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Inside Review

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Posted: 16 months ago, last updated 4 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Inside 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.

DetailsGame Details


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

Price: Free-to-start

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Developer: @Playdead


Duration: This game will take between 8 hours and 13 hours to complete.
Players: This is a single player game.


This game is free to start playing, but requires payment to continue at some point. 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.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

This game has been rated ESRB MATURE 17+.


This game is rated PEGI 18 with depictions of strong violence against vulnerable and defenceless characters. The examiners report expands this rating with the following: 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.


Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games. iOS has a very extensive suite of accessibility settings including ways to navigate with voice and comprehensive screen reading, though most of the features don't work with games... read more about system accessibility settings.

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