Conclusion: I was one of those that dismissed most XBLA games for the cost-to-gamerscore ratio in the past. Oh, how ever wrong I was! Games like this justify the existence of XBLA and PSN, and digital distribution in general. If you've yet to try out Limbo, I'd highly recommend it.
Summary: "Nana, do little boys and girls go to heaven when they die?" "No, honey. They go to limbo." This conversation with my grandmother introduced me to the idea of an otherworldly realm in which I pictured children wandering aimlessly through darkness and mist, denied the pleasure of communing with God.
Pros: Striking atmosphere that chills the heart, Excellent, poignant moments that stay with you, Cold, gruesome deaths are presented with memorable and horrific apathy, Introduces more involved puzzles at a satisfying pace
Cons: The most haunting imagery is limited to the first half, Ending doesn't emerge organically from the hour leading to it
Limbo contains the wonderful aesthetics and crafty puzzles from the previous versions, but the atmosphere isn't quite as striking on a smaller screen.
7 June 2013
Summary: Almost three years after Limbo landed on the Xbox 360, it finally arrives on the Vita. Limbo is nearly unchanged from its previous incarnations, and in it, you roam through ink-black locales, overcoming traps while braving the suffocating atmosphere.
Pros: Moody, black-and-white visuals, Excellent sound design, Thoughtful puzzles with lots of variety, Hidden secrets reward a second playthrough
Cons: Audio and visuals aren't as impactful on the Vita
Excerpt: I don't get art. Yeah, I can appreciate the effort behind pieces like the Mona Lisa or Scream, but at the end of the day, they're just paintings to me - but Limbo , now that I get. The indie platformer/puzzler from Denmark based PLAYDEAD oozes with ambiance and personality, and it combines that with...
Conclusion: LIMBO may seem like a small ripple in a giant ocean of games, but from where we're standing, this tiny ripple could easily steer us towards new heights, as games continue to evolve as an art form.
Pros: Proves that games are an art form, the unique colorless world of LIMBO is something you simply must experience;
Cons: Too short, a few frustrating moments when you try to solve certain puzzles, but nothing that would impede gameplay too much.
Excerpt: Limbo PC Review Publisher: Playdead Platform : PC ( also on Xbox 360 ) UK Price (as reviewed): £6.99 inc. VAT US Price (as reviewed): $9.99 exc. Tax Sometimes games make it hard to see what makes them work, what makes them affect us. More often than not, games are sensory overload.
Summary: Limbo came out for PC yesterday, available via Steam for £7 . Having never played the 360 version (despite paying for it – I’m an idiot) I’ve played it through for the first time and am ready to tell you just exactly Wot it is that I Think.
Excerpt: Sometimes, delayed game releases are worth the wait. Such is the case with LIMBO , a side-scrolling puzzle/action game released last year exclusively for Xbox Live Arcade, but now available for PS3 and PC via Steam.