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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: 82 out of 99
  2. Negative: 4 out of 99
  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. Feb 9, 2017
    10
    for me a masterpiece. This game is art. Its like playing a interactive theatre play. This game produced a kind of a mood like Michael Hanekefor me a masterpiece. This game is art. Its like playing a interactive theatre play. This game produced a kind of a mood like Michael Haneke or Lars von Trier movie on his on way. Expand
  3. Jan 21, 2019
    10
    Inside by Playdead is a minimalist masterpiece. I adore everything about this game, particularly the haunting atmosphere. The eerie soundInside by Playdead is a minimalist masterpiece. I adore everything about this game, particularly the haunting atmosphere. The eerie sound effects are pitch perfect. The puzzles are clever but not needlessly obtuse. The difficulty is perfect for an average player like me.

    I need to go back and try Limbo again since I never finished it. Can’t wait to see what Playdead comes up with for their third game.
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  4. Jun 1, 2017
    9
    INSIDE is a fantastic adventure that, whilst relatively short, packs a great amount of fun into its narrative and certainly doesn't overstayINSIDE is a fantastic adventure that, whilst relatively short, packs a great amount of fun into its narrative and certainly doesn't overstay its welcome like many games do nowadays.

    The puzzles are mostly at a level of difficulty that makes them taxing but at a level that can usually be figured out with some time, patience and some thought. On the occasions where I truly did get stuck at a point, I never felt frustrated by the game but rather at my own abilities. This meant that, once I had figured out the next step, I had a truly sense of elation and achievement.

    Visually, the game is dark and foreboding at points, again this is a positive. The sound is also minimal and helps sustain the heavy atmosphere.

    The final sections of the game are like something out of a David Lynch film and I really urge all to go along for the ride.
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  5. Feb 11, 2019
    9
    A great game with deep physics mechanics, amazing puzzles, haunting atmosphere and dark design.
    The game story is more metaphor than actual
    A great game with deep physics mechanics, amazing puzzles, haunting atmosphere and dark design.
    The game story is more metaphor than actual plot, but it does it in a very smart way.

    I liked this one more than Limbo because of its better design and better haunting atmosphere.
    The extra challenges of the orbs also offer some nice replay value.

    9/10
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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. Dec 22, 2018
    0
    ghetto. just ghetto. i played for roughly 6 hours when it was supposed to take 2-3. I uninstalled the game because it wouldnt let me put aghetto. just ghetto. i played for roughly 6 hours when it was supposed to take 2-3. I uninstalled the game because it wouldnt let me put a CRATE OVER SOME WEIRD WATER stuff. I will never understand, nor see the ending because of this. This game has given be false hope that I would get some happy ending. instead there was just some weird mass body formation type mosh pit that rolled and destroyed stuff. no. i dont like it. i didnt like this. i hated this game. i still dont know the plot and i was playing it for 6 hours. my favourite little boy got abducted by some weird walking mosh pit. i hate this. no. Expand

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