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Games Like Limbo - Other Atmospheric Platform Games
Games Like Limbo - Other Atmospheric Platform Games
Captivated by Limbo like I was? Try these games like Limbo that have a similar focus on platform gameplay and atmospheric adventure.
I have to admit that Limbo was one of my very first experiences with this sort of genre, before Limbo I had no idea games with this level of creepy actually existed. After being blown away by the emotions that Limbo created and the atmosphere I felt immersed in I started hunting for other games with similar themes and gameplay.
This was where my real adventure began as I played countless games that had come out both before and after Limbo. Some of them were good, some were bad and only a small handful were on the same level as Limbo. So which games reached this level in my opinion? Well you'll just have to scroll down further to find out.
If you can think of another game like Limbo that delivers a similar experience in theme, tone or style then I'd love to hear from you, the comment section at the bottom of the page is always open.
Contre Jour is a platform style game with great atmosphere that focuses on the physics side of gameplay. It's a great alternative to Limbo if you prefer to play on your phone with availability on iOS, Android and even Windows Phone.
In this game you'll get to explore a beautifully dark world as a blob known only as Petit. In order to move around the game world you'll have to manipulate the world around you which does gradually evolve from the start to end so it stays a fresh experience the whole way through.
Manipulating the environment is fun and works perfectly on your mobile device as it's done through touch, this sensation also combines brilliantly with the soundtrack that really takes the atmosphere up a whole level.
In terms of gameplay Contre Jour splits itself into five chapters that each have their own theme (fairly standard for this sort of game). This equals 100 levels of content and with several hundred items to collect there is also room for replay value to easily push the game time into double digits.
If you remember being young and losing your teddy then the quest in Finding Teddy will be familiar to you. In this game like Limbo you'll go on the ultimate hunt for your lost teddy bear that has been stolen by and monster.
Your adventure will span three lengthy chapters in a charming pixelated world. Along the way there is plenty of opportunity to get sidetracked as you experience side quests, riddles, puzzles and so much more. To make the whole experience harder you'll find no dialogue to support your adventure, something that will be very reminiscent of Machination if you've played that game.
You can choose to play Finding Teddy on a good number of platforms (PC, iOS and Android). I preferred to play the game on my computer since there are a few bonus goodies with the PC/Mac version and I think it really deserves to be played on a larger screen.
Something about Finding Teddy really connected with me and I have no doubt that other gamers (especially ones with teddy bears in their past) will have the same amazing experience that I had.
Nihilumbra is one of the more simple games like Limbo that I've chosen to feature here, I didn't find it challenging it was more of a relaxing experience and simply about enjoying the atmosphere rather than pushing your brain. I was lucky enough to get the game for free on my iPhone from a free promotional day the developer was running when the game first came out and I definitely count myself lucky!
After having lots of success on the iTunes store the game finally got a PC release. The developer did a good job of adding enough value when the game was moved to PC that I actually bought a copy to play on the computer and I couldn't have been happier. With new graphics, a voice over, an art gallery and plenty of usability improvements to take it from a great iOS experience to a fully fledged computer game.
The game centres around you, a dark creature known only as Born who was crated from The Void but it wants you back. You'll use your platform and puzzle solving skills to stay one step ahead of The Void and keep your independence. Along the way you'll unravel more about the story and it's told in a very interesting way hat really captivated me.
Nihilumbra is dark, it's got puzzles and the platform elements it needs to be classed as a Limbo like experience and it's one that you'll no doubt love.
Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet
Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet is definitely one of the more quirky games like Limbo that I've played. It's a 2D adventure in a mostly dark world and it's quite possibly the most bizarre game I've ever experienced with some truly strange creatures in the game.
Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet has platform elements but it is definitely more focused on the puzzle side of gameplay with some truly tough puzzles that I had to go away from and have several tries at before getting through them. This wasn't a frustrating experience though and I think for people with more puzzle experience they won't even bat an eyelid at the puzzles I got stuck at.
The story in the game doesn't really come together as much as it could, if you're the sort of person that is solely looking for games like Limbo that offer a strong story or narrative you'll want to look elsewhere. Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet is definitely the sort of game that focuses on the visuals and the gameplay and won't bog you down with a story.
The game is going to be a hit or miss depending on what elements of games you enjoy, for me it fitted nicely into what I was after but some of my friends definitely haven't gotten the same experience from it.
Lunnye Devitsy is based on a unique idea, you're an alien who has fallen from his home (the moon) and you're looking to get back. With the ability to jump and dash around the game world it is up to you to discover the multiple ways back up to the moon. It's definitely a unique adventure with an atmosphere and visual representation that has a very obvious Limbo vibe to it.
The game is a very relaxing experience and challenges you to find the six different ways to get back home (with a special seventh way). I was only able to find the first four of these ways and I could probably get another 10 or so hours from hunting for the other ones but while Lunnye Devitsy is great it does tend to get tedious after a certain point. I think that realising you've reached that point and stopping is important to the overall enjoyment of the game rather than pushing through it reluctantly just to get all the endings.
The price tag of the game also reflects this with a low price that does make it possible to purchase the game just to enjoy for an afternoon or two if you are so inclined.
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