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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Limbo (2013) is a narrative traversal game where you control a small boy as he runs, jumps and climbs through a dark, silhouetted forest that clanks and hums with foreboding. As the age rating suggests, he is killed in all manner of gruesome ways. But this is not without reason. Rather than violent indulgence, the repeated downfall of the child builds a protective relationship between the player and their charge. He needs protection, but he also needs meaning. His willing march into the unknown at your command shows great courage and the need to reach his sister.

The wordless interactions with the boy create a powerful parental relationship to get him where he needs to be, whether that’s to safety or being reunited with his own family.

Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Limbo 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 6 months ago.
Kids not old enough for this yet? There are lots of games similar to Limbo. Here are some similar younger-rated games:

Play StylePlay Style

This is a Narrative and Traversal game with Brain Game, Platform, Puzzle and Stealth elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 4 hours and 8 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for frequent moderate violence. 2D arcade-style violence which features depictions of decapitation and dismemberment.

Skill Level

12+ 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. There is some tightly timed platforming jumps and puzzles. You need resilience for when you die (which is often). Also, some lateral thinking is important.

CostsCosts

Limbo usually costs £7.99 to £8.99.
 

Limbo

XBox Store Xbox One £7.99 Free

Xbox Game Pass

PlayStation Store PS4 £7.99 Free

PS Plus Premium

Steam Store PC £8.99 Free

EA Play Pro

Switch Store Switch £8.99
Steam Store Mac £8.99
Android Store Android Free Free

Google Play Pass

PlayStation Store PS5 Free Free

PS Plus Premium

PlayStation Store PC Free Free

PS Plus Premium

There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 05/06/2013, updated in 2015

Out Now: Android, PS Vita, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox One and iOS

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Narrative, Traversal (Brain Game, Platform, Puzzle and Stealth)

Accessibility: 13 features

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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