History Videogame / TheBindingOfIsaac

29th Oct '17 2:01:57 PM Eggman199
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* BossRemix / DarkReprise: There’s a remix of the title screen’s music in both versions of the game while fighting an important boss: [[spoiler:Isaac and ???]] in Wrath of the Lamb and [[spoiler:Ultra Greed]] in Afterbirth and Afterbirth+. Rebirth’s version, Genesis 22:10, also makes an appearance in [[spoiler:Afterbirth+’s Void floor, whose music is a medley of the title theme, the Burning Basement theme, and the alternate boss music introduced in Afterbirth.]]
21st Oct '17 6:38:59 AM Rex-Blanchimont-ZERO
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* GhostButler: Every new room you enter with enemies in it will shut all the doors and won't let you leave until you defeat all the monsters within. [[SubvertedTrope Unless you have bombs, in this case you can blow doors open to force your way out.]] Although leaving rooms this way without eliminating every monster will respawn them all to their original numbers if you re-enter the room.

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* GhostButler: Every new room you enter with enemies in it will shut all the doors and won't let you leave until you defeat all the monsters within. [[SubvertedTrope Unless you have bombs, in this case you can blow doors open to force your way out.out,as well as using Dad's Key or a Get Out Of Jail Free card.]] Although leaving rooms this way without eliminating every monster will respawn them all to their original numbers if you re-enter the room. Trying to bomb doors in [[spoiler:the Chest or the Dark Room]] won't work,however.[[note]] Dad's Key and Get Out Of Jail Free card still work. [[/note]]
17th Oct '17 3:14:44 PM Chaot1kShadow5
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* AllTheWorldsAreAStage: The Void, the final area of ''Afterbirth +'', is a combination of all previous areas of the game. Any room can be from any area, there are around seven bosses aside from Delirium that can be from any area, and the boss drops can come from any item pool in the game.

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* AllTheWorldsAreAStage: [[spoiler: The Void, the final area of ''Afterbirth +'', is a combination of all previous areas of the game. Any room can be from any area, there are around seven bosses aside from Delirium that can be from any area, and the boss drops can come from any item pool in the game.]]
16th Oct '17 3:55:13 PM mariofan1000
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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 North America, while ''Afterbirth +'' for Xbox One and Playstation 4 will also come in Spring 2017.

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An UpdatedRerelease, A VideoGameRemake, ''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 North America, while ''Afterbirth +'' for Xbox One and Playstation 4 will also come in Spring 2017.
7th Oct '17 7:56:11 AM fungus3
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* YouKillItYouBoughtIt: [[ImpliedTrope Implied]] to happen in the 16th ending, when [[spoiler:Isaac kills Mega Satan, only to ''become a demon as satanic as him!'']]
7th Oct '17 7:38:31 AM fungus3
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** Isaac's Heart makes Isaac immune to damage, but generates a heart familiar which takes damage in his place. Enemies will target the heart instead of Isaac, so it has to be protected. On the plus side, Isaac can use any self-damage item for free.

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** Isaac's Heart makes Isaac immune to damage, but generates a heart familiar which takes damage in his place. Enemies will target the heart instead of Isaac, so it has to be protected. On the plus side, Isaac can use any self-damage item for free.free, except Sharp Plug.
21st Sep '17 5:30:42 PM Luigifan
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* RandomEvent: The Curses introduced in ''Wrath of the Lamb'', which are randomly activated at the beginning of a level. Curse of Darkness [[InterfaceScrew makes the map useless]], while Curse of the Lost increases the size of a floor from what it would normally be and removes the pattern for Secret Room spawning. Curse of the Labyrinth combines two floors of the same tier--including two item rooms and [[BossRush two bosses]].

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* RandomEvent: The Curses introduced in ''Wrath of the Lamb'', which are randomly activated at the beginning of a level. Curse of Darkness [[InterfaceScrew makes the map useless]], while Curse of the Lost increases the size of a floor from what it would normally be and removes the pattern for Secret Room spawning. Curse of the Labyrinth combines two floors of the same tier--including tier -- including two item rooms and [[BossRush two bosses]].



* RazorApple: The "Apple!" item, added in ''Afterbirth +' ', makes Isaac spit out razor blades along with his standard tears.

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* RazorApple: The "Apple!" item, added in ''Afterbirth +' ', +'', makes Isaac spit out razor blades along with his standard tears.



* SaveScumming: Because the game is randomized, you can instead do this on startup to get preferential powerups instead of garbage (the latter being more likely).

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* SaveScumming: Because the game is randomized, you can instead do this on startup to get preferential powerups instead of garbage (the latter being more likely). This is discouraged in ''Rebirth'' by tracking your current winning (or losing) streak -- restarting counts as a loss.



** While it might be a bug, it's currently possible to get credit for beating the game as ??? long before you can even unlock him...by using [[spoiler:The Ankh]], an item that gives you an extra life, at the cost of [[spoiler:transforming into ??? on respawn]]. Considering you can't unlock the character until you've beaten the (constantly growing and changing) game 10 times, finding this particular item, and getting to the final boss, and then dying to respawn can save you a LOT of time and trouble, as you keep most other powerups when you come back... meaning you don't have to play a full game with what is essentially a joke character to unlock a powerful item for Isaac.

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** While it might be a bug, it's currently possible to get credit for beating the game as ??? long before you can even unlock him...by using [[spoiler:The Ankh]], an item that gives you an extra life, at the cost of [[spoiler:transforming into ??? on respawn]]. Considering you can't unlock the character until you've beaten the (constantly growing and changing) game 10 times, finding this particular item, and getting to the final boss, and then dying to respawn can save you a LOT ''lot'' of time and trouble, as you keep most other powerups when you come back... meaning you don't have to play a full game with what is essentially a joke character to unlock a powerful item for Isaac.



* SortingAlgorithmOfWeaponEffectiveness: For the most part, items unlocked later aren't any more powerful than those at the beginning... except the familiars, where the ones available at the start fire vanilla bullets and those acquired later have much more exotic and useful attacks. And the health-increasing items, where the unlockable ones generally either heal you or give you some soul hearts as a bonus.

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* SortingAlgorithmOfWeaponEffectiveness: For the most part, items unlocked later aren't any more powerful than those available at the beginning... except the familiars, where the ones available at the start fire vanilla bullets and those acquired later have much more exotic and useful attacks. And the health-increasing items, where the unlockable ones generally either heal you or give you some soul hearts as a bonus.



** The 3 Dollar Bill's name comes from an old saying that something is "as queer as a three dollar bill", back when "queer" meant "strange" and not "homosexual". The Bill also makes Isaac happy, or to use another term, ''gay'', back when the word meant "happy, of good cheer" and not its modern meaning. But keeping with the more modern definition of "gay", it gives Isaac a random tears effect each three seconds, which the game describes as "Rainbow Tears". The Afterbirth challenge themed around it is even called Pride Day.

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** The 3 Dollar Bill's name comes from an old saying that something is "as queer as a three dollar bill", back when "queer" meant "strange" and not "homosexual". The Bill also makes Isaac happy, or to use another term, ''gay'', back when the word meant "happy, of good cheer" and not its modern meaning. But keeping with the more modern definition of "gay", it gives Isaac a random tears effect each every three seconds, which the game describes as "Rainbow Tears". The Afterbirth ''Afterbirth'' challenge themed around it is even called Pride Day.



* StandardStatusEffects: Paralysis, slowdown, poison. Interesting case, since only Isaac gets to inflict them on enemies (with the exception of the Death boss).

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* StandardStatusEffects: Paralysis, slowdown, poison.and poison, among others. Interesting case, since only Isaac gets to inflict them on enemies (with the exception of the Death boss).



** Your reusable item can only be replaced with a different one, though depending on the character, you might start out empty handed. Likewise, you can only drop a one time use item by picking up a different one, which can be stressful if you end up holding one you know would be detrimental to your health if you accidentally used it.

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** Your reusable item can only be replaced with a different one, though depending on the character, you might start out empty handed.empty-handed. Likewise, you can only drop a one time use item by picking up a different one, which can be stressful if you end up holding one you know would be detrimental to your health if you accidentally used it.



* SummonBiggerFish: Monstro's Tooth causes the boss Monstro to fall and stomp an enemy on screen for massive damage. [[CaptainObvious It doesn't work on Monstro himself]].
** The High Priestess Tarot Card summons Mom's big fat leg to stomp directly on a random enemy for major damage. Against mom, this card summons another foot to stomp ''you''. [[FridgeBrilliance Maybe because mom has]] [[CaptainObvious two legs...?]]

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* SummonBiggerFish: Monstro's Tooth causes the boss Monstro to fall and stomp an enemy on screen for massive damage. [[CaptainObvious It doesn't work on Monstro himself]].
himself.]]
** The High Priestess Tarot Card summons Mom's big fat leg to stomp directly on a random enemy for major damage. Against mom, Mom, this card summons another foot to stomp ''you''. [[FridgeBrilliance Maybe because mom Mom has]] [[CaptainObvious two legs...?]]



* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: There are a slew of item combinations that let you deal more damage than is actually necessary, even for bosses. Orbiting knife chains, explosive tear barrages, forming projectiles so gigantic ''a single tear will fill up the entire screen'', the list goes on. Hell, the {{Game Breaker}}s in this series is so numerous [[GameBreaker/TheBindingOfIsaac it warranted its own page]].

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* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: There are a slew of item combinations that let you deal more damage than is actually necessary, even for bosses. Orbiting knife chains, explosive tear barrages, forming projectiles so gigantic ''a single tear will fill up the entire screen'', the list goes on. Hell, the {{Game Breaker}}s in this series is are so numerous that [[GameBreaker/TheBindingOfIsaac it warranted its own page]].



* TurnsRed: All four of the Harbingers, Gemini, Peep to a minor extent, Carrion Queen, and [[spoiler:Mom's Heart]]. Some are actually less difficult after turning red.

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* TurnsRed: All four of the Harbingers, Gemini, Peep to a minor extent, Carrion Queen, and [[spoiler:Mom's Heart]]. Some are actually less ''less'' difficult after turning red.



* TrueFinalBoss: [[spoiler:Mom's Heart/It Lives]] in the original release, [[spoiler:Satan]] as of the Halloween update. [[spoiler:Isaac]][[note]]As an alternative fight to [[spoiler:Satan]][[/note]] in the original version of ''Wrath of the Lamb'', [[spoiler:???]][[note]]Fought after [[spoiler:Isaac]][[/note]] in the updated version. In ''Rebirth'', [[spoiler:The Lamb]], the boss of [[spoiler:the Dark Room]] is this at first, until the ''very definitively truest final boss of the game'', [[spoiler:Mega Satan]]. Remarkably, ''Afterbirth'' did not replace him, instead adding a BonusBoss. [[spoiler:Hush loses Bonus Boss so there can be one more True Final Boss to stand with Mega Satan: Delirium]].
* UndergroundMonkey: In both new model and palette swap flavor. Even a few bosses come in variants, some of which being {{Shout Out}}s to other games.

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* TrueFinalBoss: [[spoiler:Mom's Heart/It Lives]] in the original release, [[spoiler:Satan]] as of the Halloween update. [[spoiler:Isaac]][[note]]As an alternative fight to [[spoiler:Satan]][[/note]] in the original version of ''Wrath of the Lamb'', [[spoiler:???]][[note]]Fought after [[spoiler:Isaac]][[/note]] in the updated version. In ''Rebirth'', [[spoiler:The Lamb]], the boss of [[spoiler:the Dark Room]] is this at first, until the ''very definitively truest final boss of the game'', [[spoiler:Mega Satan]]. Remarkably, ''Afterbirth'' did not replace him, instead adding a BonusBoss. [[spoiler:Hush loses Bonus Boss status so there can be one more True Final Boss to stand with Mega Satan: Delirium]].
Delirium.]]
* UndergroundMonkey: In both new model and palette swap flavor. Even a few bosses come in variants, some of which being are {{Shout Out}}s to other games.



** Blood donation machines gives you with money in exchange for hearts. This alone rewards you for doing well, but if you use it enough, you get an item that not only gives you a heart container but also will replenishes the hearts that you spent. If you do really well on health, and have many hearts laying around the level, you get even more health.

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** Blood donation machines gives give you with money in exchange for hearts. This alone rewards you for doing well, but if you use it enough, you get an item that not only gives you a heart container container, but will also will replenishes replenish the hearts that you spent. If you do really well on health, and have many hearts laying around the level, you get even more health.



** Taking Telepills in [[spoiler: The Chest]] can teleport you into an empty room that is impossible to escape from, instead of teleporting you into an I AM ERROR room like it is trying to. Unless you managed to grab another teleport before using them (either through using the pills right before you run into another Q item to take it with you or bringing "Teleport!"), you're stuck and have to forfeit the run. This is fixed in ''Rebirth''; the I AM ERROR room in [[spoiler: The Chest or Dark Room]] has a hole which resets the stage.

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** Taking Telepills in [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Chest]] can teleport you into an empty room that is impossible to escape from, instead of teleporting you into an I AM ERROR room like it is trying to. Unless you managed to grab another teleport before using them (either through using the pills right before you run into another Q item to take it with you or bringing "Teleport!"), you're stuck and have to forfeit the run. This is fixed in ''Rebirth''; the I AM ERROR room in [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Chest or Dark Room]] has a hole which resets the stage.



* TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon: [[spoiler:The Chest, a floor made up entirely of boss fights in almost every single room, with ??? (The Blue Baby) as the final boss. ''Rebirth'' adds the Dark Room, a dark-themed counterpart to the Chest. Its boss is The Lamb. ''Afterbirth +'' adds the Void, in which every area of the game is merged into one level. It has many bosses, with all but one (True Final Boss Delirium) being pulled from other areas.]]

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* TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon: [[spoiler:The Chest, a floor made up entirely of boss fights in almost every single room, with ??? (The Blue Baby) as the final boss. ''Rebirth'' adds the Dark Room, a dark-themed counterpart to the Chest. Its boss is The Lamb. ''Afterbirth +'' adds the Void, in which every area of the game is merged into one level. It has many bosses, with all but one (True Final Boss Delirium) ([[TrueFinalBoss Delirium]]) being pulled from other areas.]]



* TurnsRed: [[spoiler: Boss!Isaac (and Blue Baby)]] on their last third of their health, gain angel wings and suddenly gain the ability to summon Angelic Babies and use a "beams of light" attack similar to Crack the Sky, along with firing more homing shots.

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* TurnsRed: [[spoiler: Boss!Isaac [[spoiler:Boss!Isaac (and Blue Baby)]] Baby)]], on their the last third of their health, gain angel wings and suddenly gain the ability to summon Angelic Babies and use a "beams of light" attack similar to Crack the Sky, along with firing more homing shots.



** Edmund learned his lesson and tried again. Following the release of ''Afterbirth'', he left a clue 109 hours after the initial release. The first clue started with the icon for a new Achievement added to ''Afterbirth'' in a patch, named "Generosity". This led to a [[http://imgur.com/V2l5TaN clue hunt]] involving a phone number, Twitter, and some digging. The end result of the ARG [[spoiler: led to the release of a new unlockable character, the Keeper. Edmund had prevented data-mining by simply ''not adding the character to the game until the ARG was completed.'']]
** However, he did [[spoiler: drop some hints in the game files about a new character, along with [[RedHerring red herrings]] including a spritesheet showcasing the Keeper as an old man instead.]]

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** Edmund learned his lesson and tried again. Following the release of ''Afterbirth'', he left a clue 109 hours after the initial release. The first clue started with the icon for a new Achievement added to ''Afterbirth'' in a patch, named "Generosity". This led to a [[http://imgur.com/V2l5TaN clue hunt]] involving a phone number, Twitter, and some digging. The end result of the ARG [[spoiler: led [[spoiler:led to the release of a new unlockable character, the Keeper. Edmund had prevented data-mining by simply ''not adding the character to the game until the ARG was completed.'']]
completed'']].
** However, he did [[spoiler: drop [[spoiler:drop some hints in the game files about a new character, along with [[RedHerring red herrings]] herrings]], including a spritesheet showcasing the Keeper as an old man instead.]]instead]].



* AmbiguouslyEvil: The soundtrack when fighting [[spoiler:Satan/ Mega Satan]] is called Hericide, which is the killing of one's lord/master/teacher, and in the 16th ending [[spoiler: Isaac turns into a demon]].

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* AmbiguouslyEvil: The soundtrack when fighting [[spoiler:Satan/ Mega [[spoiler:Satan[=/=]Mega Satan]] is called Hericide, which is the killing of one's lord/master/teacher, and in the 16th ending [[spoiler: Isaac [[spoiler:Isaac turns into a demon]].



** When you [[ItemGet hold up an item]] you're still able to move. This means you are much less likely to get hurt if you accidentally walk over a trinket/consumable during a fight, and prevents you from getting stuck if there's an active item blocking your path.

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** When you [[ItemGet hold up an item]] item]], you're still able to move. This means you are much less likely to get hurt if you accidentally walk over a trinket/consumable during a fight, and prevents you from getting stuck if there's an active item blocking your path.
21st Sep '17 5:14:04 PM Luigifan
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** ''Afterbirth+'' adds "1,000,000%", requires the player to collect all the new stuff past 1001%, as well as a CosmeticAward for completing '''''all three save files'''''. Chances are you'll want to simply get a save to 299% and then copy-paste its files.

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** ''Afterbirth+'' adds "1,000,000%", which requires the player to collect all the new stuff past 1001%, as well as a CosmeticAward for completing '''''all three save files'''''. Chances are you'll want to simply get a save to 299% and then copy-paste its files.



* AbnormalAmmo: Not just his tears, through upgrades Isaac can shoot: flies, blood, teeth, urine, chocolate milk, ''ghost'' tears, explosive ''vomit'', (Unneeded, Unwanted and Unloved) Soy Milk, and more.

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* AbnormalAmmo: Not just his tears, tears: through upgrades upgrades, Isaac can shoot: flies, blood, teeth, urine, chocolate milk, ''ghost'' tears, explosive ''vomit'', ''vomit'' (Unneeded, Unwanted Unwanted, and Unloved) Unloved), Soy Milk, and more.



* AscendedExtra: Isaac's pet Guppy is only seen in Isaac's will and some items. If you get three of said items, [[spoiler:you turn into Guppy (giving you flight and the same fly-spawning ability as The Mulligan, if said ability was on steroids).]]

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* AscendedExtra: Isaac's pet Guppy is only seen in Isaac's will and some items. If you get three of said items, [[spoiler:you turn into Guppy (giving you flight and the same fly-spawning ability as The Mulligan, if said ability was on steroids).]]steroids)]].



** How to Jump in ''Rebirth''. It's an unlimited use spacebar item which allows Isaac to jump over any obstacles for a short distance, essentially granting poor man's flight. It's also surprisingly good for dodging enemy attacks (especially the bosses who employ BulletHell). And since it has no recharge whatsoever, you can spam it with the Broken Remote (a trinket that teleports you every time you use a spacebar item) to freely access almost every room in the game, including the I AM ERROR room.

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** How to Jump in ''Rebirth''. It's an unlimited use unlimited-use spacebar item which allows Isaac to jump over any obstacles for a short distance, essentially granting poor man's flight. It's also surprisingly good for dodging enemy attacks (especially the bosses who employ BulletHell). And since it has no recharge whatsoever, you can spam it with the Broken Remote (a trinket that teleports you every time you use a spacebar item) to freely access almost every room in the game, including the I AM ERROR room.
20th Sep '17 2:49:44 AM Silverblade2
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* PowerupMagnet: There's a [[SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}} "Magneto"]] powerup which attracts powerups even through rocks and over gaps.

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* PowerupMagnet: There's a [[SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}} [[ComicBook/{{Magneto}} "Magneto"]] powerup which attracts powerups even through rocks and over gaps.
17th Aug '17 5:13:58 PM nombretomado
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* XMeetsY: ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda'' meets ''Super VideoGame/MeatBoy'' meets ''Literature/TheBible''... in {{Roguelike}} style!
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