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 (121 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 25, 2014

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June 13

Ether One Deluxe Edition available now on Steam!

Hey all!

Great news! We now have a Deluxe Edition of Ether One on Steam! A lot of you have been asking about how you can go about upgrading or getting additional content for Ether One and it's (FINALLY!) now available.

There are 2 options for buying the deluxe edition content. Firstly, if you don't already own Ether One then you can buy the full Ether One Deluxe Edition. If you have already purchased Ether One but wish to upgrade to the Deluxe Edition you can do this by buying the Ether One Deluxe Edition Upgrade.

Please note that this is not additional in-game content. The deluxe edition includes the Ether One OST, Comic books and Script along with a few more additional goodies.

Once downloaded you can find the files on your hard drive located:

Thank you all for your continued support and kind emails. It's great to hear all your experiences of playing Ether One and how much you're all enjoying our game - it really means a lot to us that you've taken the time to play Ether One and hopefully the deluxe edition will make it all the more meaningful.

As ever, if you have any queries, be sure to head over to the forums to chat and ask questions. We're on there daily to make sure we're providing support for anyone that needs it.

From all the team, thank you!

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May 1

Happy May Day! What are your favorite memories from Ether One?

Happy May Day Pinwheelians!

To celebrate we'd love to know everyone's most memorable May 1st experiences in Pinwheel. What did you all enjoy the most about spending time in Pinwheel & Ether One? Were you the type of player to wander through the environment just picking up the narrative? Or did you try to unravel every puzzle in the game? Possibly a mix of both?

Did the story connect with you on an emotional level? Could you relate to the story personally? Has it helped you understand or relate to dementia in any way?

Whatever your thoughts, we'd love you to share them here! :)

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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.


  • 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

    • 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.
    • 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.
Helpful customer reviews
15 of 20 people (75%) found this review helpful
29.7 hrs on record
Hands up, I never finished the game and to be honest I'm not likely to.
Gameplay in Ether One is frustrating and counter intuitive.I know there is a puzzle to solve because there is a broken projector on the floor, but in order to solve the puzzle I have to first uncover what the puzzle is.
To solve a puzzle I may need 1 of many items that I have picked up and deposited on the shelves of my "Base" because I can only carry 1 item at a time. But which one goes where? I have to teleport back and forth in the trial and error of finding the right item.
I quickly encountered some game breaking bugs with some items not fitting where they should.
I found the graphics diassapointing in their blockiness and flat lack of detail, and to top it all I found myself frustratinglly stuck in a toilet stall unable to get out!
Other reviewers seem to love the story and gameplay of Ether One, and I am sure I am missing out, but this game is not for me
Posted: April 11
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
56.1 hrs on record
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 !!
Posted: July 3
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Ether One is a rather ambitious game that falls under the ever-popular "walking simulator" genre. On it's surface, Ether One seems like another stab at an Amnesia game, and whilst it does borrow alot of key features from them, it is something so much more different.

I have never quite played a game like Ether One, but it is one I have always dreamed of. A compelling narrative that can be enjoyed without the need of puzzles (but there are tons of optional ones) and a story that just makes you want to keep playing and playing until you reach that ending. Despite the core narrative being rather short, you can get well over 10 hours out of this game.

Whilst the game begins off rather tedious, Ether One quickly grabs you in with it's impressive story. Impressive is an understatement. It's been a long time since a game made me think, not just about the game itself, but about the value of human life, and just how fragile a thing like life is.

For an Indie title, this deserves the AAA treatment. Buy this. Right now.

+ Amazing narrative. One of the best I have experienced in years.
+ Puzzles and optional areas are plentiful
+ Looks, sounds, and is overall great
+ A very ambitious project. I'm glad it managed to produce something so inspiring.

- Gameplay will be boring if you don't pay attention.

Posted: April 10
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.0 hrs on record
Fantastic Game. Touching story and very well built game.
The puzzles really take some time to figure out, but you get out what you put in!
This game really doesn't hold your hand and it's down to you how you play
Posted: April 27
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.4 hrs on record
Ether One is a pretty decent puzzle game/interactive story, offering a beeline to the very end for those who don't have the patience to finish the real puzzles of the game (filthy ♥♥♥♥♥s). Those who enjoy puzzle games such as Riven or Schizm, this game is sure to impress. It'll encourage you to explore the detailed enviroments in depth to uncover deeper parts of the plot. The music, area design and voice acting are fantastic and the story is enough to get atleast two playthroughs out of you.

The controls are somewhat sluggish however and it'll chew your ram and gpu to pieces. It's probably unreal engines fault more than anything. Ether One also requires a lot of back tracking and sifting through large areas to progress, so clipping on every single clutter object and shin high fence does get annoying. My pinky is tired from holding shift the whole time. As for the difficulty of the puzzles, I can't complain. Some were tougher than others, but the solutions were always surprisingly fair. I suppose going on treasure hunts for smaller items in random seemingly unrelated houses was a let down though.

Completionists beware, this game has other problems. Many of the puzzles are currently pretty buggy which is a real shame, considering their difficulty and general time consumption factor. These are very much game breaking ones that'll either reset completed areas or lock you out of them by having a moving object in the wrong place on loading the area. It's a save file related problem, most likely. If these are ever fully patched out, this'll sit as one of the better puzzle games on the market.

All in all Ether One is a real good package with a really solid story and world to immerse yourself in. Bugs let it down heavily.
6.5/10 It's good. Check it out if you like this sort of thing.
Posted: April 2
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70 of 80 people (88%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
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.
Posted: March 25
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