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Dear Esther (2012) 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.

Our examiner, Jonah Monaghan, first checked Dear Esther 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 5 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Narrative and Traversal game with Adventure elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: This game will take between 1 and a half hours and 3 hours to complete.


Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Language. The director’s commentary features the phrase ‘holy *!@?*!’ The narrator makes several references to taking large amounts of painkillers, with phrases like ‘I swallow fistfuls of diazepam and paracetamol to stay conscious’.


Dear Esther usually costs £1.99 to £7.99.

Dear Esther

App Store iOS £1.99

Dear Esther: Landmark Edition

XBox Store Xbox One £7.99
Steam Store PC £7.99
Steam Store Mac £7.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £7.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

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

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Xbox One and iOS

Players: 1

Genres: Narrative, Traversal and Adventure

Accessibility: 3 features

Components: 3D First-Person and Open World

Developer: Chinese Room (@ChineseRoom)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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