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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: 25 out of 276
  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. Jan 11, 2012
    10
    Very good quest look like "Another World". But I like "Limbo" more - it puzzles hard but genuine logic, interesting and intriguing atmosphere,Very good quest look like "Another World". But I like "Limbo" more - it puzzles hard but genuine logic, interesting and intriguing atmosphere, simple controls Expand
  3. Oct 15, 2018
    9
    The expression "less is more" a best way to describe this game. Awesome sound, atmosphere & level design.
  4. Mar 13, 2012
    8
    A piece of art. If someone was to tell me that a sidescroller would creep me out, I would not have believed them. Great mechanics, incredibleA piece of art. If someone was to tell me that a sidescroller would creep me out, I would not have believed them. Great mechanics, incredible puzzles, great graphics and sound (no music, just eerie sounds of your surroundings). The only knock on the game is the short length - about 2 hours, but the game offers high replay value - I have spent about 15 hours before I was able to beat the game without dying. Regardless, gets a 9 since I was able to pick it up for $5, I think if I was paying $15 for it, I would have probably given it an 8. Expand
  5. Dec 20, 2016
    8
    A stark, sinister puzzle platformer that is monochromatic both visually and tonally.

    Pros: - Grainy noir black and white art style lends
    A stark, sinister puzzle platformer that is monochromatic both visually and tonally.

    Pros:
    - Grainy noir black and white art style lends perfectly sets the mood of the title
    - Tight controls, giving a tangible feel to the world
    - Challenging but fair puzzle design, leaving the player feeling clever more often than frustrated
    - Excellent pacing and set piece placement
    - Deep, mysterious game world

    Cons:
    - 3 hour run time; the mystique of the world raises so many questions, and unfortunately few are answered by the end.

    One of the best puzzle platformers in recent memory, held back only by its run time. A must play
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  6. Dec 30, 2013
    7
    Game: LIMBO
    Genre: Puzzle
    Developer: PLAYDEAD System: Steam (PC) Total Score: 74/100 Value Score: 7.4/10 • Story: 6/10 •
    Game: LIMBO
    Genre: Puzzle
    Developer: PLAYDEAD
    System: Steam (PC)
    Total Score: 74/100
    Value Score: 7.4/10

    • Story: 6/10
    • Characters: 6/10
    • GamePlay: 10/10
    • Graphics: 8/10
    • Sound: 10/10
    • Music: 4/10
    • Length: 5/10
    • Replay Value: 8/10
    • Player Value: 7/10

    Pros
    +Great Puzzles
    +Gameplay focused mostly on dark colors and sound effects which bring a unique experience.
    +Great for those who love difficult games as the game can be brutal.
    +Great for horror fans
    +Great for casual fans and those who want to play something short and sweet.
    +Replay value is high as you can replay every single section even if you want to play certain stages or if you missed some achievements, the game allows you to go back exactly to a specific part rather than playing the game all over again.

    Cons
    -No Plot or character development however it is up to the player's imagination to decrypt on what the game is about.
    -Very little to no music used at all.
    -Length might not be suitable for some people who are looking for a long term experience.
    -Game can become quite difficult through its puzzles and traps.
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  7. Jan 5, 2014
    0
    The only reason I'm rating this a 'zero' instead of a 'three' is because the overall score is far too high. I purchased this game for itsThe only reason I'm rating this a 'zero' instead of a 'three' is because the overall score is far too high. I purchased this game for its unique art style and because I wanted a good puzzle game that made me think. However, I am not a fan of dying every five-to-thirty seconds in order to figure out the next puzzle. It turns what, in my view, should be an interesting puzzle game into a 1990s NES platformer. Seriously, the last time I died this often was when I played Ninja Turtles 1. This game is far from what I'd call an "indie masterpiece". It's cheap, it's gimmicky, it's a waste of money. Expand

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