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Dear Esther (Windows)

100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
5 point score based on user ratings.
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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 Candles usually hold small shrines.
Dear Esther Windows Further in the cave, the first messages appear, hinting at Damascus.
Dear Esther Windows Exploring the house. The island has chemical symbols all over the place.
Dear Esther Windows Main menu (Dutch version)

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The Press Says

Gaming Nexus Mar 09, 2012 A+ 100
Splitkick Feb 24, 2011 9 out of 10 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 (UK) Feb 14, 2012 8 out of 10 80
ActionTrip Feb 29, 2012 7.7 out of 10 77
GameTrailers Feb 24, 2012 7.5 out of 10 75
Mana Pool Aug 08, 2012 7.4 out of 10 74
MMGN Feb 28, 2012 6.5 out of 10 65


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

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Sciere (233834) added Dear Esther (Windows) on Feb 19, 2012
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (116356) and Iggi (4315)