Play this Game: Dear Esther
Added May 17, 2012
Dear Esther is an “experience”, an art-game if you must, and relaxing into it is key to appreciating it. It really isn’t highbrow or lowbrow, the story is offered in bits and pieces, randomly read to you at specific trigger points. There are no actions. You just move through the environment, examining the scenery and searching for easter eggs (there are many ghosts). The cave section is particularly beautiful and so extraordinarily well crafted.
I felt I was exploring a painting while someone read bits of a short story to me, a surprisingly engaging technique, and very satisfying as long as you’re not expecting something more game-like. Knowing what you’re getting is important to enjoying Dear Esther. And enjoy it I did. I look forward to their next experiential game, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture.
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