We’ll soon get to play The Legend of Bum-bo, the prequel for The Binding of Isaac announced almost three years ago. This new title is a combination of puzzle, deckbuilding, and roguelike made entirely from cardboard.

With similar assets and vibe, we can go back to the sad world of The Binding of Isaac. But now we play as Bum-bo the Brave, once a familiar in TBoI. Bum-bo gets his name from a combination of the words Bum and Rambo, which should tell quite a lot about him.

In combat, you swap and match tiles across the board like in any match-3 game. Each combo grants you more mana to power your skills, but most skills require you to match a specific color. Matching yellow tiles gets you yellow mana, match green tiles grants you green mana and so on.

Developer Edmund McMillen gave us a lot of funny insights during the game’s development process. You can watch a few Let’s Play videos that show the game in action on his YouTube channel.

The Legend of Bum-bo gameplay

Watching the gameplay videos, I learned about the game’s mechanics and enjoyed how the match-3 mechanics work with the game’s RNG system. You have to think on your feet and work with what you got, but at the same time plan how to use your skills tactically.

As with other games McMillen developed, The Legend of Bum-bo has an interesting new art style. This time it’s cardboard madness, as all of the sprites and characters are painted on cardboard.

The Legend of Bum-bo is available to pre-order on Steam with a 15% discount and will be out on November 12.

The Legend of Bum-bo
The Legend of Bum-bo
The Legend of Bum-bo
The Legend of Bum-bo
The Legend of Bum-bo
The Legend of Bum-bo
The Legend of Bum-bo

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