GAMESCOM 2019: STORM IN A TEACUP
By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee & Ferry "Sadhonker" Adams on August 27, 2019
Developer Storm in a Teacup has already created one of my favorite games: N.E.R.O. (Nothing Ever Remains Obscured), and now they have a new game called Close to the Sun. I surely don't want to miss out on a chance to check this new game myself!
Now, here comes the funny part; this game is actually already released for PC! I feel like a moron for missing out on this. On the other hand, Close to the Sun is currently making its way to consoles, so PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch versions are coming soon. This console release is scheduled for October 2019. During this hands-on session we could try the PC and Nintendo Switch version. Both version are totally the same, so it's just a matter of which system you prefer playing it on.
I managed to complete the first two chapters, in which we meet our protagonist, a female journalist named Rosa. One day, Rosa receives a letter from her sister Ada, a scientist that recently started working aboard a gargantuan ocean cruiser called the Helios. Now, Ada didn't have a big farewell party; she actually snuck out quite secretly to start her undoubtedly important work aboard the Helios. But now, sometime later, out of the blue, she asks for Rosa's help..
Rosa boards the Helios, only to find it completely abandoned... or so it would seem. It's up to you to guide Rosa through the empty halls and rooms of the huge ship and solving all kinds of puzzles along the way. In the chapters we played, we had to find a way to activate the elevator in order to continue our way. We needed to pull two levers, but they were not exactly in a room next to the elevator. Sometimes your way is blocked and you have to search for an alternate route. In the second Chapter, I again needed to get an elevator working. It was functional, but now I needed a key card. After searching for it, I found out that it was actually in a safe. So now I needed to find the combination for this safe. You get the picture, right?
Because Close to the Sun has a steampunk theme, the game is often categorized to the BioShock games. And to be honest, after seeing the trailer, I too thought: "Hey, this looks like Bioshock. It must be awesome, I want to play it!" Of course, Bioshock isn't exactly the worst thing to be compared to, because it is, in my humble opinion, an awesome game. Now, Storm in a Teacup does not copy the Bioshock formula and slap a new name on it, no sirree! Close to the Sun is actually nothing like Bioshock at all; it is a first person puzzle adventure, interspersed with horror elements. So if you were hoping for a first person shooter, you will not find anything like that here
What really stands out to me was the voice acting of the two sisters. It is really good and you immediately bond with Rosa and Ada. Somewhere during the second chapter they get the change to actually talk to each other via the intercom. They both sound so desperate and filled with worry for each other that you will want to help them escape the predicament they both find themselves in! After almost an hour of playing Close the Sun, I only wanted more. Needless to say, I'm really looking forward to this game! (If you read the other Gamescom articles as well, you might notice that October is going to be a busy month for us, yay!)
GAMESCOM 2019: STORM IN A TEACUP
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