Uncertain of his sister's fate, a boy enters LIMBO
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (6,252 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 2, 2011

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"A sublime platformer with a subdued - but effectively haunting - atmosphere. Still one of the best of the famous indie darlings."
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July 3

LIMBO available for Linux

We made a proper Linux/SteamOS port of LIMBO. Write to support@playdead.com for any issues with the game.

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Reviews

“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

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

System Requirements

Windows
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
Helpful customer reviews
8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
When I ask people if they know about any video games, they usually respond by saying Mario, Call of Duty, Battlefield, etc. Now, I know that there are hundreds of other video games out there, but the ones that I personally enjoy are overshadowed by these Triple-A Games. The games I enjoy are called Indie Games. Some notable examples of popular Indie Games are Minecraft and Garry’s Mod. Indie developers have deadlines but also much more freedom with their projects. This is the reason why I love Indie Games, because of their innovation and artistic influence without consequence. LIMBO is a great example of what indie games can be.

You probably can already tell from my screenshots of LIMBO that it is really great to look at. This well-regarded Indie Game, developed by Playdead, has an incredible art style that makes the world you play in feel dark and mysterious. LIMBO is very atmospheric. It has subtle yet realistic sound design with an ambient soundtrack to compliment the feeling of loneliness throughout the game.

From the start, you already notice that the world of LIMBO is a place that doesn’t want you to be there. Everything around you can, or wants, to burn, stab, smash or simply kill you in this disturbing land. You will die a lot when playing LIMBO. The game is almost centered around that fact that you die so much. You only see how traps work when you get stuck in them the first time. Trial by death is a good way to describe this form of gameplay. This world might even test your bravery when solving morbid puzzles. Sometimes you might have to drag a dead body of a child who drowned in a lake to set off a trap so you can continue your adventure, or sometimes you might have to rip off an almost-dead giant spider’s remaining limb so it won’t attack you when you roll it into a pit of spikes.

In my opinion, the best thing about LIMBO is it’s unique storytelling. There are no cutscenes or loading screens to disrupt your experience while playing the game. There is no dialogue or text for you to read, so everything is up to how you perceive the game. You only really meet a few people in this world, but they don’t last in LIMBO for more than a chapter. LIMBO never really tells you anything about what is going on, only that you have to find your sister. In my opinion, this is an ingenious way to tell a story. Everything that takes place in the game is up to you to think about what it means. Because of this, you become more immersed in the world.


Like all good things, LIMBO has to eventually come to an end, but oh boy, does this game have a great finale. Probably the best thing about this game is its ending. Now, I really don’t want to spoil it, but all I will say is that I am still pondering what it means. You might just have to play the ending over and over to get some small clues about it, but LIMBO and its developers never tell you directly what it means. That is why it is so intriguing, and one of the main reasons why I keep revisiting this game.
LIMBO is the perfect game to play if you want to get into the Indie Game community. I highly recommend this game to anyone who enjoys story, art and atmosphere. There are many disturbing scenes, but all of it is silhouetted, so you don’t see too much detail. Surprisingly, the puzzles that appear in LIMBO aren’t too frustrating since the gameplay is based around failure. LIMBO is only $5.00 on the App Store or on Steam, but you can get the special edition if you want to support the developers. I assure you that playing LIMBO is an experience you will not forget.




You can read my full review that contains an interview with the main animator of Playdead's upcoming game INSIDE if you really want to I dont even
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
A beautiful puzzle platformer. It is a truly breathtaking game, and has interesting puzzle elements which keeps the game entertaining all through until the end.

Do not be fooled by a first look... Like they say, don't judge a book by it's cover. The game may look like your everyday "atmospherical platformer", but is in fact much more interesting and creative than it may originally seem. I was personally left speechless while I played it.

The only letdown is the fact that the game is fairly short, and implementing a captivating storyline would have made it even better than it actually is, which is surprising bearing in mind that the game is already a nearly perfect work of atmospherical video game.

Overall? Definitely worth it.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
To make a good game you dont need
*main characters with muscles and charisma
*thousands kinds of demolishin weapons
*sandbox or huge maps
*zombies or other brainless creatures
*long dialogues
*even the colors!

You just need a good idea like limbo, and new kind of view!
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
ITS THE BEST INDIE GAME I EVER PLAYED .
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
A good friend of mine finished this with 100% achievements and wanted to see how I fared. It had been sitting in my backlog for nearly 2 years, so why not. Boy was I in for a surprise. The style is something I've seen copied in a few other titles already. Shadowy and spooky, but not frightening or stressful. And the gameplay is extremely clever. However, I have to say there is also a good deal of hidden bits that will end up killing you repeatedly. Towards the end especially, I got quite stuck until I realized some parts I thought were scenery were really part of the game. Puzzles vary from hard to solve, hard to platform, hard to time well, and hard to sequence. It never coddled me or left me too far in the dark, though. It was tough when it needed to be and a definte challenge to see through to the end. You will die a hundred deaths and swear, but once you solve a level it is a very satisfying feeling. I still need to unlock the secret level, though.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Unique, In a good way, I do recommend, But not much to say about it.

Its short and simple, Does not really focus on anything, Just get from the start to the end, That's it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
Very good game, tricky puzzles and great gameplay.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Fun Game, just the right level of difficulty.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
Very well thought out game. It's worth spending a few hours on. The attention to detail is excellent.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Its awesome game, gave me good hours of fun
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Awesome game. Awesome graphics, interaction and physics. Would recommend it!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Very Good An Unforgetable Journey
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
I swear to Christ I felt something on my arm when the F*cking Spider came along.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
Great game, not much replay value though
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
GREAT game. Loved it.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Good Game BUT HARD!!! HAPPY LEGIONOBER!!!!! :gordan:
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
this game is a challenge and the story is complex, but it's also really emotional and you never really know what is going to happen next.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
I have just finished the game 2 times.It was really hard to get ''No Points in Dying'' achievement so i need to look some walktrough videos.Awesome story,insanely hard levels,mind♥♥♥♥ing puzzles.

10/10
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6 of 13 people (46%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
Limbo is a dark, twisted and eerie puzzle platformer. It is very bleak and macabre, wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who gets easily depressed. The black and white setting may add “indie” flare and a layer of dread to some, but for me it looked unimpressive. The sound effects are suitably creepy, flies buzzing, squishy sounds in the appropriate places, rusted metal traps springing to life while they rob you of yours. The setting and black and white effects really turned me off from the get go, but it’s a testament to the puzzles in this game that I kept at it for close to an hour. Most puzzles will require you to die in gruesome ways to figure out their trick (you will love this aspect if you’re a torture porn fan, I am not but to each their own). With a little thought I was able to satisfyingly defeat the puzzle of death and move on to the next one. At least for a while until the puzzles grew tiresome.

If you like puzzles, love the dead and creepy and dig old black and white horror movies than limbo is for you. Was not the game for me but I appreciate the developers work with the puzzles and the horror film audience the game is meant for should be pleased.
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Tedious tasks do not equate to difficulty.

This game is NOT what it appears in the demo, not even remotely. The biggest problem is that some of the puzzle solving you have to do isn't puzzle solving it is simply do a tedious task until it is complete. No grand puzzle to figure out, what you have to do is obvious just the simple act of doing it is where the 'challenge' comes in. Missed by less than a millimeter? Ah well...sucks to be you.

There are puzzle solving elements to this game that only come up once and then are never seen again, these elements tend to actually go counter intuitive to the rest of the game and the rules they set out for you. Why hello Mr. One Legged Spider and Mr. Giant Trash Fly I am talking about you specifically.

Eventually the repetitive and unintuitive puzzles mixed with the out of nowhere game defying answers required at times burned up whatever good will and excitement the demo had given me. I can't bring myself to finish it, I got about 75% of the way through and it is so irritating at this point that I find myself getting angry at the nonsense or falling asleep at the reptitiveness.

Like the art style? Watch a play through, that way you can soak it all in without staining your wallet or library.
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