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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Aug 18, 2011
    98
    LIMBO is a wonderfully dark experience with its only real flaw being its stunted length.
  2. Sep 8, 2011
    92
    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
    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.
  4. Aug 2, 2011
    90
    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. PC Games (Russia)
    Sep 19, 2011
    90
    A brilliant indie platformer. Braid can finally retire. [October 2011, p.100]
  6. PC Format
    Sep 8, 2011
    85
    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
    79
    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 362
  1. Aug 2, 2011
    10
    Simple and brilliant. The result of game + art. Game mechanics is great and it's mood quite unique. Puzzles are quite easy but since mistakesSimple 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. Mar 10, 2012
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Los mejores juegos no son los más complicados, sino aquellos que tienen una cantidad enorme de simplezas y las trabajan en su máxima expresión.

    No se cómo será el limbo, pero este juego te muestra algo muy posible.

    ¡Querer un juego que te haga pensar, que te aterre y llene de misterios juega LIMBO!
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  3. Feb 6, 2020
    9
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  4. Jul 21, 2012
    8
    Limbo has simple but beautiful art that does a fantastic job setting the mood for the game (great rain and fog effects, perfect balance ofLimbo has simple but beautiful art that does a fantastic job setting the mood for the game (great rain and fog effects, perfect balance of darkness and needed lighting.) The controls work perfectly and are mixed in with some interesting puzzles and enemies add some nice suspense. I will agree that this game is SHORT and could've used some additional levels which is why it can't be a 9 or 10 ( or a 0 you crazy people) But the originality of the art and the well implemented puzzles make it a definite play. Just maybe wait for a sale, like I did. Also personally I never felt I had to die to learn how to solve a puzzle and didn't find the game SUPER hard like some reviewers and I consider myself a casual gamer. Expand
  5. Jan 10, 2020
    8
    A great and punishing puzzle platformer. The setting's on the darker side, which won't be everyone's cup of tea, but the atmosphere does pullA great and punishing puzzle platformer. The setting's on the darker side, which won't be everyone's cup of tea, but the atmosphere does pull you in. There is some exploration available if you're into that. A bit short like the others say and there isn't really a story, but it's still a nice experience nonetheless. Overall, a sweet and simple platformer. Expand
  6. Jul 10, 2016
    7
    I think this game is good, but a bit overrated. First let's talk about the goods. As I really love film noir, the art style is what got meI think this game is good, but a bit overrated. First let's talk about the goods. As I really love film noir, the art style is what got me hooked. Music is also really great, no doubt about that! Shame they haven't released a complete version of the OST. Control is very simple - only movements and one action key. Puzzles are quite tricky. You have to die many times to figure out how to not die.

    Now onto the bads. Story? Don't even mention it because it doesn't exist. The ending made me particularly frustrated because it made no sense and explained nothing! Furthermore the game is so short I can finish it within 2 hours. There is no replay value.

    At best, it's an artsy game. But at worst, it can also be called style over substance. If you remove the music and art style front, you are left with a 15-year-old flash game. The whole game just feel half-baked. I got this game because it was free for a day on Steam. There's no way I'm buying this game at $9.99.

    To smilzoboboz:
    Like it or hate it, you have to die until you get it because that's the whole point of the game. I agree that the game doesn't give you a reason to move forward. It asks you to imagine what the story is about which I think is just an excuse for the lack of story.
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  7. Jul 19, 2012
    0
    This game is highly overrated in my opinion. The art style is memorable certainly, but the game is a precision platform puzzler. The veryThis game is highly overrated in my opinion. The art style is memorable certainly, but the game is a precision platform puzzler. The very nature of the art style (black and white, blurry effects) means the art style itself inhibits gameplay by putting things in the foreground in your way, and it not being entirely clear is something is going to kill you or not. THIS IS NOT A GOOD THING. A good puzzle platformer should be able to be completed without many deaths if you can actually sit back and think what you're going to do: eg. braid. With limbo, so many of the puzzles simply cannot be attempted first life because they usually result in instant death just finding out what the obstacle is. For example. I see 2 spike traps attached to ropes above me. I have no idea when they will trigger and swing at me. I have no idea the length of rope on the spike trap, so it is pretty much impossible to estimate it's range or If I can outrun it arcing behind me. my only option is to just run in blind and see what happens. Admittedly, the game does allow you to respawn after death fairly close to where you died. Unfortunately the art style also shoots the game in the foot again because the game is simply not that interesting to look at. Yes I agree that vague black shapes that look like giant spiders would be "scarier" than an actual rendered giant spider, but when you start re-using the giant spider for the 15th time, it kinda loses the effect somewhat.
    The game is very short, it took me about 80-90 minutes to complete it, and there is little- no replay value. What's the point in replaying a puzzle platformer if you know where to go and what the puzzles are?

    There is virtually no music at all in the game, just ambient sound effects. In my mind this is just pure laziness. Yes, no music gives an eerie atmosphere, but music can do so much more, and can create any kind of atmosphere you want to create, eg cave story.
    I suspect most people are rating this game highly simply because it's something different and unique, which is fine, god knows we don't need more Call of duty's and Battlefields, but please actually take into account other things apart from how unique the game is, especially as the majority of inde titles created have a unique aspect to it.
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