OPINION: The Binding of Isaac- An Underrated Masterpiece


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Skylar Lytle, OwlFeed Opinion Reporter

When you think about roguelike games what do you think of? Risk of Rain, Enter The Gungeon? Those are both very popular roguelike games that most people know but one that isn’t as popular is The Binding of Isaac.

The Binding of Isaac is a roguelike game made by Edmund McMillen (creator of Super Meat Boy). However, before getting into The Binding of Isaac, what is a roguelike game? A roguelike game is a game that is different every single time you play it. Generally, the idea is you start at the same place every time, then you go through waves of enemies and find items to help you while fighting, eventually leading up to a final boss. That is the general idea of a roguelike game.

If you’re Christian then you are probably familiar with the story The Binding of Isaac. This game is based on that story and Edmund’s home life as a child.

Anyways, The Binding of Isaac was originally a flash game made in 2011, but after its massive success, McMillen decided to remaster it on Steam as The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth. It included 100’s of items, new characters, new bosses, much more to explore, and even a secret character intended to be an ARG but was found by data miners 109 hours after the game’s launch.

Next game The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth, a DLC to Rebirth that added even more items, more secrets, a new mode, and two new characters. One of these characters was McMillen’s dream of an ARG coming true. Naturally, data miners looked through the code to find secrets but didn’t find anything, and assumed there were no secrets. This led to a huge thing where people looked for things to eventually get the secret character The Keeper. For more information on that click this link.

Next came The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth +. You know the drill by now, new items, new bosses, new secrets, new characters, and a hard version of the new mode added in Afterbirth.

Lastly is The Binding of Isaac: Repentance. The latest, and probably the last DLC to the game. Originally a mod by the name Antibirth, it was developed into the actual game. Of course, it added new secrets and such, but it also over doubled the roster of characters by adding two new characters and a tainted version for every one of them.

This game has a huge community of players and is very fun. If you do not want to buy the game itself you can watch some Youtube videos about it, Lazy Mattman or Lavencas are both great choices. That is all there is to say about this game without going into too much detail, and you should definitely check it out.