Year Walk is a game based on the ancient Swedish tradition of the same name, which people embarked upon in the hopes of learning the future. Through the game's streamlined and elegant interface, you'll explore a mysterious wooded area and attempt to decipher the clues you find there.
Know what you want: To play this game, you don't really need to know much about the Year Walk tradition and folklore, but there is a free companion app that includes all kinds of information that you may find interesting or useful. Especially if you're new to this type of game, the companion app will really make the game more accessible; but it's not required reading if you'd rather just figure things out on your own.
Great aesthetic: The graphics and audio in the game combine to set just the right tone for your expedition and help you get in the right mood for this adventure. As you move through the forest, the only sound you'll hear is the snow crunching under your feet as you survey the peaceful yet menacing woods ahead.
Temperamental controls: To move forward or back in the game, you have to swipe when you see little white arrows pointing in the directions you can go. But these controls aren't always as responsive as you might like them to be.
Year Walk is a well-crafted and intriguing game with a lot to offer many different kinds of players. It's definitely not fast-paced, but it's a great adventure if you're willing to take your time and learn about the tradition, as well as play the game, itself. The app costs $3.99, and there are no options for additional in-app purchases.
- 64-bit support
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 cryptic puzzles, touch and listen in your search to foresee the future and finally discover if your loved one will 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. For the complete Year Walk experience, or if you're curious about the folk lore on which Year Walk is based, we recommend downloading Year Walk Companion, available for free on the App Store.
"An iOS game like nothing else you've seen on the format to date. This is a brave and truly original work". Edge - 9/10. "Elegant and artful, Year Walk is an unmissable piece of work. You can close the app and put down the phone, but the forest may spread beyond its glassy confines, its spindly, silver-skinned trees taking root in your own home, your own dreams." Eurogamer - 9/10. "A game this distinctive, this different, this thrillingly new is the best possible demonstration of the format's versatility; indeed, of the narrative power of the interactive medium. Simogo has made something very special here." The Telegraph - 5/5. "It's a gripping, somber, atmospheric, and elegantly-designed game, and everyone should play it. I've never played anything quite like it." Touch Arcade 5/5. "An incredible showcase for the potential of tablet games and will undoubtedly become influential over the next few years." CVG - 9/10. "Simogo has packed Year Walk with a hefty share of spine-tingling jump scares, but it's these external trappings that cause the game's lore to get under your skin and stick with you long after your phone or tablet has been turned off." Gamezebo - 4, 5/5. "Year Walk is smart, thrilling, and absolutely stunningly crafted. It'll throw you for a loop, leaving you transfixed to the screen until you shake out all of its dark secrets." Mac|Life - 5/5. "As with any good page-turner, you won't want to put this game down until you get to the end. It's quite a journey, too. Year Walk is a beguiling adventure, and a truly memorable experience." Pocketgamer - 8/10.