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Game Reviewed: Limbo
Reviewer: Matthew Scott
Platform: Xbox 360
Category: 2D Platform/Puzzle
ESRB Rating: T
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Limbo is a side-scrolling, 2D platform/puzzle game in which you play as a young boy who is out on an adventure to rescue his lost sister. Why she needs to be rescued or who she needs to be rescued from is never revealed, you only know that there are many obstacles in your path to try and prevent you from reaching her.
The atmosphere of Limbo feels very dream-like. The entire game is in shades of black and white. Your character looks like the silhouette of a young boy, giving more the appearance that the player is in control of a shadow. In order to progress, there are certain puzzles that need to be problem solved such as how to pass a giant spider or how to get past an electrical area without getting electrocuted.
The game is not incredibly long, but for the bargain price, it provides a nice little adventure.
What Parents Need to Know
Many of the puzzles require getting past obstacles such as bear spikes, saw blades, electric currents and even a giant spider. Solve the puzzle wrong and death will come. Depending on how the death occurs, the boy’s body may be cut to pieces, impaled or even decapitated; there is even some blood. Even in the gore scenes, however, everything remains in shades of black and white giving more the appearance that you are watching shadows.
There is also a gore filter which can be turned on which causes the screen to go black when your character dies in a gruesome way.
There is not any bad language in this game.
There is not any sexual content in this game.
There is not any spiritual content in this game.
I found Limbo to be a lot of fun. Even though some of the descriptions make it sound like it might be a little gory, I personally did not think it was, thanks to the black and white artistic style graphics. This game will probably appeal to older gamers anyway. My 12 year old son thought the game looked boring. If you enjoy problem solving and are looking to play something a little different, I would recommend at the very least downloading the demo off of the Xbox Live Arcade and checking this game out.