Estranged tells the story of a lone fisherman, whose ship is stranded on a mysterious island during a violent storm. Explore the rich environments and meet the curious inhabitants of the island as you find a way back to the mainland.
User reviews: Very Positive (4,616 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 16, 2014

Sign in to add this game to your wishlist or mark as not interested

Play Estranged: Act I

Half-Life 2 Mod

 

Recommended By Curators

"(Free) Estranged tells the story of a lone fisherman, whose ship is stranded on a mysterious island during a violent storm."
Read the full review here.

Reviews

“It’s clear that the creators are striving for atmosphere above all else. The locations themselves all feel grounded and part of the world and optional extras like newspaper cuttings and even usable computers add more pieces to the puzzle”
LambdaGeneration

“The overwhelming feeling is that things could get terrifying at any moment”
PC Gamer

About This Game

Estranged tells the story of a lone fisherman, whose ship is stranded on a mysterious island during a violent storm.

Explore the rich environments and meet the curious inhabitants of the island as you find a way back to the mainland. Face both danger and intrigue in this perilous adventure, where you will soon find that not everything is as normal as it seems.

Features


Original Gameplay and Story - The game features around an hour of story driven gameplay. It includes a completely original cast, with a carefully crafted script to bring the Estranged world to life.

Amazing Graphics - Estranged is built on the same engine Half-Life 2 runs, with some additional features. We have extended the dynamic lighting system to allow us to illuminate our levels in a realistic manner, and have included effects such as film grain and lens flare to help create the atmosphere for the game.

Original Soundtrack - The soundtrack was written especially for Estranged, and was designed alongside the game's levels. The music matches gameplay, and helps to bring together the atmosphere in Estranged to bring the story to life.

Please note: This game uses some assets from Half-Life: 2. The two worlds are unrelated, and Estranged is not associated with the Half-Life franchise or Valve Corporation.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows® 7 (32/64-bit)/Vista/XP
    • Processor: 2.2 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8 or higher, ATI X1600 or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 6 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3
    • Processor: 2.2 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8 or higher, ATI X1600 or higher
    • Hard Drive: 6 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • Processor: 2.2 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8 or higher, ATI X1600 or higher
    • Hard Drive: 6 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
142 of 160 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
ACT 2! ACT 2!ACT 2! ACT 2!ACT 2! ACT 2!ACT 2! ACT 2!ACT 2! ACT 2!ACT 2! ACT 2!ACT 2! ACT 2!ACT 2! ACT 2!ACT 2! ACT 2!ACT 2! ACT 2!ACT 2! ACT 2!ACT 2! ACT 2!ACT 2! ACT 2!ACT 2! ACT 2!ACT 2! ACT 2!ACT 2! ACT 2!ACT 2! ACT 2!ACT 2! ACT 2!ACT 2! ACT 2!ACT 2! ACT 2!ACT 2! ACT 2!ACT 2! ACT 2!ACT 2! ACT 2!ACT 2! ACT 2!ACT 2! ACT 2!ACT 2! ACT 2!ACT 2! ACT 2!ACT 2! ACT 2!ACT 2! ACT 2!ACT 2! ACT 2!ACT 2! ACT 2!ACT 2! ACT 2!ACT 2! ACT 2!ACT 2! ACT 2!
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
59 of 76 people (78%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 2, 2014
Play this game if you like to carry bucket and killing zombies with hammer,handguns and uzi.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
31 of 34 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
A bit short but the game it self is amazing!!! Waiting for Estranged: Act II :D
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
I hadn't even heard of this game until yesterday, but even at just two hours long I can safely say this is one of the most immersive games I've ever played. True horror doesn't come from jump-scares or gore, but from well-crafted, in-engine, environmental storytelling characterized by the world you inhabit. This is right up there with System Shock 2 when it comes to getting that right. A game so engrossingly atmospheric and raw that it could have only come from a modding community. This is the prodigal child of PC gaming.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
The game is based on the Source Engine which according to some people it is getting old now but has been used well to create a good-looking game that ran without a glitch. The voice acting is pretty good. The mix of simple problem solving and combat is just right, giving the game a nice balanced feel. Anyway the game has a nice story with some cool moments and it is not a long game. Overall this is a fun way to spend a few hours and it’s free, so what more could you want?

Game: 8.0/10
Graphic: 8.5/10

100% Achievement : Easy | Medium | Hard | Very Hard
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
this game's atmosphere strongly reminds me of half life's,
and besides, the story is very intresting
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
Despite being short it has an interesting story, beautiful design & good gameplay!
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
19 of 28 people (68%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
*****
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
What a great simple game, it took me back to Half Life 2 and had some of the same feel but in a smaller shorter kind of way. I didn't like one of the achievements where you had to carry a stupid bucket around with you but I guess its an achievement to get,It was annoying to have that in my field of view the whole time. I wish the game was longer, the story left you with wanting more. The zombies freaked me out sometimes so I shot them in the head. The game was great overall!
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
Estranged is a mod based on the Source Engine. It tells its own story, which is not related to the HL2 universe.
Basically you are stranded on an island and want to leave again, but there is a disturbing signal preventing you from reaching the mainland.
While the mod doesn't last long, it's very entertaining. And there is even more on the horizon... this is only Act 1 out of 3!

9/10 would translate again
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
Best FPS game I've played in quite a while! Excellent graphics and setting for an indie time, well worth your time
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
Very nice Mod only to short.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
Reasons Why This Game Is The Best Game!

1. Its like 2 hours long!
2. Best Ending.
3. Half Life 2 Mod.
4. Puzzle Game.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
This "Addon" for Half-Life 2 is very cool. It has its own story and voice acting, own models and textures.

Story:
The story in Estranged: Act 1 is'nt that large, 90% of the game your by youself. You can find newspapers and other things on computers telling you about what has happened. The story is'nt set in the Half-Life world, which makes them have many new things to try.

Character:
The characters in Estranged: Act 1 have wonderful voice acting. The characters seem to give emotion to the player. The models for the humans arn't new, they are the same old citizen models. But for the zombies, they are new. The models arn't that bad, and also the zombies have a new animation. The animation is pretty good, but always room for improvement.

Models:
The new models in Estranged: Act 1 are well made. The models fit right in with the Half-Life 2 style. The new zombie, barrel and other models are fantastic. The new models give a new feel to the game, making a new experience for the player.

Textures:
The new textures in Estranged: Act 1 are also well made. The look realistic and fit in with the Half-Life 2 textures. The new textures arn't only on the new models though, they are also on the floors, wall and roof.

Conclusion:
In conculsion Estranged: Act 1 is a well made Addon for Half-Life 2. Even though the game is short, i recomend this addon for people who have Half-Life 2 already. It's not worth buy Half-Life 2 just for this addon because it's just to short.

This Game (Addon) gets a 8.5/10

Sorry for any spelling mistakes in this review.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 15, 2014
An outstanding game. Love the HL2 game itself and this mod (which is for free) make's it look even better and worth buying. I also loved the jump-scares they added in and oh my, I cannot wait for Estranged: Act II to come out when it does!

Get this game if you haven't already!
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
I love this game :D because it have best action for a hl2 mod and its great for the guys who don't like COD.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
Good and fun to play. Moderately scary.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 12, 2014
INTRO
Wev'e all been there; Youre scrolling through miles of Source Mod garbage, everything from average Half-Life 2 reskins to just plain rubbish. (*cough* ''Half Life: Before'' *cough*) Suddenly, you come across one that sticks out from the rest, It's name? Estranged...

My first impressions of Estranged were positive; To me, it was the holy grail of Source Mods, a true gem... That was, of course, until the later parts of the game ruined it. It's almost tragic that such a decent concept has to be ruined by typical Shoot em' Up tropes the game so sadly gives in to. Today, I'm going to be looking in to what Estranged actually is. Let's do this!

GAMEPLAY
Before I begin, I'd like to point out that I don't HATE Estranged, I liked most of the game, just not the final parts. Please think twice before typing ''OMG u suc you faggy a$$hat!'' because believe me, Steam already has plenty of those comments...

Estranged takes place on the abandoned island of Redton, a post-apocolyptic port town is the main focus of the game, be it in the sewers or in a high-tec facility, Estranged make sure youre always aware of youre surroundings, just in case there's a need for a good o'l physics puzzle! On paper, it sounds great. In practice, however, it is far from perfect...

You begin youre journey sitting down in the captain's cabin of youre ship, reading youre journal. Suddenly, you recieve a transmission on youre radio; It's from a guy claiming to be ''John Derril'', a survivor on the island. He requests help, but is cut short by an automated curfew message... ''Interesting'', I thought, sitting down on my sparkling throne (average computer chair) and braced myself (moved my right arm a bit) for what was to come...

Sure enough, youre ships crashes into a nearby dock, you swim from the depths up to glorious oxygen, and begin youre quest for real this time! Hurrah!

SO WHAT'S WRONG WITH IT?
Up until this point, iv'e largely been praising Estranged. Praising it's atmospheric intro and first half-hour of gameplay. But, rather unfortunetly, that all changed when I witnessed the second half of the game and, just like that, a huge dump was taken on the formula I had previously loved dearly. Have you ever heard of the term ''pacing''? Of course you have, fellow gamer/casual-gamer/non-gamer/Irish gambler! It's what seperates flowing gameplay from awkward, flimsy gameplay! But why is it important here? Because Estranged isn't any ordinary game. No... It's a ATMOSPHERE-based game. Pacing is EVERYTHING here! And though it may be good for the first hour or so, the same just can't be said for the rest...

Really, the reason Estranged let me down is because it just dosen't know what it wants to be. It tries to wander from the atmospheric formula and dives head-first into shooter mechanics, with mixed results. Sure, the pistol part was good, but what about that section with the sledgehammer? Terrible, that's what! The hammer section was the deal-killer for me, because, simply put, Melee combat dose not suit the Source engine. At all. Don't believe me? Boot up the game right now and tell me that killing a copy-pasted zombie NPC with the weakest hammer known to man isn't broken at all. Pffft.

CONCLUSION

+Pros:

+Superb atmosphere (at the start).
+Smart and intuitive physics puzzles.
+Pacing is satisfactory (again, at the start).
+Good visuals for the Source engine.

-Cons:

-Horrendous combat.
-Shooter elements don't mix.
-Pathetic enemy AI.

Overall Score: 7.4/10

Should you get it? | Yes, if only to give it a try. It is free, after all!

All in all, Estranged isn't terrible, per say, It's just a little bit ''confused'' at parts, so to speak. I can only hope that Estranged 2 will fix these problems that held Estranged back from being my favourite Source mod in recent years...
========================================================================================
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 8, 2014
Excellent mod, my computer isnt good enough to play it smoothly but i can still play.. sorta but anyways its go a good story so far and cool enimies DEFFINETLY get this mod if you can
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 2, 2014
spooky at some times and very easy to complete. ill give it 6/10
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny