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

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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Black
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Product received for free
Somehow got this for free, now 10 dollars. 10/10 would rate again.
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Blank1213
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
I don't have much to say that the rest of the reviews haven't already said. Great game.
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♣TheUnknown♣
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
This game is a good way to waste time. Each puzzle takes around 10 minutes for me to figure out. And after i figure it out and try to solve it that is another 5 minutes. The puzzles themselves are very unique and entertaining. This game is very detailed while you solve puzzles there is allways something moving or doing something in the background.
Even if the idea is to solve puzzles this never gets boring even if I try a puzzle a couple times.
The graphics are very basic , it is a 2D side based game. There is not much colour in the game and that also makes it interesting because , in my opinion, this has something to do with the story itself.

Overall the gameplay is very good and smooth , the graphics are better then Mario so I will give this game a 9/10.
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VisualSundew
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Product received for free
So I recently learned that in the opening of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho the title is cut up and moved around in jarring movements to unsettle the audience. LIMBO is a puzzle platform game with a style designed to unsettle the player, and it is quite effective. I definitely recommend playing with headphones while alone.
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MnMaxon
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
I finally got around to getting this game, and I think it is a really good game. It's a fun platformer, with a great atmosphere, and interesting puzzles. It also shows off some interesting things that video games can do which other mediums can't.

Unfortunately, it's very short for the price. The game was a good length, and if they extended it much longer, it could have lost some of its appeal, but I don't think it's worth $10.

If you see a sale that brings it down to $5-ish dollars, I'd reccommend that you get it, however I really don't think it's worth the current price of $10.

I guess there are collectibles or whatever, which can pad out the gametime, but I really dislike them in this game. They break some of the game's immersion, and seem like they're only there to extend gameplay. They're not particularly fun to get, and they don't seem to do anything besides allow you to unlock achievements.

Again, it's not a bad game, but if this is not on sale, I'd reccommend Super Meat Boy over this. Super Meat Boy has a ton of content for its price (and goes on sale more frequently than this game).

There are certainly worse things to spend your money on, and if $10 for 3 hours of content doesn't bother you, then by all means, get this. I don't reccommend this for the same reason that I wouldn't reccommend a $60 game with 18 hours of content.
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Izz3h
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Product received for free
I GOT STUCK 4 MINUTES INTO THE GAME ON A GIANT SPIDER. I THINK IT'S BECAUSE I HAVEN'T EATEN OR DRANK IN 18 HOURS
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Bauer <LeBaux>
( 6.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Product received for free
Got ithe game free, now I am kinda say I didn't pay for it, because developers deserve the money here. The game is on point, it really does not look like indie game... let's hope for a LIMBO II.
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Kurumiku
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Product received for free
Original & Fresh mystery puzzle game
Makes you wonder why and where are you going to

Pretty dark but it is the essence
Worth playing!
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Dave's not here
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Great game. Got it for free but would have definately paid for it.
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Hyperbola
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
black kid that cant swim, has to save his sister because the father is absent.
real smooth playdead, real smooth.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
327 of 351 people (93%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
Even after all these years, LIMBO is still one of the greatest indie-game. It's hard to classify it: it's a platformer, but it will rarely require good timing; it's a puzzle game, but you won't spend hours trying to figure out solutions; it's a horror game, but there's no blood, no jumpscare, not even fear, just a disturbing atmosphere.

I wouldn't recommend this game if someone asked me to suggest a platformer, a puzzle game or a horror game. But for someone asking for something new and/or looking for a game with a peculiar atmosphere, I wouldn't hesitate one second. PLAY THIS GAME!
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244 of 294 people (83%) found this review helpful
107 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
Bruh, it's free. As a simple Dutch man, I need to have it.



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it's a great game. Just buy get it. It's amazing fun.
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101 of 126 people (80%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
Beautiful and Simple. just how things should be.
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40 of 41 people (98%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
19.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
Product received for free
One of the best platformer puzzle games out there. The music, atmosphere & story makes it unique, so whether it's free or not it's a must to have.


PS. If you're color blinded person &/or love spiders this is your game.
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50 of 58 people (86%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
very interesting game that it really need to use your mind , strongly recommend to buy and enjoy!
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27 of 33 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
Gorgeous, unique silhouette art style with incredible subtle lighting effects; amazing sound design that actually helps you play the game; surprisingly rich atmosphere for such a minimalistic game; great gameplay (after a bit of getting used to your character's more realistic maneuverability compared to most video game heroes); puzzles so clever you'll think Valve went 2d. And to top it all off, the hidden eggs and bonus level are that rare kind of super-fair, intuitive challenge, rather than over-the-top nonsense. The biggest gripe would be that there are a handful of points in the game where you have to simply wait around for a bit too long, but it's nothing major.

If you still haven't played this, give it a go. It's a small game with a one-of-a-kind atmosphere and everything about it just fits right.
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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
You are a boy searching for his missing sister. You wander through gloomy forests, explore forbidding caves and try to escape a industrial complex of whirring machines and smoke stacks – all painted in silhouette against the smoky greys of an old flickering film. It's amazing that such a simple approach can create such a nightmarish atmosphere.

'Simple' is an excellent word to sum up this indie platform game. From its monochrome presentation to its single sentence storyline, it creates a spare, deadly, lonely world, devoid of colour and distraction. You brave yawning landscapes with nothing but the rustling of your feet to keep you company. Large sections of the game are silent but for the occasional drip of water, or a cavernous echo, sometimes punctuated by fractured, urgent music, or footsteps racing into the distance. The only humans you come up against are hostile, chasing you away with spears and darts.

Everything in Limbo is out to harm you. From the moment the scenery come to life when that first giant spider-leg unfurls, a hundred times more menacing than it has any right to be, you're in world that doesn't want you there.

It's a meat grinder, coldly snapping beartraps around your fragile little frame, crumbling the boy into a pile of body parts. It stresses you into making mistakes: you know exactly what horrible thing is about to happen to your little ward when presented with a pressure plate and a crushing device.

Limbo's obstructions are grossly imaginative, requiring morbid solutions: one puzzle's resolution comes when you drag a corpse into a pool so you can use it as a bloated, floppy stepping stone to the other side. When not being chased by implacable spiders with a penchant for skewering bodies, you'll be feverishly searching for floating crates to ride as water rises above your ankles, or plucking the remaining leg off a maimed spider and rolling its body to block spikes and clamber to a ledge.

Limbo's initial morbid world of beartraps, corpses and ravenous arachnids eventually leads you into industrial levels, full of more conventional puzzles, such as gravity switches, elevators and even machinegun turrets. It's around this mark that the puzzles become far more frustrating, requiring precision timing to progress. You'll occasionally be reduced to a weeping mess of tears and tantrums, defeated by a straightforward but deadly puzzle that can only be overcome by getting everything just so.
I spent a lip-gnashing, keyboard smashing 20 minutes trying to run across a length of railway track before a descending minecart hit a switch to electrify the rails. Twenty damn minutes watching my boy judder as his tiny legs failed to make the last jump.

Your most horrific foes are the brain slugs, which drop from above and burrow into your skull. Once nestled in your cranium, they force you to stagger in one direction – normally straight into a pit of spikes.

Make no mistake: you're going to die. A lot. It's impossible to pass five minutes without succumbing to Limbo's sick snags. But finally realising the infuriatingly simple solutions and achieving that bloody jump will reward you with Portalsized feelings of smugness and relief.

It's a little disappointing to have waited a year for this game to get ported to PC only to find keyboard control is locked to the cursor keys, but in spite of that – and Limbo's short playtime (around three to five hours) – you simply cannot miss out on this darkly evocative experience. It has its frustrations, but it's a beautiful argument for games as art.

Limbo is a beautifully designed masterpiece of a platform game, that will chill, challenge and charm in equal measure. 8.5/10
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35 of 50 people (70%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
With beautiful art and a wonderfully crafted world, Limbo is one of those games which will stay in your memories.
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
22 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Guess who is going to die first. Black one.10/10
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19 of 27 people (70%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
Beautiful art style and an amazing atmosphere. I finished the game in about 4 hours. Its kind of a platforming game, though it might not be exactly what you expect from a platformer. The puzzles aren't too difficult, but often require good timing.

I can't really say much else about it other than that I think the experience is worth 10 dollars.
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