LIMBO Review

When LIMBO was first released eight years ago, it was a unique gaming experience. Indie titles were still relatively rare, and the game's premise was something unique in gaming. The puzzle-platformer that drops you into a strange world without any story set-up or tutorial help was new when LIMBO was first released. It was a formula that worked really well as evidenced by the fact that countless games have imitated LIMBO's style since. Now that the game is being re-released for the Switch, the question is whether or not the original has stood the test of time: has its formula has been reapplied to so many games that the original no longer feels in any way original? Well, I played and reviewed the game eight years ago, and I can attest to the fact that the game has stood up to the test of time remarkably well.

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LIMBO drops you into a black and white world dominated by shadows and leaves you on your own. Despite the lack of any introduction to its world, any explanation of who you are or how you got to where the game opens, LIMBO instantly fills you with a sense of foreboding. You'll tentatively take your first steps on your journey through its side-scrolling world, quickly finding that LIMBO's world is every bit as dangerous as you feared it would be.

LIMBO is a puzzle-platformer, but the emphasis here is definitely on the puzzle side of the equation. The game is a seamless series of encounters that will require your brain as much as your reflexes to survive. You'll die quite often in LIMBO as the puzzles are invariably deadly and refuse to hold your hand as you try to solve them. Some of them are fiendishly tricky and will take some effort to work out, but I wouldn't call any of them unfair. The punishment for a misstep is almost always a gruesome death, which will send you back to the beginning of the puzzle that killed you, although the more complex puzzles tend to have midpoint checkpoints. The easily frustrated may find themselves become easily frustrated, but if you're a persistent puzzle solver you'll be able to eventually make your way through the game.

The puzzle difficulty helps extend the playing time of what is a relatively short game in terms of the number of puzzles you'll face before reaching the end. LIMBO is a natural for the Switch in portable mode as you can work your way through a puzzle or two when you have the chance, and then easily return to the game later to pick up play on the next one. Despite the short length it's easy to recommend LIMBO to anyone who enjoys puzzle games, especially given the way the game expertly crafts a foreboding atmosphere with a minimum of graphics and sounds. If you played the game when it was originally released, you'll find that it has aged well and is still wholly capable of sucking you back in the way it did when you first played it. If you're new to LIMBO, then it's about time you played this classic indie game.

Final Rating: 90% - LIMBO has stood the test of time.


Note: A review code for this game was provided by the publisher.

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