LIMBO isn’t a new game at all. The game came out years ago on the PC, several consoles and eventually mobile platforms. But it’s a game you absolutely have to try.
02-12-2016 - by Thijs Kaagman
LIMBO first came out in 2010 on Xbox Live Arcade. After its year-long Xbox exclusivity the game found its way to the PC, PS3 and it was recently ported to the next-gen consoles as well. Eventually, it also came out on iOS and Android and that’s where it crossed my radar again this week. Despite having finished the game on several platforms by now, I couldn’t help but buying it again and playing through it one more time.
LIMBO is about a boy who wakes up in the middle of a dark forest. Because there’s not much else to do, you start walking to look for your sister. On your journey you will encounter giant spiders, aggressive forest people and a lot of puzzles. Most of these involve pushing or pulling crates to a new location, using electromagnets or glowing worms that force you to walk in one direction.
Despite the few interactions you have with other people, the game has a very lonely feel to it. This is mostly because of the art style. The entire game is black, white or somewhere in between, which creates a very dark and gloomy atmosphere.
Also, you’ll die. A lot. LIMBO is one of those games where you will blindly walk into a trap and you’ll have to learn from these kind of ‘mistakes’. It’s a good thing the game isn’t really punishing you for dying; usually you’ll only have to walk a couple of seconds to get back to where you were.
To be fair; the controls on mobile platforms aren’t great. You will probably not only die because of your own mistakes, but due to the game not responding to your input as well. Regardless, LIMBO is a game that you should definitely try at least once.