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 adventurous path in which you can complete complex puzzles to restore life changing events of the patient's history in order to help the validation of his life.
The aim of the parallel paths was to make Ether One accessible to a range of skilled players. The hope was that people would be able to enjoy playing the game and solving puzzles with parents or friends, as well as immersed in the game on your own with the lights off. From a young age we enjoyed the first person puzzle games that required you to write cryptic notes on spare pieces of paper to unravel mysteries. Ether One aims to bring back pen and paper puzzle solving, whilst still being accessible and optional for people not wanting to get stuck and frustrated on the harder puzzles.
Minimum system requirements: Windows Vista / 7 / 8 , Processor: 2.2+ Ghz Dual Core, Memory: 4 GB RAM, Graphics: Shader Model 3-compatible video card, Hard Drive: 3 GB available space Patched to version 1.0.3
Posted on 2014-03-29 12:57:46 byAdokat:
Ether One is an engaging, dreamlike adventure game, set inside the abandoned town of Pinwheel. Soothing painterly art (a deliberate choice as you'll discover) captures the serene but lonely atmosphere perfectly.
As a 'Restorer,' you are actually exploring the mind of a patient suffering from dementia. What information you do collect is rarely obtuse, and tells you just enoughread more without stooping to exposition, fitting with the theme of the game.
This gameplay reminds me most of titles like Myst, as you explore abandoned areas, attempting to rebuild what has been damaged . There's an underlying logic to every puzzle, and each takes considerable thought to solve. Puzzles require items and information from multiple areas, as well as a fair bit of logical reasoning. You use items to solve puzzles, and each can been examined from all sides. Determining which object is useful (many are junk) and finding its function is another challenge.
Pen and paper is highly recommended to keep track of everything. Not understanding the British terms for some objects has tripped me up a few times, so make sure to fully examine each object and its name.
You can always warp back to an area that functions as a little home/retreat, where you can store items and some important documents
From what I gather, you can actually progress through the game without solving any puzzles, but if you're going to do that, I think it's missing the point of the experience.
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Posted on 2014-03-27 23:23:34 bynameismilo:
I'm about 2 hours in and enjoying it. The game offers a peaceful and calm atmosphere with an enticing story so far. Plenty of backtracking to find those clues you're sure you remember getting. This isn't a game to rush through, but one you should be willing to hear and read every detail as it adds to both the story and your surroundings. It's a refreshing break from the fast paced games that are all too common anymore.
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Posted on 2014-05-25 10:28:27 byTheDingo742:
I've read several online reviews of this game, and all are generally positive. While the Myst comparison is obvious, I am surprised that no one has noted the similarity with the 90s classic "Amber: Journeys Beyond". Amber has always been in my all-time top ten list of adventure games, but due to difficulty in running the game on modern operating systems, apparently many have notread more played the game. For those who have, Ether One involves the same kind of investigation of a dementia patient's mind that Amber explored with ghosts. Hopefully, GOG can add Amber to its collection in the future. Until then, I heartily recommend this game for first person adventure fans who appreciate atmosphere and do not mind wandering around in an abandoned environment in search of clues.
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