Uncertain of his sister's fate, a boy enters LIMBO
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Very Positive (4,881 reviews) - 93% of the 4,881 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (14,880 reviews) - 94% of the 14,880 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

About This Game

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

System Requirements

Windows
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
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HighPalms
( 4.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
What a sorry ending. I went through all that for nothin. This is a puzzle game and some of the puzzles were hard but mostly at the end where timing was important. I did get stuck on 2 puzzels or chapters. this game brought more questions than heresay of the story. Like why are there other children trying to kill me. I like this game becasue it does requre some intellect, but not a genius level of course. The puzzles are fun to solve. I dont see much playability such as another game called THE ROOM. For 5 hours of gameplay Get it on sale. Oh and you will die alot.
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Mr. A
( 5.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Product received for free
Really good game, challenging and mind teasing at same time. Can't resist if start playing it once.
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Me
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
so cool
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CMANsurvives
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Product received for free
The fact that this game costs 10 bucks absolutely apalls me.

I got this game for free during the time it was available as such on the Steam Store, and decided to try it out. It took me only two hours to complete the game. That's it.

Not only that, but the game is incredibly linear, having only one path to follow, not allowing the player to choose their own path down the road.

The only extra content you can unlock in this game is a secret level I've heard about that isn't even that long in itself, maybe (at the very maximum) being 45 minutes long.

For having a 10 dollar pricetag, this game definitely does not deliver. However, as a free game, it is most definitely a stunning work of art. The style of your surroundings takes a unique black-and-white twist that suitably fits the eerie, disturbing atmosphere. This game didn't fail to creep me out many times, especially with that spider. Holy crap, that spider.

Basically, if you received this game for free or bought it for less than 5 bucks, go ahead and hitch a ride on this bad boy. But with how it is now, back at an uncomfortable $9.99, I can surely say that I do not recommend this title. There's just no bang for the buck.
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Natrea
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Going through the obstacles in LIMBO was hard. I had to think twice or more before doing anything. But LIMBO can make us treat it as a simple platformer game. It's got everything for simple platformer games. The graphics, at least in my opinion, look like World of Goo ones. Both are smooth and dark. No sweets, no fireworks, no extremely amazing backgrounds. The control keys are simple - arrow keys and one key to perform actions like pulling lever or pushing button. I had crtl for that.

So...

Even if LIMBO seems to be a very simple game, don't even think like that. I enjoyed defeating the enemies of our character, I enjoyed crazy running, but I didn't enjoy the vibes. LIMBO looks gloomy, depressing. There is no music, only small pieces of it. All those matters can create some disturbing feelings.
All in all, making LIMBO free for a short amount of time was great idea. People could put it in their libraries and check if they wanted more. Myself... I can recommend LIMBO. Nerdy hangover guaranteed.
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Caped Crusader
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Product received for free
Nice little depressing game, for depressed people, who are trying to be gothic.
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The Masked Fabulous
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Product received for free
A beautifully dark and considerably challenging platform/puzzle game, with a great (albeit very vague and hard to understand) story and wonderful artwork. My only complaint is that the achievement for completing the game dying 5 or less times is ridiculously hard to get, and it keeping me from getting 100% completion infuriates me to no end.
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Xarous
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
limbo is a perfect example of a platform puzzle game with beautifull artstyle
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Marble
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Product received for free
Very interesting game! I'm not finished with it yet but i'm hooked and I rate it a 8/10! :)
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
332 of 356 people (93%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
Even after all these years, LIMBO is still one of the greatest indie-game. It's hard to classify it: it's a platformer, but it will rarely require good timing; it's a puzzle game, but you won't spend hours trying to figure out solutions; it's a horror game, but there's no blood, no jumpscare, not even fear, just a disturbing atmosphere.

I wouldn't recommend this game if someone asked me to suggest a platformer, a puzzle game or a horror game. But for someone asking for something new and/or looking for a game with a peculiar atmosphere, I wouldn't hesitate one second. PLAY THIS GAME!
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244 of 294 people (83%) found this review helpful
108 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
Bruh, it's free. As a simple Dutch man, I need to have it.



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it's a great game. Just buy get it. It's amazing fun.
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102 of 127 people (80%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
Beautiful and Simple. just how things should be.
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41 of 42 people (98%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
19.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
Product received for free
One of the best platformer puzzle games out there. The music, atmosphere & story makes it unique, so whether it's free or not it's a must to have.


PS. If you're color blinded person &/or love spiders this is your game.
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50 of 58 people (86%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
very interesting game that it really need to use your mind , strongly recommend to buy and enjoy!
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27 of 33 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
Gorgeous, unique silhouette art style with incredible subtle lighting effects; amazing sound design that actually helps you play the game; surprisingly rich atmosphere for such a minimalistic game; great gameplay (after a bit of getting used to your character's more realistic maneuverability compared to most video game heroes); puzzles so clever you'll think Valve went 2d. And to top it all off, the hidden eggs and bonus level are that rare kind of super-fair, intuitive challenge, rather than over-the-top nonsense. The biggest gripe would be that there are a handful of points in the game where you have to simply wait around for a bit too long, but it's nothing major.

If you still haven't played this, give it a go. It's a small game with a one-of-a-kind atmosphere and everything about it just fits right.
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20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
You are a boy searching for his missing sister. You wander through gloomy forests, explore forbidding caves and try to escape a industrial complex of whirring machines and smoke stacks – all painted in silhouette against the smoky greys of an old flickering film. It's amazing that such a simple approach can create such a nightmarish atmosphere.

'Simple' is an excellent word to sum up this indie platform game. From its monochrome presentation to its single sentence storyline, it creates a spare, deadly, lonely world, devoid of colour and distraction. You brave yawning landscapes with nothing but the rustling of your feet to keep you company. Large sections of the game are silent but for the occasional drip of water, or a cavernous echo, sometimes punctuated by fractured, urgent music, or footsteps racing into the distance. The only humans you come up against are hostile, chasing you away with spears and darts.

Everything in Limbo is out to harm you. From the moment the scenery come to life when that first giant spider-leg unfurls, a hundred times more menacing than it has any right to be, you're in world that doesn't want you there.

It's a meat grinder, coldly snapping beartraps around your fragile little frame, crumbling the boy into a pile of body parts. It stresses you into making mistakes: you know exactly what horrible thing is about to happen to your little ward when presented with a pressure plate and a crushing device.

Limbo's obstructions are grossly imaginative, requiring morbid solutions: one puzzle's resolution comes when you drag a corpse into a pool so you can use it as a bloated, floppy stepping stone to the other side. When not being chased by implacable spiders with a penchant for skewering bodies, you'll be feverishly searching for floating crates to ride as water rises above your ankles, or plucking the remaining leg off a maimed spider and rolling its body to block spikes and clamber to a ledge.

Limbo's initial morbid world of beartraps, corpses and ravenous arachnids eventually leads you into industrial levels, full of more conventional puzzles, such as gravity switches, elevators and even machinegun turrets. It's around this mark that the puzzles become far more frustrating, requiring precision timing to progress. You'll occasionally be reduced to a weeping mess of tears and tantrums, defeated by a straightforward but deadly puzzle that can only be overcome by getting everything just so.
I spent a lip-gnashing, keyboard smashing 20 minutes trying to run across a length of railway track before a descending minecart hit a switch to electrify the rails. Twenty damn minutes watching my boy judder as his tiny legs failed to make the last jump.

Your most horrific foes are the brain slugs, which drop from above and burrow into your skull. Once nestled in your cranium, they force you to stagger in one direction – normally straight into a pit of spikes.

Make no mistake: you're going to die. A lot. It's impossible to pass five minutes without succumbing to Limbo's sick snags. But finally realising the infuriatingly simple solutions and achieving that bloody jump will reward you with Portalsized feelings of smugness and relief.

It's a little disappointing to have waited a year for this game to get ported to PC only to find keyboard control is locked to the cursor keys, but in spite of that – and Limbo's short playtime (around three to five hours) – you simply cannot miss out on this darkly evocative experience. It has its frustrations, but it's a beautiful argument for games as art.

Limbo is a beautifully designed masterpiece of a platform game, that will chill, challenge and charm in equal measure. 8.5/10
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36 of 51 people (71%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
With beautiful art and a wonderfully crafted world, Limbo is one of those games which will stay in your memories.
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
24 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Guess who is going to die first. Black one.10/10
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19 of 28 people (68%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
Beautiful art style and an amazing atmosphere. I finished the game in about 4 hours. Its kind of a platforming game, though it might not be exactly what you expect from a platformer. The puzzles aren't too difficult, but often require good timing.

I can't really say much else about it other than that I think the experience is worth 10 dollars.
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