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 A scene with paper boats
Dear Esther Windows Some burning candles have been left behind.
Dear Esther Windows More glowing markings inside a cave

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Critic Reviews Feb 16, 2012 9 out of 10 90 Feb 20, 2012 9 out of 10 90
IGN Feb 13, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Edge Feb 13, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Atomic Gamer Feb 18, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Absolute Games ( Mar 01, 2012 76 out of 100 76
GameTrailers Feb 24, 2012 7.5 out of 10 75 Feb 20, 2012 7 out of 10 70 Feb 22, 2012 14 out of 20 70
Adventure Classic Gaming 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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Sciere (506100) added Dear Esther (Windows) on Feb 19, 2012
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (200390) and Iggi (13263)