Limbo is a puzzle-platform video game and the premiere title of
independent Danish game developer Playdead. The game was released in
July 2010 as a platform exclusive title on Xbox Live Arcade, and was
later ported to the PlayStation Network and Microsoft Windows via Steam.
Limbo is a 2D sidescroller, incorporating the physics system Box2D to
govern environmental objects and the player character. The player guides
an unnamed boy through dangerous environments and traps as the boy
searches for his sister. The developer built the game's puzzles
expecting the player to fail before finding the correct solution.
Playdead called the style of play "trial and death", and used visually
gruesome imagery for the boy's deaths to steer the player from
unworkable solutions. The game is presented primarily in monochromatic
black-and-white tones, using lighting, film grain effects and minimal
ambient sounds to create an eerie atmosphere often associated with the
horror genre. Limbo received positive reviews, but its minimal story
polarised critics. A common point of criticism from reviewers was that
the high cost of the game relative to its short length might deter
players from purchasing the title. The title was the third-highest
selling game on the Xbox Live Arcade service in 2010, generating around
$7.5 million in revenue. The title won several awards from industry
groups after its release, and was named as one of the top games for 2010
by several publications.
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