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The Binding Of Isaac

10 months ago

Feature:

Have you played… The Binding Of Isaac: Rebirth?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. 'Played' in the title suggests something concluded, but clearly if you did ever play The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth (plus its various expansions), you're almost certainly still playing it. Forever and ever.

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11 months ago

Feature: I hate these guys

Dungeon of dicks: The Binding Of Isaac’s most hateful enemies

The Binding Of Isaac: Rebirth (plus Afterbirth add-ons) is very much my jam right now. It's been in my life for a while, but December (and now January) was when I fully committed to it. By which I mean 'it took over almost my entire life.' I've seen so much, I've killed so much, and I've been killed by so much. I have a degree…

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2 years ago

Feature: How to cheat and prosper

When Is It Acceptable To Look Up A Wiki?

We’ve all been there. When a puzzle is so obtuse you can’t even begin to work out how to solve it. When you’ve been searching for the next bonfire in a Dark Souls game for hours on end. When you've committed to finding a game’s scattered collectibles and one proves a bit too well hidden. Wikis and guides can replace hours of frustration with a…

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5 years ago

Feature: “It really feels like Vlambeer"

Wasteland Kings: The Anti-Binding Of Isaac

Vlambeer is making yet another videogame like it's their job or something. They have probably lost their minds, but we may as well reap the rewards. Originally a quick and dirty Mojam prototype dystopia-'em-up, Wasteland Kings is now evolving into a full-on action-roguelike (or "roguelike-like," as designer JW Nijman describes it) with heaps of characters, procedurally generated locations, and of course, guns. In practice, that…

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6 years ago

Kitty Kharacters: Team Meat’s Mew-Genics Hints

Four words all but guaranteed to win my attention: "a game about cats." When said four words are twinned with the knowledge that the game in question comes from the creators of Super Meat Boy and one half of The Binding Of Isaac team, my attention becomes unwavering. We know precious little about Team Meat's Mew-Genics other than that it'll be "randomly generated, strange and…

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7 years ago

The Binding Of Isaac Gets Wrathier This Month

Despite the constant flow of new games to try, be they the sort of grand strategy that devours weeks or tiny flights of fancy, there are some games more than a fortnight old that I still find time to play. The Binding of Isaac is one. Short, decidedly sour and extremely attentive to my desire for carefully controlled randomisation and odd loot, every journey into…

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Unbound: Ed McMillen Talks With Design3

Who wants a long look into the mind behind The Binding of Isaac? Edmund McMillen recently spoke with design3, a web portal offering education and advice for game developers, and the resulting conversation is wide-ranging, fascinating and what I believe must be referred to as 'refreshingly' honest. That's as honest as the country pub with the shaded garden serving up the first beer of a…

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Rebound: The Binding Of Isaac Expansion

I still haven't done everything there is to do in The Binding of Isaac and it's one of the few games that I'll happily revisit for achievements and items. I want every item and I want to kill every boss with every character. That's why the news of an expansion fills me with pleasure and anxiety, although not in equal measure. The anxiety is tiny…

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Feature: You better watch out, perhaps even cry

The Games of Christmas ’11: Day 16

The first snow of the year made an appearance today, blanketing the world outside with the ghostly beauty of a whispered veil, as the fire roared, pressing freshly cut logs to the glowing bosom of its warming embrace and casting flickering shadows about the room. Christmas is a time for tortured and twee metaphor, that's for sure, but it's about much more than that. Above…

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OST(erity) Cuts: Indie Music Bundle

Here's an indie bundle with a difference - it doesn't contain any games. Instead, the Indie Music Bundle it's a collection of soundtracks from some of your favourite (assumption #1) indie games and some you have probably never heard of (assumption #2). As is swiftly becoming obligatory, the ten albums are available at a price of your choosing, although this is for one day only,…

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Roguelike Radio: The Binding of Isaac

Hullo! I used to write on this site, and then I got very tired. I sleep most the day now. It's nice. When I'm sleeping, I get my nurse to play podcasts. This is my favourite games podcast in ages. Roguelike Radio is a Roguelike-centric podcast which plays a different one every couple of weeks and does a show about it. In this case, however,…

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Voxabundle Adds Isaac, Blocks That Matter

The devious wee sods. It's always like this: the Humble Bundle announces its latest pay-what-you-want indie deal, so we duly post about it because the people should know and all that. Then, a few days later, they go and add more games to the bundle, so it seems wise to also post about that. They've got us by the short and curlies. Joking aside, clan…

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Eve’s Dropping: The Binding Of Isaac

The most common complaint about The Binding of Isaac is that it doesn't contain enough horrid things in it, being a rather delicate cocktail of blood, tears and poo. Thankfully, the Halloween update, which will automatically apply itself to Steam copies of the game by noon PST today, adds "20% more evil". It says so in the trailer, which is gibbering madly in the sulfurous…

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The Demonstrating Of Isaac

The Binding of Isaac, Ed McMillen and Florian Himsl's icky, ingenious Zeldalike now benefits from an online demo, hosted in the browser-based medium of Flash at Newgrounds. It only includes two areas of the game and a few of the items and foes, so may struggle to convey the randomly-generated wonder/horror of this shooter/roleplayer/matricide curio, but if you're still confused about exactly what this game…

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Team Meat <3 PC

And we <3 Team Meat right back. Over the weekend, they've been chatting to the cool cats over at IndieGames.com, and Ed dropped this hefty knowledge bomb: We're never going to make a game that couldn't also be on PC. That's a stupid thing for most indies to do. PC is crucial No surprises there, considering that the Steam sales of SMB outnumber the Xbox…

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The Binding of Isaac Trailer Is Adorable

Traditionally, I enjoy my breakfast while listening to Ravel and watching the labouring classes hurrying back and forth in the street below. That all changed today. I nearly choked on my toasted muffin as my brain attempted to process the contents of The Binding of Isaac trailer. I had assumed Edmund McMillen's latest would be an inspiring and moving parable relating to the limits of…

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