The Binding of Isaac
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- "It can be very challenging, especially if you are new to the game but the more you play easier things get and the more tricks you learn. " in 6 reviews
- "Since the map and items are randomly generated, this game never got dull for me as each reload was an entirely new game." in 5 reviews
- "There's something addicting about it because even though you're doing the same thing over and over, the game changes every time you play it." in 5 reviews
Sometimes I consider just using a seed to make Isaac invincible to make it through just one play through. I've yet to finish even once, and did attempt to use a invincibility code but got bored of it after a couple rounds and realizing that the area I got to just seemed to go on and on forever. I never felt like I'd reach the end.
I imagine this is how old SNES games used to be, games you could be playing for years and might not even complete after all of that time. Though perma-death doesn't help much for this game. I wish there was a way to have more than just Isaac at the beginning. I'd like more variety with my characters. Of course, you can unlock more characters. But guess what that involves? Finishing random amounts of certain tasks such as collecting 99 pennies or just beating the game once.
I feel like this game is great, and I really enjoy the graphics and it's fun to play at night when you're tired and don't even care if you die because you're just playing mindlessly.
Overall, I love the game and love how much content there is. It feels like a game to where I'm never not gonna have things I could do in it.
Admittedly, he didn't really have to buy me the game, because it's dirt cheap! I've never seen this game on sale for any more than seven or eight bucks, and the game pays for itself in no time! The gimmick behind this game is that everything is randomly generated at the beginning of the game. The dungeon, the rooms, the bosses, the items that you find, everything is randomly selected so that no two sessions with the game are the same. This causes the game to never really lose entertainment value- You never play the same game twice with BoI.
That said, you might notice that this game didn't get an A. There's a reason for that, and the reason is the downloadable content, Wrath of the Lamb. It's a great addition to the game, don't get me wrong! It adds a bunch of new rooms, bosses, enemies and items to the game, adding to the entertainment value. However, the jump in difficulty is quite a vast one! I was able to get pretty close to the end of the game, if not beat it, before I added WotL. Now? Now I'm lucky if I make it past a few levels before I am absolutely decimated. Maybe it's that I just need to work on my skills a little bit more, but I digress.
That small complaint aside, though, this game is great! The imagery is disturbing in an oddly charming way, the music is pretty catchy, the controls are grand (Even if a little difficult to get the hang of) and hey, even the very limited story is pretty cool. If you got a couple bucks to spend, I suggest picking this up!
The game can be frustrating because it seems to cheat you sometimes. Because the game is randomly generated, you might enter a room and immediately be hit by an enemy without having time to plan an attack. The locked stores are a neat touch but sometimes you never get a key to enter them, even if you need it.
Worth a play, I'd say... and entertaining. But mildly frustrating when you never know what's coming.
Isaac is a huge bag of chance, the game engine can give you everything you need and help you, or it can completely screw you over. I've had runs where I've had tons of grey x rocks, but the only thing I managed to get from room drops where keys, and other times I've had tons of golden chests and an influx of bombs.
Overall the game is worth being bought and played, it keeps itself interesting and with the ever-changing levels you'll never find yourself bored.
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