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

Dear Esther is a ghost story told using first-person gaming technologies. Rather than traditional gameplay, the focus here is on exploration, uncovering the mystery of the island, of who you are and why you are here. Fragments of story are randomly triggered by moving around the environments, making every telling unique. Features a stunning, specially commissioned soundtrack. 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 and the tunnels under the island. Or then again, they may just not be, after all...

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Dear Est...Esteban

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Dear Est...Esteban

It seems Dear Esther has become so famous in the indiescene, it even has its own parody called Dear Esteban. The game was created in Unity, and it's available for Win and Mac too. Heres a few words from...

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Original Dear Esther out now on Desura

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Dear Esther remake to get commercial release

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Dear Esther remake to get commercial release

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AmnesiaMaster28
AmnesiaMaster28 Feb 2 2014, 5:36am said:

Wasn't this a game made by Frictional Games??

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regularshowman
regularshowman Dec 4 2013, 9:53pm said:

My expectations for this game weren't too high, but I atleast expected something that wasn't so pertentious (if that's how you spell it) that it forgot to add entretainment. As for the so called "mystery to be uncovered" the game was way too short to actually get me interested into the story, it's just some weirdo rambling poetry to his dead wife on some bland island that does nothing to interest. This mod is what I call an "artistic fart". In other words, a game that's so artsy and pertentious that it just has this bland feel that trying to be so innovative that it forgets that video games are not templates for some weird form of art, but entrertainment and emmersion. And I feel neither emmersed nor entrertained by this mod. 2.5/10.0

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regularshowman
regularshowman Dec 4 2013, 10:04pm replied:

In addition, to those who say that the mod is "beautiful" and isn't supposed to be full of action and the game is abstract, that's not m biggest problem. My problem is that it's missing entertainment and length, it could have been interesting if the story was expanded upon better and if the visuals were less boring and uninteresting. That's why I think "Dear Esther" is boring and overrated.

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Dune_Jumper
Dune_Jumper Jan 17 2014, 2:32pm replied:

Agreed completely. People that give Dear Esther a 10/10 are obviously very biased.

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Burning-X
Burning-X Sep 10 2013, 6:35pm said:

I like the story idea of it, but really It's rather boring looking upon Scenery and getting a Narrator to recite everything.

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DubSmith04
DubSmith04 Jul 24 2013, 4:45pm said:

I kinda figured from the description that there wasn't going to be any action, but I think I would have liked it better if I could have interacted with more than boxes and barrels that held no significance. Even if it ment looking at one of the drawings on the walls and clicking to begin the next segment of the story. I just felt detached because I didn't really know what started the character's train of thought. For instance, I was walking by some wrecked ships just off shore and the guy started talking about kidney stones... I just didn't feel any connection between where I was and what triggered the story.

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Trinitylynne98
Trinitylynne98 Jun 9 2013, 10:32am said:

Is this the full game? I've heard a lot of great things about this game, but thought it was a stand alone game. I did not realize it was a HL2 mod. I also see that you can buy it from Humblebundles right now for $1 ( or only $.01 if you don't want the Steam keys). It's free here on Desura and it doesn't say it's a demo, it says full game, so ??? Does the stand alone/paid version have more content? Or did it just do so well that they decided to make a stand alone version of it? I just bought the bundle, cuz a few other games looked cool, and its gonna run out in 2 days. Just wanted to know if I should bother installing the other verison of this or if they are the same thing! Thanks! :)

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yarow12
yarow12 Jun 14 2013, 9:10pm replied:

This is the mod, Dear Esther's original release.
The game itself, the one in the Humble Indie Bundle 8, was released in 2012.
Desura.com

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TheOneMuffin
TheOneMuffin Jun 1 2013, 4:12pm said:

Humblebundle.com

The full game is there with a bunch of others and you only have to pay one cent.
Get it before it runs out.

$1 to get steam keys and $6 for Hotline Miami along with it.

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falloutboy152
falloutboy152 Dec 5 2013, 4:38pm replied:

Well you can get a longer version of it, I don't know how by long, on Steam for around $10. It is their standalone release.

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