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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Macc
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Strange, creppy and sad. Year Walk is game with an interesting atmosphere for people who like strange, creppy and sad atmosphere. Gameplay? Puzzles are very difficult.
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aryastar
( 10.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
An excellent dedication to its aesthetic. It provides horror not by jumpscares or the insistance of death around every corner, but instead through a slow subtle dread that lingers as you play. Oh, and don't forget to open the box.
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Cadan
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
Describing this game as "atmospheric" is an understatement. I love the attention to detail - the soft crunch of snow with each step you take and the complete isolation of the wintery woods. The blending of mythos and mystery is carefully considered. It's a shorter game, but I didn't find it lacking or feel like the price was unreasonable. It's as much of an artful experience as it is a game.
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dotomich
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
Well, I have to admit that the game is much better than what I expected, at the beginning I didnt like the gameplay, but while you get involved in the plot and the hard puzzles, it becomes pretty inmersive. The way it ended was very good and sometimes it gets a little creepy; The artwork and the soundtrack are pretty good too, in short, an excellent game.
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Ib
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
I love this game. I'm a huge fan of mythology and other such stuff like this so it was right up my ally. This creepiness, for me, did not come from any of the characters, but from the ambiance of the forest. It's such a beautifully creepy place that you can't help but get sucked into it. 10/10 Would Year Walk again
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Scooby Doot
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 15
I have no idea how this game landed in my inventory, I have no idea why I decided to play it, but having just finished my first Year Walk, I wanted to make a review.
Did I enjoy it? Yeah!
Have I finished a year without an achievement? Hell yeah.
Will I go for another year? Yeah... I guess..
Was it scary? No. Atmospheric, yeah.
Would I reccomend it? Yeah.
Should I stop saying "yeah"? Yeee ha!
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SaLT
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 14
Very engaging, albeit short experience.

Year Walk is not really a horror game, despite the tags, although the ambience is creepy and there are a few scares, it's not too vicious. It's more of a puzzle game, with a very interesting story, which is only mostly revealed at the end of the game. Even then, it leaves room for interpretation.

The puzzles are fun, they never left me thinking "that was stupidly illogical", nor "that was stupidly easy", like many puzzle games do, on occasion. And they manage to do this while being to some degree abstract, with few hints, which is admirable.

The graphics are fantastic, in my opinion: beautiful art style, clean, and clear.

Sound design is good, one puzzle relies entirely on sound, and is challenging but fair, so no complaints in this department.

Story, like I said, I enjoyed it very much, open to interpretation, yet I wasn't left feeling cheated out of a satisfying end.

The game also includes nordic folklore, which I found very interesting.

The game is quite short, so you may want to pick it up on sale if you are averse to games with few hours in them.

All in all, Year Walk is, in my opinion, a great game, deserving of the (currently) 87 metacritic score, as well as the 90%+ positive reviews.
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randomreynolds333
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 13
This game will haunt my dreams, a truly magical experience.
10/10
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stratusdreams
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 12
I just finished my very first Year Walk and it was absolutely fantastic.

Concept: A year walk was a Swedish ritual that, if completed, could tell the future. You decide to embark on a year walk.
Replay Worthy?: Absolutely; in fact, replaying the game is pretty much required. Your first year walk's end is NOT the end of the game.
Horror Factor: In my first walk there was only one jump scare. The horror comes from the lore surrounding the creatures and the stark, eerie beauty of the woods you're in.
Music: Beautiful soundtrack that was haunting and fit well with the story.
Characters: There aren't many but the characters that did appear were fantastic.
Art: It was oddly beautiful and fit well with the story.
Puzzles: Difficult to say the least, but they were fun.

Only thing I didn't like was how short my first walk was; I was expecting it to be ~4-6 hours.

All in all, wonderful game. I might update this review when after I've replayed it a few times but so far I'm giving it a 96/100.
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DaFox481
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 9
I played this game on my friends iPad and then bought it on steam because it looked interesting. I beat it twice and have gotten into the lore quite a bit. But on New Year's Eve of 2015 (this is a true story btw) I had a dream about this game in the perspective of the character you play as, but when I woke up it was still dark, I couldn't move (sleep paralasis) and I was hallucinating what looked like theoutline of the grim. Was absolutely terrifying but then everything went back to normal in what seemed like 30 minutes. Overall, great game 10/10 IGN would hallucinate again.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
Product received for free
Never going to attempt to Year Walk in real life...

I got this game as a gift, yet I have to say it's worth every damn penny..!
Usually I'm the type of guy, that stays far, far away from everything belonging to the "horror" genre.
Heck, even "Alan Wake" scared the sh*t out of me..(Dat Atmosphere, bruh).

Year Walk?! That's another story, a great one to be exact. Suspenseful, hella scary at times and yet it leaves you longing for more. You just have to find out how the story goes.
I caught myself writing notes, covering my eyes, cursing, growing an extra pair of balls and loving this game..

Swedish folklore combined with beautiful and fitting graphics, wonderfully eerie music and just the right amount of horror and puzzles.

To wrap things up: Get this masterpiece!! "31/12" - would buy/play/recommend again
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
This game will haunt my dreams, a truly magical experience.
10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
An excellent dedication to its aesthetic. It provides horror not by jumpscares or the insistance of death around every corner, but instead through a slow subtle dread that lingers as you play. Oh, and don't forget to open the box.
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126 of 132 people (95%) found this review helpful
131 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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108 of 117 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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97 of 104 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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95 of 103 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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162 of 204 people (79%) found this review helpful
247 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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76 of 84 people (90%) 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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