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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 Title & main menu
Dear Esther Windows Exploring the house. The island has chemical symbols all over the place.
Dear Esther Windows A strange scene on the motorway, but underwater
Dear Esther Macintosh Candles along the path with the beacon in the distance

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GameOver (Greece) Windows Feb 13, 2012 10 out of 10 100
GameZebo Windows Feb 17, 2012 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Bit-Tech Windows Feb 14, 2012 90 out of 100 90
Gamegravy Windows May 21, 2015 9 out of 10 90
PC Gamer Windows Feb 13, 2012 84 out of 100 84
New Game Network Windows Mar 02, 2012 80 out of 100 80
Atomic Gamer Windows Feb 18, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Mana Pool Windows Aug 08, 2012 7.4 out of 10 74
Destructoid Windows Feb 13, 2012 4.5 out of 10 45
Adventure Classic Gaming Windows May 24, 2012 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 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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