The Vanishing of Ethan Carter for PC
PC - Windows

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

Sep 26, 2014
655th of 19723

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.
Jim SterlingSep 29, 2014
While the puzzles aren't very complex, they provide just enough engagement to make me feel like more than a glorified cameraman, which is by far the biggest pitfall for a narrative-driven experience. The twist at the end is fairly limp, but until that point, an engaging mystery is dribbled into the player's head, one bubbling with Cthulhu-inspired creepiness. It's just a shame that the game's strongest points also make me wish I was playing a different game entirely.
Marty SlivaOct 02, 2014
Despite that one area being notable low-point, the rest of The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is remarkable. The combination of its gorgeous visuals and powerful mysteries make it one of those games that stuck with me and begged to be replayed. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is an amazing achievement. Its story is powerful, its freedom is liberating, and its world is one of the most beautiful I’ve ever wandered around. Here’s to more games not holding your hand.

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