Uncertain of his sister's fate, a boy enters LIMBO
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (8,335 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 2, 2011

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"Simple, yet that won't trouble you. Deep, yet easy to play or let go whenever you want to. Limbo is a gorgeous dark experience."


“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
98 of 105 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
It's your common platformer puzzle game... made by satan.
Honestly, this game was a little bit of a disappointment when it comes to the "puzzles", I found them quite easy, I saw a lot of hype a few years ago about this game so I thought it was pretty hard.
Also the story is short, it only took me 3 hours to beat it, and an extra hour to look for a couple of achievements..
On the other hand, though, this game is rather unique, both in terms of art and story, which makes this game really worth playing, just not worth the 10€ it costs.
I'd suggest you to buy this game when it's on sale (Like I did) because 3/4 hours of gameplay is not worth 10€. (I'm a cheapskate, I know.)
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30 of 31 people (97%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
LIMBO is a puzzle platformer indie title released in mid 2010. It was originally released as an Xbox Live Arcade exclusive, before eventually moving to the PlayStation and PC in 2011, it latter got another port to PlayStation Vita and iOS, and yet another one onto the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, this goes to show just how popular this game is and how well received of a title it was.

This is a 2D side scroller platformer which uses the Box2D physics engine, which you may of heard of because it is also used in Angry Birds, and plenty of online Flash Games. You play as a young boy, and travel through the world filled with dangers and traps as you search for your lost sister. The puzzles in this game have a very trial and error theme to them. You probably will die a few times on the puzzles before you figure out the correct way of doing it. Each death comes with a horrific image of the poor boys rag dolled body plummet, get chopped up, speared, drowned, pretty much any sort of tragic death, this poor lad will go through it all.

The graphics are very simple, but very elegantly produced. Its a 2D side scroller so don't expect to see mind blowing realistic graphics; what LIMBO offers is beautifully crafted black and white tones. it is amazing how much atmosphere is generated just from the colour tones alone. The use of light and grain effects really create a spooky atmoshphere which alot of games try to produce but fail to capture as well as LIMBO. This game is often used as an example that videos games should be classed as a form of art.

LIMBO has a very open ended story; the main plot is you are trying to find your lost little sister; and that's about as much information as you get. I don't want to spoil the ending too much, but I was a LITTLE bit disappointed with it and I really hope that there might be a sequel eventually to this game to find out more.

There is next to no audio in the game, and no music. All of the sound effects are very minimalist, this fits in well with the spooky atmosphere which is being created, and probably makes it feel all that more eerie

A couple of puzzles in LIMBO had me scratching my head quite a bit before I was finally able to figure out what to do. I would warn you - there is a lot of jumping style puzzles and platforming events to get through. In my opinion, jumping puzzles are the worst, but they obviously have to be in platforming games so I just had to battle on through. The game does offer a very good respawn/checkpoint system though. If you die, you won't end up miles and miles behind where you just were, you'll normally spawn right before you messed up to let you try again - this made the trial and error mechanic work so much better as you don't have to replay content you have just got past.

This game's world is so well made, yet it doesn't have anything to interact with other than the puzzles, the minimalist theme keeps you on track the whole time, and you have little chance to explore off the track, simply because there is nothing to explore, it's a one track minded game, essentially you need to get from A to B, and you cannot come off the track. That's not necessarily a bad thing; games these days are often too "open world" style, and often overwhelm the player with too much to see. I liked how LIMBO kept me focused on the task at hand, which was the puzzles and progressing through the dark world I was in.

To play LIMBO from start to finish, it took me just under eight hours. That felt like the perfect length for the game, I would of liked to see a little more of the plot unfold, but it does leave it open ended for a possible sequel in the future. I see little reason to play it through more than once. It's 100% linear, and you will always end up with the same outcome and even the puzzles don't have more than one way to complete them, so unless you want to go achievement hunting, there is no reason to replay LIMBO.

LIMBO is certainly a highly popular game, and is so for good reason. The game does very little wrong in any of the criteria, and it showcases just how an indie game should be developed and published. The game has gone from strength to strength since being released on Xbox Live, and it still alive and kicking on the current gen consoles. For the price of £6,99, you are getting a simply amazing game.

Tom's Score Card
1) Stay away
2) Only recommended when on sale
3) Recommended
4) Highly recommended
5) This is a must play

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28 of 28 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
Grim journey somewhere between the worlds.

It's about:
  • anxiety, tension, fear, darkness and macabre atmosphere;
  • jumping and solving puzzles.

Why you should play this:
  • you like horror games (try it even if you don't like horror games);
  • you like platformers and puzzles;
  • thoughtful level-design with hidden areas;
  • small details in level's enviroment, a lot of shades - game doesn't look simplistic due to using only 2 colors;
  • great sound effects;
  • tricky, but simple puzzles.

Why you may not like it
  • it's difficult to make yourself start to play - game looks too melancholy;
  • black-white design sometimes does not allow to define where's active object and where's just a scenery;
  • despite the fact that puzzles are mostly simple you can stick because it's not always clear what the puzzle is - it's like cracking unfinished riddle.

Lack of colours, no dialogs, no intro or outro, no word at all and, yet, such unbeleivable level of expression.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
I'm not a big fan of platformer games. But this is one of a few I finished and I really enjoyed. Maybe because it's just not a typical platformer. There is more than just jumping and solving easy puzzles. Of course those elements are also included, except some puzzles are not so easy.
This more is atmosphere. This is one of the most atmospheric game I've ever played. Lights, sound, opponents, all elements create gloomy and violent, but beautiful world. This is really one of rare examples, when gaming is combined with art.

I recommend this game to absolutely everybody. Maybe not for small children, cause it may be too scary for them.
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
Click on the comment button of the review for full review if you are looking from my profile.
Also yes I finished it in 3 hours with 75% of the game I did it myself and the other 25% is when I could not solve it and had to use a walkthrough.. Enjoy!

LIMBO By: Playdead Studios
Released: 2010
Genre: Puzzle/Platformer
Official Website: http://playdead.com/
What is LIMBO? A logic solving platformer game where the live of the in game protagonist is upon depended on how fast you can solve the current area puzzle otherwise he will be crushed, bludgeon, shot and electrified to death within LIMBO's uniquely realized black and white world where danger is out to get you at every step of the way.

Basically its a very hard platformer with minimalist story and a unique artstyle.
Option Menu Verdict: Below Bare Minimal

Very Very Bare. All you get is one option for sound, the other two is just control but you can't rebind it and credit which is rather pointless in the option menu.
Controls Verdict: Good

For Keyboard User its Directional Pad for movement and CTRL to use stuff. And its non rebindable.

For Controller user its whatever is it that is on display on the option menu since my controller hasn't arrived yet so I can't vouch for it but otherwise:

The KB control is alright with no input lag and other such manner of defects and pretty much any mistakes can't be attributed to the control since one of the good things about this game is that the controls are polished.
Graphics Verdict: Great

Graphics are presented in a surreal black and white world but you can still see the background of the world most of the time. Neons glow brightly amidst the all consuming darkness. The game give me the horror game vibe with its industrial design and monotone colour scheme. Even the blood are black. Also despite being minimalist the death scene are still rather grisly to go through.

Also the character eyes glow.
Sound Verdict: -

I will have to pass the sound without a score this time since it is purely ambient music made to carry the atmosphere as oppose to situational thing. The SFX when the chains rattle and platform grinding on gears is good though.
Gameplay Eh not much to say here, it is a platformer game with a puzzle based elements. If you like those kind of games then get it since it has the added bonus of watching your character die horribly if you screw up. But oh well lemme just expand a bit.

You go to an area and are presented with a puzzle that usually follows the theme of the background e.g.: The first puzzle is a bear trap since the theme is a forest. Upon completion you move on to the next area/theme/puzzle/deathtrap and repeat till you reach the ambigious ending which I shall attempt to provide an explanation below.

Game is a bit short though.
Conclusion And here we are again towards the end of another review this time for LIMBO. Would I recommend this platformer game with a surrealistic bi-tone world? Sure,sure I would. But I'won't recommend it if you are looking for story closure and long gameplay but for what its worth the length is perfect enough to not feel stale. Overall get this game if you like the looks of it. Or just wait for sale if you dislike the price.

Scoring Methology:
-S-Rank: excellent
-A-Rank: very good
-B-Rank: solid
-C-Rank: satisfactory
-D-Rank: inferior

Verdict: A-Rank.

Credit:Thanks to meatking and smmoke for your help!
Resources: Stuck? Use this handy walkthrough with index so you won't spoil yourself.

Theory About LIMBO ending [spoiler ahead]:
You are in Hell. That would explain as to why you face those nightmarish construct and the world is in that shape. During the ending where you smashed the glass its a symbolic thing signifying that you have once again return to the world of the living, oh and that girl is your sister mourning over you.

Title Screen

Menu Screen

Option Menu

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