You – Limbo

XBox: The Official Magazine - - REVIEW -

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.

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