Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Feb 10, 2014
    90
    With a story that will leave thought waves pulsating to the tune of the excellent writing, intriguing gameplay that breaches boundaries of immersion, and with a Wii U version coming soon that will be much more accessible for those with physical disabilities because the controller will replace a mouse, Nihilumbra is a demonstration of how video games that immerse the player in telling stories, gameplay that challenges the forefront of perception, and having puzzles that will be remembrances at lunch can never be beaten by mainstream titles – no matter how unique the fire particles get.
  2. Dec 8, 2013
    90
    Nihilumbra is the kind of game that many will look over because they think they’ve played things like it hundreds of times before. It’s not. This is a project filled with incredibly smart puzzle design and an important message at its core.
  3. Jan 6, 2014
    85
    Ironically, one of the most meaningful games you’ll play.
  4. Nov 26, 2013
    80
    Drawing inspiration from such classics as Limbo and Bastion, Nihilumbra will travel you to a beautiful world full of clever puzzles and great platforming moments.
  5. Oct 4, 2013
    80
    Another gem of its genre, that engages us like only a few titles can. Just a little recommendation: go for a second play-through when you finish it. There's a nice surprise waiting for you.
  6. Oct 14, 2013
    78
    This surreal trip delivers an interesting rhythm of puzzles and platforming.
  7. Dec 2, 2013
    74
    All in all, Nihilumbra is a short, but fun, puzzle platformer.
  8. Feb 11, 2014
    70
    Better try before buy. It's a classic platform, but split in two, between a too easy beginning and a hardcore second half.
  9. Jan 14, 2014
    70
    A wonderful trip to the depth of human soul, which is called Nihilumbra, doesn't last long though, however, it will steal your heart none the less. This game is highly original and atmospheric, which outdoes all its obvious flaws.
  10. 60
    Is this glass half empty or half full? Depending on your taste, Nihilumbra can go either way. [Issue#238]
  11. Oct 18, 2013
    55
    Nihilumbra, mixing action and cleverness, is unable to create a perfect balance between the two souls and the result it's a sort of disappointment. The lack of rhythm, nefarious puzzles related to the second campaign and the intrusive narrator's voice are the game's most aggravating flaws.
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 39 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Dec 13, 2013
    9
    Just what I like Prince of Persia & Limbo
    ;its clever,intelligent puzzle
    dark, atmospheric platform game beautiful..definitely hidden gem
    Just what I like Prince of Persia & Limbo
    ;its clever,intelligent puzzle
    dark, atmospheric platform game
    beautiful..definitely hidden gem
    glad I found it
    its one of my all time best games
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  2. May 6, 2015
    8
    This was a fun little game. Nihilumbra is a 2D platformer that focuses on puzzle solving and spans 5 main areas, each of which consists ofThis was a fun little game. Nihilumbra is a 2D platformer that focuses on puzzle solving and spans 5 main areas, each of which consists of several stages. Each area introduces a new colour, which then becomes important for the solutions of puzzles in that area. For example, blue colour makes you slide along as though on ice, making you travel faster and jump further, green makes you bounce, brown makes you stick to walls, and so on.

    I found the use of unique effects of each colour for puzzle solving to be a pretty cool mechanic that made puzzles interesting. Some colours even had multiple uses. For example, the red could burn the enemies, but it could also make fireflies glow brighter, hence illuminating darker areas.

    The overall execution is very nice. The art and the music are especially stunning. Though the narrator's voice was a bit offputting at times and seemed a tad repetitive. Worse yet, if you died and returned to a checkpoint, the narrator would say the same quote again, even if he already said it earlier. And having to redo the puzzles you've done already just to get to the one you died on was also frustrating.

    The game in general is worth playing if you like puzzle games, though the story mode is pretty short (took me about 3 hours to complete). After the story mode, you unlock the void mode, which is significantly harder and might not be for everyone, as you go through the same areas except with much more complex puzzles and more enemies, often pitting you in very vulnerable situations where you're bound to fail or die dozens of times before you succeed. So if you're on the fence and unsure, best to get the game when it's on sale. The story mode is worth it alone.

    I would certainly like to see more similar games from the developers, because this one definitely had the right idea.
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