"Most of the stuff that made Limbo such a treat to play returns to work its magic on Toby: The Secret Mine."
If you've played Limbo, or even read much about that other game online, then you shouldn't have to do more than glimpse at a few screenshots of Toby: The Secret Mine in order to draw one conclusion: the first game inspired the second one. The art style in both games is strikingly similar, after all. Both feature a dark foreground and principal characters--a living silhouette, you might say--deposited on multi-layered backgrounds that wouldn't be out of place splashed across a painter's canvas.
I mostly appreciated Limbo's unique aesthetic, but I feel that Toby: The Secret Mine does more with the approach. The assorted pastels contrast nicely with the foreground, all without distracting one from the action. There are some gorgeous sequences, too, including a glowing forest with leaves fluttering in the breeze and insects swarming around hives. Elsewhere, the layered backgrounds present a convincing illusion of depth that prevents generic framework from feeling excessively dull. The visuals work in concert to make one feel as if there is an entire world swarming around the action that takes center stage.
Staff review by Jason Venter (January 26, 2017)
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