The Binding of Isaac spin-off The Legend of Bum-bo to release this year

Developer Edmund McMillen has confirmed that The Legend of Bum-bo will release sometime this year, and a trailer will be coming very soon.

The Binding of Isaac may have been passed on to Nicalis, but Edmund McMillen isn’t quite done with the poo-stained universe he originally created. The Legend of Bum-bo is a spin-off of The Binding of Isaac, and it retains much of the same aesthetic as the original, but switches up the gameplay completely. Instead of the roguelike tear-shooting of Isaac, this time you’ll be playing a match-four puzzle game crossed with an RPG in which you cast spells. It’s a bit involved.

In a recent tweet, McMillen confirmed that the game will release in the first half of 2018. You should also expect more news and a teaser trailer to drop by February. Don’t believe me? See for yourself:

I still have to wrap my head around how the game actually plays, but from what I’ve gathered so far, it’s a match-four game at heart. Matching tiles on the puzzle board let you perform basic RPG actions like attacking enemies, defending, healing and casting spells. The meat of the game lies in the spell system, however, as the game will feature over a hundred spells. What spells you get and how you use them will inform much of the gameplay, not unlike items in The Binding of Isaac.

More information on The Legend of Bum-bo can be found at the game’s development blog, which details not only the gameplay, but also the development process. It’s full of heartening stories of how McMillen and co-creator James Id were inspired by their love of drawing on cardboard as children. Who knew that one day they’d grow up to collaborate on a game about flinging dead teeth and building walls of poo.

For some of Edmund McMillen’s previous work, have a look at the indie classic Super Meat Boy, which is coming to Steam in a matter of days. Also check out grisly RPG The Executioner, in which you play as an executioner.

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