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

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About This Game

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
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Capitan Sherminator
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
Such an amazing enviroment creation and nice mechanics for newcomers and interesting sthetics for more experienced players.
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The Insane Penguin
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
Great artstyle , hit or miss puzzles, sublime controls. Does 2 1/2 of the 3 things it set out to do. Pretty good, I must say.
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June
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
This game is the best choise for people, who are really tired of stupid horror games with fast enemies and flashing light. First, you see little boy with big head and eyes and shorts. Next moment his ♥♥♥♥ing bowels are broken by bear trap.
It has amazing atmosphere of horror for wordly-wise people. And these challenges...mm.. they are really tasty!


On the other hand, I hate urbanistic locations. If all game took place in the forests, swamps and meadows, it would be better.
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Creaky
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
A beautifully gruesome and artistic puzzle game.
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Cracka Powa
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Worth the $2.49 I spent on it on sale.
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bp16176
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Great game! Although a little short its worth it for the humerously inventive deaths and occasionally head-scratching puzzles, but the darkly atmouspheric and subtle, sinister, creepy and eerily beautiful visuals are by far this games best quality
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twistedmango
( 7.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
The puzzles were difficult for me, so the game went by really slowly and I trudged through walkthroughs to get to the end. There is no narration whatsoever but the visuals and the concept are revolutionary for their time. The ending disappointed me though.
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Rachel QT
( 10.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Best Platformer Game
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{RNA} RugbyOddjob
( 7.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
The worst thing about this game is trying to explain to friends how a black & white, side scrolling platformer can be so atmospheric and so bloody good! After all, most modern games are all whizz-bang, cinematic affairs, so how can something so simple be so much more involving? Simple:

*Atmosphere - The depth of the screen goes far beyond the protagonist you play and the use of every shade of black, grey & white makes up for the lack of colour. The low hum of the 'music' also adds to the overall immersion.

*Puzzles - From basic "move this block" and "switch this switch" to mind-bending, screen flipping, "get the timing right" puzzles, the variety and complexity (in some cases) really get you scratching your head.

*One more go & Satisfaction - Yes you will die (a LOT), and often you need to die to work out how to beat a puzzle, but it rarely gets so frustrating that you won't dust down the little guy and crack on beating the thing that just caused his demise.

*Saves - once you've completed a puzzle you've done it. No re-doing sections or boring bits to get right again and again. The loads are super quick too!

*Awww my poor guy - You get to see the character die in many gruesome ways, from spiders to guns and from mad falls to drowning. You'll also see him dismembered and crushed by unfeeling machinery, along with having his mind taken over by....*Spoiler stop!

Only negatives are:

1. Some of the later puzzles are extremely reliant on timing and leaps of faith. But it rarely gets frustrating and it's often your own lack of button-pressing skills that are at fault, rather than the game.

2. The ending is..... well, do yourself a favour and find out for yourself. Buy this game!

This is an almost perfect game and I'd recommed it (and have) to anyone and everyone.

9.5/10
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NotACleric
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
This game can be completed in a night, but the atmosphere of the game, the puzzles, totally worth it. This game is unique, nothing compare to it. Sincerely hope they will make an extension or a limbo 2
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Vellyxenya
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
This game is really awesome, with beautiful black and white graphics. It may seem so but it's not simplist at all, the animations are really well done, and the puzzles are the right difficulty. Defenetely worth a try!
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lfitzfinch
( 16.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Exceptional game. Perfect in its simplicity. Deeply immersive, challenging ang engaging.
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Six
( 19.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
A great platformer game. Just the art itself is worth getting the game. The game is great for beginners, but also quite challenging for those who want to finisht it 100%.
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Vote to LEAVE the EU June 23rd
( 21.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
One of the best indie games.
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Kael Darkwind
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
from a person who doesnt play platformers. this game was amazing. for a game with practically zero dialogue, theres still a story here. buy this game. you will not be disappointed.
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BigDub
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
This game is about two things, pretty pictures and creating a certain atmosphere. It tries to tell its story completely through the environment, but the farther I got into the game the more I suspected the game didn't actually have a story. The ending felt to me like a quick attempt to make the rest of the game some symbollic metaphor, but to me it felt as though the ending was just an attempt to argue that the game does have a story and is not a mish-mash of disconnected environments, which it definitely is. It brings nothing new to the table. The game does have a distinctive art style and a bit of shock value for the first few minutes, but ultimately I don't think it's worth playing. You could get just as much from the game watching someone else play it. The game is almost more of an interactive video than a game, I mean you do control the character and I think there were a couple little puzzles, but the gameplay itself is so flat and dry it might as well be a point and click.

That being said, it is a pretty game. To sum it up: It's a brillant work of art presented in the form of a particularly bland platformer.
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Alien832
( 6.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
Good way to pass time, interesting storyline and puzzles.
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Sazo
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
I decided to replay this game for 100% and realized that after the unique art style, atmosphere and concept wears off that this game really is not that great! In fact, it is quit frustrating, due to the controls and flawed physics.

Even when you know what to do, the physics are often too precise or on the flip side, too random, resulting in time consuming frustration.

So what can I say, should you play this at least one time through for the experience? If I said possibly yes, is it really worth buying for $10? I would say NO!

I LOVE games like this and I know I am going completely against the grain, but in general I am going to have to say, thumbs down, pass on this and find something that has more play and less frustration. If you get it on the cheap or price is not a factor, then go ahead and play through.
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Mikhail
( 10.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
Feels.

"★★★★★"
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data30001
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 18
Great Puzzle Game With Great Art Style

Limbo is The world of Beautiful and Brutal

Worthy to die Again

10/10
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
Limbo-atmospheric game with minimalistic design.The game can look easy on screenshots but it is not. Puzzles are hard enough so sometimes i had to use guides to get through some puzzles.Gameplay itself is easy. Be ready to die many times untill u reach the end.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
Pleasant simple platformer with interesting graphic style.

Audio7/10
Graphics8/10
Gameplay7/10
Time to beat3hrs
Summary
7/10

PROS
  • Simple but nice looking and atmoshperic graphics
  • Gloom atmosphere
  • Well recorder enviromental sounds
  • You need to be careful and observant
  • Maaany checkpoints
  • Many finds throughout the game
  • Challenging, but not frustrating puzzles and riddles

CONS
  • Some sounds are noticably louder than the others. You need to adjust your speaker sometimes.
  • Some puzzles are kinda too easy. Second half of the game makes them more challenging.
  • The ending might be confusing. But on the other hand it stimulates your imagination. :P
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
One of the best games I have ever played. Not only was the story touching but it was also visually pleasing. One of the best parts about this game would be the feeling of satisfaction you get from completing a puzzle.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
A game for the manic and foreboding, made by the lord of grim depression. The game is fantastic, despite its bleak palette.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
i'm commander Shepard and i approve this game !
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
A great platformer game. Just the art itself is worth getting the game. The game is great for beginners, but also quite challenging for those who want to finisht it 100%.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
A relaxing side-scroller. Gloomy but dying over and over has never been so much fun. Reminds me of Dark Souls, just without the feeling of having to punch your screen when you die at the same place 20 times
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
10/10 would die over 100 times trying to get the Ding! Achievement. Beating the game with less than 5 deaths though? Pretty sure that's impossible.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
Great Puzzle Game With Great Art Style

Limbo is The world of Beautiful and Brutal

Worthy to die Again

10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
Best Platformer Game
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
I love this game <3 Dark and brain wrecking.
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7 of 13 people (54%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
Unfortunately, a beautiful art style and atmosphere is all this game has going for it. The puzzles are tedious and unintuitive (eg. One puzzle is solved by luring some creature out of a hole with food and then chasing that creature to a giant hamster wheel. This, for some reason, triggers a hurricane and fills a hole with water for you cross over on top of a log...). Many of the puzzles require precison timing, which would be fine if the character wasn't restrictively and frustratingly slow.

+ Nice art style
+ Good use of atmosphere
+ Simple and fluid controls

- Overall tedious and bland gameplay
- Puzzles are more difficult to complete due to restrictive game mechanics (speed, physics) than actual complexity

I actually think I would enjoy this game more if all the puzzles were removed and the focus was solely on the atmosphere, because walking and exploring were more fun for me than actually doing the puzzles.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
"Oh what an amazing and cute game this is, the amount of detail in just a few greyscale co.. OMGWTFISTHAT?!"

*dies.. again..*

Like 2D platforms?
Like puzzles?
Like simple yet beautiful art?
Like dark & twisted humor?
Don't mind dying, a lot?
Don't mind spiders?

Play this game, it's awesome :)
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17 of 24 people (71%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 20
Very atmospheric 2D platformer with smart but difficult puzzles

Limbo is a traditional popular dance contest that originated on the island of Trinidad.

A horizontal bar, known as the limbo bar, is placed atop two vertical bars. All contestants must attempt to go under the bar with their backs facing the floor. Whoever knocks the bar off or falls is eliminated from the contest. After everyone has completed their turns, the bar is lowered slightly and the contest continues. The contest ends when only one person can successfully "limbo" under the bar. (SOURCE WIKIPDEDIA.ORG)


And this is exactly how I felt during the game. Every new stage, every new puzzle is raising the difficutly, but motivates you equally to finally finish this classic of the artsy gaming genre.

What I liked

  • Very deep atmosphere with great colour scheme in black, grey and white
  • Smart puzzles that feel so rewarding after completion
  • Fair set back points
  • Native 3D Vision support
  • Length of the game is perfect for one session the weekend or in the evening after work
  • Audio fits perfect the graphic style and listening to sounds is important to solve puzzles

What I didn't like

  • Sometimes to difficult to solve without a walkthrough guide / do not feel embarrassed to use one
  • SPOILER: the end is definitely not rewarding for all the trouble you have gone through

A 2D platformer that was rated overwhelming postive throughout the industry and deserves the designation of "classic" . Every gamer should have taken a look at it. Highly recommended. Not for full price. But pick it up on sale (5 EUR would be fair)
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
Limbo is basicly a short-ish puzzle platformer thats about a young boy entering limbo, to save his sister (although we only know this because of the games description, it doesnt actually tell you whats going on in game). and its hella good. i got it as a gift, but defo worth the full amount. P.S its so damn brutal at times D:
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
Limbo, the game, is special in that while it does not wholly depict that mysterious dimension as my mind did, it captures its essence. You are a boy who wakes up in a lonely world made up only of black, white, and shades of gray. Video game logic demands you walk from left to right, jumping over obstacles as they appear, a simple task that needs little attention in the initial moments. This is your chance to absorb your surroundings. The background provides an illusion of depth, but its branches and bridges are out of focus, as if you are dreaming them into existence. The pint-sized hero, his bright blinking eyes shining from his blackened silhouette, trots ahead with the charming gangliness of a six-year-old.

You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.

Then comes death. Limbo is a hostile place, home to giant spiders that would feast upon you, and traps apparently scattered by the world's other denizens. You step onto a claw trap, and it closes on your neck. Your head falls to the ground and wobbles just for a moment before lying still. No tears are shed, no music plays--the game provides no grand gesture to honor your demise. It simply happens, and you revive at the most recent checkpoint to try the puzzle again. Some of these deaths aren't outright fair; stepping on a pressure plate could mean certain death, but so could jumping over it. Such inconsistencies aren't common, but your first time in Limbo requires some trial-and-error experimentation. Loading times are short, and checkpoints are frequent, however, so death is rarely a frustration, though often a horror.

What does it all mean? People pondered that question when Limbo was first released on the Xbox 360 in 2010, and the PC version adds nothing new that would illuminate the mystery of this world, so there's little reason to splurge on another version if you've already played. Nevertheless, the ending offers important clues to the greater plot, if not to the details of the game's events and objects--the imposing neon hotel sign that you must cross, for instance, or the murderous children, seemingly escaped from Lord of the Flies, that aim their blowguns at you. Limbo means for its atmosphere to consume you in the moment, and in that sense, it succeeds. You drag a dead child's corpse to solve a puzzle, and perhaps wonder if anyone grieves this lost soul given the apathy of the realm. You glimpse a figure and regard her with tenderness, but the brief glimmer of hope is snuffed out in an instant.

After life, before death.

It isn't until the final third of its two- to three-hour runtime that Limbo's puzzles become challenging. The first half of the game is more concerned with building dread and ambiguity. Even after being vanquished, a colossal spider's remaining leg thrusts at you from its thorax, one final act of defiance that could leave two corpses for the crows to pick. When you pull the leg from the spider, the audible cracks and visible white splatters emphasize just how recently its life force was crushed. Elsewhere, you push boxes and pull levers, rushing to finish the puzzle before the rising water fills the room. Failure means watching the dear boy go as limp as a ragdoll as liquid fills his lungs.

The second half leaves behind the horrors in favor of puzzles involving gravity and complex machinery. As memorable as it is to navigate tilting rooms with only a few hanging lamps to light the way, it is that spider that most embodies Limbo's somber spirit. The later puzzles are complex and clever, but they don't haunt the heart. The finale feels abrupt because it returns to the first hour's imagery, having abandoned it for long enough to have altered your personal connection with the game from an emotional one to an intellectual one. And yet the end offers insight into a backstory left otherwise untouched--enough of it to inspire another playthrough, this time ever so much wiser than you were before.

THE GOOD
Striking atmosphere that chills the heart
Excellent, poignant moments that stay with you
Cold, gruesome deaths are presented with memorable and horrific apathy
Introduces more involved puzzles at a satisfying pace

THE BAD
The most haunting imagery is limited to the first half
Ending doesn't emerge organically from the hour leading to it
8/10
GREAT
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 14
5/5

A fantastic little, morbid adventure. Dark and gloomy. Vague and gorey. Clever and enraging.

This is an artistic platform game that forces you to think outside the box--quite often, but every successful attempt is rewarding and leaves you feeling accomplished.

This game touched me more than you might expect on an emotional level, too. I affectionately refer to the player as "Billy" because he doesn't really have a name. And he doesn't really talk. Or... anything, really. But that's part of the charm!

It's a platform game with a delightful twist. It's kinda creepy and fun. Expect to die a lot but once you get that "Aha!" moment, it makes it all worth it.

The checkpoints are also really handy and the game is merciless but not punishing, if that makes sense.

A fun little adventure. 5/5 might seem like much but I'm rating it not based on what it is, but what it's trying to be. And it succeeds in its goal of being a clever, original platformer.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
pros:

-excellent feel of creepiness and isolation
-great ambient music and sounds
-good mix of action sequences (usually involving getting away from violent death) and puzzles

cons:
-kinda short
-very basic platformer mechanics

overall, one of the best indie games I had the chance to play
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
10/10 would die again
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 20
This is a very varied Jump and Run Game . Any Jump and Run Fan will love this Game for sure !. In Limbo you play as a little Boy in a Dark Gloomy World with alot Traps and Puzzles and its perfectly implented enough said.


+ Fascinating gloomy Atmosphere

+ Awesome Graphic Style

+ Technically perfectly implemented

+ Perfect Physic Engine

- Short Gameplay 3-4 Hours
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