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  • Last update: 2 years ago
  • Version: 1.0.4
  • Size: 1339.5MB
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
  • Author: Playdead
  • Languages: English
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Playdead’s INSIDE: Darker Than Limbo Review

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Playdead’s INSIDE is a grimdark platformer, reminding of its previous work, the famous Limbo. With your character, a strange colorful boy in a greyscale hostile world, you go through and through. Download Playdead’s INSIDE for iOS, Xbox One, PS4, or Windows, and experience how tragic games can be!

Graphics 5/5

It’s even impossible to realize that, in fact, it’s a 2D game. The backgrounds are alive, with moving forests, cars riding around, armed guards and watchdogs coming out of it to pursue you. Headlights slice the night, trees move mysteriously in the forest, broken rusty hardware is scattered around, and it all looks like a concentration camp you escape towards even darker darkness. Wait for the night to come, turn off the lights, shut your windows, and put on your best headphones.

Gameplay 5/5

In a post-apocalyptic world, a boy escapes a grim land, guarded by armed men and dogs. There is little light, and it’s mostly dead and artificial. There are many dangers, and each one leaves you no chance when you get caught. Each death only lasts seconds but is shown in such a chilling detail… After your character dies, you restart the game from the last control point you have reached.

But the intro is just a beginning. The world full of zombies awaits. You suddenly find that your character can control the zombies, and then the game starts sending you to situations of moral choice. Will you become a zombie master? Are you ready to be a part of the most terrible creature in this world? What do you hope to do to those who created this world?

There are more questions than answers. The developers, though, never promised they would reveal everything. Inside is a game full of mystery, and it bonds it with Limbo, along with the dark depressive atmosphere.

Controls 4/5

In the mobile version of the game, you only operate with swipes to make your character do anything. No matter if you run right or left, jump up, leap down, climb hills, push objects, pull objects, or just go – you just swipe until you get it. Later, as your control goes beyond your own self, the controls got a bit richer, but not so much. They seem more logical on PC and consoles, so many players are disappointed with the iOS version in terms of controls.

Replay Value 4/5

Platformers and adventure games at all are not meant to be replayed unless they have multiple endings. Playdead’s Inside does. But the main reason to replay it is its atmosphere, so elaborate, so darkly enchanting, that you just want to relive it. There is a stranger wish you may feel: the ways the character dies are so strangely attractive that you want to see all of them.

The Bottom Line

Playdead’s Inferno is one of the best platformers of the 2010s. A decent successor to Limbo, it enhances the atmosphere, keeping its dark, post-apocalyptic atmosphere. If you loved Limbo, you will probably love Inside.

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If you liked that dark mystery and the gameplay of Limbo, you won’t regret it if you download Playdead’s Inside and give it some time.

Pros : Beautiful nightmare visuals;
Mysterious story;
Inventive gameplay required;
Free level to try.

Cons : Controls in the mobile version are not to anyone’s liking;
The deaths are too natural.

Graphics 5

Gameplay 5

Controls 4

Replay Value 4

Average : 4.5


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