In the dark and mysterious world of Closure, only what you see exists. Manipulate lights to phase objects in and out of reality in this multiple-award-winning puzzle game. Play as a strange spider-like demon who explores the stories of three human characters through beautiful, eerie environments such as a decrepit factory, a murky...
User reviews: Very Positive (430 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 7, 2012

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"Showed at PAX Prime 2012 - Solve puzzles in a world where only what you see is truly present."

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IGN: 8.5/10 - "Stylish and engaging, Closure’s thoughtful and pensive approach to the puzzle genre should be applauded."

1-UP: A- - "The game is crammed with challenges and collectibles that will hold your attention well passed the expiration date of most downloadable titles."

Joystiq: 4/5 - "Closure offers up a unique puzzle experience set in a wonderfully moody environment caught somewhere between the designs of Dan Paladin and Edward Gorey."

About This Game

In the dark and mysterious world of Closure, only what you see exists. Manipulate lights to phase objects in and out of reality in this multiple-award-winning puzzle game. Play as a strange spider-like demon who explores the stories of three human characters through beautiful, eerie environments such as a decrepit factory, a murky forest, an abandoned carnival, and the strange, surreal realm that connects them together.

System Requirements

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Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows 7/Vista/XP
    • Processor:Intel Core 2 Duo or higher
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:512MB with support for OpenGL 2.0, older or integrated cards may not work
    • Hard Drive:512 MB HD space
    • Additional:email support@closuregame.com if you have problems
    Recommended:
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Additional:email support@closuregame.com if you have problems
    Minimum:
    • OS:10.6
    • Processor:Intel Core 2 Duo or higher
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:512MB with support for OpenGL 2.0, older or integrated cards may not work
    • Hard Drive:512 MB HD space
    • Additional:email support@closuregame.com if you have problems
    Recommended:
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Additional:email support@closuregame.com if you have problems
Helpful customer reviews
16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
Closure is a platform-puzzle game in a very unique form.

It has a very beautiful and minimalist (and kind of creepy) design all in black and white and very good sound and music as well. The way the game works with the shadow/light is pretty cool, and the levels are very well design, some of them has more than one way to be completed or some "secrets", and that's pretty cool.

The gameplay is pretty simple: you walk, grab some items, jump and enter the doors. That's it. The little tutorial in the beginning of the game is cool and teach that in a nice and practical way.

The light/shadow trick is the heart of the game, only the things that are in the light are visible and exists, you can't go out or place any object in the shadow. This is the point of most fun and sometimes frustration.

The idea of taking a light always with you to know and (literally) make your path is awesome, and very original. It is explored in many ways until the end of the game but there are levels that you will take so much time to you figure what to do and in the last moment you let go that beam of light and it's all lost because the key is gone in the dark.

The good point is that you can play it for 15 minutes or so, clear one or two levels and return later, because you will not have to learn all over again. It's pretty intuitive.

So, if you like some puzzles you should definitely try Closure, it is nice, simple, beautiful, original and challenging.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
Guide your little person up the ladder, across the gaps in the floor and out the door. But if you can't see it, It doesn't exist. Walk off into the darkness and fall into oblivion. Wall lamps can be rotated to reveal floors and glowing orbs can be carried to light your way. Some doors need to be unlocked with a key and you can carry only one thing at a time. Appropriate for a game about light and shadow the odd art design is done entirely in black and white.

The levels were a bit on the easy side, But I enjoyed the light/dark aspect, music and art design. Things are kept at a minimum, Though perhaps too minimal. I think more interesting things could have been done with the games gimmick. There's no story in the game. Just different themes for the three groups of levels. Which is fine as the game is fairly abstract anyway, But filling out the vignettes more would have been nice.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
Closure is a 2D platform puzzle game, where everything that has light on it exists. Everything that doesn't have lights will make you fall down. If you fall down to the bottom of the screen you will die. That sounds really simple as a mechanic, but is really well executed in the game. With a great look at detail. The thing you have to do is in every level is that you have to open a door to get to the next level. So you for instance have to find a key or get some object activated to open the door. You will be really challenged by many of puzzles. Some puzzles also got me really stuck for a while. What I like in the levels are the many different puzzles with new objects. The design and the sounddesign combine well within the game, working well with the game's aesthetics. The only bad thing I can say about the game was that at the third stage of the game the puzzles where strangely enough really easy. When compared to the stages before that. (Maybe it was just me.) Closure is instead of many other puzzle games I experienced, packed with many hours of gameplay. (12 hours )
Closure is also one of the few games that convinced me to replay some levels over again to get all the collectables. Which is challenging.

In short: A puzzle game with many hours of play where only anything in the light exists.

If you are interested you can try the gameplay out on newgrounds:
http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/480006
( Also maybe interesting for people who own it because it has different levels )
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Closure is a puzzle game with a simple premise - What you cant see really isnt there. I thought this was a cool premise

Most of the puzzles were very easy some even purely atmospheric. However many times i fell threw annoying small holes in the ground or messed up on something really minute causing me to replay the whole level. This game was still very fun despite being really annoying.

The final level set and secret bonuses were mostly pretty challenging and enjoyable. Closure has no replay value but the over 100 levels should last a decent amount of time themselves. There is also a developer commentary unlocked when you complete the game any% I found it fairly interesting

i got this game in the 1$ humble bundle not going to comment on the price overall i thought it was a great game buy it if you like an atmospheric puzzler
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Closure is a game unlike anything else out there.

Which isn't necessarily saying much on its own merit; there are many games out there are that are one-of-a-kind but also aren't really well-made games.

Closure isn't this game.

The core mechanics consist of a puzzle-platformer where solid ground shifts according to what is visible in the light. A very simple concept to understand, yet in end-game becomes very complex.

The atmosphere and art direction contribute substantially to the light/dark dynamic, and overall create a particular experience that only Closure can deliver.

If you enjoy puzzle-platformers, interesting art design, and conceptually stimulating gamesets, this is a game you cannot miss.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
B&W platformer with a dark atmosphere. Play with lights & shadows, tons of possibilities. Just began trying to speedrun it, and there are some amazing shortcuts. Ambiant music is quite soft, has a nice ring, and not too tedious, even after listening to it for couple hours straight !
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
I do like this game a lot, but it doesn't seem to hold my attention long. It's an interesting platforming puzzle game (seems to be a lot of these of late), with a unique mechanic. It's based entirely on lighting.

Most of the game is shrouded in darkness, and where there is no light, the game acts as though there is nothing. Therefore you will fall endlessly where there is no light until you die. This makes from interesting gameplay, as walls can be passed through by simply removing or moving a light source.

The trick is knowing how to use light effectively to get to the end without falling into darkness.

This to me has been one of the more challenging of these types of games. It isn't easy. It's not necessarily physically difficult, either. Everything is based on planning, with some reaction time-based mechanics here and there.

So it's an enjoyable, intriguing game, but not one I find too obsession worthy. It's still decent.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
Spent the last 5 minutes just falling into the water and rebirthing while playing fullscreen in 1080p. 10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 2
One of the few puzzle games I've completed without resorting to a walkthrough. The solutions are by no mean obvious or easy, but they always make sense.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Interesting puzzle game with an interesting gimmick, but it has my most common complaint: it's too damn easy.

7/10

Not quite sure what the overall plot was though. I think it was like going through a girl's subconscious while she was in a coma before she dies.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 20
An excellent puzzle platformer with an extremely unusual central mechanic. Balanced far more towards thoughtful planning than refelxes or pixel-perfect jumping, it will confuse at first, then challenge (but usually stay just the right side of frustration) and eventually have you thinking in its strange language. Imaginitive, orignal, sometimes ingenious puzzles in a brillianlty drawn dark world which rewards the urge to explore & discover - this is a unique, weird delight among the thousands of seemingly similar games on Steam. I hope more people find it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
Really interesting game, great concept that I hadn't seen before. Essentially anywhere that is lit up exists, and anything that isn't lit up, does not. Can be tricky to get your head around the concept, considering at times you know there is a platform there, you just can't see it. If you do however go to make that jump, you will fall to your death.

The graphics are quite well done, sticking to the black and white theme throughout the game does not make it seem bland in any sense; rather the play of the lights is the main graphical focus.

The soundtrack was really good, quite symphonic in some areas which really worked for the mood of the game.

Not too sure what the story was about, not even too sure that there was one. At the same time the format of the game does not suggest that there really needs to be one.

The only two downsides would be the length of the game, taking roughly 7 hours to 100% (some maps will have you stuck for a while, where others you will complete within a minute). The other issue is something that really goes with the genre, and that is the extremely touchy physics. If something is not quite right with the positioning, it can mean restarting the whole level. There also seems to be some inconsistency with the falling of objects, in regards to whether they will bounce badly or simply land flat...

Overall, I would give 8/10.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
Closure is a pretty clever black & white puzzle game. The game revolves around lightness and darkness--the world around you only exists when light shines upon it. So you can literally walk through walls and fall through platforms by removing the light shining upon them. Some of the levels are very simple but many of the later levels get quite tricky.

The initial learning curve required a lot of trial-and-error to struggle through. However, once I fully understood how to use the light correctly, the game became much easier making many of the later levels seem simple compared to the early ones. I think the game would have been improved by a rewind mechanic because if you fail, you have to start each level from scratch.

Overall, a very enjoyable puzzle game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 15
Thanks!

Seeing this kind of games on steam is a great reminder and inspiration that I might make it into game dev :)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 20
Just not for me
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
Very interesting and unique game. Lots of unexpected deaths await you, including on the stage selection screen.

Enjoyable and totally recommended.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Love the simple & clever gameplay and the weird art style. Great puzzle game to sink time into.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
I was really interested in the art-style of this game, but unfortunately that is all I can recommend as a positive.
For me, the game crashes every 2-3 levels and requires a restart. The levels are simple and get repetitive very quickly.
I do love the art and the backing music and ambiance.

Hopefully this is a personal problem that will be fixed with a better PC so that I can change this review to a positive one.
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
I'm sure there probably was a somewhat interesting game in here somewhere, but you'll have to restart the game endlessly it seems to actually see it. Game grinds to a halt only minutes (or levels, can't really tell yet) in, before crashing entirely, requiring a restart. Looks like I'm not the only one it has happened to either from what I've read.
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
Another indie puzzle platformer, built around a particular clever rule for how the world works. Where in VVVVVV you play with gravity, here you play with light. A suitably macabre art style that you will rarely enjoy as most of the time you'll be lost in the dark. A similarly eerie soundtrack that fades from appropriate to grating. Simply not as fun as VVVVVV or engaging as the better known creepy black & white puzzle platformer, Limbo.
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