What a day for child services!
The Binding of Isaac weaves together the fun, simple gameplay of the original Legend of Zelda and the ancient Roguelike traditions of permanent death and randomized dungeons, items, and monsters. The result is a $5 game that can provide dozens of hours of good times, easy.
The game tells the story of a woman called upon by God to sacrifice her son Isaac as a test of faith. Isaac eludes her only by throwing himself into a trap door he discovers in his room. The similarity to the Biblical story of the same name is intentional, and the game is loaded with dark and sometimes sacrilegious imagery. The player guides the poor boy through a dangerous multi-floored dungeon scattered with freakish monsters and mysterious items like magical tarot cards, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Mom’s lipstick. Oh yes, it gets more disturbing than her lipstick, too.
With unlockable characters, tons of secrets, more than a hundred items and even more coming out soon in the new expansion pack, “Wrath of the Lamb,” the majority of the fun in Binding of Isaac comes from the sense of exploration and achievement from overcoming the game’s intense difficulty. If these things appeal to you and you can spare a dark sense of humor, this is the game for you!
Ratings are given from 1 (awful) to 5 (badical).
Gameplay: 5 – Fun, simple, very challenging
Graphics: 4 – The art style is effective and disturbing, and it’s usually easy to tell what everything is at a glance
Sound: 4 – The music is at times bleak and at others intense, and the sounds are reminiscent of the classic Zelda style. It works well.
Multiplayer: 0 – None
Replayability: 5 – Easy to get into, totally random dungeon and placement each time
Overall: 4/5 – It’s only $5 on Steam. It’s well worth the money, and then some.