It may serve as a surprise to some, but Limbo for the Xbox 360 has managed to accomplish over 300,000 downloads since its release late last month. There’s no dispute over it being an excellent game, but its unique art style definitely had the potential to damage its commercial appeal.
When Limbo came out in July, it had all the marks of a cult classic and an indie darling. Reviews were super positive, and not based simply on how fun the game is. Limbo has a unique monochrome art style, and as we all know, a unique aesthetic appearance in a game almost always reignites the “games as art” argument. Whether or not Limbo can be considered art (which, let’s face it, it can), the game had a very individual style that may have proved divisive to the mass consumer.