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Generally favorable reviews- based on 266 Ratings

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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: 21 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
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  1. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    Aug 25, 2011
    100
    Limbo is simply one of the most impressive titles that PSN has to offer, and at $15, it's an experience that no gamer should pass up. [Oct 2011, p.80]
  2. Jul 26, 2011
    100
    If someone ever tells you videogames aren't art, strap them to a chair and make them play Limbo. Yes, it's that perfect.
  3. Jul 27, 2011
    95
    A design masterpiece that is always challenging us in a different way, combining simple platforming, puzzle and action, and with an oustanding visual design.
  4. Jul 19, 2011
    90
    Regardless, LIMBO is an excellent title that PlayDead Studios should be proud of. It's a strong game that hopefully won't be overlooked because it's an "indie" project that doesn't feature a lot of explosions or guns. It's a title that, given half a chance, will both impress and disturb you.
  5. Jul 20, 2011
    90
    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.
  6. Jul 22, 2011
    88
    It's one of these games that can be instant classics. It's addictive, dying even more motivates you and it's simply one of the best games you can get via PSN.
  7. Jul 27, 2011
    75
    So while Limbo isn't quite the mind-blowing experience others have made it out to be, I think its unique visual style is certainly worth checking out.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 40
  2. Negative: 2 out of 40
  1. Jul 21, 2011
    10
    In this day and age of frenetic, adrenalized gunplay, twisting and weaving plot-lines, overwrought character development and a bombardment ofIn this day and age of frenetic, adrenalized gunplay, twisting and weaving plot-lines, overwrought character development and a bombardment of on-screen displays, hints and information, LIMBO is truly a breath of fresh air. Or rather, a thick, deeply atmospheric dream-like fog. With no on-screen HUD, no prompts, no introductory cut-scenes and no real idea who this little boy is or why he has just woken up in this eerily beautiful black and white world, we are given no choices but to progress and explore what lies ahead of us, and for him.
    It is a magic, yet slightly disturbing feeling, akin to the confusion one senses for those first brief moments after awaking from a particularly vivid and surreal dream of ones own.

    Death is a part of life, and you'll witness death first hand many times as you traverse the world of LIMBO.
    The deaths are quick, yet quite brutal to witness, and even though there is no significant penalty to dying, you realize after only a few minutes that the boy is indeed very fragile. So your movements become cautious, you want to study the seemingly insignificant ground before you step forth.

    Animations are smooth as silk. As for the sound, if you don't have a surround sound set-up, I recommend headphones, as it can be vital to anticipate what lies ahead via subtle audio cues.
    If you are playing through tv speakers, I guarantee you after 10 minutes you'll catch yourself leaning ever towards the screen- not because of poor audio. Rather, the immersion will pull you in.

    Rarely have I experienced such a game. LIMBO deserves to be recognized as true art. Without the use of quotation marks.
    10/10. The sense of loneliness and despair is very real.
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  2. Dec 2, 2014
    10
    Limbo is really dark but also incredibly poetic. Yes indeed it's a die and retry game, sometimes a bit frustrating but pretty immersive.Limbo is really dark but also incredibly poetic. Yes indeed it's a die and retry game, sometimes a bit frustrating but pretty immersive. Really original compared to the other games on the market. Thanks PlayDead! Expand
  3. Jul 27, 2011
    10
    An arthouse game if there ever was one, Limbo is an ethereal, dreamlike platformer. Composed entirely in in stark, high-contrastAn arthouse game if there ever was one, Limbo is an ethereal, dreamlike platformer. Composed entirely in in stark, high-contrast black-and-white, it's visually stunning. The Mario-style gameplay doesn't pull any punches either, running you through a gauntlet of intricate, thoughtful puzzles. Easily one of the most rewarding games I've ever played. Expand
  4. Oct 9, 2016
    8
    Limbo is a puzzle-platform video game, the first title by independent Danish game developer Playdead, is a 2D sidescroller. The player guidesLimbo is a puzzle-platform video game, the first title by independent Danish game developer Playdead, is a 2D sidescroller. The player guides an unnamed boy through dangerous environments and traps.

    + Dark Atmasphere
    + Clever Puzzles
    + Fun and Easy to Play
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  5. Aug 7, 2011
    8
    I'm not sure this is as innovative as some people would have you believe; Take away the unusual graphics and atmosphere and what you're leftI'm not sure this is as innovative as some people would have you believe; Take away the unusual graphics and atmosphere and what you're left with is a well designed but fairly conventional side scrolling platform puzzler. It is different though and good fun while it lasts...................... Expand
  6. Oct 10, 2012
    7
    A dark and beautiful puzzler, Limbo is best played alone, in the dark, with the sound cranked all the way up. With no HUD, no clues, threeA dark and beautiful puzzler, Limbo is best played alone, in the dark, with the sound cranked all the way up. With no HUD, no clues, three commands, and a story that lets you interpret it, Limbo serves as a breath of fresh air to the side-scrolling industry. Too bad one or two play-throughs is its maximum replay value before things get old, fast. Expand
  7. Sep 25, 2011
    2
    Dull and lifeless. Slow and repetitive gameplay, with disparate levels and retreads. Poor, unsaturated, depressing art direction. This is noDull and lifeless. Slow and repetitive gameplay, with disparate levels and retreads. Poor, unsaturated, depressing art direction. This is no mario. Its E-mario (emo mario) and a sad excuse for an indie game. I'm ashamed I played the demo and that this what gaming has become. I'll be playing the much more elegant and exciting Blade Kitten instead of this junk. If this was the only game in hell, I wouldn't play it. Expand

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