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Dear Esther (Windows)

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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 A strange drawing in the sand
Dear Esther Windows A scene with paper boats
Dear Esther Windows Chapter selection
Dear Esther Windows Looking down inside a giant shaft

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The Press Says

Gaming Nexus Mar 09, 2012 A+ 100
videogamer.com Feb 13, 2012 9 out of 10 90
Everyeye.it Feb 16, 2012 9 out of 10 90
Bit-Tech Feb 14, 2012 90 out of 100 90
IGN Feb 13, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Atomic Gamer Feb 18, 2012 8 out of 10 80
HonestGamers Feb 14, 2012 8 out of 10 80
3D Juegos Feb 17, 2012 8 out of 10 80
GamingUnion.net Feb 20, 2012 7 out of 10 70
MMGN Feb 28, 2012 6.5 out of 10 65

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Awards

  • GameStar (Germany) / GamePro (Germany)
    • 2012 - #5 Best Indie Game / Mod of the Year (Readers' Vote)

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Sciere (249839) added Dear Esther (Windows) on Feb 19, 2012
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (121658) and Iggi (4472)