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WeView Verdict: Limbo

Not for arachnophobics.

After last week’s split decision on F1 2011, I wondered if Limbo might have the same outcome. Even before the article had been published I had a few people criticising the game on Twitter, and my initial thoughts were that it would get utterly taken apart by the community. Given that I felt Limbo was pretty unique and enjoyable this would have surprised me, but such is the way with WeView sometimes.

It would seem that fear was misguided though, as there doesn’t seem to be anyone who hated the game. In fact most of you enjoyed the simple art and cunning puzzles, with Bunimomike calling it a “refreshing change to most games out there” and praising the “film noir style visuals”.


Ah! Giant spider!
Bunimomike’s level of praise wasn’t enough for Eldave0, who said it was an “Excellent game and still probably one of my favourite downloadable titles.” He went on to praise the “striking visuals and great puzzles,” before concluding that, “this is the sort of the game you will want to keep playing, which is a shame as it’s only a couple of hours long.”

The length actually seemed to be an issue for many of you, with Ico saying it was “over too soon and didn’t fill me up” and our own Tuffcub  complaining that it “way overpriced for the length”. Even Eldaveo’s praised was tempered by him saying it wasn’t really worth £10. I can certainly see where those complaints come from. Whilst at it’s current length the game feels nicely paced, a little more could have been good if the quality had been retained.

DrNate86 took a different view of the game’s length, complaining about the split in settings that the game utilises. He starts by praising the game’s opening, saying “The beginning is phenomenal, a lonely journey punctuated with memorable encounters,” and called the puzzles “ingenious”, as well as complementing the trial and error gameplay. However, he became disappointed with the game once it moved away from the jungle, stating that “it becomes a soulless puzzler, without any other distractions through a generic industrial landscape.”

For our final thoughts on the game, lets turn to aycizzle. They, reasonably, start by commenting on the game’s lack of replayability.  However, they then go onto say that “every time a mate has been at my house and they’ve started playing it, it almost always results in having to complete the whole game in a single siting! Testament to how good this game actually is.” I don’t think you can really ask more from a game than that.

As we do at this point every week it’s time to count up your verdicts of the game. Sitting at the bottom this week, with just one of you selecting this as your verdict, is Rent It. However, after that it seems we come to a tie again; both Bargain Bin It and Buy It picked up four votes each. Of course, this does make the game pretty easy to recommend, unlike last week’s split in opinion. Limbo’s certainly worth picking up, but if you’re uncertain on the length it might be best waiting until it’s on sale.

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11 Comments
  1. bunimomike
    Member
    Since: Jul 2009

    Lovely to see it being so warmly received. It deserved to do very well and has hopefully earnt the devs enough money to keep on ploughing into new ventures. Good on them and long may it continue. Life becomes busier (somehow) and these little bite-sized delights are utterly wonderful.

    Comment posted on 05/03/2012 at 12:28.
  2. nemesisND1derboy
    Member
    Since: Apr 2010

    I’m curious to know who actually said rent it, since it’s downloadable and can’t be rented…

    Heh.

    Comment posted on 05/03/2012 at 13:14.
  3. cc_star
    Team TSA: Writer
    Since: Forever

    Bah, Limbo reminds me of a cool kid at school who knew he was cool and screamed out about how cool he was all the time.
    Some neat ideas in the game, but it’s all about style over substance for me.
    Bargain bin it.

    Comment posted on 05/03/2012 at 13:14.
    • bunimomike
      Member
      Since: Jul 2009

      Were you born looking like Scrooge? :P

      Comment posted on 05/03/2012 at 13:16.
      • aerobes
        Member
        Since: Aug 2009

        I thought he was far too generous.

        Comment posted on 05/03/2012 at 19:24.
      • mugsybalone
        Member
        Since: Aug 2008

        Having discussed this at some length with Aerobes on PSN, I’d say CC was about right too!

        Comment posted on 06/03/2012 at 09:03.
  4. uncharted86
    Member
    Since: Jan 2012

    Yay for Danish developers :D

    Comment posted on 05/03/2012 at 14:02.
  5. DrNate86
    Member
    Since: Apr 2010

    I think that is a fair representation. It is certainly worth a purchase, but possibly not for the full price. I would love to see a spiritual sequel though, with the issues of the first addressed.

    Comment posted on 05/03/2012 at 14:17.
  6. wuntunzee
    Member
    Since: Dec 2008

    I would happily pay £10 to play this game for the first time, again. As an experience, it’s unique.

    Comment posted on 05/03/2012 at 14:19.
  7. gaffers101
    Member
    Since: Oct 2008

    I played the trial but never got round to buying the full version. I think a Vita version would be great.

    Comment posted on 05/03/2012 at 15:34.
    • Plambey
      Member
      Since: Nov 2009

      for me, the game was best played at night with the volume up loud and all the lights off, i think if it was transfered to vita it would just become another puzzler, while on a big tv, its an engagin story in a dark fairytale

      Comment posted on 06/03/2012 at 00:43.

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