You – Limbo
Who’d have thought the consequences of missing a ledge or falling into some water could be so dire? Anyone who ever played Limbo, that’s who. At first a simple and darkly pretty game of silhouettes, Playdead’s side-on platformer quickly reveals itself to be a rigorous death simulator. One in which the developer built its puzzles with no expectation of the player succeeding in finding the correct solution. And it keeps piling on those doomy credentials every time you slip up. Caught by the spider in act one? Watch a kid get eaten. Got too close to an electrified wire? Watch a kid fry. Spent too long working on a puzzle underwater? Watch a kid drown in fits and flails. Thank heaven for minimalist art styles.