Game Review: Dear Esther

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This review was originally posted to Steam.

May 10th, 2013

Dear Esther game splash image, showing the game title and a rocky, mossy landscape with a small house in the foggy distance in sunset lighting

Dear Esther's island is a mysterious place. Its beautifully crafted environments paired with the wonderfully eloquent and powerful narration create a sense of poetry that you can walk around in. It was unique and daring when it was first released, and it's arguably still not for everyone. It does, however, succeed in challenging the player via lyrical understanding rather than game mechanics. As a showcase for games as an expressive medium, Dear Esther has secured its place in the history books. As saturday morning entertainment, perhaps less so.


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