This is a Sample Description I wrote for the RAWG website. Not a real review or a rant. I just wanted to get a job as a copywriter there, so I provided them with a small example of my work, and they said that it was too fancy for what they usually put out and called my services «overpriced.» Well, I’d hate to waste any piece of my writing like this, so I’ll just post it here.
LIMBO is a shadowy puzzle-platformer game developed and published by the Playdead studio. It’s a murky, silent adventure into the void of nightmares that will stay with you long after you finish the game. The plot is simple enough – a little boy tries to find something (or, rather, someone) in a strange land that is presumed to be the titular Limbo. Apparently, the areas he is traversing have the minds of their own, because they will stop at nothing to snuff his little life out, sending all manners of a hindrance, from giant spiders to mind-controlling maggots, to get in the boy’s way. Death is frequently imminent in this game, as your protagonist will have to go through various trial-and-error exercises before you figure out the way to deal with every particular obstacle. Be prepared to get squashed, impaled, eaten alive, and electrocuted several times during your first playthrough; be ready to see the boy’s lightbulb-shaped eyes go out over and over again.
Thanks to its unusual visual style and wordless storytelling, LIMBO has generated quite a cult following. One might say that it’s had a visible impact on the video game industry in general, as, time and again, yet another game developing company attempts to produce a platformer, similar to LIMBO in appearance and gameplay. One look at such titles as Ignatius (Sons of welder), Toby: The Secret Mine (Lukas Navratil), Albert & Otto (K Bros), Badland (Frogmind), and Nihilumbra (BeautiFun Games) will instantly tell you exactly where their developers looked for inspiration. It’s hard to blame them, though: LIMBO’s grim aesthetic does have a lot of coolness factor to it. Even after the release of its spiritual successor – Playdead’s second morbid adventure titled INSIDE – LIMBO still captivates the hearts of gamers and game creators alike.