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.