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Inside is a cinematic platformer with many game mechanics similar to the developer's previous game Limbo. The player controls a young boy and it starts with no context as he climbs down a rock at night in a dark forest. There are no conversations or explanations in the game, but the events reveal it is set in a dystopian universe where sinister experiments are performed on humans or human-like creatures. As in Limbo the boy needs to solve environment based puzzles, hide from people and animals, escape in chase sequences and complete sections with platform mechanics. The boy moves in a hostile environment and cannot be spotted, but it is not explained if he escaped or deliberately seeks out the mystery.

There is no HUD and controls are limited to movement, jumping, and grabbing objects to operate them or to move them around. Progress often involves trial and error to test different options as every challenge usually requires a new approach. He dies often and at times in gruesome ways. The boy can operate elevators, climb or swing from chains and ropes, swim underwater, operate a tiny submarine and so on. There is also a mechanic involving mind control to control other characters. Later on in the game a small group of characters can be gathered and they follow him around automatically. They can help him lift doors or push objects, or throw him in the air. There are no hints, so the player always needs to figure out what to do and where to go.

Similar to Limbo the game has a dark environment, but here with sparse use of colour. Checkpoints are activated automatically and chapters can be revisited at any moment using a menu. Optionally certain hidden objects can be located and disabled, along with an alternate ending to discover. There is a lot of suspense and tense moments in the game, but also scenes that focus entirely on solving a puzzle with no pressure.


Inside Windows Recovering after a jump.
Inside Windows Swinging.
Inside Windows A new terror lurks in the deep. It's the final Act, the Dénouement.
Inside Windows Hiding from two men with a truck.

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Inside Concept Art
Inside Screenshot Press area.
Inside Screenshot Press area.
Inside Concept Art

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User Reviews

What will you find? Windows krisko6 (745)
Simple but with great atmosphere Nintendo Switch Leon Tiggelman (5)

Critic Reviews

The Jimquisition Xbox One Jun 30, 2016 10 out of 10 100
TrueAchievements Xbox One Jul 19, 2016 5 out of 5 100
PC Magazine Windows Jul 28, 2016 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
We Got This Covered Xbox One Jul 31, 2016 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
The Loot Gaming Xbox One Oct 27, 2017 9.5 out of 10 95
Videogameszone Xbox One Jul 05, 2018 91 out of 100 91 Xbox One Jun 29, 2016 9 out of 10 90 Xbox One Jun 29, 2016 90 out of 100 90
PlayStation Lifestyle PlayStation 4 Aug 23, 2016 9 out of 10 90
PC Gamer Windows Jul 07, 2016 76 out of 100 76


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  • The Game Awards
    • 2016 – Game of the Year – Nominated
    • 2016 – Best Narrative – Nominated
    • 2016 – Best Art Direction – Won
    • 2016 – Best Music/Sound Design – Nominated
    • 2016 – Best Independent Game – Won

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