The Binding of Isaac Reviews and more

Based on 12 critics – Overal Score: 85 / 100

GameInfo: 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 vvith heavy Rogue-like elements. Following Isaac on his journey players vvill 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.

Critic Score
RHR! “Super Meat Boy was a instant classic when it was released last year. As soon as Team Meat announced their next game a few months back, fans were excited. Team Meat is known for their weirdness and humor. With only Edmund Mcmillen, one half of Team Meat, on this “side project” of theirs, will it be any good?” Read Full Review 100/100
RipTen “It is like Isaac is a representation of all of us. We live with great difficulty, trying to survive every awful crisis that life pulls the pin out of and throws at us. Most of the problems we face aren’t even caused by us and are products of things we don’t even understand or have no control over, like Isaac’s crazy mom and the voices she hears. No matter what, though, we have to face those difficulties and defeat them in order to continue on. Even when we succeed we are thrust back to the beginning of it all, naked and crying but a little bit smarter and a little bit stronger, ready to combat the next dungeon of our lives until we exit the game entirely.” Read Full Review 95/100
Destructoid If I weren’t already so fond of game jams — and rapid prototyping in general – The Binding of Isaac likely would have pushed me into such fandom. It began life as a week-long project between Team Meat’s Edmund McMillen and Florian Himsl, eventually growing to what it is now, a twisted roguelike centered around religious themes and classic gaming influences. Read Full Review 95/100
Game Breakers The Binding of Isaac is like nothing you’ve seen before: a mix of Smash TV-like controls, Legend of Zelda-like perspective, and a brutally hard difficulty of a roguelike. But, is it worth the punishment? Read Full Review 90/100
DualShockers “When Super Meat Boy was released last year it instantly put Team Meat on the map in a way I don’t think even they were prepared for. While the team is currently working on their second full title together, Edmund McMillen (half of the team) has been working on a side project with Florianl Himsl and Danny B called The Binding of Isaac. As the pieces started to come together it was very clear that while this may share a similar look with Super Meat Boy this is an entirely different game. I literally had to force myself to stop playing this game to write this review, so let’s get this thing started so I can get back to playing. ” Read Full Review 90/100
BeefJack “A brilliant – if incredibly deranged – mix of Zelda and the roguelike, which proves to be so accessible and full of variety that you’ll keep coming back for just one more go.” Read Full Review 86/100
ButtonCombo The Binding of Isaac is the latest game by Edmund McMillen, creator of Gish and co-creator of the incredible Super Meat Boy. Mixing shooters with roguelike and combining Zelda with tons and tons of powerups, this game is certainly unique. But can it live up to the standards that Super Meat Boy set?. Read Full Review 85/100
SHH MOM! In the first review of The Binding of Isaac, Nickolai Niver writes: “All in all, Edmund has developed another wonderful game. It’s in no way Super Meat Boy, but it’s a beautiful game that’s well worth the five dollars”. Read Full Review 85/100
IGM The dictionary defines the word “awesome” as: – inspiring awe: an awesome sight. – showing or characterized by awe – Slang. very impressive. That above is how I would describe Edmund McMillen’s The Binding of Isaac. Read Full Review 85/100
4LOGPC 4LOG’s Garrett Kaser takes a look at Super Meat Boy creator Edmund McMillen’s latest take on classic RPGS with The Binding of Isaac. Read Full Review 80/100 “Edmund McMillen, half of Team Meat and developer of cult indie hit Gish, is well-versed in the art of the thoroughly disgusting. The Binding Of Isaac is the natural progression of his trademark art style and dark mature themes, telling the horrifying story of an abused child escaping certain death at the murderous hands of his insane mother – fighting off hordes of deformed, nightmarish monstrosities with his own tears. It’s thoroughly nasty, frequently nauseating and occasionally even a mite moving. Read Full Review 80/100
ThriftyNerd: Many players will not stick with the game for long, but those who do will be rewarded with a constantly changing world. You will not see everything the first time you beat the game, but you will always see something unique and weird in a good way. It’s not for everyone, but The Binding of Isaac certainly is for someone. Read Full Review 60/100



Genre: Action, Adventure
Developer: Edmund McMillen and Florian Himsl
Publisher: Edmund McMillen
Release Date: 28 Sep 2011


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