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Generally favorable reviews- based on 944 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 157
  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. Mar 30, 2018
    10
    Awesome indie title again from creators of limbo . 10/10 From me . Waiting for the next game from these creators.
  3. Aug 21, 2021
    10
    So many year waiting to play this masterpiece . I would like to play INSIDE while I am completely Alone and disappointed.
    Notwithstanding of
    So many year waiting to play this masterpiece . I would like to play INSIDE while I am completely Alone and disappointed.
    Notwithstanding of most reviews, I got a certain message from playdead studio:
    “Hope”
    What so creative!
    What so deep!
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  4. Jul 6, 2017
    9
    The game is apparently a metaphor, so let's make the review a metaphor. Imagine sitting in a hotel lobby bar and meeting a beautiful model whoThe game is apparently a metaphor, so let's make the review a metaphor. Imagine sitting in a hotel lobby bar and meeting a beautiful model who is all over you. She is not only beautiful, but she is also perfect in every way. After four hours of flirting and drinking, she then takes you back to her room and whips out the biggest hook-shaped penis you have ever seen.

    + Solid platforming
    + Intense, adrenaline racing puzzles

    - Weak ending just like Limbo's
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  5. Nov 21, 2020
    9
    Playdead took all the best parts of Limbo and smacked them together, while leaving (for the most part) the bad behind. Inside offers anPlaydead took all the best parts of Limbo and smacked them together, while leaving (for the most part) the bad behind. Inside offers an harrowing experience like no other platforming game has. You play as a young boy who begins the game fleeing from armed guards into a forest. If I say anymore, it's not worth playing. You must run and solve puzzles throughout the course of the game, which won't take you probably that long, due to the game being only about 3 to 4 hours long. Don't let that playtime though put you down, 4 hours of a good game is better than 4 hours of fun in a 20+ hour game. There was a few moments where the trial and error moments got out of hand, but that shouldn't scare you off from what I don't just consider one of the best games of 2016, or one of the best games of the 2010s, but I consider it to be one of the best games of all time. Expand
  6. Jul 24, 2020
    8
    The game has flawless atmosphere and ambient, I was hoping for mindblowing finish and denounement after knowing the factory but unfortunatelyThe game has flawless atmosphere and ambient, I was hoping for mindblowing finish and denounement after knowing the factory but unfortunately there was nothing like that. However apart from the ending it's a very unique fun to play game with great in game mechanics. 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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