The Vanishing of Ethan Carter for PC
PC - Windows

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

Sep 26, 2014
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Game Info


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

39 Reviews
Steve BurnsOct 08, 2014
There's difficult, and then there's maddening, and sometimes Ethan Carter tips too far towards the former. That said, after getting used to the game's rhythm I enjoyed every minute. Very few developers give players the opportunity to use their own initiative, and although Carter isn't perfect, watching it all come together as it does – from your own work – makes all the frustration worth it in the end.
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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