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A boy wakes up in a forest and sets off to find his sister.

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Uncertain of his sister's fate, a boy enters LIMBO.


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Close to Heaven
25 September 2018 | by southdavidSee all my reviews

Beautiful minimalist physics-platformer from Play Dead studios.

The story is very open to interpretation, given there is no dialogue or indeed and character interaction at all. You play a young boy, chasing after a girl through a deadly forest, which later becomes a more industrial (though equally hazardous) landscape. The menacing giant spiders and trigger bear traps become rising waters and murderous children and finally electrified walls and gravity traps.

Control is minimal, the boy can jump, push, pull and press buttons, but that's about it. Despite these limitations, or perhaps even because of them, and the aesthetic style, "Limbo" is a joy to play. It's vicious, almost to the point of requiring precognition on your first play though - but it does have very regular checkpoints and the game restarts very quickly - it's the perfect amount of time to get your expletives out before the game goes again.

It is short, a playthrough can be done in about an hour once you really know what you're doing - but your first run, as you die repeatedly and work out the puzzles is more likely to take 7 to 8 times that. I received this copy free with my Playstation Plus account, but maybe had I paid more for the game I would be aggrieved by that. Though any longer and the game would probably start repeating itself and lose some of the appeal.

"Limbo" really is a key game in the history of Video games, as it helped kick in a renaissance for both independent titles and the physics Platform boom that continued through the 2010's. Make sure you experience it at least once.


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