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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 Find a way to reach the entrance to the cave
Dear Esther Windows A small patch of light
Dear Esther Windows More glowing markings inside a cave
Dear Esther Windows A scene with paper boats

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Gaming Nexus Mar 09, 2012 A+ 100
GameOver (Greece) Feb 13, 2012 10 out of 10 100 Feb 15, 2012 90 out of 100 90 Feb 13, 2012 9 out of 10 90
Edge Feb 13, 2012 8 out of 10 80
New Game Network Mar 02, 2012 80 out of 100 80
IGN Feb 13, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Mana Pool Aug 08, 2012 7.4 out of 10 74 Feb 20, 2012 7 out of 10 70
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 (270631) added Dear Esther (Windows) on Feb 19, 2012
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (126886) and Iggi (4967)