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Dear Esther is the commercial remake of a Half-Life 2 modification of the same name first released in 2007. This version was redesigned entirely for the Source engine. The game is set on a remote, desolate island somewhere in the outer Hebrides. It is entirely story-driven and has no action sequences. It is possible to swim in certain section, but the player's character is immediately called back when he dies. The player walks the protagonist around, exploring the island, while a narrator gradually releases information about the meaning, hinting at a motorway accident. While he moves towards an aerial through four chapters with a linear design, the significance of the accident and the link to the island become apparent. Through its slow pace and the classical-driven music, the focus is more on the ambiance and the experience, than on actual gameplay, even though there are hardly any scripted parts.


Dear Esther Windows A strange drawing in the sand
Dear Esther Windows A small patch of light
Dear Esther Macintosh Markings on the walls throughout the caves
Dear Esther Macintosh Title & main menu

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Critic Reviews Windows Feb 15, 2012 90 out of 100 90
Splitkick Windows Feb 24, 2011 9 out of 10 90 Windows Feb 14, 2012 9 out of 10 90 Windows Feb 20, 2012 9 out of 10 90
PC Gamer Windows Feb 13, 2012 84 out of 100 84
3D Juegos Windows Feb 17, 2012 8 out of 10 80 Windows Feb 23, 2012 8 out of 10 80 Windows Feb 20, 2012 8 out of 10 80
MMGN Windows Feb 28, 2012 6.5 out of 10 65
DarkZero Windows Feb 25, 2012 6 out of 10 60


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  • 4Players
    • 2012 – Best Story of the Year
  • GameStar (Germany) / GamePro (Germany)
    • 2012 - #5 Best Indie Game / Mod of the Year (Readers' Vote)

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