Finally us Mac users can have all the eerie platforming, puzzle solving fun that their Microsoft brethren have experiencing for months. Was Limbo worth the wait? Well, let’s find out shall we?
In Limbo you play as a boy who wakes up in the middle of a dark, dank forest as he heads out to find his lost sister. Between the boy and his sister lies a treacherous path of puzzles, bear traps, giant spiders, drowning hazards, brain drilling glow worms and crushing pistons set within an eerie forest and (mostly) abandoned city. Limbo is a 2D puzzle platformer, so controls are pretty simple. The boy can move left, right, climb, jump and push and pull objects to survive the many obstacles that lie before him. The controls work well although they are not the most responsive: not bad mind you, just a wee bit sluggish. The keyboard layout cannot be remapped but you do have the option to use a controller to navigate, which works well.
The game makes use of numerous, diabolical puzzles to progress through levels and for the most part they are well thought out and designed. You will die a whole lot during this game. The main character will be crushed, drowned, stabbed, electrocuted and horribly mutilated numerous times before reaching the end scene, which comes almost too quickly — most gamers will be able to finish the game in two or three sittings.
Graphics in Limbo
Graphics are one of the most striking parts of Limbo, and I agree that they are among the most beautiful to ever grace an LCD screen. The dark 2 dimensional monochrome visuals convey a level of dread that few games have reached. A luminous haze providing the only light in dank, cavernous expanses. Water is beautifully rendered as are the in game characters and objects. Dust kicks up under the boy’s heels as he runs across barren wastes, jumps across chasms and slides down cavern walls. Feathers flutter from a startled crow as he flies away from the young protagonist. The attention to detail is amazing. Backgrounds convey a gloomy sense of scale and emptiness. The excellent character physics on display here make every death a gory and sometimes humorous event. Game performance is completely smooth on my Macbook Air so I assume most modern Macs will be able to run Limbo with no trouble.
Sound is an equally excellent affair. In the forest, footsteps are soft and muted, while in the cities and caves footfalls are loud and echo through the air. The eerie silence of the forest is broken by the rare unexplained animal call while machinery roars to life in loud, vacant factories. Like many games of this type, Limbo is best experienced in a darkened room with a good pair of headphones.
Limbo is more than just a game, it is a true emotional experience. There are few offerings in the Mac App Store that pack in as much value as Limbo does, especially in the sub twenty dollar price range.
Price: $9.99 (£6.99)
Description: A Haunting Side-Scrolling Platformer
Pros: Possibly the most hauntingly beautiful game ever, nice puzzles
Cons: Maybe a little short.