Humble Indie Bundle 7 ReviewGuest_Jim_* - January 2, 2013
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The Binding of Isaac: Wrath of the Lamb Review:
The Binding of Isaac is a challenging game as it is without the Wrath of the Lamb DLC adding new enemies and new bosses. I should know since I also have the base game in my Steam library. For this review I am playing the version you may download from Humble Bundle, which includes the DLC.
In this game you play as Isaac, the young child of a mother so obsessed with God that when she hears a voice telling her to punish Isaac and even kill him, she is willing to do so without a second thought. To escape, Isaac hides in the basement of his home where a myriad of dangers and demons exist, including other hideously malformed children that serve as bosses. Don't worry though, you will become hideous quickly enough as power ups change your appearance, to indicate their presence.
The game itself is what some may call a hardcore RPG or even arcade RPG as you only get one life and no saves. When you die you have to start over from the beginning. Fortunately, reaching the end is not supposed to take hours upon hours, but I wouldn't know because I've never made it to the end. Each time you play you can expect a different experience, as the maps are randomly generated for each session. Sometimes you will start with a treasure room right next to you, where you may find an awesome power up! Other times you will have to battle through the level to find the treasure room only to find a decent, but not great, power up, or that the door is locked and no keys remain. Even the bosses will be different from session to session.
So we have a randomly generated, challenging game, with one life and no saves. What's the point of playing if you can't be sure you're going to win? For one thing you will not know what your chances of winning are until you start playing, thanks to the random maps. Also victory is not the only thing to try for as there are unlockable characters with different stats that may make your next attempt more successful.
Should this be called the 'Humble Bundle of Isaac' instead of the Humble Indie Bundle 7? That is hard to say. The game is definitely fun so I suspect any gamer comfortable with the graphics and story of the game will find it enjoyable. The catch is I cannot say that everyone out there who will enjoy the game also needs to have it in their library. None of them will regret having it though; that I am quite certain of. You don't have to beat the average to get The Binding of Isaac though, so if you have no problem paying less than that, go ahead and get the bundle, if only for this game. It is a solid game that simply may not be for everyone.