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Overview

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is an indie horror action-adventure game developed and published by Nicalis (under creative control from Edmund McMillen) for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita (both via PlayStation Network with Cross-Save support), PC, Mac, and Linux (all three via Steam with full Steam Play support) on November 4, 2014.

The game is a remake of the 2011 game The Binding of Isaac, rebuilt from the ground-up on a new game engine (removing the limitations of the original Flash engine). It features new pixel art graphics (reminiscent of Super Nintendo and Game Boy Advance games) and a completely new soundtrack. All of the original content, including its Wrath of the Lamb expansion, are included in addition to a variety of new content (including new characters, items, enemies, bosses, and challenges), and new gameplay mechanics (including full controller support, difficulty settings, local two-player asymmetrical co-op, the ability to save a play session, and variations to room sizes). Many items from the original have been tweaked to rebalance the gameplay and add special interactions with other items.

Like the original game, players play as Isaac, a naked, crying child who must venture deeper down the dungeons beneath his bedroom floor to escape his sacrifice by his deranged mother. Along the way, he must fight demented monsters and collect twisted powerups (mostly based on biblical or childlike themes).

The game is currently in development for the Xbox One, Wii U, and New Nintendo 3DS. An expansion is also in development, titled Afterbirth.

Players who purchased the game on Steam before December 10, 2014 received a timed-exclusive cosmetic item in Team Fortress 2 (a pair of horns for each class, named "Brimstone", resembling the horns gained with the Brimstone item).

Characters

  • Isaac - The game's eponymous character available from the beginning. Begins with three hearts and one bomb. Once The D6 (an active item that "re-rolls" all items in a single room) is unlocked, Isaac will always start with it.
  • Magdalene - Unlocked after amassing at least seven heart containers at once. Begins with one additional heart container (at the cost of low movement speed) and the Yum Heart (an active item which replenishes one red heart on each use).
  • Cain - Unlocked after carrying 55 Pennies at once. Begins with very high movement speed (at the cost of one less heart container), slightly more damage (at the cost of less range), one Key, and the Lucky Foot (a passive item which increases the Luck stat and further increases chances of winning certain forms of gambling). Cain's eye patch also affects certain items, as he can only fire tears from his right eye.
  • Judas - Unlocked after defeating one of the Chapter 5 bosses. Begins with more damage, only one heart container, three Pennies, and the Book of Belial (an active item that further increases damage in the current room only, while giving a very high chance of a Devil Room or Angel Room appearing if held while defeating a boss). If any character dies after picking up the unlockable Judas' Shadow item, they become Black Judas, who starts with no heart containers, two black hearts, much more damage, and slightly faster speed. Judas' items and completion marks can be unlocked as Black Judas.
  • Eve - Unlocked after clearing two consecutive floors without picking up any heart pickups. Starts with high movement speed (at the cost of less damage and one less heart container), the Dead Bird (a passive item in which taking damage activates the bird, who will chase enemies around the current room and damage them), and the Whore of Babylon (a passive item which increases damage and speed whenever the character's health is one half red heart, or one full heart for Eve).
  • Samson - Unlocked after clearing two consecutive floors without taking any damage. Starts with high shot speed (at the cost of less range and less firing rate) and the Bloody Lust (a passive item that increases the player character's damage for the current room every time they are hit).
  • Azazel - Added in Rebirth. Unlocked after accepting three Devil Room deals in a single run. Starts with three black hearts, no heart containers, the ability to fly, the 0 - The Fool tarot, and a short-ranged version of Brimstone (a passive item that replaces tears with a powerful piercing beam that must be charged).
  • Lazarus - Added in Rebirth. Unlocked after carrying four or more soul/black hearts at once. Starts with less luck, less range, and a random pill. Once he dies (or any character with the Lazarus' Rags item dies), he revives on the spot as a special version of Lazarus, who gains a boost in damage and speed (while negating the penalty to luck and range) and Anemic (a passive item that leaves a toxic trail of blood behind him). Lazarus's items and completion marks can be unlocked as his revived form.
  • Eden - Added in Rebirth. Unlike other characters, he can only spawn when using up an Eden Token, which is gained every time Chapter 4 is completed. Eden's starts off with randomly generated stats, a random hairstyle, random starting pickups, and two randomly selected items.
  • ??? - Secret character unlocked by clearing Chapter 4 ten times. Starts with no heart containers, three soul hearts, and The Poop (an active item that generates a Poop behind it). ??? cannot gain any red heart containers, and items that normally grant them instead give it soul hearts. Any character who dies with the Ankh item gets resurrected as ???.
  • The Lost - Very secret character added in Rebirth. Unlocked by dying in four consecutive specific deaths (with clues from specific use of the Missing Poster item). Starts with one penny, the ability to fly, and no health at all. The Lost can not gain health in any way and will die to a single hit.

Items

New Additions

Rebirth contains many new items that modify how Isaac's tears function. Some examples of new items are: Tiny Planet, which causes Isaac's tears to orbit his body; Death's Touch, which cause Isaac's tears to turn into scythes; and anti-gravity tears, which cause Isaac's tears to stay in the air until the player releases the fire button, at which point, the tears will fly off in the direction they were shot from.

As well as this, Rebirth contains many new defensive items, these include: Gnawed Leaf, which allows Isaac to temporarily turn into invulnerable after staying still for a second; Holy Mantle, which allows Isaac to absorb the damage of one hit per room; and Pyromanic, which allows Isaac to heal when being struck by explosions, rather than being harmed by them.

Dynamic Items and Item interactions

Quite a few items in the original game allowed for extremely powerful synergies. However, these stacked effects did not always appear or behave how the player might have assumed.

With Rebirth, the item stacking has been reworked to allow for many more dynamic effects. For example, any items giving the player a laser based attack, now dynamically generate the laser.

System Requirements

PC

Minimum

  • OS: XP
  • Processor: Core 2 Duo
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Discreet video card
  • Hard Drive: 449 MB available space
  • Sound Card: Yes

Recommended

  • OS: Windows 8 / 7 / Vista / XP
  • Processor: 2.4 GHz Quad Core 2.0 (or higher)
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000 and higher, ATI Radeon HD-Series 4650 and higher, Nvidia GeForce 2xx-Series and up
  • Hard Drive: 449 MB available space
  • Sound Card: Yes

Mac

Minimum

  • OS: 10.8
  • Processor: Core 2 Duo
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Discreet video card
  • Hard Drive: 449 MB available space
  • Sound Card: Yes

Recommended

  • OS: 10.9
  • Processor: 2.4 GHz Dual Core 2.0 (or higher)
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000 and higher, ATI Radeon HD-Series 4650 and higher, Nvidia GeForce 2xx-Series and up.
  • Hard Drive: 449 MB available space
  • Sound Card: Yes

Linux

Minimum

  • Processor: Core 2 Duo
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Discreet video card
  • Hard Drive: 449 MB available space
  • Sound Card: Yes

Recommended

  • Processor: 2.4 GHz Dual Core 2.0 (or higher)
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Discreet video card
  • Hard Drive: 449 MB available space
  • Sound Card: Yes

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