Limbo walkthrough and achievement guide

Chapter 19

Head past the ladder on wheels. Pull the mine cart left until it is under the lever above. Now go back to the ladder.

The timing is tricky here so refer to the video. The object is to time the ladder’s movement so that you can jump from it after turning on the electricity and reach the ledge above.

Jump onto the lever, and drop down into the mine cart.  Upon reaching a ladder, use it. Leap over the incoming saw, timing things so that you land on the cart below. As soon as the cart goes off the rails, jump off and stop it from rolling into the button on the wall.
 Give the cart a push so that it has some uphill momentum, then climb onto it and jump to ledge. Hurry to the right before the cart turns the juice on.

Activating this lever rotates the screen again. Proceed carefully, and leap to a ladder and then to a ledge, using the swinging lamp as your guide.

- GUIDED BY SPARKS (10g): Climb onto the crate against the wall. Take a leap of faith to your left and climb onto the ledge there. Take another leap to the right. You’ll find a magic egg - step on it for an achievement.

Push the crate left and down onto the charged platform to proceed.


Chapter 20

The point here is to use the gun above to destroy the gun below. Refer to the video.


Chapter 21

 When you reach the two crates next to a button, push one to the top of the slope on the right. Let it go, and run back making sure to leap over the button. Stand on top of the crate on the left, and when the crate on the right slides over the button, you will be lifted. Jump off onto the ledge.

After the crate falls, make sure to keep it from sliding off the right edge. Push it to the left so that you can reach the ladder.

Run to the right and hop on the ladder. It will drop down. Now push the crate below you up the slope again. Rush back, climb up the new ladder, and hurry to the left so that you can grab the other crate before it drops. Align this crate with the ledge above you. Now push the crate up that slope again, and get back here quickly. You need to be standing on the upper crate when the switch is activated in order to proceed.

- UNDER GROUND (10g): Without pressing the button, stand as seen in the screenshot. Press down on the control stick to drop into an area with a magic egg. Step on it for an achievement. Leap around blindly until you find a chain you can use to climb out of this hole.

Use the elevator. On the upper level, get on top of the elevator and trip the machine gun above. It will shoot down a crate - push this crate so that it is on top of the elevator and ride up with it. The gun cannot shoot through this crate. Use the crate to leap over the gun. Proceed until you find a switch.

You need to use this switch to alternate gravity and bring another crate into reach. Use the momentum that the slope provides. Refer to the video.

With the crate now in reach, push it to the right as far as it can go (behind the gun). Pull the crate off the top of the elevator and push it all the way to the right so that you can reach the ladder.

At the top of the latter you’ll find a gravity switch. Flip it, then run left and grab the crate which you left near the gun. It will be on the ceiling now. Drag it back to the gravity switch area.

Configure the crates as seen above. As soon as the platform to start sliding left hit the gravity switch. Run to your right and scramble up the crates and the platform and climb down the ladder.


Chapter 22

Here turn on the magnet button first, then the gravity button. But switch off the gravity button just before the large block on the left touches the ceiling. This allows you to climb up the block on the right. Refer to the video for exact timing.

Press the first gravity switch and you’ll hear a platform with a rope sliding toward you. Time it so that you press the gravity switch on the ceiling as the platform is moving toward you (the moment the entire platform is in view). That way when you drop down, you can grab the rope before it slides away again. Let go of the rope before you swing into the spikes. Slide down the slope, jump, and hit the gravity switch.


Chapter 23

Hit the next gravity switch as you jump, but be careful to time it so that you land when the electricity is off. Continue down to the O, and slide off the right side.

- GOING UP (10g): Head right, and leap of the ledge, hitting the gravity switch in mid-air. Immediately move left over the crate and drop down (well, up). You’ll see a handle in the wall. Pull it out. If you did everything quickly enough, a magic egg will fall out. Step on it for the game’s final collectable achievement.

It’s best to refer to the video for the next couple segments. You need to move the crate to the right, but make sure you are back above the gravity switch when it turns off so that you can turn it on again in mid air.


Chapter 24

Once you reach the magnet switch with the gun, listen to the audio and leap out to turn off the magnet just as the gravity is about to flip again.

Hang off the edge of the platform here as seen above. Before the gravity flips you to the ceiling, drop off and move forward a bit. You should fall up before the gun fires. Move left and line up with the open gap below.

In the area with the saws, time your leap so that gravity shifts before you fall into the second saw.

This is the final puzzle. You need to time your leap in order to fall up and past the switch but have gravity pull you back down before you hit the saw at the top. As you’re falling back down, hit the switch. Congratulations! You’ve beat Limbo, and should be at least 190 gamerscore richer. Beat the game again in one setting without dying more than five times for the final 10.

July 23, 2010




  • Zepaw - February 17, 2011 3:22 a.m.

    Just beat it. Easier 10/10 than Mass Effect 2. Good guide. Most puzzle were beatable with enough thought; there were a few that stumped me.  Did not want to bother finding the achievements on my own. Yay 190 gs! Never going to bother with that last one.c
  • Zyphon360 - January 6, 2011 12:17 a.m.

    This is a game I would recommend for people that hate platformers mainly because of the stunning appeal the game has although very frustrating at times it does draw you in and even though you die you want to keep playing although thats hardly possible when you have to beat the entire game without dying over 5 times. Anyway thanks GR I needed help finding those damn eggs now just have to get that last 10 GS however long that will take. Seriously I hate this achievement its almost as bad as Still Something To Prove Achievement for L4D2 damn developers and their hard ass achievements.
  • gggrrr5656 - December 23, 2010 3:37 a.m.

    never mind, got it. just have to push it a little ways from the button where it coasts uphill for a while.
  • gggrrr5656 - December 23, 2010 3:14 a.m.

    Chapter 19. I cannot master the jump off the mine cart onto the ledge, and get far enough to the right before the cart hits the electricity. Any one get stuck here?
  • Randomwordcombination - November 29, 2010 12:34 a.m.

    Just blew the dust off and finally finished this game. I hated it (aside from the art style), but I DIDN'T hate getting 190/200G from it. Thanks, GamesRadar!
  • ironmummy107 - August 13, 2010 2 a.m.

    @ MaynardJ- Push both crates off of the left edge of the elevator to stack them, then you can climb up (down) to reach the upper left screen
  • Limbo - July 28, 2010 10:39 p.m.

    @Octoboy: In Theology, Limbo is a place between heaven and hell for unbaptized babies who have died. That's where the game takes place. I'm not exactly sure how its linked to the ending, though. It's just important to know if you want to fully understand the game.
  • Octoboy - July 25, 2010 8:13 p.m.

    @ Phazon117 Do you mind explaining how the title is linked to the ending? I liked the ending, it was rather an emotional than rational experience.
  • MaynardJ - July 25, 2010 12:07 p.m.

    There appear to be some optional "light eggs" that count for a completion score above 100%. One of them is very hard to reach and I wonder if you guys tried. It's all the way up left where you got the second crate in part two of Chapter 21. The point is to get the two crates on top of each other before you switch gravity and get them on the ceiling. This enable you to (while walking on the ceiling) climb the ledge above the gun and walk all the way to the top left. I tried lining the crates up properly at least 30 times in several different ways bu it just won't work. Any ideas?
  • Strangleme - July 24, 2010 7:55 p.m.

  • Strangleme - July 24, 2010 7:54 p.m.

    This game looks so incredible and I can't wait to download it!!
  • Valntyne - July 24, 2010 12:48 a.m.

  • Phazon117 - July 23, 2010 10:29 p.m.

    I really enjoyed this game, the ending was very satisfactory. No spoilers, but the title is a hint.
  • Axcleblade - July 23, 2010 10:24 p.m.

    That < 5 Deaths achievement can go fuck itself. I got all of the others, with the help of this guide for "Backtracking". Recaptcha: Adorably puzzles I wouldn't exactly call Limbo adorable.
  • PlainLikeVanilla - July 23, 2010 9:49 p.m.

    Having to stop playing halfway through to refer to a guide definantly lessens the experience which is problematic if you aren't very good at these sort of puzzles.
  • Seabread - July 23, 2010 9:23 p.m.

    Correction: Chapter 6 GR says "Inch forward until the first bear trap swings down, then move a step or two back to avoid the second" Seabread says "Inch forward until the first bear trap swings down, then INCH ANOTHER step or two FORWARD to avoid the second"
  • GamesRadarMichaelGrimm - July 23, 2010 8:35 p.m.

    @psyphos thanks for the heads up, fixed
  • Psyphos - July 23, 2010 8:31 p.m.

    Good walkthrough but you made a mistake, the first two achievements, "Wrong Way" and "Altitude is Attitude" are 5G a piece, not 10.
  • batman5273 - July 23, 2010 8:23 p.m.

  • Felixthecat - July 23, 2010 8:14 p.m.

    For once, I was ahead of GR. I have yet to get all the achievements in Limbo though. But on the topic of the game itself, Limbo is absolutely fantastic. Get it now.

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