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The Binding of Isaac

The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth to have daily challenges

In the months since November 2014, I've slowly developed some semblance of skill in The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth. While I've still got quite a lot of playing to do if I wish to earn the Platinum God achievement, I'm impressed with how far ...   read

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1001 Spikes

1001 Spikes Wii U patch offers new control options and Off-TV play

Last April, Nicalis announced that I'll be a character in 1001 Spikes someday. As you might imagine, that announcement has changed the way my brain works. "Is today the day that I get to play as myself alongside Jonathan Blow and Curly Brac...   read

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The Binding of Isaac
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Check out The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth on the Wii U GamePad

When The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth came out last November, I got sucked back into the dark, dank basement full of doo-doo for a good two months. This video of Isaac on a Wii U GamePad is enough to get me thirsty for more bab...   read

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Afterbirth update

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth expansion to feature new transformations, ruin my life

Well I'm doomed. The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth expansion, Afterbirth, is going to include a whopping eight new transformations to discover, experiment with, and obsess over. I'm already addicted to transforming into Guppy the cat (one of on...   read

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Isaac shirts

Bind yourself in Isaac shirts

These Binding of Isaac shirts from combine the terror of Isaac with nostalgic love for Zelda, creating something that is making me reconsider my “no game t-shit” policy. The three new shirts include a re-imagining o...   read

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Castle in the Darkness
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Beard View: Castle in the Darkness

This weekend I was at PAX East and had been busy shooting some videos with our lovely bearded editor-in-chief when this was uploaded, so in case you missed it, check out the latest Beard View in which I show off one of my favorite games in...   read

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Beard View Live
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Watch me die in Castle in the Darkness on Beard View Live

Hey Beard View fans, I'll be playing Castle in the Darkness over at our Twitch channel at 6:30 pm Eastern / 3:30 pm Pacific. You can obviously watch it embedded below, but I encourage to come join the chat and keep me company!  Ca...   read

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Nicalis platformer
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Ready for punishment? Castle in the Darkness awaits

I think I'm as ready as I'll ever be for Castle in the Darkness. It's out today for PC from publisher Nicalis and developer Matt Kap, who was also the lead artist on The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth. This super-challenging adventure-platformer...   read

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Cave Story

Cave Story 2 folder spotted on Nicalis desktop at PAX South

PAX South is going on right now, and two of our most honey-loving sugarbears are in the fray as we speak, lapping up all that sweet golden joy. One of the games they're set to check out is Nicalis's Castle in the Darkness, a 2D action game ...   read

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Castle in the Darkness leaps to PC on February 5

Castle in the Darkness, the next ultra-difficult platformer from Cave Story and 1001 Spikes publisher Nicalis, is poised to debut via Steam on February 5. The project was developed by Matt Kap, the lead artist behind The Binding of Is...   read

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More Binding of Isaac

Fan ideas will make it into The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth's expansion

As a fan of The Binding of Isaac, I had lofty expectations for Rebirth and it more than delivered. Problem is, I don't have enough time to play it (and make any real headway). And now there's more content on the way. Like the first game, th...   read

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We played Binding of Isaac: Rebirth because we haven't had a good cry in a while

Max and I started playing The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth because it's a good-ass game, and we like to do gaming. Max has actually never played any iteration of Binding of Isaac before, so I let him go first, knowing that I'd only have to wa...   read

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Rebirth Review

Review: The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

In 2011, I lost a chunk of my life. An insidious tendril of addiction, despair, and obsession caught me by the ankle and dragged me into the The Binding of Isaac's darkened basement. I lost dozens of hours, whole days at a time. I let life ...   read

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The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth teased for Wii U

Fans of The Binding of Isaac have long wanted the game on 3DS and while that'd be great to see one day, I'd be just as happy to to have it on Wii U. Which might actually happen! I know! Nicalis uploaded this video yesterday and that blip a...   read

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Nicalis kicked my ass again with Castle in the Darkness

After checking out The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth at PAX Prime, I spent a decent chunk of time with another upcoming Nicalis project, Castle in the Darkness. It's a challenging platform-adventure PC game that feels all too appropriate given ...   read

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The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is everything I hoped it'd be

One of my favorite parts of PAX Prime this year was an appointment with Nicalis. Not only was the meeting away from the crowded, noisy Washington State Convention Center, it was an opportunity to get sucked into The Binding of Isaac: Rebirt...   read

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Co-op in The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is looking good

Here's Edmund and Danielle McMillen previewing cooperative play in The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth including one of the game's twenty challenges, Head Trauma, in which you have tons of tears spraying all over the place but they're low-powere...   read

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Nicalis announces Castle in the Darkness for PC

Castle in the Darkness is leaping to Windows PC this summer, Nicalis announced today. The retro-style platformer draws inspiration from "the golden era of videogames," vaunting an expansive open-world and a "damning" difficulty curve. The ...   read

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Replay runs, customize controls in The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

I convinced myself long ago that The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth was something I needed in my life, so every additional detail or feature we're told about in the lead up to release is just icing on top. This week, customizable controls, "seed...   read

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Game of Thrones

Another fair comparison: 1001 Spikes is better than Game of Thrones

Believe it or not, there once was a time when many, many people thought that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare was better than Advance Wars. Thankfully, those days are over now. According to my numbers, 89.6% of those who once suffered fr...   read

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Speed Runs
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Skyward Sword and 1001 Spikes speed runs will get your blood pumping

Skyward Sword and 1001 Spikes may not look like they have a lot in common, but they share a lot of the same design sensibilities. Both games are about exploring relatively small, densely packed areas that appear simple on the surface, but ...   read

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1001 Spikes

1001 Spikes leaps to Xbox One next week

1001 Spikes is landing on Xbox One next week, publisher Nicalis recently announced. The insanely difficult platformer is already available on PlayStation 4, Vita, Steam, Nintendo 3DS, and Wii U, but Xbox One owners will have to wait un...   read

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1001 Spikes
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1001 Spikes knows how to do a launch trailer right

Ooh, this is looking good. In the lead up to 1001 Spikes, there's been plenty of footage shared but much of it appeared to be from the earlier levels. Now, with this launch trailer, we've got a proper preview of the misery that awaits and ...   read

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1001 Spikes

1001 Spikes also hitting Wii U, 3DS on June 3

We heard the PS4, PS Vita, and Steam versions of 1001 Spikes were coming June 3. Which is great and all, but I know a number of us were going to hold out for the game on Wii U or 3DS -- no need to! Nicalis has confirmed those releases are a...   read


1001 Spikes comes to PS4, Vita, Steam on June 3

Nicalis' 1001 Spikes is a game I'm excited about but have somehow completely missed the chance to talk about. It's a particularly brutal action-platformer that also doubles as an outstanding Mario Bros. style party game. There's like... a b...   read

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