Like many Narrative Discovery games, it’s hard to talk about Ethan Carter without spoiling the only real thing it contains – the story. Unlike most, though, it does have a few puzzles. Sort of. I can’t really say any more about what actually happens.
You’re a psychic detective summoned to a sleepy village by a little boy – Ethan Carter – who wants you to figure out what’s going on. A creature of some sort, The Sleeper, has been awakened and strange doings have being happening. That’s spooky enough, but soon after you arrive you realise things aren’t quite what they seem. And then, you find that the second thing you thought was the truth isn’t quite what it seems either.
It’s a beautiful looking game, slightly scary in parts, and just plain bizarre in others. Part murder mystery, part psychological thriller, part puzzle game, Ethan Carter is pretty unique, even amongst titles of its genre. Well worth playing.