Ed McMillen has been a fairly influential force in indie gaming these past few years. A long history of flash and freeware games, topped off by a launch to success with Super Meat Boy, and a stratospheric leap to riches with The Binding of Isaac. It’s easy to forget all the great (and some not-so-great) games that he produced on the way there. That’s where The Basement Collection comes in. 6 of his previous works, 2 secret bonus games, ‘making of’ videos and interviews and more, all wrapped together in a nice UI and with a raft of unlockables and hidden content.
It’s not just straight copies of the games, too. As announced on his personal blog, almost everything has got a full suite of upgrades. Some minor such as the original pre-super Meat Boy getting improved, more responsive controls, and some major, like nightmarish puzzle-platformer Time Fcuk getting an entire second campaign, complete with its own story. It sounds like some, if not all of the games have been updated from Flash to Adobe Air, meaning better performance and UI functionality, including support for the use of that most neglected of things: The right mouse button. This should be of particular use in playing alien spider-simulator Tri-Achnid.
All of this will be releasing sometime on Steam, and will have the full suite of perks and achievements you expect from it. The bundle hasn’t been granted a release date yet, but we already know the price-tag; a very wallet-friendly $4. While these are previously-free games for the most part, the upgrades and editorial content should make it easily worth the asking price. But then, I would say that – I’ve loved just about every game he’s produced. There’s no trailer for the Basement Collection yet, so here’s an astounding Binding Of Isaac one-man-band guitar arrangement medley to sound us off:
Props to Danny B for producing that so-very-memorable soundtrack, and to FamilyJules7X for rocking so very hard.