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  • Summary: LIMBO, a black and white puzzle-platforming adventure, puts players in the role of a young boy traveling through an eerie and treacherous world in an attempt to discover the fate of his sister.
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  1. Positive: 22 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Aug 18, 2011
    LIMBO is a wonderfully dark experience with its only real flaw being its stunted length.
  2. Sep 8, 2011
    A beautifully designed masterpiece of a platform game, that will chill, challenge and charm in equal measure. [Oct 2011, p.78]
  3. Aug 2, 2011
    An incredible achievement. Very few games are as original, atmospheric, and consistently brilliant. It belongs in everybody's collection. The journey may be over too quickly, but you will be entertained every minute. This is one of my favorite games.
  4. Aug 2, 2011
    For anyone who isn't immediately enchanted by its look and style, even ten bucks might be a bit of a stretch, but I still find it exceedingly difficult not to wholeheartedly recommend LIMBO to fans of indie games.
  5. Sep 19, 2011
    A brilliant indie platformer. Braid can finally retire. [October 2011, p.100]
  6. Sep 8, 2011
    One of the best physics puzzle games out there. A clever game and one devoid of pretension. [Oct 2011, p.104]
  7. Aug 3, 2011
    Limbo will stay with me for a long time. It's art style and sound design are strong enough to have left a mark. I can guarantee, though, that I will not replay the game. There is nothing to draw me back.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 28 out of 220
  1. Aug 2, 2011
    Simple and brilliant. The result of game + art. Game mechanics is great and it's mood quite unique. Puzzles are quite easy but since mistakes often means death and restart, that's a good thing, to avoid them into become annoying. Checkpoints are well and often placed. It somehow reminded me of "Out Of This World" wich is a game I loved. Game sound is also amazing, focused on details and ambience with no music, making it's dark mood even more creepy. The weakest point is the game lenght... quite short... they could've made the game a little bigger, with harder puzzles near the end, but for 10 bucks it's more than worth it. Expand
  2. Dec 24, 2011
    Wow this game is brilliant. Who needs fancy 3D graphics? The game is simple, and the sounds with the darkness are definitely the games strong points!

    The puzzles are not to easy, yet you are also not going to solve it in a matter of seconds. It really makes you think, yet with so little controls you automatically know what to do.

    I was playing, and got to a certain point and was properly scared when you meet certain spiders - I don't usually get scared at games, but something just worked.

    I brought this game in the steam sale for £1.70, but after playing it - I'd of gladly paid the full price as well!
  3. Mar 6, 2012
    If you can pick it up for $2-3 bucks you owe it to yourself to play it. I doubt it will every crack anyone's Top 10 list, but it's memorable and touching. Keyboard controls (all five keys) work great. Expand
  4. Aug 20, 2011
    One criticism: level 35 is not very fair in terms of a logical puzzle. I won't spoil, but I had not needed to look up the solution until level 35 when I couldn't solve it. The button pushing block lifting off screen is not clear at all even when you know how it's solved, it doesn't make much sense. I don't think many people will solve it, some will solve it by accident but not know what they did.

    Apart from that, great art and design. Small footprint. Excellent sound design, character control and environment animations. Smooth gameplay, no interface distractions, just the game with minimal controls and subtle but detailed levels.
  5. Apr 13, 2013
    It's simple and it delivers! Limbo is beautiful, that is unanimous even amongst the haters/dislikers.
    The sounds are, for me, a 8 out of 10.
    The gameplay is really really simple, but, since the premisse doesn't promisse anything more than that, I'll give it a 8 as well.

    The biggest pet peeve is the fact that, indeed, some times you have to die to figure out puzzles. But been keep forgeting that is not a rule and there are guys giving this game a 0. This is bloody ridiculous. Limbo is short, simple and fun. It's entretaining and is definitely worth your 10 bucks or so.
  6. May 31, 2012
    4$ on steam now (special offer) absolutely worth it for that price... I played through in a few hours and I love how they created all those details with only black and white, sound is k and the puzzles are nicely done. Expand
  7. Jan 5, 2014
    The only reason I'm rating this a 'zero' instead of a 'three' is because the overall score is far too high. I purchased this game for its unique art style and because I wanted a good puzzle game that made me think. However, I am not a fan of dying every five-to-thirty seconds in order to figure out the next puzzle. It turns what, in my view, should be an interesting puzzle game into a 1990s NES platformer. Seriously, the last time I died this often was when I played Ninja Turtles 1. This game is far from what I'd call an "indie masterpiece". It's cheap, it's gimmicky, it's a waste of money. Expand

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