Uncertain of his sister's fate, a boy enters LIMBO
User reviews:
Overwhelmingly Positive (9,847 reviews) - 95% of the 9,847 user reviews for this game are positive.
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

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
76 of 81 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
LIMBO is one of those 2-D platformer games with puzzle elements. You know, those games where you keep having to solve puzzles here and there moving objects, like crates, rocks, even dead bodies and deadly traps. I got this a long time ago, and this is the first time I actually tried playing this after casually "finding" it again in my library.


+ The controls are nice (I used a controller myself.), it feels intuitive and doesn't really ♥♥♥♥ you over with high gravity or slippery floors. It's kinda fast paced and doesn't force you to do ridiculous jumps all the time like SMB or Electronic Super Joy.

+ The soundtrack consists mostly of ambient noise and fragments of something that sounds like a song here and there. I enjoy it myself, being in this shadowy world that's completely in silence really helps to build up the atmosphere. Sometimes the music gets louder, sometimes it's in complete silence (Usually before something bad happens.)

+ Perhaps the thing I love the most about this game. The visuals; The whole world is black and white, with some kind of mist in the background. The characters are nothing but mere shadows, even the protagonist is a kid shrouded in shadows with just his eyes glowing. The world is gorgeous in a depressing way, after all, you're in Limbo. Forests, industrial areas, caves, lakes, even something that looks like a city. Rain pours down on you at some point, and it's nice and soothing. I really like the art style of this game. It's kinda gory too, your character can die in a wide array of painful deaths. Some are quite gory. Still, it's all in black and white, you'll see the shadows of your intestines.

+ The world itself. This might count towards the visuals, though. This game is quite somber, and really atmospheric. You're adventuring into the unknown, and you'll find all kinds of weird stuff along the way. You'll find corpses all around, some of them suicide victims. Even the living beings in Limbo are hostile towards you. It truly is a cold and unforgiving world.


+/- This game gets quite challenging later on. This might be a con for some, a pro for others. Personally, I enjoy it myself. You simply CAN'T finish this game without dying quite a few times on the first run, because they game changes its rules at times, teases you, punishes you for taking the "easy" route. Sometimes, deaths are swift and gory, with less than a second to react. This game is a lot of trial and error, just like you'd expect from a game like this.

-/+ Another pro for some, con for others. This game is quite short. Puzzles are time consuming, and I dare to say, frustrating often, specially near the end of the game. Unless you use a guide, you might get stuck in there for a while. But if you know what to do and you don't die that often, you can easily finish this game in a couple of hours.


- The trial and error IS unforgiving near the end. I personally enjoy this, again, but there are some parts where the game goes too far. I specially hate puzzles where your timing and positioning's gotta be spot on, or else you won't make it. This is INCREDIBLY frustrating if you're trying to get one of the game achievements, where you gotta die less than 5 times and finish the game in a single sitting. Sometimes, you know what to do, you know what to expect, but you were a few pixels away from the ideal position, and less than a second off. There, you're dead. I enjoy games that kick your ♥♥♥ with cheap deaths here and there, but I know lots of people would feel discouraged by this.

- I won't tell you exactly what happens near the end, but you might not like it if you were expecting something amazing to happen. The journey was worth it for me. But the ending felt kinda weak.

All in all, I would recommend picking this game up in a sale. If you are into puzzle/platformer games (I am not, sadly. I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed), this is quite an interersting title. The visuals and ambience alone are worth it for me, and the game's short enough for me to avoid giving up in frustration before completing it.
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47 of 59 people (80%) found this review helpful
33 people found this review funny
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2015
Limbo - also known as "50 shades of Death" - the game that gets you ♥♥♥♥♥♥ off and gives you arachnophobia at the same time.
10/10 for using the bodies of dead children in order to avoid a brutal and excruciating death.
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35 of 46 people (76%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
You'll have to learn the game mechanics ( You' learn those in the first chapters ).
You'll think the game is easy.
You'll see the game is not easy.
You'll die over and over and over and over again.
You'll have to try again.
You'll be frustrated.
You'll be disappointed
You'll be desperate.
You'll learn from your mistakes.
You'll be happy when you finished a chapter.
You'll get rewarded.
You'll have fun.

So as you hopefully can see this game is fun because you get rewarded for finishing a chapter in wich you died so damn often and tried over and over again and finnaly be happy.

There is no real story.

It's a 2D black-white game it doesn't need good graphics, it's all about the atmosphere.

The sound is very inportant in this game it's important for the atmosphere.

So overall I'd recommend this game as it's compelling and fascinating how easy it can be to make a great game without a story and good 3D graphics.
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48 of 71 people (68%) found this review helpful
95 people found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
I now know the dangers of black on black violence.
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16 of 22 people (73%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
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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