What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that LIMBO is a puzzle/adventure game with very graphic death scenes for the hero, a small boy. Although the game is shown entirely in gray scale, there are plenty of disturbing sound effects and traps -- and it may be too much for young kids. Players don't combat enemies but must avoid hazardous traps, which can kill them. Players can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.
What's it about?
Players will explore a dark, dangerous world simply by swiping the screen in the direction they want the hero to go. Touching an item with a handle makes him grab onto it, allowing him to pull in one direction or another to solve a puzzle; swiping upward makes him jump.
Is it any good?
LIMBO was a surprise hit on consoles and PC, and this mobile adaptation does a splendid job of recreating the moodiness and atmosphere of the original. It doesn't offer anything new, nor does it shake up the way things are played, but that's immaterial, given how well done the game is.
It's not for the faint of heart, though. Deaths are gruesome, puzzles can be maddeningly hard, and you'll need to use the game's physics just right to get things done. Also, there's no help. You're dropped into this world without explanation or handholding. But that silent narrative may only increase your curiosity about what's to come. Add a unique (and gorgeous) art style, and you'll be hooked.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the game's hero. Is it disturbing to see a boy hero die? Do you think the violence is necessary for the game?
Families also can talk about the atmospheric style of the app. What kind of mood does the style of art convey?