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 Candles usually hold small shrines.
Dear Esther Windows A small patch of light
Dear Esther Windows An abandoned boat you cannot reach
Dear Esther Windows Near the top of the cliff

Promo Images

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Critic Reviews

4Players.de Feb 15, 2012 90 out of 100 90
Gamer.nl Feb 14, 2012 9 out of 10 90
Bit-Tech Feb 14, 2012 90 out of 100 90
HonestGamers Feb 14, 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
Digital Spy Feb 15, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Meristation Feb 24, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Mana Pool Aug 08, 2012 7.4 out of 10 74
Adventure Classic Gaming May 24, 2012 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

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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 (409077) added Dear Esther (Windows) on Feb 19, 2012
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (170568) and Iggi (10231)