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17 Great Games Like Dear Esther

Our experts have spent time searching for great games similar to Dear Esther and have found the following:

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.

Unfortunately, Dear Esther is not available on Android, PS5, Switch, Xbox Series X|S or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 14/02/2012

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Open World

Accessibility: 3 features

Developer: Chinese Room (@ChineseRoom)

Players: This is a single player game

Costs: Purchase cost

16 Hand Picked Games Like Dear Esther

These are our hand-picked games similar to Dear Esther. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Dear Esther, or as younger rated alternatives for players not ready for PEGI 12 or ESRB TEEN games. These selections also include games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

Everybody's Gone to the Rapture

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 12/08/2015, updated in 2016

Platforms: Mac, PC and PS4

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Open World

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: Chinese Room (@ChineseRoom)

Players: This is a single player game

Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture lands you in a fictional deserted English village in 1984. As you walk the streets of another era you discover bright human forms who re-enact events like a radio play. Through their eyes, you see a web of fear,...

Firewatch

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 16+ year-olds

Release Date: 20/09/2016

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Open World

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Camposanto (@Camposanto)

Players: This is a single player game

Firewatch is an explorative adventure where you play a fire lookout in America’s Shoshone National Forest. It has a relational and conspiracy undertone similar to the podcast/radio drama and Netflix show [link to...

Virginia

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 22/11/2016

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Point-and-Click

Developer: Variable State (@VariableState)

Players: This is a single player game

Virginia is a mystery adventure game where you play a graduate FBI agent Anne Tarver as she investigates her first case: the disappearance of a boy in rural Virginia. You explore the world and find clues to solve the crime, all the time aware that other...

Everything

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds

Release Date: 21/03/2017, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Switch

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Simulation

Accessibility: 3 features

Developer: David Oreilly (@DavidOreilly)

Players: This is a single player game

This is an unusual game that simulates a world where you can become any object. It sounds strange and not much fun, but the enjoyment is in discovering how small or how big a thing you can become. From tiny atoms to whole planets and everything in between.

What Remains of Edith Finch

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Release Date: 18/04/2017, updated in 2017

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: Giant Sparrow (@GiantSparrow)

Players: This is a single player game

Edith Finch is the surviving member of the Finch family, who seem to have died from a curse. In first-person perspective, you return to the family’s coastal home to learn about each relative’s final hours by exploring their rooms in turn.

Gone Home

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 15+ year-olds

Release Date: 15/08/2013, updated in 2016

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: Fullbright Games (@FullbrightGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Gone Home places you in the role of Katie, returning from overseas to her family home. But the house is deserted and by exploring the rooms you piece together what happened to her sister, Sam. It’s a mystery to solve, but a common one of family...

Fractured Minds

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 14/11/2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: Emily M Games (@EmilyMGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Fractured Minds is a short game that explores the implications of living with mental illness. You explore everyday spaces that behave in strange and sometimes disturbing ways. To progress, you need to solve some simple puzzles.

A Dark Room

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 10/06/2013, updated in 2019

Platforms: Switch and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Open World, Strategy and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Double Speak Game (@DoubleSpeakGame)

Players: This is a single player game

A Dark Room is an adventure where you try and survive in the wild. The world is depicted with just text but leads you into a dense narrative with intriguing visitors and a steadily expanding world. It has a simple start – a single option to stoke a...

Myst
PEGI Rating 7 for Myst

Myst

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 01/01/1983

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, DS, Mac, PC, PSP and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Developer: Cyan Worlds (@CyanWorlds)

Players: This is a single player game

Myst is a classic video game graphic adventure. Published in 1983, and selling over six million copies, it pre-dates many modern adventure games and created a new genre for gaming. Exploring by clicking in the world to move, you use a special book to...

Tree

Content Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: 13/08/2018

Price: Free

Platforms: PC

Genres: Narrative

Accessibility: 11 features

Players: This is a single player game

Tree is a short 15 minute game that tells the story of a boy who plants a small tree. You control the planting, watering and how the tree grows each season. As you do this the years pass and the boy...

The Unfinished Swan

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 16/10/2012

Platforms: PS Vita, PS3 and PS4

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: Giant Sparrow (@GiantSparrow)

Players: This is a single player game

The Unfinished Swan invites you to explore a world by splashing paint on it. The tactile experience leads you into a fairy tale about an unfinished painting that leads a child back to his parent.

Sunset

Content Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: 21/05/2015

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Role-Playing

Developer: Taleof Tales (@TaleofTales)

Players: This is a single player game

Sunset tasks you with cleaning a large apartment in a fictional 1970s South American city. But outside the apartment, there is unrest and rioting. The chaos of the country and the repetitive daily chores grate against one another to create a meditative...

The Stillness of the Wind

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 07/02/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Accessibility: 10 features

Developer: Stillness Game (@StillnessGame)

Players: This is a single player game

In The Stillness of the Wind you are an old woman who looks after a dilapidated farm. Over the course of a few hours, no matter what your efforts, the farm falls apart as you learn about the woman’s family and have the chance to ruminate on her...

A Walk With Yiayia

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Developer: Trent Garlipp (@TrentGarlipp)

Players: This is a single player game

A Walk with Yiayia is an adventure game where you go on a walk with your Greek grandmother after she's lost her confidence from having a fall. You reassure her and connect with conversation and help her complete small quests in a relaxing neighbourhood.

N.E.R.O.: Nothing Ever Remains Obscure

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 15/05/2015

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative, Open World and Puzzle

Developer: Stcware (@Stcware)

Players: This is a single player game

N.E.R.O. is a story-driven first-person indie game with puzzles to solve and story threads to follow. The player character essentially walks a linear path and solves puzzles blocking their way, while a story is narrated.

LOCK (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 17/10/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Narrative, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: 800 Pixel Gorilla (@800PixelGorilla)

Players: This is a single player game

LOCK is a puzzle game about escaping rooms. LOCK stands for Logic Operated Combination Keep, referring to a digital password protected door lock. You must discover secret four letter word clues by exploring each space, in order to unlock panels, collect...

3 Games Like Dear Esther Based on Genre

These are games of a similar genre mix to Dear Esther. This includes games from the Adventure, Open World and Narrative genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
 

7 Games With More Documented Accessibility Features than Dear Esther

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.
 

Dear Esther is in These Lists

In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Dear Esther in the following lists:

The Great British Video Game

There are 2,277 active games companies in the UK employing 20,430 people. The biggest concentration spread through the country in cities and towns like London, Manchester, Brighton, Guildford, Aldershot, Bristol, Sheffield, Glasgow and Liverpool. The UK market for video games reached a record £7bn in 2020.

Many of the biggest video game franchises have been created in the UK. Grand Theft Auto, Tomb Raider, Football Manager, Elite Beat Agents, Fable and Batman: Arkham Asylum. But along with these well-known titles are some amazing games for families and children.

There are some amazing (and huge) series of games made in the UK that are perfect for families. Forza Horizon, Lego Games, Fall Guys, LittleBigPlanet and Viva Pinata. Then there are games from smaller and independent UK game studios: Overcooked, Wilmot’s Warehouse, TerraTech, Phogs, Snake Pass and Chime to name a few.
 

Solve a Mystery

Like a good crime drama or whodunnit novel, solving mysteries and puzzles is a good way to engage in a story. However, rather than just watching these mysteries while someone else does the heavy lifting, these video games place you firmly in the role of the detective. Gathering statements, sifting evidence and making intelligent leaps of deduction requires care and attention. These investigations makes these games slower than others, but it’s worth the effort each time you find the correct conclusion and move the story on.

These games present you with a mysterious scenario to be solved. Whether with direct puzzles, locations to investigate or crime scenarios to deduce, they offer a unique, first-hand sleuthing challenge.
 
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Roki
PEGI Rating 12 for Roki
Stray
Fez
PEGI Rating 3 for Fez
Portal
PEGI Rating 12 for Portal

Play The Seasons: Get Lost in Bleak Winter Tales

Video games create spaces for us to go and play. These spaces are sometimes an escape from the real world. Equally, games can help us revel and celebrate the real world.

This is a list of games that take us into the long dark months. Shorter days and long nights speak of hibernation and survival. Snow and bare branches suggest that all life has left forever.

Whether they task us with resisting this or getting lost in the dark folds of winter, games of this month are a valuable reminder that life continues (often unseen) where it seems almost impossible. With the faintest foolish hope of a tiny bud read for spring.
 

Independent Games Festival Awards

The Independent Games Festival (IGF) was founded in 1998 to promote independent video game developers, and innovation in video games. It cultivates innovation and artistry in all forms of interactive media. This aims to uncover how games are rich, diverse, artistic, and culturally significant.

It chooses games in a series of categories: Grand Prize, Innovation, Visual Art, Audio, Design, Technical Excellence, Best Mobile Game and Audience Award. This list highlights the games that were nominated and/or won.
 
Haven
PEGI Rating 12 for Haven
Fez
PEGI Rating 3 for Fez
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