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Limbo - Game of the Week

The 2D puzzle platformer Limbo by Playdead is my Game of the Week.

Overview

Uncertain of his sister's fate, a boy enters LIMBO.


Gameplay

You control a little boy who's woken up in a forest, you must find a way out and avoid many environmental problems while solving 2D puzzles. It gives you no help concerning dialogue or explanation, you'll have to embark on a mystery and solve it as you go.


It's a trial and error puzzle game, by this I mean a lot of discovering the solution you'll spend just killing yourself or failing to test a solution. Many of these challenges require you to listen carefully to the astonishing sound effects to give you a clue of how to pass them.


The games split into two halves although not stated you can tell by the environments. The second of which is much crueller concerning its puzzles and the extreme ways in which you can fail them.


Style

Black and White, through and through. It works perfectly.

Final Thoughts

It's chilling, atmospheric and leaves you feeling emotionally connected in parts. Sadly it does feel like it just ends all of a sudden with no real build up to it but for sure a clever little platformer you won't mind.


Steam - Minimum System Requirements

OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7

Processor: 2 GHz

Memory: 512MB

Hard Disk Space: 150MB

Video Card: 5 years or younger. Integrated graphics and very low budget cards may not work. Shader Model 3.0 required

DirectX®: 9.0c