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The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

1 month ago

Seven game developers accuse indie publisher Nicalis of exploitation

Nicalis, an indie developer and publisher best known for games like The Binding Of Isaac: Rebirth and Cave Story+, are at the center of a new report alleging mistreatment of its employees and partners. Speaking today with Kotaku, seven developers with links to the indie house have come forward with grievances against the company's founder and president Tyrone Rodriguez, citing racism, abuse, and exploitation.

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11 months ago

The Binding Of Isaac’s tribute to Satoru Iwata is sweet, for Isaac

Every year on December 6th, the birthday of former Nintendo president Satoru Iwata (who died in 2015), The Binding Of Isaac: Rebirth pays tribute to him and the Nintendo games which inspired Isaac in a special daily challenge run. We get to play as a wee Iwata, clad in his smart suit and clutching the 'Gamekid' item, while loot pools are slanted towards many of…

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1 year ago

The Binding Of Isaac adding Antibirth mod in next expansion

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the basement, another expansion for The Binding Of Isaac: Rebirth has been announced. Following the small-ish Afterbirth+, which was supposed to be the roguelikelike cry 'em up's final expansion, The Binding Of Isaac: Repentance will be a big'un: rolling in the wild mod Antibirth, along with new stuff. First released in 2016, Antibirth adds…

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Crossover fighting game Blade Strangers released

I settled a 'Dracula vs. Frankenstein' debate the other day by referring to the authority on power rankings: Top Trumps cards, where Dracula trounces Frankenstein. Granted the debate was about the books rather than a monsterfight, but it's still fun to throw fictional folks together to see who'd win a rumble. Enter Blade Strangers, a crossover fighting game released today. Along with pugilists from previous…

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The Binding Of Isaac becoming physical card game

A party's not a party until you've necked a handful of mystery pills and wept over a poo, I always say, and soon that experience will be available in a more hygienic form. Edmund McMillen, the big man of The Binding Of Isaac, has designed a physical multiplayer card game based on the rad roguelikelike shoot 'em up, and it already smashed its Kickstarter goal.…

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Unbound: Isaac joins fighting game Blade Strangers

As an avid The Binding Of Isaac player and a fan of absurd disparity in fighting game crossovers, I'm delighted to hear that Isaac has joined the cast of Blade Strangers. Isaac, a murdered child who in his native roguelikelike top-down shooter fights sentient poos by crying on them, will face a roster of heavily-armed crossover characters including Quote, the warbot hero of Cave Story.…

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Isaac: Afterbirth+ unwraps new character in final Booster

The fifth and final free 'Booster Pack' content update has arrived for The Binding Of Isaac: Rebirth's Afterbirth+ expansion, bringing a new secret character, new items, new enemies, new room layouts, and heaps more to the roguelikelike cry 'em up. The update fixes a load of longstanding glitches and irritants in Isaac too, bringing back a feeling of polish to a game which has been…

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2 years ago

Purr! Edmund McMillen is poking at Mew-genics again

My lifelong dream to become a cat lady is stymied by my flatmate's allergies, but at least I'll get to become a virtual cat lady. Edmund McMillen, the co-creator of Super Meat Boy and Binding of Isaac, has announced that he will likely resume making Mew-genics. It's a game about breeding and caring for hordes of strange cats then entering them in cat competitions, with…

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Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ adds more items & enemies

Ace roguelikelike allegory 'em up The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth [official site] last night launched the fourth 'Booster Pack' for its Afterbirth+ expansion, adding new items, new enemies, new room layouts, and more. As with the other Boosters, this is bringing player-made mods into the base game. I do recognise one tasty addition brought over from ace mod Antibirth: the Schoolbag, which lets players hold…

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Music to my ears: live improvised soundtracks

Game music that responds to your actions can be a magical thing. I'm talking about sneaking through enemy lines accompanied by an eerie string quartet, or cresting a hill while the scenery and music swell around you. Joost van Dongen, the man behind Proun and Cello Fortress, recently did an experiment with live soundtrack improvisation that makes for interesting reading. Dongen and his fellow improviser…

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Feature: The best bargains

Steam summer sale: our giant recommendations list

The Steam summer sale is in full blaze. For a while it even blazed so hot that the servers went on fire and all the price stickers peeled off the games. Either that or the store just got swamped with cheapskates looking for the best bargains. Cheapskates like you! Well, don’t worry. We’ve rounded up some recommendations - both general tips and some newly added…

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Super Meat Boy co-creator announces The End Is Nigh

Edmund McMillen, the co-creator of Super Meat Boy and The Binding of Isaac, has announced a deadly new platformer. The End Is Nigh [official site] is its name, and coming out in July is its game. It's a collaboration with Closure creator Tyler Glaiel and no, it's Øuroboros, another platformer those two had been working on. The End Is Nigh is a "sprawling adventure platformer"…

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Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ opens second booster pack

Yet more items have dropped into mom's basement with the second 'booster pack' for The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth † [official site]. Out now, it rolls more player-made mods into the official roster. Some of them are handy, like Jumper Cables recharging your active item as you kill enemies, while others appeal to vanity, like more graphics for bomb combos and a dresser table reshuffling…

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3 years ago

Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ unwraps mod Booster Pack

Rad roguelikelike The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ [official site] has launched its first 'Booster Pack', a collection of player-made mods now made official and rolled into the game. The first batch plucked from the Steam Workshop (and slightly tweaked) are mostly new items and trinkets, along with odds and ends like extra hairstyles for Eden and optional charge bars for Brimstone attacks. They're simply part…

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Mod me up! Isaac: Afterbirth+ and Antibirth future plans

The first of the promised official mod packs for the new The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ [official site] expansion should arrive in March. The developers have blig-blogged about how they'll go about rolling player-made mods into official updates and yup, we can expect them to arrive by the end of each month from March onwards. In other mod news, the makers of the amazing mod…

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Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ rebalances annoying bits

A much-needed patch has arrived for the new Binding of Isaac: Rebirth [official site] expansion, Afterbirth+, to fix bugs and balance problems. Yes, this does address some of the irritants that Adam raised in his review. Those flipping nuisance enemy-summoning portals are less common, for one, and the Sister Vis boss battle is less of a chore. I've already put a fair few hours into…

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The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ expansion released

The second expansion for The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth [official site], the world's premiere roguelikelike shooter about crying babies, launched last night. Afterbirth+ whacks in new items and enemies and levels and another character and all that but, perhaps more importantly, brings official mod support. Given the wonders players made with unofficial tools - have you seen the Antibirth mod? - I'm mighty excited by…

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Binding of Isaac player-made expansion Antibirth is out

Bloated blood-burping bumbleflies, electrotears, and so many more secrets are now buzzing around the basement in The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, thanks to the release of a huge and hugely impressive community-made expansion. Yes, the second official expansion launches in a fortnight but before then absolutely do check out the free Antibirth [official site] mod. Antibirth is mahoosive, adding new characters, new enemies, new bosses,…

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Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ to officially add some mods

Tearjerking expansion The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ [official site] will add new items and enemies and bosses and all that to the baby simulator, I'm sure you know, and bring official mod support too. We've known that for yonks! Here's a neat twist: some of the best mods will be officially added to the game in updates.

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Isaac Expansion Brings Inventory-Munching Locust King

Receiving unwanted items is always a bummer in a roguelikelike where every drop counts, so I'm glad to hear that my favourite roguelikelike is getting a powerful new solution to that. The second expansion to The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth [official site], Afterbirth †, will add a new character with the power to receive powerful bonuses for destroying items. His name's Apollyon (or Abaddon, as…

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