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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: 26 out of 272
  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. Mar 6, 2018
    9
    It's pretty depressing to see how many people's lack of aesthetic appreciation makes them bash this game.

    Is the gameplay simple? Yes, it's
    It's pretty depressing to see how many people's lack of aesthetic appreciation makes them bash this game.

    Is the gameplay simple? Yes, it's supposed to be. Does the character die a lot? Yes, he's supposed to... WHO CARES, YOU HAVE UNLIMITED LIVES!

    The long and short of it is this: it's probably as visually-pleasing as a black and white game could possibly be, and the gameplay is as original as a simple walk-jump-grab control scheme could possibly be. The mood is great, the puzzles are both challenging and rewarding, and in general, this is not a game you could compare to any other, aside from the fact that it's a platformer.

    Anyone who doesn't appreciate simplicity and elegance like this should just get back to their library of loud, over-produced FPS's and keep their malnourished opinions to themselves, as they're simply not equipped with the sensibilities to fairly judge a game like this.

    And yes, it could have been longer....
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  4. Jan 26, 2012
    8
    Limbo contains graphical, sound, and control details that give you the impression that a group of people have fussed over its smallest detailsLimbo contains graphical, sound, and control details that give you the impression that a group of people have fussed over its smallest details for a very long time. The mechanics are tight, physics are well implemented, and the puzzles are cleverly designed. The only letdown was the brevity of the campaign and the fact that the storytelling is too spare to match the artistic potential of its monochrome visuals and haunting sounds. Expand
  5. Jun 23, 2016
    8
    Everything about this game is damn near perfection, but it drags come the concrete half. It was entirely too mechanical and disengaging,Everything about this game is damn near perfection, but it drags come the concrete half. It was entirely too mechanical and disengaging, failing to communicate whether or not there's a relevance as to why it shifted at all. It oughta' have benefited attacking emotion all the way through. Expand
  6. Oct 13, 2013
    7
    Game Play[8]
    Controls[10]
    Contactable/Easter Eggs[0] Innovation[10] Graphics[7] Sounds[7] replay Value[4] Gaming Satisfaction[10]
    Game Play[8]
    Controls[10]
    Contactable/Easter Eggs[0]
    Innovation[10]
    Graphics[7]
    Sounds[7]
    replay Value[4]
    Gaming Satisfaction[10]
    Price/Playtime[8]
    Technical Issues[10]
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    Over All[7.4]
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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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