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

3.9 out of 5
74 Ratings

74 Ratings

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

Rack a Ball ,

Absolutely perfect.

Admittedly, this review comes years late. Nonetheless, some things deserve their due praise no matter when. This is a miraculous achievement of multiple disciplines combined in perfect unison to create a unique and engaging viewing experience.

Twesz ,

Beautiful Game

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


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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