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 Water flows down over these rocks.
Dear Esther Windows The cave's lighting is mesmerizing.
Dear Esther Windows Further in the cave, the first messages appear, hinting at Damascus.
Dear Esther Windows Another message in a small cabin

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Critic Reviews Feb 15, 2012 90 out of 100 90
Splitkick Feb 24, 2011 9 out of 10 90
Atomic Gamer Feb 18, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Game Informer Magazine Feb 13, 2012 8 out of 10 80
3D Juegos Feb 17, 2012 8 out of 10 80 Feb 23, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Mana Pool Aug 08, 2012 7.4 out of 10 74
MMGN Feb 28, 2012 6.5 out of 10 65
Destructoid Feb 13, 2012 4.5 out of 10 45
Darkstation Mar 09, 2012 4 out of 10 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 (320374) added Dear Esther (Windows) on Feb 19, 2012
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (141329) and Iggi (6266)