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Limbo

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This popular 2D puzzle-platformer creates the atmosphere of isolation, where the player alone can guide the nameless protagonist to his destination. Hostile environments and one-hit deaths may seem difficult, but the game implements a fair amount of checkpoints. The monochrome color palette showcases cartoony proportions of every living thing while making lack of details threatening. Limbo shows you exactly what you encounter, but never how it looks.

Limbo uses the atmosphere and sound design of the horror genre while avoiding tropes of the modern horror games. The overarching theme and unique style compensated for the rather short game with an abrupt ending, making Limbo one of the most impactful games for the genre.

The simple controls and easy-to-pick-up mechanics help to make a clear distinction, which part of the stage players can interact with, and which part can lead to the quick death. Even though the game is in black and white, this separation is intuitive and natural, so the player would know exactly where to go or what to do.

Metacritic rating
88
Release date
Aug 4, 2010
Developer
Playdead
Publisher
Playdead, Microsoft Studios
Age rating
13+ Teen
Website
http://playdead.com/limbo
System requirements for iOS
System requirements for Android
4.4 and up
System requirements for macOS
Please be advised that LIMBO only runs Macs produced in 2009 and onwards.
  • OS: OS X version Snow Leopard 10.6.3 or later.
  • Processor: Intel Mac
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Hard Disk Space: 150MB
  • Video Card: OpenGL 2.0 compatible video card with 256 MB shared or dedicated RAM (ATI or NVIDIA)
System requirements for PC
  • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7
  • Processor: 2 GHz
  • Memory: 512MB
  • Hard Disk Space: 150MB
  • Video Card: 5 years or younger. Integrated graphics and very low budget cards may not work. Shader Model 3.0 required
  • DirectX®: 9.0c
System requirements for Linux
  • OS: SteamOS, Ubuntu 12.04 or later, or otherwise compatible Linux distribution.
  • Processor: 2GHz
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Hard Disk Space: 150MB
  • Video Card: OpenGL 2.0 compatible video card with 256 MB shared or dedicated RAM
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Otherwise, I'm not a fan of computer games at all, I just bought it because more than a hundred positive reviews made me curious. To make it short: I was totally stunned by the design - on the one hand spooky and dark, one recognizes almost nothing; on the other hand also very detail-loving in all movements and animations. It was not always easy to crack the challenges - confess to looking into a movie here and there - but it really got me. The only critical point: I know, in FPS things are quite different, but a little less cruelty would have been good. I took care that my 8-year-old son, who was very interested because his father was sitting in front of a game, did not hear too much about it. Mordende spiders, Spiee, Kreissgen, Stromschlge etc. would have brought him bad dreams. Regardless, but a really cool thrill.
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Microsoft from Italian
This game is one of a kind. A gothic graphic without paying attention to frills, made in such a way that the player concentrates on the child protagonist of the game. Many parts of the game are very complicated, and you will have to die quite a few times before passing certain steps in the game. There are no dialogues, a perfect choice in my opinion, the essential and concise plot, the child on his sister's journey and ventures into limbo where all kinds of deadly traps and traps await him. I want to congratulate Playdead for this title, I had played sporadically on IOS without ever going beyond the first few levels, but I liked the game immediately for its minimal graphics and moderate difficulty. The 5 stars are a must. Given the excellent reviews of other users and the success it has received, I hope Playdead will give us a sequel or another game of this kind, it would be great!
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Super game, super - and especially dstere - graphics, not too heavy, not too light. That would be the very short summary. The boy can run and jump, otherwise there is an action button with which you can move boxes, for example, or adjust levers. These actions are also a major part of the game, so you do not have to survive all the opponents like a classic Jump n Run to reach the end of a level, but rather constantly think about how to overcome a seemingly unmanageable obstacle by skillfully combining all the resources but can overcome. If this does not work, you die - but you must not be too squeamish, rolling heads and loud splashing (black and white) blood should be abknnen. Otherwise, a failure is not bad, you can just start another start, limited "life" or something similar does not exist. Therefore, the game is also ideal for casual players, because you can always stop, and the next time just continue where you left off. 5 stars without ifs and buts, at the price already three times.
Limbo is an adventure, platformer. Limbo is in black and white. I like playing Limbo when someone is watching, or play in the evening to calm myself. The game might also get you scared or frustrated a bit. Stay cautious!
«Blew my mind»
«Just one more turn»
«Can’t stop playing»
«Sit Back and Relax»
«OST on repeat»
Tonally, this is exactly what I love from dark and grim games. For the first playthrough the pacing is damn near perfect, too. The problem comes with subsequent playthroughs, which are not nearly as compelling. Moments of tension work great the first time, but mostly feel like a slow down if you play it over again. 
«Constantly dying and enjoy it»
«Beaten more than once»
Absolutely amazing! Literally loved the game and story so much!
«Blew my mind»
«Can’t stop playing»
«Sit Back and Relax»
«Underrated»
«That Ending!»
Don’t deserve its money on the full price. However, if you want some good spooky puzzler and a few bucks to spend, go try it. Limbo is full of interesting puzzles and it looks great. Nothing really innovative here but not everybody thinks new is always better. So I guess, all puzzle and horror lovers will enjoy Limbo.
This game looks awesome but that’s it. Instead of a cool indie puzzler I’ve got something close to an old school platformer that is impossible to play. I died too much to enjoy it. But I don’t think the devs wanted the game was so hard. Maybe, something just went wrong, I don’t know. Anyway, as for me, Limbo doesn’t deserve all this fascination it gets. The game is too intellectual, so better skip it.
I know people love this game and that's great. But for me, I found it a bit slow and a bit boring. I just don't really get the hype surrounding this game... I can't find anything particularly clever, challenging or interesting in regards to its story or game mechanics.
Mi reseña: (spanish): http://www.ruraltex.org/2012/06/la-otra-dimension-no-solo-de-discos.html#limbo
«Just one more turn»
«Time-tested»
«Constantly dying and enjoy it»
«Beaten more than once»
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