Close Approach

By Abstract Worlds Free to try Editors' Rating

Editors' Review Staff Feb 27, 2009
This confusing space shooter needs a more user-friendly operation scheme before we can call it a truly compelling game. In Close Approach, your simple task is to destroy an asteroid, which breaks into smaller and smaller pieces the more you shoot it. The game lets you command your ship from the first-person view, but we initially had problems even figuring out how to play. No matter whether we tried maneuvering our spacecraft with the mouse or the keyboard, the game kept tell us we weren't inside the containment field. After some wrangling, we eventually got to the point where we could blast away at the asteroids and began to enjoy ourselves. For a game that consumes only 2MB, Close Approach has decent music and graphics, but its feature set may be its strongest point. You can customize the game by choosing the difficulty level, setting the graphics quality, specifying ship movement style, and disabling the audio. Although its learning curve may be a little too steep for casual gamers, more experienced folks might find this program worth a try.

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What's new in version 2.03


Release November 9, 2008
Date Added February 10, 2004
Version 2.03

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Operating Systems Windows 95, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP, Windows NT
Additional Requirements Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP


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Developer's Description

Close Approach is a true 3D, first-person shooter, space-combat action game, where you must destroy the asteroids before they reach the Earth. The fate of the Earth is in your hands, the year is 2100, and mankind has never felt more threatened. With space travel available to the masses, religious extremists are plotting to divert asteroids into the path of the Earth.

Only you can stop them, by piloting the latest flying-saucer omni-directional spacecraft, you must blast the asteroids into cosmic dust, before they collide with Mother Earth. The application features a full 3D-accelerated engine, first-person from-the-cockpit views, fractal-generated asteroids, enemy ships, power-ups, translucent explosions, and most of all--fun gameplay.

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