Dear Esther

I first became aware of Dear Esther on the day it was released, as news passed that it recouped its Indie Fund investment in a mere six hours.  Somehow, I entirely missed word of the game prior to that, but as I read more, I knew I had to play it.  While it will take multiple playthroughs to obtain the game's full experience (due to semi-randomized dialogue), I came away a bit underwhelmed by the game.  I normally eat up intentionally vague/confusing dialogue-based stories, but this story seems a bit more pedestrian than most (even if the vagueness fully makes sense within the story).  But this in no way takes away from the game's other draw; its relentlessly gorgeous handcrafted visuals, with each frame packed in detail.

 

 

Dear Esther 01 Landed Ship

 

 

Dear Esther 02 Coast Line

 

 

Dear Esther 03 Cave Entrance

 

 

Dear Esther 04 Waking

 

 

Dear Esther 05 Winding Tunnel

 

 

Dear Esther 06 Underground River

 

 

Dear Esther 07 Rock Formation

 

 

Dear Esther 08 Reflective Crystals

 

 

Dear Esther 09 Painting Madness

 

 

Dear Esther 10 Exit Moon

 

 

Dear Esther 11 Night Coast

 

 

Dear Esther 12 Paper Ships

 

 

Dear Esther 13 Hillside Words

 

 

Dear Esther 14 Approaching end

 

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