LIMBO review (iOS / Universal)July 7, 2013
10 word description: Atmospheric, dark themed puzzle platformer. Full port of PC/console game.
10 word review: Impressive port of classic game. Controls are worth an award.
You will like this if you enjoy: Video games that are dark, disturbing and genuinely quite shocking at times. Platform games. Hard platform games. Puzzles that are a mixture of logic, physics and timing. If you also enjoy being threatened and subsequently slaughtered in a grotesque manner by giant spiders, Limbo is definitely for you.
The good news: Limbo, on other platforms, is the benchmark for this style of game. The port (I’ve only played on 4th gen iPad) is close enough to perfect for me to have no issues describing it as perfect. The buttonless controls are so good they will make you smile, even if you’re a miserable old sod like me or a terminal arachnophobic, also like me. Graphics, sounds, animation, environments and puzzles – all consistently high quality.
The bad news: The huge spiders that appear early on are vile. Horrible, creepy, twitching things that make me feel physically sick. That a video game antagonist can evoke this kind of reaction is an achievement to be applauded. One thing I’d like – red blood. I know that would spoil the whole monochrome thing it has got going on, but the occasional splash of red would be rather cool. There are frequent occasions when you will die the first time you encounter a hazard because there is no warning or the puzzle/deathtrap is deliberately hidden or disguised. If this sort of thing frustrates or annoys you, it’s s fair bet that you be frustrated and annoyed while playing Limbo.
Arcadelife verdict: It’s a very good game, which you probably already know. That would be irrelevant if the iOS port had been compromised, saddled with IAPs or someone had slapped great big buttons on the screen. Don’t worry, there are no compromises, no IAPs and the control system is wonderful. Although the atmosphere and style are consistent throughout, the early forest stages are arguably the most memorable and scary.
If you like ominous, creepy games with diverse, thought provoking puzzles and challenging platform sections, you’ve probably already played and enjoyed Limbo on another device. I only ever played the free demo on my PC, waiting optimistically for the game to one day appear on my iPad. All I can say is that it was well worth the wait. If you already played it to death (a lot of deaths!) on your PC or console, there might not be quite the incentive to get it again on your iOS device. In my opinion, it’s worth buying anyway, just to see how good touch controls can possibly be in a platform game.
Presentation – 9/10
Visuals – 9/10
Controls – 10/10
Content – 8.5/10
Fun – 8/10
Final rating – 9/10
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.0.2 & 1.0.3
If you’re interested, here’s the Arcadelife review of the PC demo version.
Limbo Game website link