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THE BINDING OF ISAAC: AFTERBIRTH

By Rick "Herr Doktor von Brienenstein" van Brienen on September 26, 2017

The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth is a so called Twin-stick shooter / dungeon crawler, and the expansion for the 2014 remake of the original Binding of Isaac, Rebirth. But, no matter what you call the genre, this game is total madness! From its freaky art style, crazy items you can pick up, to the complete randomness of the levels. But that doesn't mean it isn't fun!

The Binding of Isaac originally came out as a browser (flash) game back in 2011 but because of popularity and a very quickly growing community the developer Edmund McMillen of Nicalis (known from Super Meat Boy) started working on the real deal. When the game released on steam in 2014 the community was still at it and welcomed it as a gift from the gods. With tons of feedback and crazy new ideas from the community the developers at Nicalis quickly started working on expansions. The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, Afterbirth, Afterbirth+. And boy are they good! Whew! I'm drifting off somewhat; let's get back to the game, shall we?


Alright! Picture this: Randomly generated classic NES-like Zelda dungeons, crazy monsters, a big boss at the end of each floor and a. small bald kid that cries a lot?

That small bald kid is Isaac, one of many playable characters. You start out with nothing but random tear pellets you shoot at your enemies. But each floor has an Item room hidden in the dungeon with a random item that effects your stats, tears, special effects or even a companion to share your problems with. There are over 500 items in the game and they all combine with each other in a different way, so no play through will be like the next.

I really fell in love with this game and I am not even sure what I like the most. The Biblical style, random poops laying around in rooms or the fact that you can play this game for only 30 minutes and still have a blast!

The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth is available on almost every platform: PC, Xbox One, PS4, 3DS, iOS and it even released on the Nintendo Switch not long ago! So no excuses, check this bad boy out!


Let's summarize! The Binding of Isaac:


- Is a Fun twin-stick shooter
- Doesn't get boring
- Has a very cool art style (Quite a bit of gore)
- Is playable on almost every platform
- Has a great community

So... Are your lunchbreaks at work really boring?

...yes, you may thank me later.


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THE BINDING OF ISAAC: AFTERBIRTH
Edmund McMillen & Florian Himsl
October 30, 2015