Limbo

Last Updated on by Samuel Franklin

Good
  • Definition of eerie atmosphere – Level, music and art design
Bad
  • Puzzles can be excessively abstract with leads to a flurry of deaths, breaking the immersion
9

Limbo is a dark experience and one of the best in the puzzle-platform genre. Available for all modern platforms there is no excuse to pass up this experience.

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Using 2D side scrolling Limbo is a journey that takes place entirely in a black and white game world. It’s similar to film noir style with the way that the game uses film grain and lighting effects, all of which enhance the eerie atmosphere.

Exploring this eerie environment is a nameless boy who wakes up to find himself in the middle of a dark forest location. Searching for his little sister will take him through this forest and beyond it to hopefully find her fate. With the small number of humans that you encounter either dead or aggressive towards you it does not look promising.

Gameplay continues the dark atmosphere of the game with death being a constant occurrence although this is more due to game design than actual difficultly, with learning by your errors the main way the game moves you forward. This is just another method of compounding the seemingly impossible situation with some brutal death animations that remind you just how frail you are.

Controls available to you are simple with basic jumping, climbing, pushing and pulling objects on top of the standard directional movement.

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Capitalising on the dark game setting many traps and hazards are often hidden which includes a number of enemies with deadliness matched only by their creepiness. As you pass the half way point you’ll also find the game more focused on these traps as it goes from atmospheric exploration to more puzzle focused.

Limbo is a masterpiece of game design with an eerie adventure you won’t soon forget.

Summary:

  • Explore a dark game world as you search for your sister.
  • Sinister enemies and traps wait in the darkness.
  • A game that teaches you mechanics with constant death.
  • Defines eerie atmosphere.
  • Available for a large range of platforms.

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Review Platform: PC

This review was first published on February 27, 2014. It may have been updated since to reflect new information, platform releases, links and videos as at the updated date at the top of this page. Review scores are not changed as part of this update process, to learn more read our update policy.


Written by
Samuel Franklin
Samuel Franklin is the founder and lead editor of the Games Finder team. He has worked in the gaming industry since 2008 publishing content on the likes of YouTube, GameSkinny, Hubpages and other media outlets as a guest author. He has over 3 million views on his YouTube channel, SeelyonGaming.

Samuel actively enjoys video games across all genres and platforms, watching the trends of the gaming industry and following the independent development scene in particular. Games Finder is also a Steam Curator and featured in the aggregate review data of MobyGames and Neoseeker.

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