Limbo is an indie puzzle-platformer where you play as a small boy who is uncertain of his sister’s fate. The boy enters a world entitled “Limbo”, which is a dark and dangerous land of mischief. I recently purchased Limbo for myself for the reasonable $10 price and I must say, it is truly a beautiful and mind boggling game. When you first start up the game, you’re greeted with a simple menu. When you begin your adventure, you wake up in a dark grass field. Slowly getting up, you run to your first puzzle.
I didn’t know what the goal was, but I reached a small pit. I thought no harm and jumped right in, instantly dead in the pit. Turns out it was filled with spikes. Great first puzzle right? The game is black and white, making it rather difficult to see the spikes the first time. As you progress through the game, the puzzles keep getting harder and harder, which does in fact, boggle your mind.
After solving quite a few puzzles, I approached my first boss, the spider. This gigantic, frightening, black spider had me confused for a very long time. When you approached said spider, it simply lunged at you with its legs and impaled you like kabob on a stick. When you finally do figure out how to get past the spider, it’s definitely not over yet. He becomes your main enemy for many puzzles to come.
I love this game because it really gets you thinking, “What am I supposed to do?”. In fact, trying to get through this game without some kind of walk through is quite difficult. You’ll be standing around your next puzzle trying to find some kind of hint to how to solve it. I myself have had to use tutorials many times to complete this game. I learned in the tutorials that I never would’ve figured out how to solve the puzzle I was stuck at, which really shows how clever these puzzles really are.
Although this game is well done and difficult, it’s actually quite short. If you know how to solve every puzzle in the game, you could easily speed through it in an hour. The game is fun to replay; however you don’t get to experience the same mind boggling story line you played the first time. Once you know all the puzzles, you can’t really play anymore. That doesn’t mean the game isn’t worth it, it’s just a one play through and you’re done sort of deal.
In conclusion, if you want a great puzzle adventure that will really have you thinking, Limbo is the game for you. The game is available on Xbox, PS3 and PC. The controls are simple and you can even use an Xbox controller to play on your PC! The art is beautiful and very well done. Though this game is fun to play, most of the time you’ll need a tutorial to get you through those puzzles that you simply can’t figure out. And sadly, you won’t be able to experience the same great game-play again once you finish the story.
Art and Graphics: 8/10
Overall Score: 9/10