The Binding of Isaac

The Binding of Isaac is a 2-D, dungeon crawler, indie game developed by Edmund McMillen and Florian Himsl and was released on Steam on September 28, 2011. I discovered this game only after watching a recording of the livestream of a very sleepy Cry playing it and discovered that it is really good and very addicting.

The game opens with a narration. Isaac is drawing pictures while his mother watches Christian television. All of a sudden, his mother hears a godly voice who tells her that her son is corrupted with sin and that she should remove all evil around him. So, Isaac’s mother takes away his drawings, his toys, and his pants to save him. Once again, Isaac’s mother hears the voice who tells her that he is still in danger and that he must be protected from all evil. His mother then throws him in his room and locks him in. Again, Isaac’s mother hears the voice who tells her that she must still prove her love and devotion to him and for that to happen she must sacrifice Isaac. So, she grabs a butcher’s knife and heads for Isaac’s room. As luck would have it, Isaac was peeking through a crack and sees his mother heading for him. He finds a trapdoor under a rug in his room and jumps in just as his mother comes in.

The gameplay starts from here. You will be controlling Isaac, who shoots his tears as bullets, through a maze of rooms, collecting items, battling with creatures and bosses, and jumping through trapdoors after each boss battle. There are five other characters, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, that are unlockable and thirteen different endings.

The game is challenging and frustrating for noob players like me but for people who are used to games like Super Meatboy, I imagine it would be easier. Still, challenging or not, it’s very addicting. I guess it’s because I’m not very good at games but I spend hours just trying to beat it and the farthest I’ve gone is four basements down. My nephew, who is four years old, has gone about seven basements down which is one before the last basement. There’s also no shortage of creatures to battle with and the effects of the items you can pick up are very, very interesting.

Check it out for yourself, you can find the game on Steam here.

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