The world of many games is expanding thanks to the hard work of a dedicated community. The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is no exception. Pixel art roguelike received mostly positive reviews from critics and players, and the mod workshop introduced by the developers only piqued the interest of users and extended the life of the project. Our selection includes the best and latest mods for The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth.
We previously published an article with cool improvements that you should definitely check out.
How to install mods
Please note that after the release of The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth in 2014, the developers released three major DLCs that expanded the story and added unique artifacts, new locations, and new enemies:
- Afterbirth – in 2015.
- Afterbirth+ – in 2017.
- Repentance – in 2021.
Please note that some changes may only be compatible with certain versions of the game, so be sure to compare the numbering of the downloaded update.
There are two ways to install mods. Each of them is listed below:
- Extract the change files along the path “Drive:/Program Files (x86)/Steam/SteamApps/common/The Binding of Isaac Rebirth/resources”.
- Move the entire mod folder to “Libraries/Documents/My Games/Binding of Isaac Afterbirth+ Mods”.
The second method is probably suitable for all users who have installed any version of the game, starting with Afterbirth+ and above. Please note that some improvements may conflict with each other. This information is usually indicated in the description of each change. Similar errors occur when installing various enhancements on items.
Steam users should install mods in the Workshop section. To do this, proceed as follows:
- Launch Steam.
- Click on “Community” and go to “Workshop”.
- Enter “The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth” in the search bar and go to the game map.
- After loading the page with all the changes in the search bar, enter the name of the improvement.
- Open the change card and click “Subscribe”.
- Log in to the game after downloading the upgrade.
Download a mod from Steam
There is another unofficial way to manually download existing mods from Steam. To do this, follow a few simple steps:
- Find the desired change in the workshop.
- Open the enhancement page and copy the URL. For example, “https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2635267643&searchtext=” without quotes.
- Follow this link.
- Enter the link you copied earlier into the search bar and click the “Download” button.
- When the correct change is displayed on the screen, click “Download from Online Steam Client” to download the game files.
- After downloading the archive, place the improvement in the desired folder.
A reissue of the popular mod that reworks the basic pixel art to match the style of 16-bit SNES and GBA games. The improvement starts with Repentance, but is unstable with other mods.
In addition, you can install POG for Good Items – a minor improvement that is compatible with 16-Bit Renewed. The hero becomes angry when he sees an artifact of the third quality level and above.
SkyMod changes the classic gameplay of the original project and adds a bit of variety to the gameplay. The main differences are the reinforcement of weak characters and mediocre items, the loss of more artifacts, and the complication of opponents in special and dark rooms. None of the main locations have been revamped, preserving the balance of the original game.
External item descriptions
Despite minor improvements, External Item Descriptions are the most popular mod in the Steam Workshop. The mod displays on the screen detailed information about all available artifacts in the game: trinkets, runes, cards, pills and collectibles. The player can customize the font style, indicators and other visual options as desired. The change supports Russian language, works with almost all custom enhancements, and is also compatible with Afterbirth+ and Repentance.
Alpha Birth Pack
A global change that includes several separate packages: Mom’s Closet, All That Is Unholy, and The End Times. They add new items, enemies, characters, runes and challenges to the game. All three upgrades can work together and separately on the Afterbirth+ version.
Download Package 1
Download Package 2
Download package 3
Specialist dance for good items
A small mod that makes the hero dance to the music when finding an item of the fourth quality level. Works on the Repentance version with all characters undamaged.
One of the most popular improvements to the Repentance version, which displays on-screen the probability of a planetarium on the current floor. When calculating percentages, all artifacts, collectibles, and modifiers are taken into account. For the appearance of the planetarium, the player must meet all the requirements. In addition, items that affect the probability of this event are not displayed until you move to the next floor. This is necessary to change the current layout and update the statistics.
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Improved Boss Bars
The change changes the classic boss health bar. Unique “bars” can be customized for the player. The improvement has added a variety of icons for each strong opponent and over 30 specific stripe designs.
Enhanced Boss Bars runs on Repentance and is compatible with almost every mod. Exclusion of customization that in any way affects the design of the boss’s health panels.
In addition to this customization, we recommend installing the Boss Rush Wave Counter, which displays a wave counter of strong enemies on the screen.
The upgrade allows the player to be in a new area. This location will feature new enemies, items, stone combinations, interactions with bombs, explosives and a very difficult hidden boss. Quarry is stable on Afterbirth+ and runs on Repentance, but there may be bugs in the current version.
The customization consists of two chapters, each of which adds a lot of unique content to the game: location, bosses, enemies, items and characters. The hero will have to take control of Sarah or Charon to face numerous deadly traps in the catacombs and on the glacier.
The upgrade only works on the Afterbirth+ version. You also need to install StageAPI and Mod Compatibility Hack.
The mod adds the “Garden” location and some related content. The player can find new items and take advantage of the transformation, as well as face a unique boss, challenge and curse. The game will have new effects and musical accompaniment. The upgrade starts on Afterbirth+.
An updated version of Afterbirth+’s global mod that adds over 90 artifacts, 2 new characters, and 30 unique enemies to the game. The improvement is still in development, but no longer buggy. And the author also has such things in the collection:
- HD Contrast Shader Pack – A pack of shaders that increase brightness and contrast and update the color gamut.
- Genesis+ Music Pack – a set of unique musical compositions.
A small popular change that allows you to quickly travel between previously vacated rooms. A mini-map will appear in the right corner of the screen, showing all the items found. For convenience, it can be fixed in a different place. If necessary, click on the desired room and the character will automatically be in the selected zone. The upgrade runs flawlessly on Afterbirth+ and Repentance.
The upgrade adds local co-op to the game in Afterbirth+. Users can go on an adventure together with up to four players. After choosing characters, you can collect your own items, trinkets, cards and tablets, there is no need to share the found artifacts with the host. There are also several additional settings for each hero. Please note that the developers have already added multiplayer to Repentance, so it is highly recommended not to install a change for this version.
Adds a wardrobe to the game that allows you to customize your character’s appearance. On each floor, a closet with clothes appears in the very first room. When using the wardrobe, the game timer stops. The change works in multiplayer and the developer guarantees performance on Afterbirth+ and Repentance.
Custom Mr Dollys
With the help of the upgrade, each character gets a little doppelganger pet, which completely copies the current appearance of the hero. The ally will not provide the player with any assistance in battle. For lovers of practical adjustments, we recommend installing Mei. He adds a new hero with telekinetic powers to the game.
Which mod is the best in the collection?
Source: VG Times