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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 Chapter selection
Dear Esther Windows More glowing markings inside a cave
Dear Esther Macintosh Inside the old lighthouse
Dear Esther Windows A strange drawing in the sand

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Gaming Nexus Windows Mar 09, 2012 A+ 100
GameOver (Greece) Windows Feb 13, 2012 10 out of 10 100 Windows Feb 16, 2012 9 out of 10 90
Game Watcher Windows Feb, 2012 9 out of 10 90
Atomic Gamer Windows Feb 18, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Digital Spy Windows Feb 15, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80 Windows Feb 20, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Absolute Games ( Windows Mar 01, 2012 76 out of 100 76
MMGN Windows Feb 28, 2012 6.5 out of 10 65
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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