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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 ship left abandoned with its cargo
Dear Esther Windows A small patch of light
Dear Esther Macintosh The base of the beacon tower
Dear Esther Macintosh Along the path more writing

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Critic Reviews

GameZebo Windows Feb 17, 2012 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Everyeye.it Windows Feb 16, 2012 9 out of 10 90
HonestGamers Windows Feb 14, 2012 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot Windows Feb 13, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Mar 31, 2012 80 out of 100 80
IGN Windows Feb 13, 2012 8 out of 10 80
ActionTrip Windows Feb 29, 2012 7.7 out of 10 77
Jeuxvideo.com Windows Feb 22, 2012 14 out of 20 70
MMGN Windows Feb 28, 2012 6.5 out of 10 65
Destructoid Windows Feb 13, 2012 4.5 out of 10 45

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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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