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 (439 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 6, 2014

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"An intense and haunting point and click adventure that is elegantly and beautifully delivered."

Reviews

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

PC
Mac
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Pixel Shader 2.0, 256 MB
    • Hard Drive: 1100 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 (or later)
    • Processor: 3 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Pixel Shader 2.0, 1GB
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 1100 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
Year Walk is one of those games that can stick with you for longer than usually. Between the tragic story, dark world and haunting atmosphere it's a very unique experience. With gameplay and other technicalities pushed aside, there's nothing to distract you from immersing yourself in the game. And when you think you're finished, in a very self-referential twist the game reveals another layer of itself to complete the story. Striking and distinct audiovisual side perfectly complements the setting and folklore elements, making the game just as beautiful as it is grim and unnerving. Some criticize it for being quite short. While this is true, it doesn't have to be seen as something negative - the game is polished to the point of being virtually perfect, with no unnecessary content to better capture the essence of its meaning. I have absolutely nothing negative to say about it. It left me astounded and reflective. I have a feeling I'll be thinking about it for quite a while.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
A minimalist, atmospheric, pretty, challenging horror puzzle game.

Year Walk captures the eerie essence of a supernatural Scandinavian forest by night, and really succeeds in the horror aspect. There is a tension that accompanies the cold sounds and bleak environs. I was very impressed by the artistic style of Year Walk. It was minimalist, bleak but also beautiful. The colours aren't vibrant but they needn't be - hell they *shouldn't be*. This is the snowy wilderness of Scandinavia. I expect white, greys, blacks. Purples and reds are also used sparingly and effectively. The puzzles can be difficult, which I find helps the game a lot. It's a bit of a throwback to when games just sort of left you to it, with few or no hints. You're pretty much on your own in Year Walk, and I had to consult a walkthrough a couple of times. Some puzzles require some thought, and I found myself utilising the whole map to complete the puzzles, so no wasted space there at all.


The story is a difficult aspect to critique because I feel the gameplay tells the story itself. So to critique the way I play the game is to critique the story. That being said, there is some backstory, which is told through some basic dialogue at the beginning of the game, and there is an encyclopaedia which accompanies you in the game, which is pretty critical to completing the game - but the information in the (very small) encyclopaedia helps give background also. I find this method of story telling to be quite innovative and also found it really help immerse me in the game. The controls are basic - arrow keys for navigation, mouse for point/click. Can't really go wrong there.

In conclusion, Year Walk is a quirky, beautiful little game. Not particularly long, but it achieves a lot in that short time, particularly in regards to puzzle solving, immersion, horror and artistry.
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10 of 17 people (59%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
She died.
But she didn't.
I killed him.
And I didn't.
But it happened before I was born.
Last year I Year Walked in the future
So I think I died,

But I didn't.

10/10 for creepy, 10/10 for jumpscares, 10/10 for lore
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
It seems like Year Walk should be a hard game to recommend. Scary enough that people who aren't horror fans might not like it, but probably not scary at all to horror diehards. And it's short - finished my playthrough in about 2 hours, and aside from redoing one puzzle (that I can't go into detail on because spoilers), there's not much replay value.

But, I was impressed by how they used a somewhat cartoonish, paper cutout art style but still evoked a sense of dread. Puzzles were occasionally tricky but usually made sense after a few minutes of thinking about it. And I enjoyed the story and the various methods they used to narrate it. If you don't mind the price or can wait to get it on sale, it's worth a try.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
This game is lovely and creepy and smart and relaxing and depressing and pretty and scary all at the same time. You should play it.


Pros:

I may just be a dummy, but I actually found the puzzles kind of hard. They are very much "think-outside-the-box" type puzzles, and my brain don't always work that way. I had to use the hints a lot.

Fantastic atmosphere and visuals.

Clever story-within-a-story that will make you question reality itself...

Achievements that you will actually want to try to unlock because they are a major part of the game.


Cons:

There were a couple cut-scenes that felt very jarring and out of place because they were in a completely different visual style from the rest of the game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Awesomeee!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
It blew my mind and softened my stool.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
Yes!
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
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6.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
This game is so perfect. It's actually a pretty short game but I played it several times so I could unlock everything and I suggest everyone else do the same because you get to unlock the story at the very end and it is a really interesting read. Also beware of pop-outs! :-)
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4.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
Very unique and creepy puzzle game!
Not too difficult, but still rewarding.
Game is short, but you will remember it for longer than it lasts.
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2.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
This game is very well made, and though I beat it all in one long sitting, I'd play it again. It takes a lot of thinking to complete the tasks at hand, it's not a game you can just skip all the information and play through. It's very interesting, there was quite a bit of reading but I really enjoyed it. If you're looking for an in-depth puzzle-type game then get this! Also, watch the credits! The game isn't over at the end of your first year walk, the game isn't over until it says THE END! That's all I have to say, no spoilers!
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3.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
This is by far one of my favorite games ever!! It has a great story, very deep and brilliant. The music, sounds and atmosphere add so much to the players experience. The gameplay itself is very simple, only very few controls ingame. It's just an overall, well-made game. Definitely worth the $6!!!
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7.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
ADD TO CART and smile : )
9/10 FIRST PLAY THROUGH REVIEW
9/10 SECOND PLAY THROUGH

The Good: A good old fashioned point and click game with a... erh...
a good old fashioned scarry story straight out of Swedish Mythology!

This is not an adventure.... it is the discovery of Swedish Mythology through an artist's vision.... and a very enjoyable yet grimm experience....

The puzzles are simple and tied to the in-game Encyclopedia.... some of the puzzles have that "find the information somewhere else in the game, take screen shots, and then go back to solve the puzzle" game mechanic.... Fortunatly this game is short otherwise I would have given up - it is my least favorite game design for puzzles.

This game ends with Secret Information that you will use on the Second playthrough.... Reviewers say that this is a rewarding experience.... I will try it and post the experience in an addendum....

For those of you who are Window shopping - the price is too low.... ADD TO CART and smile : )
2014.10.01

SECOND PLAYTHROUGH COMMENTS: I just had to be able to comlete the game in 20 minutes because of my OCD. It took me three tries - and was fun. 2014.10.03
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2.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
One of the best game I've ever played. Captivating story, marvelous use of mithology, it's a game and a philosophy that will stick with you a long time after you've finished playing.
Recommended? 100% yes.
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3.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Just finished this game (including the extra part), and I couldn't recommend it more. A little short, but everything else about it is wonderful. Puzzles are fun, aethetic is top notch, music is simple and haunting (to be really cliched about it). And it's cheap! Just buy it. Right now.
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2.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Very atmospheric game with a couple brilliant jump scares. You start the game off not really knowing where you are or what you're supposed to do. Bit of mixed feelings about that concept but I got the hang of the random puzzles after a while. The puzzles are loosely based on the characters in your encyclopedia (make sure you read these to get more out of the game). Finished the game in about 2 hours which was a bit of a shame, but it was worth the pennies it cost to buy the game.
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2.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
I love reading the lore and figuring out the puzzles on my own. I enjoyed it very much, BUT it is a VERY short game. So keep that in mind. It has a unique way of moving around that takes a bit to get used to. It is a fresh way of looking at "side" scrollers.
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2.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Spooky as ♥♥♥♥ mang. Favorite atmosphere of any game, so quiet and beautiful
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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
Descending through Year Walk is liking having an ice cube put down the back of your shirt, then being pushed into the Antarctic 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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