In the old days man tried to catch a glimpse of the future in the strangest of ways. Experience the ancient Swedish phenomena of year walking through a different kind of first person adventure that blurs the line between two and three dimensions, as well as reality and the supernatural.
User reviews: Very Positive (691 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 6, 2014

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"An intense and haunting point and click adventure that is elegantly and beautifully delivered."

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9/10 – Edge

9/10 – Eurogamer

5/5 – The Telegraph

About This Game

In the old days man tried to catch a glimpse of the future in the strangest of ways.

Experience the ancient Swedish phenomena of year walking through a different kind of first person adventure that blurs the line between two and three dimensions, as well as reality and the supernatural.

Venture out into the dark woods where strange creatures roam, on a vision quest set in 19th century Sweden. Solve and decipher cryptic puzzles, listen for clues, and learn about mysterious folklore creatures in the built-in encyclopedia as you seek to foresee your future and find out if your loved one will ever love you back.

Mysteries and clues await everywhere in Year Walk, but to fully understand the events that took place on that cold New Year's Eve, you will have to delve deeper than the adventure and lose yourself between fact and fiction.


This edition of Year Walk features several new additions:
• New locations within the game
• Map
• Updated art
• New puzzles
• Integrated Encyclopedia about the mysterious myths and creatures encountered in the game
• Hint system
• Steam Achievement Puzzles
... and more!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Pixel Shader 2.0, 256 MB
    • Hard Drive: 1100 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 (or later)
    • Processor: 3 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Pixel Shader 2.0, 1GB
    • Hard Drive: 1100 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X v10.5 Leopard
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Pixel Shader 2.0, 256 MB
    • Hard Drive: 1100 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X v10.7 Lion (or later)
    • Processor: 3 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Pixel Shader 2.0, 1GB
    • Hard Drive: 1100 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
90 of 96 people (94%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 1, 2014
Descending through Year Walk is liking having an ice cube put down the back of your shirt, then being pushed into the Artic Ocean. It's chilling and unnerving in a way that messes with your head, transcending its own existence into something that feels tangible; too close for comfort and so well crafted it causes you to second guess your own instincts that this is nothing but fantasy. As I sat staring at "The End" plastered across my screen, I could still feel my quickened pulse as I tried to shake the feeling of being on edge, something no piece of entertainment in any medium has managed in what feels like a very long time.

Year walking is a practice (largely found in Sweden) in which a ritual is performed by the walker through which they are given a glimpse through time at what the future holds. However, it comes at a grave cost, and there is no guarantee the walker will even make it through alive.

Walking through a forest at midnight, snow blanketing the ground around you, you come face to face with the horrors that befall those that dare to year walk: The Watchers, twisted and greedy spirits, who demand their sacrifice for showing you what is to come. The deeper you get, the more vile and disturbing these encounters become, before you finally enter the church and see your fate.

This is when the game first ends, but it also marks the point at which the game truly begins. Up to this point you've been bustled along through this story with little in the way of explanation or reason. It's artistically brilliant and frightening to be sure, but all the same largely disconnected and without any real purpose, meant to alarm but ultimately lacking any substance. It's not then until you begin to walk again and the curtain is pulled away that the pieces fall into place and the true meaning behind your circumstances become clear. Terrifyingly so.

Year Walk is a master at what it tries to be. It lets nothing on and leaves you wandering in the dark for a good while, which only makes it more unnerving when it finally lays its cards on the table. The expert use of Swedish folklore ties its world and ours together as it attempts to break the forth wall as it weaves together fantasy and psychological horror into a brief but immensely compelling narrative. If you've gotten this far you've likely realized I've said a lot of nothing in all these words, and that's entirely intentional, as to say what makes Year Walk so brilliant would be to completely ruin it the experience. No, this is one walk that you have to take for yourself, though I promise you won't regret it.
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44 of 49 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
Year Walk is one of those rare bits of media that lingers in your mind long after you've finished it. It makes you feel like a part of you is missing after you've finished it and, like a junkie, you become desperate for more. Don't let the "ending" fool you. There's more. Find the Journal. Open the box. It's not too late.

You know what to do.
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37 of 48 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
Imagine you're a crab. In Sweden. On LSD. Year Walk.
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26 of 30 people (87%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2014
Year Walk is one of those games that can stick with you for longer than usually. Between the tragic story, dark world and haunting atmosphere it's a very unique experience. With gameplay and other technicalities pushed aside, there's nothing to distract you from immersing yourself in the game. And when you think you're finished, in a very self-referential twist the game reveals another layer of itself to complete the story. Striking and distinct audiovisual side perfectly complements the setting and folklore elements, making the game just as beautiful as it is grim and unnerving. Some criticize it for being quite short. While this is true, it doesn't have to be seen as something negative - the game is polished to the point of being virtually perfect, with no unnecessary content to better capture the essence of its meaning. I have absolutely nothing negative to say about it. It left me astounded and reflective. I have a feeling I'll be thinking about it for quite a while.
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20 of 24 people (83%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
***MADE TO BE PLAYED >TWICE< - THE FIRST ENDING IS NOT THE ENDING***
I wonder how many people miss that part. At any rate, I walked into this game with no insight into what I was going to experience. The "first" playthough was short (about 90 minutes or so) and compelling, but then you are invited to walk again. Do it. The true ending is at the end of the "second" playthrough.

Non-spoiler tip: After your first paythrough. Read the journal. Read the journal.

***NOT A HORROR GAME***
While Steam has this listed as a Horror game; it is not. There are a few moments that may take you by surprise or have some troubling imagery, but this is not a scary game. It's a mindful journey through Scandinavian folklore.

I enjoyed this experience, and would recommend it to others.
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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 3, 2014
This game is hard to describe. At once serene, surreal, and disturbing. Unexpected and unnerving. And yet somehow delightful. I won't soon forget this one.

It's not a very long game, but after you've finished it... it's not over. You'll see.
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2014
A minimalist, atmospheric, pretty, challenging horror puzzle game.

Year Walk captures the eerie essence of a supernatural Scandinavian forest by night, and really succeeds in the horror aspect. There is a tension that accompanies the cold sounds and bleak environs. I was very impressed by the artistic style of Year Walk. It was minimalist, bleak but also beautiful. The colours aren't vibrant but they needn't be - hell they *shouldn't be*. This is the snowy wilderness of Scandinavia. I expect white, greys, blacks. Purples and reds are also used sparingly and effectively. The puzzles can be difficult, which I find helps the game a lot. It's a bit of a throwback to when games just sort of left you to it, with few or no hints. You're pretty much on your own in Year Walk, and I had to consult a walkthrough a couple of times. Some puzzles require some thought, and I found myself utilising the whole map to complete the puzzles, so no wasted space there at all.


The story is a difficult aspect to critique because I feel the gameplay tells the story itself. So to critique the way I play the game is to critique the story. That being said, there is some backstory, which is told through some basic dialogue at the beginning of the game, and there is an encyclopaedia which accompanies you in the game, which is pretty critical to completing the game - but the information in the (very small) encyclopaedia helps give background also. I find this method of story telling to be quite innovative and also found it really help immerse me in the game. The controls are basic - arrow keys for navigation, mouse for point/click. Can't really go wrong there.

In conclusion, Year Walk is a quirky, beautiful little game. Not particularly long, but it achieves a lot in that short time, particularly in regards to puzzle solving, immersion, horror and artistry.
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
This game is lovely and creepy and smart and relaxing and depressing and pretty and scary all at the same time. You should play it.


Pros:

I may just be a dummy, but I actually found the puzzles kind of hard. They are very much "think-outside-the-box" type puzzles, and my brain don't always work that way. I had to use the hints a lot.

Fantastic atmosphere and visuals.

Clever story-within-a-story that will make you question reality itself...

Achievements that you will actually want to try to unlock because they are a major part of the game.


Cons:

There were a couple cut-scenes that felt very jarring and out of place because they were in a completely different visual style from the rest of the game.
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14 of 22 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2014
It blew my mind and softened my stool.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
"In the old days man tried to catch a glimpse of the future in the strangest of ways. Experience the ancient Swedish phenomena of year walking through a different kind of first person adventure that blurs the line between two and three dimensions, as well as reality and the supernatural."

This is hands down my favorite game of 2014. Perhaps ever.

First of all, there is an achievement that requires you to beat the game in under 20 minutes. It can easily be done. I'd say it took about an hour my first run through. The music/sound effects are perfect --haunting and soft. There are a few "Ahhh!" scares, but only a few and that makes them even more special. The artwork is amazing - ethereal is the word that comes to mind. I found myself really interested in the folklore presented. I'm usually not big on reading, but it was really interesting and not overdone. There are some tastefully done creepy scenes. Again, not overdone.

For someone who really struggles to stay focused on one thing for too long, this game was perfect. I was able to beat it three times and get all ten of the achievements without too much difficulty.

I simply can not reccomend this game enough.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
Note: This is a horror game

I did not know this was a horror game at first. I was suprised. It shows in my underwear.

+ Great story
+ Awesome grapics

- The game takes place in Sweden and I live in Sweden. Some of these creatures I heard about in bedtime stories when I was young, but this game shed a new light. can't go out anymore. Please send supplies as I am unable to get my daily oatmeal.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
If you're into creepy mythologic stories, (this one touches swedish/scandinavian folklore) you should give it a go. The game is rather short, but it does its job. I had a jump-scare at some point, but the rest is just chills down the spine, "oh my god did stuff like this really happen", kind of game. I loved it, the only SHORTcoming being its length.
The artwork is wonderful and so is the music. 10/10 no regrets!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 26
Really good game. I love the unique gameplay and style with awesome puzzles. The story is excellent and total tearjerker for people who want to take in the emotion of the game. The art behind this game takes you back to a really old dark cartoon, I admire that. Audio is remarkable, very artistic and great choice in music. There are a few weird sinister moments that can make you jump if you have your speakers on a loud blast mode lol. But overall hands down a very great story, alternate ending made me sad, I enjoyed it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
Basically in this game you are a crab walking through the forest trying to get spooked. Worth the play if you have no plans on sleeping tonight. 2spooky4me.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
This is a casual point and click/puzzle games with horror elements. Its more of a creepy feeling brought about by the ancient swedish folklore that the theme of the game is based around. It is not challanging in the traditional way of puzzle games but in combonation with the bleak and cryptic backround, the goals requiring thinking beyong what is right in front of you. You may want to carry a pen and paper while playing this game! I like that. Not exciting, but rewarding and original. Crisp art, information about the folklore and a few jumpy/scary moments it was worth the few hours it took to play through twice... Its not a happy game :)
7 of 10. Interesting game
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2014
It seems like Year Walk should be a hard game to recommend. Scary enough that people who aren't horror fans might not like it, but probably not scary at all to horror diehards. And it's short - finished my playthrough in about 2 hours, and aside from redoing one puzzle (that I can't go into detail on because spoilers), there's not much replay value.

But, I was impressed by how they used a somewhat cartoonish, paper cutout art style but still evoked a sense of dread. Puzzles were occasionally tricky but usually made sense after a few minutes of thinking about it. And I enjoyed the story and the various methods they used to narrate it. If you don't mind the price or can wait to get it on sale, it's worth a try.
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
Fantastic Puzzle game, with a great story, twist and all
Only think that made me sad is the game been short..

The game has 2 ending worth the time of play, and solving the puzzles

On the art aspect of art, the game also looks great
Enjoy every minute, played it 3 times (to fully finish it)

So i really do recommend these game, if you like puzzles and like a good twist and all, and a well done artistic game

Have a good Year Walk
(recommended to play at night before going to sleep for full experience)
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
A short horror-puzzle game based on Swedish folklore. Keep paper and something to write with nearby... but be careful who sees your notes or they may think you are descending into madness.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
It's quite an interesting and beautiful, if a bit disturbing world in which this game takes place. A well built and nicely compacted adventure game with puzzles that make you think but aren't difficult to figure out. A well written dark and horrible (good kind of horrible) story. And just when you think it's done, they give you just a little bit more.

Maybe a bit short for the desires of some people, but I found it well worth the time I put in. Can recommend.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
A fun little gem. The Style is very somber and effective, slightly minimalist.
If you enjoy games that let you figure out the story instead of force feeding you, than this is your game.
Short and Sweet, played through twice for the full effect ;)
Be Warned: This game involves reading...so if you require Hack N Slash in your video games...than move on.
Overall, an excelent treat for those wanting a different kind of Video Entertainment Game...like nothing you have ever played before.
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