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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 scene on the motorway, but underwater
Dear Esther Windows An abandoned boat you cannot reach
Dear Esther Macintosh Following the trail from the beach - the old lighthouse in distance
Dear Esther Windows A scene with paper boats

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Critic Reviews Windows Feb 16, 2012 9 out of 10 90
Bit-Tech Windows Feb 14, 2012 90 out of 100 90
The Telegraph Windows Mar 05, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Edge Windows Feb 13, 2012 8 out of 10 80
ActionTrip Windows Feb 29, 2012 7.7 out of 10 77
GameTrailers Windows Feb 24, 2012 7.5 out of 10 75
Mana Pool Windows Aug 08, 2012 7.4 out of 10 74 Macintosh May 16, 2012 14 out of 20 70
Darkstation Windows Mar 09, 2012 4 out of 10 40
Adventure Classic Gaming Windows May 24, 2012 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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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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