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Dear Esther

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Linux
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Macintosh
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3.8
Windows
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Description

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.

Screenshots

Dear Esther Windows Another desolate view, lighted by the full moon.
Dear Esther Windows Near the top of the cliff
Dear Esther Windows Exploring the house. The island has chemical symbols all over the place.
Dear Esther Windows An abandoned boat you cannot reach

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The Press Says

Strategy Informer Windows Feb, 2012 9 out of 10 90
Eurogamer.it Windows Feb 23, 2012 8 out of 10 80
New Game Network Windows Mar 02, 2012 80 out of 100 80
The Escapist Windows Feb 25, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Digital Spy Windows Feb 15, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Eurogamer.be Windows Feb 20, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Jeuxvideo.com Macintosh May 16, 2012 14 out of 20 70
GamingUnion.net Windows Feb 20, 2012 7 out of 10 70
DarkZero Windows Feb 25, 2012 6 out of 10 60
Darkstation Windows Mar 09, 2012 4 out of 10 40

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Awards

  • 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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