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Dear Esther is a narrative traversal game where you explore an uninhabited Hebridean island while an old man reads a series of letters to his eponymous deceased wife. Themes of love, loss, guilt and redemption intertwine with the bleak geography and orchestral music. As you explore the derelict remains of buildings, shipwrecks and caves, you find a story that must be interpreted to make sense.
Unfortunately, Dear Esther is not available on Android, Switch or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:
Release Date: 14/02/2012, updated in 2016
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One
Content Rating: PEGI 12
Genres: Narrative, Traversal and Adventure
Accessibility: 3 features
Components: 3D First-Person and Open World
Developer: Chinese Room (@ChineseRoom)
Costs: Purchase cost
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Release Date: Coming soon
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Components: 3D First-Person
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Release Date: 21/03/2017, updated in 2019
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4 and Switch
Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World
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Coming Soon: PC
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon
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Release Date: 20/08/2022
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Release Date: 08/11/2018
Out Now: PC, PS4 and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person and Hand-Made
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Release Date: 12/08/2015, updated in 2016
Out Now: Mac, PC and PS4
Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds
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Here are our hand-picked long list of similar games; the perfect thing to play next if you enjoyed Dear Esther. We don't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Dear Esther.
Release Date: 14/03/2012, updated in 2019
Out Now: PC, PS3, PS4 and iOS
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Release Date: 20/09/2016
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Components: 3D First-Person, Cartoon and Open World
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Release Date: 16/10/2012
Out Now: PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4 and iOS
Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds
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Release Date: 13/08/2018
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Release Date: 18/04/2017, updated in 2022
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS
Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds
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Release Date: 10/06/2013, updated in 2019
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Components: Open World and Text
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Release Date: 22/11/2016
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Release Date: 17/10/2020, updated in 2021
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Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds
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Release Date: 15/08/2013, updated in 2016
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS
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Release Date: 01/01/1983
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, Android, DS, Mac, PC, PSP, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS
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Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
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Release Date: 07/02/2019
Out Now: Mac, PC, Switch and iOS
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Release Date: 24/03/2022
Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS
Components: 2D Overhead and Cartoon
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Release Date: 21/05/2015
Out Now: Mac and PC
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Release Date: 28/02/2018, updated in 2019
Components: 2D Side-On
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Release Date: 26/09/2014, updated in 2019
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If Dear Esther is not age appropriate for your child, here are similar games ordered by age rating so you can find an age-appropriate alternative that’s also a game they will love.
These are our hand-picked alternatives to Dear Esther. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Labyrinth. These selections also include games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
These are games of a similar genre mix to Dear Esther. This includes games from the Adventure, Narrative and Traversal genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
If you like the sound of Dear Esther but it doesn’t offer the accessibility you require, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with more Accessibility Features.
You can view a full breakdown in our Dear Esther Accessibility Report.
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