Most gamers, even the ones that are only remotely interested in indie titles, have probably heard about Limbo by now - the incredibly simplistic, yet elegantly crafted and enticing puzzle platformer that made ripples in the gaming community, back when it was first released in 2010.
The first platform that Limbo was available on was Xbox 360, however, its popularity encouraged developer Playdead to start porting it to other systems, so, over the years, the game slowly became available for PS 3, PS Vita, PC, Mac, Linux, SteamOS, and iOS. Unfortunately, there has been no Android version for all this time... well, until today, that is. Limbo is finally available on the Google Play store, with a price tag of Rs. 311.
For those who are not familiar with Limbo, it revolves around a little boy who is in search for his little sister and descends into Limbo. How he does this, what happened to his sister, and why exactly in limbo, is up for interpretation. The game is presented in a black and white color theme, while all objects and characters in the game are portrayed as silhouettes. A play with focus on the objects creates a feeling of depth and a well-crafted soundtrack helps the mind fill the gaps.
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The game's art-style is beautiful. It's a side-scrolling 2D perspective that represents itself with a very thin color palette - monotone. Black and white. Reminiscent of the old boob tubes from back in the 60s. It's this shadowy representation that adds to the game's mystique and atmosphere.
Don't let the main character a boy who looks 10 years old fool you: this game is not for the faint of heart, nor is it meant for children. It's brutally gruesome, unforgiving, and borderline disturbing. And it'll probably be the best you spend on an Android game this year. It's sitting right here in the Google Play Store so be sure to give it a go if you're looking for a great game to play in early 2015.