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.
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Release Date: Mar 6, 2014

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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
    • Storage: 1100 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 (or later)
    • Processor: 3 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Pixel Shader 2.0, 1GB
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 1100 MB available space
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Zeig-Zaggoon
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Seriously one of the best and most immersive games I've ever played. The puzzles are fun yet difficult, the music is errie and subtle and the most important part to me was the way that the amount of real life folk lore that was poured into the game to craft such an interesting yet simple story. Would definetely reccomend this to anyone who enjoys immersive experiances as well as puzzle games.
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pootispaghetti9001
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
This game is amazing! The look, feel, sound, and story all work together in great harmony to capture the player and immerse them in this masterpiece. I would recommend this game to anyone who likes puzzle games, psychological horror, Scandanavian folklore, and/or games that make you feel something special. This game is something that you should experience before watching others, but ,in my opinion, to get the most out of this game read through the encyclopedia so that you understand more of what's going on, especially if you aren't familiar with creatures in Scandanavian folklore.
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EF
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
LOVE the game's look, aestetics, and puzzles. also another indy game with awesome visuals.
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Markith
18.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
Let me start of with this, GET THE GAME! NOW!

This game is absolutely fantastic. The atmosphere in this game makes you feel a little bit uncomfortable but yet curious.

There is some amazingly well composed music and the artwork is just eyecandy. Note that this is my opinion and you might not feel the same way.

If you decide to pick up this game make sure you follow the story closely. This game is more dark than what you might believe. And make sure to open the box!
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Ishvii
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
Weird horror game about winter, a horse in a suit and murdered children. Simple puzzles, a couple of jump scares. No explanation of the story. Awful. +1 star for art style.
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tisne
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
Awesome game, it was a trip and a half to get through it all! Gameplay reminds me a lot of Myst, always pushing me to think outside of the box. Gorgeous art style, spooky atmosphere, and a really interesting hidden plotline - it really is a great game.

The Huldra's section was really difficult for me since I'm partially tone deaf, so it'd be nice if there was a way to do that puzzle visually without having to use the hints, for players who have hearing problems. But with that in mind, I'd give it a 9/10, really great game!
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Rizvida1
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
Beautiful Game!
Great story and graphics are just gorgeous.
I'm going to play this again.
Maybe I'll try to get the acheivements.
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Letothend
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
Fun puzzle game with amazing artwork.
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Dio
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
This game is awesome. The soundtrack is good, the atmosphere is good, the graphics are good, the art is good... its a good game. 10/10 would recomend to everyone. Although its small its worth your time and money. Do yourself a favor and buy this game
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ShandyAndy
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
Year Walk

This review was last edited when I had completed the game

Short Review

A very original, highly stylised 2/2.5D adventure/puzzle game with excellent puzzles. Often I had only a vague idea about what was actually going on but somehow that was all part of its charm. Highly recommended.

Long Review

This is certainly one of the most unusual games I've played in a long time. Essential it's a 2.5D adventure game with puzzles & an interesting if abstract storyline. The game is played in relatively limited area of forested Scandinavia but don't let the limited area put you off. The scenery is full of detail with, often abstract, clues.

The 2.5D gameplay is unique in my experience. You move smoothly to the left and right but depth movement is a sudden rush that moves you between 2D sections. There are prompts on the top and bottom of the screen in the form of arrows that indicate when forwards or backwards movement is possible. There is a map that can be brought up at any time which shows the links between the 2D sections as well as prominent features in the landscape.

There is no hand holding. You are told to use WASD keys and the mouse button to interact and then you're on your own. In fact you're on your own to the point that after the initial intro I really hadn't a clue what I was supposed to do so it was a case of wandering around exploring intially until slowly but surely after visiting places several times the penny dropped on what the puzzles actualyl were.

One of the things I liked about the game is that I often found it more difficult figuring out what the puzzles were than actually solving them.

Whilst I didn't actually find the game outright scarey (with a couple of exceptions when things flashed unexpectedly on the screen) I always had a feel of unease playing it. The fear of the unknown, the strange encounters and the eerie music fed into this.

I certainly recommend reading the integrated Encyclopedia before/whilst playing as it explains what the game is about. It is a good, interesting read.

The game progress saves each time you quit.

Pros
  • Beautiful, stylised graphics
  • Well thought out puzzles
  • Hint system
Cons
  • I found it pretty difficult
  • The control to interact with objects is pretty tricky
  • Sometimes the hint system just told me stuff I already knew but not what I needed to know
Marks Out Of 5

5) Must have - stop whatever you're playing now and play this
4) Worth the asking price and considering as your next purchase
3) Maybe purchase if you're stuck for choosing your next game or mildly discounted
2) Only purchase if it is heavily discounted
1) Not worth getting even if given away free

Where I got the game from

Bought at Bundle Stars as part of the All Stars 6 Bundle

Platform Played On

Intel Pentium G3258 Anniversary Edition, 8Gb RAM, Palit GTX 750, Windows 10, EasyAcc Mouse & Steelseries MERC keyboard.

My best guess for a PEGI Rating

12: There are some pretty dark parts to the storyline. PEGI Ratings
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
Year Walk

This review was last edited when I had completed the game

Short Review

A very original, highly stylised 2/2.5D adventure/puzzle game with excellent puzzles. Often I had only a vague idea about what was actually going on but somehow that was all part of its charm. Highly recommended.

Long Review

This is certainly one of the most unusual games I've played in a long time. Essential it's a 2.5D adventure game with puzzles & an interesting if abstract storyline. The game is played in relatively limited area of forested Scandinavia but don't let the limited area put you off. The scenery is full of detail with, often abstract, clues.

The 2.5D gameplay is unique in my experience. You move smoothly to the left and right but depth movement is a sudden rush that moves you between 2D sections. There are prompts on the top and bottom of the screen in the form of arrows that indicate when forwards or backwards movement is possible. There is a map that can be brought up at any time which shows the links between the 2D sections as well as prominent features in the landscape.

There is no hand holding. You are told to use WASD keys and the mouse button to interact and then you're on your own. In fact you're on your own to the point that after the initial intro I really hadn't a clue what I was supposed to do so it was a case of wandering around exploring intially until slowly but surely after visiting places several times the penny dropped on what the puzzles actualyl were.

One of the things I liked about the game is that I often found it more difficult figuring out what the puzzles were than actually solving them.

Whilst I didn't actually find the game outright scarey (with a couple of exceptions when things flashed unexpectedly on the screen) I always had a feel of unease playing it. The fear of the unknown, the strange encounters and the eerie music fed into this.

I certainly recommend reading the integrated Encyclopedia before/whilst playing as it explains what the game is about. It is a good, interesting read.

The game progress saves each time you quit.

Pros
  • Beautiful, stylised graphics
  • Well thought out puzzles
  • Hint system
Cons
  • I found it pretty difficult
  • The control to interact with objects is pretty tricky
  • Sometimes the hint system just told me stuff I already knew but not what I needed to know
Marks Out Of 5

5) Must have - stop whatever you're playing now and play this
4) Worth the asking price and considering as your next purchase
3) Maybe purchase if you're stuck for choosing your next game or mildly discounted
2) Only purchase if it is heavily discounted
1) Not worth getting even if given away free

Where I got the game from

Bought at Bundle Stars as part of the All Stars 6 Bundle

Platform Played On

Intel Pentium G3258 Anniversary Edition, 8Gb RAM, Palit GTX 750, Windows 10, EasyAcc Mouse & Steelseries MERC keyboard.

My best guess for a PEGI Rating

12: There are some pretty dark parts to the storyline. PEGI Ratings
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
LOVE the game's look, aestetics, and puzzles. also another indy game with awesome visuals.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
Nice story with the nice BGM. It would be better if the story can be skipped....
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
This game is awesome. The soundtrack is good, the atmosphere is good, the graphics are good, the art is good... its a good game. 10/10 would recomend to everyone. Although its small its worth your time and money. Do yourself a favor and buy this game
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
Much darker and deeper than what it looks like on the surface.
Truely an unforgettable game.

p.s. Open The Box
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140 of 146 people (96%) found this review helpful
146 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 18, 2015
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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110 of 119 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2015
AT A GLANCE
(Full review follows below)

  • Game Name: Year Walk
  • Original Release: 2014
  • Genre Tags:; Minimalist; Puzzle; Atmospheric; Casual
  • My Overall Grade: B+
  • Estimated Playtime (Campaign): 1-3 hours
  • Multiplayer Aspect: None
  • Recommended To: Established fans of the genre; Novelty seekers; Puzzle game aficionados; Casual gamers

REVIEW
Year Walk is one of those abstract games that more closely resembles a piece of art than a video game. The gameplay is extremely minimal, while the true soul of the game lies in its ambiance, art direction, and core concept. This is the type of game which won’t appeal to everyone. For those who appreciate the occasional artsy game with minimal gameplay, then you will probably find Year Walk interesting, relaxing, and enjoyable. If you are looking to play a traditional video game, you shouldn’t be looking here.

The gameplay is roughly 3 parts “walking-simulator” and 1 part puzzle game. Navigating the area is your primary “challenge,” with the addition of a few puzzles you will have to solve. The answers to these puzzles can be a bit obscure, but there is a competent hint system if you want to avoid being stuck for too long and just want to enjoy the zen of the game.

The core concept of the game is also quite interesting. Year Walk is based on the Swedish folklore of Årsgång, which I had never heard of before playing this, and which I found to be interesting. After learning a bit about it, I was able to see that the developers did an outstanding job bringing the idea to life in video game form, even despite its inherently simplistic design.

The art direction, soundscape, and overall ambiance of the game make for a mysterious atmosphere which is very well aligned with the core concept. Admittedly, the graphics are quite simple; but the simple graphics fit the simple game.

Short, interesting, and atmospheric: Year Walk makes for a fun little experience that is well-produced and should be easily enjoyed by anyone who truly appreciates the genre.

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99 of 106 people (93%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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89 of 93 people (96%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 6, 2014
It's been months since I first played Year Walk on iOS and I still think about it regularly. The Steam version of this game is as beautifully made as the original, and the changed puzzles feel at home on the PC. The atmosphere is greatly enhanced in this version of the game, providing a creepier mood than the iOS version - so much so that surprises I knew were coming still got jolts out of me. The story behind this game is so intriguing and mysterious that I wish there was more information about it online; Year Walk is an amazing introduction into Scandinavian folklore that everyone should play.
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97 of 105 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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