The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a first-person story-driven mystery game that focuses entirely on exploration and discovery. It doesn't contain any combat or explosions.
Paul Prospero in The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
You play 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 in the Red Creek Valley, where things turn out to be even worse than he imagined. Ethan has disappeared in the wake of a brutal murder that Paul quickly realizes may not be the only local murder worth investigating.
Paul Prospero there are some strange occurrences. The game gives importance to each of its details. It is not always recognizable at first glance. The story is approximately three hours long. As Prospero, you explore Red Creek Valley. The town is located in the North American hinterland. The game draws parallels to HP Lovecraft with a mixture of beautiful surroundings and subtle horror.
A gloomy mood
The game brings with it a dark mood. It creates an emotional dismay for the player. Emotionally, it tries to bind you to the people you meet in the valley. This includes the fate of Ethan Carter. The plot is exciting. It's deep and the game is partly experimental.
perspective in the game
You'll only realize the true meaning of the game when the mystery surrounding Ethan Carter's disappearance is unraveled. You explore and uncover in the game yourself. If you overlook puzzles, you still have to solve them later in view of the finale.
The history of the Red Creek Valley is interesting. The developer studio Astronauts presents a successful game. The adventure is multi-layered, with an underlying horror. Unfortunately, the story is quite short. Nevertheless, the game is worth recommending.
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