Close to the Sun on Nintendo Switch, 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!
You get a good understanding of the controls when you start the game. There are no weapons, so its moving around, jump and action. The action is used to push buttons, open doors etc. You can also sprint, which will come in handy when you get into the bulk of the game.
Nintendo Switch Gameplay Trailer | Close to the Sun
Movement is very “heavy”, it feels like you are wearing a diving suit. I guess this is to make the game feel slow and scary. Especially when you have to start running away from enemies.
There is a very soft look to this game, which I think may be down to the limits of the Switches hardware. The art deco style of the game has an almost blue effect to it. This helps give it a dream sequence style.
The story and voice acting are the key pillars to this game. The characters have very natural conversations and they bring you into the story. The music matches the scenes perfectly, and will build up to the jump scare moments.
The whole game is around 5 hours, though if movement wasn’t restricted it would probably be 3. There are collectables littered throughout the game, so you guys out there can spend another 5 hours just collecting them.
Overall, Close to the Sun is a great horror game. Having played it twice, I was still scared by the jump scares. Also, you are brought into the game world, and the natural conversations and music, makes the game feel like a horror film. Finally, please check out our gaming reviews. Also, don’t forget to connect with the Jabba Reviews team on Facebook or Twitter.