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 it’s core is a story exploration path free from puzzles where you can unfold the story at your own pace.
User reviews: Very Positive (174 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 25, 2014

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"It has a melancholy to it, and a wistfulness that I rarely find in games. They kept it grounded, focusing on the loneliness of memories slipping away."
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“The world of Ether One is a superbly detailed and well thought-out place.”
4/5 – Joystiq

“It’s been just two days since I last player Ether One and I’ve not stopped thinking about it since. I thought about it before I went to bed last night, and the night before. I thought about it when I woke up this morning. I thought about it when I had lunch. So far I’ve sunk 12 hours into a game easily completable in four. I’ve not nearly managed to restore all of the projectors. And I've hardly scratched the surface.”
9/10 – Strategy Informer

“Superb: A hallmark of excellence. There may be flaws, but they are negligible and won't cause massive damage to what is a supreme title.”
9/10 – Destructoid

About This Game



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 patients history in order to help the validation of their life.

Parallel paths make Ether One accessible to a range of skilled players. Invite your friends and family around to pick their brains for help taking on challenging environmental puzzles, or soak in the atmosphere of Pinwheel at leisure. 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.

features

  • First Person Adventure Game.
  • Open narrative exploration in the town of Pinwheel.
  • Optional puzzle solving.
  • Accessible gameplay with additional controller support for players that aren’t as skilled with complex controls.
  • Challenging pen and paper puzzle design you can decrypt at your own pace.

Deluxe Edition




The Ether One Deluxe Edition comes with the Ether One OST, Game Script, & Comics along with a few more goodies. Please note that there is no additional in-game content.

The Ether One Original Soundtrack by Nathaniel-Jorden Apostol features more than 40 minutes of music created exclusively for Ether One. The soundtrack comes with MP3 & FLAC format along with custom artwork for the soundtrack.

MP3 & FLAC format files will be placed in the Ether One folder in the Steam Directory: ...Steam\steamapps\common\EtherOne\Soundtrack

The Ether One game scripts contain all of the spoken dialogue along with some things that got cut from the game. We hope you find it interesting to see how we developed the narrative for Ether One. Please note: These scripts contain spoilers for the game. You may wish to finish Ether One before reading these. We have noted down specifically which game script contain spoilers in the download.

PDF format files will be placed in the Ether One folder in the Steam Directory: ...Steam\steamapps\common\EtherOne\Scripts

The Strange Tale of Byron Spencer was created by Mark Penman & coloured by Andrew Tunney. It provides an alternative fiction for the world of Pinwheel.

PDF format files will be placed in the Ether One folder in the Steam Directory: ...Steam\steamapps\common\EtherOne\Comics

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista, 7 or 8
    • Processor: 2.2+ Ghz Dual-Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA Geforce GTX 460 or equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Windows XP is not supported for Ether One. Laptop equivalent GPU's struggle in comparison to desktop GPU's. VR: Ether One currently only supports the DK1 Oculus developer kit. We're hopefully going to provide updated Oculus support in future updates.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Vista, 7 or 8
    • Processor: 2.6+ Ghz Dual-Core
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA Geforce GTX 560 or equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Windows XP is not supported for Ether One. Laptop equivalent GPU's struggle in comparison to desktop GPU's. VR: Ether One currently only supports the DK1 Oculus developer kit. We're hopefully going to provide updated Oculus support in future updates.
Helpful customer reviews
35 of 38 people (92%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2014
9/10

+ very nice presentation, art is awesome, runs great on max settings
+ nice music, good voice acting
+ point and click adventure game with some very hard puzzles, that are not essentially needed to proceed, meaning you can just explore the environment and complete the story without solving almost any puzzle. this is NOT recommendded - the puzzles are extremely well designed, they are mostly about reconstructing a memory by reading and finding relevant items, cracking safes etc. - great idea about moving between the 2 worlds of the game and storing items or reading the important documents you found so far
+ complex story, emotional at times , with some horror elements, very interesting though you will want to see what happens
+ controls and gameplay mechanics flawless
+ good duration, replayability (as it is very hard to complete it the first time by solving everything)

- playing for the first time you might not understand exactly what you have to do or how to solve the puzzles, if you have the patience to proceed a bit you will be rewarded though - it could be a bit more beginner friendly
- sometimes finding items needed to solve puzzles is frustrating, they might be far away from the scene or even in a totally different location (item or hint)

one of my favorites adventures of the year, very professional work, highly recommended to those who like adventure and puzzle games in general with a good story

hint: don't forget to hold left mouse button on an object (that you can get) to read its description/name, this is vital for some puzzles
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28 of 37 people (76%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 7, 2014
I also fall into the "really wanted to love this game" camp. The overarching concept is facsinating, the presentation is very slick, and the voice acting is superb. Unfortunately, some of the puzzles are mind-bogglingly counter-intuitive, and remind me a lot of some of the worst puzzles in old point-and-click games which would have you tearing your hear out randomly clicking on every item in sight and mixing every item in your inventory with every other item. Progression through Ether One occasionally feels very much like this, which is enough to make it a truly maddening experience at times. Furthermore, and possibly most importantly, the story becomes frighteningly dull towards the latter half of the game. Whilst - again - the overaching story remains interesting, teasing apart the tiny little mundane fragments of the lives of Jean and her friends and family in Pinwheel and the surrounding areas is just painfuilly boring. This is a game that could have been brilliant, but just ends up being a frustrating and dull waste of a great idea.
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
55.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
This game has all the elements that I, personally would have asked for in a game.
It is a great story! I loved the whole idea of exploring memories and the human mind, it actually got me thinking of my own memories and how they are connected to people I've meet and things I own, just amazing storytelling!
The art and voice acting are also great and work very well with the story.

I would say that this game is great for those who like story driven puzzle games, and that have the patient and interest to really go through the story and do all of the "quests".
Yes, you could "just" do what you need in order to progress, but in doing so you miss out on the whole experience.
With that I hope that more people take the chance to play this game, because it will stay with you for a long time!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
all adventure fans! buy this game! It truly is top notch, great story, fantastic voice work, beautiful visuals, controls like a dream. I bought it on a whim cuz it looked cool and it's one time where that really really paid off. Myst meets Gone Home is what Games tm said and while that's kinda a good way to put it, it really is its own unique thing. A true gem!
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15 of 25 people (60%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
If you are a fan of puzzle games you probably won't like this very much. The gameplay seems to consist of inspecting every little nook and cranny of the world, hoping that you've picked up or looked at the right things so you'll be able to solve future puzzles. The "puzzles" seem to consist of remembering stuff you've picked up and figuring out that you need to use it on something or put it somewhere. Having to remember things doesn't make for very fun gameplay or puzzle solving. Having to explore every stupid item and look in every stupid, boring drawer in an office or mining facility isn't very fun. Compare this to something like the Zero Escape series where you aren't having to manually wander around and just have to look at still scenes and it's clear what you can and can't interact with. I don't feel that the freedom of moving about in first person contributes much to the fun of this game; if anything it detracts from it.

The gameplay is definitely "exploration oriented" but I don't personally find that very fun. Wandering around and sometimes getting lost in a bleak, boring mining facility while the occassional weird ambient sound plays is just annoying and I can think of many things I could be doing that are more entertaining. There were times where I was just wandering around trying to figure out how to get back to a place I wanted to go to and not being able to do it because there are so many branching paths in the levels. I'm fine if puzzles are self-contained, where all the elements for solving a particular problem are in the same, clearly delineated area, but this game doesn't do that so something on one far end of a level might need to be used with something on the other side of the map.

And finally, the worst part for me, is that this game gave me motion sickness. I've played other first person games without this problem, but I had a problem with this game. I'm sure I'm not alone.

If you want a fun puzzle game, this isn't that. I'm not sure what's fun about it other than a compulsive desire to advance the story (I'd rather read a book if I wanted that, considering the gameplay isn't fun for me).
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
This game is something else let me tell you. Firstly, it is a very good game and worth the buy. I like to call it an extreme puzzle game. You can solve the main story / smaller puzzles very quickly. However, there are 20 extra puzzles you can try and fail and fail and fail and somehow magically succeed to put together. The puzzles don't really have hints. You just try a bunch of different things and throw it together. But it's new and frustrating and makes me want to rip my hair out while saying "of course you write on the sheet of paper based on some other paper who may have read, of course."

The difficulty of the puzzles adds so much to the game. You'll learn more about all the characters and even the town. There is notes you can read and collectibles you can find. The voice acting is great, the story is heartwarming at the same time heartbreaking. The graphics are superb, audio is wonderful and the different places are really cool to explore.

There are some downsides. For one, the game doesn't have enough music for me. Some will come on a play but that happens mostly when you're playing for the main part and not the side puzzles. Since I spent most of my 12 hrs on those puzzles, I needed to play music myself because I got bored. Another is the fact that the puzzles aren't thoroughly explained. It does give you a small tutorial but you really have to simply play for long periods of time to even get the gist of the side puzzles.

One part of the game I thought I would hate actually turned out a plus for me which is the inventory. You can only carry one object at a time but you can teleport back to a home base and store a ton of items. It became a sort of game. Filling each shelf with the same object I found through out the game. And it was really cool to see how those random objects came into the main story.

Yes, I fully recommend it for those who like a challenge and a very pretty game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
After playing a few hours, I'm feeling a lot of things, but I don't know how to describe them or the experience I was just having. However, I think the greatest of those feelings is...wonder.

Ether One is not the most polished title in terms of gameplay sometimes, but it is utterly unique and something I would highly recommend to anyone even SLIGHTLY interested.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
Ether One looks like a Walking Simulator at first but it's actually more like an evolution of Myst/Riven combined with the new Dear Esther line of games. A meatier Gone Home if you like. While you will spend most of the time exploring a masterfully handpainted British coastal village of the 60s (powered by the latest Unreal Engine) getting sound cues whenever you approach something meaningful, you will have to collect pieces of the various puzzles scattered around and put them together to learn more about the story of this now abandoned village and its long gone inhabitants.

While one could maintain that the environment is beautiful and extremely fascinating by itself, and the puzzles easy enough that you feel compelled to complete them even if you are usually not a big fan, it's the story that draws you in. It begins without telling you much, other than you are someone willing to undergo a certain experiment apparently dealing with memory recovery and memory loss. You enter a high tech facility and sit on a weird chair that sends you back to the magnificent Pinwheel Village and its wonderful tangle of intense, dramatic and lovely little stories. As a detective of memories, that you will somehow piece together, you will learn about a slew of minor facts and most importantly what led the village to its downfall, not to mention the most important task you've been sent to solve: who are you.

As I mentioned, I don't have the patience for puzzle games anymore, but Ether One got me hooked since the very first minute. The smartest idea White Paper Games came up with is that you DO NOT really have to solve the puzzles if you don't want to. You can advance the main story simply collecting some red ribbons in the each area you visit, but it goes without saying that by doing so you will skip the large amount of content they filled Pinwheel village with. Every house has a story, every office of the mining facility seems to have some memories worth uncovering and every character you find traces of in one part of the little town might have more of his/her personal story revealed later on as the lives of all these people were intertwined with each other, and their sons and daughters, as you would expect from such a tiny community. Thing can get emotionally intense, which is a bonus for me, but never in a suffocating way. For a puzzle game this does a really good job in leaving the players freedom to play it the way they like.

Took me about 15 hours to go through all the content I could find only to realize there's a whole extra section I missed that will totally make me replay the game. I feel like I am from Pinwheel too now, and I care about my neighbours or at least the memories of my neighbours, and feel bad for what happened to some of them or happy for the positive outcomes of some others. While I am sure that more expert puzzlers than me can finish the game in about 8 hours, there's much more to see and do than I was expecting from a 7€ title. The visuals are great and so is the level design, and a special mention deserves the audio department which does a wonderful job in giving life in an otherwise empty and abandoned village.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
20.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 31, 2014
As a lover of riddles and puzzles this game amazed me in so many ways!
Beautiful visuals, many and i mean MANY puzzles to solve (Sometimes a bit hard i must say) and a truly deep yet beautiful plot!!
It also has a strong Myst vibe to it!

If you like solving puzzles, beautiful visuals and a really good story then this is a game for you!

9/10
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 3, 2014
This game left me speechless. The ambience, the music and narration all fit perfectly in this game. The story however, is the best one i have seen in a game. you always felt that you needed to continue and push on, because the action and tension kept growing. And the massive twist at the end, it cannot be described. Although a "short" game, (if you make it so, like i did) it felt incredibly rewarding.

This is a definition of a 10/10
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 24, 2014
I bought this game as part of a Humble Bundle, and for the record I bought the bundle nearly exclusively becasue of this game! I have now played through (a bit slap-dash as I've missed some bits) and finished with *an* ending and I must say this is a WONDERFUL, insightful, challenging, and creative game - to say the least! It is possible to play through without silving the puzzles, but I think FAR more rewarding to complete them! I must say, this is one of the BEST 1st person adventure games I have played in a looong time. I grew up on this genre and it tends to be my favorite. Once I go back and complete the bits I missed I don't know what I'll do. I already want more of this game, of this story and its characters before I've even completed all of it. Really high praise to the devs, you all have made a really fabulous game here, I'd love to see what else you come out with!

Highly recommend the game!!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 26, 2014
At some point in every gammers life you descover your jewel. The one game that you think of instantly when you think of a good game. I think i found that. I went into this game expecting absolutly nothing. By the end of the intro i was ready to get my hands dirty into this amazing story of unlocking somones past by litteraly delving into her mind through the ether technology. I was ready to unlock the secrets of the client and have a bit of fun doing it. I was expecting some easy puzzles but what i got was a decently sized area to walk around and descover. This is a game of exploratoin and puzzle solving. And if thats your thing then this is deffently worth your time.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 7, 2014
Revised and extended review:

Exploring another persons memories like in the movie The Cell sounds like great premise for a video game, Ether One is the first game that truly lives up to that idea.

Now I know that the majority of people have never heard of Ether One, it went completely under my radar until it showed up in a Humble Store sale and the trailer had me sold immediately. Thankfully the game itself also lived up to my expectation. The closest relatives to it are games like Dear Esther and Gone Home, which I both liked but weren’t really challenging or what some people call ‘traditional games’.

Ether One is in my opinion the better game. The story a bit tricker to figure out though but instead of one house like in Gone Home you have a small town on your hand.
The beginning is a bit odd, but once the games opens up it starts to shine. Ether One also proves once again that video games don’t have to offer traditional mechanics or violence to offer a deep and rich experience.

The main gameplay involves the player solving puzzles by picking up items, inspecting them and trying to find clues and hints in the environment. There are no NPC to guide or distracts you, the environment is the true main aspect of the game.
From the moment you step into the town of Pinwheel you can see with how much love and care the world has been build. All the puzzles have a purpose in the context of the town itself and don’t feel forced or just there to be an obstacle for the player. This becomes even more apparent as a majority of the puzzles are actually skip able and completely optional.
Their difficulty levels vary but figuring out the creative way they are tied together is what makes Ether One truly shine and will keep you coming back till you solved them all. The moment when you realize a connection and solve a puzzle because of it is almost as good if not a better feeling than defeating a boss in another game.

Weeks after beating it I still think of the feeling of being in Pinwheel and the time i lost sleep thinking over how a certain piece would fit in a puzzle. I can recommend Ether One to everyone who likes atmospheric games with challenging puzzles and who can appreciate subtle storytelling.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 30, 2014
Ether One tasks the player with diving into the mind of a patient with Alzheimer's Disease, and using the power of the recently discovered science of telepathic medicine to seek out and destroy the amyloid plaques causing the dementia. What follows is puzzle-exploration game where you explore locations from the patient's past and seek out their memories in the form of ribbons and optional projectors all while the patient's past is slowly unveiled.

The game's puzzles range from the somewhat obvious to the incredibly obscure, to the point of its detriment (you may well go through entire areas being unable to solve any of the optional puzzles), especially when considering the projectors ultimately lead to a longer ending (I'd advise anyone who wasn't able to 100% the game to at least view the bonus ending on youtube).

Trying to complete the projectors, which really are the meat of the game regardless of how optional they are, leads to long segments of backtracking and trying to work out red-herrings. This is a shame as they also carry a large chunk of the narrative along side all of the puzzles.

There is also a segment of the game, the Mines, which can be entirely missed if you do not spot the entrance along the path of the river. Missing 1/4th of the game by accident was a rather terrible design choice.

The graphics are also not stellar, being the clear product of trying to leverage a small art budget as well as possible and muddy textures are omnipresent. Although it does its best to mask the low fidelity through a painterly art style.

Music, voice acting, and sound design are very well produced however. Although until you've completed an area's projectors you will not see the sound design in its entirety. When you've fully completed an area it gains back the sounds of life. Children laugh, miners work their machines, and pubs announce closing time.

The game ends fittingly for its chosen subject matter, straying away from tasteless fantastical elements which could have been present. It did not surprise me in any strong way, but it was emotionally effective.

8.5/10 - A game with great narrative strengths, but weak and occasionally obscure gameplay design. Play it, but have some walkthroughs on hand.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2014
I was excited to play this game, but it turned out not to be particularly fun or satisfying. The solutions to the puzzles are too arbitrary, requiring various items distributed randomly around the environment. A tricky puzzle will have you searching and re-searching the same areas until you decide to just play a different game. The dev needed to design the puzzles with more logic and flow, or at least put everything needed to solve the puzzle in smaller areas so the player doesn't spend so much time uselessly rifling through drawers. Really a shame since I like the game's style.

Also, the story is about dementia, so it's a bit of a downer, but you don't need to solve the puzzles to get to the end.

Recommendation: play Gone Home instead.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
18.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
Its an excelent game and gets really addicting. Set in a beautiful world its full of puzzels you must solve in order to restore the memory of a patient and its really good at connceting you with the character you are helping. It's challenging without being completly impossible and always has small hints to make sure you don't get completely stuck. Worth playing.
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 30, 2014
Probably my favorite walking simulator to date.
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71 of 82 people (87%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 25, 2014
Stunning visuals, incredible audio and a genuinely moving narrative

Whether you play only for the main plot, ignoring the games many puzzles, or you take it slow and uncover all the mysteries Pin Wheel has hidden behind its spooky and unsettling atmosphere, Ether One will impress.

An independent studio boasting a triple A quality game, highly, highly recommend.
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139 of 190 people (73%) found this review helpful
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 21, 2014
http://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_656882913&feature=iv&index=3&list=PLBqXrq67D6oqHjOXJ2jp90P__1DS2kbtO&src_vid=rt0yfIvDEvk&v=6glTHczG4p4

I now write this review as I finished the game (main story). Gotta say: mind blowing. Without trying to spoil anything, let's just say the game puts you on somebody's shoes living a terrifying experience, one impossible to picture, unless it actually happens in your life at some point (hope not). It's an indie game delivering completely different experiences, the ones you don't find in most AAA games. Great adventure.
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46 of 48 people (96%) found this review helpful
56.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 3, 2014
I just finished Ether One. It's a brilliant game with an exceptional story. It reminds me of the Adventure games of yore where it is best to take notes, make maps, draw diagrams and exam everything. I took my time and I worked on a section at a time trying to complete it before moving on. The puzzles can be challenging, but your note taking efforts will greatly help. This also comes in mighty helpful when it is necessary to go back into an area. These efforts will help to complete the game as it should be completed and the rewards for doing so are three-fold. The story is in-depth with a lot of substance. It's also a teaching experience. I finished with tears in my eyes, a filled heart and a mind enveloped in wonderment. This is, by far, one of the best games i have ever played. Outstanding !!
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