcome our Neo-Roguelike caretakers (ALL WILL BOW BEFORE THE MIGHT OF THE HEGONOMY OF DARK SOULS CLONES).
First things first. Yes, Full Mojo Rampage *is* like that Binding Of Isaac game. In that same way that BoI is like Berserk; Improved upon in virtually every way. It's like if Blizzard decided to put their unique, super-effective pass of polish and gloss on a BoI game.
- The Mojo/Relic/Inventory system is a nice 'tactical balance' constant decision spot for the player to get caught up in, as are shops at which you can buy AND sell, and the Mojo Mixer, which lets you meld 2 individual powerups into a dual (cannot be melded further).
- All Character Classes can be unlocked just by expending 10 Medallions (used to purchase Masks/Classes/Playthrough Bonuses), which are reasonably easy to find (can easily find 10 in a decent run - not even a good run). The Classes themselves have a good amount of playstyles represented, with the exception of a melee (although there is a close range / melee-esque class).
- There are Persistent Systems for Player Level (each level you can upgrade one Stat slightly) and Gold, which can be spent in shops, or spent on upgrading persistent "Pins", which provide bonuses to your character such as extra inventory slots, more health or damage or critical chance, faster spell cooldowns, a chance to poison or slow enemies, etc. (you can carry 1-5 pins with you (Player level dependent) of the 25 or so available). Pins drop randomly during gameplay (I have yet to find a duplicate, but I still have 4 or so to find).
- The level layout is randomized, as is the order or appearance of levels in the 'overworld map', for an extra layer of difference in each playthrough. Different Acts (Quests) have a very different base layout (in particular, Exploration Time Before Boss Fight decreases as you advance through the Quests).
- Uses the same Elite Monster paradigm as Isaac/Risk Of Rain (and you know, Diablo/ Titan Quest), but I'm into the 3rd Act, and there definitely are not as many unique Bosses/Sub-Bosses as in Isaac.
- Already has native gamepad support and genuinely good graphics (although I actually prefer the mouse aiming to twinstick shooting).
- Has 2 Player Local and 4 Player Online Co-Op play (I have not yet sampled these modes)
The long and short of this is that Full Mojo Rampage gives me that 'Just one more game' feeling, as well as that pleasant surprise of getting that one item that saves your run, as well as that shock when your stupendously overpowered character dies miserably. Which brings me back around to just one more game.