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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 A strange drawing in the sand
Dear Esther Windows Some burning candles have been left behind.
Dear Esther Windows Candles usually hold small shrines.
Dear Esther Windows A small cottage appears in the distance

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Gaming Nexus Mar 09, 2012 A+ 100
GameZebo Feb 17, 2012 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100 Feb 20, 2012 9 out of 10 90
Splitkick Feb 24, 2011 9 out of 10 90
Gameplay (Benelux) Mar 31, 2012 80 out of 100 80 Feb 20, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Atomic Gamer Feb 18, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Digital Spy Feb 15, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameSpy Feb 16, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
New Game Network Mar 02, 2012 80 out of 100 80


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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 (385857) added Dear Esther (Windows) on Feb 19, 2012
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (163139) and Iggi (8775)