The 2010 Downloadable Game of the year Limbo has hit the Playstation Network, and I can see why Limbo was given the award. Limbo is a fantastic title with challenging yet relaxing and enjoyable gameplay and an interesting Noir style. Limbo is also not suitable for young children even though the game does appear to look like it is. Playdead really did put there heart and soul into this title and it shows.
Limbo is the story of a boy who wakes up in a forest at the edge of Hell in search of his lost sister in this title that has a very dark tone mixed with death and suicide throughout the game. What Limbo lacks in story it makes up for in gameplay. There are many different and interesting puzzles in Limbo from getting past a giant spider to trying to figure out how to get past a body of water with out drowning. In addition to different puzzles there are multiple ways to solve each so that gives tons of replay ability. You will also not see the same puzzle twice during a play through, each level has it’s own theme which each puzzle is based on. Limbo gets progressively harder so players looking for a challenge will be pleased. There are 3 themes in Limbo, forest, water, and electricity. The game also has a nice dark relaxing feel to it so it’s nice to play when you just want to relax.
The Visuals are a classic black and white noir style which works well to hide tiny details. As well as having this style Limbo features some graphic animations which allow the art style to really pop. The art team put a lot of hard work into the game and it really paid off. Limbo features a few easter eggs throughout the game that are interesting, and unique to the art style the developers put in place.
The sound in Limbo is very creepy at times and will get the adrenaline pumping, especially when being chased by different enemies. While Limbo may not have a lot of music, what it does have fits the game’s tone and usually tells the player that an event is about to happen.
While Limbo does have fantastic artwork and excellent gameplay it does have a few issues. One of them being that Limbo is very short which is a little disappointing, but the replay ability makes up for it. At a $15 price tag it would be nice if Limbo was a little bit longer. Another issue is that some of the puzzles can be very frustrating at times, but even with these minor issues Limbo is a must own for anyone looking for a challenging puzzle game. Overall limbo is a unique puzzle game that stands as one of the best indie games seen in a long time. Despite the flaws present in this title limbo will provide some bang for your buck especially if you are a PlayStation Plus Member who can get it for $11.99!