Limbo (video game)

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Digital cover for the Windows release.

Limbo is a platform adventure puzzle horror video game developed and published by Playdead on the Xbox 360 on 2010-07-21, and then to various other platforms. In the game, you control a little boy in a bleak gray and black world as he avoids monsters and traps in search of his little sister.

I bought Limbo as part of the Humble Indie Bundle V. I had seen the trailer for it, and the game looked right up my alley, so I installed it, played it, and beat it shortly after purchasing it.

Status

I own this game on Steam and have beaten it with 8/13 achievements.

Review

  • Overall: 7/10
  • Best Version: ?

Good

  • The graphic style is really eerie; perfectly fitting the game's theme. Despite controlling a little boy, a lot of the imagery is pretty horrific. The bright white glow on eyes and important objects is very helpful, and the blurred foreground objects give a nice sense of depth for the 2D world.
  • The music is nicely atmospheric and adds a lot to the quality of the game.
  • A lot of the puzzles are disturbing, but in a good way. Not only is the environment deadly, but the other children have a Lord of the Flies attitude.
  • I don't usually care for games where they player is expected to die a lot to learn what to do, but Limbo can be forgiven since this is essentially the plot of the game.
  • The puzzles are introduced carefully so that you can learn how to get past the more devious ones by the time you reach them.

Bad

  • The game is a bit too homogeneous. I would have liked to see a color here and there, or perhaps something that didn't follow the grayscale theme.
  • The ending is a bit too ambiguous for my taste. Sure, I can put my own slant on it, but I would prefer more closure.

Ugly

  • Nothing.

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