Metascore
90

Universal acclaim - based on 89 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 88 out of 89
  2. Negative: 0 out of 89
  1. Thoughtful puzzles and striking aesthetics make Limbo a cerebral adventure you must experience.
  2. Any image of Limbo is an excellent letter of entry to a world shrouded in a dense and endless haze of mystery that Playdead, as producer, has managed to stand with distinct notes of balance, pulling puzzle after puzzle in the middle of inevitable surprises.
  3. It's a brilliant take on classic conventions, and the way in which it's presented only adds to its genius.
  4. Kudos to Playdead for developing what is not only the best Xbox LIVE arcade game this year, but quite possibly one of the best ever to grace the service.
  5. Jan 18, 2011
    90
    There is a wonderful minimalism about the whole experience, from start to finish, which includes the relatively abrupt ending after 3-4 hours of play.
  6. Jan 18, 2011
    90
    As one of the most unique puzzlers that I've played over the years, Limbo's chilling atmosphere is an example of an incredible gaming achievement.
  7. 100
    Dark and disturbing is something that is a running theme throughout Limbo, it isn't a nice game, it isn't one that will leave a smile on your face but it is engrossing and it will have you suckered in from start to finish.
  8. If you like clever game design, intelligent horror, or well-realised artistry, you really have to play through Limbo. It's an immaculate production, as close to perfect as it gets, and it will stay with you for a very long time.
  9. Playdead's debut title is a rare thing – a wholly realised place as well as a successfully realised game, and both Limbo and the Limbo inside it are one-of-a-kind places to be stuck in.
  10. A game that has very few humans, but a surplus of humanity.
  11. A haunting, tragic experience that no one should miss. Some of its dark luster is soured by a few of its bold design choices, but neither of which ruin its resounding accomplishment.
  12. Limbo does what few games of any genre can do, which is trial and error without any of the actual tedium. It's a puzzle game that is littered with ideas and an artistic eye, but more importantly it understands the frustrations of repetition and makes failure enjoyable.
  13. Limbo is a game that cheerfully deals in oxymoron, its awful beauty framing macabre humour. But for all its disparate elements, for all the varied puzzles and shifts in tone, there lies a game of a single, unwavering vision.
  14. This summer goes in black and white. Limbo is an eerie, beautiful and challenging game that everybody should play.
  15. LIMBO's puzzles are as devious as the game is gorgeous, this game will have you planted in your seat from beginning to end. Not a long story by any means, but buying this stylish adventure should still be a no-brainer.
  16. Stunningly beautiful and hauntingly atmospheric, Limbo is a modern day masterpiece. The puzzles are balanced and intelligent, and the art direction is phenomenal. This is one of the classics you owe yourself to experience.
  17. Limbo is as close to perfect at what it does as a game can get. It's artistic without being pompous, difficult without being cheap, and violent without being gratuitous. It gets everything just right.
  18. It might not have the length or volume of content that other excellent titles like Mass Effect 2 or Red Dead Redemption have, but pound for pound, Limbo is the best game I have played all year.
  19. The only possible flaw I can really find with it is that it is over relatively quickly - it took me about six hours to beat it. However, in that time, LIMBO delivered an incredible experience from beginning to end, had no filler, and provided more memorable moments in that short time than many games of a far greater length.
  20. A triumph for independent game development, which manages to transcend all that came before it without having to re-write the genre.
  21. Hardcore fans of Braid may complain that the puzzles aren't as difficult, but as a cohesive unit, the game is deeply engaging.
  22. The simplistic yet gorgeous art direction, the scant yet absolutely effective sound cues, the limited yet engrossing storytelling and the unsettling atmosphere all come together to build a full experience, one that will not be forgotten for quite some time.
  23. Don't be caught in limbo making a decision – buy this game as soon as it comes out on Xbox Live Arcade, and support this kind of creativity in the game industry. No matter what kind of gamer you are, you won't be disappointed.
  24. Limbo shows that there is salvation for an industry stuck in sequel hell.
  25. Limbo is without question a visceral, virtuoso performance of the kind that grips a person from start to finish.
  26. 95
    In a realm where creativity can so often be found lacking, Limbo stands out as one of the greatest independent games you're likely to find.
  27. This makes the entire four hours seem like a 2D version of Portal, and that's a welcome experience on XBLA.
  28. Its unique atmosphere, intelligent design and challenge for the player makes it one magnificent game in the Xbox 360 portfolio.
  29. 94
    Extraordinary. It's as if the word were invented for it.
  30. Simply put, Limbo is a remarkable gaming achievement, and stands out as this year's Braid.
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 423 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 59
  2. Negative: 4 out of 59
  1. Sep 14, 2010
    3
    If it weren't for the art direction, this game would have gained little attention. The general vibe is interestingly depressed and monotone,If it weren't for the art direction, this game would have gained little attention. The general vibe is interestingly depressed and monotone, but the implication of the title: that the game somehow explores the concept of being in 'Liumbo' falls apart quickly. It is barely explored in the game itself, and at the halfway mark, the initial interest of being in a real / organic place replete with beats and animals preying on those trapped between worlds falls apart and the game descends into a generic clockwork maze. Filled with turning gears designed to expand the gameplay possibilities, they do not serve the theme or even truly expand the mechanics and show a distinct lack of inspiration and imagination for a game that only last a few hours. Worse, the base mechanics are floaty and imprecise, meaning the character is difficult and annoying to control: problems that were solved in the 90s on the SNES. Full Review »
  2. Sep 17, 2010
    5
    I believe this game is nothing more than hype with its users liking it because of the media induced hype. I completed the game and it wasn'tI believe this game is nothing more than hype with its users liking it because of the media induced hype. I completed the game and it wasn't anything special, very repetitive nothing more than 200 gamer-score. Although this game is unique I just haven't bought into the genre. Although this review is very negative this is just my opinion, try the demo, it shows the game for everything it is. Taking into account the price i believe this game is mediocre. Full Review »
  3. Aug 22, 2010
    10
    Without doubt one of the most beautiful games I have ever played, Limbo blurs the lines between video games and art. The puzzles are reallyWithout doubt one of the most beautiful games I have ever played, Limbo blurs the lines between video games and art. The puzzles are really devious too! But, way too short. I'm hoping they will create another Limbo game, as there are so many ideas here i'm sure they can greatly expand on this great little game. Full Review »