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Dear Esther (Windows)

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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 small cottage appears in the distance
Dear Esther Windows Walking back up the stairs along the cliff.
Dear Esther Windows Main menu (Dutch version)
Dear Esther Windows Further following a path

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The Press Says Feb 14, 2012 9 out of 10 90 Feb 13, 2012 9 out of 10 90
IGN Feb 13, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Atomic Gamer Feb 18, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Gameplay (Benelux) Mar 31, 2012 80 out of 100 80 Feb 23, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Mana Pool Aug 08, 2012 7.4 out of 10 74 Feb 22, 2012 14 out of 20 70
Hooked Gamers Feb 20, 2012 5 out of 10 50
Destructoid Feb 13, 2012 4.5 out of 10 45


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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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Sciere (290061) added Dear Esther (Windows) on Feb 19, 2012
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (131937) and Iggi (5721)