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“Limbo is as close to perfect at what it does as a game can get.”
10/10 – Destructoid
“The game is a masterpiece.”
5/5 – GiantBomb
“Limbo is genius. Freaky, weird genius. Disturbing, uncomfortable genius.”
5/5 – The Escapist
“Dark, disturbing, yet eerily beautiful, Limbo is a world that deserves to be explored.”
5/5 – Joystiq
|LIMBO||By: Playdead Studios|
Official Website: http://playdead.com/
|What is LIMBO?||A logic solving platformer game where the live of the in game protagonist is upon depended on how fast you can solve the current area puzzle otherwise he will be crushed, bludgeon, shot and electrified to death within LIMBO's uniquely realized black and white world where danger is out to get you at every step of the way.|
Basically its a very hard platformer with minimalist story and a unique artstyle.
|Option Menu||Verdict: Below Bare Minimal|
Very Very Bare. All you get is one option for sound, the other two is just control but you can't rebind it and credit which is rather pointless in the option menu.
For Keyboard User its Directional Pad for movement and CTRL to use stuff. And its non rebindable.
For Controller user its whatever is it that is on display on the option menu since my controller hasn't arrived yet so I can't vouch for it but otherwise:
The KB control is alright with no input lag and other such manner of defects and pretty much any mistakes can't be attributed to the control since one of the good things about this game is that the controls are polished.
Graphics are presented in a surreal black and white world but you can still see the background of the world most of the time. Neons glow brightly amidst the all consuming darkness. The game give me the horror game vibe with its industrial design and monotone colour scheme. Even the blood are black. Also despite being minimalist the death scene are still rather grisly to go through.
Also the character eyes glow.
I will have to pass the sound without a score this time since it is purely ambient music made to carry the atmosphere as oppose to situational thing. The SFX when the chains rattle and platform grinding on gears is good though.
|Gameplay||Eh not much to say here, it is a platformer game with a puzzle based elements. If you like those kind of games then get it since it has the added bonus of watching your character die horribly if you screw up. But oh well lemme just expand a bit.|
You go to an area and are presented with a puzzle that usually follows the theme of the background e.g.: The first puzzle is a bear trap since the theme is a forest. Upon completion you move on to the next area/theme/puzzle/deathtrap and repeat till you reach the ambigious ending which I shall attempt to provide an explanation below.
Game is a bit short though.
|Conclusion||And here we are again towards the end of another review this time for LIMBO. Would I recommend this platformer game with a surrealistic bi-tone world? Sure,sure I would. But I'won't recommend it if you are looking for story closure and long gameplay but for what its worth the length is perfect enough to not feel stale. Overall get this game if you like the looks of it. Or just wait for sale if you dislike the price.|
-A-Rank: very good
Credit:Thanks to meatking and smmoke for your help!
|Resources:||Stuck? Use this handy walkthrough with index so you won't spoil yourself.|
Theory About LIMBO ending [spoiler ahead]:
You are in Hell. That would explain as to why you face those nightmarish construct and the world is in that shape. During the ending where you smashed the glass its a symbolic thing signifying that you have once again return to the world of the living, oh and that girl is your sister mourning over you.
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