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.

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Dear Esther Windows Exploring the house. The island has chemical symbols all over the place.
Dear Esther Windows The end of the caves
Dear Esther Windows Another desolate view, lighted by the full moon.
Dear Esther Windows Candles usually hold small shrines.

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Critic Reviews

GameZebo Feb 17, 2012 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Gaming Nexus Mar 09, 2012 A+ 100
Everyeye.it Feb 16, 2012 9 out of 10 90
Bit-Tech Feb 14, 2012 90 out of 100 90
The Telegraph Mar 05, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Eurogamer.be Feb 20, 2012 8 out of 10 80
3D Juegos Feb 17, 2012 8 out of 10 80
New Game Network Mar 02, 2012 80 out of 100 80
Edge Feb 13, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Mar 01, 2012 76 out of 100 76

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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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Sciere (502176) added Dear Esther (Windows) on Feb 19, 2012
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (196432) and Iggi (13080)