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 (848 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
108 of 135 people (80%) found this review helpful
8 people 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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53 of 65 people (82%) 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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33 of 35 people (94%) 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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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
This game is pretty creepy, look at the Enviroment, foggy in the snow wasteland like


got jumpscared after solving puzzle >w>

so creepy ;w;
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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12 of 16 people (75%) 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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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
Don't let the "ending" fool you.
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9 of 12 people (75%) 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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 17
Holy Gaben, this is some really hard hitting stuff!

Year Walk is a extremely strange game, that may be obtuse at times, but still generates so much genuine suspense and fear that you will be TERRIFIED to play this game for more than few-minute sessions. Interestingly enough, this isn't a pure horror game. While there are some jumpscares, they are not very common. They won't throw you out the experience. A really, REALLY CREEPY experience.

The subject matter is extremely interesting. Swedish folklore is used here to the full extend and it's really fascinating. You are often encouraged and rewarded by checking game's implemented mini-encyclopedia, which is full of interesting reads. As for gameplay itself - it's mostly a point-and-click adventure game, but very unorthodox one. Control scheme and feel is very unique and hard to explain, but it definitely works. Puzzles are also pretty imaginative. They sometimes are a liiiitle to hard for my taste, but I didn't bother to much...

With the High Octane Creepy Atmosphere, wonderful yet terrifying soundtrack and artstyle and some pretty mind-blowing tricks under the sleeve, I can easily recommend this game for all of you artsy indie-hipsters that dare to make a Year Walk.

There will be consequences...
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
Beautifully atmospheric, wonderfully interactive, and delectably creepy. Very much one of my favorite games I've played this year.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 13
In terms of concept, this game is aimed at people who appreciate the darker side of folk heritage. Being based on Swedish folklore that intertwines with a personal drama and a musing on time & space continuum (it's actually less pretentious than it sounds), it offers a haunting and rewarding playing experience.
The soundtrack is excellent (kudos to Mr Daniel Olsén) and the graphics are good enough for this type of game. The game features one of the most interesting lore pages and in-game diaries I have had the opportunity to read.

Gameplay-wise, it is an atmospheric combo of the point and click, adventure and horror genres. I have expected a more disjointed experience, but its strong concept keeps the strings of the gameplay together.

From a purely technical point of view, the game still feels like a port from a mobile device, but, to its credit, it handles the job rather well.

Overall, a solid one!

8.5/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 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
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
Year Walk is a great game that is well worth it's price. Though the game is short, it is packed full of content and you'll be entertained from start to finish. The game mechanics are simple and the puzzles are challenging but not irritatingly so.

Where this game really shines is the incredible atmosphere. Few games that I have played have really drawn me into their world the way that this one has. The scenery and the music work together in a way that make you truly feel the game as you play it. I honestly felt that I was wandering through a supernatural forest seeking answers to questions that only the spirits knew. Don't even get me started on how eerily creepy the game was, especially since when I first started playing I hadn't been aware that it was a horror game. Your second time through the game only adds to this as you learn A LOT about the events of the game through a second individual's eyes.

If you're looking for an atmospheric, creepy puzzle game with a deep storyline, look no further. Year Walk is worth a playthrough!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
WOW! 10/10
I absolutely loved this game. Very gripping!

Pros:
1. Art style is amazing.
2. Good atmosphere
3. Very creepy
4. Puzzles are well done
5. Interactive (if you played you would know what I mean)
6. Multiple play throughs are encouraged with a tease ending

Cons (none of which are deal breakers in any way):
1. Short
2. Jump scares (I find these lame in anything, others may enjoy it) although one could argue it added to the atmosphere and feel of the game.

Great work here! A masterpiece! I will definitely be playing this again.
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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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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
As a Swede who works as an archaeologist and have read ethnology in university I was looking forward to this "game" since I know most of the folklore the game is based on.
The game was a nice experience, lovely aesthetics, but more of a presentation than a game for me. Not what I was expected, a bit let down.
Not sure if I have seen the "true" ending, but I have played enough of this game.
Hope to see more of Swedish/nordic folklore in games.
Still worth a playthrough.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
There are two achievements:
-Do a full year walk without any hints.
-Do a full year walk in 20 minutes.
If you achieve them in the first time you play then you are smarter than:
1. Conan
2. Sherlock Holmes
You should pround. If not, just knows...It's impossible. But when you complete the game (one way or another) you will say...Wow!!! Its a masterpiece.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
A beatiful and well put together spooky game.

It spooks you from time to time, and go ahead and play it over and over, it wont get boring and it will still be a masterpeice.

10/10 Get this game, like now...

(Even if your a little easily scared, youll love it)
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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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
An odd game, or rather mini-story, that I would recommend, but DO NOT pay the full price. Here is a time where I wish Steam would have an "OK" recommendation instead of Yes or No.

Length-wise, Year Walk is rather disappointing. I do not understand that some people can take hours with it. Just by wandering around helplessly, and using only 2 hints, I ended up finishing in around 30 minutes, and that's with seeing everything that you can see except for the alternate ending. Immediately afterwards, I got into the journal, and I racked up my game time from sitting there at different pages--because I saw how many entries there were, I started cooking myself dinner while going back and forth to the journal. In reality, you can probably read and fully engross yourself in the journal within about 20 minutes, and I picked up on what I was supposed to do and got the alternate ending immediately. After that, there is no replayability to the game at all.

Now, when I first started the game, I sat down and read the Encyclopedia without going anywhere, and I was greatly interested in the folklore as it was described there. Afterwards, I ran through the whole game in one sitting. To be honest, nothing special seemed to be happening the whole game other than "Hey, look, you're encountering everything you just read about!" But besides solving a puzzle or two for each being, nothing really happened. Then you get to the end of the game and you're like "What just happened?"

By going through the alternate ending, you understand what happened. And as some people seem to argue that the ending means that the story can change, I argue on the other end. The alternate ending implies that everything is completely fixed and has no leeway.

What I liked about the game, essentially, boils down to the Encyclopedia, the Journal, and the alternate ending. I was rather okay with the first ending being this weird ambiguous mess, but to be honest, I didn't really like much of your first playthrough. You're given all of the beings you just read about... but it just felt somewhat cheesy and slopped together. The atmosphere overall was alright though, but I never once got a scared feeling from the game (even with my headphones and the dark).

I didn't pay full price for the game, and I am rather glad. Altogether, it is an interesting idea, but it is not much of your time. I understand everything in the game, but it's not going to engulf me and fill my mind forever like some people are posting on the forums. Rather, it's just a one-shot story that, while I did enjoy the story, could have used more development in the actual experience of the Year Walk itself.
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