Close to the Sun

4.4 out of 5
24 User Ratings
5 Stars
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In Close to the Sun step aboard the Helios - Explore the colossal and mysterious vessel of scientific discovery, a safe haven for scientific progress, away from the threat of corporate espionage
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About Close to the Sun

About this game

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!

Experience a second era of scientific enlightenment, where the mind and inventions of the great Nikola Tesla have shaped the 19th century

Step aboard the Helios - Explore the colossal and mysterious vessel of scientific discovery, a safe haven for scientific progress, away from the threat of corporate espionage

Use your wits to guide Rose on her journey to find her sister Ada, overcome dangers unknown to understand the fate of the Helios and its inhabitants

Solve challenging puzzles to progress through the game and unlock secret areas

Search every corner to uncover hidden collectables and discover the history and secrets of Wardenclyffe and its workers

Explore a visually stunning environment Built in Unreal Engine™ 4

PRESS QUOTES:

  • KOTAKU: "Close to the Sun is an Indie Bioshock Without the Combat."

  • GAMESRADAR: "A little bit BioShock, a little bit SOMA."

  • GAMINGBOLT: "Close to the Sun is looking like a unique, ambitious game, with an alternative history setting that puts the limelight on Nikola Tesla as one of its most major characters..."

Game Details

Release Date:
May 05, 2020
Developer:
Storm in a Teacup
Publisher:
Wired Productions
Rating:
ACB rating of 15
ESRB rating of 17
PEGI rating of 18
Supported Languages:
English +
Steam Deck Support:
Unsupported
Link:
Genres:
Adventure
Walking Simulator
Themes:
Steampunk
Female Protagonist

Horror

Violent
Play Styles:
First-Person
Singleplayer
Features:
Steam Achievements
Full controller support

Steam Cloud

Remote Play on TV

Product Requirements

Minimum:

  • OS: Windows 10
  • Processor: Core i5 / AMD FX 2.4Ghz
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 760 or AMD Radeon™ R7 260x with 3GB Video RAM
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 50 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

Recommended:

  • OS: Windows 10
  • Processor: Core i7 / AMD Ryzen 7
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 / AMD RX 470
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 50 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

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0% of players played this game for >= 80 Hours!

Difficulty Statistics

Difficulty Rating

Simple
20.83%
Easy
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Just Right
29.17%
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Relax & enjoy! 50%  of players consider this game to be Easy

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Tried It
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Played It
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Beat It
55.17%
Conquered It
13.79%
Completionist! 13.79%  of players have Conquered It

Close to the Sun User Reviews

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User Rating

Average score from 24 ratings
79% of users would recommend this.
4.4

User Ratings Breakdown

5 Stars
63%
5 Stars
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4 Stars
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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Recommended

Fanatical User
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Escape room with a good dash of suspense and an interesting story, if exploring levels to solve puzzles and progress is your kind of deal, you're gonna like this game.
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Not Recommended

Fanatical User
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The narrative here is pretty decent, but the gameplay really takes the hit. It just doesn't feel fun controlling the MC. I recommend you watch a playthough on youtube instead.
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If you like walking simulators, give this one a try, otherwise stay clear

Fanatical User
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This is a WALKING SIMULATOR. GOG.com has mislabeled this game as an RPG and I bought the game due to that. If I had known this was a walking simulator, I would have never picked this game up as I hate walking simulators. The game does have a good story to it and there is some interaction and action sequences, but don't mistaken it as an RPG. I was expecting this game to be somewhat like Bioshock but was horrified that it wasn't anything like it.
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Recommended

Jack
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If short, mysterious and sometimes confusing games are your cup of tea, Close to the Sun is a game for you. Set on a large industrial looking vessel, you immediately notice that sometimes is wrong. The wealth, ambience and myserty flow over you as you pass through the ship, whilst also letting you learn about the world you are in. Even though you are not going to leave the ship, you get so much information about what is happening and what has happened in this universe. Whilst teh action is a bit lacking, i thoroughly enjoyed this game,and recommend everybody who wants to discover a new lore filled world to play this game. The collectibles are hidden pretty good too, so happy hunting!
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Recommended

Fanatical User
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I believe this is the only Epic exclusive game that I purchased here. It should also be noted that it became free on Epic last year. I loved the story so much and I also wanted to enjoy additional benefits here on Steam that we don't have there (writing reviews, adding screenshots, unlocking achievements) that I decided to add Close to the Sun to my library. This game can be considered a long walking sim. You know, those FPS titles that miss the shooter aspect. Our protagonist, Rose, is a journalist. She's on board Helios, this massive ship full of scientists and her sole purpose is to find her sister, Ada. You immediately notice the message written on the wall upon your arrival: quarantine. It seems things have gone awry and once you find the first mutilated bodies you realise this will be a horror adventure. There is also a certain unpleasantness reading quarantine whilst having to go through a worldwide pandemic in real life. You make contact with Ada through a wireless device who claims she didn't invite you, at all, to the ship. In any case, you are here for the rescue but investigating what science experiment went wrong is also something you'll uncover in the 10 chapters lying ahead of you. No weapons just solving puzzles and surviving various scripted (mainly chase) events. The design elements reminded me of Bioshock - it should also be noted that the game is exceptionally beautiful. I noticed a couple of stutters here and there but nothing that made me stop playing. I also liked the late 19th century setting with its more advanced technology and the Nikola Tesla museum! And here comes the bad part, the reason why a lot of people feel mixed about the game. The chasing sequences are awful. I believe one in chapter 8 requires precision-perfect turning. You literally have a couple of seconds to press a button and go through the open door. Very annoying thing that requires a lot of trial-and-errors. The game also has some weird greenish spray painting symbols on almost every level as if the developers wanted to indicate something during the development stage. These are mostly hidden but because the game has a lot of collectibles you'll find them. Close to the Sun starts out great then it becomes even better only to remain a mediocre tale at the very end. The last chapter is especially a letdown but overall it is an interesting game with little replayability. I'm usually biased when it comes to this genre and the Bioshock-esque design also made...
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Recommended

Sarina
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Nice game with a story that gets you and make you finish the game just to know the end hahahaha
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Frequently Asked Questions

Relax and Enjoy! 71% of GameFAQs users said Close to the Sun is Simple or Easy. 29% of GameFAQs users said the difficulty is Just Right.
According to PEGI, Close to the Sun is suitable for players aged 18 and above.
No, Close to the Sun is not currently playable on Steam Deck.
Minimum:
  • OS: Windows 10
  • Processor: Core i5 / AMD FX 2.4Ghz
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 760 or AMD Radeon™ R7 260x with 3GB Video RAM
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 50 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
Recommended:
  • OS: Windows 10
  • Processor: Core i7 / AMD Ryzen 7
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 / AMD RX 470
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 50 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
The average playtime for GameFAQs users is 7 hours.
79% of Fanatical users recommend Close to the Sun. The average review score is 4.4/5
Close to the Sun was released on May 05, 2020
Close to the Sun is published by Wired Productions
Close to the Sun was developed by Storm in a Teacup
Fanatical users tagged Close to the Sun as Steampunk, Female Protagonist, Horror, and Violent
Yes, Fanatical users tagged Close to the Sun as Adventure
Yes, Fanatical users tagged Close to the Sun as Walking Simulator
Yes, Fanatical users tagged Close to the Sun as Steampunk

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