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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Mostly Positive (22 reviews) - 72% of the 22 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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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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McTarkus
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
Beautiful. Why complain about a beautiful game for 6 dollars?
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tprlegends
( 9.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
Year Walk is a game that I first purchased about a month after it's release here on Steam, over two years ago. I mainly just wanted a quick horror fix, and what I got was a lot more. This game focuses on the very obscure ancient Swedish tradition of Årsgång, or Year Walking. After playing this game, I was awestruck by not only the way the story was presented, but also by the amazing visuals, and how even though there was certainly horror elements in the game, I felt completely comfortable.

Upon completing this game, I felt like I needed to know more about this tradition that was Årsgång. This feeling sent me on a two year journey through Swedish sources and 20 year old dead internet forums that helped me conclude a whole blog and thesis on this subject. Never has a game compelled me so strongly to find out more, and to know all I can possibly know, and in April of this year, I had done it. I had found out all there was to know about this once obscure tradition that know found itself as common knowledge.

This is why I am asking everybody who could be reading this to BUY THIS GAME. You will be intrigued, terrified, curious, excited, mystified, and much more over this 2 or so hour journey, maybe three if you read the excellent encyclopedia. I've played this game 5 times now at different speeds and settings, just to make sure I found every little thing in this game. Now that I have, I must say it was completely worth it, and I'm sure I'll be going back to it again soon. Some people may find this game boring, and I understand that, it's not necessarily for everybody out there, but please just try it. This game is $6.00 (£4.10), when it should easily go for twice that price. if I had to give this game some sort of overall rating, it must be a 10/10. I feel ridiculous giving a rating out to a game that has changed the way I see thing so much but I feel it's justified. Just play it.
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41nd
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 15
weird game. did not enjoyed it.
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Psycho_ollyx
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 15
Just an all over great game. The puzzles kept me busy, and the eery atmophere of the game made it that much better. The art was a huge plus, along side the music. Definitely enjoyed it anyway
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Submarine Fish
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 13
This is a real horror game. It's not like all those crap jump scare filled mainstream horror games. It has suspense that actually makes you scared to continue playing. It's paper like art style really adds to its creepy atmosphere. I also really enjoyed the story and Scandinavian folklore. All in all this is a very original and interesting game and it deserves its high praise.
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Clara
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 13
A very tight little package with great Scandinavian-rooted lore. Super grim, a mind blower, and even more than meets the eye.
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Cap'n Sassy
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 12
A well spoopy one right here.
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gabcofield
( 5.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 10
Got this game for a quick horror fix but i got a suprise sucker punch to the feels instead. loved every moment
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COMEBACK PLS (уехал)
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 10
Amazing game in particular for me. You can find here lots of facts about a terrifying Year Walk and north mythology.
It's not a screamer but atmosphere was really scaring and it's truly a horror game.

So... If you want to have fun, if you enjoy some tricky puzzles and if you are fascinated by mythology it will be a good choice to buy this game. At least to end this story again for the 2nd ending ;)
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Aoi
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 7
The snootier "Criterion" alternative to Five Nights.

I feel like Year Walk is one of those games many get in a bundle and add to a pile of shame. It's a very nice little art game. The atmosphere is what really hooked me. If you can wrap your mind around how the movement works, then you'll discover a neat albeit spooky gem. Play on a quiet cold night for full effect.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
Amazing game in particular for me. You can find here lots of facts about a terrifying Year Walk and north mythology.
It's not a screamer but atmosphere was really scaring and it's truly a horror game.

So... If you want to have fun, if you enjoy some tricky puzzles and if you are fascinated by mythology it will be a good choice to buy this game. At least to end this story again for the 2nd ending ;)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
Product received for free
An eerie, little folklore game about, well... Year Walking (Årsgång). It has a lovely art style, great soundtrack, and not a bad set of puzzles. Sadly it's quite short, especially if you don't go after the achievements (you'd be missing out if you don't unlock this game's achievements).
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
This is a real horror game. It's not like all those crap jump scare filled mainstream horror games. It has suspense that actually makes you scared to continue playing. It's paper like art style really adds to its creepy atmosphere. I also really enjoyed the story and Scandinavian folklore. All in all this is a very original and interesting game and it deserves its high praise.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
Just an all over great game. The puzzles kept me busy, and the eery atmophere of the game made it that much better. The art was a huge plus, along side the music. Definitely enjoyed it anyway
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
A very tight little package with great Scandinavian-rooted lore. Super grim, a mind blower, and even more than meets the eye.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
Got this game for a quick horror fix but i got a suprise sucker punch to the feels instead. loved every moment
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
Year Walk is a game that I first purchased about a month after it's release here on Steam, over two years ago. I mainly just wanted a quick horror fix, and what I got was a lot more. This game focuses on the very obscure ancient Swedish tradition of Årsgång, or Year Walking. After playing this game, I was awestruck by not only the way the story was presented, but also by the amazing visuals, and how even though there was certainly horror elements in the game, I felt completely comfortable.

Upon completing this game, I felt like I needed to know more about this tradition that was Årsgång. This feeling sent me on a two year journey through Swedish sources and 20 year old dead internet forums that helped me conclude a whole blog and thesis on this subject. Never has a game compelled me so strongly to find out more, and to know all I can possibly know, and in April of this year, I had done it. I had found out all there was to know about this once obscure tradition that know found itself as common knowledge.

This is why I am asking everybody who could be reading this to BUY THIS GAME. You will be intrigued, terrified, curious, excited, mystified, and much more over this 2 or so hour journey, maybe three if you read the excellent encyclopedia. I've played this game 5 times now at different speeds and settings, just to make sure I found every little thing in this game. Now that I have, I must say it was completely worth it, and I'm sure I'll be going back to it again soon. Some people may find this game boring, and I understand that, it's not necessarily for everybody out there, but please just try it. This game is $6.00 (£4.10), when it should easily go for twice that price. if I had to give this game some sort of overall rating, it must be a 10/10. I feel ridiculous giving a rating out to a game that has changed the way I see thing so much but I feel it's justified. Just play it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
One of the best horror games I've played in a while. It knows exactly how long it needs to be, and it doesn't make overuse of jump scares like so many other games of recent years do.

Best of all however is its truly terrifying and chilling atmosphere. Don't let the soft, storybook visuals fool you. This game is deep, intriguing, and dark.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
Year Walk has a way of leaving one wishing for more of the story, and wondering where the lines between game and academia lay. It is one of few games where following the clues after your first playthrough leads to larger revelations of the story, rather than bells and whistles. But in a true twist, leaving the world of the game to do your own research leads to a surprising discovery. Though similar to Never Alone in its ability to extend cultural lore to a wider audience, Year Walk is not built with the purpose of accurate celebration of ancient Scandanavian folklore. However, it is a lovely game full of lonely visuals that harken to a time when people believed in the things that go bump in the night. If you enjoy folklore and visual artistry, this game is worth the few hours of your time it will take to complete.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
Year Walk is a game with an extremely unique presentation. So much so that I am unsure whether I consider it to be a traditional adventure game, a walking sim, or its own tiny subgenre. If it is a walking sim, it is one of the best I've played.
The plot is simple, or at least straightforward. You want to see the future, so you perform an ancient Swedish folklore ritual that lets you see the future, called the Year Walk. During this time you will walk around the forest surrounding your cabin, helping the various spirits that live there. Once you have helped them all, they let you see the Church Grimm, who shows you the future. The climax of the game is abstract, maybe unfittingly so, but at the end it shows you that your friend will get injured and might also die. Incidentally, this friend is the one that told you not to perform the Year Walk. I suppose that we are supposed to learn a lesson about not messing with powers beyond your understanding, but I had so much fun that I would be tempted to year walk anyway.
The most immediately apparent aspect of Year Walk is its art direction, particularly its color palette. This game contains many horror elements, and it can easily be classified as a horror game. Despite that, the color palette is quite bright, with a strong emphasis on cyan and white. It's also very desaturated, creating an atmosphere that is usually serene and peaceful, but can instantly change to be scary and desolate. The characters have similarly stylized designs. They are awe-inspiring and spooky, but also approachable, even cute (except the Huldra). The Brook Horse and Church Grimm are the standout designs, and I think the designer knew this, as the Church Grimm's icons are used frequently throughout the game. In fact, the game is icon-heavy in general, with each creature having a distinct symbol, almost like a hieroglyph.
I only have three complaints, so I will just list them. First, the navigation of Year Walk is unusual; it's from a first person perspective, but movement is restricted to 2d planes. The player scuttles from side to side like a crab, and can only walk forward and backward onto new planes in certain spaces. This is fine, even fun, but on certain screens I could get a headache if I walked too fast from side to side. I don't consider this to be the game's fault necessarily, but if a game causes me physical distress I want to note it. My other two complaints have to do with two specific puzzles. Most of the puzzles are actually very good, and the hint system is one of the best I've ever seen, but there are only two notable exceptions. The first puzzle is when the player is trying to open a furnace. The furnace door is locked, and the only way to open it is to press the corresponding keys on the keyboard to what is engraved on the locks. This might sound obvious in retrospect, but since those keys are not used before or since, it bothers me that the solution is so strange. The last problem I had was with the Huldra's maze: it is a puzzle where the player is expected to listen to aural queues, and the background music of the section is about as loud as the queues.
I don't really have much more to say about Year Walk. The art design is great, the mechanics are finally crafted, and the story is unique and educational. Even the achievements are meaningful. Anyone who is a fan of atmospheric horror, mythology, or adventure games in general should absolutely check it out.
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