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The End of Limbo **SPOILER ALERT**

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So I finally got around to finishing off Limbo and I was really surprised with the end. I guess the game got its last little trick on me right at the end, which is what I'd like to discuss and hear your thoughts on.

So going into the game you know you're a young man who wakes up in this bizarre and dangerous world. You start looking for your sister. In the process you go through some pretty intense puzzle solving and platforming.

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So throughout the game you're constantly pushed into re-evaluating your first notions on many puzzles and re-thinking how the mechanics work. For example,  at one point early in the game you step on a button and it does what you expect. Less than a minute later a similar button in the same situation ends up killing you if you act according to the first button's mechanics.

So at the end of the game you're launched through a wall, head first and knocked unconscious. When your player wakes up again I instantly thought "Brilliant!!! This is the exact beginning of the game! That's why they call it Limbo! (One of the many definitions of "limbo" is 'a place or state of imprisonment or confinement'). Surely enough, the game had tricked me one final time as your player soon after walks up behind a young girl before the screen goes black.

The end might be a hint at a co-op oriented sequel.

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I'm just curious... Did anyone else pick up on this? Perhaps I'm just reading into things too much but I thought it was a brilliant touch and acted as a great final "screw you" to the player's thoughts. Also, what are your thoughts on why the game was called Limbo? Do you believe it's just to describe the solitary and imprisoned nature of the game or do you have another interpretation?



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In the end, his sister and him reached a ladder they couldn't climb. They were stuck.

Perhaps I'll go into this more later when my brain wakes up, I just got up a few minutes ago and I'm still sleepy. :P



wfz said:
In the end, his sister and him reached a ladder they couldn't climb. They were stuck. 


I actually forgot to include what I thought that meant. Thanks for the reminder... Added a sentence to the spoilers above!



Did I post in the "In Limbo" sub-section of the forums or something?



Just finished the game today .. Amazing

I think the boy was dead all along , he was going thought his life once more , the moment when he breaks through the glass at the end is like re-living the moment of his actual death , when he came to his sister she didn't turn around, she only felt his presence but he wasn't really there ... I think she was burying his body.

He is also the only one who has glowing eyes, the only one dead, the others were memories or visions , boys who tried to hurt him in his life maybe !



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I though that he had arrived at his starting point too, and I thought that was a much more poignant and moving ending - he will be struggling forever to find his sister. With only vague memories of the journey he has undertaken, he will keep going.

After that, I found the actual ending quite rubbish. "Oh, he found his sister. Everyone is happy. The End."



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Nah, I never thought that, these were my thoughts:

The boy has worked his way through a death maze, with puzzle after puzzle killing him over and over again. When he smashes through the glass at the end with the slow-mo effect I thought he was actually dead (takes a while to wake up) and I too thought 'wow, what a brilliant ending', not because I thought he'd come full circle like you, but because I thought he had actually, finally died; one final death in a game full of them.

It would've highlighted the utter futility of his quest and would've been so fitting and uncompromising for him to have died right at the end given all that he had gone through. At that point, after having died so many times, I thought that they'd made the perfect, shocking ending. But then, of course, he wakes up and finds the girl, which was really disappointing for me.



Kantor said:
I though that he had arrived at his starting point too, and I thought that was a much more poignant and moving ending - he will be struggling forever to find his sister. With only vague memories of the journey he has undertaken, he will keep going.

After that, I found the actual ending quite rubbish. "Oh, he found his sister. Everyone is happy. The End."

Agreed on that being the more effective and home-hitting ending. But it seems even his encounter with the girl (his sister?) leaves many questions and is open to interpretation as shown in this thread. I think the brilliance of the end has been overlooked just by reading through peoples' thoughts in this thread. The end could mean any number of things apparently.



I played and finished the game on my friends PC. I had a decent level of anticipation for it but I didn't really like it that much tbh.



Wagram said:
I played and finished the game on my friends PC. I had a decent level of anticipation for it but I didn't really like it that much tbh.

What did you think about the end? This is a topic associated to how you interpreted the end. Or did you sorta just blow through the game for the sake of it? I've done that with more than a fair share of games