Super Isaac Meatman McMillen Explains Øuroboros

For months, Isaac-Binding Super Meatman Edmund McMillen has been slowly revealing progress on his next games: a puzzle-RPG Isaac spin-off named The Legend of Bum-bo, made with James Id; and some sort of shooty platformer, made with Tyler Glaiel, by the name of… er… oh! That second game now has a name, Øuroboros, which will make it a lot easier to talk about [though that Ø will be a fiddly one all right -ed.]. He’s also now described the game in an extended simile of road-mash gut-pash, which I’ll sure you’ll find highly informative.

McMillen described Øuroboros in a blog post yesterday:

the best way to describe it would probably be like if you took mega man, tossed him out of a moving car so fast it caused a tear in time and space that pulled our existence inside out. your guts being on the outside of your body would make it a lot easier to slide under doors and through the cracks in the sidewalk. writhing in pain as you slide deeper inside the earth, only to find yourself smashed against the veiny eyeball stalks of another iteration of you that seems to have slipped down here years ago. you guys have a long talk about your aches and pains but are suddenly interrupted by the gooey paper thin body of some other guy who looks exactly like you and your new best friend..

‘who the fuck are you buddy?’ you ask him… no reply..

‘hey!, what gives!?’ you scream at his elongated mess of throbbing entrails that slightly resemble a face.

‘kiss me…’ he murmurs, and you do, passionately and with purpose.

far away you can hear a faint voice say ‘… gay!’

you instantly recognize this voice as your own… loosen up whats left of your body and slide further into the earth, your tears only quickening the descent as you drop out of sight into infinity.

Øuroboros is an action based platformer/shooter with random level generation and the like, ala binding of isaac or spelunky, but… off.

As that fuzzy boy on the television says, “simples.”

No word on when Øuroboros might be done so, for now, here’s a video showing it:

Heck, while I’m at it, here’s a work-in-progress peek at Bum-bo’s cardboard menus:

They say they’ll ready to show gameplay in a bit.


  1. JD Ogre says:

    So, Øuroboros is a sequel to Time Fcuk, eh? Well, it stars Steven, anyways…

  2. Baltech says:

    Still salty about the cancellation of Mew-Genics and this does not desalinate me.

    • shoptroll says:

      The demo they had at PAX East a couple years back was really rough and wasn’t really all that fun. Great concept but it clearly needed more time in the oven.

      • C0llic says:

        Yeah, I was interested in Mew-genics too, but if its been dropped, it’s probably for good reason. Sometimes games just don’t end up being very fun (Subversion comes to mind as an example).

    • Williz says:


  3. C0llic says:

    Theres a definite Isaac vibe to both of those, but who cares? I’m willing to bet at least one, if not both of these is going to be awesome. He has a pretty impressive track record so far.

    Hooray for more strange, brutally addictive games.

  4. Michael Fogg says:

    McMillen jumped the shark

    • AceJohnny says:

      But the shark still caught his leg and ripped it off below the knee, and now he’s hobbling around gaming conventions, blood spurting out of the gaping open wound… McMillen mostly talks and acts as if nothing happens, except sometimes interrupts himself with howls of pain, only to then resume whatever he was doing as if nothing happened.

      Oh and sometimes he defecates on himself.

  5. prostetnik says:

    What’s up with English speaker’s obsession with diacritics?
    We get it, you feel left out and your alphabet looks bland and boring, but that’s no reason to empty the salt shaker over everything that doesn’t look distinct enough. Sure, Motörhead and Mötley Crüe have that beautiful German-Evil look, but if you try reading this stuff when those dots actually have a meaning to you, it does sound a bit silly.
    And now Øuroboros? Pointless in English and impossible to pronounce in Scandinavian languages.

    • Da5e says:

      I know, right? We didn’t vote Brexit just to have filthy foreign dots and lines all over the language, our language, the language of Shakespeare!

      If these chaps love diacritics so much why don’t they go live there?

  6. ice1985 says:

    You had me at “puzzle-RPG Isaac spin-off”.

  7. Guzzleguts says:

    I assumed it was a slashed zero. Ourouboros being infinite, infinite nothing. I dunno.

    • Guzzleguts says:

      Today’s message intended as a reply to prostetnik

    • All is Well says:

      Nah, slashed zeroes don’t have those ends of the line sticking out like that. It’s more likely an empty set symbol – those both look like that and have the connotation to nothingness.

      • Jamesac68 says:

        It’s actually a zero, according to the blog post-

        “finally a name! Øuroboros or 0uroboros depending on if you like your zeros cut or uncut, is the official title of a project Tyler Glaiel and i have been working on for a little while now.”

        • All is Well says:

          Welp, that’s as clear cut as it gets, I guess.

          • Jamesac68 says:

            Yep! And from here on out you can pronounce it “zerouboros”. :)

  8. MajorLag says:

    McMillen is one of those people who are so talented it makes me want to punch them in the face. Like, god was handing out the talent and they were just in front of you in line, but swiped it all for themselves and legged it when god wasn’t looking.

  9. grrrz says:

    seems great, also ultra difficult, not sure it’s for me.
    Bumbo seems very promising as a Isaac spin-off.

  10. Monggerel says:

    I watched a snail crawl along the edge of a straight razor. This is my dream; this is my nightmare. Crawling, slithering, along the edge of a straight razor, and surviving.

  11. AceJohnny says:

    Wonders if this is going to be less disturbing than his previous productions…

    –guts being on the outside of your body would make it a lot easier to slide under doors and through the cracks in the sidewalk. writhing in pain as you slide deeper inside the earth–