Uncertain of his sister's fate, a boy enters LIMBO
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (6,010 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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“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

    • 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
10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
LIMBO is a superlative illustration of a dystopian world. Nightmares turn into reality for a small boy who wakes up in this pitch-black cataclysm. With nothing to tell him where to go or what to do, he wanders forth into the unknown.

From the short introduction into the boy's predicament, the shadows and darkness encroach him in a perfect noir setting. The graphics are simple, but compliment the setting impeccably. The game runs perfectly on any machine, and never leaves a steady frame rate, running at 60 frames per second on higher-performance machines.

Sound effects in LIMBO are stunning. An eerie atmospheric stereo soundtrack sounds so realistic with headphones, it's almost like you are in the game. Water, footsteps and enemies sound mysterious and create a mood that both intrigues and repels, which is a rarity in video game soundtracks.

LIMBO's story is one of mystery. The solemn-looking boy has no words, but at the same time he can convey a meaningful message of despair and sorrow. His agility is quite good, even if his jump is somewhat feeble. The platforming elements of LIMBO are simple, but work wonderfully. Ladders, boats and vines are utilised in obvious but unique ways, and makes gameplay different after every stage. Enemies are not the only threat in LIMBO. Yes, there is a giant spider, but you can die just as much by this than a gap in the floor or vicious spikes protruding out of the ground in hap-hazard directions. Death is everywhere in LIMBO, and the scene painted by Playdead is definitely bone-chilling.

In my opinion, LIMBO is a wonderfully dark portrait of a universe that both frightens and invites. LIMBO is definitely melancholy, but its wonderful mechanics, story, sounds and controls combine to create a game that should be a must-have for anyone who enjoys an unknown adventure. LIMBO's world left me speechless, but at the same time I wouldn't hesitate to dive into its hellish depths again.
Posted: October 16
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Amazing game, very atmospheric, very creepy and its very dark.
You get impaled with spikes and spider legs, your body gets clamped and ripped to pieces by a bear trap and creepy "tribal" people are wondering around a creepy forest.
The puzzles aren't easy, they are fun.
i would rate this 9.5/10 its VERY fun.
ps. i haven't finished it yet :P
Posted: October 8
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Surreal. Nightmarish. Dreamy. Scary and intense. Relaxing and calming. Dark and stunning. Lynchian. This game is a beautiful experience.
Posted: October 19
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
hes unconcious of some description and his dream is ♥♥♥♥ing creepy as ♥♥♥♥♥
8.6/10 (c) P0T4T0
Posted: October 9
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
5/5 10/10 20/20

...It's pretty good.
Posted: September 25
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
I was not sure if I would like this game, the graphics looked good and it had a lot of good ratings. So I finally got it and I must say I havent stopped playing it. The graphics are amazing, the controls while simple are very responsive, you move fluidly through the world and just figuring out how to get to the next area is very rewarding. I wish I would have got this game sooner, so if you are on the wall about getting this one dont be just get it.
Posted: October 19
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
I Really love this game. It's dark, twisted, artistic and it really tickled my sadistic nature when it came to dying in the game.

> The artistic design is well put together for a black n white scheme.
> Inventive puzzles that are eager to entertain.
> Death does not throw you completely backwards in the game.
> Simple controls.
> Death scenario's that can entertain even the mildest sadist.

>The game is quite short ( took me 2 hours to complete ). Thats a big one for me.
> The game really lacks a storyline. A Player really should be able to start a game, and have a basic understanding. The gist of the storyline is only really obtained out of game.
> Doesnt offer much to encourage player to replay the game.

Overall, the game may have been rather short which dissapointed me in the end. But i do not regret purchasing it as it did provide me with a pleasant experiance.

I Do hope to see a second installment one day, but hopefully they expand on the idea and provide an even better play experiance.
Posted: October 15
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Limbo is a 2D platform game where you play a nameless boy who wakes up in a dark forest and needs to find his way past obstacles while looking for his sister.
At the start, the visual art was sort of reminiscent of late 20th century Eastern European animated kids movies. But the dark environment quickly escalates into horrific scenes with severed limbs and other terror to be found in the woods... Not a game for kids!
I found myself quickly drawn into the atmosphere solving puzzle by puzzle. Most of them are fairly straightforward and logical, others require trial & error or some more thinking. The controls are easy and won't break your fingers.
Overall, a highly recommended puzzle game! But beware of the spiders...

Score: 8.5/10

+ immersive graphics
+ balanced mix of puzzles

- maybe a bit too short?
Posted: October 3
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
The game wasn't able to immerse me in its world. The black and white color scheme didn't help either. The whole game basically consists of trial and error. You discover a hazard (mostly by getting killed by it) and evade it afterwards. Sometimes you have to figure out how to do this (mostly by running back), but more often it is quite clear after you discovered what awaits you. The replay value is very low.
Posted: October 24
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
A depressing platformer with great level design and Art design.
Posted: October 1
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9 of 17 people (53%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Mixed feelings, and not in a good way...
Yes, this game is beautiful in terms of art. At first, it really sets this gloomy mood that I enjoy.
The first few levels are finely balanced, just tricky enough to be challenging, but still easy enough to pass if you try.

But somewhere along the way, the atmosphere fades and all that's left is frustration.
The majority of puzzles require precise timing and trial and error, with some fake difficulty thrown in for good measures.
Even the slightest mistake means death, and while the checkpoints were (luckily) generous, you were still forced to repeat some very annoying sections.

In short, I would say the utterly disappointing ending just wasn't worth the hassle.

And then came the terrible hunt for the DING! achievement.
While completely optional, this part was just one huge step in the wrong direction. Walking in pitch-black darkness for long minutes only to be killed by a randomly positioned sawblade that you cannot see really isn't my idea of fun...
Posted: October 5
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Backlog Raider played this game!

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Posted: October 7
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
The Good:
-Has some really interesting and challenging puzzles.
-Atmospheric, I guess.

…But the rest, I personally didn't enjoy. One of my biggest complaints is how sadistic the game seems. Sure, it's a challenging game, so you're going to die, but so often the deaths feel cheap, like a jump scare or a trick question. For example, at one point, you're walking along, and if you walk through a particular patch of tall grass, you step into a bear trap and die. There's no way to know that it's that until you've already done it. I guess it's there to lend to the antagonistic environment, but personally, I just found it frustrating, not fun.

Beyond that, there's nothing truly intriguing or interesting to explore in the world. The spider is creepy, but it's not enough to carry the rest of the game. Just in general, the biggest problem here is that I didn't find Limbo fun. Maybe the developers were trying to do something else with this game, but all I felt was disappointment.
Posted: October 9
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
WHen the game first came out, it was tagged as an adventure game and based on the demo it looked like a atmospheric indie, fun and relaxing adventure game. That my friend, was a lie. The demo was the shallow end of the pool and hid what LIMBO truly is: a brutal puzzle platformer. I finished it in two days without any hints or aids but it was a rude shock as it wasn't what I thought I bought. I can guarantee that without hints, the game will make some of you look slow and stupid. What a bait and switch. I can only recommend it if you know what you will be getting into.
Posted: October 16
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
creeped me out
Posted: October 11
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Great atmosphere. They nailed the graphics. Fairly innovative platformer. But not enough to keep my interest long enough to finish the game. I'll be honest. I am NOT a platformer fan. It would take a lot to keep me interested to the end but if one did it would be a truly outstanding platfomer in some catagory. (Normally puzzle in my case).
Posted: October 1
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Do you enjoy trial and error? Do you enjoy puzzles so simple that without trial and error the game would last minutes? Do you enjoy pressing D or pushing right on an analog stick for extended periods of time while occasionally pushing another button? Do you enjoy a game so mindless you can watch a movie and only need to pay attention on death noise cues? Well if that and 'artsy' graphics that is so blatantly run of the mill gets your rocks off then Limbo is right for you!

If you want a game with mechanics, a fail state (aka an actual GAME), fun, and more depth than walking forwards then you should consider saving your money. Alternatively open Notepad and hold down D for an hour while pressing space every ten minutes or so. Even with watching a movie I couldn't muster the willpower to bother finishing it.

In summation: Wow! It's nothing at all!
Posted: October 9
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
No. Just no. God damn this game makes me mad as hell.

The artstyle is quite unique I must admit. And the game is visually impressive. Unfortunetally, that's all the game has. This game is really not engaging to me, at all.


Nice art style
Some clever puzzles here and there
A creepy ♥♥♥ spider
Good Atmosphere


♥♥♥♥ing INFURIATING Trial and Error gameplay. You'll frequently run into "puzzles" that you have no idea how to do, and when you finally figure out how to do the damn thing, you'll prolly keep failing at it. At the half way point of the game, TIMING puzzles get introduced. Whoever made these deserves to be shot in the damn stomach. The designers have failed at their job if they think that having to press a button at exactly the precise moment or die and start it all again is engaging or fun.
Posted: October 10
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2 of 9 people (22%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Play the demo first

This game is just lazy.

"I designed some puzzles I think would be great in a platformer"
"Sounds great! did you design and characters yet"
"Hmmm..ok, well did you write a story yet"
"Do you atleast have some music yet"
"Ok don't worry I can fix this. I'll just make a stick figure, grayscale everything add a few footstep & rain sound effects, then we just call the whole thing atmospheric"
"What about the story?"
"Just make it so the game doesn't end. No ending = no story telling! It's art, doesn't need to make sense"
Posted: October 18
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0 of 5 people (0%) found this review helpful
23.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
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