Dear Esther

  • Dear Esther
78
Based on 17 scores, 17 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    5
  • Good:
    8
  • Average:
    1
  • Bad:
    3

Pros:

  • Detailed story that begs to be interpreted.
  • Gorgeous scenery.
  • Randomized narration leads to replayability.

Cons:

  • Two hours long.
  • Cave area eclipses rest of the game.

Expert reviews and ratings

By Computeractive on 80

It won't be to everyone's tastes, but Dear Esther is a highly original and evocative experience...

By PCWorld New Zealand on 90

Dear Esther was originally conceived as a mod for Half-Life 2, but with backing from the Indie Fund, UK indie developer Thechineseroom has fleshed it out into a compelling and unusual game.If you can call it a game.Dear Esther is, in some ways, more...

By Gaming Nexus on 100

Originally released as mod for Half-life 2 in 2008, Dear Esther has been redesigned with completely new level design and visuals, extended voice work, and re-orchestration of the soundtrack. Funding for the project's redesign was provided by an...

By New Game Network on 80

“I’ve begun my voyage in a paper boat without a bottom. I will fly to the moon in it. I’ve been folded along a crease in time, a weakness in the sheet of life. Now you’ve settled on the opposite side of the paper to me.”...

By DarkZero on 60

Published February 25th 2012.Written by Jorge S Fernandez. Usually, when a videogame is referred to as an “interactive movie”, the reference comes with negativity due to inclusions like voice-over cutscenes and an emphasis on story-telling...

By PC Advisor on 90

A journey of mood and sightseeing rather than action, Dear Esther is one of the most remarkable games of this or any other year. Very much not for the impatient or the proudly lowbrow, however....

By Strategy Informer on 90

As a darling of the indie scene since Dr Dan Pinchbeck’s original project to explore alternative methods of videogame storytelling back in 2008, it’s surprising that four years have passed before Dear Esther has managed a proper release. In...

By GameSpy on 80

I don't know what happened in Dear Esther. I mean, I have theories. I beat the whole thing, after all. Or rather, I finished it. See, "beat" implies that I overcame some sort of struggle. Dear Esther, however, involves no such thing. It's...

By NowGamer on 70

Dear Esther sticks out like a sore, haunted and slightly morose thumb amidst the blood and thunder bombast prevalent in the industry. Look past the short length and slow pacing and you’ll find a touching little title.More Articles >>>...

By PC Gamer on 84

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

By Wired UK on 80

It's clear from the very first moments of Dear Esther that you're not playing just any old game. Your view fades in on the dank shore of a Hebridean island. "Dear Esther," the narrator intones. "The gulls do not land here anymore." The game...

By VideoGamer on 90

Dear Esther Review1 2 Your left mouse button is useless. It's not needed, and neither is your right. Dear Esther doesn't require you to interact with these inputs. It merely asks you to walk, to explore, and, most importantly, to listen.Whether...

By GameSpot on 80

Dear Esther is not a video game; at least, not in the traditional sense. In 2008, it was released for the PC as a Half-Life 2 mod. Now, it has been rereleased as a stand-alone product with updated visuals and remastered audio. It casts you as a person...

By Destructoid on 45

“Yes, but is this the right medium for that story?”That’s the first thing they told me to ask myself in film school. It’s something not enough filmmakers ask themselves throughout their career. This is exponentially true for game...

By IGN Gear on 80

Dear Esther is that rarest of things: a truly interesting game. It left me feeling pensive, mildly saddened, and confident that games have plenty of directions left to explore. If you’re interested in what can be achieved when you abandon the...

International Review By Eurogamer on 50

Det er altid interessant at søge nye udfordringer i Indie-verdenen, for det er oftest her, man finder modige spiludviklere, der forsøger at rykke konventionerne for hvad, der er god latin i spiludvikling. Og det er netop, hvad det...

International Review By Skillpoint on 80

Dear Esther är ett spel som har en väldigt underlig position bland alla de spel som släpps idag. Det hela startade som en mod till Half-Life 2 som bytte ut allt skjutande och headcrab-klubbande mot en stillsam och mystisk pseudointeraktiv...