Dear Esther

Game review by Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Poetic experience is less a game than an interactive story.

Mac, Windows 2012

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 1 review

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age 12+

Great experience!

Very atmospheric and very pretty graphics. This is more of a walking simulator than a classic game. No action, no puzzles. Which is nice I think. The character you control explores remote island beaches, caves and hills. The voiceover narration deals with dark and emotional themes - memories of the loss of a loved one, depression. The story ends with the main character jumping off of a high tower committing suicide. So there's that. The camera does not impact the ground but starts to soar across the landscape. My kids are not English speaking, so the dark themes in narration were not a problem. There are some creepy moments too - sometimes you can see a dark ghostly figure in a distance, but never up close.

This title has:

Easy to play/use

Game Details

  • Platforms: Mac, Windows
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: The Chinese Room
  • Release date: February 14, 2012
  • Genre: Adventure
  • ESRB rating: NR
  • Last updated: December 13, 2020

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