The Horror Honeys: The Binding of Isaac - Game Review

The Binding of Isaac - Game Review

A Gamer Honey Review

The Binding of Isaac (2011 - Team Meat)

Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”  Genesis 22:2

I don't know if you've read the bible lately, but it's filled with some pretty dark shit. After spending several years in a Baptist private school, I've come to know this book somewhat well and The Binding of Isaac was always one that completely fucked with me as a kid. However, developers Team Meat were able to take a story of family sacrifice (literally) and turn it in to one of the cutest goddamn games I've ever played!

You play as Isaac, a teary-eyed lad currently on the run from his mom who is on the hunt to drive a large knife in to his little pink belly, all in the name of the Lord. Poor Isaac has to scramble through levels of naked zombie babies, blood clots, and giant maggots to collect items to defend himself against his god fearing mother. There aren't any reservations about making deals with the devil in this game.

Gameplay: The controls are quite simple and yet require quite a bit of coordination! After awhile my wrists began to hurt from all the button mashing, but if playing too much is my only complaint then I think I'll be okay.  In game you can pick up items which may include rotting animal heads, the Necronomicon, and even mom's bra. Each level has its own unique group of monstrosities to fight, and with each item collected Isaac begins to look more and more like them.  Even the 7 deadly sins make an appearance in some of the levels comically named The Womb, Utero, and Necropolis

As the game progresses you can move on just from shooting little Isaac's tears at demons to more interesting weapon combinations. You can create these combinations by picking up items and familiars; they can range from changing your tears to lasers and charging your shots with chocolate milk.

Graphics: Before I talk about the graphics I just have to say, The Binding of Isaac has the BEST music I've heard in a game in a very long time. Danny Baranowsky of dB Soundworks (Super Meat Boy, Canabalt) has completely stolen my heart with this soundtrack. The music in this game is absolutely haunting and has become a quick obessesion of mine.

The Binding of Isaac is a flash based game so don't expect any advanced graphics here, but the art is where it's at! Each monster you battle is grotesque and makes you wonder: “what the fuck is going on in these guys' heads?” Well, whatever is going on in there I hope they keep it up. 

Difficulty: The game is not an easy one by far; each level completely random through each play through and, outside of stats, absolutely no progress is saved. That means that when little Isaac dies, he's not getting back up right then! Don't worry though, those basement monsters are always very welcoming.

The Binding of Isaac is immensely fun to play. Why I didn't play it sooner, I don't know. It was even released on my birthday so it's like the most amazing birthday present ever (at least that's what I'm going to pretend)! So if you're like me and haven't gotten around to it yet, do yourself a favor and try it out! The demo can be found on but I really suggest purchasing it because not only is it dirt cheap, but you're supporting indie developers.

Gamer Honey's Hearts Remaining: 5/5