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POSTED 31/7/10


LIMBO

Playdead
Xbox 360/XBLA (also on PS3/PSN, PC)

XBLA and the PSN are ace. Not only do they offer affordable games, theyíre the habitat of something thatís gradually been going AWOL in a world of development teams akin to armies: originality.

Sure, some of the games by committee we get are ace, but pop together a small, dedicated team with a distinct vision and the results can amaze Ė as perfectly demonstrated by Limbo, our new favourite thing (at least for this week Ė we are a tad flibbertigibbety...)

Itís kinda like an emo version of A Boy and His Blob, but without the blob (WAAAAAAH! We want our blob!!! Weíre gonna crank My Chemical Romance and cut ourselves now!!!), mixed with classic 1920s and 1930s black and white Alfred Hitchcock flicks. Limbo looks like nothing else weíve seen games-wise, but thereís more to it than just prettiness.

Youíre thrown into Limboís austere world with no instructions, and no story (unless you look up the promotional blurb, which mentions some uncertainty about your sisterís fate). You can move, jump and thereís an action button for pulling and pushing some things Ė thatís it. No scoring, no cutscenes, just gaming. Itís platformer meets puzzler, with some absolute head scratchers, and more red herrings than a Miss Marple marathon with Chewbacca guest starring. It can frustrate, but when you nail that puzzle thatís killed you several times over, you and your brain will let loose a satisfied little 'aah!'.

Macabre, enrapturing, gruesome, diabolical and frustrating are just some of the adjectives that flitted through our bonce whilst playing Limbo. Support this now Ė not because itís from an indie, but because itís one of the best games in yonks.

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