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

System Requirements

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Mac OS X
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    • 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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hiddenblade
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
So good and deep.But if you want to buy it do it.
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.sverek
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Rather enjoyable puzzles with grotesque story.

I would NOT recommend it to play with kids.
This game unique on its own terms and still enjoyable for not hardcore indie gamers.
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Han Frye
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
Hahaha cute but creepy
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Tejaa
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
darkkk... but awesome. wasnt able toh figure out the end
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Hyperion
( 6.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Amazing game! A real head scratcher sometimes!
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nmwhitehead
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
This game is really good. It's simplistic, low budget and quintessentially indie, but that's what makes it great. The puzzles are perfect, the atmosphere is well done, and it's just a great game to shut your brain off and play for a bit.
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ToTo
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
I loved my experience, I'm sure you will. A good game to buy, if you have money to spare.
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-FaR-
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
This game taught me, do not repeat the problems I've ever done. :)
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RK
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
climatic
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GamezMatter
( 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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NU$$IE
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
It's interesting that this game is so highly acclaimed. I definitely wouldn't recommend it, especially for $11.

I actually don't mind the trial and error nature of the puzzles, but the biggest problem in the game lies in that there is no reward for completing them. The "story" is so open-ended/non-existent that completing puzzles basically equates to "getting to walk a little further right". There is no sense of accomplishment related to skill because, to be honest, the puzzles are actually quite easy to solve. You might die a couple times or have to get some aspect of timing down, but that's about it.

As for the artsy side of the game, I think they really made some bad choices in terms of execution and plot. First of all, the setting for the game is in no way captivating. Yeah, the game has a somewhat interesting black and white style to it, but the environments and characters are just too mundane when you also take into account the lack of plot. The gameplay really isn't very exciting/rewarding and I think the story was too open-ended. I understand the devs intended for the players to draw their own conclusions but I don't think that's an excuse for such a bare-bones presentation. There's lots of other games that have much more fleshed out plots that still leave a lot for the viewer to think about and interpret on their own.

Another thing I find interesting to note is that when I scrolled through the first batch of positive reviews not a single person who liked the game had more than 10 hours in it. Most (even from the positive reviews) had only about 3-6. There is really no replay value whatsoever and I feel like $11 is really a stretch for this game. $5 is more fair but even that would feel like overpaying to me.

Overall, I think many aspects of this game's design severely hold back any potential it might have. To me it translated to a short, boring experience.
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GehnofDni
( 9.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
This is a fabulous horror-themed puzzle game that will have your palms sweating. It's tough, but beatable, just the right amount of difficulty. It's also darkly beautiful.
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urielz
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
If you like platform games and puzzles then you can't go wrong with LIMBO. Get it while it's on sale and enjoy a few hours of gameplay.
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andpigswillfly
( 8.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
Very good game
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askos
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
A nice puzzle game with dark elements. Controls work great, I used a keyboard myself. Puzzles are sometimes quite tricky but they can be solved in reasonable time. I would recommend LIMBO to anyone who likes 2D platformers and puzzles.

The game has a nice way to tell a story but after completing the game, I must say that it would have been so great if the story could be at least a little bit deeper. It just that there would have been so much more potential and maybe that's one reason why the end was a little bit disappointing. Game doesn't even tell that a boy is trying to find his sister, you had to read this from the game description.

Pros:
+ Overall quality and gameplay.
+ Different kind of 2D platformer with nice little puzzles.
+ Visuals, audio, atmosphere.

Cons:
- Could be longer...
- Didn't like all physics tricks near the end.
- The end.
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TheGreyLight
( 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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The-Lost-Demon
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
This is a really good puzzle game but it might make you scream at the screen because there's a lot and i mean a LOT of timing puzzles which will make you go crazy (your typical puzzle/plataformer game).
There's no voice acting and still the story is "interesting". It also has a great atmosphere of what limbo would probably be a place made of your own memories (like the kids that might've mocked our character when he was living are now attacking and trying to kill him for no reason, his fear for spiders, his love for the girl that we see as a sort of "light" and his impression of what rain seemed to him) which i believe that the world in this game is.
Overall 8/10
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Stormblessed417
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
It's like Dark Souls, but it runs at 60fps and the controls make sense
11/10 would play 2d Dark Souls and die 10931742107508429 times again.
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David0vić
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
A good original puzzle platformer with very interesting and unique visuals. However I did like the first half much more than I did the second because the atmosphere and exploration was what really made me love the first half. The second half became strictly a puzzle game and focused less on atmosphere and exploration with puzzle after puzzle in an industrial setting. It got very old towards the end and I just wanted it to be over which is not a good thing for a short game. The game also ends abruptly without no build up or climax just some gravity puzzles before the ending which was also disappointing. Those are my big complaints but it’s still good game and worth playing because of its originality.
7/10 (Good)
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ECGordon
( 11.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
Started playing on Monday night and I've just finished it. I'm a very slow player and I needed a lot of time to solve a few of the puzzles: that being said, all in all, I've needed about six hours to complete the game.
They were six truly fabulous hours.

First of all, I think I've been a bit misleaded by the tagline and by a few of my friends' suggestions: I don't know why, I was expecting sort of a soft game? With a bit of retro atmosphere, black-and-white pleasant backgrounds and, I don't know, a playful kid lovingly prancing around in a fond search for his sister?
Yeah, well, no. Limbo is macabre, is dark, is scary and truly isn't the right game for someone as jumpy and nervy as me. I had to stop a few times to calm down and I closed my eyes during at least half of the deaths. Of COURSE it's black and white, you really don't want to see SO MUCH RED on your screen.

You won't be able to play this game if you're arachnophobic; you won't be able to play this game if you're scared by deep waters and, likely, if you often suffer from vertigo. I think you'll better be careful if you're against gore and if seeing a child - yeah, I know it's a smallish cartoonish cutout, still a child - being hurt is going to unsettle you. By the way, the last warning goes for me, too.

Even so, this game is one of the things nearest to perfection I've ever played with. The graphic! Graphics are wonderful, from the wonderful font choosen for the title, from the menu and the first background up to each one of those black silhouettes of monsters and enemies and traps, each one perfectly in tone and easy recognizable despite the surrounding misty darkness. The soundtrack, soft and barely there, carrying you on through the scariest moments and keeping you on your toes! Each one of those marvellous, problematic, complex, truly original puzzles: you won't be able to get bored, there're no dead times, there's no pause, no slowing down up to the very end.

I've a lot of PROs and just a few CONs, so, let's go on.

PROs:
- Detailed, interesting, original graphics. Wonderful. No colours at all to distract you from beautiful lines and marvellously designed backgrounds.
- Themed atmosphere. All the atmosphere you'll ever want in a game and more. You really need to play Limbo in a dark room, I've jumped so many times I think I've drilled an hole in the chair.
- Useful and pleasant sounds/soundtrack. There isn't a clear music going on, more a kind of soft, vibrating sound sometimes taking consistency and sometimes leaving everything in the deepest silence. Sounds are a completing and essential part of the whole experience and you'll need them to solve more easily a few puzzles.
- Complex obstacles. Like I said, each one of them is original and interesting; they're disposed by growing difficulty and different sceneries will have different themes going on. Loved it.
- Well-built animations. They're sometimes lovely and more often unsettling and always wonderfully rendered. You can interact with lots of things in your playground and your character will react to each one of them in a different way. Truly not a sloppy work. Really, it's the care poured in each detail which made me fall in love.

CONs:
- Total lack of explanations. Like, I've got it, really, you want me to explore and discover, but I'm not asking for much - thirty seconds of an introductive sequence to try and get me understanding your choice of controls? I come from a time when double clicking the Up Arrow got you jumping higher and clicking it for a longer time got you... nothing. If it's a deliberate way to skim out less expert and/or older players, I can understand it, but low blow, guys, low blow.
- No warnings. Like, at all. And I think that's a game which would need them deeply. I usually buy new games without reading any review, to preserve the full surprise effect, and this time the tagline was a bit misleading. Please, warn me about the HUGE SPIDERS - I like spiders, but I don't like them when they're trying to skewering me - and the fact that I'll be DISEMBOWELED at least a few times during the game, and all of this while I'm a child.
- No introduction. You know that you're searching for your sister because you've read the tagline. And what if you got this game as a gift? Or if you're playing it at a friends' place? I think a game has to start with the first scene and end with the last one; here, if you haven't read the tagline, you won't be able to truly understand the last scene.
Which is, by the way, ambiguous and wonderful.

This is the kind of game you play and play and play again trying to beat your own best time - and your own death count. I'm surely restarting it right now.

9/10.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 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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5 of 5 people (100%) 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
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3 of 3 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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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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2 of 2 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
Amazing Puzzle ^^b
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
Suicide, murder, and rotting corpses...with children.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
Fear of The Dark & Spiders is Real
pros:
Smoothness
Sounds
Enjoyable

Neutral:
Story

Cons:
repetitive
repetitive again


I got It at 75% and loved it
maybe not worth full price
but it's absolutely amazing
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
using dead children corpses to survive on a black and white sodom atmosphere with creepy ambient music while having shivers through your spine because of arachnophobia. too much favorite things in one place. 10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
10/10 would die again
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 7
This is a great game. Basically, its exactly as the game description states: 'Uncertain of his sister's fate, a boy enters LIMBO'. You start in LIMBO, and straight from the off, there are puzzles galore. The little character that you're controlling is good fun, and sound's play a big part. Also, you'll probably become hesitant at certain things, after you die so many times.
But its still good in that respect.
At some points, I was losing my mind, trying desperatly to get to the next part, but carry on, and you'll be so pleased when you get past it.
Overall, a great game. Created a Let's Play, which only just started to release, but I loved it a lot. Recommended to anyone!!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
I really enjoyed this game.

The spider will make you crap your pants though.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
Good game, good story, good challange, black and white display mode...
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
Dark,disturbing,yet eerily beautiful,Limbo is a world that deserves to be explored.
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1 of 1 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 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
Awesome, I love this game! :3 The art style is exceptional!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
It's like Dark Souls, but it runs at 60fps and the controls make sense
11/10 would play 2d Dark Souls and die 10931742107508429 times again.
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2 of 4 people (50%) 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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