GAME OF THE DAY
Explore the unknown
Pioneering indie game Dear Esther does storytelling differently.
The cult classic
The Scottish Hebrides probably aren’t high on your list of sunny, fun-filled vacation destinations. But in Dear Esther, this fog-shrouded landscape is the backdrop for a mesmerizing adventure.
Your tale begins on the wave-lashed beach of an uninhabited island. In the distance, a radio tower topped with a blinking red light beckons. How you get there – and what you discover along the way – is up to you.
Will you explore a creepy, crumbling lighthouse? Delve into dark caves? Or just stroll along rocky paths as the wind howls around you?
Use the intuitive touch controls to examine rusted shipwrecks and poke around enigmatic ruins. As the unnamed narrator recounts the troubled history of the island in letters to his wife, Esther, you’ll be drawn into centuries-old mysteries. Unravel the island’s secrets, and you’ll also piece together the narrator’s own tragic tale.
With no puzzles, no combat and no on-screen icons to distract from the game’s beautiful visuals, Dear Esther is absolutely dripping with atmosphere. How much of what the narrator says is true? How much of what you’re seeing is real? What’s with the phosphorescent markings found in ruined buildings dotting the hills, or the half-glimpsed shadowy figures high atop the cliffs?
Dim the lights, pour a cup of tea and take your time with this one. You won’t regret – or forget – the journey.