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  • Summary: It’s 1897. Deep in international waters, the Helios stands still. Dark clouds loom overhead as unforgiving waves crash against the hull. Colossal effigies of gold, decorated with magnificent finery, stretch as far as the eye can see.

    Born of Nikola Tesla’s vision, the Helios serves as a
    It’s 1897. Deep in international waters, the Helios stands still. Dark clouds loom overhead as unforgiving waves crash against the hull. Colossal effigies of gold, decorated with magnificent finery, stretch as far as the eye can see.

    Born of Nikola Tesla’s vision, the Helios serves as a haven for the greatest scientific minds. An unbound utopia for research, independent from state and isolated from the gaze of society. Free to push the boundaries of matter and time.

    Journalist Rose Archer steps aboard the Helios in search of her sister Ada. She quickly discovers not all is as it seems. Grand halls stand empty. The stench of rotting flesh lingers in the air. Silence. A single word is painted across the entrance… QUARANTINE!
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Jul 24, 2020
    80
    When Tesla fights with Edison, sparkles fly. An above-average story, perfect atmosphere and a decent pace. You will spend one great afternoon with the game despite its minor shortcomings. [Issue#304]
  2. May 20, 2019
    75
    Although the slow tempo of the gameplay might not be appealing to everyone, and although the story could have ended much, much better, Close to the Sun is still a great title that easily worth 5 to 6 hours of your time.
  3. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Jun 26, 2019
    71
    Close to the Sun is great at atmosphere-building, but the ending is nothing short of disappointing: too many big questions are left unanswered, as if developers couldn’t bring themselves to choose one version of the events over all others.[Issue#238, p.64]
  4. May 2, 2019
    68
    With interesting setting and characters, Close to the Sun starts as a piece of art, but it doesn't keep its premises due to hurried pacing and a bit superficial evolution of the story. Non trivial jumpscares and a good direction make this short game really a missed opportunity and only a decent horror adventure.
  5. Jun 3, 2019
    60
    Close to the Sun is a decent enough exploratory mystery, but it misses the boat on substantial gameplay or any real horror by settling for cheap thrills over suspense.
  6. May 6, 2019
    60
    Close to the Sun is a few steps shy of a great narrative-driven horror, but its trite gameplay expels the magic its environments worked to create.
  7. May 2, 2019
    50
    Close to the Sun is a game that’s only remarkable for its scenery. And it’s a shame, really, as the Helios could have carried a great tale. As it is though, while there’s nothing about Close to the Sun that’s broken, there’s nothing compelling enough to make it worth your while, especially with its short run time and lack of replayability.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 25
  2. Negative: 5 out of 25
  1. Jun 19, 2019
    10
    This is a great game!
    A solid first person experience, GREAT story, astonishing graphics, awesome gameplay.
    I don´t know how this game is
    This is a great game!
    A solid first person experience, GREAT story, astonishing graphics, awesome gameplay.

    I don´t know how this game is so badly reviewed... maybe they expect shooting or ghosts, i don´t know.

    If you like a good story, this game is for you (think about Firewatch with sci-fi).
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  2. May 7, 2019
    10
    I've been waiting for this game for 2 years. I've always been a fan of Storm in a Teacup games. I bought the game at day one, I still have aI've been waiting for this game for 2 years. I've always been a fan of Storm in a Teacup games. I bought the game at day one, I still have a few hours of play but I'm very happy. beautiful setting and the story of Tesla is really intriguing!

    The game is a mix of puzzles, a few running sections and a lot of exploring aboard the Helios and so far I am 6 hours into it and I would think I am a 2 or so hours away from the climax.
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  3. May 7, 2019
    8
    Close to the Sun gifted us with an immersive experience, let us living every instant on our skin. If you like horror games, you should give aClose to the Sun gifted us with an immersive experience, let us living every instant on our skin. If you like horror games, you should give a chance to this video game.
    https://www.tuttotek.it/videogiochi/recensioni-videogiochi/close-to-the-sun-recensione
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  4. Sep 27, 2020
    6
    Erstmal zum Positiven. Das Setting ist einer der schönsten, welches ich seit längerem gespielt habe und die Story fande ich auch nicht geradeErstmal zum Positiven. Das Setting ist einer der schönsten, welches ich seit längerem gespielt habe und die Story fande ich auch nicht gerade schlecht, jedoch leidet das Spiel unter seiner Technik. In manchen Passagen kommt es zu massiven FPS einbruchen, welche mich in den Situationen dermaßen aus der Illusion der Spielwelt gezogen haben, dazu kommt, dass das Spiel nur ein paar Stunden geht (bei mir ca. 5 Stunden) Expand
  5. May 29, 2019
    6
    Close to the sun is the definition of a walking simulator with not much interaction. While i liked the games concept and wanted to see how theClose to the sun is the definition of a walking simulator with not much interaction. While i liked the games concept and wanted to see how the story ended it ultimately fell short. Performance problems with tanking frames made it quiet frustrating at times. While the game looked beautiful there is not much here to justify the asking price. Expand
  6. Jun 18, 2020
    5
    This game was mostly a letdown for me. The trailers leave you with very high expectations, and indeed, from a graphical perspective, theThis game was mostly a letdown for me. The trailers leave you with very high expectations, and indeed, from a graphical perspective, the Helios is very impressive. The visual quality of the environments is almost as good as that of an AAA title. The level design also has some strong points here and there, but many environments are repetitive.

    But almost everywhere else, the game fails to be really good. The animations are extremely clunky and have almost no sounds at all, while character design and faces are horrible. The interesting setting could have saved it, but sadly, the story is not very well written, particularly because the ending is totally disappointing and doesn't explain anything.

    Early collectibles are really interesting and add to the lore, but from Chapter 5 onwards, they are just undetailed sketches containing a few words.

    I would recommend buying this game only if you can get it at around 13-14$ or less. It does have some interesting ideas, and exploring the Helios is somewhat fun. But just make sure to get onboard with sufficiently low expectations.
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  7. Aug 2, 2020
    0
    Ну игра хуета ебанная, у меня блять сапёр нахуй в 4к нахуй идёт. А эта залупа просто нормально не оптимизирована. У меня в каком-то The OuterНу игра хуета ебанная, у меня блять сапёр нахуй в 4к нахуй идёт. А эта залупа просто нормально не оптимизирована. У меня в каком-то The Outer Worlds на ультрах выдаёт 140 fps! А тут в сраном хорроре на ультрах 60 кадров с просадками до 35. Вы ебать ахуели? Хлопцы нахуй Expand

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