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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. Positive: 74 out of 87
  2. Negative: 2 out of 87
  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. Apr 30, 2017
    10
    This game is a worthy successor to Limbo (and may I say, a superior one) with its stunning visuals, dark, rich atmosphere, ambient music,This game is a worthy successor to Limbo (and may I say, a superior one) with its stunning visuals, dark, rich atmosphere, ambient music, smart puzzles, incredible attention to detail, its gripping story told without words, its perfect ending, and last but not least, its realistic animation. Expand
  3. May 25, 2018
    10
    People are so easy to manipulate. Mind-blowing ending, beautiful shades and great art-direction at all!
  4. Mar 5, 2017
    9
    While it added (some) of the color that Limbo chose not to use, Inside is even more grim and ominous that it's spiritual predecessor. WhileWhile it added (some) of the color that Limbo chose not to use, Inside is even more grim and ominous that it's spiritual predecessor. While still having no dialogue or text, Inside tells much more of a story than Limbo did. Unfortunately, however, it seems that more focus on the story meant less focus on the puzzles. While the graphics are beautiful and the gameplay is incredibly smooth, I found the puzzles to be much simpler and the secrets much easier to find in this game than in Limbo. I died a lot less times while playing Inside. Still a GREAT game if you loved Limbo, but be prepared for it to be just slightly below Limbo overall. Expand
  5. Sep 10, 2016
    9
    While this little gem is heavily inspired by the game Limbo, by no means that means it lacks originality and excellence. Although Limbo is aWhile this little gem is heavily inspired by the game Limbo, by no means that means it lacks originality and excellence. Although Limbo is a unique and brilliant game, this piece of art has taken that and gone a step forward.

    At first, I was a bit hesitant, since even the beginning of the game resembles Limbo so much, I could only fear for a huge dissapointment. But this game is absolutely brilliant.
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  6. Sep 9, 2017
    8
    INSIDE
    Odd but great
    Inside is a puzzle platforming game lasting a little less than 4 hours where you play as a boy trying to escape.. From
    INSIDE
    Odd but great
    Inside is a puzzle platforming game lasting a little less than 4 hours where you play as a boy trying to escape..
    From what I’m not sure... a factory of sorts... a communist country… from being a test subject…
    Hews trying to escape... you just go forward hiding in shadows, outsmarting the occasional enemies and doing multiple environmental puzzles…
    Inside Is from the same studio that made LIMBO, and they feel pretty similar, though INSIDE feels much more polished and varied and to me was a much more enjoyable, and much more confusing experience..
    |Confusing because of the story. . Not the puzzles…
    Every puzzle I ran across in inside had a clever solution…
    I understood what needed to be done most of the time, but it was up to me figuring out how to accomplish this...
    There are many different puzzle types thrown in here, from timing, to pulling items, to distracting, to straight up mind control…
    I don’t have a favorite puzzle type as they were all equally fun to figure out…
    And the setting here its creepy and eaerie
    you feel like there’s danger around every corner, really immersing you into its world…
    as does the delivery of this games campaign as it slows down for a few stealth sections where you’re trying to blend in to not die..
    As this entire game you’re being searched for…
    so you have to dodge the sight of enemies as well as spot lights...
    no sections too frustrating with perfectly placed checkpoints much like limbo…
    INSIDE is a really special experience with moments I want to talk about but to prevent spoilers…I can’t
    if one things for certain, you’ll leave this game wondering exactly what just happened…
    I wasn’t quite blown away by this game as everyone else…
    but I can still see its magic…
    I give Inside
    an 8.5/10
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  7. Oct 23, 2016
    2
    This "game" has interesting mechanics, but it missing following parts:
    - beginning
    - ending - story It is a walking simulator. Or demo
    This "game" has interesting mechanics, but it missing following parts:
    - beginning
    - ending
    - story

    It is a walking simulator.
    Or demo version of the game, which you can complete in couple hours. I don't know why it is popular nowadays to release any incomplete product and call it a game. But when I pay money for a game, I would like to see at least some plot, especially if one was advertised.
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