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LIMBO

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Dark, violent but thought-provoking puzzle game.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Limbo is an extremely hard puzzle game that offers no hints or guidance of any sort. If a player gets stuck, he or she either must figure out the solution alone or go online to search for help. 

Violence

There's no combat in this game, but players will encounter traps and huge deadly spiders along the way. Death scenes are quite gruesome and include decapitation and impalement. Bodies of children locked in cages and hanging from ropes are found throughout the game as well. When the hero dies, his body often pumps an oil-like blood. 

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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?

QUALITY

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?

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$4.99
Release date:July 7, 2013
Category:Adventure Games
Size:103.00 MB
Publisher:Playdead
Version:1.0.3
Minimum software requirements:iOS 6.0 or later

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Adult Written bynilmer. June 10, 2015

LIMBO is my favorite game EVAR!

This game should be fine for most people with the gore filter on (which I do). If you don't, there are some kinda gross death scenes. Aside from that, the puzzles are very challenging and the game never gets old.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 13 years old Written byBlah222 October 26, 2014

a beautiful, atmospheric, and engaging game.

this game is great. the controls are easy and the puzzles brilliant. a few times after figuring out a tough part i physically smiled with satisfaction. but the game also has its fair share of disturbing bits such as one scene, you have to use a poison fungus-induced suicide victim's corpse as a boat. or when you're pursuing a pair of kids and find one dead by way of one of the other's blowgun. one part that stands out in my mind as especially creepy is when your character walks into a area filled with tree houses and elaborate ladder systems, oh, and lots of hanging children's corpses in boxes, obviously murdered by the children at the camp. the murderous kids try to kill your character, and will probably do so many times (with a nice spurt of black blood) before the puzzle is solved. however, every person is a minimalist black silhouette so none of the violence is too graphic. but there is no language (well, no words at all, actually) or anything else inappropriate for mature 12+ kids.
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Easy to play/use
Too much violence

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