Close Order is an arcade shooter with one simple goal: become a badass armada! In this mashup of genres, defeat enemies for parts to build up an armada of ships around you. Fight from a distance, charge headfirst into battle, or create a mix of anything and everything. You decide how to play!
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Mostly Positive (14 reviews) - 71% of the 14 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jan 21, 2016

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September 13

We Need Your Help!

Good morning everyone!

We woke up this morning to find out that Steam has a new system for reviews. In an effort to curb illegitimate reviews and grey market key resellers, Steam no longer shows reviews of games that were done by an account that redeemed a key for the game in question.

In short, it limits reviews to only those people who bought the game through Steam -- no longer counting or allowing reviews of people who redeemed a key.

This has drastically altered the amount of reviews on Close Order, as many of our players who left reviews - both positive and negative - had been a part of our community from the very beginning (keys given at local events, some of our first people in Early Access), and/or were players who got it through bundles.

Today, we come to you all with a humble request: If you bought Close Order, please review the game for us! If you haven't played in a long while (i.e. before March-ish), we recommend playing again too. Whether you loved it or hated it, every piece of feedback helps us grow as developers in addition to getting our store page back to normal.

Thank you all again for everyone that's been with us on this journey! We're knee-deep in our next game Traiteur (which you should totally wishlist right now!) but Close Order lives on in our hearts and through our fans.

You're all awesome. Thank you so much. <3

- Your Friends at Raconteur

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August 26

Check Out Our Next Game, Traiteur!

Happy Friday, guys and gals!

We've been very quiet the past few months as we've been heads-down working on our brand new game, Traiteur.

Today we're excited to let you know that the Steam page is now up! We think it'll be out very early next year, so please make sure to wishlist it and spread the word. :)

You can find it here!

Thanks to everyone who supported us during the development of Close Order.

We won't be doing Early Access for Traiteur, as we're testing throughout the development process and are aiming for a 100% complete release when it launches next year.

Can't wait to tell you more soon!

- The Raconteur Team

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“Need to play more to build up my armada... was fun!”
Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox

“Close Order is a strong debut for Raconteur Games... brings a fresh view on classic space shooters.”
3rd Strike

“I don't think we've seen a title quite like Close Order before.”
Hardcore Gamer

About This Game

Close Order is an arcade shooter with one simple goal: become a badass armada! It's not about you. It's about other ships around you known as minions that exponentially increase your firepower!

Defeat enemies for parts. Combine those parts into minions. Move them around your armada however you please. Become badass!

Play through a short, episodic narrative in Story mode to discover the fate of humanity, or boot up Survival mode for fast-paced action!


  • Grow from a single ship into a massive armada!
  • Plays like a shooter, feels like arcade, acts like tower defense, relies on strategy, and is always distinctly bullet hell!
  • Experience the remnants of the galaxy post-Earth in Story mode.
  • Tackle the story your way: missions are set up in an episodic fashion through interconnected hub worlds.
  • Not in it for the story? No problem! Boot up Survival mode where you start with nothing and must grow your armada in order to survive.
  • Duke it out in Simple Survival, where levels have pre-made waves of progressively stronger enemies.
  • Too easy? Take it one step further with Custom Chaos, a customizable version of Simple Survival that allows you to choose the level you'd like to play, the type and difficulty of enemies, and the amount of enemies you wish to face.

Whether you want a powerful story or a badass gameplay experience, Close Order has it all!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7/8/8.1
    • Processor: SSE2 instruction set support
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DX9 (shader model 2.0) support
    • Additional Notes: Extensively tested with Windows 7. Issues may arise on other platforms, and we'll fix them!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
I bought this game bc all the heart that went into from the videos and dev blogs, and there are parts that shine, but there are parts that are just missing (sound effects, etc). I feel this is an incomplete game jam game and I'm sad to see it's out of Early Access.

Why am I recomending it then?
I bought the game on discount, and with games like SPAZ or Rebel Galaxy out there for 10.00 or Less, I have to say this is not a full price affair as of yet.
It does have a unique concept as far as game play that you could learn alot from.
It is the best and most fair bullet hell I've played as I'm usally not a fan of that genre.
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18 of 24 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 8, 2015
Update to Review:
The developers have shown true commitment to their customers and their own vision. The game has grown and now shines. It's not for everyone and the core concept might be alien to casual gamers but for those who are looking for something original and challenging will find warm & fuzzy feelings with Close Order. As an indie developer and a proponent of innovation in gaming I fully support this team. For $5 I think this is a great deal.

I am recommending to purchase the game only for those with patience and an interest in actually contributing to the development of a game. This game needs a lot of help from the community as the developer is capable but apparently inexperienced with game design. NOTED IMPROVEMENTS: tutorial is great now, the UI is improved and polished, the few bugs I encountered originally are all gone, the difficulty curve seems to have been smoothed out as well. Exceptional improvement IMHO. Well done Raconteur Games!

There are core design decisions in place that are interesting and could prove to be really fun with a lot of polish and refinement. Missions are currently disjointed and transitions are abrupt and break the fourth wall. Your "minions"(fleet) disappear suddenly and without reason or even explosive effect in one mission. If you skipped the conversation, as many shooter fans do, it is confusing. I kept spending my amassed fortune replacing those ships only to have them suddenly dissapear again. 3 times I did this until broke and finally understood that this mission forces you to go alone. Unfortunately this is the sort of unrefined gameplay I was mentioning. An experienced developer would know to remove player's ability to spend on new ships and when they attempt to do so, place an explanatory message on screen. It takes 10 minutes to code but without user feedback and direction, it will never happen.

The game is less than $5 and has tons of potential but don't buy it expecting others to fix it for you. It has a small user population and the forum is empty right now. Buy it and help out or stay clear until reviews at "final release".
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14 of 19 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 14, 2015
Nice start to what could be a great game. The simple physics and idea of build your own fleet and conquer works, albiet needs work. Would like to see more enemy/minion types. Also a lot of unfinished planets/levels. Need a more detailed weapon/damage system. Like it so far.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 16
A strange mix of space shooter with light strategy and elements of bullet hell. The player commands a spaceship that is actually the center of a small flotilla (you build specific drones in order to support your main ship) and must use those drones to get through the levels unscathed.
Be warned though, it gets pretty tough quickly (and without warning)
The devs listen to the community so that's a big plus in my book (the game used to have some really annoying difficulty spikes, but that's gone as of patch 1.1, for instance)
I'd recommend checking it out on a sale.
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16 of 25 people (64%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
Close Order is a space shooter arcade/sim, where beside yollo rampage shooting you also need to use a bit of tactics if you are to finish missions successfully.

Why am I recommending this game?!
-It's fun
-Interesting concept
-Very challenging
-Fair price for what it has to offer

Due specific genre and style of gameplay this game maybe isnt for everyone, but can surely provide every day 30 min of fun.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
I was supplied with this key by the developer, this however did not affect the review. All my developer sponsored reviews are positive because I review games that I like!

Close Order is third-person shooter where you command you own spaceship. This game has high potential but in current state its just not worth it. However, devs listen to the community and update the game quite often, I'm almost sure game will have no gameplay and visual bugs once its out of Early Access. In current state game has a story how earth become overpopulate or something, I'm not sure what exactly happens because its hard to follow the story, missions are accessible in messed up order and are usually too hard for newer players that didn't get any explanation from tutorial. Game runs very smooth but the camera and visual effects such as markers are really odd, bullets sometimes seem to miss the enemy when it should have hit and vice versa.

  • Smooth Gameplay | Game doesn't lag and runs on high FPS
  • Developer Interacts with Community | Probably the only reason why I gave this game an upvote, devs really care about the community and game has high potential.
  • Gameplay doesn't follow the story | Missions are messed up and random.
  • Tutorial doesn't explain things | I didn't understand anything from the tutorial.
  • Levels too hard | I don't know which level to play first and when I load a level I just get swarmed by enemies and instantly die.
  • Weird camera angle | Sometimes bullets don't seem to hit when they should hit an enemy and vice-versa.
  • Portals not working | They just stand there making weird noises and visual effects while I'm stuck in level select
  • Enemies not spawning | Usually happens in survival mode, second wave won't spawn either

This game is for everyone that likes management games that still keep some action mechanics. I rate the game 5/10, would get swarmed again! Early Access Warning: Game is unfinished and will require a lot of patience from your side.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 14, 2015
The game shows much promise for its current state of development. While there are some balancing issues and other small glitches it’s what you would expect from an "early access" game. Overall the gameplay is entertaining in short play sessions but lacks incentive to keep playing. However, these are all thing that can be easily fixed as updates role out. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a casual arcade space shooter.
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11 of 17 people (65%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
4.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 9, 2015
Disclaimer: Key was given to me by the developer.

Game is really fun and my time into this game is mostly from Survival.

It's a really nice little shooter game with a bit of bullet aspects in survival mode (especially when you put the density of enemies to many.)

There are a bit of balance issues in the game. Such as your ship doesn't seem to have health (or maybe it does, but I just never received enough damage to have my ship blow up.) There are some things that do need to be added in the game, but that is the beauty of Early Access as the devs seem to be active on the forums so they can take suggestions on how to better this game (their first project it seems) and they helped me out with 2 of my problems shortly after I had asked was a big plus.

Would recommend this to anyone who is interested it's a nice little game for it's price and I'll play it a bit more and update my review as time goes on.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: January 9
This game reminds me of Chicken Invaders but is more complex and it have more mess and neregular movement. The graphics are nice but they can be upgraded.

I recommend the game for the old times gamers and action lovers! :)
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 16
An Arcade Space Shooter
+ Interesting story with some pretty nice narration over the cutscenes
+ Unique mechanics that allow you to have and control a large amount of ships that link and surround your main ship
+ Fast-paced fire fights with tons of enemies on the screen at once
+ Fun gameplay that allows quick effortless turns, and fast paced strafing

- Near the beginning it says you can unlock new slots for ships by playing survival mode, however there is no indication about how or when you "level up" to get these new slots
- There's a bug in the second mission that will stop you from completing the mission if you fly through to two of the stations at the same time.
- Some of the levels feel very odd and out of place, for example the second mission all you do is chase down escape pods that don't fire back, the third mission there's these large ancient looking monuments of a bald guy who's not wearing pants... just floating in space...
- Survival mode just isn't any fun considering you ahve to use up your "scrap" to stay alive, and it doesn't seem like you get rewarded anything for doing it...

Overall it's a pretty fun shooter that has a fair share of problems, but has a unique mechanic that keeps the gameplay fresh and appealing.
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Cal Dega
0.4 hrs
Pre-Release Review
Posted: May 17
It's a fun little arcade game with a interesting dose of creativity. Not really a "binge game" but something best played in short bursts like wating for a download or a study break.
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4.7 hrs
Posted: May 1
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1.0 hrs
Posted: April 4
The game is fun, and it's core mechanics easy to understand and implement. The story is simple, and I enjoyed the character's knowledge of how ludicrous what they were doing was. It was an interesting take on expected game mechanics (no one questions how 1 man in black ops can accomplish all the tasks he does, it's unrealistic but just accepted by the gamer) but the characters are almost self aware of this without having to do a Deadpool style of 4th wall breaking. An example of this was in the first story mission your briefing tells you that you are to escort a ship and that there will be people trying to attack the escort, and one of the crew members states something to the extent of, "A military mission when we're just explorers and have no idea how to fight? Let's dive in head first!." Subtle humor that I enjoyed. Humor aside you're always just in that believability spectrum, never too far serious or ludicrous. The author knew what kind of experience he wanted to give and he presented it well. This game's story will not lead you into a deeper understanding of humanity or anything like that, but it will give you enough to keep your attention to present to you an enjoyable time.

Visually it's a treat, I don't mean it's NEXT GENERATION GRAPHICS, but it's colorfull vistas and elements of the world backup the style the game is presenting.

I do wish that the way you upgraded your ship/fleet was more progression based, or unlockable I suppose. Not having practically all ship variants right of the start, and getting certain upgrades or new abilities after beating a level would of been nice. Not to say there isn't any progression, but it seems a bit underdeveloped in my humble opinion.

Unfortunately there are some bugs that will hinder your enjoyment of the game. A short gameplay session occurs before what is supposed to be the intro cutscene, and that gameplay segment is a tutorial that you must repeat after the cutscene. The one that caused me the most trouble is the bugged music. While the music itself is great and fitting, you have no ocntrol over the volume. You can try to turn in down using the enraging cursor that is used in menus, using buggy volume sliders, but even if you manage to get the volume to where you want it (which is unlikely since the first slider barley works, the second even less so, and the third is unusable) after a loading screen the volume goes back to max and if you try to change it after that the music will briefly go to the volume you stay and then quickly rise back to max. I point this out because it made it impossible to make a video of this game because the music was always overpowering my voice.

Bugs aside I recommend the game, and look forward to see what come out of the game creator next.
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0.2 hrs
Posted: March 21
Good Game, The Developers did this well, but I would like a more 3D control in the game!
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3.1 hrs
Posted: February 18
Well. To be honest. It's a fun game.
Is there room to improve? Yes
In the end, Close Order is a success as a game. It's fun
I r8 7/7. It's gr8 m8. Would bang again.
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1.0 hrs
Posted: February 9
Disclaimer: I received a key from Black Shell Media to provide private feedback (not a steam review) about the game. Keep this in mind while reading my review.

My old review was harsh and rightfully so. The game was at a very poor state in development at the time. Although the game is still very early in development, my experience with the new update was much, MUCH less frustrating than my initial experience. The controls still feel weird, but now they're much more responsive. When I played the game the first time, it seemed like an impossibility to beat even the first level. Now I can beat the first level, no problem, as I imagine the developers intended.

All in all, I'm still not crazy about the game. That being said, if you like what you see in gameplay videos, the game is actually playable now. The potential is starting to shine through!
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