Through a stroke of sheer luck, you've managed to escape death row. Taking to an underground subway, you must try to find your salvation. Can you break free of the past that binds you? And please, can you close your eyes? Just close them.
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Release Date: Aug 31, 2015

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June 24

Hey, Close Your Eyes updated!!

Almost 10 months after release, and over 9 months since the last update, we suddenly have a Close Your Eyes update again! Hooray! But, hmn... I wonder why? What's this update for exactly?

Well, if you want to find out, you better be prepared to CLOSE... YOUR... EYES... Once more. Then you'll really start seeing~

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Also, if you hadn't noticed, the DLC Goodie Bag with the additional 1-2 hour gameplay scenario (plus the soundtrack and artwork collection) is on sale again for the first time in half a year for the Summer Sale: http://store.steampowered.com/app/377420

Have a good day!

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May 27

Help a Friend through Greenlight; Amihailu in Dreamland

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=691465752

My own Greenlight pages for Close Your Eyes 2 & Suspended Ascent will go up within a few months, but in the meantime, a friend of mine is trying to get a project she's put a lot of work and time into onto Steam via Greenlight as a freeware title. I've enjoyed her games, and would love them to be exposed to a wider audience, so if you have a moment, I'd appreciate taking a bit to look at the above Greenlight page and consider giving it a vote.

Thank you for your time, and I promise more word on Red Haze, Close Your Eyes 2, and Suspended Ascent soon!

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Reviews

“Close Your Eyes should be limited by its visuals, but the indistinct shapes and weird images slowly dial up the terror. Looking at screenshots for Close Your Eyes had me thinking it would be silly and ineffective, but through perfect use of unnerving sound and some twisted, surprising visuals, it easily left me frightened, unsure whether I should be playing it at night.”
Indiegames Blog

“More than startle, the game bothers me. The simple graphics and minimalist design (...) create a very oppressive atmosphere. The sound of the game is also quite bizarre, contributing to the immersion in the oddities of the universe proposed on the screen.”
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About This Game

Welcome, Ladies & Gentlemen!



A-ha, how y'all doing? Now, the name of the game is to answer truest to yourself. There's no right and wrong, everyone's a winner! Ooorrr a loser, depending how you think about it. Life is all about perception, you see. Onto the first question!

You're a murderer, we all know it. But do you think you are?



Through a stroke of sheer luck, you've managed to escape death row. Taking to an underground subway, you must try to find your salvation. Can you break free of the past that binds you? And please, can you close your eyes? Just close them.

  • Originally started as a 2014 Ludum Dare created RPG Maker Horror Game, reworked twice to become a brand new terrifying experience.
  • Enter a horrific & twisted surreal world full of diabolical traps, puzzles, & questionnaires.
  • Featuring original voice-work, artwork, & music to help create an unsettling atmosphere.
  • Multiple endings and a variety of secrets encourage multiple playthroughs, as things are not always what they seem.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Microsoft® Windows® XP / Vista / 7 (32-bit/64-bit)
    • Processor: Intel® Pentium® 4 2.0 GHz equivalent or faster processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 1024 x 768 pixels or higher desktop resolution
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Microsoft® Windows® XP / Vista / 7 (32-bit/64-bit)
    • Processor: Intel® Pentium® 4 2.0 GHz equivalent or faster processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 1024 x 768 pixels or higher desktop resolution
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
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WhimsicalWhims
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
Interesting game to play through. Worth the time.
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I DONT SPEAK LONDON!
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
I didnt understand the game but it was funny to play! :D
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pistol packin mama
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
if you have epilepsy or related conditions triggered by flashing lights and images, DO NOT PLAY THIS GAME.

also, a list of content warnings that i can remember:
-hanging
-eye gore (lots of it)
-blood
-sexual implications
-death in general
-creepiness in general
-chasing scenes
-ghosts
-jump scares

that said, this is a good game. well developed and interesting, with fairly good voice acting. i enjoyed it!
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TheBlindGamer
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
Wasn't that scary or fun...It didn't really set the mood...
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DDRJake
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 16
Terrible, terrible game. Play Ao Oni or Witch's House instead of you want RPGMaker Horror.
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Electric Wolf Game
( 6.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 13
Such a fun game! I enjoyed almost every minute of it! There was a little bit I didn't like near the end, but other than that I adored it.
Here's my playthrough if anyone's interested: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLorczmRFBU6fpppe3jeTMxf5IHUId8vHS
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Double Uppercut
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 11
People will sometimes ask me, "What's a really good horror game?"

Okay, I'm lying. They never ask me that.

But there is a horrible sub-genre of horror in both video games and films that I see in a unnerving rising trend... modern horror. Ugh. Disgusting, I know. I have so many people recommend the sh** out of games like "Five Nights at Freddie's" or "Slender", and films like "The Conjuring" and "Sinister". However, the problem with them is that they follow too many unfortunate trends seen in popular horror. Predictable build-ups that lead to eventual jump-scares or the occaisional fake out, with no great atmosphere, story, or character development. And I f***ing love horror. I love me some "Rosemary's Baby" and "The Shining", and I love to play "Silent Hill", because they focus on one of the most pivotal aspects of the genre... tone and atmosphere.

"Close Your Eyes" is one of those few experiences that follows the rules of good, old-fashioned horror, with its own spectacular conventions, that legitimately left me feeling alone, afraid, and like there was someone right behind my back ready to grab me against my will. There were several nights I had a hard time going to sleep, thanks to the thoughts this game put in my head. All "The Conjuring" ever did was make me laugh my a** off at the exaggerated finale.

"Close Your Eyes" is a free indie horror game that follows the subconscious of a young girl who has been sentenced to hang for her crimes of mass murder. The story revolves around the girl's memories, and an entity who acts like a game show host playing on the girl's guilt for her murder.

And what follows is some of the greatest horror I've experienced in a game since... probably the last time I re-played "Silent Hill". The atmosphere feels void and empty, distorted and deranged, and sometimes like you can just feel someone is there following you. The level design is tight and angular and you're only given a small enough light to see around the small girl, effectly cutting you off from everything you can see around you, and giving an excellent isolation-effect.

You solve puzzles through the jumbled mess of memories, pure subconscious nothingness, and the supernatural all while trying to just get out, but always being pushed to do more. It's a painful game to play, but painful in the good way. Not like Kane and Lynch 2, where I had to rub my damned eyes because they were on the verge of bleeding.

There are very few jumpscares. There's one scene that is purely meant to shock and disturb you, but it's short. There's are sudden explosion of sound or appearances of characters. Besides those and a couple of incredibly fast images that pass by quickly, the game uses it's dark atmosphere and level-design to confuse, terrorize, and isolate you as you delver further and further into the heart of madness.

The sound design is terrific. The music and ambience are mostly top-notch, save for some odd choices here and there. And while I was on the fence for the game show host's voice at the beginning, his voice got darker and darker, until it sounded like a demon's low purr whispering in my ears. It was dreadful to listen to, so good on him. That man has some true talent at sounding horrfying.

The story is a muddled mess of what might be reality, what might be imagination, and what might be actually supernatural. It's meant to confuse you as much as the level structure itself. I might play it again to get a fuller grasp of the story, but for what it's worth, the story is incredibly effective. Save for some dumber moments. Like when your best friend (or sister. I'm not sure) tells you it's cool if you'd kill her. And the ending I got was, frankly, less than satisfactory. But it was one of seven, so I might go back and play it again... with a friend maybe.

Close Your Eyes is a truly disturbed horror game, that I'm proud to actually call a horror game! It effectly horrfies you and scares you on a psychological level. It is a definite recommend from me. Despite what problems I had with the story sound design, and the occaisional lag, I still love this game to death. I'm giving it an 8/10.
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Zine65
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 11
I'M A MARSHMALLOW WITH EYES?!

10/10 Will play again
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JasonautTheOtaku
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 9
The gameplay is very good and fun. Though some puzzles are a little difficult. But that's what puzzles mean XD. Great game!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
People will sometimes ask me, "What's a really good horror game?"

Okay, I'm lying. They never ask me that.

But there is a horrible sub-genre of horror in both video games and films that I see in a unnerving rising trend... modern horror. Ugh. Disgusting, I know. I have so many people recommend the sh** out of games like "Five Nights at Freddie's" or "Slender", and films like "The Conjuring" and "Sinister". However, the problem with them is that they follow too many unfortunate trends seen in popular horror. Predictable build-ups that lead to eventual jump-scares or the occaisional fake out, with no great atmosphere, story, or character development. And I f***ing love horror. I love me some "Rosemary's Baby" and "The Shining", and I love to play "Silent Hill", because they focus on one of the most pivotal aspects of the genre... tone and atmosphere.

"Close Your Eyes" is one of those few experiences that follows the rules of good, old-fashioned horror, with its own spectacular conventions, that legitimately left me feeling alone, afraid, and like there was someone right behind my back ready to grab me against my will. There were several nights I had a hard time going to sleep, thanks to the thoughts this game put in my head. All "The Conjuring" ever did was make me laugh my a** off at the exaggerated finale.

"Close Your Eyes" is a free indie horror game that follows the subconscious of a young girl who has been sentenced to hang for her crimes of mass murder. The story revolves around the girl's memories, and an entity who acts like a game show host playing on the girl's guilt for her murder.

And what follows is some of the greatest horror I've experienced in a game since... probably the last time I re-played "Silent Hill". The atmosphere feels void and empty, distorted and deranged, and sometimes like you can just feel someone is there following you. The level design is tight and angular and you're only given a small enough light to see around the small girl, effectly cutting you off from everything you can see around you, and giving an excellent isolation-effect.

You solve puzzles through the jumbled mess of memories, pure subconscious nothingness, and the supernatural all while trying to just get out, but always being pushed to do more. It's a painful game to play, but painful in the good way. Not like Kane and Lynch 2, where I had to rub my damned eyes because they were on the verge of bleeding.

There are very few jumpscares. There's one scene that is purely meant to shock and disturb you, but it's short. There's are sudden explosion of sound or appearances of characters. Besides those and a couple of incredibly fast images that pass by quickly, the game uses it's dark atmosphere and level-design to confuse, terrorize, and isolate you as you delver further and further into the heart of madness.

The sound design is terrific. The music and ambience are mostly top-notch, save for some odd choices here and there. And while I was on the fence for the game show host's voice at the beginning, his voice got darker and darker, until it sounded like a demon's low purr whispering in my ears. It was dreadful to listen to, so good on him. That man has some true talent at sounding horrfying.

The story is a muddled mess of what might be reality, what might be imagination, and what might be actually supernatural. It's meant to confuse you as much as the level structure itself. I might play it again to get a fuller grasp of the story, but for what it's worth, the story is incredibly effective. Save for some dumber moments. Like when your best friend (or sister. I'm not sure) tells you it's cool if you'd kill her. And the ending I got was, frankly, less than satisfactory. But it was one of seven, so I might go back and play it again... with a friend maybe.

Close Your Eyes is a truly disturbed horror game, that I'm proud to actually call a horror game! It effectly horrfies you and scares you on a psychological level. It is a definite recommend from me. Despite what problems I had with the story sound design, and the occaisional lag, I still love this game to death. I'm giving it an 8/10.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
The gameplay is very good and fun. Though some puzzles are a little difficult. But that's what puzzles mean XD. Great game!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
This game was deliciously creepy and kept me on edge throughout. Really an amazing experience!

As a side-note, for some reason I kept being compelled to speak to the Host... To the point of genuinly arguing with him...
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
if you have epilepsy or related conditions triggered by flashing lights and images, DO NOT PLAY THIS GAME.

also, a list of content warnings that i can remember:
-hanging
-eye gore (lots of it)
-blood
-sexual implications
-death in general
-creepiness in general
-chasing scenes
-ghosts
-jump scares

that said, this is a good game. well developed and interesting, with fairly good voice acting. i enjoyed it!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
Such a fun game! I enjoyed almost every minute of it! There was a little bit I didn't like near the end, but other than that I adored it.
Here's my playthrough if anyone's interested: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLorczmRFBU6fpppe3jeTMxf5IHUId8vHS
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
Man this is a fun game! I loved that the puzzles were difficult and the story is so full of symbolism. Also I was so scared at some points. The only bad thing is that you dont get any free trading cards while you play . But totally give this game a play though!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
I'M A MARSHMALLOW WITH EYES?!

10/10 Will play again
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
Interesting game to play through. Worth the time.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
63 of 65 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2015
Dear [Insert horror game developer],

THIS is how I like my horror.

I received a good deal of flak for my (I admit) petty review of the Amnesia series of games, and while I understand that they were useless reviews, Close Your Eyes showed me exactly what I wanted to say about them but never knew I was looking for.

I wanted to love the amnesia series so much; I think a lot of horror games have some beautiful narratives hidden inside them, but they are all unplayable. You can call me a chicken or whatever you like, but jump scares are NOT fun. They are NOT horror. All they are is an involuntary reflex forced upon us by extreme stimuli. True horror makes you uncomfortable, afraid, uneasy and anxious. Sure you may jump sometimes but it’s because you did it to yourself. The game didn’t flash a light in your eyes and accompany it with a blood curdling snarl, no, the atmosphere puts you into a very unsafe place mentally and you begin to see and anticipate things on your own. This is what Close Your Eyes nails; I want so much more of this on the market that I don’t even know how to express myself. From the very beginning I was uneasy, the world was dark and simplistic, my mind filled in details that may or may not have even been there. The sound design and voice acting was chilling and spot on, causing countless chills and rushing adrenaline. Everything done in this game felt deliberate and calculated, not once did the developer cash in and sacrifice atmosphere and narrative for a PewDieBait jump scare. Nor did it need to. Much like the outstanding Point and Click game “The Cat Lady”, Close Your Eyes masterfully brings you into a very dark place and lets your mind take care of the rest - cruelly prodding it along with snippets of story and hints of progression.

Close Your Eyes is one of the best horror experiences I’ve had in recent memory. And as if I can’t praise it enough, it’s FREE. There is no reason (outside of mature content concerns) that anyone should pass up on a chance to experience this game. Bravo, Developers, bravo.
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63 of 72 people (88%) found this review helpful
52 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 5, 2015
Closed my eyes for about an hour. Not sure when i'm suppose to open them.

But really, I'm not sure what to say about this game. It doesn't seem to have many jumpscares, and the ones in it might not even technically be jump scares. This game just seems to be really solid overall. It's hard to articulate into finer details but this game is scary, has great puzzles, and is definitely worth your time.
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