***Compatible with iPhone 7 and iPad mini 4 and later devices. iPad 3rd, 4th Gen and Mini 2, 3, Air (2013) unsupported pending future update***

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 1.1

Updated compatibility information.

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
2 Ratings

2 Ratings

Twesz ,

Beautiful Game

Very moving, haunting and satisfying game. I feel as if I’m walking inside a story.

nbrandont ,

Beautiful experience

I’ve always loved this piece of art. It’s touched me a lot.
I’m happy to have it mobile now, where I can just pick it up and experience it again whenever and wherever I choose to.

There’s a few issues in this port that could be fixed to better match the original, but nothing drastic. Some of the music doesn’t play at certain parts, and when you’re underwater, it can control a bit janky.

Other than that, I was very happy to see it on the App Store. Worth the money if you want something atmospheric and soothing to escape to for an hour, or if you enjoy picking apart an intriguing and emotional story like I have and replay it multiple times to hear new dialogue. Or just stand around and enjoy the scenery.

jaisula ,

just walking

The graphics are nice but it quickly gets boring. There's nothing you can interact with, you just walk and that's it. Also there are glitches like seeing through mountains or getting stuck in between rocks. Not worth $5 for me. Games are supposed to be interactive, this one is just a walking monologue.


Sumo Digital Ltd
935.2 MB

Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


English, French, German, Russian, Spanish

Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
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