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 (1,076 reviews) - 93% of the 1,076 user reviews for this game are positive.
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
Helpful customer reviews
88 of 94 people (94%) found this review helpful
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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25 of 29 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 22, 2015
Year Walk is a very interesting Adventure horror game. But will you want to play it ?

Year Walk story is really hard to explain. You play as a man trying to do a year walk on New year's eve. It's based on Swedish mythology. It's one of those games where you piece the story together when you play it.

Gameplay is really simple. You use the keyboard to move around and the mouse to click on stuff and the goals vary on the cycle you're on. It can range from trying to find ghost to trying to find a way to a church.

The art style is amazing to say the least. The hand drawn environments and characters are really amazing to look at. The style is really well drawn.

Audio is amazing. The soundtrack and sound effects are both really well made. It makes you feel tense and relaxed. It really makes you immersed in the world.

The game isn't difficult. Some of the puzzles are difficult but nothing too head scratching. The game gives you clues and even then you have hints which are helpful.

The map layout is the only bad thing about this game. It get's confusing really fast and it doesn't help when all environments look the same. I wish they could have given more indication where you need to go.

Game is really short. It took me 1 hour to finish it. There is an alternative ending which can be unlocked, but overall don't expect much replay value.

The game didn't have bugs what so ever. Any rig could handle this game. Don't expect to run into bugs while playing this game.

Year walk is a really tough game to review and to explain why you need to play it is even tougher, but you must play it no matter what. Year Walk was an amazing experience and the whole lore behind it is really interesting. Adventure game fans must own this little title as soon as possible. It's worth it at full price without a doubt. I give Year Walk a 8.5/10

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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2015
A short game with little extras like 2nd ending and some secres/ easter eggs for achievement players. The game is unique and strange but it makes fun so give it a chance even if its a very short game you can beat it in a bit more then 15 min but its a experience maybe for some so maybe you want to support this game with a few money. I give this game hardly 84 % if it would be longer i would give more points but this style and weirdness is so crazy. Thanks for reading.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 10, 2015
Year Walk is based on Swedish lore about vision quests. You embark on a long walk in the woods, looking for signs and meanings, and you come across some very strange stuff. There's a very dreamlike quality to the game where the odd glyph or ghost you run into feels almost expected, but it also serves to take you out of the real world and immerse you with very simple, beautiful graphics. This makes the horrifying bits all the more effective, because they come in rough contrast to the feel of the rest of the game. I won't lie, there have been a few jump scares, but the feel earned instead of cheap. It's like a nightmare intruding on the edges of a pastoral dream.

Gameplay is simple, moving left or right through pretty landscapes, moving forward or backward to different areas, and clicking on things to interact. You have a useful map and an encyclopedia that helps flesh out the legends and signs you encounter. The game also has a very clever way of getting you to use the encyclopedia later on, which I found very effective. The puzzles are pretty simple as well, so don't go in expecting a lot of gameplay. It's mostly exploring the woods and delving into the myths you encounter, which for the price, I think is well worth it. An entertaining, chilling experience.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 25, 2015
Year Walk is a (somehow?) cute and short horror-game. It's kinda like a point and click-adventure with quite some challenging puzzles, neat artstyle and disturbing background-story. The main goal of this game is to complete a so-called year walk, an ancient swedish ritual to predict ther future, and while you're playig the game gets pretty immersive and tense, though there ain't a constant cause of danger as in most horrorgames. It pulls all of it's horror-elements from immersion, through noises and the story. I bought it on sale and would certainly recommend it, even though it's short and not your typical horror-game.
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