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  • Summary: Ether One is a first person adventure that deals with the fragility of the human mind. There are two paths in the world you can choose from. At its core is a story exploration path free from puzzles where you can unfold the story at your own pace. There is also a deeper, more adventurousEther One is a first person adventure that deals with the fragility of the human mind. There are two paths in the world you can choose from. At its core is a story exploration path free from puzzles where you can unfold the story at your own pace. There is also a deeper, more adventurous path in which you can complete complex puzzles to restore life changing events of the patients history in order to help the validation of their life. The choice is left to you. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. May 20, 2014
    92
    Perhaps most surprising is just how broadly the game appeals. Those looking for a challenge will certainly find one, but lovers of immersive storytelling can be captivated by Pinwheel and the patient’s memories without the puzzles getting in the way.
  2. Mar 27, 2014
    90
    Ether One provides a platform to explore dementia - a very common incurable mental illness - for anyone who has had direct experience in the past, whilst delivering a subtle rudimentary level of understanding to those who haven’t.
  3. May 14, 2014
    90
    Ether One nails its puzzles, atmosphere, and sound (ambient and voice acting). It also nails its story -- whether or not you decide to fully unravel its world and its mysteries -- culminating in a, well, refreshing, smart finale that will stay on my mind for years to come.
  4. Apr 29, 2014
    80
    It might not appeal to everyone, but Ether One is an exceptional example of what can be done with simple game design. It has a quality not commonly seen in smaller indie titles, and the courage to do things a little differently.
  5. 80
    The best exploration game yet? Ether One has a great story and a few interesting mechanics that will bring you an unique gaming experience. [Issue#242]
  6. Apr 19, 2014
    79
    It's not a cheery story, but it's one well told and worth at least the three or so hours it takes to appreciate without the sometimes unintuitive puzzles, or as long as they take to solve.
  7. Mar 27, 2014
    70
    Unearthing the story at your own pace is wonderful. However, Ether One goes too far in that direction and puzzles become tedious exercises in trying combinations of different items you acquired in a completely different area.

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Mar 26, 2014
    9
    Ether One is a gem of a game. The developers, being an indie studio and having to work with limited resources, delivered on a promise toEther One is a gem of a game. The developers, being an indie studio and having to work with limited resources, delivered on a promise to engage the player in a story that will stick with you for a long time after finishing it. A unique experience that can only be had in a game that is obsessed with delivering a story that is true to itself, Ether is truly an example of why indie games have been romanticized as much as they have.

    Giving this a 9/10 score is a no-brainer for me, and I advise everyone that reads this to pick it up; you won't regret it.
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  2. Mar 29, 2014
    9
    Ether One is the first game in a long time to challenge my problem solving. Ether One tests the player in a such a way as not to slow the paceEther One is the first game in a long time to challenge my problem solving. Ether One tests the player in a such a way as not to slow the pace down to a halt. Stuck on a puzzle - no problem, you can continue to explore and take in the deep and touching story at your own pace. This makes Ether One a suitable game for players of all skill levels. With a beautifully simple control set and an ingenious approach to inventory and item management/collecting. Many players will find themselves with a curious collection of items in their possession which will bring out the hoarder in everyone!

    I highly recommend this game to seasoned and new gamers alike.
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  3. Apr 20, 2014
    5
    I was truly touched by this game. Centered as it is around Alzheimer, this was always going to be a sensitive story but it is pitchedI was truly touched by this game. Centered as it is around Alzheimer, this was always going to be a sensitive story but it is pitched perfectly. Like Gone Home, Ether One shows how story telling has a place in the genre of Video Gaming.
    As you can surmise from the low 5/10 there is a big "but" coming.
    Ether One is also a puzzle game, although the puzzle solving is not essential to finish the game, it does expand the narrative. Within the first hour of playing I encountered some frustration in some puzzle solving, that after some online research became clear were bugs within the game. Even after a new patch I often encountered strange glitches and disappearing inventory items and puzzles that needed certain tweaks in order to reset . So everytime you meet a problem with a given puzzle you are never sure whether it was part of puzzle itself or another glitch/bug. Checking online gives either the disappointment of realising it is indeed another bug or that you have missed a crucial part of puzzle and the joy of solving it yourself has been taken from you.
    All of this instantly devalues ANY puzzle game.
    This is a game that promised much in its exploring, inventory and game play, but unfortunately falls short
    9/10 for storytelling
    4/10 for its puzzle elements
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