Uncertain of his sister's fate, a boy enters LIMBO
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Release Date: Aug 2, 2011

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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

About This Game

Uncertain of his sister's fate, a boy enters LIMBO

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 512MB
    • Hard Disk Space: 150MB
    • Video Card: 5 years or younger. Integrated graphics and very low budget cards may not work. Shader Model 3.0 required
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    Please be advised that LIMBO only runs Macs produced in 2009 and onwards.
    • OS: OS X version Snow Leopard 10.6.3 or later.
    • Processor: Intel Mac
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 150MB
    • Video Card: OpenGL 2.0 compatible video card with 256 MB shared or dedicated RAM (ATI or NVIDIA)
    • OS: SteamOS, Ubuntu 12.04 or later, or otherwise compatible Linux distribution.
    • Processor: 2GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 150MB
    • Video Card: OpenGL 2.0 compatible video card with 256 MB shared or dedicated RAM
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
By now you've probably heard about the highly renowned platformer Limbo. The game has won a bucket full of awards since its release, and rightfully so. Artistically, it was one of the pioneers of the black and white, minimalistic silhouette design; it went on to inspire a plethora of copycats. Though often duplicated, the experience that comes from playing Limbo is one that's unique, and it could never be duplicated even if one tried hard. Originally launching in 2010 for most platforms, the title found its way on to steam in the middle of 2011.

There's no real outward story to speak of, but rather a series of events that the developer, Playdead, have left gamers to interpret for themselves. A small boy wakes up in a new, unforgiving, and sometimes treacherous land, but it soon becomes apparent that he's chasing after someone. The landscape begins as a forest, laden in thick fog, but later turns into a crumbling city. You may think that at some point you'll come across even the tiniest spark of color, but alas all is gloom here. Be prepared to meet some characters that are like you, stuck in the void as they bombard you with obstacles, but most that you meet will be dead; ususally by apparent suicide.

The world of Limbo is filled with platforming puzzles and hazardous traps that will undoubtedly keep you on your toes. While taking in the haunting scenery, you may find yourself victim to stepping on a well hidden bear trap, or not quite making a precision jump that ends with you landing on a bed of spikes. Maybe you think you need to push a box further into the water, only to find out that you cannot swim, and subsequently you drown. Death will come many times over for you, though favorably the checkpoints in this sinister land are forgiving. Much like its aesthetic design, the controls are also simple; you can jump, walk, climb, and move some items.

Truly a haunting, gloomy, and at times depressive experience, Limbo is an amazing platformer. Even those like myself that may not be enthusiasts on the genre will find themselves enjoying this bleak adventure. There's no tutorial, given the simple design of the game. There's no text, the world and its events are left up to your perception and imagination. Despite the lack of narrated story, the game stands strong and immersive. It's one title that you won't forget for years to come. Highly recommended for platformer lovers, enjoyers of the bleak and depressive, and those seeking an unforgettable event.

Rating: 5.0/5.0 - An astonishing achievement, this game must be played.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
Considering I have Arachnophobia, purchasing this game was the worst mistake of my ♥♥♥♥ing life. Never have I nervously sweat so much while playing a ♥♥♥♥ing video game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
Limbo is an incredible achievement. Very few games are as original, atmospheric, and consistently brilliant. It belongs in everybody's collection. The journey may be over too quickly, but you will be entertained every minute. This is one of my favorite games.

88 / 100 Metascore
8.1 / 10 User Score
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
Product received for free
The primary character in Limbo is a nameless boy, who awakens in the middle of a forest on the "edge of hell" (the game's title is taken from the Latin limbus, meaning "edge"). It is a place in Latin Mythology, in which there is a heaven and hell, and Limbo is a place between those two destinations. It is a place that is believed to be reached if you sin, but not enough to be determined to go in Heaven nor Hell. Ergo, they aren't bad enough to go to Hell, but not good enough to reach Heaven. The idea is supposed to be mild punishment; hence all of the obstacles and puzzles. Whilst seeking his missing younger sister, he encounters only a few human characters who either attack him, run away, or are dead. The information above was eventually confirmed by the creators. Nothing more, nothing less.

I love this game I hate spiders and I taught one a lesson
I am literally the worst at puzzles by far, but this game actually made me feel good about myself for about 2 minutes time, which was nice lmao. The dark atmosphere is a bit frightening at first, but you get used to seeing it after a while.

Even so, the black and white tints make it a really unique experience, and I always feared for the next puzzle. The puzzles were actually really well done, and definitly made me think to the point I may or may not have gotten a headache, and the achievements were satisfying to get.

I just wish this came with some steam cards to collect, since it would be pretty cool; but otherwise I can't complain too much. Totally going to get their next game: INSIDE next, and you should too.

Honestly, this game changed my opinion on the word "limbo" now. I like it :>
10/10 would Limbo again
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
Product received for free
This game started of quite strong, but in the end fell short.

It has a very beautiful style of using the contrast of black and white, and has some really interesting ideas.

LIMBO was a game I really wanted a few years back as I saw a lot of great things said about the game. Well, then it became free for a while, and as I played it, well. I was disappointed.
While I certanly didn't hate it and I would rather play this than many of the recent titles, I still did not manage to enjoy this to the fullest due to some simple things.

The puzzles in this game are made to be simple, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, as a matter of fact the puzzles were quite enjoyable. Instead of making the puzzles complex they made them simple, but still a little to think about. The puzzles are heavily reliant on timing for the most part and object placement, which I found to be great, but unfortunately there were a few flaws which made me really have an unenjoyable experience:

Learning from your mistakes as you die was clearly the focus of this game, but the game only effectively used this at the start of the game and midway trough, as in for example at the beginning of the game they had put a hardly visible trap on the ground, which of course killed you, but also clearly was meant to aid you, and the game delivered this message to the player quite fast making you use the trap in a creative way.
But as I said, half the time this was not the case, and you would often find yourself dying in unfair circumstances, and all you will learn from them is to avoid them. This felt like a waste of time for me, and possibly many others.

The biggest problem with this game though was with the controls and movement:

First you get thrown into the game with no introduction, you just need to run and then drag a box under a platform. There is the first problem: I needed to spam my keyboards every single button until I found out the correct button to grab objects with. They did not bind this control to anything obvious like E or Shift, but instead to CTRL. A button rarely, possibly never used in any video game to do similar tasks. For many people it is very hard to move pinky to such location, and even for a person like me who uses this button to crouch in every game, it felt very slow compared to buttons they could have used, such as E.
-Another problem with this is the fact that the only way to change the key binds is to go trough the game files to find the correct file in which you'll be able to tamper with controls. The game should have had some keyboard customization options at least.

After this the game progresses nicely, but you'll encounter various places where you will have troubles with how the movement works.
The first problem being the CTRL bind for grabbing, as you will need to use it a lot while trying to go trough challenging areas where slightest error would cause a death, but the placement of the key makes it frustrating at times.
Secondly after climbing on top of a box you will not be able to jump for a brief amount, so you might end up spamming the jump key in a tight situation, and jump at a 0,2 second latency, making you unprepared for the late jump which leads to your death.

If you think you can get past these, then by all means have a go with this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
Product received for free
TL;DR Limbo is a Puzzle / Platformer that is quite tricky
Rating: 7/10


+Short: Doesn't overstay it's welcom
+Interesting Mechanics: Each puzzle starts fairly simply, then eventually ramps up into something quite challenging
+Aesthetics: The black and White aesthetics is consistant and quite thought provoking
+Achievements mean something: The achievements can be quite tricky to get to, even if you know where they are, especially the hidden achievement

-Short: The game for me quite abruptly ends after You crash through the wall at the end and find your sister under the tree which sort of made me feel underwhelmed at how the ending played out and disappointed in how the game loops back around to the forest quickly after the factory area
-Non-intuitive Puzzles: Some puzzles require knowledge you can only gain AFTER you have died a few times in an area, which makes it extremely tricky to get the under 5 deaths achievement on the first playthrough without resorting to a walkthrough

NOTE: I got this game for free as part of the give-away on the Steam Store page
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
Fun game. Has the right length (which is relatively short) to stay interesting. Fun puzzles.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
Product received for free
This game won the VGX Award for Best Independent Game in 2010 and the reason is obvious as soon as you start playing. This may be the most enjoyable immersion I have ever experienced in gaming. The use of silence is perfect, and whilst it's innovative for its year, it covers the traditional, subtle video-game learning curve in a very interesting way.

Whether you're focused at it or not, eventually you get involved with the story (because there's a story being told) with the right amount of vagueness and beauty to make you think of theories of what really happened to the poor boy.

In summary, a masterpiece. The only downside (and it's very minor) is the awkwardness in controls at certain points, which don't respond exactly like I was expecting them to and lead me to some frustration, specially when tackling the less-than-five-deaths achievement. Having said that, I had never felt so satisfied to get a 100% in achievements in my entire life. THAT S*** WAS BANANAS. Super hard.

Anyway, try Limbo! Beautiful. 5/5
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Just amazing want more
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Great game. Good puzzles that challenge you (but not too much), and never repeat. Rather short game, but for the unique content is keeps throwing at you that was not an issue for me at all.

I did not really like the setting/plot of the game, as there was nothing to get invested in. It was just a casual puzzle platformer to me, but a good one at that.
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4.4 hrs
Posted: October 21
Completed approx. less than 4 hours and blow up my brains in a few times.
Well, i have a very bad feelings with this title and like to downvote because of it's weakness in many ingreedients... I appreciate the hard work put into it and don't do that . But i very close to it ! Bad taste left in my mouth because it's so depressive and some puzzles are more fustrating some of them are cheap and i hate it after a half hour. Borigness makes me dizzy, i just don't want to left it unfinished... :) also there is no chance to play it again... :(
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Lore Legend
4.1 hrs
Posted: October 21

Limbo is a dark platform/puzzle game developed by Playdead, which mixes difficult platforming sections with interesting and sometimes mind-scratching puzzles. The game focuses on a small boy that runs linearly in a single direction trying to reach the end point of the game, whilst also solving a variety of puzzles and completing challenging platforming sections. The atmosphere in this game is very dark, with a black and white contrast colour style.

Although, I would recommend this game to gamers if they are fans of dark platformers with light puzzle elements, however some of the final problems were quite difficult to figure out for me personally.


The unique visual design aspects to this game are extremely good and pay off very well in its favour, the design quite minimalistic overall but seems to suit the game and atmosphere perfectly. The colours of the game actually support the game in its dark themed story. The unique 2D style of this game also work to its advantage, and can give some of the puzzles real interesting twists that 3D puzzle games can’t perform. The physics of the puzzles and platforming sections are also superb, although sometimes frustrating in some parts, such as when you miss a jump by millimetres and plummet to your death instantly.

The game performs extremely well on the PC and there will most likely be no problems while running the game at all, the game is even optimised for mobile devices.


The gameplay is overall pretty simplistic, mainly broken down into platforming and platforming/puzzle sections. There are a few enemies in the game which are trying to murder the protagonist, these include other dark figures, large insect creatures, and even some brain bugs!

The game is extremely unforgiving, often even the simplest of mistakes will be met with an instantaneous and gruesome death. Luckily, the checkpoint system is very well designed and normally you will not have to go back very far, usually to the beginning of the puzzle. The chapter system is also very good, especially for when going to collect all the hidden secrets in the game.

However, if you’re not a big fan of watching a child get killed over and over, this games is definitely no for you.
The sound design in this game also matches the atmosphere perfectly, and adds to the tension when performing some of the nail-biting platforming sections in the later chapters.


There is not really much of a story here in limbo at all, the protagonist is mainly just trying to keep himself alive from all the unimaginable horrors this world has to offer, as well as overcoming all the awful traps and mechanics in his path. Overall, the dark and dank atmosphere is great and keeps the play feeling a sense of terror at what horror is going to be lurking just out of the screen.

The ending sequence of the game is ok, but leaves the game on a kind of cliff-hanger, unsure if the boy’s goal has been reached or not is open to interpretation by the player, however this could be in the actual design of the game by the developers.


Overall, Limbo is a good platforming game with a few fun but challenging puzzles set in a very dark and oppressive world. The graphics are pretty unique in relation to most other platforming games, and these fit the atmosphere of the game perfectly, only adding to its unique qualities. The story is pretty bare-bones but the gameplay is sound and will keep you entertained for the length of time that you will be playing the game.

I finished the game in around 2-3 hours, so this title does not have an extensively long playtime, it’s just a simple indie game designed to be played in a single afternoon of good fun (there is even an achievement for completing the entire game in a single sitting). The hidden secrets in this game are fun and entertaining to obtain but should only take the average player an extra 1 hour to fully complete.

  • Great platforming gameplay.
  • Decent puzzle design.
  • Fantastic dark atmosphere and immersion.
  • Awesome sound design, and interesting enemies to avoid.
  • Great 2D graphics, and real physics to back up the puzzle designs and dynamics.
  • Satisfying progression moments. (e.g. beating some of the harder puzzles).

    • Somewhat confusing storyline & ending.
    • Annoying end game puzzles, and general repetition at harder sections can be frustrating.
    • Short overall playtime length.

      Personal Rating = 7/10
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5.4 hrs
Posted: October 21
I really like the game. It is very interesting and the history is grat. Recomended
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4.6 hrs
Posted: October 21
Product received for free
best platform ever
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0.2 hrs
Posted: October 21
this game lags ridiculsly much for being a 2d game
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1.4 hrs
Posted: October 21
its a interesting game
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eReN ^ =D(#garantita!!)
3.7 hrs
Posted: October 20
Product received for free
A beautifully designed platform game, and it's very dark and challenging
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Graggle Fraggle
0.8 hrs
Posted: October 20
The controls in this ONLY controls game make your character feel like he's running through water and has the agility of Godzilla (TOHO) and almost all deaths are from trial and error traps (which is a meh thing ) or failing to do simple movements do to the sticky and sluggish controls (which is shameful)
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Teen Death
6.7 hrs
Posted: October 20
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2.2 hrs
Posted: October 20
What a spooky game.
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