Dear Esther – Review
If you enjoy ominous and visually stunning terrain then you may want to consider picking up Dear Esther. This melancholy tale takes place on a
lonely island with a somber history. Produced by thechineseroom and available on steam now.
Visually Stunning – This game is quite the good looking broad if I may indulge in a little mobster slang. While delving into the secrets of this mysterious little island I frequently found myself stopping just to smell the roses. In fact, the ambiance was done so well I was nearly able to pretend I was actually on the island where the game takes place.
Non-Directional – You never really feel like you know what to do. This game is all about exploring at your own pace. This unfortunately has the side effect of leaving you wondering what to do, where to go and when it is safe to leave a particular place.
Details are Sparse – It is a very real possibility that you will arrive at the end of this game and have nothing in your vocabulary to describe how utterly confused you are. It is easy to miss important details if you are not meticulous about exploring every inch of every location. Often a game will ensure that plot critical events are inevitably encountered, but without the curiosity of a hound dog you might miss that all too critical link that helps you understand just what exactly is going on in this crazy chain of events.
Short – This game can be completed in an afternoon if you have a decent chunk of uninterrupted time. This brevity is great if you are rained in and have nowhere to go. However, it could be a disappointment if you’re looking for a weeks’ worth of wasted hours.
Mildly Interesting Story – I’m a boy man who enjoys a good story and this game certainly proved to have a thought provoking narrative. It may not leave a lasting impression on you, but it is good for a momentary pondering.