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 (65 reviews) - 87% of the 65 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Very Positive (5,971 reviews) - 89% of the 5,971 user reviews for this game are positive.
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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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
A mix of a Walking Simulator and a 3D Hidden object.
I find both genres utterly boring in general.
Puzzles were mentioned, but finding hidden objects is no puzzle solving.
Resolving sequences of seemingly unrelated events, neither (although it can get pretty intriguing)
A few items were collected, but no inventory.
Not that it that it would be of much use.
Just to be sure that I took the grenade before saving, without having to go all the way back to check.
No map either. That would be of much use. Or, at least, a compass.
After all, the forests have a reputation of disorienting the non-elven races.
A minimal story was there. Not a bad one, to be sincere, but too short nonetheless.
Hadn't I wasted so much time in random forest walks (evening tea not included),
it would have taken about an hour to finish.

Yet I somehow liked this game.

Somehow, while aimlessly wandering with the petty excuse of searching for clues,
(actually admiring great landscapes in an almost totally inanimate world)
the game managed to create an atmoshpere that thrilled me.
Sometimes even scared me, for no apparent reason.
Well, I managed to die once. (which must be some kind of a negative record).
Once is perfect. Not too many to become frustrating, but enough to keep you thrilled.

Perhaps the previous, enthusiastic critics clouded my judgement.
Or, meyhaps, I've grown too old, and too cheap, and got carried away by the amazing
artistic work, both in music and visuals (in expense of an actual gameplay).
Or the smaller things, as the relaxing experience of using a joypad and moving at my own pace.

Sometimes I imagine the game makers, having created a great 3d-modelled enviroment,
coupled by an excellent soundrack, and then struggling to give the gamer a purpose to
wander in it. From this point of view they did a great work. Definitely not overdoing it.

In conclusion, yes I'd recommend it. Not a 20$ recommend, but on a discount it is a very good offer.
After all, and despite having to install both game versions just for reviewing it,
the fact that they provide fresher graphics for free (in the era of payable useless DLCs)
is something I really appreciate.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
Recommended ✔
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2 of 2 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a good mystery detective adventure game in first person view. Its not too long, not too short (4-6h), not too easy, but not too hard ether. It looks good in Redux and doesnt have the frame sync issues the regular version can have for some. The game pacing plays well and has a satisfying ending. Its one of those games that the less you know, the more you will enjoy it and thats why I am being very superficial. I highly recommend this games Redux version if you are into “none guns” first person adventure games.

(Note on game time: I mostly played the Redux version, but you need to install the regular one to post a review and you can get 3 cards from each. Thats why my game time in this verison is short. I have ca 7h in Redux.)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a captivating and immersive experience, it explores the theme of the human psyche and its mysterious nature. It provides an interesting nareative that will make you question your morals combined with jawdropping visuals and an outstanding soundtrack. It should be noted that the length of the game is quite short. in which I completed in around 4 hours. This is the type of game you should get for a rainy day. In the end this game is prefect for people that enjoy a good Lovecraftian story and who obsess over beautiful graphics. My final score for The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is an 8/10.
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1 of 1 people (100%) 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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1 of 1 people (100%) 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
Quite a simple game, nice story, a bit weird i would say. It took me 3.7 hours to finish with 100%.
I recomend getting this on a big sale, just as i did, it's not worth 18.99, if i was to price it i would go at 5-7 euros.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 18
This game was beautiful. Moderate difficulty with puzzles. The ending made me cry >_>
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
Great story, beautiful graphics and soundtrack! Still playing (0.09hts) cant waiting for end, awsome game for that time i was played :)
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This game has one of the most well done story telling I've ever experienced. If you love follow the story of a game this is a must buy, you will not regret it, and the Astronauts deserve your money.
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Posted: October 1
best game have played so far
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Posted: September 27
Graphics: stunning. Sound: impeccable. Music: perfect. Story: intriguing and thoughtful. Probably the best "walking simulator" I've ever played, even though I hate the term "walking simulator," as I don't think it gives the game justice. 5/5 stories.
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The Wickedginja
6.1 hrs
Posted: September 25
I absolutely enjoyed this game. There was one part that freaked me out a little. But, I get creeped out easily. My SO had to sit beside me to finish one part of the game so I could complete it. Even with that, I definitely recommend this game.
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