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Attention!: This is a DEMO!, it features 2 of the 8 levels in The Binding of ISaac.
The full game features loads more content, 11 endings 3+ unlockable characters and a ton more items. if you like the demo buy the game on Steam, its only 5 bucks!.

-Edmund

About the game:

When Isaac's mother starts hearing the voice of God demanding a sacrifice be made to prove her faith, Isaac escapes into the basement facing droves of deranged enemies, lost brothers and sisters, his fears, and eventually his mother.

The Binding of Isaac is a randomly generated action RPG shooter with heavy Rogue-like elements. Following Isaac on his journey players will find bizarre treasures that change Isaac's form giving him super human abilities and enabling him to fight off droves of mysterious creatures, discover secrets and fight his way to safety.

Reviews


FerphylssFerphylss

Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

Attractive concept, depressing atmosphere

I think this game captured the heavy element of abandonment, neglect, betrayal and loneliness pretty well. From the unpleasant environment, music and grotesque enemy. Definitely set the mood right in, I'll comment on it further down.

The shooting mechanism is the most prominent. While the enemy and the character could move in relatively omni-direction, the tears could only be shot in 4 directions, which can be really annoying, given that the enemies' movements are fluid. Making aiming pretty challenging, not impossible, since I went through the game with barely any scratch, lost about 2-3 hearts?

In addition, the bullets have the curving effect that is relatively affected by your movements. If you shoot while moving to the left, the bullet will curve in that direction. Although a certain distance is required for it to curve, making judgement of bullet travel quite challenging.

Then there's the boulders and rocks. It wasn't explained in the game that those rocks and boulders could be pulverized by the bomb. Veteran game players might be able to figure it out, but I would put my bet on that newbie players probably would not have figured it out.

Unless of course it was intended as some kind of puzzle, that if solved would give access to awesome loots. Although I do not really see the need for such in a demo game.

The statuses are not given an explanation either. The Rosary's Faith Up? I do not see what effect it really has, other than adding a few grey hearts. Because as far as I know, those grey hearts are not permanent health upgrade, so why the permanence in change of appearance?

It is good that the game capture the moody atmosphere, but in my opinion, it was way overdone. Everything is depressing, even after you defeated a boss, the memories he had were all of bullying. The only time he was ever happy, was when he got random quirky items. I don't really feel the sense of 'Yeah! Take that Boss!', since the main character didn't rejoice anyway, just more self-pity.

The grey hearts I mentioned, for those wondering, are temporary health boost, means you cannot replenish them, they will not deplete unless you get damaged.

This is definitely not a feel good game. Meat boy had violent-dark humour, this game is not humorous at all. A recommended game for emos and those that like to wallow in sorrow.



lightlordlightlord

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

I llike it. Honestly

I love the whole legend of zelda creepy twist you got going on. But I have like a thing, of not buying flash games. Even for a buck. I just don't do it. So unfortently, no.


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AleGuiAleGui

Rated 3 / 5 stars

Shooting tears is boring.

I just dont get why the main action in the game is so unsatisfying.
Using the sword in zelda was great, you had to position yourself correctly, you needed good timing. In this game you just spam tears.



WickedMasterWickedMaster

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Oh muh god...

I've spent a good 1-2 hours on this thing X3 its really sad and creepy and the music REAALLY makes it that much more eerie. I absolutely love this game and I can say I'm completely enthralled with it! I love this so much and I hope to see more soon!



Koko328Koko328

Rated 2 / 5 stars

Great game

Not a fan of the controls, which is why I gave it 4/10