Uncertain of his sister's fate, a boy enters LIMBO
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (5,860 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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About This Game

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

System Requirements

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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
61 of 67 people (91%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Limbo is for me, truly original piece of art. Dark, harsh tone, black and white gore, and challenging puzzles are major pluses. Other thing i adore, is vizualization itself. This all together brings unforgettable gaming experience. Even though i said puzlles are big plus, they are also a minor minus. I felt that, sometimes are just too hard, especially when i was closer to the end. Some people find this type of challenge great, but at some point, i was discouraged to finish this game. In the end i really enjoy playing this game, it was different type of joy, depressive joy i could say.

8.5/10
Posted: June 7
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24 of 29 people (83%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Transform your life in black and white, then go to a mysterious and enigmatic journey.
- LIMBO, it is a poetic and sad game with a story which you will only realize at the end of the game.
- Beautiful graphics and a deep soundtrack.
- Immersive gameplay.
- One of the best indie games ever made.
-Note 85/100

Transforme sua vida em preto e branco, depois vá em uma jornada misteriosa e enigmatica.
-LIMBO, trata-se de um jogo poetico e triste, com uma historia a qual voce só vai se dar conta ao final do jogo.
-Graficos bonitos e uma trilha sonora profunda.
-Jogabilidade imersiva.
-Um dos melhores jogos indies já feito.


Nota 85/100
Posted: September 13
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21 of 24 people (88%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Good platform game.

The gameplay is based on puzzles that are smart and sometimes challenging, and they do a competent use of physics. The game has a great gloomy look, summarizing his name, the artwork is well done as well as the sound effects. Overall the game is solid. The plot is not openly covered, is more a concept of a search for the understanding of what is happening.

It's short and somewhat relaxing, good game to play in a calm day and without commitment.

7/10
Posted: May 27
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16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Limbo is 2D puzzle platformer hailed as an artistic masterpiece for its black and white style. Solid objects are always pure black and the eerie backgrounds are beautiful tones of grey. You'll start in a deadly forest and work your way through even deadlier factories and sewers. Everything in the game is deadly, falling too far, crushed into a pile of goo, impaled on spikes, bear traps, mutilated by saw blades, giant spiders, horrifying insects and even shallow water. You will feel every death, the game will show the boy's body being torn apart and the white eyes turn to black. Then you'll restart from the last checkpoint. The restarting from the checkpoint feels like it takes a second too long for a game with so many deaths.

The controls are simple, left and right to move, a jump button and an interact button. Sadly the up doubles as a jump button, which can sometimes result in deaths when using an analog stick. The other button is a use button that is good for pushing and pulling objects, which plays a big part in traversal (puzzle solving). The game makes use of physics and momentum, objects can fall, wheels will roll, crush and in later levels there is reverse gravity. Objects have buoyancy and will float, except for your character, making for water puzzles (traversal). One of the most unique elements to the game are the brain slugs that will force you to move forward with no stopping until they hit a light where you then turn around. That shows some out of the box creativity.

You'll make it through the quick game if you just keep playing. There's nothing really that requires skill since this is puzzle solving. Its more like stand here, jump there, pull this, jump on that. Everything has been done before, but this just makes it look really good. For the explorers out there, you can find 10 or so eggs in the game that unlock a challenging secret level.

Overall, its a good game that hangs its hat on its art style. I'm not sure if its worth $10 anymore, you can find it on sale.
Posted: September 11
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
An independent platformer developed by a Danish company called Playdead. Limbo has a unique, eerie atmosphere that usually characterises the horror genre. The atmosphere is the result of the dark (black and white) presentation and the lack of music throughout the adventure.

It is one of those trial-and-error games where in order to successfully solve a puzzle in many cases you either need to react quickly or you have only one chance for a perfect execution. If you fail you can start all over from the previous checkpoint and you should also watch how the boy dies (often in quite a gruesome way). To be honest, I can easily imagine that this unique presentation deters some gamers from even trying out the game. Its trailer, in fact, presents the game's one-of-a-kind aesthetics very well.

There is a nice learning curve here and the game has some easter eggs for you to collect - mainly for the purpose of extra achievements, of course. If you love hardcore gaming you can complete Limbo in one sitting with fewer than 5 deaths to earn the hardest achievement of the game.

Limbo has a unique atmosphere. While it is not a long platformer it certainly is a great game. Unfortunately, due to its length and genre I consider 10 EUR a bit too expensive - still, we all know there are regular discounts so until it happens it deserves a place in everybody's wishlist.
Posted: July 27
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238 of 278 people (86%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
This game kind of makes me feel like I'm playing an old NES game but with better graphics and less fun 8-bit music. Its very simple mechanics make it quite an interesting game. You start off with no idea of what's happening, no back story, no one popping up telling you "USE TEH ARROW KEYZ TO MOVE." It just throws you in the game, basically telling you, "you figure it out. You're smart, right?" Each time you fail a puzzle at first, you learn from your mistake how to go at it in a different approach. It's a fun little game that's a good game for reminiscing about simpler game times.
Posted: November 29, 2013
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