Limbo

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Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Released: June 2013, updated in 2015. Added to this library 4 months ago, last updated 10 weeks ago.

Overview

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.

 
This game is good if you want to muse on deep topics or take on baddies with fists and guns.

Commitment

Duration: This game will take between 4 hours and 8 hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

Costs

Does not include in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

This game is free with PlayStation Now. This game is free with Origin Access. This game is free on Android, including any in-game purchases and without adverts, on Google Play Pass.

Ratings

PEGI 16. Contains frequent moderate violence. The examiner's report expands this rating with the following: 2d arcade style violence which features depictions of decapitation and dismemberment.

This game has been rated ESRB TEEN.

Accessibility

System settings: The Wii U has some limited settings, such as disabling rumble and selecting mono audio. 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 wide range of system features including some that can be used on all games, like the excellent co-pilot mode... read more.


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Interpret Deeper Meaning

The games in this list have been the subject of a series of articles I have written about video games and faith. Firstly, from 2013-2015 for ThirdWay magazine, and more recently for Youth and Children's Work (YCW) magazine.

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