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Dear Esther- PC

Dear Esther- PC
alaScore 89

37 reviews

Jun, 2018

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 37 reviews of Dear Esther- PC. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other PC Games for all reviews. People are impressed by the story.


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other PC Games the Dear Esther- PC is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : James Dewitt (

Dear Esther


It's perfectly reasonable to ask why something like Dear Esther exists in the first place. Essentially a remake of a Half-Life 2 mod. Problem is, it's not really a videogame. Critics have been struggling to attach a label to Dear Esther—experimental,...

Why Dear Esther exists is something of a mystery. It’s certainly not a game, nor does it fit snugly into any other descriptor, but a more important question would be whether or not the experience is compelling. With no story or true narrative to latch...

Jan, 2013

Expert review by : Travis Huinker - updated (

Dear Esther


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...

Dear Esther is an auditory and visual experience that interweaves a consuming narrative and array of emotions. The game's actual value must not be solely based upon its gameplay length, but rather on the random elements and new secrets discovered...

Mar, 2012

Expert review by : Jeremy (

Dear Esther


If I was grading Dear Esther as a digital art project and compared it to the philosophy of how less is more than it would easily rank a perfect

Unfortunately with reviewing this game I have to think of it in terms of should someone spend their hard earned money on this game and that hurts Dear Esther in a regrettable way. It tells a very interesting story in a mysterious and ambitious way and...

Mar, 2012

Expert review by : Matt "Steerpike" Sakey (

Dear Esther


Whether it's worth your money is something only you can answer… and you'll probably only be able to say for sure after you've paid, and played, to whatever degree you “play” Dear Esther. In the end all I can say is that it's something important.

Mar, 2012

Expert review by : Emmanuel Brown (

Dear Esther Review


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 the...

Entering the caves.

Feb, 2012

Expert review by : Nathan Grayson (

Dear Esther Review


It's experimental and different, but is it worth your time?

Detailed story that begs to be interpreted; gorgeous scenery; randomized narration leads to replayability

Two hours long; cave area eclipses rest of the game; level design awkwardly dead-ends occasionally

This sounds like a job for SpyGuy. I'll get to that island and figure out what happened and report back, just as soon as I stop listening to that haunting soundtrack again, and again, and again...

Feb, 2012

Expert review by : Maxwell McGee (

Dear Esther Review


Dear Esther spins an intriguing narrative, leaving you to decipher not only the outcome, but if this is even a game.

Great writing weaves a complex story ; Narration is excellent ; Somber, beautiful setting

Dear Esther's somber tale is a fine companion to a stormy evening and a hot beverage. In the right setting, with the right mindset, it can be engrossing in a way that few games can. Going in, you may question if Dear Esther should even be classified as...

Feb, 2012

Expert review by : Keza MacDonald (

Dear Esther Review


A beautiful experiment that's a must-play for anyone interested in what can be achieved when you abandon video game convention.

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...

Feb, 2012

Expert review by : Allistair Pinsof (

Dear Esther


As I kept my middle-finger glued down to the “W” key for the game's duration (~70 mins), I kept asking myself if this story would have been better told through another medium. While I didn't come to the conclusion easily, the answer is: yes, it would...

So, that's Allistair's Interactive-Fiction 101. Now, which one of you students do I get to take home tonight?

Feb, 2012

Expert review by : Robert Washburne (

Dear Esther


The game starts with you standing on the dock of a mysterious island. The buildings up on shore tell you that man has been here, but there is no sign of anyone at the moment. A seagull appears out of the mist and just as quickly vanishes again. A deep,...

Sep, 2010