The Binding of Isaac: Most Unholy Edition - Mac

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The Binding of Isaac: Most Unholy Edition (Mac)
Requires: Mouse, Keyboard
Also for: PC
Viewed: 2D Top-down, Multi-way scrolling Genre:
Add-on pack
Adventure: Role Playing
Media: CD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Edmund McMillen and Florian Himsl Soft. Co.: Edmund McMillen and Florian Himsl
Publishers: Merge Games (GB)
Released: 5 Oct 2012 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 16+


The Binding of Isaac Afterbirth+ is, in the words of its creators Nicalis, "a top-view multiplayer twin-stick shoot- em-up bloodbath." As concise descriptions of games' form factor go, that's about as tight and accurate as they come. The joy of The Binding of Isaac, though, is in the space between those words.

For starters, they don't describe the dark, sadistic world that you're about to step into. The dungeons you'll explore crawl with an atmosphere that could have seeped out of some of the bleak indie comics of Jhonen Vasquez.

Nor do those words describe the tough, frantic gameplay that stops just short of crossing the 'aaaaaargghhhh this is too hard!!!' line.

The biggest omission from that description, however, is the endless variety that will keep you coming back for more. Discovering a pair of x-ray glasses that in turn reveal a hidden room with a golden poop that spits out coins (then never seeing it again) is one of the many, many surprises that gives The Binding of Isaac a sense of endless novelty and dark charm. There are, we are told, 6,000 rooms, 500 items and weapons, 50+ bosses, 30 different challenge modes and 20 different endings, all of which add up to over 4 billion possible gameplay combinations according to Nicalis. You'll have to give them the benefit of the doubt, because there aren't enough hours in a lifetime to get through all that.