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Inside (2016) is from the same developer as Limbo. As such, you play another boy in a dark dream-light and horrific world. Here though, it's more modern-day and realistic.

Running, jumping, swimming and interacting your way through the environments is no easy task. But it is the setting and visual back-story that really steals the show. In part dystopian future, and in part run-away corporation, the people and places you encounter tell a story. As you plough on through offices and laboratories, the boy sees scientists observing a large spherical chamber.

At times it involves more time-based interactions, which can trip up new players, but as with Limbo it offers a unique narrative experience that requires the player to interpret the often emotive scenes and scenarios they are thrown into.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Inside 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 11 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Narrative and Traversal game with Action, Adventure, Platform and Stealth elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 8 hours and 13 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game is rated PEGI 18 with depictions of strong violence against vulnerable and defenceless characters. The game features violence against a vulnerable and defenceless character and depictions of strong violence. It focuses on a child-like character, who often meets many gruesome ends, such as being sucked through a fan and being bisected/disembowelled, or falling from a great height and being impaled on a spike. Acts of violence against the protagonist also include adult characters spotting, sitting on top of and strangling him, or him being mauled by dogs. Violence may be accompanied by red blood splatters.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Mature (M) for Mature Themes, Violence.

Skill Level

14+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Although generally not too challenging, there are moments that require real perseverance and pixel perfect timing.

CostsCosts

Inside usually costs £16.99.
 

Inside

There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
 
You can start the game for free on iOS and Anroid, but soon need to pay with in-game purchase for the full experience. 
 
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.
 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 29/06/2016, updated in 2018

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Narrative, Traversal (Action, Adventure, Platform and Stealth)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On

Developer: Playdead (@Playdead)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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