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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.

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Dear Esther Windows An abandoned boat you cannot reach
Dear Esther Windows A strange scene on the motorway, but underwater
Dear Esther Macintosh Along the path more writing
Dear Esther Windows Main menu (Dutch version)

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Critic Reviews

Gaming Nexus Windows Mar 09, 2012 A+ 100
GameZebo Windows Feb 17, 2012 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
4Players.de Windows Feb 15, 2012 90 out of 100 90
Edge Windows Feb 13, 2012 8 out of 10 80
The Escapist Windows Feb 25, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
New Game Network Windows Mar 02, 2012 80 out of 100 80
Mana Pool Windows Aug 08, 2012 7.4 out of 10 74
MMGN Windows Feb 28, 2012 6.5 out of 10 65
Adventure Classic Gaming Windows May 24, 2012 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
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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