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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billyquith
1.8 hrs
Posted: September 20
This is not an epic game. It is an afternoon's amusement supernatural adventure puzzle game, so if you got it on the Humble Bundle you'll probably think it is good value. Some of the puzzles are rewarding, some are downright confusing, and the finale makes little any sense. The graphical style and music are good and what make the game. I believe this is an iOS conversion. This would be good at iOS prices. This game has little replay value.

6.5/10 gameplay. 8/10 graphics. 8/10 audio.
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waffel
28.9 hrs
Posted: September 18
Amazing visuals and sound effects, compact with a great story
One of my favourite games of all time

10/10

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Gyrating green gelatinous fox
1.8 hrs
Posted: September 18
This was a very quick little game I came across a bit over a year ago and beat it in one or two nights. I really enjoyed it for how short it was. The game was visually pleasing with a very interesting play style cleverly implemented to accommodate the artwork. It also built this incredible tension I was not expecting. Creepy audio, some disturbing imagery, and an uncertainty of what you would run into next. All this tied together with a simple but classic styled story made it memorable. The last song to play during the end-credits was awesome too; I still have in saved to my Spotify!
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Sable
5.2 hrs
Posted: September 11
I love love love Scandinavian folklore, and I'd only vaguely heard of year-walking until I played the game. The amount of detail put into it was thrilling and everything-- the music, the visuals, the details-- brought it together really well. I would definitely recommend this to lovers of creepy point-and-click games. Just remember to write stuff down!!
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Zeig-Zaggoon
1.7 hrs
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
5.3 hrs
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
Posted: August 18
LOVE the game's look, aestetics, and puzzles. also another indy game with awesome visuals.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
Year Walk was game I had in my library for quite a long time. I was always sure, that eventually I get to the point of playing it ... Well, I finally reach that point.

Let me say from the get go - this is one BEAUTIFUL looking, sounding game, with great atmosphere and lore behind it.

There is not much into the mechanics, you walk left-right-forward-backwards, interact with things, but that doesn't matter at all, because story is the meat of this game. You wonder around, doing back and forth to progress, to reach the end, that is maaaaaaaaaaaaybe kinda predictable, but still will leave uncomfortable feeling inside you.

I enjoyed myself a lot, but without proper guide (thanks Hen City guest ) I would be completely miserable and wouldn't know what to do in preper manor and full sanity levels - I'm really dumb like that with puzzles in game and IRL.

You, Dear Reader should definitely pick this one from your library when you are not sure what to play.
I'm sure Year Walk will leave you in awe, and wanting explore more with journal and second ending(!), and maybe to go on a Year Walk by yourself - who knows?
And please do one more thing: Don't expect horror. Just don't.

9/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
The game is very short but I really enjoyed my time with it. It has a lovely art style with great music and atmosphere that really sets the mood, and the use of Swedish lore and creatures is also a great plus for me.

Some of the puzzles were a bit hard to figure out, but the game is plenty helpful when you absolutely need it.

Basically if you enjoy point in click type games like the ones you'd fine for iPhone or online, and want to enjoy some nice visuals and atmosphere for a few hours then get this game.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
Year Walk's art style is great, and is the main reason to play it. If all you're looking for is a short game with some creepy visuals, then by all means, play Year Walk. However, don't expect any more than exactly that.

The story is extremely predictable, what little of it there is, and retreads ground that's been stomped to death by other dime a dozen indie horror games. Apart from a few exceptions, the puzzles are patronizingly simplistic and uninspired at best, and needlessly tedious at worst. That tediousness mostly stems from the way the world is constructed, making it difficult to remember where to find anything that isn't a major landmark. I understand that the authors wanted to evoke a "lost in the woods" feeling, but moving between screens very quickly became dull rather than creepy.

I don't recommend this game unless you don't mind a surface level, derivative experience.
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149 of 155 people (96%) found this review helpful
160 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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102 of 109 people (94%) 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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99 of 107 people (93%) 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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171 of 213 people (80%) found this review helpful
256 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 2, 2015
Imagine you're a crab. In Sweden. On LSD. Year Walk.
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77 of 85 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 6, 2014
First off, there are two things I must mention: one, I have had absolutely zero experience with the iOS version of Year Walk; this review is based 100% on the PC version currently available on Steam. Two, I almost exclusively dislike "puzzle games." I find them annoying and tedious. That being said, I found Year Walk to be a mesmerizing and enjoyable little game.

In terms of its gameplay, Year Walk doesn't break the mold - there's nothing revolutionary to be found here. The puzzles are relatively simple and only required me to doodle a few things down on a scratch pad to help me solve the majority of them. They're not overly difficult. And if you do find yourself stuck, there's a Hint system in-game that's actually useful.
The controls for the PC work well overall, and I had no problems or confusion in how to do anything. So, as a port from a touch based device, this aspect is done fine.

So, then what makes this an excellent game? As I said, the puzzles presented in the game are not challenging. In fact, as I finished this game I came to the realization I had been tricked. This game wasn't about the puzzles at all. It was about the experience; the visuals, the music, the story, and the atmosphere it all creates. The puzzles are just a way to move you along.
Year Walk is ultimately all about the experience. And it's definitely quite the experience. It's visually striking - the art style is unique and hauntingly beautiful, and the music fits perfectly in with it. Together they enhance a weird, dark, and rather sad story.

In the end, Year Walk feels fleshed out and solid. It creates a unique atmosphere that's hard to compare and even harder to forget. Despite not liking puzzles games, I really found myself engrossed in the world that Year Walk so successfully creates.

Addendum (3/19/2014) - After playing through the game completely, twice, and also messing around with extras and some achievements, I feel that I have to make note that this is a short game, and more importantly one that lacks replayability. I'd still recommend the game, it's just something to bear in mind when making a purchase.
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