Dear Esther is an award-winning, critically acclaimed, experimental first-person game. Built in the Source engine, it abandons traditional gameplay, leaving only a rich world soaked in atmosphere, and an abstract, poetic story to explore. Dear Esther was originally launched in 2008 and is currently being rebuilt by Robert Briscoe - watch this space for updates.

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7 comments by medve on Nov 19th, 2012

Someone wrote:The engrossing world of "Dear Esteban" was created for a very simple purpose. To blow an existential hole in the players perception of their own realities. We wanted present a story so enriching to the human condition, that years from the initial play through the player will look back and think: "How was I ever that naive child before Dear Esteban pulled the wool off my eyes". We've created an interactive tour de force, so powerful, that society at large will have no choice but to acknowledge video games as mankind ultimate art form and the final stage before the event horizon of the human singularity.Engine & Tools: Unity and a masters degree in Philosophy

Travis Chen @TravisChenNolan Fabricius @ShiftlessHobo

Disclaimer: We love Dear Esther. Dear Esteban was made in good fun & parody. Dear Esteban is not so much 'Fuck This'. It's more a love letter to Dear Esther from the weird kid who doesn't have a shot but you kind of feel bad for.

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Dear Esther - Original - 2009

Dear Esther - Original - 2009

Feb 13, 2011 Full Version 25 comments

This is the original Source Mod for Dear Esther. Last updated 22/01/2009

Dear Esther - Soundtrack

Dear Esther - Soundtrack

Jul 11, 2008 Music 24 comments

Jessica Curry's soundtrack for Dear Esther: 8 tracks as MPEG4s.

Dear Esther script

Dear Esther script

Jun 30, 2008 Guides 19 comments

This pdf contains the script for the interactive story Dear Esther, as requested...

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SingleMom Oct 29 2012 buried:


This game is overrated. thechineseroom blows and now they're going to ruin Amnesia.

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boredgunner Nov 20 2012 replied:

You're on the mod page, actually. The game isn't rated very highly either, and you don't understand its purpose. Yes there's no gameplay, but I see it as more of a showcase of the developers' storytelling and some creativity in the level design. Amnesia with this level of storytelling can easily be an improvement.

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Ambient_Malice Nov 20 2012 replied:

I *might* agree that the game is overrated. However, the design is competent considering the limited resources of the original mod.

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Rus[T] Nov 7 2012 replied:

Why so much hate?

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FestiveLuna Nov 9 2012 replied:

She has a poor taste for visual art.

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SingleMom Nov 14 2012 buried:


I have a poor taste for blocky map design and fog.

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TheOneMuffin Nov 15 2012 replied:

Um, you realise they REMADE this game right?
I suggest you look it up before hating on them for a old game.

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SingleMom Nov 16 2012 buried:


I don't give a **** about the remake because all it is is a graphical face lift that you have to pay for. There is no game just a 15 minute walking simulator.

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Guest Feb 25 2013 replied:

Now, before you go mouthing off about this, I suggest you get your facts straight. This mod takes quite some time longer; and since you believed it was so short, I'm assuming that's why you thought it was a walking simulator. I'm not going to go hating for you not liking my exact taste, but seriously, this has a great story if you give it a chance.

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TheOneMuffin Nov 16 2012 replied:

The full game isn't 15 minutes at all, try an hour to hour and a half.
it's not ******* Battlefield 3, gunning every thing you see.

This game is an artistic master piece of exploration and well-made music.

It also has some scary moments, there is a bunch of ghosts aroudn the island and a chilling story.
Oh is more than a mere "game".

If I were you, I would look at the new Amnesia trailer. It looks really good. But if not, quite taking your issues out on these fine people.

So shut the ****, up, no one cares that you hate a game made 4 years ago and expect Amnesisa to be a "waling simulator".
You havn't played Machine for Pigs?
Well then shut the **** up and wait till it comes out to judge it.

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Ceroki May 29 2013 replied:

Well yea, Amnesia isn't ever called a "walking simulator," the reason for that is because it's fun. "This game is an artistic master piece of exploration and well-made music." That right there is the reason games like this are terrible. The music is great, but I found the story lack luster. Everyone who plays games like this bitches about how people can't see the "artistic value" or how much of a "masterpiece" it is. Give me a break.

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Hazama15 Dec 6 2012 replied:

You took the words right out of my mouth Sgtmuffin, this was a very well put together mod. The music was absolutely superb, and I love the feeling you get while playing. The only issues I ever had was the movement speed (but it rarely got on my nerves), was a bit short, and I am still trying to fully grasp the story, but thet dosent take anything away from the game for me. I really cant stand haters who cant appreciate a work of art like this, if they even know what art is. So cudos to you for making singlemom sit down and shut up. 9.8/10

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Highest Rated (6 agree) 8/10

Hey Dan I finally got around to playing your work. The narration was great. Stellar voice acting and writing, it really got me into the story. It genuinely seemed as though I was watching the last moments of a broken man's life, and that was quite something. However, it seemed that in your attempt to elevate narrative in games you forgot what makes a game, a game. I was constantly being annoyed by the little things. Whenever my character entered an area where you thought I should have my light on…

Feb 18 2011 by AJ_Quick

Lowest Rated (7 agree) 1/10

This game looks more like a movie mod than an actual playable mod. Other than the sharp graphics and the story, the gameplay purpose is a huge issue. On top of that, this makes one of the worst HL mods of all time in the HL series. Why? Because the remake will not be free. This mod qualifies for the YouTube episodic video(s) rather than a HL2 mod because it's better to watch rather than play. Changing the gameplay to something else that has almost no purpose is purely unacceptable. That type of…

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