Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Limbo review

Ah, love at first sight. That was exactly how the video game Limbo enthralled me. When first I laid eyes on its minimalist black and white art, my heart was all a-flutter. Here was a delicious game unlike any other about a boy who opens his beady glowing eyes in some kind of HELL. When I downloaded the demo and died my first fantastically violent death in Limbo, my heart swooned. This game was a 2D platformer, a puzzle game, and it featured children and violence to the extreme. Ahhh, l'amour... Then Limbo revealed its true beauty to me -- in the shape of a giant killer spider intent on devouring me. I knew I couldn't live without this game. I had to have it. So I bought it.

At $15 this game isn't cheap, and it's far too short to justify the price tag. (I solved it in two sittings. You can solve it in one.) But as an experience, Limbo is quite unique. You move seamlessly from puzzle to puzzle, sidescrolling your way past the killer spider, through bands of boys out to do you bodily harm, to mysterious and murderous machinery, as you try to escape Limbo. The puzzles are simple enough at the beginning, but viciously difficult towards the end. I'd like to say it was all smooth sailing, but after blindly lucking out on one of the last levels, I found that I had no clue what to do in the next one. As the level design would have it, I didn't learn something crucial because of dumb luck. Never mind, the Internet came to the rescue. 

Aside from this small failing, Limbo is a beautiful experience unlike any I've had in gaming, and yes, you murderous, dark and vicious game, I'm still in love.

You want brain-infesting slugs that turn you into a zombie? You got it.


~tHiAmErE~ said...

i am a gamer too... though i only use playstation as my platform from 1-3, but this game seems so intriguing...

it's nice to see a game that tends to break off from the traditional 3d, full graphics, & the likes. i guess that's why i feel in love with okami & viewtiful joe because they just seems different.

i still love those games with great graphics like final fantasy, i've also been a fan but it's just nice to see games like this emerge.

i have to try this game din... once i got the luxury of time to play.. i just have to finish the ones i started.

speaking of which, i am hoping & praying that somehow miraculously, fatal frame 4 will be available in ps3

The Third World Nerd said...

Fatal Frame! I love that game! Never solved it though. Too scared. Hahaha. But yeah, I doubt they'll make a PS3 version of that one...

dementedchris said...

Whoa, the screencaps are gorgeous. It reminds me of another puzzle game called Machinarium, although this one looks dark and delicious.

Jelly Bean said...

My guy loves this game too. He said each level can go to very difficult to impossible. Google did help him finishing the game. And yeah, it's too short. Hope there's a sequence.