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PAY TO PLAY

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IsaacIsaac
Full red heartFull red heartFull red heart
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Money = Power Money = PowerMoney = Power Icon.pngIncreases damage by 0.04 for every coin Isaac has, up to +3.96 damage at 99 coins.
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50 coins
 
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Isaac
2 new pills 2 new pills2 new pillsComplete challenge #24
 
PAY TO PLAY Defeat Isaac as CainPAY TO PLAYPAY TO PLAY
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Disambig.png This article is about the challenge. For the item, see Pay to Play.

PAY TO PLAY is Challenge #24, and was added in The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth. In this challenge, you start with 50 coins, Money = Power Money = PowerMoney = Power Icon.pngIncreases damage by 0.04 for every coin Isaac has, up to +3.96 damage at 99 coins., and the Sack of Pennies Sack of PenniesSack of Pennies Icon.pngIsaac is followed by a small bag that drops a coin every 2 rooms.. However, every doorway is now an arcade door, and taking any damage will cause you to lose more pennies than you drop, similar to when you are attacked by Greed. Having 0 pennies will kill you and end the challenge. Your goal is to defeat Isaac. This challenge is unlocked by unlocking the Sack of Pennies, done by defeating Isaac with Cain.

Difficulty[edit | edit source]

Needing money to continue your run causes shop purchases to become much more risky, and extra coins may have to be found in addition to hearts when getting hurt.

The arcade doors in this challenge appear to be "overlaid" on the level's normal doors, even after they have been opened. In most cases, this allows you to unlock and enter rooms that normally require keys (or bombs) with a coin instead. However, certain doors are still "active", and can still damage or block the player, even after being unlocked with a coin. These doors will appear to be normal open doors, despite the effects triggering when attempting to pass through them.

  • Curse Room doorways will still damage the player (without flight and/or shielding) after unlocking them with a coin, despite the absence of visible teeth around the door frame.
  • Challenge Room and Boss Challenge Room doorways will still prevent the player from entering with too few or too many red hearts respectively, even after being unlocked with a coin and appearing to be an open doorway. Unlocking a door for which you have the wrong number of red hearts effectively wastes a coin (unless you plan to return later with the right number of red hearts).
In addition, the doors to these rooms will appear to be the same as all the other doors on the level. It may be helpful to keep an eye on the mini-map to ensure that you don't needlessly lose health (and coins) to a Curse Room, or waste a coin on a Challenge Room you don't qualify for. (Bombing into these rooms appears to be unaffected.)
  • Presumably because they hold 0 coins Co-op babies are killed instantly upon entering the game.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

  • A Quarter A QuarterA Quarter Icon.pngAdds 25 to Isaac's coin count, capping at 99. and A Dollar A DollarA Dollar Icon.pngGives Isaac 99 coins. Can be found multiple times in a single playthrough. are fantastic items in this run, as they give you a good amount of coins. The Emperor card is useful in this challenge as it teleports you directly to the boss, preventing the loss of any coins.
  • Lucky Rock Lucky RockLucky Rock Icon.pngEach obstacle destroyed drops one coin. will allow you to gain more coins simply by destroying rocks. Combined with items such as Leo LeoLeo Icon.pngAllows you to crush rocks when you walk over them., Samson's Chains Samson's ChainsSamson's Chains Icon.pngPull a chain and ball behind you that will damage enemies on contact and is able to break stones., or Epic Fetus Epic FetusEpic Fetus Icon.pngIsaac's tears are replaced with guided missiles, like those used by the Doctor's Remote., this item becomes invaluable.
  • Store Credit Store CreditStore Credit Icon.pngThe next store purchase is free. The trinket disappears on purchase., Credit Card, Diplopia DiplopiaDiplopia Icon.pngOne time useDuplicates all pickups and item pedestals in the room., Added in Afterbirth †Mr. ME! Mr. ME!Mr. ME! Icon.png4 roomsSummons a controllable ghost that can perform various tasks depending on what it targets., and Added in Afterbirth †Coupon CouponCoupon Icon.png6 roomsUpon use, makes a random item from a shop, devil deal, or black market free. will allow you to obtain items from the shop without spending money. Similarly, the Rune of Jera can create free copies of shop pickups.
  • Finding a 2 of Diamonds card early on can potentially max out your coin count, making the run much easier.
  • Blank Card Blank CardBlank Card Icon.png4 roomsHas the same effect as the card or rune currently held by Isaac. can be used to get multiple uses out of 2 of Diamonds or Credit Card.
    • Additionally, if you can manage to get a Jera rune, you can use it to get infinite coins, which makes it much easier to win.
  • Rune Bag Rune BagRune Bag Icon.pngA bag that follows Isaac and drops a random rune every 3 rooms. is actually very helpful in this challenge, as Jera, Ehwaz, Dagaz, Ansuz, and Algiz can all be especially useful. You can find it in Secret Rooms.
  • Counterfeit Penny Counterfeit PennyCounterfeit Penny Icon.pngGives a 50% chance of increasing the value of every coin pickup by one. can increase the value of found pennies. This also means that when damage causes you to drop coins, you're likely to have a net gain once you collect them.
  • Piggy Bank Piggy BankPiggy Bank Icon.pngGives 3 pennies on pick-up. Every time Isaac is damaged, he will drop one additional penny. and will let you drop extra coins when hit, likely enough to stop the issue of coin loss from being hurt.
  • Wooden Nickel Wooden NickelWooden Nickel Icon.png1 roomsWhen used, has a 50% chance to drop one random type of coin (penny, nickel, or dime). can be used every room to try and generate coins.
  • Humbling Bundle Humbling BundleHumbling Bundle Icon.pngGives one extra pickup (1+1 Free version) of Red Hearts, pennies, bombs, and keys. Does not work with blue, black, and half red hearts, nickels, and dimes. will keep your coin count at high levels by doubling the value of all pennies you find. The earlier you find it, the better.
  • Head of the Keeper Head of the KeeperHead of the Keeper Icon.pngIsaac's tears become coins and now have a chance to drop pennies on the floor upon successfully hitting an enemy. gives you a chance to earn coins after defeating enemies.
  • Midas' Touch Midas' TouchMidas' Touch Icon.pngEnemies that touch you are stunned and turn gold. Any enemy killed while in this state will drop a coin. can be used to turn enemies into coins.
  • Glowing Hour Glass Glowing Hour GlassGlowing Hour Glass Icon.png2 roomsWhen used, this item will rewind time, put Isaac back in the previous room, and undo anything that happened in the current room. Any health, pickups, or items gained or lost will be reset back to the previous state. can allow you to exit dead end rooms, earning you back the coin you spent getting in.
  • If you have many bombs to spare or a renewable source of explosives (such as Epic Fetus Epic FetusEpic Fetus Icon.pngIsaac's tears are replaced with guided missiles, like those used by the Doctor's Remote.), bombing through and out of Secret Rooms can save you some coins. Since rooms count as "unlocked" on all sides once they have been successfully entered and cleared of enemies (except for the Shop, which must be exited through the main door to fully unlock), you can unlock the remainder of the rooms bordering the Secret Room with bombs/explosives instead of coins.
  • Items like Treasure Map Treasure MapTreasure Map Icon.pngReveals all rooms for every floor. However, it does not reveal icons or secret rooms. and The Compass The CompassThe Compass Icon.pngReveals all special rooms (except secret rooms of any kind). can help you narrow down where you can go and where is likely to just be a dead end, so they can be valuable purchases from the Shop. The boss room usually appears at a dead end far away from the spawn point.
  • Shops usually appear farther from the spawn point than Libraries. Both can contain useful items, but the Shop generally has better items for this challenge.
  • Additionally, Guppy's Tail Guppy's TailGuppy's Tail Icon.pngIncreases chance of finding gold chests and normal chests, but reduces chance of finding pickups. and Mom's Key Mom's KeyMom's Key Icon.pngSpawns 2 keys. Generates additional pickups from chests. can provide a sustainable amount of money given that each chest opened will likely contain a large amount of coins and other consumables.
  • A combination of Broken Remote Broken RemoteBroken Remote Icon.pngTriggers the Teleport effect whenever an activated item is used. with active items that are always charged can prevent the loss of coins to doors, which can prove to be very effective, but may cause wasted time trying to reach the room you need to reach.

Reward[edit | edit source]


Cain  Unlocks Cain Unlocks Cain  Unlocks
Added in Afterbirth †
A Bag of PenniesA Bag of PenniesDefeat Isaac as CainA Bag of BombsA Bag of BombsDefeat Satan as CainAbelAbelDefeat The Lamb as CainCain's EyeCain's EyeDefeat ??? as CainCain's Other EyeCain's Other EyeComplete the Boss Rush as CainGlass BabyGlass BabyDefeat Mom's Heart on hard mode as Cain D12D12Defeat Hush as CainEvil EyeEvil EyeDefeat Ultra Greed as CainGreen BabyGreen BabyDefeat Mega Satan as CainPicky BabyPicky BabyEarn all hard mode completion marks as CainPAY TO PLAYPAY TO PLAYDefeat Isaac as Cain Silver DollarSilver DollarDefeat Delirium as CainSack of SacksSack of SacksDefeat Ultra Greedier as Cain

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21. XXXXXXXXL 22. SPEED! 23. Blue Bomber 24. PAY TO PLAY 25. Have a Heart 26. I RULE! 27. BRAINS! 28. PRIDE DAY!
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