The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a first-person story-driven mystery. Purchase this game to get both the original and the Unreal Engine 4 remaster called The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Redux.
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Very Positive (49 reviews) - 93% of the 49 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Release Date: Sep 25, 2014

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“A story told with a level of cleverness and elegance rarely seen in games.”
9/10 – GameSpot

“Leaves you with several amazing memories; moments that you will want to talk to your friends about for hours.”
9/10 – EuroGamer

“One of the best games of the year.”
9/10 – US Gamer

About This Game

GOOD NEWS EVERYONE: By purchasing the game, you actually get two games now: 1) The original The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, 2) The Unreal Engine 4 remaster called The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Redux. Please see this link for details.

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a first-person story-driven mystery game that focuses entirely on exploration and discovery. It contains no combat or explosions of any kind. If our game leaves any scars, we hope you won’t be able to see them.

You play the game as Paul Prospero, an occult-minded detective who receives a disturbing letter from Ethan Carter. Realizing the boy is in grave danger, Paul arrives at Ethan’s home of Red Creek Valley, where things turn out to be even worse than he imagined. Ethan has vanished in the wake of a brutal murder, which Paul quickly discerns might not be the only local murder worth looking into.

Inspired by the weird fiction (and other tales of the macabre) from the early twentieth century, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter aims to significantly evolve immersive storytelling in games. While it features a private detective and quite a few mental challenges, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is not an especially puzzle-ridden game. Our focus is on atmosphere, mood, and the essential humanity of our characters.

Still, the discoveries won’t happen on their own, or without your help. Using both Paul’s supernatural skill of being able to communicate with the dead, and your own powers of observation, you will discover the mystery behind a trail of corpses, the roots of a dark ancient force lurking in Red Creek Valley, and the fate of a missing boy.

Key Features

  • Explore and interact with the beautiful yet ominous world of Red Creek Valley, which was created with the use of revolutionary photogrammetry technology that allows for nearly photorealistic environments.
  • Communicate with the dead and see how they died in order to gather clues that help you piece together the truth behind Ethan’s disappearance -- and the fate of his family.
  • Experience, in non-linear fashion, a story that combines the pleasures of pulp, private eye, and horror fiction, all of it inspired by writers such as Raymond Chandler, Algernon Blackwood, Stefan Grabinski, and H. P. Lovecraft.
  • Conduct the investigation on your own terms and at your own pace. Although there are a few scary bits in the game, players will have no need for sedatives. Our game is less about terror and more about clammy unease.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 64-bit
    • Processor: Intel Core2 Duo or equivalent AMD
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX11 compliant card with 1GB of VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 9 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX9c compliant
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
I made sure that I didn't read anything about the game beforehand (except some tech stuff since I'm in game development), and I'm happy I didn't! The story is great, the constant switching between fantasy and reality is superb, and the twist at the end... AH EXQUISITE!! The game is worth all it's money! The time it took to create a world like this filled to the brim with realism and scenery you could watch for hours on end... Which is exactly what me and my girlfriend did... out of the 9 odd hours in game at least 4 were just to take in the scenery and the world building. Both of us are game devs (she's the artist :P) and we were just awestruck by the detail the developers put in the game (and the redux version...)

This game is a bite sized slice of puzzle/mystery heaven! The only problem I have with the game is that the puzzles could have been a little bit harder :P Other than that the game is excellent and should be played by everyone!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 9

This game is one of the most beautiful I've ever played. The visuals are to die for. And the plot is something that you'll have to experience for yourself. The narrative is interesting and the music playing often in the background is perfect for the kind of sombre mood that the game sets. It starts off with saying that there will be no hand-holding for the player and that is rightly so, as you have to find out what powers the protagonist, Paul Prospero, has for yourself and what its limitations are. It's a unique detective story, to say the least.

The one thing I didn't like about the game are Ethan's "stories". In order to complete the game, you'll have to complete these stories. I only did some of them and they feel rather unrelated to the main plot.

All in all, definitely a game worth playing.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
I'll just be blunt and short here: If you enjoy narrative-driven games (some like to call them walking simulators) where the exploration is the key element to the game, go for it. It's not exactly hard, as in that you can't exactly fail anything, but it has some very charming puzzles going on. I also really enjoyed the atmosphere, how the whole place feels like it's been abandoned for decades. And I'd be crazy to not mention the absolutely jawdropping graphics going on here (if you can manage it, play Redux version.)

That's all I can really say here, I can't talk about the story since the whole game is all about it. Go in as blind as you can, you'll truly appreciate the whole experience that way. And I personally recommend to not use any walkthroughs. Memorize everything and immerse yourself to the world of this game. Hopefully you'll have as much as fun as I did.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
+Awesome graphics!
+ Good story
+ Great music
+ Nice atmosphere

- Short game and no replay value.
- "Walking simulator"
- 19€? not worth it.

Overall good game , but too less action and too much walking for me. Reminds me of "Dear Esther soo if u like that game u gonna love this one.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
Being my first mystery/exploration game i've ever played, I was unsure if I'd really like it. I was only recommended this game because of its unbelievable graphics, but never really got too into the story/actual game. I stopped playing it for a while after being lost and not knowing what to do, something this game should try to fix. I came back to it after getting my new computer with better graphics, and with the help of some guides, started progressing again through the story. After I learnt the mechanics, I began solving puzzles myself and going off and exploring more places. Once I'd gained a new confidence for this game, I became more invested in the story, and within an hour or two I'd completed the whole game. Overall this was a lovely experience and totally worth the money, the graphics are truly beautiful, and the story was very intriguing. The only downfall I saw was previously mentioned, the game doesn't guide you enough. Maybe veterans to the genre will enjoy that, but for me searching up guides to complete a section was a little embarassing. Great game though, 8 / 10.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is about a supernatural detective - Paul Prospero - who's been summoned to solve the mystery of the Red Creek Valley, a remote region hiding a dark secret.

The game is an atmospheric 3D puzzle game. You have to explore the environnement in order to find clues and solve various puzzles. It doesn't hold your game; you have to figure out everything by yourself. Worry not, however, they are not overly difficult.

- Graphically stunning
- Open world, you go through no loading screen throughout the entire game
- Fun game mechanics
- Intriguing and immersive environnement.
- Beautiful OST

- Game is very short - can finish it in below 4 hours.
- Puzzles could have been a bit harder

To me, the pros clearly outweighs the cons. I would recommend anyone who's into mysteries and has a decent rig (game may be heavy) to try it out!
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
Really disappointed. I spent more time walking places than playing the actual game. Puzzles were terrible.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
Very interesting mystery, although the game takes only a few hours to complete!
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6 of 12 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
Recommended ✔
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a puzzle narrative walking-simulator game.

No-Hud, no weapons, no enemies just pure exploration and puzzle solving.

I swear this game is a feast for the eyes, with stunning graphics and extremely detailed environment and beautiful landscapes. If you have a decent system, seriously don't pass on playing the Redux version. The graphics will blow you away on max settings.

The story and the ending is a bit complicated, and the puzzles are sometimes very cryptic i had to use YouTube several times. Although the game says in the very beginning it won't hold your hands through the journey, meaning this game is mainly for puzzle fans but that doesn't mean anyone can enjoy it.

As a non-fan of walking-simulator games, I recommend this game. I loved it, especially the visuals and atmosphere. Walking through the forests and at the dam were really fun and a great time.

I can't think of negatives to be honest, but i know many people hate short games (I don't mind them), so beware this game can takes from 2 ~ 6 hours to complete with 100% achievements.

8.5/10 - Recommended on sales unless you have no problem spending $20 on a short game.
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7.6 hrs
Posted: October 20
Lovely looking atmospheric game, but for some reason I get terrible motion sickness when playing. It's not really apparent what you need to do to progress the story and as I'm not one for spoiling a game by youtubing it I'm not entirely sure what the game mechanics are. Having said all that it's an immersive game world and I was more than happy to wander round the autumnal and slightly unsettling landscape just admiring the views. Worth getting if your a fan of the so called walking simulator genre.
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8.0 hrs
Posted: October 19
This is one of the best games I've ever played. Unrivalled atmosphere and beauteousness.
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Anoriel Thiliedis
5.9 hrs
Posted: October 11
Damn, this game ♥♥♥♥ed me up. Then it did it again. The ending's a total surprise and oh my, what a surprise it is. Great game, exceptional graphics, beautiful views, interesting stories to be told. If you're looking for sth original, go for it.
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7.3 hrs
Posted: October 11
Great story, beautiful environments & music make this game very memorable
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7.0 hrs
Posted: October 9
absolute amazing game I recommend this game to everyone!!
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1.6 hrs
Posted: October 8
I played the Redux version of the game. You can finish the game within 4-5 hours, puzzles aren't too tricky and the story is alright. Good experience overall.
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4.9 hrs
Posted: October 7
This is a definite must-play for anyone into story-driven games. Great story, immersive, very fun.
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