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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 Macintosh A cave and ship that has run aground long ago in distance
Dear Esther Macintosh A spectacular moonlight view at the path and shore below from high atop the tower
Dear Esther Windows Slowly dredging through the foliage
Dear Esther Macintosh The base of the beacon tower

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Critic Reviews

Splitkick Windows Feb 24, 2011 9 out of 10 90
Gamegravy Windows May 21, 2015 9 out of 10 90
Game Informer Magazine Windows Feb 13, 2012 8 out of 10 80
The Escapist Windows Feb 25, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80 Windows Feb 23, 2012 8 out of 10 80
GameTrailers Windows Feb 24, 2012 7.5 out of 10 75
Mana Pool Windows Aug 08, 2012 7.4 out of 10 74 Windows Feb 20, 2012 7 out of 10 70
Hooked Gamers Windows Feb 20, 2012 5 out of 10 50
Destructoid Windows Feb 13, 2012 4.5 out of 10 45


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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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