App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Dark, violent but thought-provoking puzzle game.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 4 reviews

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Educational Value

LIMBO wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

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. 


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. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byPizza G. May 19, 2017

Beautiful film noir-esque platformer is also eerie and violent

Limbo is an astounding video game that combines dark, foreboding artwork and an atmospheric soundtrack with bloody and sometimes disturbing gameplay. Though you... Continue reading
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... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byChikinOnFrydai October 2, 2019

Very dark. Scariness depends on prior knowledge.

This game is eerily dark. On the surface, the game isn't very mature. There is a small amount of "blood" that spurts from the main protagonist wh... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byMrbro55 August 16, 2019


Get it, it will reaveal stuff.

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. 

Talk to your kids 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
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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