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24 Great Games Like Limbo

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.

Unfortunately, Limbo is not available on Mac, PC, PS5, Switch or Xbox Series X|S. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme, and at a lower age rating:

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

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

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

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

Costs: Purchase cost

The Pedestrian

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 29/01/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

The Pedestrian is a puzzle game where you control a stick man navigating a series of road signs around a virtual city. It sounds a little odd and quite simple, but by layering its interconnected sign-based puzzles it creates an experience that is both...


Stray

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

Stray is a game about a cat lost in a futuristic city where robots live. YOu guide your feline friend in and out of buildings, across roads and generally poke your nose in to see what is going on.


Hot Lava

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 19/09/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Action, Open World, Platform and Simulation

Developer: @klei

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Hot Lava is a running and jumping game where you mustn't touch the floor because it's covered in lava. It takes the childhood playground game online as you work to cross nostalgia-filled maps on your own or with other players


Qomp

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 15/11/2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @WombatStuff

Players: This is a single player game

Qomp is a bat and ball game with a difference. You control the ball rather than the bat. Trapped in between paddles for decades, you finally escape and start an adventure through a maze of dungeons.


QWOP

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 21/12/2010

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Simulation and Sports

Players: This is a single player game

QWOP is a sports game with a difference. You have to control each limb of your virtual athlete. This changes it from a challenge of hitting buttons to using the touch screen or keyboard to deftly co-ordinate movement to gain forward motion. It's really...


Hue

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 30/08/2016

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

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

Hue is a puzzle game where you run and jump through platforms. You explore a grey land while searching for your missing mother. The novelty is in the coloured pieces you uncover, which when matched against obstacles will cause them to disappear,...


She and the Light Bearer

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 17/01/2019, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Adventure and Puzzle

Developer: @MojikenStudio

Players: This is a single player game

She and the Light Bearer is a point-and-click adventure game with hand-drawn visuals, where you find and interact with items to solve puzzles and advance through its narrative. It’s accompanied by an instrumental acoustic soundtrack that reveals a new...


Hey! Pikmin

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 28/07/2017

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS|3DS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @NintendoUK

Players: This is a single player game

Hey! Pikmin is a spinoff game from the Pikmin series. In this game Captain Olimar crash lands on a planet and needs to find fuel to escape, leading a group of Pikmin through 2D side scrolling levels collecting the Sparklium. Players enter a level and...


Gris

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 06/10/2019

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Players: This is a single player game

Gris is a platform game where you guide a young girl through a crumbling world. Through beautiful metaphoric landscapes and soaring music, the game touches on emotions of loss and longing but doesn’t resolve to a firm narrative. Although not hugely...


Child of Light

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 30/04/2014

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative and Platform

Players: This is a single player game

Child of Light is a platform game presented like a fairy tale, where you play a young girl, Aurora, on a quest to save her kingdom from the darkness. Battle encounters break up the adventure and power up your character. To finally make it home, you must...


Shadow Puppeteer

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 29/09/2014, updated in 2016

Platforms: Nintendo Wii U and PC

Genres: Adventure and Platform

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

In Shadow Puppeteer one player controls a shadow and the other player controls the main character. Their task is to help each other progress through a series of platform levels to recover stolen shadows from their hometown.


Fractured Minds

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 14/11/2019

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

Fractured Minds is a short game that explores the implications of living with mental illness. You explore everyday spaces that behave in strange and sometimes disturbing ways. To progress, you need to solve some simple puzzles.


Canabalt

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 31/08/2009

Platforms: Android, PC, PlayStation Portable and iOS

Genres: Action and Platform

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Canabalt is a side-on running game where you press jump at the right time to keep a small character from falling off buildings or crashing into things. With minimalist visuals, you play the small suited man fleeing from an unknown threat. As the game...


The Swapper

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 30/05/2013, updated in 2019

Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Developer: @FacePalmGames

Players: This is a single player game

The Swapper is a platform-adventure where you explore a damaged space station to collect orbs that open doors into other areas. Unusually, you can clone your character multiple times and then control it to help you solve puzzles and progress in various...


Nidhogg

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 12/09/2014, updated in 2014

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita

Genres: Action, Fighting, Rhythm and Shooting

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online

Nidhogg is a fast two-player duelling game whose simple visuals belie the skill required to defeat your opponent. The novelty is that upon death you reappear in the next screen. The player to advance through the most screens wins.


Another World

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 30/11/2019

Platforms: Android, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Platform

Players: This is a single player game

Another World (Out of This World in North America) is a retro cinematic running, jumping and shooting game about a young scientist who, as a result of a failed experiment finds himself on a dangerous alien world where he is forced to fight for his...


Flashback

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 01/10/2013, updated in 2018

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Players: This is a single player game

Flashback is a running and jumping game with a strong narrative. Made in the 90s it's similar to Another World and Prince of Persia.


Never Alone

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 18/12/2014

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Developer: @NeverAloneGame

Players: This is a single player game

Never Alone is a running, jumping and exploring game based on the traditional Iñupiaq tale, "Kunuuksaayuka". You swap between controlling an Iñupiaq girl named Nuna and her Arctic fox companion as you complete puzzles and move the story forwards.


Inmost

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 11/10/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Developer: @HLGteam

Players: This is a single player game

Inmost is a running and jumping game with a strong emotional and atmospheric narrative. You uncover a dark and interconnected tale of three playable characters, each with their own unique gameplay styles. An adventurous young girl uncovering the past of...


Undertale

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 15/09/2015

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita

Genres: Adventure, Role-Playing and Turn-Based

Developer: @TobyFox

Players: This is a single player game

Undertale is a 2D adventure game where you don't have to kill anyone. Providing you unique ways to avoid combat from dancing with a slime to whispering your deepest secret to a knight. However, you could just ignore this option and rain destruction...


Unto The End

Expected Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 09/12/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Fighting, Narrative, Role-Playing and Simulation

Developer: @2TonStudios

Players: This is a single player game

Unto The End is a cinematic combat-adventure where the fighting is modelled in a read-and-react style. It requires time to master the unusual system but offers many ways to take on foes. Tactics and intelligent decisions are as important for survival as...


Phasmophobia

Expected Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 18/09/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action and Puzzle

Developer: @KineticGame

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Phasmophobia (Phasmophobia VR) a horror survival game where you and your team investigate paranormal activity. It focuses on creating a realistic world built to get your heart racing, through the interactive ghost hunting equipment and teamwork.


Inside

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

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

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Players: This is a single player game

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.


Deadlight

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 10/07/2012, updated in 2013

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative and Platform

Developer: @TequilaWorks

Players: This is a single player game

Deadlight takes the monochrome running, jumping and shooting action in a more mature direction and with a deeper and coherent story. It draws on older (and equally excellent) platform games Another World and Flashback. You control Randall Wayne, a...


Limbo is in These Lists

In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Limbo in the following lists:

Matinee Fisticuffs and Shootouts

Sometimes you just want to play the hero. These games are violent and include shooting but, as with B-movies and 1980s TV series, it’s as much about the quips, characters and fantasy settings as it is about killing. The drama may be peppered with cinematic gunfire but, like those TV series, the real draw is spending time with the heroes every week.
 

Free With PlayStation Now

PlayStation Now is a subscription service that provides hundreds of PS2, PS3 and PS4 games to play on demand. The games are streamed to your PS4, or Windows PC like a Netflix film but with interactions. Because of this you need a fast internet connection of about 5Mbps. Additionally, PlayStation Now also lets you download some PlayStation 4 games to play locally on your system without streaming.
  • PlayStation Now costs £8.99/month
PlayStation Plus is the other subscription service and is required for most online games. It also offers discounted and a two free games each month. It also grants discounts on games, add-ons and pre-orders. PlayStation Plus also enables you to backup your progress to the cloud.
  • PlayStation Plus costs £6.99/month
With PlayStation Plus you can also share your games in more ways with friends and family:
  • Screen Share – Let's someone in another place watch your game on their PlayStation. PlayStation Plus is not required for either party
  • Pass the Controller – Let's someone in another place take turns on a game you own, without owning the game themselves. PlayStation Plus is required for the host, but not for the guest
  • Playing Together – Let's you play local co-op or split screen games with someone in another place who has a PlayStation. PlayStation Plus is required for both players

 

Interpret Deeper Meaning

Image 159The 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.

These are two publications for Christian audiences, that have invited me to shed light on what a range of video games might mean for those communities. I aim to make connections with faith, the bible and the experience of these video games. This is one way to interpret them which of course invites further and possibly counter interpretations from other perspectives.

YCW articles:
Firewatch | Everything | Bury Me My Love | Abzu | Wilmot's Warehouse

Thirdway Articles:
Proteus | Joust | Uncharted 3 | Alan Wake | This War of Mine | Journey | Limbo | Spaceteam | A Dark Room | Altos Adventure | A Year Walk | Bioshock Infinite | The Last of Us | Disney Infinity | Everybody's Gone to the Rapture | That Dragon Cancer | Spec Ops The Line | Papo and Yo
 

Free With Origin Access

Origin Access is a subscription service for PC, smartphones and tablets, offering access to games include all those published by EA.
  • Basic (£3.99/Month) grants access to games but not other in-game purchases. Very new games are sometimes restricted to a demo.
  • Advance (£14.99/Month) grants access to even the newest EA games and includes in-game purchases.

 

Free With Google Play Pass

Google Play Pass is an alternative way to access video games on your Android smartphone or tablet device. Currently available in the US, it offers over 350 apps and games. Of these, there are around 100 or so games, that are selected to be family-friendly.
  • Gives access to a curated catalogue of premium apps and games.
  • No ads or in-app purchases.
  • Share access with up to 6 total family members.

 

Play The Seasons: Get Lost in Bleak Winter Tales

Video games create spaces for us to go and play. These spaces are sometimes an escape from the real world. Equally, games can help us revel and celebrate the real world.

This is a list of game that take us into the long dark months. Shorter days and long nights speak of hibernation and survival. Snow and bare branches suggest that all life has left forever.

Whether they task us with resisting this or getting lost in the dark folds of winter, games of this month are a valuable reminder that life continues (often unseen) where it seems almost impossible. With the faintest foolish hope of a tiny bud read for spring.

Here are our lists of games that invite you into different seasons:
 


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