Dear Esther Accessibility Report
We've documented 3 accessibility features for Dear Esther in the Getting Started area to aid enjoyment of the game for different players. This report is created with input from accessibility experts and the player community to help people find games that have the accessibility features they require. Once you have found potential games on the database, there are excellent specialist accessibility sites that offer in-depth reviews to guide your purchasing decisions.In Dear Esther 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.
Release Date: 14/02/2012, updated in 2016
Price: 75% off
Platforms: 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
We haven’t documented any accessibility features for Controls in Dear Esther which deal with how you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs. The following games are similar to Dear Esther, and offer accessibility features for Controls:
We haven’t documented any accessibility features for Difficulty in Dear Esther which deal with how you can adjust the challenge of play, and whether this is locked once chosen or can be adjusted as you play.
We've documented 3 accessibility features for Getting Started in Dear Esther which deal with what support is offered to get started with the game. This includes customising the experience when you first open the game via any onboarding processes it provides as well as tutorials and other assistance when you first start playing.
Assistance Getting Starting
These features aid your play of the game in terms of cognitive load on learning controls, dealing with pressure and coping with the environment and challenges.
Reaction-Time Not Critical: Individual game actions don’t need quick reactions, or there are settings to lower the requirement for quick reactions. This means you don't need to quickly press a button in response to an on-screen prompt, target a fast-moving target or skillfully complete a scenario against the clock.
Low Pressure: Game tasks aren't time-limited or there's a low-pressure mode. This avoids the pressure of being put on the clock for overarching missions, or failing tasks because you didn't reach a destination in time.
Assistance For Progressing
These features aid your progress through the game offering different ways of maintaining your progression.
Save Progress Anytime: The game automatically saves progress or you can save any time. This doesn’t mean you never lose progress, but it does mean you can stop whenever you want (without having to get to a save point) without losing progress.
Similar Games With More Accessibility Features for Getting Started
If you want to play Dear Esther, but it doesn't offer the Getting Started accessibility features you require, these similar games extend the Getting Started accessibility:
We haven’t documented any accessibility features for Reading in Dear Esther which deal with how much reading or listening comprehension is required, how well the game provides visual and audible access to the text and whether subtitles and captions are a good fit for purpose. The following games are similar to Dear Esther, and offer accessibility features for Reading:
We haven’t documented any accessibility features for Navigation in Dear Esther which deal with how the game provides guidance and assistance to navigate its worlds. These are only for games that have traversal and exploration in 2D and 3D spaces. The following games are similar to Dear Esther, and offer accessibility features for Navigation:
We haven’t documented any accessibility features for Visual in Dear Esther which deal with how you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game. The following games are similar to Dear Esther, and offer accessibility features for Visual:
We haven’t documented any accessibility features for Audio in Dear Esther which deal with how you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see. The following games are similar to Dear Esther, and offer accessibility features for Audio:
System Accessibility Settings
In addition to the accessibility features provided in the game, you can also use system-wide accessibility settings:
Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators.
PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping).
Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games.
Read more about system accessibility settings.
Accessibility Report supported by VSC Rating Board, PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors @GeekDadGamer