Project Moon is no stranger to gaming, Limbus Company is their third game but also happens to be their first mobile game. Between Lobotomy Corporation, Library of Runia and Limbus Company, Project Moon has crafted a dark and twisted world where all three of their games take place. Even though all three strategy titles occur in a shared world, players can still enjoy Limbus Company without knowing the other two Project Moon titles. However, researching and discovering how all three games correlate is rewarding as there are plenty of connections within the game.
The story takes place within The City. Our mysterious protagonist, Dante, is brutally attacked outside one of the 25 sectors. Dante lost his head and was replaced by a clock causing him to lose most of his memories. As his interrogation continues, Dante is rescued by the Limbus Company and its 12 sinners. During the rescue, Dante discovers that he can resurrect the sinners leading them to victory. Dante is designated the new leader of Limbus Company and is introduced to everyone.
Limbus Company‘s most compelling story element is that it is all shrouded in colossal mystery. Dante is slowly regaining some of his memories which seem crucial to the story. The 12 sinners are hinted to have ulterior motives, and not everyone can be trusted. And the overall objective of the Limbus Company is also still being determined. So far, they are traveling on the bus Mephistopheles as they confront abnormalities, which seem to be the source of this world’s power. The dark tone and story alone have made me want to stay with the game longer and discover all the mysteries behind it all.
All Out Attack!
Gameplay can be rough around the edges, depending on what Android device you are playing on. I have a Galaxy S20+ and the game has crashed on me two times during a battle. The game is unplayable for some devices, and jumping on a PC for those who want to experience Limbus Company would be better. Gameplay is complicated, but it is fun and very dynamic once figured out.
The player will select a team of sinners. Each sinner brings different approaches: defensive power, offensive power and special effects to add to your overall resource meter. This meter builds the Extermination of Geometrical Organ or E.G.O. for short, which is the ultimate ability. Once a battle commences, a grid of attack patterns appears at the bottom of the screen. Players will chain these attacks dragging the pointer from one end to another. Chaining similar types of moves will increase damage and cause enemies to stagger.
Along with attacking, players can guard, evade and counter-attack. Doing this will prevent you from attacking but predicting the right evade or counter can be devastating. Meanwhile, depending on how your team performs will affect their sanity throughout battle. Win clashes and your team’s sanity increases, but when you lose clashes, your sanity decreases. Lost sanity affects debuffs, your E.G.O. meter, chances of winning clashes and more. This only scratches the surface of Limbus Company‘s gameplay. The title’s complexity will turn off some. Limbus Company takes a lot of effort in team building and strategizing, but once players figure it out, they will not want to put the game down.
A Dark-Twisted World
Limbus Company is a dark game and it shows graphically. There is hardly any light, and the dark world is abundant thanks to the battle areas, settings and overall tone. The 2D models are beautifully animated especially E.G.O. attacks. The blood and gore is over the top and gruesome but adds to the overall experience. Sound and music have a softer tone but feel geared toward the game’s mystery aspect.
A free-to-play strategy game, Limbus Company offers unique and overall decent gacha element for in-game purchases. Players can collect alternate-reality versions of the sinners within the company. This is certainly a different direction since instead of creating new characters, Project Moon is expanding their current rosters lore and building upon their universe. This makes the gacha aspect underwhelming, but understand that Project Moon is more focused on world-building. This also lets players experience the game entirely free to play if desired.
Limbus Company certainly offers up a different experience than what I am used to. I assumed I was jumping onto another gacha more focused on collecting random characters and lackluster gameplay. I was surprised to find a profoundly lore-heavy game with fun strategy elements. The story will hook you immediately and the engaging gameplay will have you returning for more. The dark setting can be hit or miss for some, and those looking for simple gameplay should find something else to play. The game does have performance issues that need to be addressed, but that will not stop the core gamers who will no doubt want to join the Limbus Company.
Is it Hardcore?
Project Moon has found success within its dark twisted games and Limbus Company is no exception, but it does fall short when running on older devices.