Review by NintendoMan1987
"Nintendoman1987 Review - LIMBO under that high price tag!"
LIMBO is a puzzle platformer where you play as a young boy solving puzzles and getting killed in violent ways should you fail to see your impending doom. It is great to play, with an average level of challenge. Its great to look at with its eerie backdrop and visuals making the game a unique experience. If your into to puzzle games mixed with some platforming and you have already mastered the excellent "Braid" then this should be your next download, but is it worth your 1200 points? Find out below.
The gameplay is perfect. It is very simple to navigate the game screen and runs smoothly. You walk through deserted places, such as forests and industrial sites. Avoiding bear traps, giant spiders, boulders etc. All these traps and hazards will kill you violently and stylishly, sometimes making you jump when you don't see it coming. The puzzles are fun to solve, but aren't too challenging. Its all stuff you have seen in other puzzlers. Pushing and pulling blocks, water level puzzles and physics related puzzles. Some puzzles will stump you, but you wont be stuck at them too long before you figure out what to do. Its simple and fun to play which makes any game great.
The story is open to interpretation. You wake up in a forest not knowing the whereabouts of you sister (which you don't know without prior knowledge) there are other people there from time to time trying to kill you, but you don't know why. Then the game abruptly comes to an end with no explanation to anything whatsoever. I know a storyline isn't key in this sort of game, but Braid managed to pull off a terrific story without much effort, but this doesn't give you anything. By adding a lot of mystery to the game and not giving you anything to go on ruins the experience at the end. However if you like deep thinking there are plenty opinions and theories online which are very interesting. In this respect I rate the story halfway as a game story should give you the answered packaged in with the product not left for you to follow up for yourself, however doing so is very rewarding.
The graphics are impressive. The whole game is in black and white. It is crisp and clear and provides a spooky setting for this spooky game. The death scenes look stylish and the backgrounds give real character to the levels. There is an option in the menu to turn off the gore for younger gamers however this game isn't graphic enough to receive an 18 age rating anyway. An age rating of 15 would have been more appropriate.
There isn't any music in th game which adds to the lonely experience of the game and makes the sound effects stand out clearly.
The controls consist of the left stick, A and B. That is all you will need to play and there are no control problems at all.
Play Time and Replay Value:- 3/10
The game is way too short for the price. If you are fairly decent at solving the puzzles it will take you less than 3 hours to complete, And on a second run the game can be completed in just under an hour. You will only play it again for your own personal entertainment and to maybe pick up some achievements that you didn't get the first time. Finding little white blobs increase your completion percentage which will put you higher on the leader-boards. The leaderboards would have been better if the included a time completion statistic, but unfortunately percentage completed is the only factor on the leaderboards making replay value a lot less. Finding a couple of extra items and completing the game in less deaths does boost your percentage, however once the maximum percentage has been reached its just a case of who got there first. There is an achievement for beating the game in under 5 deaths so that will warrant a couple of extra playthroughs until you know the game off by heart.
The achievements are easy so if that's what your after then that's one reason to buy. I would say that it is definitely worth buying as it is a great experience. Better to play a 3 hour game that's great all the way through than a 10 hour game that is average. Some of you may want to hang fire for it to appear in the "Deal of the Week" section on the dashboard, but if you have the money, don't pass up this unique game.
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Reviewer's Score: 9/10 | Originally Posted: 07/27/10, Updated 09/13/11
Game Release: LIMBO (EU, 07/21/10)
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