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Generally favorable reviews- based on 576 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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Inside - Official Nintendo Switch Launch Trailer
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: 77 out of 92
  2. Negative: 2 out of 92
  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. Jun 21, 2017
    10
    There were instances where I almost felt grief because of certain parts (pertaining to the gameplay) but before that happened those partsThere were instances where I almost felt grief because of certain parts (pertaining to the gameplay) but before that happened those parts ended playing out gracefully. And with some of the level design looking like it would be a mountain to climb just ended up being a bump in the road. This game is a near flawless piece of work. With the few effortless hours I spent playing this game, almost all the gameplay there in, but say thirty seconds holds significant value over the time "spent" to see this game to its end. And at that end I was amazed and afterwards elated. Expand
  3. Aug 29, 2016
    10
    Simply one of the most considered and perfectly crafted games ever made. LIMBO was one of my favourite games six years ago, but now itSimply one of the most considered and perfectly crafted games ever made. LIMBO was one of my favourite games six years ago, but now it honestly just feels like a prototype for THIS game. Tells a convincing atmospheric narrative entirely wordlessly. The puzzles are intimately related to the narrative and balance the difficulty that you'll have to think without getting a walkthrough. Everyone needs to play this. Expand
  4. May 20, 2017
    9
    INSIDE is a beautiful, masterfully designed puzzle game set around a dark and mysterious facility. Despite moving only left to right, and onlyINSIDE is a beautiful, masterfully designed puzzle game set around a dark and mysterious facility. Despite moving only left to right, and only being able to jump and grab, PLAYDEAD provided dozens of brilliant puzzles to have to work through that are neither impossibly frustrating, or insulting to the intelligence. And in the meantime, the strangely unspoken and undeveloped story unravels smashingly over the course of 4 hours. It's definitely a great game, hands-down. I wish it was cohesive and explained itself a little bit more, and gave me more to take away other than mere obscurity, but this is one of the better indie games out there. Expand
  5. Oct 17, 2016
    9
    INSIDE is brilliant. It's not the best game I've played this year (Dark Souls 3), but I will remember it for a long time. Being the sequel toINSIDE is brilliant. It's not the best game I've played this year (Dark Souls 3), but I will remember it for a long time. Being the sequel to LIMBO, I had really high expectations for INSIDE. Well I have no doubt in my mind that this game lived up to all of them. The story is really well done even when there's not a hint of dialogue present in the game. This sounds weird on paper, but the magic is in the theories that I'm still thinking about to this day. The game also has a beautiful art style. LIMBO had a black and white filter to the entire game, but the color palette in INSIDE reminds me more of Sin City, how only certain parts of the world are colored. So how is the gameplay? Well, it's surprisingly awesome. I heard someone complain that the game feels like it plays itself. In certain parts of the game, this is true. However, most of the game is filled with well-crafted puzzles and challenges that had me scratching my head more than once. The physics help elevate the challenge and intrigue of some of these, which not many platformers take advantage of nowadays. Despite what I've talked about so far, nothing compares to the ending. It's phenomenal. Probably one of the best I've ever seen in a video game. The events that take place in the finale of INSIDE are too good to spoil, and you need to play the game for yourself to see how amazing it is. The only complaint I have about INSIDE is that even with the added bonus of going back and obtaining the secret ending, INSIDE is very short, only lasting about 3 hours long. Besides that, INSIDE is an incredible game that is just shy of being a masterpiece. I still recommend it to anyone, though. 9/10. Expand
  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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