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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:

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 14/02/2012, updated in 2016

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Players: 1

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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