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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 Rusted boats from long past beached below with the beacon in the distance
Dear Esther Windows A waterfall crashing down
Dear Esther Macintosh Abandoned lighthouse
Dear Esther Macintosh Title & main menu

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Gaming Nexus Windows Mar 09, 2012 A+ 100 Windows Feb 23, 2012 8 out of 10 80 Windows Feb 23, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
3D Juegos Windows Feb 17, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Mar 31, 2012 80 out of 100 80
Absolute Games ( Windows Mar 01, 2012 76 out of 100 76 Macintosh May 16, 2012 14 out of 20 70 Windows Feb 22, 2012 14 out of 20 70
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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