The Chinese Room’s cult classic Dear Esther arrives on iOS for the first time, in this faithful interpretation of the internationally renowned game.

A man stands on a desolate Hebridean shore. As he takes his first step forward, he starts to speak: “Dear Esther...” and so begins a dreamlike, complex tale of love, loss and redemption. We’re invited to explore the windswept island, descending into an eerie, otherworldly story where reality fragments and falls apart.

Generally recognised as kick-starting the walking simulator subgenre, Dear Esther features dynamic narration that means the story changes each time you return to the island. Since the original release, Dear Esther has sold over one million units and is seen as a benchmark in interactive and emotional storytelling. PC Gamer said it “provokes thought and feeling in a way few other games do.” It also won praise for its visuals and music, with The Daily Telegraph saying “Dear Esther's visuals are majestic”, and Jessica Curry’s soundtrack receiving awards and nominations from BAFTA among others.”

Dear Esther includes subtitles in French, German, Spanish and Russian.

We strongly recommend playing the game with sound on, it's great with headphones.

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What’s New

Version 1.21

Additional localization

Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
136 Ratings

136 Ratings

PineconeMilk ,


Beautiful! Played it on PC and absolutely fell in love. Second time playing it again, and I'm discovering new things. It is a simple exploration/walking game, which took me about 2-3 hours, in which the narrator tells a story. If you're looking for interaction or anything more than that, this isn't the game for you. Although the game has several parts which you can start from, I wish it would let you continue where you left off. Other than that, absolutely beautiful game.

Developer Response ,

Aw, one of those incredible reviews that one reads and just smiles:)
Thank you so much for writing this, will pass it on to the team!

drkerricox ,

Just keep at it

Yes, I agree with so many others that all there is, is well, walking. I almost gave up like three times. I decided my $2 was worth giving it a chance and I’m glad I did. Super slow, but wow when you make it to the caves it’s absolutely beautiful. Worth every penny. Don’t expect an adrenaline rush or suspenseful experience, just enjoy roaming and look at the detail this game maker made. I’ve never seen any like it

okmic ,

Played it straight through

Very engaging game. Not much I can say that hasnt already been said. Changed the way I look at games.... it is short running at 2 hours tops if you’re taking your time. This “game” has a way of transforming the player. It really is like being submersed in a mind altering book that has an other-worldliness tinged throughout its duration. You are on a pilgrimage alone and have lessons to learn


Sumo Digital Ltd
1 GB

Requires iOS 12.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


English, French, German, Russian, Spanish

Age Rating
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References


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