Dark Humor just got darker in this indie game made by the team that brought you Super Meat Boy. The Binding of Isaac is an RPG-esque randomly generated survival game that is very similar to the older Legend of Zelda games. But is it worth your money and time? Yes it is.
BoI (Binding of Isaac) centers around a young child named Isaac whose mother has been commanded by God to kill Isaac; but “luckily” Isaac escapes into the basement where he faces a new set of foes and monsters. Isaac fights with his tears and various power-ups you can unlock throughout the game.
One of the best things about BoI is its replayability and its ability to hold up over time. The game is randomly generated and the bosses unlock in different orders, so it’s really fun to see the various combinations and rooms you’ll see on your adventures. The game always starts from the beginning as well and this really adds to its “pick-up-and-play” factor and adds a new pressure to the gameplay that keeps it interesting and intense. The maps are divided by rooms and it feels like a gamble, after you have found the boss room, to even look in the other rooms for fear of the enemies that wait inside.
BoI contains several areas and 6-8 levels within each level, but countless more levels and bosses are added in the Wrath of the Lamb expansion. The levels range from areas such as the basement to the womb and bosses of various shapes and sizes. The bosses face you in a random order but each of the bosses pertain to specific areas and you will never face them outside of their area (I.E. Gemini will never be seen outside of the basement and Fistula will never be seen outside of the caves) This does downplay the random aspect of it but it still remains enough to be a surprise when one you haven’t seen before appears.
The design style of BoI is very cartoony but also eerie in a way that really captures the feel of the game and its atmosphere. The game’s design is gory and scary but its cartoon-esque nature keeps it at a level of whimsy that is easy to stomach to the more casual audience and helps it appeal to a lot more people. The enemies’ tend to be variations of others, but it is redeemed by their different combinations and large variety in bosses.
The game is a fun, well crafted game with an amazing art design and an even better replayability factor but it’s disturbing story and also disturbing enemy set that tends to alienate the more conservative people It’s a great game and I definitely would recommend it to anyone with 5 dollars and even the 2.99 for the DLC is worth it as long as you don’t download the DLC right away and get a good feel for the game first. Overall it just depends on your tolerance for gore and hostile takes on areas of Christianity. The game is available on Steam and there were rumors of a 3DS port until it was rejected by Nintendo. The game is a fun, well crafted game with an amazing art design and an even better replay ability factor but its disturbing story and also disturbing enemy set that tends to alienate the more conservative people.