The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a 2014 horror adventure video game developed and published by The Astronauts for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 42,3 Xbox One 4 and Nintendo Switch.
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is set in an open world environment, in which the player can roam around and explore at will; in its opening, the game notes that it “does not hold [the player’s] hand”, and as such features very little by way of explanation to the mechanics.
To piece together the story, the player must solve the deaths of the Carter family. Upon finding a dead body, the player can use paranormal abilities in order to recreate the events: first, it must sense where important objects are located and restore the scene to its original state, and then reassemble the timeline of events tied to certain death.
The game also features additional “stories” that must be fully uncovered for the game to receive its final ending; some of these are puzzles, others are more akin to a stealth game which cause the game to be over if the player fails.5