The 20 cult video games you need to play before you die

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Limbo

Limbo is a puzzle-platformer from Playdead for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, and PC. Its black-and-white theme and lack of dialogue resonate similar to rich film noir. Its artwork speaks of German Expressionism and it is gorgeous.

The darkness hides loads of hazards such as:

  • lethal bear traps on the forest floor
  • deadly monsters hiding in the shadows... giant spiders!!
  • glow worms: they attach themselves to the boy's head forcing him to travel in only one direction (I'll let you solve this on your own)

The second half features mechanical puzzles and traps that use machinery, electromagnets, and gravity. There is no dialogue or instruction, just the ambient eerie setting in which you must explore while using critical thinking in order to advance. Love it!

Why you should play this

Limbo is intuitive and creative; cold, lonely, and stark. The nameless boy's journey provide a breathtaking experience. The stunning artwork and physics system lend itself to its maze of masterfully crafted puzzles that make every mistake a brutal consequence.

Simply put... it is a perfect and emotionally moving game.

Published Aug. 16th 2015
  • KonstantinMKD
    Contributor
    Bonus points for Psychonauts!!!
  • Pierre Fouquet
    Featured Correspondent
    A good list of games, however I wouldn't say Portal, Limbo or Amnesia are cult. Cult is generally something which wasn't loved at the time, but had some die hard fans. After some time all people love it (well a lot of people). Think Labyrinth or The Crow.

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