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 (547 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."

Reviews

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."

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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

Windows
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    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
    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
Helpful customer reviews
19 of 27 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
I suppose the concept is pretty original, yes, but I think that's for a reason... there's just no way it could've worked. A puzzle platformer where the puzzles are easy and the platforming is clunky. Spend several minutes on tedious puzzles only to fail a jump and have to restart the entire level. Whoops, that looked solid, but apparently it isn't. Item babysitting is really fun, especially when the entire game is focused around it.

Sigh. I can't be nice to this game, there's not much enjoyable about it.

The "puzzles" in this game are not ever too challenging. The hardest part is figuring out whether or not what you're trying to do is actually possible, since it's often ambiguous. Move speed is slow, jump is barely passable in height. It's not really a very good platforming engine, and the physics are often clunky. There's some decent brainteasers in the game though so I'm not going to pretend it's devoid of real puzzle design, but the tricky stuff is tricky for the wrong reasons. A lot of the puzzles seem to want to make you explore the area a bit and then restart because you did something wrong while exploring. And there's not a lot of variety; lots of the same things over and over with no clever twists on them.

The game's also way too punishing for how long some of the puzzles go on. Way too easy to jump up onto a box but WHOOPS you forgot to leave your orb next to the box so it plummets into the abyss. Fail a jump you're not sure you can make and WHOOPS back to the start. Losing keys also happens frequently. And the physics lead to some fun times, enjoy your accidentally crushed orb please and thank you. This is especially annoying in the levels that are comprised of several smaller puzzles instead of one big one. Screw up one puzzle and you have to redo all the others too, even though there's no good reason to. The puzzles are already tedious enough without the game forcing you to play them over and over again to figure out everything about them.

In short, it's not fun. At all.

The art style is okay, though the lack of color results in everything looking pretty samey after a while. The music's way too overblown for the game and there's far too few different music tracks. The game has too many levels, could've stood to have less considering the lack of variety, it just feels overlong. Especially when there are levels without any puzzle to be found; not kidding. I think this would've been better with a Braid-like rewind system to avoid the tedium of having to replay everything whenever you screw up a puzzle, honestly. Even if it's a "ripoff" that way, well, at least it'd be more fun to play.

Not recommended at all for either puzzle fans or platforming fans, there's far better out there than this.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
A very challenging puzzle-platformer presented in black and white to take advantage of the shadows.

Whatever the light does not touch does not exist.
Expertly guide the light from one side of the map to the next to progress to the next room.
It is not as easy as it sounds, believe me.
This is trial and error in every sense of the word.
You are going to die. Alot.

8.5/10
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 20
In Closure you will find challenging puzzles based on special orbs of light which you play with in a strategic way to reach the end of each level . It's got original and funny graphics along with a great soundtrack as well.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 3
What if there is only what you can see? What if nothing exist in the dark and existence is only in the light? Cannot go through the wall? You can if you don't see it. ;) It's a brilliant concept and if you like puzzle games and unique ideas you will love this game. And wait till you hear the music and see all the art behind. Go for it, buy it, enjoy it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 5
If I can’t see it, it doesn’t exist. This is pretty much the premise of the game and it is executed to very good effect. Closure is a puzzle platformer in which you are a weird little creature with no face, running about in the dark, and clinging desperately to the light so you don’t fall off into nothingness while you try to map out each level and locate the exit. Oh and then you steal some people’s faces or something and solve light based puzzles in their bodies or whatever.

The puzzles themselves are pretty clever. In each new zone you start out with some pretty simple puzzles which gradually introduce new elements to you, but towards the end of the zone you’re having to work out some pretty complicated stuff. The way these puzzles work is that walls and floors do not exist in the dark, so you have to position lamps and orbs of light about the place to let you do stuff like pass through a wall and not fall through the floor into the abyss, or maybe ride a spotlight up a wall to the exit. It’s a bit weird at first really, but definitely an innovative twist on the standard puzzle platformer. One thing I really like about Closure as a puzzle platformer is that it doesn’t just delight in killing you for no reason (unlike certain other dark puzzle platformers). Every level has a good sense of logic about it that you could probably work out without dying if you were careful and really thought about it; Closure doesn’t resort to tricking you into dying, that’s just not its style. The fact that Closure puts such a weighting on logic rather than trickery or trial and error (though I did have many trial an error moments trying to get my head around some of the harder puzzles) means that every level completed comes with a strong sense of accomplishment, as opposed to other puzzle platformers which only provide the feeling that you’re glad it’s over before you walk into the next ridiculous trap.

The music that accompanies the game is top notch and really adds to the atmosphere of the game. Closure even makes use of some Tuban throat singing, which I don’t think I’ve heard in a game before, but it works really well for the existential and slightly creepy theme that Closure has going on.

There is one thing that I would warn people about with this game, and that is that I encountered a really weird bug playing this game on my new laptop (Windows 8.1 with integrated intel graphics) which caused light to not interact with surfaces properly and made me perpetually fall through the floor and die even though it was lit up – it was a game breaker. I’ve also played this game on a rather old laptop (dedicated graphics, Linux) and on my main PC (dedicated graphics, Windows 7) and on both machines the game runs perfectly. From what I can tell the devs seem pretty active and willing to help resolve any issues but since this problem only affected 1 of my 3 devices and I was so close to finishing when I tried it on my new laptop I didn’t bother getting it sorted out.

I have absolutely no recollection of purchasing Closure, which has added to the mystery of the game for me. I’m just glad I did buy it (if I did buy it) and then happened to stumble across it in my game library. This is truly one of those hidden gem type games and I would definitely recommend it.

8 out of 10, would illuminate.
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