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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 An abandoned boat you cannot reach
Dear Esther Windows Water flows down over these rocks.
Dear Esther Windows Chapter selection
Dear Esther Windows Following the path towards the aerial

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GameOver (Greece) Feb 13, 2012 10 out of 10 100 Feb 14, 2012 9 out of 10 90
Bit-Tech Feb 14, 2012 90 out of 100 90 Feb 23, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Edge Feb 13, 2012 8 out of 10 80
IGN Feb 13, 2012 8 out of 10 80
The Telegraph Mar 05, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gameplay (Benelux) Mar 31, 2012 80 out of 100 80 (UK) Feb 14, 2012 8 out of 10 80
ActionTrip Feb 29, 2012 7.7 out of 10 77


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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 (644722) added Dear Esther (Windows) on Feb 19, 2012
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (244976) and Iggi (17493)