In this case, Limbo is the first game on Xbox Live’s third annual Summer of Arcade series of game releases. And this action puzzle platformer is a uniquely fun experience that delivers the goods.
In Limbo you play as a spritely boy, although at first glance it’s hard to tell much about your protagonist friend as he is merely an inky black shadow with bright glowing eyes that indicate his life state. While his eyes are aglow, you’ll know he’s alive and you’ll certainly know when he’s dead since the game features a gory but stylish death when your puzzle platforming skills falter…which may be often.
While the game is not frustratingly hard, it is a definitely a challenging game with some very ingenious puzzles for your mind bending enjoyment. Whether you’re trying to avoid traps or bounding pitfalls, switching the world’s polarity or outwitting your unfortunate enemies. Limbo is an enjoyably tough series of levels designed cleverly & beautifully to not only challenge your mind, but to tickle your senses as well.
The world of Limbo is a monotone masterpiece – mysterious, rapturous & deadly. The art style is definitely a highlight of the game. A world that compels the player to take on the challenges ahead in getting your shadowy self safely out of this barren industrial and mysteriously organic land of death.
Independent game studio, Playdead, did an outstanding job creating Limbo, it is a thoroughly enjoyable, thought provoking and beautiful game. The game stands up there with gems in the genre including the often mentioned and revered, Braid. You can surely tell a lot of love was put into the game and mere words cannot accurately describe the world that Playdead gave birth to, it needs to be played to truly appreciate just how cool the game is.
I recommend fans of the genre as well as fans of beautifully crated games in general to check out Limbo which releases Wednesday, July 21St only on Xbox Live.