Review: Limbo

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Review: Limbo

Limbo is a beautifully unsettling XBLA experience.

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This game creeps the hell out of me :/

Dark sense of humour?

I didn't see any humour in Limbo. I was just disturbed as hell. In a good way.

Maybe if the character had been different I would have found it funny as times, but that fact that your were playing as a child just made every death much more disturbing. Been a long time since I've died in a game and had to look away, which happened multiple times for me playing this game.

A buddy of mine bought this, and we spent one night just playing 'I die, you die' and beat it.
Very very awesome game. Simplistic, yet stunning art style, the lack of music was jarring and eerie, the world itself was hauntingly dream-like...just a really unforgettable experience. I'll probably have to pick this up for myself.

At the least, it spawned some inspiration in other games:

It looks like an Oddword game crossed with the last couple levels of Eversion. If it hits Steam or PSN anytime soon it will be a must buy for me.

I was looking at this game as a possible purchase in these slower summer months and it looks like you've convinced me

A very good game. One of the best games I've played this year. Who am I kidding. It is the best game I've played this year.

Got the demo for this game sunday. My roommate (who hates anything non-MW2) played the demo, liked it and bought the game. He then played it the rest of the afternoon beat it and now he hates non-MW2 games even more. (Felt like $20 was too much for such a short "Flash Game").

I loved the game and will probably play it through a few more times; definately will try to get all the achievements.

Oh wow...well, thats certainly got me tunned in...a lil creepy, but, different!

Oh My GOD... O.O This seems just like the game for me. It reminded me of Coma but Darker and (hopefully) a lot longer. Seriously, this is the kind of game I adore. :D

Simple gameplay? Check.
Clever puzzles? Check.
Beautiful art? Check.
Dark sense of humour? Check.
Decent story? Check.

Too bad I don't have an Xbox :( (let's just hope that the popularity makes it avalible on PSN also. [or steam])

Brain Slugs you say?

And what will the Brain Slug party do for the ordinary worker?

Must. Get. This. Now.

Such a disturbingly beautiful looking game.

I quite like the look of this game, and this review has made up my mind. Well, it's been added to my download queue for when I get in from work tonight. This is the first time in a long while that a review has actually convinced me to get a game, usually my mind is well and truly made up beforehand.

I played this game a few weeks ago FOR FREE on a flash game website. Don't remember which one though. Its actually only about an hour long, so I wouldn't spend all that much money on it. Fun though, wish there was more.

I think I saw the brain slugs in a preview. Really nasty shit, man.

I am hooked for this game.

reminds me of heart of darkness with all the horrific deaths and a good game so far, havent completed it yet though so hopefully will do soon

Best survival horror game I've played in a very long time.

You know, I downloaded the demo and loved the atmosphere, but was a little worried about whether or not they could keep a steady job of interesting, unique platforming and puzzling, and seeing as I just spent a dollar on one of the most fun games I've played in a while (Breath of Death) the $15 price point was a little restrictive. Now I'll definitely be getting it! Thanks for the review!

Looks great (reminds me a bit of Machinarium in it's simplicity of game-play & atmospheric impact)! Reckon I'll wait for it to hit Steam as a PC download.

BlueHighwind:
I played this game a few weeks ago FOR FREE on a flash game website. Don't remember which one though. Its actually only about an hour long, so I wouldn't spend all that much money on it. Fun though, wish there was more.

Well, this one is more than an hour. I'd go into more details on all of the sections, but I doubt you played the full game. The Chapters are cut up roughly into...

I saw a video of this game up on Eurogamer last week and thought it looked great; such a positive review from The Escapist is all the confirmation I need. As luck would have it, I was already planning to trade in my Wii to get Microsoft Points for other DLC this week.

Susan Arendt:
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Since you didn't mention story, (or atleast I don't think I saw you mentioning it) I assume most of the plot is either implied or indirectly told like in Braid?

Not G. Ivingname:

Susan Arendt:
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Since you didn't mention story, (or atleast I don't think I saw you mentioning it) I assume most of the plot is either implied or indirectly told like in Braid?

Not even. You wake up, you start walking through the forest and dying. This isn't really a game you play for the story.

and once again, the indie community proves that they are where the innovation and hope for the gaming industry has moved to. i really think that gaming is following movies, with the occasional big awesome game, followed by tons of big trash, then the indie scene provides the really innovation and interesting side of the industry.

I can only hope they port it to PC and PSN, like they did with Braid :-(

Susan, how long would you say the game is?

Susan Arendt:

Not G. Ivingname:

Susan Arendt:
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Since you didn't mention story, (or atleast I don't think I saw you mentioning it) I assume most of the plot is either implied or indirectly told like in Braid?

Not even. You wake up, you start walking through the forest and dying. This isn't really a game you play for the story.

So basically the entire plot is this?

MOVE LEFT, DO NOT DIE.

Sinclose:
how long would you say the game is?

Well on my first playthrough I would say it took me 2 and a half maybe three hours. After that it drops because you know were everything is.

Sinclose:
I can only hope they port it to PC and PSN, like they did with Braid :-(

Susan, how long would you say the game is?

That depends entirely on how good you are at these particular puzzles. You might sail through, or you might be stumped by one for hours - it'll most likely be a mix of both. Limbo is very like Portal in that respect. To do absolutely everything, including finding all the easter eggs? Perhaps five hours.

Nice review, I felt almost as you did when I played through the demo. Even my sister enjoyed it by only watching me as I played.

It was farily easy for her to get into, as she has hypoxia (google for it) and she don't understand even a bit of english, she had as much fun as me by watching me play the thing.

The graphics are amazing, very simplistic and yet amazing.

The demo ends on a cliffhanger, so that's more of a reason to get some Microsoft Points and buy it, and I felt that way too, it's simply one of the best downloadable games the 360 has to offer.

Susan Arendt:

Sinclose:
I can only hope they port it to PC and PSN, like they did with Braid :-(

Susan, how long would you say the game is?

That depends entirely on how good you are at these particular puzzles. You might sail through, or you might be stumped by one for hours - it'll most likely be a mix of both. Limbo is very like Portal in that respect. To do absolutely everything, including finding all the easter eggs? Perhaps five hours.

Thank you! 5 hours is good enough for me, I like seeing everything a game has to offer!

This game so reminds me of Braid. A story driven stimulating adventure with puzzles that can be really complex, and hey, even the complaints about the excessive pricing are consistent! XD

Too bad I can't play it. Can only hope this will get ported!

That reminds me of this game:

Coma
The art style is very similar, possibly the same developer?

Gosh Dang....I read a little bit about this from Kotaku about Limbo. They described it was every child's worst nightmare. Big Bullies, Spiders, etc. I also read that your body will get torn to pieces....*shivers* God that is some scary thoughts that have went into this game. Bravo you magnificent creepy mother truckers...

Also, I have a question for everyone. What do you know about Limbo's story? Games like this that have a unknown story just truly gets me curious.

Susan Arendt:
Not even. You wake up, you start walking through the forest and dying. This isn't really a game you play for the story.

Speaking of which, I want your take on something:

I played through it the day it was released. And it was cool, but I definitely felt like $15 was too high a price for the game. I think it should have run closer to $10.

But then, I guess I wasn't as wowed as some people are by this. I thought the art style was pretty and unique. But the game became far less interesting as the character leaves the organic world behind and starts puzzling through a more mechanized world.

The game shines when your character is traipsing through dangerous forest settings with creepy spiders and slugs, but when your hopping around gears and crates, and raising and lowering water in the factory-like setting, it loses a bit of its luster falling back on the more mundane platforming elements and ditching the creepy forest atmosphere.

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