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Tuesday 12 December 2017

DVD reviews

Ronan Price

Ronan Price

limbo

iOS

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Hard as it may be to believe, Limbo finds black humour in the repeated death of a small boy.

Luckily, that boy is you and you'll laugh along with the many and varied gruesome ways he meets his end.

Impaled by a giant spider's leg, beheaded, or crushed in a bear trap – it's all in keeping with the macabre (but fun!) tone of this playful puzzle game.

Long before the deaths begin, you'll be captivated by the masterfully minimalist monochrome visuals, all moody silhouettes and foreboding shadows.

Even the storyline is shrouded in mystery, which is another way of saying you know little more than being compelled to traverse the landscape from left to right, dodging traps, solving light puzzles and evading the giant spider.

For a game that made its debut three years ago on Xbox Live, Limbo remains remarkably fresh, with the conversion to touchscreen controls perfectly judged.

It's a classic.

the jak & daxter collection

PS Vita

3 STARS

Owners of the PS Vita starved of fresh gaming may be tempted to pounce on this reheat of the much-loved platformer that, unbelievably, evolves into a GTA clone over the course of the series.

In terms of sheer value, you're getting three good games in one – with gameplay ranging from platforming to driving, and shooting. But, bizarrely, the PS Vita struggles to cope on a technical level with something that first ran smoothly on a PS2 almost 10 years ago.

return to castlerama

iPad

2 STARS

In case you haven't visited even the original Castlerama, I can save you the bother. A glacially-paced first-person medieval explorathon in the mould of the classic Myst, RtC attempts to marry luxurious graphics with a labyrinthine plot.

But it misses on almost all counts, spoiled by technical glitches and a real lack of anything meaningful to do. The cod mythology of the storyline fails to grab, but the greatest offence is the awkward controls compounded by the frustratingly languid speed of movement.

Irish Independent

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