Oh jesus. Oh man. I so wanted to like this game. But wow its so boring. Not really bad, just really really boring.
Now, I've played many Isaac-esque games and I've loved most, one or two even taking my favor over isaac. And not once did I feel the need to compare the two. But in this case? The entire time I played it (which if you look really isnt long) I just kept thinking 'This is isaac this is isaac' until I realized 'No, of course its not, Isaac was actually fun.'
Lets start with the positives. The music is gorgeous, I adore the soundtrack to this and hoestly, despite not liking the game I would buy the soundtrack. The art style is great, for what setting they were going for it works, almost like a more detailed 'Dont Starve' look to it. They also have a dodge roll type feature which I like the idea of, but it also has its downsides. But thats really all I can give it.
I found this game just didn't feel right, it lacked the polish. First off, the controls, your forced to used the keyboard only, so WASD for movement, arrows for shooting. And right away that put me off, I didn't like those controls in isaac (Used mouse in the first and controller in rebirth) and I certainly don't like them here. They feel really tight, and not in the good way, you feel so restricted to having both hands in a set place on your keyboard and the fluid motions of moving and using the mouse for shooting cant be replicated through a keyboard. Also but having to use the keyboard, you are forced to snake your fingers around trying to use your active item, chalk or rolling. Yeah remember I said about rolling having its downsides? Being forced to use the keyboard it limits how effective the rolling can really be when your also trying to shoot at the time time almost making the rolling redundant.
The animations are lazy. I can't really say it any other way than that. Especially on the main character (Cordy) where you would expect to see the most. Her movements look clunky (all 3 frames of it (not including the rolling)) and most enemies just seem to rock side to side.
One thing I find amusing is the store page for this game 'Key Features: Fast-Paced'. Let me tell you, it most certainly is not. The combat is so incredibly tedious and slow its insane. Even the weakest of the enemies take more than a necessary amount of hits. I've seen people say that this adds a level of depth and strategy to the game. I say it adds too much monotony and repepativeness to the game.
While were talking about combat, you know with isaac how shooting things feels so satisfying? You feel the thud, you hear the collision? You don't get that with this. Due to everything taking so long to die it became quick to realize that its not satisfying to shoot things, the sound effects are incredibly bad and really get on your nerves really fast plus things just seem to waltz through your shots like nothing.
I also saw someones review saying 'Where The Binding of Isaac is a fast-paced, almost bullet-hell game', which yes isaac is much more fast-pace, but the 'bullet-hell' thing also applys to this game, more so than isaac in my opinion. While not directly bullets the begining floors at least had A LOT of electrifying obsticals making it very difficult to maneuver while in combat and not getting hit. Not to mention the second boss I faced (some cauldron thing) which quite literally a bullet hell boss, an insanely tanky one at that.
So while no its not a bad game per-sey, its incredibly boring and slow and while you play it, like it or not your thinking 'Isaac did this better'. With that I genuinely cannot recommend this game when other games like Isaac, Hero Seige, Risk Of Rain etc exist.