Dear Esther

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"One of the most haunting and well-executed titles of this or any other generation." -

"A trip through a brilliantly conceived landscape that rewards attentive engagement with a moving story." -

“A deserted island…a lost man…memories of a fatal crash…a book written by a dying explorer.”

Two years in the making, the highly anticipated Indie remake of the cult mod Dear Esther arrives on PC. Dear Esther immerses you in a stunningly realised world, a remote and desolate island somewhere in the outer Hebrides. As you step forwards, a voice begins to read fragments of a letter: "Dear Esther..." - and so begins a journey through one of the most original first-person games of recent years. Abandoning traditional gameplay for a pure story-driven experience, Dear Esther fuses its beautiful environments with a breathtaking soundtrack to tell a powerful story of love, loss, guilt and redemption.

Forget the normal rules of play; if nothing seems real here, it’s because it may just be all a delusion. What is the significance of the aerial -- What happened on the motorway -- is the island real or imagined -- who is Esther and why has she chosen to summon you here? The answers are out there, on the lost beach, the windswept cliffs and buried in the darkness of the tunnels beneath the island… Or then again, they may just not be, after all…

Dear Esther is supported by Indie Fund.

Key Features:

  • Every play-through a unique experience, with randomly generated audio, visuals and events.

  • Explore Incredible environments that push the Source engine to new levels of beauty.

  • A poetic, semi-randomised story like you've never experienced in a game before.

  • Stunning soundtrack featuring world-class musicians.

  • An uncompromisingly inventive game delivered to the highest AAA standards.

Customer reviews


Non-Interactive story

Oktarnash | Sept. 26, 2014 | See all Oktarnash's reviews »

Very small game, I believe it is around either 1 hour or 2 hours long, and all you have to do is press W, and move the mouse, really they should have removed movement controls, and just let you pause when you want to observe. I would say don't get this, but some people will. Although I would say just go watch a TV show, it will at least give you move bang for you time.


Do YOU think that this is a game?

therealBIGdeal | Sept. 25, 2014 | See all therealBIGdeal's reviews »

I don't believe that Dear Esther is a game in the normal sense. It doesn't have roguelike elements, it's not a top down shooter, and there is little to no player interaction. You simply walk, and listen. For a game that has very limited gameplay, the world seems very beautiful. In fact, the most disappointing thing about the game was the lack of exploration available to the player. I would love to be able to go to the grim and gray beach, or climb the foggy peak.

If reading and casual gaming are your cup of tea, then this game will most likely appeal to you. It has a good story that is simple to follow and have a nice length. However, if your preferred games are Skyrim and DOOM 3, look away. You have to approach this game with a certain mindset to get a satisfying experience.


Game with story, not gameplay.

Furrek | Sept. 15, 2014 | See all Furrek's reviews »

Not everybody will like game like this - where you are focusing on story, on looking around on beatiful environment with a great and dark climate. There is no shooting, there is no action, it's what you can call a game without a gameplay, or "walking" simulator, but it would sound like it's a bad game. Depent on people who are playing it. If you expect something different, not action based game, something for your brain, then you will probably enjoy Dear Esther. Music and graphics in this game is nice, but the most important is story, which is simply great. Dear Esther will make you play this game few more times, because you will be in need to know everything. Sadly (or maybe not) this game is quite short experience, but in return it's a great one. You can at least give it a try, if you play something other than action-only games.



digiconner | July 23, 2014 | See all digiconner's reviews »

I had high hopes for this game, as I loved Gone Home and I enjoy very story driven games. This game is more of an interactive story than a game, as all you do is explore an island while a narrator tells a story. The story is quite confusing, making it hard to cause an immediate impact. There isn't much to see on the island, there are only a few things that are really significant to the story. The graphics and visual are very nice and look good. However the walking speed is too slow, meaning that if you reach a dead end, it is painfully slow to return back in the correct direction, which unfortunately means that exploration becomes too long and boring and rather than trying to see all the island you find yourself just sticking to the one path.

If you're looking for an exciting game with great gameplay, definitely don't get this game. If you're looking for an interactive story with minimal gameplay and a great story, I would not recommend this game, and there are better interactive stories, such as Gone Home or Stanley Parable.


Breath Taking

BLUEKOOLAIDMAN7 | June 25, 2014 | See all BLUEKOOLAIDMAN7's reviews »

A lot of the criticism and confusion of Dear Esther is brought about because it is not exactly a game. There are no enemies, no objectives, no inventory, nothing we've come to except in video games. It is where art, storytelling and games intersect, to create a masterpiece.

You simply walk throughout the beautiful landscape while the narration directs you where to go. There are many memorable scenes and set pieces in Dear Esther that will stick with you. Dear Esther is not exactly a game, and that's a good thing. It proves video games can be a valid medium for artistic expression, and weaves a captivating story to along with it.