Named and inspired by the Biblical story, Binding of Isaac is a rogue-like video game developed by Edmund McMillen, the developer of Super Meat Boy. The Binding of Isaac is a game with extreme depth and complexity, but has been well-received since its rogue-like nature encourages repeated play through. It takes its inspiration from The Legend of Zelda since it involves defeating monsters in real-time combat while picking up items, bonuses, and power-ups. By July 2014, over 3 million copies had been sold as reported by Edmund McMillen.
Story: The story is, in a very controversial manner, inspired by the Biblical story of the binding of Isaac. Isaac’s mother receives a message from God, in which he demands the life of her soon as evidence of her faith. Isaac flees and seeks refuge in the monster-filled basement of their home where he has to fight in order to survive. However, the game is presented in a comical way as you do play a naked baby fighting poop monsters by crying on them.
Play Style: The game is heavily inspired by The Legend of Zelda, as the player controls Isaac or one of six other unlockable characters through a procedurally generated dungeon. The player fights his way through by defeating monsters and bosses in the rogue-like set-up, which is excellent at its randomization and endless content. The game always keeps you guessing and adapting to every new situation. Combinations of enemy variety and attack patterns keep things fresh throughout. What we particularly liked as we played was the effect your movement had on the tear projectiles. This simple detail of momentum added so much depth to the game that it would be unjust to not appreciate. However, the lack of information and too much randomization can be annoying at times, as we had to look up for advice on how to play the game at certain moments.
Audience: Any die-hard fans of The Legend of Zelda or simply the rogue-like manner randomness that comes with this genre must play this game. Moreover, the comical aspect of the game is hard to ignore so if you are looking for a good laugh as you enjoy a game, this one is definitely for you!
Platforms: The Binding of Isaac is available on Microsoft Windows, Linux, and Mac OS.
Verdict: The endless cycle of adaptations and new challenges at every corner combined with the creepy yet cute artwork places The Binding of Isaac in a league of its own. It has rightfully sparked renewed interest in the genre from both developers and gamers, and we at Maverick IGS give you a sound recommendation to play this game.