Limbo is one of the most intriguing games I’ve played in the past few years. The description on Limbo’s steam page simply says “Uncertain of his sister’s fate, a boy enters LIMBO” and honestly, I think that helps to make the game as fantastic as it is.
Limbo is an adventure game with an incredibly simple premise, you run to the right and solve little puzzles to try and save your sister. The real beauty of Limbo lies in the eerie ambiance and the dark, almost uncomfortable graphical style.
I don’t really know what to say about Limbo, except that it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. The wonder of the game is that it really pulls you in, you don’t know what’s going to happen next and that makes it’s hard to put down. The disturbing backdrops and dark feel to the game turn it from a simple Adventure Platformer into an amazing story-driven adventure game. Looking back on the game, it’s dawned on me just how much of a great job the creators have done in setting up the atmosphere, because Limbo has absolutely no text, voice-over, or any form of explanation whatsoever. You are just thrown into Limbo and left to fend for yourself.
As I’ve said previously the graphical style in Limbo is so simple it’s great, a world made up of grey and black, but not in some monochrome bore-fest, but a horrifying atmosphere that adds heaps to the game. The sound in this game is also perfect, the simplicity of the background music and the little sounds you encounter along the way fit perfectly with the idea of Limbo, this strange, but infinitely interesting world.
It’s hard to talk about Limbo because I’m trying not to give too much away, and that’s incredibly important. I went into this game knowing nothing, and you should do the same. It’s one of the best Indie games I’ve played, and it has the awards to show for it. The truth is that this game provides such an original experience that it’s hard to review.
My only gripe with Limbo is that it felt too short, I really got pulled into this game and felt I could easily have sunk a few more hours into it. That being said, every moment was intense, and for the meager price of £6.99 on Steam it’ll be hard to find a more atmospheric game.
Do you like Limbo? Are you interested? Would you consider Limbo to be art?