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Review of Dear Esther by Stevens R. Miller

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Rating by Stevens R. Miller posted on Sep 13, 2019 | edit | delete

Nothing happens. At all. Ever.

The lowest score you can give at “Adventure Gamers” is 0.5 stars. I’m giving this one 1.0 stars because it has great imagery. Lots of it. Endless metric tonnes of it.

And that’s all.

You wander, wander, and wander some more. Nothing happens. There are no puzzles and you can’t interact with anything in a meaningful way. You do hear some letters read aloud.

Now, this appears to be exactly what a lot of people want, as “Dear Esther” has been quite a commercial and critical success. That worries me. The sort of person I imagine liking this non-game appears in my imagination as depressed, lonely, possibly even suicidal. Is that really what gamers are like? I hope not. I don’t see myself that way, but I didn’t like “Dear Esther,” so I must not be typical.

There has been endless debate about whether or not this is even a game. I won’t go there. But I will say whatever else it is or isn’t, it’s not an “adventure” game. In those games, something happens. In this, nothing happens.

Where’s the adventure in that?

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Time Played: 1-2 hours
Difficulty: Very Easy

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