The Vanishing of Ethan Carter for PC
PC - Windows

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

Sep 26, 2014

Trailer, Gameplay, & Screenshots


About this game

Developer: The Astronauts
Content Rating: Mature


The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a first-person story-driven mystery game that focuses entirely on exploration and discovery. It contains no combat or explosions of any kind. If our game leaves any scars, we hope you won’t be able to see them. You play the game as 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 of Red Creek Valley, where things turn out to be even worse than he imagined. Ethan has vanished in the wake of a brutal murder, which Paul quickly discerns might not be the only local murder worth looking into.

System Requirements


  • OS: Windows 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core2 Duo or equivalent AMD
  • Memory: 6 GB RAM
  • Graphics: DirectX11 compliant card with 1GB of VRAM
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 9 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX9c compliant

Critic Reviews

42 Reviews
Steven BurnsJul 16, 2015
The narrative unravels a little towards the end, and the written dialogue and allegories are heavy-handed, even if it makes sense in-universe (they are conceived by a child, after all). By the final moments you'll have figured most of it out, but an unexpectedly bleak finale means Carter doesn't pull its punches. It's probably a better value proposition on PC, but if PS4 is your only way to play then this is well worth £15.
Doug MercerOct 08, 2014
In the end, ‘The Vanishing of Ethan Carter’ is a great game to pick up. I don’t do horror, at all. Until this game, my two previous horror experiences were ‘Dead Space’ and ‘Resident Evil 3’. But I’m genuinely glad I got to play this one! Sure, this review took me an extra couple of days because I had to summon the courage to play it, but ‘Ethan Carter’ was such an experience, that I’m glad I didn’t miss out on it.
Daniel BloodworthOct 13, 2014
It’s an intriguing set of mechanics, although specific examples sometimes fall short as certain timelines fall together like dominoes. ...Perhaps where The Vanishing of Ethan Carter succeeds most is in establishing a sense of place. This is the kind of game that you’ll want to get lost in. ...Even something as simple as walking out of the forest into a sunlit glade has impact, and as you follow the twists and turns of its multi-threaded story, you’ll be caught up in its unsettling intrigue.

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