A zillion Binding of Isaac fans might want my head on a pike for putting "fix the original" as the title of my post. Pray, I meant no offense and to me the original game is very special. That said, we all know the original game was written in flash and as such is a bit odd. Since I enjoy the game, I pull out the original to play on occasion and found that with Mac OS Mavericks the game is nearly unplayable. Couple that with no Steam Linux port for the original, I decided to plunge in to the new Isaac demake "The Binding of Isaac Rebirth."

First off the Linux and Mac ports are superb. Gone are the frame skips and load issues of the past. One amazing feature Rebirth sports is native controller support. I know some Isaac superfans are keyboard only but I do like playing it with a controller.

Rebirth also sports a new soundtrack and pixel art style. I think I prefer this to the original but if you like a more smoothed out style, there is an option for you.

I have only a few hours into Rebirth so I can't comment on the new content but I can say that the game feels more fair. I have mentioned this to some Isaac fans that don't agree but it's just an initial impression. I'll post more thoughts on Rebirth later so stay tuned.

AdamPFarnsworth wrote on 12/31/2014 at 03:50pm

I never played the original, but after seeing a Lets Play of Rebirth I decided to open up my Steam wallet and buy it.

I too am only a few hours into the game, but it has been a lot of fun. I like the controls a lot, but wish there were a way to know what items are before picking them up. I'm sure I'll figure them all out eventually, or I probably could find a wiki, but I think the intention in the game is to explore and not know what you're coming across, so I'll leave the wiki for later.

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