In the years since it garnered awards from developers and
gaming luminaries, Closure has become something of an indie darling. Given
PlayStation Network’s predisposition toward adapting artistically diverse
titles, it seems fitting that the 2009 browser-based game would get a new
lease on life on consoles. If you’re interested in picking up something
designed to tickle your brain while you’re on the couch, this is an excellent
Closure is a platform puzzle game that uses light and
shadows to introduce some fascinating concepts. You start off as a quadrupedal
demon-like creature, and as you inhabit each section of the game, you’ll step
into the shoes of three different people, including a construction worker and a
little girl. Each person has 24 puzzles
to solve, plus extras after you’ve cleared those designated stages. Quite
literally and succinctly, you live and die based on illumination.
As you hold the orb of light, everything in the environment
becomes visible and easy to navigate. Consequently, the other elements
disappear. Essentially, light protects you, shadows create deadly chasms that
you fall into. Well, most of the time they can. In other instances, you can
create gaps that allow you to drop from one lit platform to another by
splitting the light focus.
Each section is paced so that you’ll gently step into its
puzzles with some relative ease, then see a steady increase in difficulty. And
you’ll fail. Your character will fall into chasms and abysses, and you’ll lose
keys that unlock doors to the next stage, several times over.
It’s tough as nails at points, but its trial-by-death design
is elegant and suspenseful. Despite immediate comparisons to Limbo, it’s a game
that really toys with your perceptions differently, despite the similar
dimly-lit art style. There’s a compulsion at play here that’ll keep you
doggedly determined to crack through its well-made brain-twisters.
Granted, it’s a game that’s playable in your
web browser with a few careful keyword searches (for a taste of what's at play in this superior version), but Closure’s monochromatic
art design translates beautifully to HD-friendly consoles, there's a vast amount to experience, and the Dual Shock 3
provides plenty of precision. And of course, there are trophies for those who
are interested. It’s an excellent opportunity for PS3 owners to
try out an excellent indie title.
On one hand, you can easily open another tab and find
Closure playable in a browser. On the other, the PSN experience looks fantastic
and offers Dual Shock support, plus trophies. Overall, the PS3 game is a
neatly-constructed package that wonderfully showcases a smart and challenging
puzzle game. It's a great way to dive in and invest your time in a unique and soundly designed experience. Regardless of how you experience it, just be sure not to miss