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Limbo for iOS review: A must-see artsy platformer

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The Good Limbo is incredibly engaging as you explore a creepy 2D side-scrolling world, with a unique artistic style, excellent touch controls, and fun puzzles to solve.

The Bad The game is too short, leaving you wanting more.

The Bottom Line This award-winning game is an excellent port to iOS, bringing the creepy storyline loved by console gamers to the touch screen.


8.6 Overall
  • Setup 9
  • Features 8
  • Interface 9
  • Performance 10

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Limbo for iOS is a spooky, and award-winning, indie puzzle-platformer, which first made its name on Xbox 360 and now is out for iOS. The touch-screen controls are spot on, making it a great purchase for any iOS device, but you might be left wanting more.

The storyline is both straightforward and mysterious, with only this line as an introduction from developer Playdead: "Uncertain of his sister's fate, a boy enters Limbo." That's all you have to go on at the beginning of the game, but through trial and error, you'll quickly learn the swipe controls that make you run, jump, and climb over obstacles. Much of the game follows this trial-by-fire theme, so expect to fail many times before you solve one of the game's many puzzles.

The world of Limbo
What's immediately striking about Limbo, as you explore a dark, black-and-white, 2D world, is the art style of using only silhouettes for your characters and the monsters you'll come across. The world is backlit with a foggy, blurry backdrop, but you're still able to make out the various traps and objects that block your path forward. Limbo, while a platformer, is a puzzle game that requires you to figure out the best way to continue on, so there are plenty of objects you'll need to move into place (such as a platform for example), then use to get further along in your journey. But it will often take several tries to get past a puzzle.

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