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Generally favorable reviews- based on 822 Ratings

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  • Summary: Hunted and alone, a boy finds himself drawn into the center of a dark project. The second game from Limbo developer Playdead.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Sep 12, 2016
    100
    I loved the implications of Limbo’s ending, it’s something that I think about quite often still, but Inside’s final chapter is the kind of thing that keeps you awake at night. It’s an unrelenting storm of nightmarish realities that completely blindsides you, and then things just get weirder from there.
  2. Aug 22, 2016
    100
    As far as puzzle platformers go, Inside is the new benchmark. This is a game that manages to spin a compelling yarn without uttering a single word, and one that is designed so meticulously that the puzzles it contains never once become rote or frustrating.
  3. Aug 31, 2016
    100
    Inside very clearly builds upon what made Limbo great, and in fact builds something greater. Its unimaginable twist may leave you dumbfounded, confused, and quite possibly speechless, but it will fuel heated discussion with your friends about its meaning, its message, and its intentions.
  4. Aug 30, 2016
    90
    It does so much right in terms of design and stealth however at times lacks in terms of ‘new’ and ‘exciting’ gameplay with regards to the puzzles.
  5. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Sep 26, 2016
    90
    Certain standout moments play unlike any other game. Your first play-through may frustrate but the emotional aftermath hammers home the depth of the achievement. It's the nightmare cousin of Journey. [Oct 2016, p.78]
  6. Aug 31, 2016
    90
    A blast for your conception of a classical videogame. Extremely clever in its gameplay design. Don't underestimate its sparse graphics and sound. It's all part of the plan.
  7. 60
    I’m sure others will (and already have) find meaning in Inside. There’ll be fascinating, insightful deconstructions and I look forward to reading them. There’s a wealth of praise for the game already. It’s clearly spoken to a lot of people, but it didn’t speak to me – except, perhaps, to berate me for not being smart enough to understand what it’s trying to say.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 4 out of 131
  1. Aug 23, 2016
    10
    Like this delicate butterfly lost in vapors and cogs of LIMBO,

    INSIDE is a state of grace. An accomplishment. Thank you Arnt Jensen,
    Like this delicate butterfly lost in vapors and cogs of LIMBO,

    INSIDE is a state of grace.
    An accomplishment.

    Thank you Arnt Jensen, thank you Playdead.
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  2. Sep 15, 2017
    10
    Finally an old-school game that perfectly fit for modern players.
    THe graphics is minimalistic, also the sounf but they reflect perfectly the
    Finally an old-school game that perfectly fit for modern players.
    THe graphics is minimalistic, also the sounf but they reflect perfectly the dark atmosphere.
    It's not a surprise that they tried to do a "demake" for commodore 64, for old players like me this is a gem of a game!
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  3. Nov 15, 2020
    10
    One of best games i have played. Could return to it...just to feel it again. Mood, story, graphics and music. All perfectly combined.
  4. Jul 10, 2017
    9
    Inside is an excellent experience. With improved and more polished graphics and animations, a more intriguing story, solid and interestingInside is an excellent experience. With improved and more polished graphics and animations, a more intriguing story, solid and interesting sound design, and an ambient and engaging soundtrack by Martin Stig Andersen. This game is a worthy successor to Limbo in all the right ways. The only reason I'm not giving this game a 10 is because I think that Playdead could've improved on the gameplay side of things. Instead, they only offer us the exact same controls from Limbo. Really? I hope that the developers can improve on this in their third game, which they have confirmed they are working on. Overall, Inside is an amazing game that everyone should beat, because it is a very masterful and breathtaking experience. Expand
  5. Sep 3, 2020
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This game has a lot more of a story compared to LIMBO. I thought about it for a long time after completing it. It does a great job of communicating the story through visuals. There are even some secrets in the game that add another layer to the ending.

    The graphics are unique and sound design is excellent. Underwater segments are used creatively and aren't annoying.

    My only complaint is that the difficulty is lacking compared to LIMBO, making for a quick playthrough. The difficulty spiked in the middle of the game, but it never really developed throughout the entire game.
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  6. Jun 3, 2020
    8
    Great atmosphere, the game is stunning to look at an is a bit terrifying with what has to say about conformism. Depicts a dystopian realityGreat atmosphere, the game is stunning to look at an is a bit terrifying with what has to say about conformism. Depicts a dystopian reality perfectly without saying a single word (just gameplay, sound design and background action). Sometimes it relies too much on the players dying so they can learn what to do. Still one of the best of 2016...maybe the best. Expand
  7. Dec 22, 2018
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. ghetto. just ghetto. i played for roughly 6 hours when it was supposed to take 2-3. I uninstalled the game because it wouldnt let me put a CRATE OVER SOME WEIRD WATER stuff. I will never understand, nor see the ending because of this. This game has given be false hope that I would get some happy ending. instead there was just some weird mass body formation type mosh pit that rolled and destroyed stuff. no. i dont like it. i didnt like this. i hated this game. i still dont know the plot and i was playing it for 6 hours. my favourite little boy got abducted by some weird walking mosh pit. i hate this. no. Expand

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