History Videogame / TheBindingOfIsaac

20th Jan '17 6:26:12 AM DarkHunter
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* AllJustADream: [[spoiler:The first time you defeat Mom, the victory narration is revealed to be just a story Isaac is drawing. She's still coming.]]

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* AllJustADream: AllJustADream:
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[[spoiler:The first time you defeat Mom, the victory narration is revealed to be just a story Isaac is drawing. She's still coming.]]
** In ''Afterbirth+'', [[spoiler:the final ending reveals the whole game was just Isaac hallucinating from oxygen-deprivation before he died. It's even implied that the opening narration, and the premise that Mom was trying to kill him, was all in his head as well.
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20th Jan '17 6:21:04 AM MrKosta
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** Eden aka [[LuckBasedMission Luck Based Character]]: Rebirth character. The genderless Eden starts with randomly assigned stats and a couple of items. Since the number of times you can restart as Eden is limited, you have to make do with whatever the RNG gives you.

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** Eden aka [[LuckBasedMission Eden[=/=][[LuckBasedMission Luck Based Character]]: Rebirth character. The genderless Eden starts with randomly assigned stats and a couple of items. Since the number of times you can restart as Eden is limited, you have to make do with whatever the RNG gives you.


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** Apollyon[=/=]TheAssimilator: A new character added in ''Afterbirth +'', Apollyon begins with fairly below average stats and the Void item, which destroys pedestal items and gains their abilities, if the destroyed items are active ones, or grant Apollyon random stat boosts, if they're passive. This means that while Apollyon starts as a rather weak character, with a bit of luck he [[MagikarpPower may end up with an active item that has a plethora of uses at once, or with massively buffed stats]], potentially making him unstoppable in the late game.
18th Jan '17 3:10:40 PM finalsurvivor1
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An UpdatedRerelease, ''The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth'', which overhauls almost every aspect of game, has since been released on PC, Vita and [=PS4=] on November 4, 2014. It has a rather creepy [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLtZW3xIix0 trailer]] (and an even [[UpToEleven creepier]] one [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aBb0M8HRCQ here]]). ''Rebirth'' boasts a new engine, a larger development team, even more items, better synergies between said items, and more new content. Ports for the Wii U, New 3DS, and Xbox One consoles have since been released in 2015, and a Nintendo Switch port of the full game (including DLC) will come in 2017, alongside ''Afterbirth +'' for Xbox One and Playstation 4.

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An UpdatedRerelease, ''The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth'', which overhauls almost every aspect of game, has since been released on PC, Vita and [=PS4=] on November 4, 2014. It has a rather creepy [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLtZW3xIix0 trailer]] (and an even [[UpToEleven creepier]] one [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aBb0M8HRCQ here]]). ''Rebirth'' boasts a new engine, a larger development team, even more items, better synergies between said items, and more new content. Ports for the Wii U, New 3DS, and Xbox One consoles have since been released in 2015, and a Nintendo Switch port of the full game (including DLC) will come with the console's launch in 2017, alongside North America, while ''Afterbirth +'' for Xbox One and Playstation 4.
4 will also come in Spring 2017.
18th Jan '17 12:37:27 AM TheRoguePenguin
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* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: The Trinity Shield blocks all bullet attacks from Isaac's front, moving with Isaac.
17th Jan '17 5:49:05 PM TheRoguePenguin
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* MythologyGag: Several of the bosses and items are references to other works by Edmund. Namely, [[VideoGame/MeatBoy the Cubes of Meat, Dr. Fetus and Mega Fetus, the Super Bandage, Larry Jr., C.H.A.D.]], [[VideoGame/TimeFcuk Steven and Lil' Steven]], blobs that look like VideoGame/{{Gish}}, Gish himself as a boss, and [[spoiler:Triachnid]] in ''Wrath of the Lamb''.


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* MutuallyExclusivePowerups: Most of the powerups which completely alter the nature of your tears can't be used in tandem, though this depends on which version of the game is being played. The most notable items are Brimstone, Dr. Fetus, Epic Fetus, and Mom's Knife, which variously override one another depending on when they're picked up. ''Rebirth'' and its expansions added interactions for most of these combinations, averting the trope.


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* MythologyGag: Several of the bosses and items are references to other works by Edmund. Namely, [[VideoGame/MeatBoy the Cubes of Meat, Dr. Fetus and Mega Fetus, the Super Bandage, Larry Jr., C.H.A.D.]], [[VideoGame/TimeFcuk Steven and Lil' Steven]], blobs that look like VideoGame/{{Gish}}, Gish himself as a boss, and [[spoiler:Triachnid]] in ''Wrath of the Lamb''.
15th Jan '17 5:59:46 PM TheRoguePenguin
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* AllTheWorldsAreAStage: [[spoiler:The Void, the final area of ''Afterbirth +'', is a combination of all previous areas of the game, with bosses from the entire game showing up alongside True Final Boss Delirium]].

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* AllTheWorldsAreAStage: [[spoiler:The The Void, the final area of ''Afterbirth +'', is a combination of all previous areas of the game, with game. Any room can be from any area, there are around seven bosses aside from Delirium that can be from any area, and the entire game showing up alongside True Final Boss Delirium]].boss drops can come from any item pool in the game.
15th Jan '17 9:52:16 AM TheRoguePenguin
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** The Stopwatch. Unlocking it requires you to put 999 coins in the Donation Machine (which can dozens of runs since the Donation Machine will randomly jam and refuse further donations for that run). Once you have it, it slows down all enemies and their bullets for the duration of that run, making it a near-cakewalk. It got hit with a huge nerf in ''Afterbirth'' via a patch, reducing it to an on-hit, single room effect (still pretty good against bosses, but not quite as useful overall).
** The Mega Blast is Brimstone or Krampus' Head on crack, since it's pretty much one giant Brimstone laser that lasts a solid 15 seconds, and lasts between rooms (so you can pretty much steamroll every single room you enter during that time). However, this requires beating [[spoiler:[[HarderThanHard Mega Satan]]]] with every character, including the JokeCharacter AND it's the only item in the game with a 12-room charge (and batteries only refill 25% of the charge bar), so you'll only be able to use it once every two floors, or once a floor if you're lucky. With the addition of Void in ''Afterbirth +'', you can even bypass the long charge time.

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** The Stopwatch. Unlocking it requires you to put 999 coins in the Donation Machine (which can take dozens of runs since the Donation Machine will randomly jam and refuse further donations for that run). Once you have it, it slows down all enemies and their bullets for the duration of that run, making it a near-cakewalk. It got hit with a huge nerf in ''Afterbirth'' via a patch, reducing it to an on-hit, single room effect (still pretty good against bosses, but not quite as useful overall).
** The Mega Blast is Brimstone or Krampus' Head on crack, since it's pretty much one crack. It gives you Mega Satan's giant Brimstone laser that laser, which lasts a solid 15 seconds, seconds and lasts persists between rooms (so rooms, allowing you can pretty much to steamroll every single room you enter during that time).through numerous rooms before the laser runs out. However, this requires beating [[spoiler:[[HarderThanHard Mega Satan]]]] with every character, including the JokeCharacter AND it's the only item in the game with a 12-room charge (and batteries only refill 25% of the charge bar), so you'll only be able to use it once every two floors, or once a floor if you're lucky. With the addition of Void in ''Afterbirth +'', you can even bypass the long charge time.
15th Jan '17 9:48:43 AM TheRoguePenguin
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* PurposelyOverpowered: The Stopwatch (pre-{{Nerf}}). It used to slow down every boss and enemy, plus their attacks, for the rest of the game, but requires you to put 999 coins in the Donation Machine (which will take dozens, if not hundreds, of runs, even if you somehow get The Dollar nine times in a row, as the Donation Machine will jam up after putting in a random number of coins). It got hit with a huge nerf in ''Afterbirth'' via a patch, by having its effect only activate when you take damage and lasts only for that room. While still requiring you to donate 999 coins.
** The Mega Blast is Brimstone or Krampus' Head on crack, since it's pretty much one giant Brimstone laser that lasts a solid 15 seconds, and lasts between rooms (so you can pretty much steamroll every single room you enter during that time). However, this requires beating [[spoiler:[[HarderThanHard Mega Satan]]]] with every character, including the JokeCharacter AND it's the only item in the game with a 12-room charge (and batteries only refill 25% of the charge bar), so you'll only be able to use it once every two floors, or once a floor if you're lucky.
** Mama Mega! is this. It only gets one use, but it destroys all obstacles in the current room, deals massive to every enemy (even bosses!), opens all Secret Room and Super Secret Room doors, and even opens the paths to Boss Rush and the Blue Womb! Best of all, it also applies every room for the remainder of the floor. It basically gives you an entire "free" floor with nothing standing in your way.
opens the paths to Boss Rush and the Blue Womb

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* PurposelyOverpowered: PurposelyOverpowered:
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The Stopwatch (pre-{{Nerf}}). It used to slow down every boss and enemy, plus their attacks, for the rest of the game, but Stopwatch. Unlocking it requires you to put 999 coins in the Donation Machine (which will take dozens, if not hundreds, can dozens of runs, even if you somehow get The Dollar nine times in a row, as runs since the Donation Machine will randomly jam up after putting in a random number and refuse further donations for that run). Once you have it, it slows down all enemies and their bullets for the duration of coins). that run, making it a near-cakewalk. It got hit with a huge nerf in ''Afterbirth'' via a patch, by having its reducing it to an on-hit, single room effect only activate when you take damage and lasts only for that room. While still requiring you to donate 999 coins.
(still pretty good against bosses, but not quite as useful overall).
** The Mega Blast is Brimstone or Krampus' Head on crack, since it's pretty much one giant Brimstone laser that lasts a solid 15 seconds, and lasts between rooms (so you can pretty much steamroll every single room you enter during that time). However, this requires beating [[spoiler:[[HarderThanHard Mega Satan]]]] with every character, including the JokeCharacter AND it's the only item in the game with a 12-room charge (and batteries only refill 25% of the charge bar), so you'll only be able to use it once every two floors, or once a floor if you're lucky.
lucky. With the addition of Void in ''Afterbirth +'', you can even bypass the long charge time.
** Mama Mega! is this. It only gets one use, but When used, it deals kills every normal enemy in a room (if an enemy spawns another upon death, you have to kill them yourself), does massive damage to bosses, destroys all obstacles in the current room, deals massive to every enemy (even bosses!), forms of rocks (but not Keepers or rocky chests), opens all Secret Room and Super Secret Room doors, Rooms, and even opens the paths to Boss Rush and the Blue Womb! Womb if you've passed the time limit for either. Best of all, it also applies every room lasts for the remainder of the floor. entire floor on which it is used. It basically gives you an entire "free" floor with nothing standing in your way.
opens the paths to Boss Rush and the Blue Womb
way.
15th Jan '17 6:17:28 AM Gargomon251
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** Mama Mega! is this. It only gets one use, but it destroys all obstacles in the current room, deals massive to every enemy (even bosses!), opens all Secret Room and Super Secret Room doors, and even opens the paths to Boss Rush and the Blue Womb! Best of all, it also applies every room for the remainder of the floor. It basically gives you an entire "free" floor with nothing standing in your way.
opens the paths to Boss Rush and the Blue Womb
15th Jan '17 6:07:41 AM Gargomon251
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** Also in ''Afterbirth+'', the Smelter item. It takes 6 rooms to charge, and each use removes Trinket(s) and permanently applies its effect to Isaac. If you happen to find Mom's Box or a Fortune Teller machine, you'll quickly become unstoppable.
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