Limbo is an incredibly atmospheric puzzle platformer for iPhone, iPad and Mac


Despite the fact that the project Limbo Originally developed by indie studio Playdead, which consisted of three people at the time, the game became a bestseller literally immediately after launch. If for some reason you are still not familiar with this wonderful platformer, we recommend reading the material below.

Download Limbo for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch (App Store)
Download Limbo for macOS (Mac App Store)

Concept Limbo was proposed by the Danish Arnt Jensen back in 2004, but then he was an ordinary employee of IO Interactive and his ideas were not taken seriously. Jensen later set up an independent studio called Playdead, which included two programmers who were simultaneously investors. According to the author’s idea, their main task was to create a unique atmosphere of a certain gloomy place, where the main protagonist is doomed to a terrible death.

The reluctance of developers to cooperate with large publishers has fully justified itself – being independent of the requirements of investors, they were able to deviate from the templates and release a truly original, distinctive game. IN Limbo there are no repetitive episodes, no difficulty levels, no “bosses” at the end of the stages, and the purpose of the dangerous journey of the protagonist becomes clear only at the very end. However, even before the full launch of the game, Jensen explained that the boy went to Limb (the mythological first circle of hell, into which unbaptized children fall) in search of his sister.

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Dry description of the gameplay Limbo states that it is a 2D side-scroller with survival-horror elements, in which scenes of violence are frequent. However, it is difficult to convey the feelings that are created from the first minutes of the game. An emphatically fragile little boy runs through a gloomy dungeon and literally a few seconds later dies for the first time, falling into a huge trap – from that moment it becomes clear how and on what the concept of this game is based. No soundtracks, no decorations, just gloomy abstract locations, the rumble of footsteps, the sounds of mechanisms and monsters sneaking up on them.

Limbo

Die in Limbo it is often and scary – the main character is killed by traps, the thorns of a huge spider are pierced, mechanisms are crushed, etc. Apple does not recommend playing Limbo children under 12 years old, however, this is a low threshold – scenes when the main character has to use the corpse of a child to cross to the other side of a puddle or hanged children against the background of locations are clearly not intended for a fragile psyche.

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However, even if we abstract from the general atmosphere, the game still remains very attractive. As the developers themselves note, they cut out about 70% of the finished content so that nothing disrupts the general perception. The result is a net transit time Limbo is about 3 hours, but at the same time the player will never have the feeling of a repetitive scenario. The puzzles are well thought out and rarely do the trick on the first try, and a certain amount of finger dexterity is also required.

Overall, the creators Limbo well deserved the huge number of industry awards and awards that they have received over the five years of the game’s existence. There is hardly a user who regretted the paid 379 rubles (899 rubles for Mac) for downloading this masterpiece from the App Store.

Download Limbo for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch (App Store)
Download Limbo for macOS (Mac App Store)

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