Limbo is a first-attempt puzzle-platform video game by independent studio Playdead. It was originally released on Xbox Live Arcade but has since been ported to several systems. It is a 2D side-scroller, employing a physics system that controls the environment. With incredible visuals, a black and white setting, and brilliant sound design, Limbo makes for a very unique piece of art that is intense, creepy, but amazingly enjoyable.
Story: You are a young boy who wakes up in the middle of a creepy forest. You have no idea who you are, where you are, or how you got there. In order to find out where you’re going, you start to explore. You soon realize that the place is filled with death at every corner, and is extremely dangerous. So your job as a young boy is to get out of there!
Play Style: Playdead called the style of play “trial and death,” which means that the developers built the game’s puzzles expecting the player to fail once or more before finding a solution to it. The player guides the boy through dangerous environments and traps as he finds a way out. It is a bit frustrating but in a fun way. The developers used gruesome imagery for the boy’s deaths so that the player may avoid solutions that will not work. Limbo is quite challenging and layed out cleverly, giving you a very intense 5-6 hours as you see through the game.
Audience: If you are a fan of games that have intense vibes and gruesome animation, then Limbo is certainly for you. However, we would suggest avoiding it if you are not a fan of a gruesome depictions, especially of a young boy dying horrifically over and over.
Platforms: Limbo is available on a wide range of platforms including Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Windows, OS X, Linux, Xbox One, Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android.
Verdict: Although a short game, Limbo is original, atmospheric and captivating. You will not be able to focus on anything else when playing this game and thus it serves to be a wonderful escape from your daily routine. The time spent playing this game will not feel like time wasted. Maverick IGS recommends Limbo to every game collector out there.